HOLYLAND TOURS 8D/7N
The Holy Land is an area roughly located between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea that also includes the Eastern Bank of the Jordan River. Traditionally, it is synonymous with both the biblical Land of Israel and historical Palestine.
VALID 2019 TO 2020
DAY 1 SUNDAY
BEN GURION AIRPORT / TEL AVIV
Ben Gurion Airport / Tel Aviv
Arrival at Ben Gurion Airport, where you will be met by a Diesenhaus Unitours representative and transferred to your hotel. Overnight in Tel Aviv.
DAY 2 MONDAY
CAESAREA / MUHRAKA / MEGIDDO / ACRE
Depart Tel-Aviv and drive along the coastal plain to Caesarea, once the Roman capital of the region; visit the excavations of the ancient city, the Roman theatre and aqueduct. Proceed to Muhraka, the site of confrontation between Elijah and the prophets of Baal; enjoy the spectacular view of the Jezreel valley and the lower Galilee. Continue to Megiddo, identified as the site of Armageddon; learn the impressive history of this battle field as you visit the archaeological excavations including the well-preserved water supply system. Onto Acre to visit the remarkable underground Crusader City and crypt; walk through the Old City recognized by UNESCO as world heritage site, the local market and harbor. Overnight in Kibbutz.
DAY 3 TUESDAY
TIBERIAS / CAPERNAUM / BANIAS
After a short tour of Tiberias, enjoy a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee; visit the Yigal Alon center where the “Jesus boat”, an ancient fishing boat from the 1st century, is displayed. Continue to Capernaum to visit the remains of the 2nd century synagogue. Stop at Tabgha, the site of the Miracle of Fish and Loaves, and visit the Church of Multiplication with its 4th century mosaic floor. Proceed to Mount of Beatitudes, the place where Jesus delivered the sermon on the mount. Drive to the Banias Springs and tour the Golan heights. Overnight in Kibbutz.
DAY 4 WEDNESDAY
CANA / NAZARETH / BEIT SHEAN
Drive to Cana to visit the Wedding Church, where Jesus performed his first miracle turning water into wine. Continue to Nazareth to visit the Church of Annunciation, Joseph’s workshop and Mary’s well. Proceed to Yardenit, the baptismal site on the Jordan river; next, stop at Beit Shean to visit the newly excavated Roman city and amphitheatre . Drive along the Jordan valley to Jerusalem. Overnight in Jerusalem.
DAY 5 THURSDAY
JERUSALEM (OLD CITY)
Drive to Mount of Olives for a panoramic view of the city; visit the Church of All Nations, King David’s Tomb and Room of Last Supper on Mt. Zion. Enter the Old City; walk through the Cardo, the ancient roman road; visit the Jewish and Christian quarters; view the Temple Mount; walk along the Via Dolorosa and the oriental Bazaar to visit the Church of Holy Sepulchre. Next, drive to the Garden Tomb and enjoy the beautiful gardens and peaceful ambiance. Overnight in Jerusalem.
DAY 6 FRIDAY
JERUSALEM (NEW CITY) / BETHLEHEM*
Drive to Ein Karem to visit the Church of Visitation; proceed to Yad Vashem, the memorial to the Holocaust. Visit Israel Museum, the Shrine of the Book, where the Dead Sea scrolls are housed, and the miniature model of Jerusalem as it was during the Second Temple period. Proceed to Bethlehem, birthplace of Jesus; visit Shepherds’ field; walk through Manger Square to visit the remarkable Church of Nativity. Return to Jeruslaem. Overnight in Jerusalem.
DAY 7 SATURDAY
QUMERAN / MASSADA / DEAD SEA
Drive through the Judean hills to Qumeran caves, where the Dead Sea scrolls were found; Continue along the shores of the Dead Sea to Massada, the last stronghold of the Jews after the destruction of the Second Temple in 70 A.D; ascend Massada by cable car and tour the mountain fortress built by King Herod; visit the remains of the walls, water cistern and Herod’s Palace; descend by cable car. Continue to the Dead Sea, the lowest point on earth; enjoy the opportunity to float in the unsinkable water and cover yourself with the mineral rich mud, believed to have therapeutic effects. Overnight in Jerusalem.
DAY 8 SUNDAY
JERUSALEM / BEN GURION AIRPORT
Transfer to Ben Gurion Airport for departure.
NOTE: TOURS ARE BEING OPERATED EACH SUNDAY ON THE DATES MENTIONED ABOVE.
*** THE ART PLUS HOTELS IS ON BED & BREAKFAST BASIS ONLY!
Sharing transfers on arrival and departure (from/to Ben Gurion Airport)
7 nights accommodation on half board basis (except Art Plus hotel on bed&breakfast basis)
6 touring days as per itinerary, with English speaking guide
Entrance fees to the sites visited as per itinerary
**Rates are quoted in USD on per person basis and subject to change without prior notice**