Israel:

Itineraries

 Suggested itinerary #1 (7 nights – 8 days)

   

Day 1:  Welcome arrival at Ben Gurion airport, meet and transfer to Jerusalem.

Day 2: Morning: Drive to the Mount of Olives for a panoramic view of Jerusalem. Visit Pater Noster church, Ascension Place, the Garden of Gethsemane, Mount Zion, the Upper Room and King David's Tomb. 
Afternoon: Drive past the Knesset building to the Israel Museum; visit the Shrine of the Book.
Proceed to Mount Herzl, Yad Vashem, and the model of Jerusalem at the time of the Second Temple.

Day 3: Morning: Drive to Bethlehem, Shepherd's Field and the Field of Boaz. Visit the Church of the Nativity, Milk Grotto, and the bazaars. Return to Jerusalem.
Afternoon: transfer to St. Stephen's Gate to enter the Old City, visit St. Anne's Church, Pool of Bethesda, Pilate's Judgment Hall, Ecce Homo Arch, Via Dolorosa, Church of the Holy Sepulcher and Calvary.

Day 4: Morning: Drive around the Old City Walls; visit the Temple area, the Dome of the Rock, Al-Aksa Mosque, the Golden Gate and the Western Wall. 
Continue via Bethany, the Tomb of Lazarus, the House of Mary and Martha, the Good Samaritan's Inn, and the Wilderness of Judea to Jericho. Visit Tel Jericho excavations, Elishah's Fountain, view the Mount of Temptation and proceed to the Dead Sea area.
Afternoon: visit the caves of Qumran, the place where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found. Stop at the Dead Sea for a swim and return to Jerusalem.

Day 5: Drive via the coastal plain to visit Caesarea; proceed to Megiddo and Jezreel Valley. Continue to Nazareth. Visit the Annunciation Church, St. Joseph's Carpentry Shop and Mary's Well. Drive via Cana of Galilee to Tiberias.

Day 6: Morning: Drive to the Sea of Galilee, for a boat ride to Capernaum. Visit Capernaum, Tabgha and the Mount of Beatitudes. Continue to Ein Gev, visit the kibbutz, and to the outlet of the Jordan River.
Afternoon: Free or optional touring

Day 7: Morning: Drive north to Acre, visit St. John's Crypt and the fortifications, and continue to Haifa, Mount Carmel, Stella Maris and the Persian Gardens. 
Afternoon: Proceed along the Mediterranean coast to Caesarea, visit Caesarea and on to Tel-Aviv.

Day 8: Transfer to Ben Gurion Airport for departure

Suggested itinerary #2 (9 nights – 10 days)

 

Day 1: Welcome arrival at Ben Gurion airport, meet and transfer to Jerusalem.

Day 2: Morning: Drive to the Mount of Olives for a panoramic view of Jerusalem. Visit Pater Noster church, Ascension Place, the Garden of Gethsemane, and the Church of All Nations.
Afternoon: Drive to Bethlehem, Shepherd's Field and the Field of Boaz. Visit the Church of the Nativity, Milk Grotto, and the bazaars.
Return to Jerusalem.

Day 3: Morning: Visit New Jerusalem, Mount Zion, Tomb of King David, Coenaculum - Hall of the Last Supper, Yad Vashem, Mount Herzl, and the model 
Jerusalem of the Second Temple, Israel National Museum, the Shrine of the Book and the view of the Knesset building.
Afternoon: Drive to visit the Church of St. Peter on Gallicantu, and the Kidron Valley. Visit Absalom and St. James' Tombs, Hezekiah's Tunnel and the Pool of Siloam.

Day 4: Morning: Visit the Garden Tomb, Temple Area, and the Dome of the Rock, Al-Aksa Mosque, the Golden Gate and the Western Wall.
Afternoon: Visit St. Stephen's Gate, Pool of Bethesda, Church of St. Ann, Pilate's Judgment Hall, Via Dolorosa, Ecce Homo Arch, Church of the Holy Sepulcher, and Calvary.

Day 5: Morning: Drive via Bethany, Tomb of Lazarus, Home of Mary and Martha, Good Samaritan's Inn, Wilderness of Judea to Jericho. Visit Elishah's 
fountain, view Mount Temptation and proceed to the Dead Sea and Qumran, return to Jerusalem.
 

Day 6: Free or optional touring.

 Day 7: All-day tour, via Beeroth, Bethel, Jacob's Well, Nablus (Shechem,) and Samaria to Nazareth if situation permits, otherwise take the Jordan Valley 

route. Visit the Church of the Annunciation, St. Joseph's Carpentry Shop and Mary's Well. Continue via Cana of Galilee to Tiberias.

 Day 8: Morning: Boat ride on the Sea of Galilee. Visit Capernaum, Mount of Beatitudes, Tabgha and Magdala.

Afternoon: Free or optional touring.

 Day 9: Morning: Drive north to Acre; visit the Crusaders' fortifications and St. John's Crypt. Proceed to Haifa, Mount Carmel, Bahai Shrine and the Carmelite Monastery. 

Afternoon: Continue along the coastal road, bordering the Mediterranean to visit, Caesarea, arriving finally in Tel Aviv.

 Day 10: Transfer to Ben Gurion Airport for Departure.

Suggested itinerary #3 (14 nights – 15 days)

 Day 1: Welcome arrival at Ben Gurion Airport. Meet and transfer to Jerusalem; dinner and overnight at the hotel.

 Day 2: Morning: Drive to Mount of Olives, panoramic view of Jerusalem, Visit Pater Noster Church, the Chapel of the Ascension, Garden of Gethsemane and the Church of All Nations. 

Afternoon: Drive via Rachel's Tomb, Shepherds' Field, Field of Boaz to Bethlehem. Visit the Church of the Nativity, Milk Grotto of and bazaars.

 Day 3: Morning: Visit New Jerusalem, Mount Zion, Tomb of King David, Coenaculum - Hall of the Last Supper, Yad Vashem, Mount Herzl, the model of Jerusalem at the time of the Second Temple, Israel National Museum, the Shrine of the Book and view of the Knesset building. 

Afternoon: Drive to visit the Church of St. Peter in Gallicantu, Kidron Valley, Absalom and St. James' Tombs, Hezekiah's Tunnel and Pool of Siloam.

 Day 4: Morning: Visit the Garden Tomb, Temple Area, and Dome of the Rock, AI-Aksa Mosque, Golden Gate and the Western Wall. 

Afternoon: Visit St. Stephen's Gate, Pool of Bethesda, Church of St. Anne, Pilate's Judgment Hall. Via Dolorosa, Ecce Homo Arch, Church of the Holy Sepulcher and Calvary.

 Day 5: Free or optional touring.

 Day 6: Drive via Beer-Sheba through the Negev to Sde Boker, visit Ben Gurion's hut, continue to the Nabataean city of Avdat; proceed via Mitzpe Ramon, Timna Valley and Solomon's Pillars to Eilat.

 Day 7: Tour of Eilat including the Marine Museum, The Underwater Observatory and view of the beautiful fjord of Coral Island.

 Day 8: Free or optional touring.

 Day 9: Drive via Kibbutz Yotvata, Wadi Araba and Sodom to the Dead Sea. Overnight on the shore of the Dead Sea.

 Day 10: Visit Masada (ascend and descend by cable car), Qumran, Jericho, continue via the Jordan Valley and Beth Shean to Tiberias.

 Day 11: Morning: Boat ride on the Sed of Galilee. Drive along the shore to visit Capenaum, Mount of Beatitudes, Tabgha and Magdala.

Afternoon: Drive to Cana of Galilee to Nazareth. Visit Mary's Fountain, Church of the Annunciation, Church of St. Joseph's Carpentry Shop and the Synagogue. Return to Tiberias.

 Day 12: All day tour to Hatzor, Ayelet Hashaha, Hula Valley, source of the Jordan River, Golan Heights. Return to Tiberias.

 Day 13: Free or optional touring.

 Day 14: Morning: Drive north to Acre; visit the Crusader fortifications and St. John's Crypt. Proceed to Haifa, Mount Carmel, Bahai Shrine and the Carmelite Monastery.

Afternoon: Continue along the coastal road bordering the Mediterranean to visit Caesarea, arriving finally to Tel Aviv for overnight.

 Day 15: Transfer to Ben Gurion Airport for departure.

     

 Suggested itinerary #4 – the “Evangelical track” tour (9 nights – 10 days)

 Day 1: Afternoon arrival at Ben Gurion airport, and transfer to Jerusalem.

Day 2: Old City/Mount Zion, Jaffa Gate, Citadel of David, the Jerusalem Model/Diorama. The Cardo (the main street of ancient Jerusalem). The Western Wall - where the Jews pray daily for the restoration of their Temple and the coming of the Messiah. The Temple Mount - The sacred site of Israel's Temple in which the baby Jesus was dedicated, and the focal point of Christ's Olivet discourse (Matt 24). Al-Aksa Mosque - Used as a church by the Crusaders. Dome of the Rock - Traditional site of Abraham's altar. Golden Gate/Mount of Olives seen from the Temple Mount Pool of Bethesda - Jesus heals an invalid (John 5:2-9). Lithostrotos - Pavement of Herod's Antonia Fortress, where Christ was condemned and tortured. Church of the Holy sepulcher - chiefly Crusader built. Mount Zion. Upper Room/Coenaculum ("dining room") Last Supper - King David's Tomb.  St. Peter in Gallicantu Church - the ruins of the House of Caiaphus and the prison of Jesus. 

Day 3: Jerusalem - Sea of Galilee: Jericho - Oldest continuously inhabited city in the world. See Mt. Temptation to the West and the Plains of Gilgal to the East. The Jordan Valley Beth Shean - The bodies of King Saul and his sons were fastened to the city walls. The Roman theatre. Mt. Arbel - View from 400 m. cliff is magnificent and full of exciting Biblical history. Jordan River - Place where baptismal services are held. Tiberias - Named in honor of Roman Tiberius Caesar.

Day 4: Galilee and the Golan. Sunrise on the Sea of Galilee. (Mark 1:35-39). Boat ride; Bus ride to Kursi - Jesus healed a demoniac (Mark 5: 1-20). Capernaum; Second Century Capernaum Synagogue. Peter's House - Jesus healed Peter's mother-in-law (Mark 1:29-31). Tabgha - Church of the Loaves and Fishes (Mark 6:31-44) and an area where Jesus' post resurrection appearance occurred (John 21). Chorazin - Together with Capernaum and Bethsaida, the city was upbraided by Jesus for its unbelief. (Matt. 11:21-30) Banias - Site of Caesarea Philippi where Peter made the great confession "Thou art the Messiah, the Son of the Living God" (Matt 16:13-20). Kuneitra - Visit of Golan, border of Israel/Syria.  Mt. of Beatitudes - Traditional site where Jesus proclaimed the Sermon on the Mount (Matt. 5-7); Tiberias - A second night on the shore of the Sea of Galilee

Day 5: Horns of Hattin - Saladdin defeated Crusaders in 1187. Mt. Tabor - One of the sites of Christ's transfiguration; Nain- Village seen across the valley where Jesus raised a widow's son to life (Luke 7:11- 16); Nazareth - The town of Jesus' childhood (Luke 2:39-52); Basilica of the Annunciation (Luke 1:26-38}. Mary's fountain. Megiddo - One of Solomon's fortified cities, overlooking the Valley of Armageddon (Rev. 16:16). Gideon's Spring - At the foot of Mount Gideon's (Judges 7:4-8). Belvoir - Reconstructed Crusader castle overlooking Jordan.
Tiberias - Last opportunity to enjoy the Sea of Galilee at night.

Day 6: Galilee - Jerusalem. Cana - Home of Nathanael (John 1:43-51), traditional site of Jesus' first miracle at a wedding feast. Acco/ Acre - Underground Crusader fortress - bazaars. Paul landed here at Ptolemais (Acts 21: 7). Haifa - Drive along Mt. Carmel crest, magnificent city view. Mt. Carmel to Muhraka - Site of Elijah's encounter with 450 prophets of Ba'al (1 Kings 18: 17-40). Caesarea - Herod the Great rebuilt and renamed the city in honor of Caesar Augustus. Roman Centurion, Cornelius, and household were converted and baptized following Peter's preaching (Acts 10). Roman Aqueduct; Roman theatre.
Tel Aviv - Jaffa - Largest population center in Israel.

Day 7: Jerusalem - Dead Sea Masada. Bethany - Visit St. Lazarus' Tomb (John 11:41-44).
Qumran - Home of the Essenes, and the site of the caves where the Dead Sea scrolls were discovered in 1947. Ein Gedi - David fled from Saul to Ein Gedi (1 Sam. 23-29). Dead Sea - Lowest area on earth (400 meters below sea level). Masada - Ascend to 450m up the mountain by cable car. Beer Sheba - Meaning "Well of Oath" which Abraham dug 4,000 years ago. Abraham took Isaac to Mt.Moriah and back (Gen. 22). Ashkelon - One of the Philistine cities. Here Samson killed 30 Philistines (Judges 14:19). Jerusalem - Return to the golden city known as "Salem" and ruled by Melchizedek in the time of Abraham (Gen. 14:18-20)

Day 8: Jerusalem - Bethlehem. Mount of Olives - Early morning panoramic view of Jerusalem.
Chapel of the Ascension - Mount of Christ's ascension and promised return (Acts 1:6-11).
Dominus Flevit - Commemorates Jesus' weeping over Jerusalem (Luke 19:41-42).
Garden of Gethsemane - the garden where Jesus prayed the night He was betrayed (Luke 22:39-53).
Bethlehem - birthplace of Christ (Micah 5:2) and of David (Ruth 4:17 and 1 Sam 16). Rachel's Tomb - Mother of Benjamin, who died during childbirth and was buried there (Gen. 35: 16-20.). Church of the Nativity - Birthplace of Jesus (Luke 2:1-20.). Shepherd's Field - Near the Field of Ruth (Luke 2:8-20.).
To the south, a 758 m. high mountain where King Herod built a fortified palace called Herodian. Jerusalem.
Knesset - Israel's Parliament, Shrine of the Book- Unique building displays the valuable Dead Sea Scrolls including the complete script of Isaiah which is 1,000 years older than any previously known manuscript; Model of Roman Jerusalem- An outdoor 1/50 scale model of Jerusalem. Yad Vashem- Dedicated to the memory of the millions of Jews murdered by the Nazis.

Day 9: Final Day in Jerusalem
The City of David - An archaeological garden on Ophel Ridge. A Walk on the Rampart's - Walk on the city walls from Zion Gate to Damascus Gate, Damascus Gate- Visit Emperor Hadrian's Gate and Column found beneath Damascus Gate, Zedekiah's Cave (Solomon's Quarry) - Stones to build the Temple were quarried beneath the Temple. Calvary - Golgotha (Place of Skull) was identified as possible site of Calvary by General Gordon in 1982, (The Crucifixion - Mark 15:21-41), Garden Tomb- following a tour of the garden and the empty tomb, a special communion service may be held in the garden (Luke 23:50-24:53), 
 

Day 10: Airport. Morning transfer to the airport for flight home,

 

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