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7 Nights Heritage of the Holyland

Destinations Covered
Tel Aviv – Tiberias - Jerusalem

Day 1 Thursday: Arrival in Tel Aviv

On arrival at Ben Gurion International Airport, you will be met by our representative and assisted to the designated coach/car booked for you.

Transfer and check-in at selected hotel in Tel Aviv.

Tel Aviv, often called “the city that never stops”, was the first modern Jewish city built in Israel, and is the country’s economic and cultural centre. It is a lively, active city, with entertainment, culture and a rich night-life.

Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 2 Friday: Tel Aviv – Sea of Galilee – Tiberias (150km/8hrs, Including Sightseeing)

Post breakfast check-out and start the day with guided tour of Jaffa (Joppa).

Jaffa (also known as Yafo) is an ancient port city, out of which Tel Aviv has now grown. As one of the world’s oldest ports, Jaffa is thought to have been the port from which Jonah left, in the story of the Whale. The port continued to be important, serving as the main entry point to the land of Israel until the late 19th Century.

Proceed with a short guided walking tour in picturesque alleys of the old, fortified town.

Afterwards drive North along the coast to the archaeological ruins of Caesarea, built by Herod the Great in honour of Augustus Caesar. Resume journey to Megiddo, where the book of Revelations mentions a great battle at a place called "Armageddon". It is an ancient city that has been inhabited continuously for more than five millennia (6000-500 BC).

After exploring the ancient ruins, proceed toward the Sea of Galilee/Tiberias.

The Sea of Galilee or The Kineret, is Israel’s largest fresh water reservoir, and is the country’s largest and most important source of drinking water. For this and other reasons, the Kineret is an important national symbol, and also has become first-class tourism centre.

Tiberias (Tverya) is located on the shores of Lake Kineret. Tiberias is Israel's lowest city, at 200 metres below sea level, and it attracts thousands of tourists and travellers. Tiberias offers beautiful surroundings with active water sports, and pilgrimage sites with unique tourist attractions.

On arrival at Tiberias, check-in at the hotel around 17:00 hrs.

Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 3 Saturday in Tiberias

Post breakfast, start the day at 8:00 hrs from historic Tiberias, where Jesus lived, sojourned, and preached on the shores of the Sea of Galilee. Visit Capernaum, the centre of Jesus’ ministry.

Proceed to Tabgha, the site of Christ’s miracle of feeding the 5,000, and the Church of Multiplication, where the mosaic floor depicts a basket with loaves and two fishes.

Continue journey to the Mount of Beatitudes, overlooking the sea, where Jesus preached the Sermon on the Mount, and where it is believed that he picked his twelve apostles.

Ascend to the Golan Heights for a panoramic view of the peaks of Mt. Hermon – the rugged plateau of the Golan Heights – and beneath it the green, pastoral Hula Valley.

Return to the hotel around 16:00 hrs.

Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 4 Sunday: Sea of Galilee – Jordan River – Jerusalem (180km/8hrs Including Sightseeing)

Post breakfast check-out and depart for Nazareth, or Natsrat as its name is pronounced in Hebrew.

Nazareth is the cradle of Christianity, the city where – according to tradition – the angel Gabriel told Mary that she would conceive by the power of the Holy Spirit, and also the place where Jesus spent his childhood and youth. Nazareth, in lower Galilee, is located in the heart of a valley, surrounded by mountains that embrace several of the most important Christian sites in the world.

Visit Church of the Annunciation, this rebuilt church retains parts of the previous churches, from the Crusader and Byzantine periods. The church also houses an impressive collection of paintings.

Proceed to nearby Cana to visit the Wedding Church, where Jesus performed his first miracle: turning water into wine.

Travel through the Jordan Valley to Beit Shean. Visit the excavations of this beautifully preserved Roman city, which was destroyed in an earthquake. Beit Shean is one of Israel’s ancient cities. It is a historical gem that unfolds the fascinating story of a rich period full of changes.

Continue to Jerusalem. On arrival, check-in at the hotel around 17:00 hrs.

Jerusalem is a city of overwhelming emotions, a city promising a religious and spiritual experience, excitement and pleasure, interesting tours and entertaining adventures. Here, alongside Jerusalem’s fascinating historic and archaeological sites, there are also modern tourist attractions for lovers of culture, the arts, theatre, music, architecture, and gastronomic delights.

Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 5 Monday: Jerusalem – Masada & Dead Sea – Jerusalem (210km/8hrs, Including Sightseeing)

Post breakfast, depart at 8:00 hrs for a guided sightseeing tour of Masada.

En-route,visit Qumran Caves on the shores of Dead Sea where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered.

The Qumran Caves are among the 2,000 year-old ruins of Qumran overlooking the Dead Sea on the edge of the Judean Wilderness. Visitors can gain deeper appreciation for the Dead Sea Scrolls, which contain the oldest Bible ever found, and which were discovered right here. You’ll see a room where scribes may have copied the scrolls, a pavement where the hard-working inhabitants dried dates, a potters’ workshop, a dining hall, and a ritual bath that recalls the way of life of the Essenes, who left Jerusalem seeking spiritual purity.

At the visitors’ centre, designed like Qumran’s ancient buildings, an exciting film links the fabulous landscape with the story of its people, recalling that John the Baptist may have lived here. A dramatic view of the cave in which most of the Dead Sea Scrolls were found tops off the experience, and whets your appetite to view the scrolls themselves at the Israel Museum's Shrine of the Book in Jerusalem.

Qumran Caves – Masada

Through the remarkable landscape surrounding the Dead Sea, continue to Masada, a rugged natural fortress of majestic beauty, set in the Judaean Desert and overlooking the waters. It is a symbol of the ancient Kingdom of Israel, its violent destruction, and the last stand of Jewish patriots in the face of the Roman army in 73 AD. It was built as a palace complex, in the classic style of the early Roman Empire, by Herod the Great, the King of Judaea (reigned 37 – 4 BC). The camps, fortifications and attack-ramp that encircle the monument constitute the most complete Roman siege-works surviving to the present day. The site was declared as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2001.

Ascend by cable-car to the fortress, which was the last stronghold of the Jewish zealots in their war against the Romans. Visit the excavations, King Herod’s Palace, the synagogue, the bathhouse and much more. Enjoy the breath-taking view of the Roman camps and the Dead Sea.

Masada - Dead Sea

Nearly 1,300 feet below sea level, the Dead Sea is the lowest point on the earth’s surface. Bring your swimsuit, because if weather permits it’s possible to float on the salty, mineral rich water.

The Dead Sea is the lowest point on earth on any land mass (417 metres below sea level, to be exact). The quantity of water that evaporates from it is greater than that which flows into it, so that it has the highest concentration of salt of any natural body of water in the world (340 grams per litre of water).

It is called the Dead Sea because its salinity prevents the existence of any life forms within it. That same salt, on the other hand, provides tremendous relief to the many ailing visitors who come here on a regular basis to benefit from its healing properties.

Return to hotel around 18:00 hrs.

Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 6 Tuesday: In Jerusalem (Sightseeing Old City)

Post breakfast, start the day at 8:00 hrs for a full-day guided sightseeing tour of the Old City. The Eastern part of Jerusalem is the Old City, a quadrangular area built on two hills and surrounded by walls, which was completed in 1542 by the Ottoman sultan, Sulayman I. Within the walls are four quarters. The Muslim quarter, in the East, contains a sacred enclosure: the Haram Esh-Sherif (known as the Temple Mount to Jews). Within this, built on the old Mt. Moriah, are the Dome of the Rock, or Mosque of Omar (completed in 691 AD), and the Mosque of Al-Aksa. The wall of the Haram incorporates the Western Wall, or Wailing Wall, a remnant of the retaining wall of the Second Temple and a holy place for Jews. Nearby and Southwest of the Haram is the Jewish Quarter, with several famous old synagogues. Partially destroyed in previous Arab-Israeli fighting, the Old City was captured in 1967 by the Israelis, who began to rebuild and renovate the Jewish Quarter. To the West of the Jewish Quarter is the Armenian quarter, site of the Gulbenkian Library. The Christian Quarter occupies the Northern and Northwestern parts of the Old City. Its greatest monument is the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. The Via Dolorosa runs through the area, along which Jesus is said to have carried his cross.

Proceed to Mt. Olives, where Jesus first gave the Lord’s Prayer, and to the Garden of Gethsemane, where Judas betrayed Jesus.

In the Old City you will see the Western Wall, the actual site of the Second Temple, and the Temple Mount. Walk the Way of the Crossthe Via Dolorosa–to Calvary and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, which house both the traditional Site of the Crucifixion and the Tomb of the Resurrection. To the Southwest, just outside the Old City, is Mount Zion, with the traditional Tomb of King David and the Room of the Last Supper.

Return to hotel around 17:00 hrs.

Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

Day 7 Wednesday: In Jerusalem (Sightseeing New City & Bethlehem)

Post breakfast, set off at 8:00 hrs for a full-day, guided sightseeing tour of the New City. The New City, extending west and Southwest of the Old City, has developed tremendously since the 19th Century. It is the site of several educational institutions, as well as the Knesset (Israeli parliament), and other government buildings, including the striking Supreme Court building, which opened in 1992. Yad Vashem, a memorial to the Holocaust, is also in this section of the city.

Start the day with a visit to Yad Vashem, the official memorial for the Jewish victims of the holocaust, established in 1953. It is located at the foot of Mt. Hertz. Enjoy Ein Karem, a picturesque village in the Southwestern outskirts of Jerusalem. This small village has great significance in Christian traditions, since this is where John the Baptist was born. Visit the Israel Museum, with a detailed model of Jerusalem from the time of the Second Temple, and the Shrine of the Book, which houses the Dead Sea Scrolls. Drive past the Knesset (House of Parliament), and the campus of Hebrew University.

In the afternoon, continue to Bethlehem to visit the Church of the Nativity.

*This site is under the jurisdiction of Palestinian authority; this visit is subject to their discretion.
Return to the hotel around 17:00 hrs.

Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 8 Thursday: Departure for Jerusalem

After breakfast, check-out and transfer to Airport for departure flight.

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