Biblical Israel tour

View over Jerusalem, Israel
Acre Crusader Halls, Israel
Church of the Annunciation, Nazareth, Israel
Dead Sea, Israel
Masada, Israel
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A fascinating tour of the Holy Land, this 8 day exploration of Israel takes in many of the ancient and important historical and religious sites of this unique country. We will experience the cosmopolitan buzz of Tel Aviv before moving on to the excavations of Caesarea and Megiddo and the beautiful port of Haifa. We then take a boat ride across the Sea of Galilee to Capernaum and also visit Tabgha and Mount of the Beatitudes as well as the beautiful Golan Heights. We move on to Nazareth before continuing south along the shores of the River of Jordan to Jerusalem where we will explore both the Old City and the New City before visiting Bethlehem. After a drive through the Judean Desert to Qumran we will head to the shore of the Dead Sea to float on the strange salty waters.

Highlights
Tel Aviv, Caesarea, Haifa, Acre, Galilee, Tiberias, Golan Heights, Nazareth, Qumran, Masada, Megiddo, Beith Shean, Bethlehem, Dead Sea, old & new Jerusalem.
Destinations
  • Middle East
  • Israel
Tour Types
  • Singles
  • Adventure
  • Small Group
  • Cultural
  • History
Day 1, Arrive into Tel Aviv. Transfer to hotel
On your arrival in Tel Aviv airport (TLV) our representative will greet you and transfer you to your hotel in the centre of the city. The rest of the day is free for you to settle in and have a first look around. Extra nights before the tour starts are available on request.
OVERNIGHT:
Tel Aviv Hotel
MEALS:
Dinner
EXTRAS:
Extra night - pre-tour, Single room supplement (required for single travellers), Hotel upgrades

Day 2, Caesarea, Megiddo, Haifa, Acre
Following a delicious Israeli buffet breakfast (which you will enjoy each morning prior to departing for your day of touring), depart Tel Aviv. Drive north along the coastal plain to Caesarea (Acts 9.30 Acts 10 24-48), capital of Judea under the Romans. Visit the excavations of this ancient city, the Roman theatre and aqueduct. Continue to Megiddo (1 Kings 4.28, 9,15, 2 Kings 23,29 & Revel. 16.16), identified as the site of Armageddon. Visit the archaeological excavations at Megiddo, including the well-preserved water supply system. Drive to the beautiful port city of Haifa, nestled on the Mediterranean Sea, for a panoramic view of the Bahai gardens and Haifa Bay. From Haifa continue to Acre (Micah 1.10), capital of the Crusaders for more than a century. Visit the ancient city and harbour before continuing eastwards across the plains of the Galilee to Kibbutz hotel Lavi , not far from the Sea Of Galilee for dinner and overnight.
OVERNIGHT:
Galilee Kibbutz Lavi
MEALS:
Breakfast, Dinner

Day 3, Tiberias, Capernaum, Banias
After a short tour of the Kibbutz grounds we take a boat ride across the Sea of Galilee to Capernaum (Matt. 4.13 13.54, 17.24, Luke 7, Mark 1.2, John 4.46-54). Visit the remains of the 2nd century synagogue. Proceed to Tabgha (Matt. 13, Mark .33-45, & John 21), the site of the miracle of fish and loaves, and visit the Church of Multiplication with its 4th century mosaic floor. Continue to the Mount of the Beatitudes (Matt. 5,6,7,8), where Jesus delivered the Sermon on the Mount. Drive to the Banias Spring and Waterfall (Matt. 16.13 and Mark 8.27), where Jesus was recognized as The Messiah by His Disciples. Tour the Golan Heights, with its valleys, grazing land and snow capped mountains. Return to Kibbutz Lavi for dinner and overnight.
OVERNIGHT:
Galilee Kibbutz Lavi
MEALS:
Breakfast, Dinner

Day 4, Nazareth, Beit Shean
Begin the day with a drive to Nazareth (Luke 1.26, 4.16-29, Matthew 2.23) via Cana of Galilee (John 2.1-11). In Nazareth, we shall visit the Church of the Annunciation, St. Joseph’s Workshop and Mary’s Well. Next on our program is the Jordan River and the Baptismal site of Yardenit. A baptism or rededication ceremony can be carried out here if you wish (advance booking required). Continue to Beit Shean, one of the ancient Decapolis cities (Mark 5.20, 7.31), and visit the Roman theatre. This is the city where Saul and his son Jonathan were nailed to the walls (1st Samuel 31.10). Judges 1.27 also mentions Beit Shean. Continue south along the shores of the River of Jordan. Passing Jericho, we proceed westward and climb to the Golden City of Jerusalem. Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem.
OVERNIGHT:
Jerusalem Hotel
MEALS:
Breakfast, Dinner

Day 5, Jerusalem - Old City
Today we visit the Old City of Jerusalem. Our appreciation of this Golden City begins with a panoramic view from the Mount of Olives, overlooking the walls of the old city and the ancient Jewish cemetery. Visit the Church of All Nations. Proceed to Mount Zion to see the tomb of King David and the nearby Room of the Last Supper (Mark 14.13, Luke 22. 10-38, Matt 26 17-29, Acts 1.13 and Acts 2 the Pentecost). Enter the Old City to begin exploring the wonders of Jerusalem. Walk through the Cardo, the main street of Jerusalem 2000 years ago. View the Temple Mount and the Western Wall. Walk along the Via Dolorosa, where Jesus carried His Cross. Continue to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre (Matt. 27. 33-57, 28.10). No visit to Jerusalem is complete without a walk through the colourful Arab bazaar (a chance to test your negotiating skills). Visit the Garden Tomb. Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem.
OVERNIGHT:
Jerusalem hotel
MEALS:
Breakfast, Dinner

Day 6, Jerusalem – New City and Bethlehem
Today’s program is dedicated to the new city of Jerusalem. Visit the model of ancient Jerusalem. Continue to Yad Vashem, Israel’s memorial to the victims of the Holocaust. Enter the site by walking along the Street of the Righteous Gentiles, dedicated to the non-Jews that risked their lives in order to save their Jewish neighbours. Continue to Ein Karem, birthplace of John the Baptist (Luke 1.39-80). This Spanish style church and Mary’s well is where Mother Mary met her cousin Elizabeth. Proceed to Bethlehem (subject to border restrictions) to visit the Church of the Nativity. Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem.
OVERNIGHT:
Jerusalem Hotel
MEALS:
Breakfast, Dinner

Day 7, Qumran, Masada, Dead Sea
Drive through the Judean Desert to Qumran, where the Dead Sea Scrolls where found in 1947 by a Bedouin boy. Visit the ancient city of Qumran and drive along the shore of the Dead Sea, the lowest place on earth, to Masada, the last stronghold of the Jews after the destruction of the Second Temple in 70 A.D. Ascend Masada by cable car and visit the food storeroom, water irrigation system and Herod’s Palace. Time and weather permitting we will have an opportunity to float on the Dead Sea waters. Return to Jerusalem for dinner and overnight.
OVERNIGHT:
Jerusalem hotel
MEALS:
Breakfast, Dinner

Day 8, Departure airport transfer
After breakfast, your time is free until we pick you up from your hotel and transfer you to the airport for your departure.
OVERNIGHT:
None
MEALS:
Breakfast
EXTRAS:
Extra night - post-tour
  • All accommodation in 4-star hotels (upgrades available)
  • All transport and transfers
  • 24-hour airport arrival & departure transfer service
  • English speaking guide during touring days
  • All site entry fee's
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary

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Meals:7 breakfasts, 6 dinners
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