October 24 - November 1, 2020

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9-Day Trip

Israel, a Middle Eastern country on the Mediterranean Sea, is regarded by Jews, Christians and Muslims as the biblical Holy Land. Its most sacred sites are in Jerusalem. Within its Old City, the Temple Mount complex includes the Dome of the Rock shrine, the historic Western Wall, Al-Aqsa Mosque and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Israel's financial hub, Tel Aviv, is known for its Bauhaus architecture and beaches.     ~wikipedia

This package includes

• Round trip flights from New York City

• 7 nights accommodations

- 1 night Tel Aviv

- 2 nights Tiberias

- 4 nights Jerusalem

•  All transfers

• 15 meals: 7 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 7 dinners

• Sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned motor coach

• Services of English-speaking tour manager throughout

• Entrance fees per itinerary

Special Features

• Visit the ruins of Caesarea Maritima, where the Pilate Stone was discovered, the only archaeological item that mentions Pontius Pilate

• Ascend Mt. Carmel and enjoy panoramic views of the Jezreel Valley

• Boat Ride on the Sea of Galilee with stops at Ginosar, Capernaum and Tabgha

• Caesarea Philippi, where Peter made his confession of faith in Christ

• Garden of Gethsemane, at the foot of the Mount of Olives

• Garden Tomb a rock-cut tomb, unearthed in 1867 and considered to be the site of the burial of Jesus

• At Israel Museum, view some of the Dead Sea Scrolls

• Day at the Dead Sea

October 24 - November 1, 2020

double occupancy

$2999 early-bird til Nov. 15

Please note, this price may increase until you have paid so get your deposit in to lock in your rate!

Roommates will be assigned if you do not have one.

Payments are nonrefundable but travel insurance is available at a small fee.

Note: hotels in Israel have a 17% VAT paid directly to their hotels upon check out.

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DAY 1, Saturday - Depart for Israel from New York City

Depart for Israel

DAY 2, Sunday - Arrive in Tel Aviv

Arrive in Tel Aviv and transfer to your hotel. This evening enjoy a Welcome Dinner followed by an orientation meeting with your Tour Manager

Overnight: Tel Aviv

Meals: Dinner

DAY 3, Monday - Caesarea, Galilee

Begin your pilgrimage to the Holy Land with a drive northwards along the Plain of Sharon, the Mediterranean and old coastal road. The first stop will be the ruins of Caesarea Maritima, built by Herod and where Roman Governor, Pontius Pilate, based his seat of government. This is also where Cornelius lived and was baptized (Acts 10); where Paul embarked to Tarsus (Acts 9.30) and where Phillip preached (Acts 8.40). Then travel north and ascend Mt. Carmel to view the Carmelite Monastery, the "Place of Sacrifice" where the Prophet Elijah had an encounter with the Priests of Baal (1 Kings 18:17-40). Enjoy panoramic views of the Jezreel Valley, also known as the Valley of Armageddon, viewing Megiddo, one of King Solomon's walled, fortified cities, with the ruins of 20 levels of civilization. Continue along the pastoral hills of Galilee to Mt. Precipice, to the town of Nazareth, the hill country of Galilee where Jesus grew to manhood (Matt. 2:23). Here, visit the Church of the Annunciation. Later this afternoon arrive in the city of Tiberias by the Sea of Galilee

Overnight: Tiberias

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 4, Tuesday - Full Day Tour in Galilee

This morning, embark on a full day tour where you will have the opportunity to take a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee docking at Ginosar to see the famous "Jesus Boat", an archaeological treasure recovered from the waters of the Galilee, dating back to the first century. From here, cross the lake to Capernaum, the town where Jesus chose His first disciples among the humble local fisherman. You will view the remains of Peter’s house and the synagogue site where Jesus taught and worshiped (Mark 1:21, Luke 4.31). Continue to Tabgha, the sight of the multiplication of the Loaves and Fishes (John 6) and the Mount of Beatitudes where Jesus preached His famous "Sermon on the Mount" (Matt 5). The day continues with a lunch stop at St. Peter's Restaurant before you continue north to the Golan Heights. Stop to visit Banias, one of the sources of the River Jordan and the site of ancient Caesarea Philippi, where Peter made his confession of faith in Christ (Matt.16.16). After the conclusion of the tour, drive back to your hotel for dinner

Overnight: Tiberias

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 5, Wednesday - Yardenit Baptismal Site, Beit She’an, Mount of Olives, Gethsemane, Garden Tomb

Another spiritually enriching day begins at the headwaters of the Jordan River, the Yardenit, where Christian visitors come to renew their faith with a traditional Baptism. Continue southward to the remarkable ruins of Beit She’an, a city mentioned in the Bible, later a Hellenistic, Roman and Byzantine city which was destroyed by an earthquake in 749 AD. It was here that the Philistines hung the bodies of Saul and his sons on the walls of Beit She’an (1 Sam 31:10-12). Walk through the incredible excavations of the largest ongoing archaeological dig in the land of Israel, with its amphitheater, colonnaded Roman streets, mosaics and Roman bathhouse. Proceed south toward Judea, through the lush Jordan Valley and passing by the ancient city of Jericho.

 Arrive at the Holy City of Jerusalem for observation of the city from the Mount of Olives with its panoramic view of the entire Old City. Tracing the footsteps of Jesus, continue down the Palm Sunday route to the Garden of Gethsemane and the Church of All Nations. End the day just outside the city walls with a visit to the Garden Tomb, first identified in 1849. A rock formation resembles a skull (Golgotha) and the site accords with the biblical data of the area where Jesus was buried. Arrive at the hotel where dinner will be served

Overnight: Jerusalem

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 6, Thursday - Via Dolorosa, Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Jewish Quarter *

Start the day by visiting Western Wall Tunnels, which stretch along the Western Wall of the Temple Mount. Visit the Pool of Bethesda and the Crusader Church of Saint Anne and walk under Ecce Homo Arch, built by Hadrian in 135 AD. Then retrace the steps of Jesus with a walk along the Via Dolorosa before reaching the final station of the Cross at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Enter the Jewish Quarter and the Cardo of the Old City. This afternoon, take a short drive to Bethlehem to visit the Church of the Nativity, built over the cave of Christ's birth, as well as Shepherd's Field and the plains of Boaz. Finally, visit one of the famous Bethlehem gift shops before returning to the hotel

Overnight: Jerusalem

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 7, Friday - Israel Museum, Yad Vashem*

Begin the day with a drive by the Knesset and the Big Menorah, symbols of the State of Israel. Next visit the Shrine of the Book at Israel Museum, where some of the Dead Sea Scrolls are kept. See the Model City, a 1:50 scale model of Jerusalem as it was during Jesus' time on earth. Continue to Yad Vashem, a museum built in memory of the 6 million Jews murdered by the Nazis during World War II. This afternoon, continue to Mt. Zion to visit the House of Caiaphas the high priest, where Jesus was interrogated the night of His betrayal (Mark 14.53-65). You will also visit the King David Tomb and the Upper Room, the traditional location of the Last Supper

Overnight: Jerusalem

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 8, Saturday - Full Day in Jerusalem

Today, enjoy a full day at Masada and the Dead Sea. The full day tour to Masada and the Dead Sea begins with a drive through the Judean Desert and along the shores of the Dead Sea, the lowest place on earth, to Masada, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Ascend the towering desert mesa via cable car to visit the excavations of the fortress of King Herod and last stronghold of the Zealots against the Romans. Here you'll see many of the original structures such as the synagogue and storehouses that have been painstakingly restored by archaeologists. At the base, visit the Museum of Masada that combines archaeological artifacts with a narrated guided tour of the Story of Masada. Then, journey via Ein Gedi to the Dead Sea for an "unsinkable" swim in the buoyant, salty waters. Tonight, enjoy a Farewell Dinner at a local restaurant

Full Day Masada and Dead Sea (AM)

Overnight: Jerusalem

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 9, Sunday - Depart Israel

Transfer to the airport for your departure flight

Meals: Breakfast

*Please note that due to local events, the order of the Jerusalem sightseeing might be altered. Details will be provided locally by your Tour Manager.