Day 1: Arrival
Upon arrival to airport meet our representative and transfer to Jerusalem.
Day 2: Jerusalem Old City and Bethlehem
Start the day with a magnificent panoramic view of the Old City from the Mount of Olives. Visit the tomb of King David and the Room of the Last Supper on Mt. Zion. Enter the walled city and walk through the newly restored Jewish Quarter. Visit the Roman Cardo, the Herodian Quarter and continue to the Western Wall. Walk along the Via Dolorosa to the church of the Holy Sepulchre. Continue to Bethlehem (subject to security clearance) to visit the Church of the Nativity.
Day 3: Jerusalem New City
Start your day with a visit to the Israel Museum - Tour theShrine of the Book where the Dead Sea Scrolls are housed and see the miniature model of Jerusalem as it was during the second temple period. Enjoy a tour of the New City – include a view the Knesset (Israel’s Parliament). Continue for a moving visit to Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum. Visit Meah Shearim, the ultra-orthodox neighborhood in Jerusalem and learn about their unique lifestyle. In the evening enjoy a middle eastern dinner followed by the spectacular "sound and light" show at the Tower of David museum.
Day 4: Dead Sea
Depart Jerusalem via the Judean Mountains and descend to the lowest place on earth. Visit the ancient city of Qumranwhere the Dead Sea Scrolls where found. Continue along the shores of the Dead Sea to the magnificent cliff top fortress ofMasada. Ascend via cable car to explore the remains of King Herod’s luxurious palace and hear about the zealots who defied the Roman Empire from this location. Take the chance to enjoy a float in the salty waters.
Day 5: Tel Aviv
Enjoy a day at leisure. Take a walk along Tel Aviv’s famous beaches.
Day 6: Coastal Plain
Depart Tel Aviv along the coastal plain to Caesarea, capital of Judea under the Romans. Visit the excavations of the ancient city, the Roman theatre and aqueduct. Proceed to Megiddo, identified as the site of Armageddon - visit the archaeological excavations including the well preserved water supply system. Continue to the Druze village at Daliat El Carmel and enjoylunch and famous Druze hospitality at a local restaurant. Continue on via Mount Carmel to Haifa for a panoramic view of the Haifa bay and the Golden domed Bahai shrine and gardens.
Day 7: Upper Galilee
Proceed to Safed, the center of Jewish mysticism, to visit the ancient synagogues and the artists’ colony. Continue to the Golan Heights to see the former Syrian bunkers, Kuneitraand the new Israeli town of Katzrin. Stop at a Golan winery for a tour and wine tasting. Onto "Kessem Hagolan", a multimedia presentation of the area and it's history.
Day 8: Sea of Galilee
Start the day with a tour of Tiberias. Explore the centre of Jesus’ ministry at Capernaum to see the remains of the synagogue where he preached, and the octagonal church of St. Peter. Onto Nazareth to visit the church of the Annunciation. Drive via Beit Shean to Beit Alpha to see the remains of the mosaic floor of an ancient synagogue depicting the zodiac.