Walking in the Footsteps of Jesus
In this full-day tour, we will guide you through these interesting and exciting places, and also present you with some of the most breathtaking views of the city. Our tour begins in the Mount of Olives, where Jesus spent much of his time teaching his disciples. From the Mount of Olives we will take in a beautiful view of both the Old and New city of Jerusalem. From there we go on to visit the site of Mary's Ascension, as well as the Church of Patre Nostre, located on the site in which Jesus taught the Lord's Prayer to his disciples. In the Cloister we will see plaques of the Lord's Prayer, written in 123 different languages.
From there we walk down to the small Franciscan Church of Dominus Flevit, where Jesus wept over Jerusalem and the destruction he foresaw for the city. We proceed to the Gardens of Gethsemane and the beautiful Church of All Nations, on the spot at which Jesus prayed his last prayer, and where he was caught and arrested by the Romans, following Judas's betrayal. From there we overlook the Valley of Kidron to see the tombs of Absalom, Jeosphate and Zaccariah from 2nd temple period. We enter the old city at the Lions Gate to visit the 12th century Crusader Church of St. Anne, the home of Mary and the pool of Bethesda described by Saint John in his Gospel. We end our tour with a visit to the Abbey of Notre Dame De Sion, where striped pavement (Litho Strosos) signifies where Jesus was condemned and where the Via Dolorosa begins.
Jerusalem & Bethlehem
This full-day tour begins with a dramatic panoramic overview of the new and old city of Jerusalem from the Mount of Olives, including the Temple Mount Esplanade of the old city. We then enter the Old City of Jerusalem and walk along the Via Dolorosa (the Stations of the Cross) to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, the site of the crucifixion. We then head towards the renovated Jewish Quarter walking through the Cardo, a 1700 year-old ancient pathway constructed in Roman times. We then leave Jerusalem and drive towards Bethlehem via the Nativity Circle and visit Bethlehem's Manger Square, named after the manger Jesus was born in. Manger Square is home to the Church of the Nativity, one of the world's oldest-standing churches still functioning to this day.
We will visit the main Basilica of the Nativity, designed in the typical Roman-style and constructed on the ruins of its predecessor in 565 AD, as well as the Catholic Church of St. Catherine, adjoining the Basilica of the Nativity. Underneath the Church stands the Grotto of the Nativity, the cave in which Jesus was born, the exact spot of birth is marked by a 14-pointed star of silver set into the floor. We also visit the nearby Milk Grotto, where Mary nursed her son while the family was taking refuge before their flight into Egypt. A Franciscan Chapel is built above the Milk Grotto. Our last stop in Bethlehem before returning to Jerusalem will be at a beautiful overview of the Shepherds' Fields, and the special Church of the Shepherds' Fields.
Jerusalem and Dead Sea
We begin this exciting full-day tour with a panoramic overview of both the old and new city of Jerusalem from the Mount of Olives. From here you will be able to see the Temple Mount Esplanade, as well as the entire old city and its surroundings. The Mount of Olives offers one of the most breathtaking views of Jerusalem. We then travel along the Kidron Valley to visit the Garden of Gethsemane, on the site where Jesus and his disciples prayed the night before his crucifixion. We then proceed to enter the old city via the Armenian Quarter. Our first stop will be the Wailing Wall and the square in front of it.
We will then stroll through the local Bazaar to the Christian Quarter, to follow the Stations of the Cross, otherwise known as the Via Dolorosa, a professional guide explaining and bringing to life every stop along the way to the memorable Church of the Holy Sepulcher, sight of the crucifixion. From the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, we walk along the 1700 year-old Byzantine main street, until we reach the Cardo and the renovated Jewish Quarter. We return to our bus in order to descend to the northern coast of the Dead Sea through the beautiful Judean hills. Spending several hours in the Dead Sea we enjoy the distinctive experience of floating in the world's southernmost body of water, heavily concentrated in salts. You may also immerse yourself in a mineral-rich all-natural Dead Sea mud bath, leaving your skin soothed and soft, and giving you an experience you won't forget.
Jerusalem Old City & Church of the Holy Sepulcher
This full-day tour begins with a spectacular panoramic overview of the old and new city of Jerusalem, we see the old city and the temple mount area, we go back in time as if we view the second temple before it destroyed in 70 CE. Driving along the Kidron Valley, we have a great view of the Garden of Gethsemane, the wall of the old city, the Church of All Nations and the Mount Olives. On Mount Zion we climb to the traditional room of the Last Supper, the Coenaculum, which according to belief is where Jesus shared his final meal with his Apostles in Jerusalem before his crucifixion.
We continue to the Tomb of David, the large cenotaph is with a drape on which are embroidered various attributes of King David including the lyre he played, a crown and the words "David, King of Israel lives forever" in Hebrew. This is a Jewish holy site, therefore men and women are separated. We enter the old city through the Armenian Quarter past the Zion gate, continue to the Byzantine Cardo, Jerusalem's main street 1500 years ago. Today the Cardo is one of the key attractions in the Jewish Quarter of Jerusalem's Old City. A section of Cardo has been reactivated as a shopping street, full of unique arts and special goods. Continuing through the Jewish Quarter, we stroll to the Western Wall (Kotel) the most significant site in the world for the Jewish people.
Enter the Church of the Holy Sepulcher for an extended visit. From the last stops of the Via Dolorosa, we visit the Chamber of the tomb of Jesus originally build in the Byzantine period; it was partially destroyed during the Persians and Muslim conquest. Rebuild and slightly altered by the Crusaders. Climbing the steep steps, we will see the Orthodox and Catholic Chapels on Calvary, the place of Crucifixion. Continue to the Capella of Helena, the location where the cross was found. Leaving the Old City, returning back to your hotel.
Nazareth, Tiberias, and the Sea of Galilee
You will enjoy all of the Christian highlights in northern Israel in one amazing full-day tour. Our journey begins with a ride along Israeli's scenic coastal road, overlooking the stunning Mediterranean Sea and then over the Plain of Armageddon to holy Nazareth. The first stop in Nazareth is at the Church of the Annunciation. Originally a Byzantine and then Crusader-era church, it was beautifully re-constructed in 1969. According to Catholic tradition, the annunciation was held at this spot, and inside, the Church's lower level contains the Grotto of the Annunciation, which is believed by Catholics to be the remains of Mary's childhood home.
The tour then visits the Church of St. Joseph's Carpentry, believed to be the sight of Joseph's carpentry workshop. Beneath the church lies a cave used by the early Roman dwellers for storage of food and water. From Nazareth we proceed via Kafer Cana for a view of the Mount of Beatitudes, where, according to tradition, Jesus delivered the Sermon on the Mount. Then, at nearby historical Tabgha, located on the northern shore of the Sea of Galilee, we visit the Church of the Multiplication of the Loaves and Fish. The Church stands on the sight of a 4th century church, and preserves a beautiful early Christian mosaic, in addition to the traditional stone where that special meal was consumed. Onwards, we visit the ruins of the ancient synagogue of Capernaum and the city of Christ. Overlooking Tiberias, we proceed to the site of baptismal on the Jordan River - the Yardenit, where there is an optional baptismal service. We end our day, returning back via a scenic view of Mt. Tabor, site of the Transfiguration.
Caesarea, Haifa, Acre & Rosh Hanikra
We will start our full-day tour via Israel's northern coast the home to ancient Roman ruins, stunning grottos and beautiful beaches. This day tour takes you through all of the regional highlights including Caesarea, Haifa, the Bahai Gardens, Rosh Hanikra and Acre (Acco). All of the highlights of coastal Northern Israel in one day tour. We begin the day in Caesarea, site of the ancient Roman regional capital and port. Named by Herod the Great in honor of Caesar Augustus, Caesarea was one of the most ambitious port-building enterprises of the Roman world, begun in 22 BCE.
We will take you on a walking tour of the archeological remains, including the port, the city, the hippodrome and the impressive amphitheatre, and help bring this ancient city with its tumultuous history back to life. From Caesarea we continue north to Haifa for a beautiful panoramic view of the impressive Bahai Gardens, the city and the port. Haifa offers some of the most memorable panoramic views in Israel. We then proceed on our journey towards Rosh Hanikra, where we take the cable car to visit the beautiful limestone grottos on the water front. We will also view Israel's border with Lebanon, situated right on top of Rosh Hanikra.Making our way back south, we will stop in the enchanting port city of Acre or Acco, to visit the Crusader underground city and the crypt. Acre, sight of Napoleon's defeat, is rich in history, which is evident everywhere within the old city. We will walk through the old city market, bustling with the fresh finds of the local fishermen, as well as spices, vegetables, and more. The market ends at the scenic harbor, where you can watch local children jump into the ocean from the remains of the old city walls. After walking along the waterfront, we return to the buses in order to return to your hotel in Tel Aviv, or Jerusalem.
In this full-day tour, we will drive north along the coastal road, on route stop at overlook of Megiddo. Drive through the Jordan valley, stop at the baptismal site on the Jordan River. Ascend to the Golan Heights with an overview from Hammat Gader of the triangular border with Syria, Jordan and Israel. Onwards to the city of Katzrin, the Talmudic capital of the Golan. Visit the ancient synagogue of Katzrin. Ascend Mt. Bental, overlook Kuneitra valley and stop at former Syrian fortification. Return to hotels.
Jericho and Bethlehem
In this full-day tour, we drive towards Bethlehem via the Nativity Circle and visit Bethlehem's Manger Square. Manger Square is home to the Church of the Nativity, one of the world's oldest-standing churches still functioning to this day. We will visit the main Basilica of the Nativity, designed in the typical Roman-style and constructed on the ruins of its predecessor in 565 AD, as well as the Catholic Church of St. Catherine, adjoining the Basilica of the Nativity. Underneath the Church stands the Grotto of the Nativity, the cave in which Jesus was born, the exact spot of birth is marked by a 14-pointed star of silver set into the floor. We also visit the nearby Milk Grotto, where Mary nursed her son while the family was taking refuge before their flight into Egypt. A Franciscan Chapel is built above the Milk Grotto. Our last stop in Bethlehem will be to a beautiful overview of the Shepherds' Fields, and the special Church of the Shepherds' Fields.
We then depart towards the Judean Desert, stopping in route to visit the Inn of the Good Samaritan. From the Inn of the Good Samaritan we overlook the breathtaking view of the moon-shaped landscape of the Judean Desert. We make a short stop when we reach sea-level and then proceed to Jericho. In Jericho we stop at the Zacheus Sycamore, a very old sycamore tree, climbed by Zacheus to see Jesus passing by. We will then visit the Tell Es-Sultan, (Sultan's Mound), also known as the Mound of Ancient Jericho, where 25 consecutive settlements were uncovered and excavated, the first one dated to as early as 9000 BC. This special archeological site offers a unique picture of the different historical and pre-historical settlements of this region. Leaving Jericho, we drive back to our hotels.
Dead Sea Relaxation
In this full-day tour, you will enjoy The Dead Sea, at 400 meters below sea level, which offers one of the most unique bathing and relaxation experiences on earth. The Dead Sea water is so rich in minerals, that right upon entrance you find your body floating in the water, allowing you to effortlessly float on your back, and enjoy the Mediterranean sun and the beauty of the desert around you. In the resort you can also enjoy covering your body from head-to-toe in the all-natural nurturing Dead-Sea mud, leaving your skin soft and fresh, and your soul with an experience of a lifetime.
If you desire, you could also enjoy a soothing massage with one of the resort's professional masseurs. After a special soothing, and relaxed day at the Dead Sea, we make our way back to Jerusalem, driving via and overview of the Qumran Caves, where the Dead Sea Scrolls, now on display in the Israel Museum were discovered.