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Tour of the Holyland
10 Day Tour

DAY 01:


Depart New York JFK International Airport via jet service to Tel Aviv.


DAY 02:


Arrive in Tel Aviv. Our agent will meet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel. Dinner and overnight in Tel Aviv.


DAY 03:


Fortress at Megiddo
Fortress at Megiddo
Drive to Caesarea to visit the ruins of the Crusader's City. Visit the Roman Theater, continue to Haifa and see Elijah's Cave and enjoy the view of the city from Mt. Carmel. Continue to Megiddo, Armageddon, a very important strategic point on the Via Maris connecting Egypt and Damascus. Proceed to Nazareth to visit Mary's Well and the Church of the Annunciation, built in 1960-68 enclosing the crypt, which is one of the largest Christian sanctuaries in the Middle East.  Drive to Cana to visit the site where the first miracle took place. Proceed to your hotel on the shores of the Sea of Galilee for dinner and overnight.


DAY 04:


The Jordan River
The Jordan River
This morning board a boat on the calm surface of the sea, cruising toward Capernaum.  Upon landing, visit the site where Jesus started His Ministry, the house of Peter and the Synagogue where Jesus was teaching.  Continue to Tabgha, the site of the Multiplication of Loaves and Fish. See the 4th century mosaics.  Drive to the top of the Mount of Beatitudes overlooking the Sea and surrounding area. In the afternoon drive to the Golan Heights in Upper Galilee. Visit the Sources of the Jordan River, Caesarea Philippi at the Banias, view Tel Dan. Return to the exit of the Jordan River from the Sea of Galilee where a Baptismal Service can be arranged. Return to your hotel for dinner and overnight.


DAY 05:


Leave Tiberias and drive to Beit Shean, a historic city. During the reign of Saul, the city was occupied by the Philistines. Excavations have uncovered eighteen layers of habitation in Beit Shean. The Roman Amphitheater is the best preserved in Israel. Proceed along the Jordan Valley to Jericho and Tel El Sultan, ruins of one of the oldest cities in the world. View the Mount of Temptation, where Jesus fasted for 40 days and 40 nights. Visit Elisha's Fountain before continuing to Qumran the site where the Scrolls  of the Dead Sea were found by a shepherd boy. Dinner and overnight for a relaxing evening on the shores of the Dead Sea.


DAY 06:


Chapel of the Ascension
Chapel of the Ascension
Drive to the Mount of Olives with its outstanding view of the city. Visit the Chapel of Ascension, Church of Pater Noster, Garden of Gethsemane, Church of All Nations.  View the Kidron Valley. Drive to Bethlehem for a visit to the Church of Nativity, visit the Shepherd's Fields and the Fields of Boaz and Ruth. An afternoon drive to proceed to Herodium passing by Beit Tamir, belonging to Sheik of the Bedouin tribe Tamareih, we come to the west side of Jebel Foureidis (Hill of Paradise), called Frank Mountain. Here Herod the great won a victory over Antigonus in 42 B. C.; in memory of which he built at the foot of the hill a town called Herodia, and on the summit a fortress called Herodium. Herod died in Jericho but he was buried here: there is no trace of his tomb, but within the conical summit, partly artificial, two walls with towers can be traced. It was destroyed by Lucillus Bassus after the fall of Jerusalem.visit Mount Zion, the site where Jesus accomplished His Ministry.  Visit the room of the Last Supper.  Visit the Tomb of King David and the House of Caiaphas; Return to your hotel.


DAY 07:


Masada Fortress
Masada Fortress
This morrning drive into the wilderness of Judea to visit Qumran, the site where the Scrolls of the Dead Sea were found by a shepherd boy. Continue on a beautiful new road that takes you along the shores of the Dead Sea to Ein Gedi where a precipitous cliff, filled with caves, rises some 2,000 feet and enough time is provided to visit the Waterfalls of Ein Gedi. Proceed for a visit to the Dead Sea where time is allowed for a swim. Continue on to Masada where the Zealots held the last foothold before they sacrificed their lives for their liberties.  The ruins of the Roman Camps are still surrounding the fortress and the ruins speak for the visitors about the Glory of Masada and of Herod's works. Walk down the roman ramp to meet your bus and drive through the Eastern Negev to Arad and Beer Sheva to the Valley of Elah to hear the story of David and Goliath. See the place where Goliath was killed. Stop at Emmaus where Jesus appeared to two of his disciples after His resurrection. Continue to the Village of Latrun known as the home of one of the thieves who was crucified with our lord Jesus Christ. Return to Jerusalem for dinner and overnight.


DAY 08:


Morning visit to the Temple Institute where garments and other instruments are being made for the New Temple. Continue through the Jewish Quarter of the city to see Nehmiah’s Wall (Broad Wall) that the Jews fortified during the first Temple period (586 BC) to protect the city from the Assyrians that were led by Nabechadnazzar that destroyed the Temple. Visit the Burnt House as it existed in 70 AD when the Romans destroyed Jerusalem during the first Jewish revolt. Proceed to the Knesset, or the House of Parliament. Visit the Shrine of the Book enclosing the Scrolls of the Dead Sea.  Visit the model of Jerusalem as it was laid out at the time of Christ.


DAY 09:


Damascus Gate, Jerusalem
Damascus Gate, Jerusalem
Visit the Garden Tomb and Gordon's Calvary, the site where Jesus was crucified, buried, and resurrected.  A service can be arranged at the Garden Tomb. Proceed towards the city walls built by Sulieman the Magnificent enclosing the most Holy sites. Walk into the old city through Damascus Gate and through the picturesque colorful bazaars to the superb Temple Area, where Solomon's Temple was built on Mount Moriah.  Visit the Dome of the Rock enclosing the Rock of Sacrifice; the Mosque of Al Aksa, further south, the Pinnacle of the Temple and the Western Wall or the Wailing Wall. In the afternoon, start at Saint Stephen's Gate and back into the Old City to visit the Church of Saint Anne, the Pool of Bethesda, the Lithostrotos, Pilate's Judgment Hall and walk on the Via Dolorosa leading us to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.  Walk through the bazaars to the Citadel and take the bus from Jaffa Gate.  Return to your hotel.


DAY 10:


Transfer to the airport for your return flight to New York JFK arrival in the afternoon local time.