11 DAY ISRAEL-EILAT WITH PETRA AS OPTIONAL FROM EILAT
Sea of Galilee / Jesus Boat + Kibbutz Tour / Golan Heights Caesarea Phillipi / Tel Dan / Korazin / Mt of Beatitudes / Capernaum / Tabgha / Yardenit Baptism / Tiberias
Eilat /King Solomon’s Mines /Negev Desert / Mitzpe Ramon / Avdat / Wilderness of Zin / Sde Boker / Bersheva (Wells of Abraham) / Elah Valley / Jerusalem
Hills of Jerusalem / City of David / House of Caiaphas / Mt Zion / Upper Room / Yad V’shem / Rabbi’s Tunnel / Bethlehem / Jerusalem
Old City of Jerusalem / Pool of Bethesda / Praetorium / Fortres of Antonia / View of Temple Mount / Western Wall / Via Dolorosa / Jaffa Gate
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DAY 1: Depart from
DAY 2: Arrival
You will be met by a Trans-Global Holy Land Tours Representative to assist you through customs and provide transportation to your hotel in the Galilee. Evening introduction and orientation. Overnight Galilee.
Caesarea / Carmel / Megiddo (Armageddon) / Nazareth / Tiberias
We proceed to Caesarea to visit the Crusader Fortress built upon the ancient city of Caesarea, named after Augustus Caesar, who imposed the tax that brought Mary and Joseph to Bethlehem. Here we will visit a beautiful example of the Roman Amphitheater, where the group can experience the acoustics of a structure built in the days of Christ.
Continue to Mount Carmel where Elijah issued his challenge to the False Prophets. Visit a Druze Village, then on to Haifa where we view the magnificent panorama over Haifa Bay, so reminiscent of San Francisco. Continue to Megiddo, Site of Armageddon. Now on to the precipice overlooking Nazareth, where Jesus spent the silent years of his life. From Nazareth, the road winds down to Tiberias and the beautiful Sea of Galilee.
Dinner and overnight at your hotel in the Galilee.
Boat Ride on Sea of Galilee / Jesus Boat + Kibbutz Tour / Golan Heights (Caesarea Phillipi / Tel Dan/ Korazin/ Mt of Beatitudes / Capernaum / Tabgha/ Yardenit Baptism / Tiberias
Today we rise early and board our boat for a cruise on the Sea of Galilee. We visit the Jesus Boat, then we have a short tour of the kibbutz, exploring this exciting way of life so similar to the earliest Christians.
We then take the road through the Golan Heights where we will hear the explanations of the strategic and political significance of this area. On the Golan Heights we will visit Caesarea Phillipi at Banias, which is the Site of the Transfiguration; continue to Tel Dan Nature Reserve, source of the Dan River leading into the Jordan and containing the remains of an ancient city from the period of the First Temple thought to be the center of the Dan tribe; pass Korazin, where there are remains of a 1st.Century synagogue similar to Capernaum (these last 3 are the places which were cursed and which were indeed totally destroyed in an earthquake in 742 C.E.); return to the Sea of Galilee area where much of the Galilean Ministry took place. Here were the homes of the disciples James, Simon, John
Beit Shean / Jordan Valley / Jericho / Qumran / Dead Sea / Massada / Eilat
We proceed through the city of Beit Shean: one of the earliest and most important cities in Israel from the time of the Canaanites. It was here the Philistines impaled King Saul’s body to the city wall: we view its magnificent excavations. We continue through the Jordan Valley passing by Jericho, visit the first city conquered by the Israelites in the Promised Land. We view the Mount of Temptation and continue through the Plains of Jericho and Arava. Viewing St Jerome’s Monastery, Beth Arava and Mt Nebo.
Then onto the Dead Sea, lowest spot on earth and Qumran, center of the Essenes. Visit the ancient caves of Qumran where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found. Continue south to Ein Fascha, viewing across the saltiest sea in the world the fortress where John the Baptist was beheaded.
Visit an ancient ferry boat station and the desert where ibex roam at Ein Gedi, David’s hideout from Saul, and on to the mighty fortress
Those who wish to do so may swim (float) in the salty waters of the Dead Sea on the way to Eilat for dinner and overnight.
Relaxing day in Eilat with optional tour* of the world famous Underwater Observatory and the Tabernacle of King Solomon’s Mine or a full day tour to exciting Petra in Jordan, one of the 7 wonders of the world. We cross the border at Eilat and drive up to Petra where we will spend the whole day, including lunch, exploring this magnificent Biblical site: this city carved into the
(* Optional tours are at an extra cost.)
DAY 7: The Desert
Eilat /King Solomon’s Mines /Negev Desert / Mitzpe Ramon / Avdat / Wilderness of Zin / Sde Boker / Bersheva (Wells of Abraham) / Elah Valley / Jerusalem|
Leave Eilat early morning and drive through the fascinating Negev Desert, passing King Solomon’s Mines to the town of Mitzpe Ramon, where there is a magnificent view of the Great Crater. Continue to Avdat, an ancient Nabatean city which supported a population of 100,000 people in the 5th. Century. Modern day archeologists are trying to reconstruct the ancient systems of irrigation so that we can learn how to do it. We continue into the desert proper to Kibbutz Sde Boker, the home of Israel’s first Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion. We walk into the desert in single file on a narrow path in a crevice between two high precipices and after half-an-hour arrive at a waterfall and natural pool in the middle of the desert. This is the fabled Wilderness of
Continue to Jerusalem for dinner and overnight.
Hills of Jerusalem / City of David / House of Caiaphas / Mt Zion / Upper Room / Yad
This morning we start the day at Mt of Olives for an introduction to Jerusalem. Ascend the mountains of Jerusalem from Scopus to Mt of Olives for an outstanding breathtaking view of the city across the Kidron Valley to the Eastern Gate; see Chapel of Ascension, Pater Noster
Dinner and overnight at your hotel in Jerusalem.
Old City of Jerusalem / Pool of Bethesda / Praetorium /
Enter the Old City through St Stephen’s Gate; Visit the Pool of Bethesda where Jesus cured an invalid man; continue to the Praetorium, site of the public trial of Christ, and his condemnation, and view its ancient remains in the Fortress of Antonia, seat of the Roman Procurator; proceed to the Temple Mount to view the Mosque of Omar and visit the Western Wall, a sacred site for the Jewish People. Continue through the picturesque market streets past the Citadel of David and exit through the Jaffa Gate, passing the Stations of the Cross along the Via Dolorosa and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre on the way.
Dinner and overnight at your hotel in Jerusalem.
New Jerusalem / Israel Museum / Scale Model of Biblical Jerusalem / Dead Sea Scrolls / Cardo Maximo / Southern Steps of Ancient Temple / Garden Tomb
Begin the day with a late breakfast; continue in the new part of Jerusalem by visiting the Israel Museum where there is a scale model of the city of Jerusalem from New Testament Times, including the Second Temple. Also at the Museum visit the Dead Sea Scrolls, housed in a specially prepared building. Continue via the Knesset (Israeli Parliament) and downtown Jerusalem, to Old Jerusalem’s reconstructed Jewish Quarter. See the Ancient Cardo Maximo and confirmation of historic sites of yesteryear. Visit the Southern Steps, the archaeological reconstruction of the Temple Steps where Jesus walked so often. End the day and the tour with quiet prayer at the Garden Tomb. Farewell Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem
DAY 11: Leave early morning for the USA – arrive late afternoon same day.