Itinerary


Day 1 Monday (VIP Welcome & Transfer)

WELCOME TO THE HOLY LAND!

VIP Welcome at Ben Gurion Airport

After landing, a Shalom Israel Tours representative will be waiting to welcome you as you exit the plane. Your party will be transported in a private vehicle to the flight staff passport control, continue to luggage identification and transfer to your luxury chauffeured vehicle.

Welcome Transfer to Tel Aviv

Stretching along a beautiful beach strip of the Mediterranean Sea for 100 years, Tel Aviv is considered the face of modern Israel. Nicknamed “The White City” for its abundance of Bauhaus style architecture, Tel Aviv was declared a UNESCO World Heritage City in 2003.

Evening at Leisure in Tel Aviv

Visit the “Soho” of Tel Aviv and stroll Dizengoff St., Shenken St. & Rothschild Blvd. Filled with funky street vendors, boutiques and coffee shops alongside simple kiosks and local fast food stalls, Tel Aviv brings out the urban hipster in anyone who walks down these streets.

Overnight: The Dan Panorama Hotel, Tel Aviv

Day 2 Tuesday (Private Guide & Vehicle)

TEL AVIV & JAFFA – ISRAEL’S MODERN JOURNEY

Old Jaffa Port & Market

Jaffa is filled with New Testament history, including the events of Jonah’s journey, Tabitha’s resurrection, and Peter’s conversion of the gentiles. The streets are lined with quaint cafes, unique art galleries and a number of churches, including the impressive Church of St. Peter.

Tabitha’s Tomb

Explore the Russian Orthodox Church in Jaffa commemorating Peter raising Tabitha from the dead. You cannot miss its steeple; the lush garden area; or the walls and ceilings, which are covered with amazing murals and icons referencing Christian tradition and its symbols.

Church of St. Peter in Jaffa

Walk through a church built upon the remains of a medieval fortress, decorated with stained glass windows, marble walls and a beautiful murals illustrating Peter’s life. The church’s steeple has historically served as a sign for seafaring pilgrims that the Holy Land is close.

House of Simon the Tanner

Referred to in the Book of Acts, this house is instantly recognizable by its iconic lighthouse. Home to an Armenian family with deep roots in Jaffa’s role as a pilgrimage city, it is also the spot where Peter stood and saw his vision of the great sheet filled with unclean animals.

Overnight: The Dan Panorama Hotel, Tel Aviv

Day 3 Wednesday (Private Guide & Vehicle)

ISRAEL’S COAST – ANCIENT PORTS

Ancient City of Caesarea Ruins

The ruins of Roman and Crusader structures in Caesarea tell the story of this once Christian port town. Highlights include the ruins of a Hippodrome, Roman theater, shop-lined Byzantine Street, Greek mosaic inscription, and Crusader cathedral dedicated to St. Paul.

Caesarea Fortress

Visit King Herod’s palace and look for ruins of a two-story building believed to be the home of Pontius Pilate, the prefect of Judea who demanded the crucifixion of Jesus. Walk through the four hidden passages connecting the Crusader castle’s interior with the grounds outside.

Cafarlet aka HaBonim Fortress

Visit the ruins of a Crusader fortress, known for its rounded towers, built on the foundations of an earlier Muslim structure, and see the nearby ruins of a west-facing Byzantine church built in a rare trefoil design. Also at the site, you’ll see an ancient, mosaic-lined wine press.

Carmel Mountain & Cave of Elijah the Prophet

Visit the Carmelite monastery situated atop Mount Carmel, built at the mouth of the cave where Elijah hid after his showdown with the false prophets of the Baal. Enjoy the beauty of this lush mountain, cited as a symbol of fertility in the Bible, and views of the entire region.

Haifa Bahai Gardens Lookout

Also known as the Hanging Gardens of Haifa, the Bahai Gardens here were built on 19 cascading terraces that rise more than half a mile up the slope of Mount Carmel. From the beautifully landscaped gardens, visitors can take in spectacular views of Haifa and its bay.

Tiberias & The Sea of Galilee

The center of Jesus’ ministry, this large freshwater lake is also a popular recreational site, famous for its swimming and boating. Stroll along the shores of the lake and enjoy one of the many gourmet restaurants (fish is popular) with romantic views of the Sea of Galilee.

Dinner & Overnight: Kibbutz Ginsaur Hotel, Sea of Galilee

Day 4 Thursday (Private Guide & Vehicle)

THE GALILEE & HER HOLY SEA

Jesus Boat Museum

A restored first-century boat fished out of the Sea of Galilee is on display and demonstrates the type of boat that Jesus and his disciples, some of whom were fishermen, would have used to travel around the Galilee. The story of the boat’s miraculous discovery is also told.

Capernaum National Park

Visit the remains of a Second Temple period fishing village and its synagogue, and imagine the lives of those who dwelled there. We’ll learn about the location where Jesus selected his Apostles and the modern day church that stands where the house of Peter once stood.

Caesarea Philipi, Banias Springs

A peaceful spot for prayer and reflection, Caesarea Philipi is home to one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Israel. See where Jesus cured the woman from Paneas and asked the disciples who they thought he was. Visit the Crusader tower and a still-active water mill.

Jordan River Rafting Adventure – water level permitting

Get ready for some real water fun! Israel’s Jordan River is the perfect place to cool off – go for some calm white water rafting or take on adventurous kayaking. These activities take place along 12 miles of the Jordan River with turbulent waterfalls and lush grassy banks.

Dinner & Overnight: Kibbutz Ginsaur Hotel, Sea of Galilee

Day 5 Friday (Private Guide & Vehicle)

THE JORDAN VALLEY – HIGHWAY OF KINGS

Nazareth Holy Sites

Next we’ll continue our tour with a short drive to Nazareth, the town where Jesus spent his childhood.  Visit the Basilica of the Annunciation, Mary’s Well and the Church of St. Gabriel.  Visit the Blessed Cave, view Mary and Joseph’s house.

Beit She’an National Park

The fully excavated theater and town of Beit Shean tell the story of daily life in the time of Jesus. See the remains of the town, with its colonnaded streets and elaborate bathhouses. Learn about the history of the city, inhabited over the years by pagans, Jews and Christians.

Qasr el Yahud Jordan River Baptizing

One of only two organized outdoor baptismal sites in Israel, this is a must-see for pilgrims. Purify yourself in the water where the Israelites crossed the Jordan, Elijah ascended to heaven and Jesus himself was baptized. Dedicated areas are set up here for prayer sessions.

Ascend to Holy Jerusalem

Welcome to the holiest city in the world! Here you will touch the Western Wall, walk through the diverse and beautiful streets of “new” Jerusalem, and enjoy the city’s sounds, smells, and tastes; experience the people of Jerusalem, their diversity and vibrant culture.

Friday Night Tour to the Western Wall

On the eve of Shabbat, Jerusalem transforms; stores shut down, and streets and alleyways fall silent, as all begin to anticipate the weekly Shabbat. Our 2000-year-old tour will pass through Jaffa gate and the Golden Menorah, and end at the Wall right as Shabbat begins.

Shabbat Dinner & Overnight: The Dan Panorama Hotel, Jerusalem

Day 6 Saturday (Private Guide & Vehicle)

JERUSALEM – THE ETERNAL CAPITAL

Jerusalem Old City Shabbat Afternoon Tour

We’ll explore the Old City’s Four Quarters; each stone has a remarkable story to tell…

Via Dolorosa and Stations of the Cross

Walk in the final path of Jesus, starting at the location where Pontius Pilate sentenced Jesus. There are fourteen Stations of the Cross that line the Via Dolorosa, ending with the final station – the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, where the crucifixion took place.

Church of the Holy Sepulchre

Located in the Old City’s Christian Quarter, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre is the holiest site in Christian faith. It is here that Jesus was crucified and later buried. At the center of the church is the Stone of Unction, the location where Jesus’ body was prepared for burial.

Church of All Nations

Also known as the Basilica of the Agony, the decorative Church of All Nations is built atop one of the most important sites in the New Testament. Enclosing a part of the stone at the Garden of Gethsemane, you will see the spot where Jesus prayed in agony after the betrayal.

Tower of David Night Spectacular

In the evening you’ll head back to the Tower of David’s rooftop to view an epic nighttime extravaganza of sight and sound, depicting the conquests of the Greeks, Romans, Crusaders, Turks and others, as they tried to overtake Jerusalem. This show is simply “Spectacular.”

Overnight: The Dan Panorama Hotel, Jerusalem

Day 7 Sunday (Private Guide & Vehicle)

THE JUDEAN DESERT – KING HERODS FORTRESS

Masada Fortress & Cable Car

Learn about the end of Jewish independence at the time when the Roman Empire was conquering Israel. Visit an interactive museum, which tells the story of Masada and take a cable car up the mountain to view the ruins of Herod’s palace and the landmark synagogue.

The Dead Sea Float Experience

Travel below sea level to the lowest point on earth and float in the Dead Sea, whose high concentration of salts and minerals keep you afloat at all times. A number of spas located at the Dead Sea offer treatments utilizing nutrients for skin enhancement and for relaxation.

Ein Gedi National Park

A bustling town in the time of Jesus, today the Ein Gedi oasis is a beautiful nature reserve and archaeological site. Hike to exhilarating waterfalls and natural pools, where ibex and hyrax roam. Visit the ancient synagogue with its mysterious mosaic and cactus garden.

Shabbat Dinner & Overnight: The Dan Panorama Hotel, Jerusalem

Day 8 Monday (Private Guide & Vehicle)

NEW JERUSALEM – UNITED CITY

Jerusalem Mount of Olives

This historic and deeply religious site near the Holy Temple holds a power and significance which will take your breath away. Look upon the walled Old City of Jerusalem, the Golden Gate, the Kidron and Hinnom valleys, the City of David, Mount Zion and the Temple Mount.

Israel Museum and Shrine of the Book

Tour Israel’s foremost museum, home to impressive collections of art and archaeology from ancient and modern Israel and the Jewish Diaspora. View some of the original Dead Sea Scrolls, which shed light on the milieu in which Jesus and John the Baptist lived and taught.

Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum

Tour Jerusalem’s international center for the documentation, research, education and commemoration of the Holocaust. Highlights include the Hall of Names, a memorial to individual victims, and “The World that Was” which documents pre-war European Jewry.

Ein Kerem Village

Enjoy the pastoral beauty of Ein Kerem, an ancient village and modern neighborhood in southwest Jerusalem. According to Christian tradition, John the Baptist was born in Ein Kerem, leading to the establishment of many churches and monasteries in the area.

Ben Yehuda Street– evening recommendation

Here you’ll find all the restaurants, shops, street vendors and street performances you could ever ask for. Sip a latte at one of Ben Yehuda’s many sidewalk cafes, grab a delicious frozen treat, invest in some Judaica, purchase souvenirs, and soak up the vibrant atmosphere.

Overnight: The Dan Panorama Hotel, Jerusalem

Day 9 Tuesday (Private Guide & Vehicle)

HOLY JERUSALEM & BETHLEHEM

The Wailing Wall

Stop at the Wailing Wall to say a prayer and leave a note in the cracks between the stones of the wall that supported the Temple Mount in ancient times. A symbol of exile and destruction, it is now a joyous location celebrating the Jewish return to reunified Jerusalem.

Rabbinical Tunnels

Explore ancient Jerusalem from underground. See the layers of the Temple Mount’s Western Wall that are hidden underneath the Old City’s Muslim Quarter, including an ancient water channel, the Roman road to the Temple and the Notre Dame monastery.

The Temple Institute

This organization is dedicated to every aspect of the Temple in Jerusalem. After many years of effort and toil, the three most important and central vessels of the Holy Temple have been reconstructed. Priestly garments, incense and musical instruments are also on display.

Bethlehem & Church of the Nativity

It is at the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem where we will learn about the birth of Jesus. It is one of the world’s oldest churches and houses the Grotto of the Nativity, the spot where the birth took place, marked by a 14-point silver star flanked by majestic silver lamps.

Bethlehem Milk Grotto

This is the location where the Holy Family hid during the Slaughter of the Innocents. Here Mary nursed baby Jesus, and where a small drop of milk fell, turning the grotto white. The rocks are said to increase fertility and the quantity of milk provided by visiting mothers.

Overnight: The Dan Panorama Hotel, Jerusalem

Day 10 Wednesday (Farewell Transfer)

FAREWELL FOR NOW…WE’LL MISS YOU!

Morning at Leisure in Jerusalem

Filled with marvelous boutique shops, cafes, Judaica and souvenir stores, Jerusalem is the best place to relax, shop and indulge. Explore the store-lined streets of King George and Jaffa Street or head to the German Colony to the chic and fabulous Emek Refaim Street.

Farewell Transfer…We’ll Miss you!

Transfer to Ben Gurion Airport for your temporary departure from Israel…Bye for now!

 

 

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