Special Tours & Desert Experience 9 Days/ 8 Nights
DAY 1 ARRIVAL- BETHLEHEM
Arrive to Tel Aviv Airport, meet with your guide, and drive to Bethlehem for a great opportunity to visit the oldest, holiest church in the world- Nativity Church. Dinner and over night in Bethlehem.
DAY 2 BETHLEHEM- HISTORICAL PLACES- WILDERNESS
This day will be spent in Bethlehem; participants will have the opportunity to meet with locals by visiting two different groups or institutions. Then you will have a huge opportunity to see the most wonderful and historical places; Shepherds’ Field, Herodion, a man made mountain built by Herod the Great, Solomon’s Pools, three huge water reservoirs that were the main water supply for Jerusalem 2000 years ago. In the evening, drive towards the Wilderness to enjoy dinner and an unforgettable evening under the stars. Spend the night in tents.
DAY 3 WILDERNESS- TRADITIONAL DINNER- CULTURAL MUSICAL SHOW
In the early morning enjoy watching the colorful desert sun rise. After breakfast, we will do a special tour in the wilderness guided by local Bedouins, including a visit to Mar Saba with an introduction to the Monastic life in the Wilderness.
Early check into your hotel in Bethlehem and enjoy the rest of the day as free time.
Back to your Hotel (if out). You will enjoy a traditional dinner whilst watching and listening to cultural musical show.
DAY 4 JERICHO- DEAD SEA
You will visit Wadi Qelt, also known as the valley of the Shadow of Death. You will have the opportunity to experience “the living water” and tohike next to the water aqueducts that Herod the Great built to water supply his winter palace in Jericho. We will also go through the old Jericho Road that Jesus talked about in his parable about the Good Samaritan to reach St. George monastery and to the cave where Prophet Elijah was hiding when he was fed by the ravens. Now we will visit the oldest city in the World –Jericho. We will see the mount of Temptation and the sycamore tree and Hisham’s palace, an amazing Umayyad Palace north of Jericho. After lunch, we will be getting ready to visit Qumran where the Dead Sea scrolls were found. The second half of the day will be spent at the Dead Sea to experience the lowest surface on earth. Dinner and overnight stay in your hotel
DAY 5 HEBRON- JERUSALEM- BETHLEHEM
We will drive to Hebron to visit the Tomb of the Patriarchs and the old city of Hebron. Then we will drive to Jerusalem to visit the Mount of Olives, the chapel of Ascension, Dominus Flevit, Garden of Gethsemane and the pool of Bethesda. Dinner and over night stay in your hotel
DAY 6 JERUSALEM – BETHLEHEM
You will start your day in Jerusalem by visiting Al Aqsa and Dome of the Rock, the Western Wall and southern wall excavations. Then we will drive to Mount Zion, upper room, the Tomb of Kind David and the Church of St. Peter in the house of Caiaphas. After lunch we will go through Herod’s gate continuing to Antonia Fortress where Jesus was condemned to death. Then to Via Dolorosa to see the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. You will have the chance to walk through the old narrow streets of the Old city straight to Jaffa gate. Back to Bethlehem.
Dinner and over night in your hotel in Bethlehem.
DAY 7 THE COAST- NAZARETH
We will drive to the Coast to visit Caesarea Martima, which was the capital of the Roman empire 2000 years ago. You will also see Mount Carmel and Al Muhraqa. You will have the chance to hike and visit Tel Megiddo. After that, we will drive to Nazareth to visit the Church of the Annunciation and mount of Precipice. Check in at the Hotel in Galilee for dinner and over night.
DAY 8 HISTORICAL PLACES- JORDAN RIVER- CANA OF GALILEE
You will start your day by visiting the Sea of Galilee, then a boat ride, Mount of Beatitudes, Tabgha, where Jesus multiplied the loaves and the fish, Mensa Christi (Peter’s Primacy), Capernaum, the town where Jesus lived after he left Nazareth. After lunch we will go to Jordan River. On our way back we will have a stop in Cana of Galilee where Jesus performed his first miracle. Back to the hotel for dinner and over night.
DAY 9 NAZARETH- ZIPPORI- DEPARTURE
Free morning in Nazareth. Then visit Zippori, a roman city which became the Capital of Galilee in the first century. Drive to the Ben Gurion Airport to catch your flight.