Day 1

Our first day will start with a visit to Jaffa – where St. Peter had his vision on the rooftop of the House of Simon the tanner (Acts 10:32), raised Tabitha from the dead (Acts 9:36); Jonah set sail to Tarshish (Jonah 1:3) and King Solomon built his port (2 Chron. 2:16) on the Mediterranean.

From Jaffa we will go visiting the Ayalon institute where the underground Jewish forces made bullets under the nose of the British before the state of Israel was established.

Rot child Blvd., Neve Zedaq and the Rabin square.

Going back to the hotel in Tel Aviv.

 

Day 2

Starting the day with a view of Beit Shemesh where the Ark of the Covenant arrived after was high jacked by the philistines. An ATV trip in the mounts around will be waiting for us afterwards.

The Archaeological Seminars excavation of the caves in Beit Guvrin and Maresha National Park that once lay beneath Hellenistic dwellings is what that we will have next – just after launch. Coming back to Tel Aviv

 

Day 3

Leaving Tel Aviv with our luggage to our first station of the day:

Caesarea – the magnificent ruins of Herod’s showcase port city continue the story of St. Peter, with his conversion of Cornelius’ household (Acts 10:24). Caesarea is also the scene of St. Paul’s imprisonment (Acts 23:35), his appearance before King Agrippa and his departure for Rome (Acts 25:13-26:32). It figures centrally in the history of early Christianity as home to the Church father Eusebius.

The Carmelite Monastery of Mukhraka – where Elijah called down fire from Heaven (1 Kings 18:19-39). After this miracle, a great drought ended with the appearance of a small cloud over the sea (1 Kings 18:44), a pre-figuring of St. Mary.

Acre – called Ptolemais when St. Paul visited it (Acts 21:7), a gem of the medieval world, with its Knights Halls, fishermen’s port, Turkish Bath Museum, bazaar and ramparts overlooking the Mediterranean Sea.

Overnight in Acre.

 

Day 4

Visit of Haifa and the beautiful Baha’i gardens from the top of the Carmel mount.

Continuing to the Tel Megiddo – the most important and the biggest archeological hill in Israel, the place which known usually as Armageddon. The place where the final battle in the end of times will take place is here. Megiddo – with ramparts, temples, dwellings and a water system that made it one of the greatest cities of the ancient Near East, Megiddo became a regional capital of King Solomon (1 Kings 9:15), and is the New Testament’s Armageddon (Rev. 16:16). From Armageddon we will continue to Nazareth.

Nazareth – beautiful churches now grace Jesus’ boyhood home, including Mensa Christi in an old residential quarter, the Synagogue Church in the market, St. Gabriel’s Church over the ancient spring, the Church of St. Joseph, and the jewel in the crown, the Basilica of the Annunciation, with its magnificent representations of Mary from around the world.

Cana – on the outskirts of Nazareth, here Jesus performed the first miracle, changing water into wine (John 2:1-11), with the Wedding Church and the Church of Nathanael (John 21:2)

Overnight in Acre.

 

Day 5  

A boat-ride across the Sea of Galilee in a wooden vessel reminiscent of Jesus’ day. The Ancient Galilee Boat ­ – a wooden vessel dating back to the days of Jesus in a fascinating display.

Mount of Beatitudes – where Jesus preached the Sermon on the Mount (Matt. 5), and one of many sites where Pope Paul VI and Pope John Paul II prayed.

The Tabha Benedictine Monastery Multiplication of Loaves and Fishes – the site of the feeding of the 5,000 (Matt. 14:13-21).

Church of the Primacy of Peter – site of the miraculous catch of fish (John 21:6), where Jesus appeared to the disciples after the Resurrection (John 21:7), and of St. Peter’s reconciliation to Jesus (John 21:15-19(.

Capernaum – scene of many miracles and teachings, and known as Jesus’ “own town” (Matt. 9:1), including:

The House of St. Peter – (Mark 1:29) and the Memorial of St. Peter.

The Ancient Synagogue – built over the site where Jesus preached (Mark 1:21(

Tiberias – built by Herod Antipas (Luke 13:31) during Jesus’ ministry, Tiberias is the contemporary capital of the Sea of Galilee, with many reminders of Bible days.

Overnight at the Sea of Galilee.

 

Day 6

This day will be dedicated to the Golan Heights:

We will start our day at Tel Dan, the city that was conquered by the tribe of Dan after a long fight against the philistines and the spot that Jeroboam decided to build his capital and one of his temples. This is also the main source of water to the Sea of the Galilee so we’ll enjoy the nature – god’s greatest gift.

From Tel Dan we will continue to Caesarea Philippi (Banias) where saint peter got the keys to the kingdom of heaven, Pan – the lord of the shepherds temple was standing and Agrippa the second built his palace. And that’s all before mentioning the amazing nature park reserve that we have here.

After having lunch at the incredible restaurant of  Dag Aal Hadan or at one of the many Druz  villages that we  will pass through on the Golan height and will also learn about their culture and way of life, seeing the Mount Hermon and the Nimrod Castle.

Arriving to MT Bental while having a panoramic view of the valley of tears and Syria we’ll try to understand the hardest war that Israel have ever had – the Yom Kippur war.

By leaving the border with Syria we’ll start heading back to our hotel.

Overnight at the Sea of Galilee.

 

Day 7 

Today we will have a lot of time in the vehicle!!!

I will take you to a beach with a spa. We will talk about the options during the tour

Driving down from Sea of Galilee visiting Beit Shean where we will wander the ancient streets, amazed by columns toppled in the earthquake of 749 AD; an impressive theater that has returned to use; a bathhouse, which has been reconstructed to show visitors the pastimes of bygone days, and later contained a baptistery; and the churches that graced its suburbs. The fertile surrounding countryside, from Gilead to Jezreel and Gilboa, is still worthy of the ancient epithet “gateway to the Garden of Eden.”

From here we will continue to Masada – the incredible fort that king Herod built 2000 years ago.

Ascend by cable car (or by walking – if time permits) and tour the mountain fortress, where the Zealots of the first century A.D. made their last stand against the Roman Empire. Visiting the remains of the walls, Palaces, Synagogue, Water Cisterns, Mosaic Floors, Herod’s private Roman Bath and its findings.

After launch we’ll continue to the Dead Sea beach & spa. Enjoying the special opportunity of floating on the Dead Sea water with their unique therapeutic effects. On the afternoon we will start going up to Jerusalem or we will take a hotel at the Dead Sea.

Overnight in Jerusalem.

 

Day 8

Mount of Olives –a magnificent vantage point of the Holy City, with many important churches marking biblical sites.

The Garden of Gethsemane – with its ancient olive trees where Jesus was arrested (John 18:1-12), next to the Church of All Nations, named for the contributions made by Catholics from around the world. The church overlooks the Kidron Valley (John 18:1), and is also known as the Basilica of the Agony, as here Jesus sweated blood in fervent prayer (Luke 22:44).

 Mount Zion, including:

The Coenaculum – or Room of the Last Supper, built over the site of where Jesus and the disciples celebrated the first Eucharist (Mark 14:24)

Dormition Abbey – marking the site of the Dormition of Mary, where Mary was taken up to Heaven. The tomb of King David.

On our second part of the day we will pay a visit to Bethlehem and the church of the Nativity (on this day your passports will be needed).

Overnight in Jerusalem.

 

Day 9

This day will be dedicated to the old city of Jerusalem – The crème de la crème. We will make our way into the Old City, visiting the different quarters—the Jewish, Muslim, Armenian, and Christian ones—to gain a full appreciation of this historic area’s diversity.

Our first stop in the Old City will be the Wailing Wall; it is this wall that Jews consider to be their most treasured place in the entire world. We can each of us benefit from a hands-on experience with this revered site: those who wish can inscribe a personal note to be placed in an opening of the wall, recite an emotional prayer, or simply admire this magnificent edifice, which stands firmly at over 2000 years old.

From here, we’ll pass to the Muslim Quarter, following the path of the Via Dolorosa. On those streets we will walk in the path of the Agony that Jesus suffered on his way to the Crucifixion. We will stop at most of the stations, including the final five within the Church of the Holy Sepulcher.

For many, our visit at the Church will be the climax of our visit to Jerusalem.  The Church of the Holy Sepulcher is of matchless significance, the holiest place in the world for Christians. This is the place where most denominations believe that Jesus was crucified and buried. This is the place where, 1700 years ago, St. Helena found the Cross of the Crucifixion of Jesus. Here, we’ll visit the Golgotha, the Holy Sepulcher–the Tomb of Jesus–the five last stations of the Via Dolorosa and more.

Passing through the Christian Quarter, we’ll proceed to the Jewish Quarter. And simply by crossing this area, we’ll be able to transfer from one historic level to another: the Roman and the Jewish Cardo – the Fifth Avenue of the city of Jerusalem during ancient times.

If time will permit (I don’t know when your flight is) we will pay a visit to the Israel museum (the shrine of the book – the Dead Sea scrolls and the model of Jerusalem from the time of Jesus).

Overnight in Jerusalem.

 

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