|TOUR DEPARTURE DATES||Every Thursday|
|DURATION OF TOUR||7 Nights / 8 days|
|TOUR BASIS||Bed & Breakfast|
|PRICES START FROM:||$1,247|
Jewish Culture and Christian Pilgrimage Tour
Jewish Culture & Christian Pilgrimage Tour Program
Day 01 Thursday: Welcome to Israel- Tel Aviv
Arrival at Tel Aviv (Ben Gourion) Airport where you will be met and assisted by a representative from Mazada Tour’s staff.
Transfer to Tel Aviv for accommodation and overnight.
Day 02 Friday: Brief Tour of Tel Aviv Followed a Visit to the Sea of Galilee
Pick up from your hotel after breakfast for a full day tour of Tel Aviv and Tiberius.
Your tour will begin with a panoramic visit of the city of Jaffa where you will take a short walking tour in picturesque alleys of the old, fortified town. You will pass by the house of Simon the Tanner and marvel at the views from the hill top.
From here you will drive north along the coast to the archaeological ruins of Caesarea, built by Herod the Great in honor of Augustus Caesar.
From there you will go on to visit Megiddo where the book of Revelations mentions a great battle at the place called “Armageddon”. It is an ancient city inhabited continuously for more than five millennia (600 – 5,000 B.C.).
After exploring the ancient ruins, you will drive toward the Sea of Galilee.
Overnight in Tiberius.
Day 03 Saturday: Sea of Galilee
After breakfast, you will begin a tour of Tiberius where Jesus lived, sojourned and preached on the shores of the Sea of Galilee. From here you will continue to the next destination: Capernaum, the center of Jesus’ ministry.
From here, you will proceed to Tabgha, just north of Tiberius, the site of Christ’s miracle of feeding the 5,000 and at the Church of the Multiplication, where the mosaic floor depicts a basket with loaves and two fish. From here you will drive on to the Mount of Beatitudes overlooking the Sea where Jesus preached the “Sermon on the Mount”, and it is believed that He chose his 12 apostles at this momentous event.
After this, you will continue on to the Golan Heights where you will ascend to take in the panoramic view of the peaks of Mt. Hermon, the rugged plateau of the Golan Heights, and beneath it the green pastoral Hula Valley.
Transfer back to Tiberius for overnight.
Day 04 Sunday: Sea of Galilee - Jordan River - Jerusalem
After breakfast, you will travel to Cana to visit the Wedding Church where Jesus performed his first miracle: turning water into wine.
Your next stop will be Nazareth where Jesus spent his childhood, and you will visit the Church of Annunciation, built on the site where archaeologists believe the Archangel Gabriel appeared to the Virgin Mary. You will also see Mary’s Well and Joseph’s Church.
You will drive through the Jordan Valley to Beit Shean with its recently excavated amphitheater. Visit the excavations of this beautiful preserved Roman City which was destroyed in an earthquake.
Continue to Jerusalem, and check-in at the hotel of your choice for an overnight.
Day 05 Monday: Masada and Dead Sea
En route to the Dead Sea, you will visit the site of the Qumran Caves where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered.
You will be mesmerized by the magnificent natural scenery of the Dead Sea on the way to Masada which is situated on an isolated cliff in the Judean Desert. This site was declared as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2001. Ascend by cable car to the fortress, which was the last stronghold of the Jewish Zealots in their war against the Romans. Visit the excavations, King Herod’s palace, the synagogue, bathhouse and much more. Enjoy the breathtaking view of the Roman camps and the Dead Sea.
Nearly 1,300 feet below sea level, the Dead Sea is the lowest point on the earth’s surface. Bring your swimsuit as if weather permits it’s possible to “float” on the salty, mineral rich water.
Return to Jerusalem for an overnight.
Day 06 Tuesday: Jerusalem Old City Tour
Begin your day with a hearty breakfast and a trip to Mt. Scopus. Enjoy the spectacular panoramic view of Jerusalem Tour. This city is holy and sacred for each of the world’s three great monotheistic religions – Christianity, Judaism and Islam, Jerusalem symbolizes a unique yearning for peace in the world. Your tour includes the Mount of Olives, a stop at the site where Jesus first uttered the Lord’s Prayer, and the Garden of Gethsemane where Judas betrayed Jesus.
In the Old City you will visit the Western Wall and the actual site of the Second Temple, the Temple Mount. Afterwards you will take the traditional Walk on the Way of the Cross, the Via Dolorosa, to Calvary and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, housing both the traditional site of Crucifixion and the Tomb of the Resurrection.
Next you will continue on to the southwest, just outside the Old City, where you will encounter Mount Zion, with the traditional tomb of King David and the Room of the Last Supper.
Return to your hotel in Jerusalem for overnight.
Day 07 Wednesday: Jerusalem New City Tour
This day’s tour focuses on the new city and includes Yad Vashem, the official memorial to the Jewish victims of the Holocaust, established in 1953, located at the foot of Mt. Hertzl.
Afterwards you will enjoy EinKarem; a picturesque village in the southwestern outskirts of Jerusalem. This small village has great significance in Christian traditions since this is where according to tradition, John the Baptist was born.
Next you will visit the Israel Museum with a detailed model of Jerusalem from the time of the Second Temple and the Shrine of the Book, which houses the Dead Sea Scrolls. Drive by the Knesset (House of Parliament) and the campus of Hebrew University.
After this you will transfer to Bethlehem to see Rachel’s Tomb and the Church of the Nativity. *
Return to your hotel in Jerusalem for overnight.
Day 08 Thursday: Departure
Note: Site under the Palestinian Authority jurisdiction. Visit subject to situation.
|PRICE INCLUDES|| Seven night’s hotel accommodation on bed and breakfast basis.
Assistance at the airport upon arrival.
Transfers from/to airport on arrival and departure.
Sightseeing in a modern air-conditioned motor coach.
Service of a Government licensed guide on all touring days.
Entrance fees to places of interest while touring.
|PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE|| Porterage at airport.
Tipping for guide, driver and hotel staff.
Beverages with meals.
Travelers’ medical baggage insurance.
Hotel Class & Prices
|Tel Aviv||Seanet Hotel (Or Similar)
|Tiberias||Prima Galil Hotel (Or Similar)
|Jerusalem||Jerusalem Gold Hotel (Or Similar)
|Tel Aviv||Metropolitan Hotel (Or Similar)
|Tiberias||Golan Hotel (Or Similar)
|Jerusalem||Grand Court Hotel (Or Similar)
|Tel Aviv||Crown Plaza Hotel (Or Similar)
|Tiberias||Caesar Prima Hotel (Or Similar)
|Jerusalem||Dan Panorama Hotel (Or Similar)