Bibleland Tour

Bibleland Tour

Day 1. Monday
Ben Gurion Airport / Jerusalem

Arrival at Ben Gurion Airport where you will be met by our representative and transferred to your hotel in Jerusalem.

Overnight in Jerusalem.

Day 2. Tuesday
Jerusalem (New City) B/D
Bibleland Tour, 8 days / 7 nights. Gethsemane garden
Old olive trees in the garden of Gethsemane. 

Our day begins at the Israel Museum on a hill in Givat Ram where we find the Shrine of the Book housing the priceless Dead Sea Scrolls and the Holyland Model of Jerusalem as it was during the Second Temple period.

Continue to the ancient village of Ein Karem, the place where John the Baptist was born.

Next a powerful visit to Yad Vashem, Israel’s official memorial to the victims of the Holocaust located at the foot of Mount Herzl.

Six miles southwest of Jerusalem we come to Bethlehem*, birthplace of Jesus where we stop to view Rachel’s Tomb before continuing to the Church of Nativity and Manger’s Square. Return to Jerusalem.

Overnight in Jerusalem.

Day 3. Wednesday
Jerusalem (Old City) / Bethlehem* B/D
Bibleland Tour, 8 days/7 nights. The Tower of David
The Tower of David

Enter the walled city where you will see the ancient limestone wall known as the Wailing Wall, Western Wall or Kotel and see the actual site of the Second Temple, the Temple Mount.

Walk along the Via Dolorosa, the Way of Sorrow passing pass the Stations of the Cross on your way to Calvary and the Church of the Holy Sepulcher which houses the traditional site of the Crucifixion and Resurrection.

Just outside the Old City is Mount Zion with King David’s Tomb and the Room of the Last Supper (Cenacle). Enjoy the spectacular view of Jerusalem considered holy for each of the three faiths. Visit the Garden of Gethsemane where Judas betrayed Jesus.

Visit Mahane Yehuda set between Aggripas and Jaffa Streets is a bustling marketplace with over 250 vendors selling everything from soup to nuts. It is the largest open air marketplace in Israel. After making your purchases return to your hotel.

Overnight in Jerusalem.

Day 4. Thursday
Beit She’an / Nazareth / Galilee B/D
Bibleland Tour, 8 days/7 nights. Basilica of The Annunciation in Nazareth
Basilica of The Annunciation in Nazareth

Leaving Jerusalem this morning we go back in history as we pass the oldest city in the world, Jericho*. Travel through the Jordan Valley and the new settlements to Beit She’an historically known as Scythopolis to visit some of the best preserved ruins in the Middle East.

Continue to Nazareth, the boyhood town of Jesus to see the Church of the Annunciation as well as other Christian sights. Then we are on our way to Safed, the center of Jewish mysticism with its ancient synagogues and Artist Quarter lined with galleries and workshops.

Overnight in a Kibbutz hotel.

Day 5. Friday
Golan Heights / Sea of Galilee B/D
Bibleland Tour, 8 days/7 nights. Church of the Beatitudes, Sea of Galilee, Israel
Church of the Beatitudes, Sea of Galilee, Israel

This morning our drive takes us up to the Golan Heights passing Banias, the source of the River Jordan. Along the way pass former Syrian fortifications and Druze Villages. Enjoy a wine country experience with vineyards surrounded by breathtaking views. Become acquainted with the collection of fine and rare wines enjoying a tour, wine tasting and gaining an understanding of the wine production process.

Travel along the shores of the Sea of Galilee to the ancient fishing village of Capernaum to visit the ruins of the ancient synagogue. Visit the Mount of Beatitudes where Jesus delivered the memorable Sermon on the Mount and Tabgha, the traditional site of the Multiplication of the Loaves and Fish. Continue driving to Tiberias named after the Roman Emperor situated on the western shore of the Sea of Galilee. There is an opportunity for an optional 45 minute cruise along the tranquil waters of the sea where life has changed little during the past 2000 years (subject to weather conditions).

Overnight in a Kibbutz hotel.

Day 6. Saturday
Akko / Haifa / Caesarea / Tel Aviv B/D
Bibleland Tour, 8 days/7 nights. The Akko cityscape with the St John's church, surrounded by sea walls and old residential neighborhood, Israel
The Akko cityscape with the St John’s church.

Following breakfast we drive through the hills of the Galilee westward to Acre (Akko) with its long cultural history for a visit of the old Crusader stronghold and mediaeval fortifications. On arrival in Haifa ascend Mount Carmel for a panoramic view of the city, the Baha’i Shrine, the Persian Gardens and Haifa Bay. Travel along the Mediterranean Coast to Caesarea, once the Roman capital of the region visiting the Roman Theater and Crusader Fortress known as “the masterpiece of Herod the Great”. End the day with a short tour of Tel Aviv and the ancient port of Jaffa.

Overnight in Tel Aviv.

Day 7. Sunday
At leisure B/D

Free day in Tel Aviv. Perhaps an optional tour to Masada and the Dead Sea (cost not included).

Overnight in Tel Aviv.

Day 8. Monday
Tel Aviv / Ben Gurion Airport  B

Breakfast and transfer to the airport for departure. Today marks the end of your journey.

 

2020 Tour Dates:
Dec 7/ 14
Dec 21/ 28

2021 Tour Dates:
Jan 4/11 /18 /25
Feb 1/ 8/15/22

*Site under the Palestinian Authority Jurisdiction. Visit is a subject to situation.

 

Your land arrangements include:

  • Sharing transfer on arrival and departure (from/to Ben Gurion Airport)
  • 7 nights accommodation on bed and breakfast basis
  • Dinner daily except arrival day
  • 5 touring days as per itinerary with English speaking guide
  • Entrance fees to the sites visited as per itinerary

The hotels might be replaced with similar ones.

Your land arrangements do not include:

  • Airfare to and from Tel Aviv
  • Departure taxes, fuel surcharges or airport improvement fees
  • Porterage at the airport or hotels
  • Insurance
  • Early check in/late check out
  • Single room supplement – a limited number of single rooms available on payment of supplement
  • Meals and beverages not mentioned – dinner on arrival day
    Optional tours not quoted
  • Optional 45 minute cruise on the Sea of Galilee
  • Optional Sunday tour to Masada and Dead Sea $112.00 US per person
  • Gratuities for individual services, laundry and valet service and any other items of a purely personal nature
  • Tipping to guide, driver, hotel or restaurant staff, horse handler in Petra
  • E. & O.E.

 

B = Breakfast
L=Lunch
D=Dinner

For more information, please contact Janice Snider.

Bibleland Tour