Holy Land itinerary in 7 days
A journey to Israel is an unforgettable experience: it's a journey through history and tradition in one of the most fascinating and mysterious countries in the world. Departing from Tel Aviv, you'll discover the main highlights of the land where Jesus was born and lived according to the Gospel. You don't even need a map, in this 7-days tour we'll take you everywhere. The main cultural and religious sites you'll have the unique chance to see will be:
Today you'll arrive at Ben Gurion International Airport in Tel Aviv. You will meet your guide after airport procedures, then you'll be transferred to the hotel for check-in, dinner and overnight.
Today you'll check-out from hotel after breakfast and drive to ancient Jaffa (New Testament Joppa) where the Apostle Peter had a vision, whilst sitting on the rooftop of the House of Simon the Tanner, and he received God's command to bring the Gospel to the gentiles.
Our next stop is on Mt. Carmel where we will visit the "Place of Sacrifice" where Prophet Elijah had an encounter with the Priests of Baal.
We'll drive on across the "Plain of Harmageddon" to Nazareth, a town in Galilee where Jesus grew to manhood and visit the Basilica of the Annunciation. You'll then be transferred to your hotel in Tiberias for check-in, dinner and overnight.
After breakfast at the hotel, in the morning you'll visit Cana, the place of the wedding feast, where Jesus turned the water into wine. You'll then continue to Mt. Tabor, the Mount of the Transfiguration. From the top of the mount you can enjoy a wonderful panoramic view extending from Mt. Hermon in the north to the hills of Samaria in the south. You'll proceed to Yardenit and Jordan River where Jesus was baptized by St. John the Baptist. Return to your hotel for dinner and overnight.
You'll check-out from the hotel after breakfast. You'll enjoy a morning tour around the Sea of Galilee which is rich in memories of Jesus' ministry around its shores. We begin with a boatride across the Sea of Galilee, then we'll visit the ruins of Capernaum, a flourishing border town in Jesus' times and was called "his own city" because of the frequency with which Jesus visited it and the mighty works he did there.
Next we will visit the Church of the Multiplication of the Loaves and Fishes and the Chapel of the Primacy in Tabgha. We will stop for a while on the Mount of Beatitudes, the scene of the Sermon on the Mount. We'll drive to Bethlehem for dinner and overnight.
We will start this day with a visit to Mt. Zion where we shall stop to see the Upper Room, the Tomb of King David and the Church of St. Peter in Gallicantu which is built over the Palace of Caiaphas, the High Priest, who imprisoned Jesus and interrogated him before his trial before Pontius Pilate. Next we shall drive through the New City, passing the Knesset (Israel's Parliament building), and on to Ein Karem.
Here we shall visit the Church of the Visitation, which by tradition is built over the house of Zacharias, where the Virgin Mary came to visit her cousin Elisabeth. Here John the Baptist, the forerunner of Christ, was born. A visit to the Yad Vashem memorial to the victims of the Holocaust is also on our program for this morning. In the afternoon we will drive to Bethlehem, the royal city of David, to kneel at the place of the birth of Christ in the Grotto of the Nativity.
We will also visit the Shepherd's Field where the Angel of the Lord appeared to the Sheperds. Finally we will drive past Rachel's Tomb and return to Jerusalem for dinner and overnight.
After breakfast, today we shall start our pilgrimage in Jerusalem with a drive to the top of the Mt. of Olives, from which Jesus ascended to heaven after his resurrection. From the top of the mount you can enjoy a magnificent view over all of ancient and modern Jerusalem, the center of the biblical world. We will visit the holy shrines on the mount and walk down the "Palm Sunday Road" visiting the Chapel of Dominus Flevit ("Jesus wept") en route to the Garden of Gethsemane and the Church of All Nations where Christ prayed on the night of his betrayal.
Next we shall enter within the old walled city of Jerusalem, we will visit the Pools of Bethesda and walk on along the Via Dolorosa, following the 14 stations of the cross from Pilate's Judgement Hall to the empty tomb in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. After lunch we shall visit the last standing remnant of the ancient temple at the Western (Wailing) Wall and visit some of the exciting archeological sites in and around the Old City. Return to our hotel for dinner and overnight.
You'll check-out from the hotel and proceed to Jericho, one of the oldest cities in the world. You'll admire the Mt. of Temptation and stop at Jericho to see the famous sycamore tree up close. We'll then continue to Qumran, where the Dead Sea scrolls were found. Last stop will be a visit to the Dead Sea, the lowest point on Earth where you'll have the opportunity to bathe in its mineral rich waters. We'll then drive to Tel Aviv airport to catch your flight back home.