Day 1: Arrival – Mediterranean coast – Tiberias (D)
Shalom & welcome to Israel! Upon your arrival at Ben Gurion International Airport, you will be met by your RT&T Representative who will accompany you during your stay in Israel. We start our tour by traveling northward along the coast of the Mediterranean Sea and via the city of Caesarea and Haifa, Israel’s largest port city, built on the slopes of Mt. Carmel. Then on to your hotel for check-in, dinner & overnight.
Day 2: Cana- Nazareth – Galilee – Capernaum – Tabgha – Mt. Of Beatitudes (B.L.D)
In the morning after breakfast, we will visit the city of Cana where Jesus performed His first Miracle, changing water into wine.
Then on to Nazareth, the boyhood town of Jesus and home of Mary and Joseph.
In the afternoon, we drive through the landscapes of Galilee and later for a ride in a replica of a Galilean
fishing boat on the Sea of Galilee, where Jesus calmed the storm and walked on the water.
Visit Capernaum – the center of Jesus’ ministry after he left Nazareth, stop at Tabgha- the Church of the Multiplication of the Loaves and Fishes.
We’ll make a brief halt at St. Peter’s house.
This is believed to be the place where Jesus dined with His disciples.
Return to hotel for dinner and overnight.
Day 3: Jordan Valley – Yardenit – Qumran Caves – Dead Sea (B.L.D)
Today after breakfast we leave Galilee for Jerusalem.
After a stop at Yardenit, the traditional baptismal site on the Jordan River we will continue to the lowest point on earth- The Dead Sea.
Drive to the ancient city of Jericho, believed to be the oldest city on earth, and view from here Mt. Qarantal, where Jesus spent 40 days when Satan tried to tempt him.
We will visit the Qumran caves, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found. Make a brief stop at a private beach; take the opportunity to float in the salty buoyant water, rich in minerals (towels and swim dress necessary).
Return to the hotel for dinner and overnight.
Day 4: Ein Karem – Mt. Zion – Bethlehem (B.L.D)
Today morning after breakfast, we will visit Ein Karem – the town of Judah and the birthplace of John the Baptist. We then visit Mt Zion the cynical, the room for the last supper, and King David’s Tomb. We also visit the Church of St. Peter Gallicantu the site where the High Priest imprisoned Jesus before he was turned over to the Romans and the church of Dormition.
Then onto Bethlehem to visit the Church of Nativity and the Manger Square. Later return to the hotel for dinner and overnight.
Day 5: Mt of Olives-Garden Of Gethsemane – the Old City Of Jerusalem- Jewish Quarter (B.L.D)
This morning we start by visiting the Mt. of Olives, the Church of Ascension, which commemorates the assents of Jesus to heaven. Then continue to the panoramic view of Jerusalem and from there, by foot travel to Dominos Flavit where Jesus wept over eminent destruction of Jerusalem where the chapels are built in the shape of a tear as a poignant reminder to this event, and then visit the Garden of Gethsemane where Jesus prayed while Judah betrayed him to the Romans. Visit the Basilica of agony. We then go to the pools of Beit Hasda, and from there we take the Via Dolorosa (Way of Grief), traditionally accepted as the last route trodden by Jesus. Follow the 14 Stations of the Cross to Golgotha. You will see the Pilate’s Judgments Hall, the Chapel of the Flagellation, where the Roman soldiers scourged Jesus and placed a crown of thorns on His head. The last four Stations of the Cross are inside the Church of the Holy Sepulcher visible from the distance, wish is two silver domes, also “The Tomb” widely believed to be part of the stone that covered Jesus Tomb. In the afternoon, we go through the Jewish quarter to the Wailing. Then back to the hotel for dinner and overnight.