Israel

The Land of the Book

Visit Israel as a pilgrim, a student of history or religion, an armchair archeologist, or just someone fascinated by the places and people who have shaped our world.

Highlights: Jerusalem of the old and new testament, the Israel Museum, Holocaust Memorial Yad Vashem, Bethlehem, the Dead Sea, the mountain stronghold of Masada, archeological site of Beit She’an, sites around the Galilee including a boat trip on the Sea of Galilee, Nazareth, the crusader seaport of Akko, and the Roman amphitheater of Caesaria Maritima.

Overnights: Our 13-day/12-night journey begins and ends in Jerusalem with additional overnights at the Dead Sea and in the Galilee.

Included in your tour: Roundtrip air from your home city to Tel Aviv, 11 nights hotel accommodations based on two people sharing a room, full Israeli breakfast and dinner daily, entrance to all sites listed in the itinerary, deluxe air-conditioned motor coach and services of government-licensed English-speaking guide, and group travel trip cancellation, interruption, and medical insurance.

Map of Israel

Day-by-Day Itinerary

Day 1: Depart USA.

Day 2: Arrive Ben Gurion Airport and transfer to our Jerusalem hotel for dinner and a good night’s sleep.

Day 3: Jerusalem of the Old Testament

Jerusalem

Jerusalem

Start with a panoramic view of Jerusalem and its earliest foundation, the City of David. Enter the old city via the Dung Gate and walk the Cardo through the reconstructed Jewish Quarter. Continue journeying back in time, visiting the southern wall excavations and the Western Wall. Proceed to the Temple Mount to see the Al-Aqsa Mosque and the Dome of the Rock Mosque. Overnight: Jerusalem.

Day 4: Jerusalem Old and New.

Explore the Israel Museum, a showcase of the country’s cultural and historical treasures, including the Dead Sea Scrolls and a scale model of Jerusalem during the Roman period. Move forward to the 20th century with a visit to Yad Vashem, a memorial to the 6 million Jewish victims of the Holocaust. Overnight: Jerusalem.

Day 5: Morning free, afternoon in Bethlehem.

Bethlehem

Bethlehem

In the morning, explore and shop on your own. Walk the rampart walls of the Old City, trek through Jerusalem’s ancient underground water system, hunt for treasures in the Old City market, or settle into a café and enjoy the beauty and diversity of this ancient city. In the afternoon, visit Bethlehem, the traditional birthplace of Jesus and the site of the Church of the Nativity and Manger Square. This evening in Ein Karem, the traditional birthplace of John the Baptist, partake in a “last supper” style meal. Overnight: Jerusalem.

Day 6: Qumran, Ein Gedi, and the Dead Sea.

Bethlehem

Qumran

Travel to the Dead Sea, the lowest point on earth. Stop in Qumran, where the Dead Sea scrolls were found, and Ein Gedi, a desert oasis where David found refuge from Saul. This afternoon swim in the Dead Sea, relax with a mud bath, or pamper yourself with a massage at our Dead Sea spa hotel.

Day 7: Masada to Beit She'an.

Beit She’an Amphitheatre

Beit She’an Amphitheatre

Explore Masada, King Herod’s fortress overlooking the Dead Sea, and in 70 AD the last stronghold of the Jewish rebellion against the Romans. View the remains of the Roman wall, water system, baths, store rooms, swimming pool, and synagogue. Travel to the archeological site of Beit She’an, with its remains of 18 cities spanning 5,000 years of history. Settle into our Galilee hotel for a four-night stay.

Day 8: Galilee: The Life and Ministry of Jesus.

Sculpture of Jesus and Peter at Tabgha

Sculpture of Jesus and Peter at Tabgha

View the “Jesus Boat,” remains of a first-century boat found in the mud on the shores of the Sea of Galilee, followed by our own boat ride. Travel to Capernaum’s ruins of the synagogue where Jesus preached. At the Mount of Beatitudes, site of the “Sermon on the Mount,” have time for prayer and meditation. Visit Tabgha, scene of the Multiplication of the Loaves and Fishes, and the archeological site of Korazim, reminiscent of towns in the time of Jesus. Overnight: Galilee.

Day 9: Galilee: Sepphoris, Nazareth, and Megiddo.

Capernaum Greek Orthodox Church and the Sea of Galilee

Capernaum Greek Orthodox Church and the Sea of Galilee

Journey to ancient Sepphoris, capital of Galilee in the time of Jesus, and then on to Nazareth, His childhood home, which is now a Jewish, Christian, and Moslem city. At Megiddo, the prophesied site of Armageddon, view excavations that have revealed 20 layers of civilizations, including fortifications of King Solomon. Travel to the top of Mt. Tabor, the site of the Transfiguration, with its magnificent view of the Galilee. Overnight: Galilee.

Day 10: Galilee: Dan, Caesarea Philippi, the Golan, and Hazor.

Caesaria Philipi

Caesaria Philipi

At Dan, the northernmost city in Biblical times, explore excavations that have revealed settlements dating from the Canaanite and Israelite periods. Visit Caesarea Philippi, where Jesus blessed Simon and changed his name to Peter, who became “the rock” on whom Jesus built His church. Experience the Golan Heights and its bunkers, followed by a stop at Hazor, conquered by Joshua and rebuilt by King Solomon. Return to Galilee through Safed (Zefat), where great rabbis and Kabbalists lived and studied in the 16th and 17th centuries. Overnight: Galilee

Day 11: Akko, Caesarea Maritima, Jerusalem.

Akko The Ottoman Turkish Sea Wall

Akko The Ottoman Turkish Sea Wall

Cross northern Israel to the crusader seaport of Akko to tour the winding labyrinth of this walled city and oriental bazaar. Continue on to Mt. Carmel, and then head down the coast to Caesarea Maritima, with its monumental amphitheater, hippodrome, and aquaducts built by Herod. Overnight: Jerusalem.

Day 12: Last week of Christ in a day.

Church of All Nations

Church of All Nations

Starting on the Mount of Olives, proceed to the chapel where Jesus wept bitterly as He looked over Jerusalem, realizing that it was going to destroy itself by violence. Continue to the Garden of Gethsemane, Gethsemane Cave, and the Church of All Nations. Entering the Old City through St. Stephen’s Gate, walk the way of Jesus on the Via Dolorosa past the Arch of Ecce Homo to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in the Christian Quarter, ending at the Garden Tomb. This evening, share a farewell dinner. Overnight: Jerusalem.

Day 13: Depart Israel for the US, or continue on the optional tour extension to Petra, Jordan.

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