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Golden Dome of the Rock
Garden of Gethsemane
Floating in the Dead Sea
The Garden Tomb
Church of Holy Sepulcher
David's Tower in old city of Jerusalem
Memorial to the Deportees at The World Holocaust Remembrance Center
Find yourself encased in ancient history and diverse cultures as we discover the Holy Land. Ageless stories come to life as we walk the pilgrimage footsteps countless people have for thousands of years. Discover the birthplace of three of the world’s largest religions – Judaism, Islam, and Christianity. Brimming with biblical sites, encounter the Mount of Beatitudes, where Jesus delivered his sermon on the mount; Beth Shean, one of the ten Decapolis; the platform where King Harod’s Temple sat on Temple Mount; the Western Wall and stations of the cross, and much more. This riveting once-in-a-lifetime experience will leave you with lasting memories.
January 25 – February 4, 2020 | Offer good through November 11, 2019
Starting at: $5999 $5799 per person (including all airfare)
Relax and enjoy an overnight flight to the Promised Land.
Today we arrive in the second most populous city in Israel, Tel-Aviv. You will instantly feel the pulse of this vibrant coastal city, brimming with sandy Mediterranean beaches and a lively cultural scene. We will meet our local Tour Guide and drive to our hotel. Join your fellow travelers at our Holiday Vacations Welcome dinner. D
Following breakfast, we head north along the breathtaking coastline to Caesarea. Known for its ancient port and Caesarea National Park, it was here Cornelius the Centurion and his household were saved and baptized. We then head northward to Mount Carmel. It was in this coastal mountain range where Elijah challenged the profits of Ba’al. After, we make a stop in Nazareth’s Old City to visit the Church of Annunciation. Our final stop before heading to our hotel in Tiberius is at Sephoris, “The Ornament of Galilee.” This village and archaeological site holds diverse history and is home to the partially restored Roman Theater, which offers spectacular views and famed mosaics including the “Mona Lisa of the Galilee.” We’ll complete our day with an included dinner at our hotel and second night in Tiberius. B,D
Today we visit Magdala and witness the recently discovered First Century Synagogue. Here The Magdala Stone can be found, which many archaeologists declare the most significant recent archaeological find. From there we’ll head to Capernaum, a small fishing village home to two ancient synagogues built on top of one another and the home of Saint Peter. After a stop at Mount Tabgha, we make our way to the Mount of Beatitudes, where the Sermon on the Mount took place. Next, we’ll “seas the day” enjoying a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee and then a visit to the Ancient Boat Museum. Here we learn the fascinating story of the discovery and restoration of an ancient boat dated to the first century A.D. B,D
After breakfast we’ll drive to one of the oldest cities in Israel, Beth Shean. Here we discover the Byzantine bathhouse, columned Roman street, and amphitheater, rich in gladiator history. We’ll follow the Jordan Valley to the area of the first baptism on the Jordan River, Qasr El Yahud. Then we stop for a viewpoint on Jericho, the oldest known continuously inhabited city in the world. Our day is complete with a beautiful drive along the Dead Sea shoreline to our beautiful accommodations and included dinner. B,D
This morning we ascend high above the Dead Sea to the fortress Masada. This 840-acre complex holds well-preserved ruins, and was first built by King Herod between 37 and 31 BCE. We continue along the Dead Sea coastline and make a visit at Qumran, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found by a Bedouin shepherd in 1948. We’ll complete our day of adventure with the unique opportunity to swim and float in the Dead Sea. The high salt content may prevent the existence of fish and aquatic plants, but it provides world-recognized healing and therapeutic benefits for humans. After, we head to Jerusalem and check in to our hotel for the next five nights. B,D
Our first day in Jerusalem offers the opportunity to travel high above the city to Mount Olive for breathtaking views. We’ll walk along the Palm Sunday trail to the ancient garden of Gethsemane where we find ourselves among ancient olive trees, some dating back to the 12th century. From there we head to the highest point in Jerusalem, Mount Zion. We visit the first Christian church and revere time in the “Upper Room,” believed to be the site of the Last Supper. View the traditional tomb of King David and continue to the High Priest Caiaphas’ House, taking time to stroll through some of the ancient rooms. Tonight, experience an authentic Shabbat dinner. B,D
We begin our day at the Israel museum. Ranked among the world’s most prominent art and archaeology museums, you’ll find yourself awe-struck by the most extensive holdings of biblical and Holy Land archaeology to date. Highlights include the Shrine of the Book and the Model of the Second Temple. Next, we walk through the Old City, seeing the Pool of Bethesda and discovering the ancient lifestyle and shops still maintained today. Walk the Way of the Cross to the Fortress of Antonia and let your imagination soar as we view marks carved for games by off-duty soldiers on the floor of Pilate’s Judgment Hall. A highlight today will be a visit to the Church of Holy Sepulcher and a moving visit to the Garden Tomb. B,D
Today, we ascend Temple Mount and discover the original platform where King Herod’s temple stood. We’ll visit the golden Dome of the Rock and the ancient limestone Western Wall and tunnels, whose architecture and artifacts are telling of life during the Second Temple Period. We continue to the Cardo of the Jewish Quarter where we get a fascinating look into the ancient markets of Jerusalem. Marvel at the Roman columns, murals, and Madaba Map. We’ll stop for a photo at the 14-foot Menorah next to the Israel Parliament before heading on to Yad Veshem, the World Holocaust Remembrance Center. This poignant experience is dedicated to preserving the memory of those who died, fought, and selflessly aided the Jews during the Holocaust. Tonight, we’ll savor dinner at a traditional Middle-Eastern restaurant. B,D
Our final day in Jerusalem takes us to the Biblical City of David, considered to be the urban core of ancient Jerusalem. Learn how water was protected and diverted into the City of David during the 8th century BCE. Journey underground as we navigate through Hezekiah’s Tunnel. Discover the Southern Wall steps and explore the Davidson Center. You’ll find entertaining presentations and exhibitions as well as captivating artifacts from the First and Second Temple periods. Our last adventure of the day will be a visit to the Tower of David. This ancient citadel offers the story of Jerusalem, detailing major events including its various historical periods as well as significance to the three largest monotheistic religions. We will end our day in traditional Holiday Vacations style with a Farewell Dinner.B,D
We return home with lifelong memories of our time in the Holy Land.
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