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This package tour offers an opportunity to visit the holy sites of Israel, including the fortress of Masada , the old city of Jerusalem, Garden of Gethsemane, and Wailing Wall, along with the buzzing Souks. In Bethlehem, we will visit the place where Jesus was born. Then, we will go to Peters House, the famous Synagogue, and much more.
On day 1, we will meet you at Allenby Bridge and then, drive to Masada. We will climb (by cable-car) the famous cliff-fortress of Masada, where Herod the Great built a magnificent palace in the middle of the desert. Masada was used as a fortress by the Jewish “Zealots,” who fought, few against many, against the pagan Roman Empire. Their heroic struggle became a symbol for the modern State of Israel. We will continue to Qumran, where the famous Dead Sea Scrolls were found and learn about the beliefs of the Jews at the time of Jesus. You will spend the night in Jerusalem.
On day 2, we will narrate a brief introduction of the city from the top of The Mount of Olives, and then, walk down to the Garden of Gethsemane. We will also visit the “Wailing Wall,” the last remnants of the Temple in Jerusalem. If the current situation allows it, we will try to visit the Temple Mount as well. We will follow in the footsteps of Jesus along the Stations of the Via Dolorosa, Jesus’ “Way of Suffering,” and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, where Jesus was crucified and buried. The Via Dolorosa also pass through the Old City’s oriental “Suq” (Bazaar). At the end of the day we will visit King David’s Tomb and the “Room of the Last Supper,” the Cenacle. You will spend the night in Jerusalem.
On day 3, we will travel to Bethlehem and visit the ancient Church of the Nativity, where we can really touch the very place where Jesus was born. Built by St. Helena in the 4th century, it has been an active church and has never been destroyed ever since! Here, St. Hieronymus wrote the first Latin translation of the Bible – the “Volgata.” We will also visit the “Milk Grotto” and the “Shepherds Fields”. Please note that the tour to Bethlehem can be cancelled without prior notice due to security circumstances.
Returning to Jerusalem we will pass by the picturesque village, Ein Karem, the place where John the Baptist was born. We will visit the “St. John in the Mountains” Church, built on the place where the house of St. John was once standing. We will also visit the Church of Visitation, where St. Mary visited Elisabeth out in the vineyard, and prophesized her birth of St. John. You will spend the night in Jerusalem.
On day 4, we will visit the places where Jesus acted around the Sea of Galilee; Capernaum, Peters House, and the famous Synagogue. We will enjoy the view from the mountain of the Beatitudes, where the “Sermon on the Mount” was given, and the reconstructed church at Tabgha, where tradition puts the miracle of the Bread and The Fish. We will also sail on the sea in a boat similar to the boat used by Jesus and his disciples. We will end the day tour at the Baptismal Site on the Holy River Jordan. You will spend the night in Jerusalem.
On day 5, after having breakfast, you will check out, and we will accompany you to Allenby Bridge or Ben Gurion Airport.