program incl. Eilat

Day 1: Depart U.S.A

Departure from Newark Airport, arrive Tel Aviv Ben-Gurion Airport in the next day.

Day 2 Tel Aviv Mediterranean Coast

Arrival at Ben-Gurion Airport, exit terminal at the sign marked groups and meat your local guide who will escort you to your hotel on the coast. Dinner and over night.

Day 3 Galilee

We travel via the coast to Caesarea, where the Romans held Paul prisoner. Visit the Roman and Crusader ruins. Drive through the Carmel Mountains heading for Galilee. In Haifa, visit Stella Maris, a Carmelite Monastery with the Madonna of Mt Carmel. Continue to Muhraka where Elijah confronted the false prophets of Baal and where the Carmelite Order was started. Continue to the Basilica of Annunciation in Nazareth and visit Mary's Well and the Church of the Angel Gabriel. Drive to Cana, the village of Jesus' first miracle of changing water into wine. Drive to our hotels in Tiberias for Dinner and over night.

Day 4 The Ministry of Christ in Galilee

Some of today's highlights are going remembering our Baptism at the Classic program River then Yardenit a boat ride across the Sea of Galilee to Capernaum to see the synagogue and St. Peter's house, visit the Ancient Boat, a visit to the Mount of the Beatitudes where the Sermon on the Mount was given, to Tabgha to see the splendid mosaic about the miracle of the loaves and fishes, and to the nearby Church of Peter's Primacy where Peter was told " Feed my lambs, feed my sheep. Drive to the Golan Heights to visit Caesarea Philippi, location of the testimony of St. Peter and where Jesus answered him "You are the Rock and upon this rock I will build my Church." Dinner and overnight at your hotel.

Day 5 Classic program River Jericho Dead Sea

We start the day by driving to beth-Shaan an ancient Romanian Ruins, then to Gedon Spring. Drive down the Classic program Valley and head towards The oasis town of Jericho, visit the excavations of the oldest city in the world and view mount temptation where Jesus fasted and was tempted by Satan. Drive to the Dead Sea (the lowest place in the world) there will be a time for swim (or rather a float!) in the mineral rich water of the Dead Sea, renowned for its healing properties., Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Dead Sea.

Day 6 Dead Sea program incl. Eilat

Drive to to Qumran, the site where the Dead Sea scrolles where found. Then to Massada the fortress of King Herods and the place of the last battle against the Roman, continue to Ein Gedi oasis, Where King David had refused from King Saul, drive to program incl. Eilat city on the red sea shore, dinner and over night.

Day 7 program incl. Eilat

Visit the Under Water Observation ( The Aquarium ) in the Red Sea, Time free on the red sea shore, back to your hotel for dinner and over night.

Day 8 program incl. Eilat Jerusalem

Drive to Jerusalem via Beer Sheva the biggest city in Negev Desert continue to Ella Valley, where King David killed Goliat, then to Beith Shemesh (Tel Beith Shemesh) and head towards Jerusalem.Dinner and over night.

Day 9 Jerusalem and Bethlehem

On the first day in Jerusalem we present an overview for a better understanding of its geography and some of the key sites surrounding the area. This includes a dramatic view of the Old City from the Mount of Olives, revealing a city with 4000 years of history. From this vantage point see much of what makes Jerusalem such a unique city to the three major religions – Judaism, Christianity and Islam. We then head to the village of EinKarem, the birthplace of St. John the Baptist and to the Church of Visitation where the Blessed Virgin Mary visited her cousin, Elizabeth, and proclaimed the 'Magnificat'. In the afternoon we drive to the Shepherd's Fields where the angels announced the birth of Jesus. Then we visit the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem that stands upon the site where Jesus was born.  Back to your hotel in Jerusalem for Dinner and overnight.

Day 10 Jerusalem, The Passion of Jesus Last Hours

We begin our day with a visit to the Mt. of Olives to walk the Palm Sunday route stopping at Dominus Flevit, where Jesus wept over Jerusalem.  Then to Gethsemane, the Rock of Agony where Jesus prayed His last prayer before his arrest. Visit the cave of betrayal then the cave of Assumption of Mary to heaven.  Back on the Mt of Olives we visit the Pater Noster with the Lords Prayer in many languages, and the Ascension from where ascended to Heaven.  Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Jerusalem.

Day 11 Stations of the Cross:

After breakfast at your hotel we walk to the Old City of Jerusalem along the via Dolorosa ( Way of Sorrow ), through the markets of the old city to visit St. Anne's Church. We pass the Ecce Home where Pilate proclaimed "Behold the man"; then the Wailing Wall, the most holy place for Jews.  Nearby is the Dome of the Rock and the Haram al Sharif or Temple Mount.  We exit at Mt Zion. At the Cenacle we visit the Upper Room of the Last Supper.

Day 12 The Departure

Next we go to the Garden Tomb. We end the day at St. Peter in Gallicantu where Peter denied Him thrice.  Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Jerusalem. Drive to Ben-Gurion Airport for our flight to the U.S.

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