If you are seeking a more intimate Israel tour for you, your spouse, your family, friends or other group, our private Christian focused Israel experience is ideal. This sample program is perfect for a Christian family tour, and depending on the time of year you plan to travel as well as your group composite we can tailor make this Israel tour exactly to your preferences.

 

Day 1: Arrival to Tel Aviv – Jericho

Arrival at Ben Gurion Airport where you will be met by our representative and and taken to Jericho, one of the world’s oldest cities. Check-in at hotel. In the evening enjoy dinner at the hotel.  Overnight in Jericho (D)

Day 2 : Jordan Valley and Dead Sea

Begin the day by ascending the Qarantal, the Mount of Temptation by cable-car. It is here that Jesus went into the wilderness and fasted for 40 days following His baptism and was tempted by Satan, as described in the Gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke, enjoy the panoramic view of the Oasis of Jericho, and see the site of the first victory of the Israelites in the Land of Canaan (Joshua 6). Continue to the Place of Baptism (Qasr al Yehud) along the Jordan River, where Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist (Matthew 3:13-17). Drive to Masada and ascend to visit this fortress by Cable Car. Enjoy time at leisure at the Dead Sea. Visit Qumran, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found and where a community of Essenes lived. It is also possible that John the Baptist spent some time with the community here, then drive to one of the Dead Sea Beaches for an opportunity to float in its salty waters.  Return to hotel in Jericho for overnight. (B,)

Day 3:  Jordan Valley – Samaria– Sea of Galilee

Today we will begin our day visiting Samaria, starting with a visit to the Samaritans at Mt. Gerizim, visit the Museum and meet with the Samaritan Priest.  View the city of Nablus below form Joseph’s observation point.  If you wish, take a refreshing break at a local winery up on Har Bracha, enjoy meeting the owner of the vineyards with an opportunity for tasting some of the locally made wines.  Continue to Nablus were we will visit Jacob’s Well and continue to Sebastya, where you will visit the ruins of one of the ancient palaces of King Herod and enjoy lunch there.  Continue north to visit the village of Burqin. Visit the Church of St. George, where Jesus healed the 10 lepers. Continue to the Canaan Olive Oil Factory to taste the oils and learn about the successful fair trade cooperative.  Leave Samaria passing the Jalameh Checkpoint and proceed to your hotel on the shores of the Sea of Galilee.  Dinner and overnight in Tiberias. (B, D)

Day 4 :  Sea of Galilee

After breakfast visit Magdala Center, here one can find a first century synagogue, a complete first century city and remains of a once prosperous fish processing industry. Complete with shops, marketplace, residential areas, and wharf, this is a city where Jesus himself visited and taught. Enjoy a  boat ride on the Sea of Galillee. Visit Capernaum, and see the ruins of this village, often called the hometown of Jesus, with its synagogue church marking the home of Peter, and dwellings from the time of Jesus.  Lunch at a restaurant nearby for a taste of the famous St. Peter’s Fish.  Next, stop at the nearby Chapel of the Primacy of Peter, where Jesus appeared to the Apostles after the resurrection. Nearby is the site of the miracle of the loaves and fishes at Tabgha, with its famed mosaic depicting the two fishes and the five loaves Jesus multiplied. End the day at Mount of Beatitudes overlooking the Sea of Galilee where Jesus gave His Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7 and Luke 6).  Dinner in Tiberias  (B, D)

Day 5:  Cana – Nazareth – Mt. Carmel – Jerusalem

After breakfast, begin the day with a visit to Cana where often marriage vow renewals take place. Continue to Nazareth and visit the Basilica of the Annunciation and view the Cave where the Angel Gabriel appeared to Mary (Luke 1: 26-37). Tour the Old City and see Mary’s Well and the ancient synagogue.  Free time for lunch on your own in Nazareth. In the afternoon drive to Mt. Carmel for a stop at Stella Maris in Haifa for a wonderful panoramic view of the port city and view the Bahai Shrine and Gardens.  Drive along the Mediterranean coastline to Jerusalem. Check-in at hotel and overnight in Jerusalem. (B)

Day 6 :  Jerusalem – Old City  

Welcome the day with one of the most magnificent views in the world: ancient Jerusalem as seen from the top of the Mount of Olives.  The bus will drive you to the Garden of Gethsemane at the base of the mountain, you can spend time pondering and praying about the time Jesus spent here with his disciples before his arrest. Enter the Old City via Lion’s Gate, also known as St. Stephen’s Gate to the Pools of Bethesda, where Jesus healed a paralytic. Continue along the Via Dolorosa, the Way of Sorrows, which tradition says Jesus went with the cross to Calvary. Lunch in the Old City along the Via Dolorosa, which passes through the colorful Old City markets to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre the traditional site of the crucifixion of Jesus. In the afternoon continue to the Jewish Quarter and see the Southwestern steps of the Temple Mount stopping for private prayer at the Western Wall, the most significant site for the Jewish people.  End the day with a walk through the City of David and the ancient Hezekiah’s Tunnel.s    Tonight you can enjoy a sound and light show in Jerusalem. Overnight in Jerusalem. (B)

 

Day 7 :  Yad Vashem – Ein Karem – Garden Tomb

Begin the day with a tour at Yad Vashem, the Holocaust memorial. Continue to visit Ein Karem with the Church of John the Baptist. In the afternoon visit Bethlehem including a visit to the Church of the Nativity (Luke 2: 1-7), the birthplace of Jesus and stroll along Manger Square on to Beit Sahour to visit the Shepherd’s Experience a traditional Shabbat Dinner where you will be hosted by a Jewish family for their special Shabbat meal. (B, D)

Day 8 :  Mt. Zion – Bethlehem   

Drive to Mt. Zion where we will visit the “Upper Room” and the Church of St. Peter in Gallicantu where Peter denied the Lord three times. At noon drive to the Christian village of Beit Jala and enjoy hospitality with a Christian family.. Return to Jerusalem to visit the Garden Tomb. Return to Jerusalem for overnight. (B, L,)

Day 9 : Departure

Day at leisure in Jerusalem.  Transfer to the airport for departure flight back to USA. (B)

 

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