7-Day Sacred Israel & Dead Sea
Tour Style: Private Tour (No Join-in Group Tour)
- Explore the Church of Annunciation, site of Virgin Mary's house
- Marvel at Church of All Nations and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre
- Appreciate the holy Dome of the Rock and Haram Al-Sharif on the Temple Mount
- Pay a visit to the Church of the Nativity, the birthplace of Jesus Christ
- Take an adventure to the mysterious Mount of Temptation
- Tour the picturesque and heart-shaped Sea of Galilee
- Enjoy an interesting floating experience on your back in Dead Sea
- Overlook Syria’s border on Mount Bental in the Golan Heights
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- Day 1
Upon your arrival at Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv, finish the customs clearance and meet your private driver before transferring to the hotel in Jerusalem. Enjoy the rest of the day on your own.
- Day 2
Head for the Mount of Olives where Jewish people consider it as the most sacred cemetery. At the foot locates the Church of All Nations (Basilica of the Agony), with the Garden of Gethsemane next by. Walk through the Via Dolorosa, Pool of Bethesda and Church of the Flagellation. Arrive at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre which has been an important pilgrimage destination since the 4th Century. Later, visit the Cardo, the Roman main street of the Old City and Jewish Quarter.
- Day 3
Entering from the Dung Gate, you will reach the Wailing Wall (Western Wall) where people face the wall to pray and ask for help from God in a low voice. Walk up to the Temple Mount to admire Dome of the Rock and Haram Al-Sharif. Move to Mount Zion to visit the Cenacle, a room in the King David's Tomb compounds. Drive to the New City of Jerusalem after visiting the Dormition Abbey, the Hebrew University, the Parliament House and the Supreme Court.
Head for Bethlehem by car to Church of Nativity, marked as the birthplace of Jesus Christ. Later, witness the Shepherd’s Field Church before leaving for Ein Karem to visit the Church of the Visitation, John the Baptist’s birthplace.
Note: Non-Muslims are not allowed to visit Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock and the Haram Al-Sharif between Friday and Saturday, even just watch outside.
- Day 4
Depart for Dead Sea, a salt lake bordered by Israel and Jordan, and has the lowest elevation on land. You will first pay a visit to Qumran famous as the hiding place of the Dead Sea Scrolls. Continue to the top of the Masada Fortress by cable car, where the last Jewish stronghold against Roman invasion stood. After that, return to the Dead Sea for a floating experience on your back. Drive back to Jerusalem later.
- Day 5
Pass by a famous road called Wadi Kelt when driving to Jericho famed as “City of Palms”, then observe Monastery of St. Georges inhabited by Eastern Orthodox monks. Visit the Mount of Temptation where Jesus resisted Satan. Drop by the Tel of Jericho. Continue to drive through the Jordan Valley and make a stopover at the ancient Roman Theatre in Beit She’an.
After that, depart for Baptismal site on the Jordan River. Set off to Nazareth to explore the Church of Annunciation, which holds to be the home of the Virgin Mary. Visit Virgin Mary's Well and end today’s tour after strolling across the old city market.
- Day 6
Take a boat to the attractions around the picturesque and heart-shaped Sea of Galilee, the lowest freshwater lake on Earth. You will first reach Tabgha. Later, visit the old Synagogue and house of St. Peter in Capernaum. Start a drive to the Mount of Beatitudes where Jesus gave His important sermon to the multitude that assembled to see and hear him. Proceed to Mount Bental in the Golan Heights to overlook Syria’s border.
- Day 7
Enjoy some time for relaxation before leaving for Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv for your onward flight.
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- Sea of Galilee
- Church of Annunciation
- Golan Heights
- Dome of the Rock
- Church of the Holy Sepulcher
- Church of the Beautitudes