9-Day Fantastic Israel with Biblical Experiences
Tour Style: Tailor-made tour
- Go back in time with a walk inside the Roman Amphitheater
- Admire the golden-domed Baha'i Shrine
- Enjoy the incredible modern architecture at the Church of the Annunciation
- Immerse yourself in the stunning panoramic view of the Sea of Galilee
- Appreciate the exterior splendor of the Dome of the Rock
- Learn about the story of Jesus at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre
- Feel the spiritual atmosphere of the Church of the Nativity
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- Day 1
As your flight lands at Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv, your driver is waiting to greet you and then escorts you to your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure.
Overnight: Tel Aviv
- Day 2
Today, you will be driven through the ancient land of the Philistines to reach the Valley of Elah, which was the beginning of King David as a young shepherd protecting his people against giant Goliath. Hear about another Biblical story named the tale of Samson and Delilah on your way to the Valley of Ayalon. The adjacent Monastery of Silent Monks at Latrun would amaze you.
Before returning to your hotel, make a visit to Jaffa for a leisurely stroll with the cool breeze of the Mediterranean Sea and the local atmosphere.
Overnight: Tel Aviv
- Day 3
After breakfast, drive along the Mediterranean coast to ancient Caesarea. Imagine the former prosperity with a walk inside the Roman Amphitheater, explore the impressive Crusader Fortress starting from its arched stone gate, and then enjoy a short break with the sound of waves slapping the shore at the Herod’s harbor after visiting Herod’s stadium.
Continue to Haifa, where the golden-domed Baha'i Shrine is located. Catch a stunning view of this UNESCO World Heritage Site as well as the surrounding breathtaking landscape.
- Day 4
Today, a comfortable transfer will take you to ancient Acre to explore some of the archaeological treasures including the forbidding Ottoman fortress and the Crusader underground tunnels used by the Knights of St John.
Continue to Nazareth to appreciate the incredible modern architecture of the Church of the Annunciation. Before checking in to the hotel in Tiberias, overlooking the Sea of Galilee at the Church of the Primacy of Peter would be an excellent decision.
- Day 5
After breakfast, drive north along the Sea of Galilee to Tabgha to hear about the details of Jesus’ Sermon at the Mt. of Beatitudes. Continue to Capernaum, a fishing village home to Jesus’ first followers. After that, change direction to the Mount Gilboa in Beit She'an, where King Saul fell on his own sword and his sons were killed in battle according to Bible. Proceed to Jerusalem and make a stopover for a majestic panoramic view of this old city. After arrival, check in to the hotel and have a good rest.
- Day 6
Today, you will be driven through the Judean desert to the Dead Sea. The Caves of Qumran that the famous Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered is located near the road. Continue your travel along the shores of the Dead Sea to Masada. Ascend by cable car to the striking cliff-top Fortress of Masada, which symbolize bravery and self-sacrifice since the mass suicide of 960 people took place here in the First Jewish-Roman War.
You will reach one of the comfortable Dead Sea resorts at noon. Before returning to Jerusalem, experience the unique floating sensation and may also take a mud bath.
- Day 7
Your Jerusalem exploration starts from the hilltop of Mt. of Olives, where you can get a bird’s eye view of the old city. Along the way downhill, you will visit the Chapel of Dominus Flevit, the Garden of Gethsmane, the Cave of the Assumption of Mary and the Cave of Betrayal combining with the stories of Jesus as the Bible says. Entering the Lion Gate and following the Via Dolorosa, you will finally meet the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, where Jesus was crucified and later buried. After that, head to the Temple Mount for admiring the Dome of the Rock. Descend to the Western Wall to see Jewish people praying, chanting and singing at this sacred place. Later, stroll through the Jewish Quarter to Mount Zion for visiting the Room of the Last Supper, the Tomb of King David and the House of Caiaphas.
- Day 8
Today, set out for a visit to Yad Vashem, Israel’s official memorial to the victims of the Holocaust. Continue to the Israel Museum, in where you can see the Shrine of the Book housing the Dead Sea Scrolls. Continue to Bethlehem to get views of the Shepherd’s Field, identified as the site where the angels first announced the birth of Jesus. Feel the spiritual atmosphere of the Church of the Nativity, the birthplace of Jesus according to Bible. On your way back to Jerusalem, make a stopover at the Garden Tomb.
- Day 9
After a leisurely breakfast, you will be escorted to Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv for your departure flight.