Jerusalem is an ancient city that is holy to the three major religions in the world, the Christians, the Moslems, and the Jews. Jerusalem is known for the Western Wall, the Dome of the Rock, and the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, just to name a few. The Old and New City is surrounded by a wall that defines it.
Bethlehem is the place that the Christians make the pilgrimage to every year at Christmas. This is the place where it is said that Jesus was born.
Jericho is one of the oldest cities that have been continuously inhabited in the world. Jericho is thought to be inhabited for the last eleven thousand years. The Palestinians run Jericho today. It is located close to the Jordan river.
Nazareth has been said to be where Jesus and Mary grew up, and is one of the largest cities in Israel. Nazareth is the place where the angel Gabriel told Mary that she was going to give birth to Jesus.
Petra is a city that was left to us over 2000 years ago by the Nabateans. When entering Petra through the Siq, it will be clear to you, as to why this is one of the seven wonders of the world. The first look at the Treasury is like nothing else that has been seen. The workmanship that went into building and carving the Treasury is astounding. There is plenty to tour here including temples, crypts, tombs, facades, and the amphitheater.
Wadi Rum is located in the middle of the desert. The mountains are full of graffiti that was done thousands of years ago. There are stone formations that pop out of the desert sand. Tour Wadi Rum to see how the Bedouins live.
Day 1: Arrival in Tel Aviv
Pick up from the Ben-Gurion airport and transfer to Tel-Aviv to your hotel
for overnight .Free evening.
Day 2: Jerusalem
Panoramic overview from the Mount of Olives, overlook Jerusalem, the new city and the Temple Mount Esplanade of old city. Travel along the Kidron Valley to view the Garden of Gethsemane and the walls of the city. Via the Armenian Quarter enter The Western (Wailing) Wall square via the local Bazaar to the Christian Quarter, the Stations of the Cross (Via Dolorosa) and the Church of the Holy Sepulcher – the site of the crucifixion. Walk along the 1700 year old Byzantine main street, the Cardo and the renovated Jewish Quarter. Ascend to Mt. Zion and on Saturdays - visit the Hall of Last Supper & David's tomb. Tour the new city by car to Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum.
*On Fridays, Saturdays & High Holidays - Holocaust Museum is closed. Visit instead Kind David's Tomb, Hall of Last Supper & Garden of Gethsemane.
Day 3: Bethlehem and Jericho
We will drive to Bethlehem via Nativity Circle, visit the Church of Nativity, also the cave where Jesus was born and the Manger Square, where Jesus was placed after his birth. Also visit the Greek and the Catholic Church and the Milk Grotto,where Mary fed her son. Overview the Shepherd's Fields and visit the church
Depart for the Judean desert, on route view the Inn of the Good Samaritan. Overlook the breathtaking view of the moon landscaped Judean desert. Short stop at sea-level and continue to Jericho - the oldest city in the world. Stop at Zacheus Sycamore, the oldest Sycamore tree which Zacheus climbed in order to see Jesus walking by. We will visit the Mound of Ancient Jericho where 25 ancient cities were uncovered. Jericho was founded at 8000 B.E.C and famous from the biblical story in which spies where hosted there. Jericho is also the oldest Jewish settlement, captured by Joshua and Israel in 1200 B.E.C. Stop for overview of Mt. Temptation where the Satan tried to tempt Jesus and overview on the oasis of Jericho and Elisha's spring. Return to hotels.
Day 4: Where Jesus Walked
We start on Mount Olives visiting the place of the Ascension and Pater Nostra, where we can see the Lord's Prayer is 123 languages. After an overview of Jerusalem from the top of Mount Olives, looking down at the Old City and the Temple Mount, we begin our descent, stopping at Dominus Flevit, where Jesus wept as he foresaw the destruction of Jerusalem and continuing to the Church of All Nations in the Garden of Gethsemane.
Before ascending to the Old City and entering through the Lion's Gate, we look back at the Kidron valley and the Jewish cemetery on Mount Olives, with the monumental burial sites at its base.
In the Old City our first stop is at the pools of Bethesda in the grounds of the Church of St. Anne, mother of Mary. Underneath the Sisters of Zion convent we will see the ancient pavement with the games the Roman soldiers played engraved on the stones.
This is where the Via Dolorosa, the Way of the Cross, begins, ending at the Church of the Holy Sepulchrer.Entrance fees not include.
Day 5: Nazareth and Sea of Galilee
Via the coastal plain and the valley of Armageddon to the Churches of Annunciation and St. Joseph in Nazareth. Passing Cana and the Church of the Miracle of the Multiplication visit Capernaum, at the foot of Mount Beatitudes. Continue past Tiberias to Yardenit where there is the possibility of a baptismal service for participants. Pass Mount Tabor on the return journey.
After the tour transfer to the airport for the flight to Eilat.
We will pick you up from Eilat airport and transfer you to your hotel for overnight .Free evening.
Day 6: Petra
08:10 – pick up from your hotel and transfer to the border
08:30 – border crossing and drive to Petra
10:30 – arrive to Petra and start the tour
15:30 – lunch
17:00 – check in to your hotel in Petra and free evening
Day 7: Wadi Rum
09:00 – pick up from your hotel in Petra and drive to Wadi Rum desert
11:00 – jeep tour in Wadi Rum
14:00 – pick up from Wadi Rum and drive to Aqaba
Panoramic tour in Aqaba and crossing the border to Israel.
We will pick you up from the border and transfer you to the airport for your flight.