Thursday, November 1, 2012

Six Days Holy Land Tour

Program 5: 6 Days from Allenby Bridge to Ben Gurion Airport

Day 1: Allenby Bridge - Jerusalem Old City - Jerusalem Hotel 
Meet your guide at Allenby Bridge. Start our tour with an introduction to the city from the top of The Mount of Olives, and then walk down to the Garden of Gethsemane. We also visit the "Wailing Wall", the last remnants of the Temple in Jerusalem. We continue in the footsteps of Jesus along the Stations of the Via Dolorosa, Jesus' "Way of Suffering", and unto the Church of the Holy Sepulcure, where Jesus was crucified and buried. The Via Dolorosa also passes through the Old City's oriental "Suq" (Bazaar). At the end of the day we visit King David's Tomb and the "Room of the Last Supper", the Ceanaculum. Overnight Jerusalem.

Temple Mount Jerusalem

Day 2: Bethlehem - Ein Karem – Jerusalem Hotel (B)
We drive to explore Bethlehem, where we first visit the ancient Church of the Nativity, where we can really touch the very place where Jesus was born. Built by St. Helena already in the 4th century, it has been an active church and never destroyed ever since! Here St. Hieronymus wrote the first Latin translation of the Bible – the "Volgata". We shall also visit the "Milk Grotto" and the "Shepherds Fields". Please note that the tour to Bethlehem can be cancelled without prior notice due to security circumstances. Returning to Jerusalem we drive to the picturesque village Ein Karem, the place where John the Baptist was born. We will visit the "St. John in the Mountains" church, built on the place where the house of St. John was standing. We will also visit the Church of Visitation, where St. Mary visited Elisabeth out in the vineyard, and prophesized her the birth of St. John. Overnight in Jerusalem.

Ein Karem

Day 3: Jerusalem New City – Jerusalem Hotel (B)
This day is dedicated to Jerusalem's New City: We visit the famous "Menorah" (Candelabra) situated outside the "Knesset", Israel's parliament, and the the Israel Museum with the "Shrine of the Book", where the "Dead Sea Scrolls" are exhibited, the Model of Jerusalem at the time of the 2nd Temple. Visit Yad Vashem Museum & Machne Yehuda Market. Overnight Jerusalem.

Day 4: Cana – Nazareth – Mt. of Beatitudes – Capernaum – Tabgha – Tiberias/Nazareth Hotel (B) 
We start the day in Cana, where Jesus performed his first miracle by turning water to wine at a wedding, continue to Nazareth, where we visit the Basilica of the Annunciation and the Greek-Orthodox St. Raphael church near Mary's Well, continue to "Mt. of Beatitudes" we can enjoy the special church built by the Italian architect Berluzzi, as well as the wide view over the Sea of Galilee. We also visit the archaeological excavations of Capernaum, "The Town of Jesus", and its well-known Synagogue and the Church of the Fish & Bread in Tabgha. Overnight Tiberias or Nazareth.

Synagogue in Capernaum

Day 5: Mt. Carmel – Caesarea – Old Jaffa – Tel Aviv Hotel (B)
We leave the Galilee, and visit Mt. Carmel, where Elijah fought the Prophets of the Baal, and visit the Carmelite Stella Marris Convent, were Elijah hid in a cave and saw how God gave rain at will, by a cloud approaching the Carmel. The view from this spot is indeed enormous, and you can see from here wide over the Haifa Bay and sometimes into the Lebanon. We drive to Caesarea Maritima, the magnificent port-city built by King Herod the Great. From here St. Peter went to Rome and started with his first miracles. In Caesarea an inscription of the procurator Pontius Pilate was found. Continue with a walk in the old city of Jaffa, one of the ancient gateways to the Holy Land. Today Jaffa's romantic alley-ways attract many artists, who have their galleries there. Depending on the time we have left, we can drive through the pulsating city of Tel Aviv. Overnight Tel Aviv.

Day 6: Tel Aviv Hotel – Ben Gurion Airport (B)
Breakfast at hotel, check out, transfer to Ben Gurion Airport for your departure.

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