9 DAY TOUR
________________________________________DAY 1 – TEL AVIV / BEN GURION AIRPORT / NATANYA: Upon arrival at Ben Gurion and after passing through the formalities luxury motor coach will transfer you to your hotel in Netanya. Dinner and overnight at Hotel.
DAY 2 – CAESAREA / HAIFA / MEGIDDO / TIBERIAS: This morning drive to Caesarea Maritima to visit the ruins of the great city mentioned throughout the Book of Acts, including Herod’s Palace and the Roman Amphitheater. Continue to the top of Mt. Carmel and see the site of Elijah’s battle with the prophets of Ba’al. Proceed to Megiddo, the location of Armageddon, the final battle of all mankind. Then continue to Tiberias. Dinner and overnight at Hotel.
DAY 3 – BOAT RIDE / CAPERNAUM/ TABGHA / MT. BEATITUDES / MAGDALA / GOLAN HEIGHTS: In the morning, we cross the Sea of Galilee by boat at 8:00 AM from Tiberias to Capernaum, now in ruins but once a thriving town where Peter lived and where much of the public ministry of Christ took place. See the Church of the Primacy of Peter, where Christ confirmed Peter as Head of the Church. Proceed to Tabgha; the place of the Multiplication of Loaves and Fish. Continue to visit the Mount of Beatitudes, where Christ taught the Eight Beatitudes to His Disciples. Continue to the ruins of Magdala where Mary Magdalen lived. Drive to the Golan Heights in the Upper Galilee. Visit the sources of the Jordan at Caesarea Philippi at the Banias, view Tel Dan. Cross the River Jordan via Jacob’s Daughters’ Bridge, return to the exit of the Jordan River from the Sea of Galilee. Dinner and Overnight at hotel.
DAY 4 – CANA / NAZARETH /MOUNT TABOR/ BEIT SHEAN / JERUSALEM: After breakfast drive to Cana, where Christ performed his first miracle and where any married couples can renew their marriage vows. Continue to Nazareth; where we visit the Basilica of the Annunciation, enclosing the remains of the House of Joachim and Ann and the site where the Angel Gabriel appeared to the Virgin Mary to announce that she was to become the Mother of God, followed by a visit to the Home of the Holy Family, St. Joseph’s workshop, Mary’s Well and the Synagogue where Jesus preached. In the afternoon, drive to the top of Mt. Tabor by taxies the site of the Transfiguration. Proceed to Beit Shaen, an ancient city. Extensive excavations have uncovered eighteen layers of habitation in Beit Shean. Drive along the Jordan Valley to Jerusalem. Dinner and overnight at hotel.
DAY 5 – OLD CITY OF JERUSALEM / NEW CITY / MT. ZION: This morning visit the Church of St. Ann, built on the site of the birthplace of Our Lady. Continue to the pool of Bethesda, where Christ healed the paralytic. View the Temple are, the spot where the original temple was built and which was the scene of many episodes from the life of Christ, such as the expulsion of the money changers. Here now stands the Dome of the Rock, the third holiest spot in the world for the Moslem faith. Visit El-Aqsa Mosque and then the Wailing Wall which is the most sacred spot in the world for the Jews. In the afternoon proceed to the National Museum, the Shrine of the Book enclosing the Dead Sea Scrolls, and the Knesset or the House of Parliament. Continue to Mount Zion, visit the room of Last Supper, Church of the Dormition and then visit the Church of St. Peter in Gallicantu, built on the site of the house of Caiaphas which encloses the dungeon where Christ was kept on Holy Thursday night and where Peter denied Christ thrice. Dinner and overnight at Hotel.
DAY 6 – MT. OF OLIVES / GARDEN OF GETHSEMANE / EIN KAREM: Drive to the Mount of olives and visit the Church of the Ascension, the spot where Christ ascended into Heaven; the Pater Noster Church commemorating Christ’s teaching of the Our Father to his disciples; Dominus Flevit, the spot where Christ wept over Jerusalem and onwards to Gethsemane to view the ancient Olive trees in the Garden of Gethsemane and to visit the Church of All Nations which houses the Rock of Agony of Christ on Holy Thursday, in this church is a beautiful mosaic donated by the United Stated. Visit the Cave of the betrayal of Jesus and the Tomb of Our Lady. In the afternoon, visit Ein Karem, the place of the Visitation where Our Lady came to visit her cousin Elizabeth. View the plaques with the Magnificat in most languages of the world. Visit the parish church of St. John the Baptist, and the Grotto of his birth. Dinner and overnight at hotel.
DAY 7 – BETHLEHEM / THE OLD CITY “CHRISTIANS SHRINES”: Drive to Bethlehem. Visit the Basilica of the Nativity, built over the site of the birthplace of Christ. Visit the Cave where Christ was born. A visit is made to the chapel of Jerome, who lived here for many years and translated the bible into Latin. The nearby Church of St. Catherine is the venue for the midnight Mass that is broadcast all over the World from Bethlehem on Christmas Eve. Continue to the Shepherds field, recalling the “great throng of the heavenly hosts” who appeared to the Shepherds and told them of the birth of the Savior. This afternoon tour the Old City of Jerusalem, visiting the Chapel of Flagellation, the Chapel condemnation and the Lithostrotos. The site of the Antonia Fortress where Julius Caesar resided at the time of Christ and where Christ was tried and condemned to death. Beginning the way of the Cross here, join the walk along the Via Dolorosa led by the Franciscans – ending at the Basilica of the Holy Sepulcher, built over the site of the Crucifixion and the Tomb. Visit the Calvary and the Tomb of Our Lord followed by a short tour of the Basilica. Dinner and overnight at hotel.
DAY 8 – BETHANY / JERICHO /QUMRAN / EIN GEDI / MASSADA: – Drive from Jerusalem to Bethany and visit the new Church, built on the site of the house of Mary and Martha, visit the Tomb of Lazarus, continue to visit the Inn of the Good of Samaritan. Proceed to Jericho visit Elishah’s Fountain, view the Mt. Temptation, visit Tel El Sultan, continue to Qumran where the Scrolls of the Dead Sea were found by a shepherd boy. Then continue to Ein Gedi onto Massada. Ascend by cable car to visit the ruins. Dinner and Overnight at Hotel.
DAY 9 – JERUSALEM / BEN GURION AIRPORT: Transfer from Jerusalem to Ben Gurion Airport for departure back home.