Jerusalem - Masada - Dead Sea - Jerusalem (353 km)
Departing from Jerusalem, we will descend into the Judean Desert via the Inn of the Good Samaritan, one of the world's largest mosaic museums. Arriving at Masada, we will ascend the mountain by cable car to explore the 2,000 year old palace at the summit. Then, we will descend to the Dead Sea, passing Ein Gedi and Qumran, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered. Then, we will enjoy some time to bask in the sun while we swim in the mineral rich Dead Sea. The mud of the sea is said to have amazing therapeutic qualities, leaving the skin feeling soft and fresh. Afterward, we will return to Jerusalem, passing Jericho and the old Roman Road on the way.
One of Israel's most popular tourist attractions, Masada is the ruins of an ancient fortress built by Herod the Great that sit atop a rock plateau in the Judean Desert.
Dead Sea, ISRAEL
This body of water that sits on the border between Israel, Palestine, and Jordan. The mineral-rich mud of the sea is said to have incredible therapeutic properties, and visitors are encouraged to cover themselves in it from head-to-toe.
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Caesarea - Haifa - Rosh HaNikra - Acre (325 km)
The northern coast of Israel is home to ancient Roman ruins, stunning grottos, and beautiful beaches. We will begin the day in Caesarea the site of the ancient Roman regional capital and port, where we will embark on a walking tour of the archaeological site, seeing the old port, the hippodrome, and the amphitheater. Then, we will continue north to Haifa for a beautiful view of the Bahai Gardens, the city, and the port. After that, we will proceed to Rosh HaNikra, where we will take a cable car to visit the limestone grottos on the waterfront. Making our way back south, we will stop in the enchanting port city of Acre to visit the Knights' Hall and walk through the market of the Old City, where we might be able to see local children jumping into the ocean from the remains of the old city walls.
This town on the Israeli coast was notable in ancient times as being the Roman regional capital and port. Now, it contains one of the best archaeological sites in the area, where you can learn a great deal of history.
Haifa is the largest city in northern Israel, and the third largest city in the country. The city is a major seaport located on Israel's Mediterranean coastline in the Bay of Haifa covering 63.7 square kilometers.
Also known as the Hanging Gardens of Haifa, these terraced gardens provide fantastic views of this coastal Israeli city. The terraces lead up to the Shrine of Bab that sits on Mount Carmel.
Rosh HaNikra, ISRAEL
This Israeli kibbutz is located near the northern border with Lebanon. It is a coastal village, most famous for the grottoes, accessible by cable car.
Rosh HaNikra Grottoes
These grottoes are the main attraction in Rosh HaNikra, tuckerd away just below the border with Lebanon to the north and only accessible by cable car. The grottoes were carved out by the seas over thousands of years.
It played a very important role during the Middle Ages, when it was the base of operations for the European crusading forces stationed in the area. Nowadays, visitors can see the very well preserved remains of the medieval city.
The main fortress of the Crusaders during the Middle Ages is known as Knights Hall. Most halls extend below ground, creating a unique system of subterranean living quarters. Dating back to the 12th century, the ruins are a living history of the Crusaders' Royal palace at the time.
The old city of Acre, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is defined by the remains of the medieval walls. During the Crusades, this area was the center for the European armies in the area.
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Acre - Nazareth - Kfer Kanna - Sea of Galillee (226 km)
Today, we will leave the Mediterranean coast and head inland, traveling through the Plain of Armageddon until we reach the city of Nazareth, where we will visit the Church of the Annunciation. Our next stop will be the Church of Saint Joseph. Beneath this church is a cave used by early Roman dwellers for food and water storage. From there, we will proceed to Kfer Kanna for a view of the Mount of the Beatitudes. After that, we will visit the Church of the Loaves and Fish. Our next stop will be the ruins of Capernaum. Then, on our way back to Jerusalem, we will stop at the Yardenit for an optional baptismal service. To wrap up the tour, we will take in a scenic view of Mount Tabor. Afterward, guests will be returned to their hotels in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. Please see "Departure and Return" for more detailed information regarding pickup and drop-off times and locations.
Nazareth is a city in the Northern District of Israel. At the end of 2007 it had a population of 40,800. Nazareth Illit was founded in 1957. It was planned as a Jewish town overlooking the Arab city of Nazareth and the Jezreel Valley.
Basilica of the Annunciation
According to the Roman Catholic church, this church is located on the site where the Annunciation occurred. The church is fairyl young, having been built in 1969.
St. Joseph's Church
This Franciscan Catholic church can be found in the Old City of Nazareth, the town of Jesus' youth. Built in 1914, it is named after Jesus' father, the carpenter Joseph.
Tiberias is an Israeli city on the western shore of the Sea of Galilee (called "the Kinneret" in Hebrew), Lower Galilee, Israel. Established in 20 CE, it was named in honour of the emperor Tiberius.
Church of the Beautitudes
This Roman Catholic church is located near the Sea of Galilee and the ancient town of Capernaum. It is built on the site believed to be the location of Jesus' Sermon on the Mount.
Church of the Multiplication of the Loaves and Fish
This Roman Catholic church in Tabgha, overseen by the Benedictine Order, is named for the part of the New Testament when Christ multiplies the amount of bread and fish present for the feeding of the five thousand.
This ancient fishing village on the Sea of Galilee is an important setting in the New Testament of the Bible, in which it is said to be the hometown of the apostles Peter, Andrew, James, John, and Matthew.
Located along the Jordan River in Northern Israel is this baptism site, an important pilgrimage destination for Christians because, according to tradition, it was the site of Jesus's baptism at the hands of John the Baptist.