Jerusalem - Nazareth - Tiberias - Galilee (181 km)
After guests have been picked up from their hotels in the morning, we will begin this tour by travelling north along Israel's scenic coastline, crossing the Plain of Armageddon until we reach Nazareth. There, we will visit the Basilica of the Annunciation and the Church of Saint Joseph. We will also be able to see the Mount of the Beatitudes and the Church of the Multiplication of the Loaves and Fish. After that, we will stop at the ruins of the ancient synagogue of Capernaeum. From there, we will drive through Tiberias to reach the site of Christ's baptism in the Jordan River. On our return drive later, we will get a scenic view of Mount Tabor.
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.
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.
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Galilee - Caesarea - Golan (409 km)
Today, we will continue north to Poriya, where we will get a magnificent view of the Sea of Galilee, the Jordan Valley, and Golan Heights. We will head to the overlook at Hammat Gader and ascend to the Shalom Observatory. Our next stop will be the city of Katzrin, home to a museum and an archaeological excavation, where we will scale Mount Bental to overlook Kuneitra Valley and see the triangular border of Syria, Jordan, and Israel. Our last stop of the day will be a visit to a former Syrian fortification.
Golan Heights, ISRAEL
Golan Heights, or simply the Golan or the Syrian Golan, is a region in the Levant.
This dormant volcano is located in the Golan Heights region tat separates Israel and Syria. The top of the mountain offers exquisite views of the surrounding Heights, the other mountains in the area, and into Syria.
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Caesarea - Haifa - Rosh Hanikra - Arce (244 km)
Today we will drive to Caesarea, the ancient Roman Capital and port, go for a walking tour of theatre and archaeological ruins and excavations. Then we continue to Haife, Mt. Carmel, scenic view of Bahai garden, city and port. After that we will head to Rosh Hanikra to visit the limestone grottos and view border with Lebanon. Return via Acre to visit the Crusader underground city and crypt. In the end we will walk through the Old City market.
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.
This coastal mountain range in Israel rests near the shores of the Mediterranean Sea. Haifa, the third largest city in the country, sits on the northern slope.
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.
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 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.