Jerusalem - Bethlehem - Jericho (9225 km)
After breakfast, we will leave Jerusalem as we drive towards the Dead Sea, passing the Inn of the Good Samaritan. When we reach Jericho, we will see Mount Temptation, where Jesus is said to have fasted for forty days and forty nights. On our way back to Jerusalem, we will pass through the little town of Bethlehem, birthplace of Jesus, where we will see Manger Square, the Church of the Nativity, the Grotto and the medieval Crusader Church dedicated to St. Catherine. After passing the Shepherd's Fields on the way out of the town, we will return to the hotel for the evening.
Bethlehem is a Palestinian city located in the central West Bank, about 10 kilometers south of Jerusalem. Its population is approximately 25,000 people. it is the capital of the Bethlehem Governorate. The economy is primarily tourist-driven.
This city square in Bethlehem gets its name from the manger where Jesus is said to have been born. The Mosque of Omar and the Palestinian Peace Center are the two most notable buildings in the square.
Church of the Nativity
This basilica on the West Bank of Palestine was commissioned in 327 by Emperor Constantine on the location believed to be the birthplace of Christ. The original church has been rebuilt since then.
This field just outside of Bethlehem has been used by shepherds to tend their flocks since ancient times, and is still used to this very day. In the Bible, this is where an angel announced the birth of Jesus.
This shrine in Bethlehem was hollowed out from the rock and is sacred to both Muslims and Christians. Supposedly, Mary and Joseph stopped in this cave to nurse the baby Jesus.
Standard Hotel: Hotel 3 star
Jerusalem - Masada - Dead Sea (256 km)
After breakfast, we will leave Jerusalem, passing the Inn of the Good Samaritan before descending into the Judean Desert on our way towards the Dead Sea. We will continue to Masada, where we will ride the cable car to the top of the plateau. Continuing past Ein Gedi, we will finally arrive at the Dead Sea, where we can swim in these therapeutic waters. In the evening, we will return to our hotel.
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.
Standard Hotel: Hotel 3 star
Nazareth - the Sea of Galilee (30 km)
After breakfast, we will drive north through Megiddo, the plain of Armageddon, stopping at the Mount of Precipitation. When we reach Nazareth, we will tour the Church of the Annunciation and the Church of St. Joseph. On our way out of Nazareth, we will pass Cana, the site where Jesus turned water into wine, as we make our way to the Sea of Galilee. We will stop in Capernaum, the home of the apostle Peter, which sits at the foot of the Mount of Beatitudes, where we will tour the Benedictine Church built to commemorate the miracle of the Multiplication of the Loaves and Fish. At the Sea of Galilee, we will have the chance to receive baptism in the waters of the Jordan River, As we return to our hotel for the night, we will pass 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.
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.
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.
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.
Sea of Galilee
This freshwater lake in northern Israel is the second-lowest lake on Earth, after the Dead Sea. It is an important site in the New Testament of the Bible, considering that Jesus lived in the area.
Standard Hotel: Hotel 3 star
Caesarea - Haifa - Acre (217 km)
After breakfast, we will drive along the Mediterranean coast until we reach Caesara, an ancient Roman city filled with numerous historical sites like the amphitheater, hippodrome and temple. Our next stop will be Haifa, where we will see the beautiful Baha'i Shrine and Gardens. Afterwards, we will continue to Rosh Hanikra to take the cable car down to the grottos. Our final stop of the day will be Acre, a large, well-reserved crusader city that is home to a former Turkish prison.
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.
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.