Day 1

Arrive at Ben Gurion International Airport where you will be met by our representative.  We will board our bus and drive north along the coast of the Mediterranean Sea to Kibbutz Ma’agan Michael.  This kibbutz is known for its fisheries and fish growing.  After visiting the fish ponds and fisheries, we will continue to Haifa for dinner and overnight.

 

Day 2 

In the morning, we will drive to Bethlehem of Galilee, a small agricultural community.  Here we visit the herb and spice farm, the largest of its kind in Israel.  We will receive explanations about different spices and herbs.  Continue to Israel’s Agricultural Research Center (ARO) in Beit She’arim.  In the afternoon, we’ll drive to the “Cow’s Way” milk and dairy farm.  Here we will see a modern cow shed, an area dedicated for young cows and the most modern robotic milking plant.  Later we will visit a kibbutz and see the various agricultural enterprises.  Return to Haifa for dinner and overnight.

 

Day 3

In the morning, we will visit a boutique winery in the Galilee region.  These wineries take advantage of the unique soil and weather conditions to produce some of the world’s best wines.  Continue to Acre, an ancient city with ruins from the Ottoman, Crusader and Arab periods.  We will descend to the underground city and see the ancient ruins.  Acre today is on UNESCO’s World Heritage List.  Return to Haifa and for a magnificent view of the world famous Bahai Shrine and Gardens.  Dinner and overnight in Haifa.

 

Day 4

We start the day with a boat ride of the Sea of Galilee.  We visit Capernaum, Tabgha and Tiberias.  On to the Jordan Valley where we visit Kibbutz Sde Eliyahu, where we will have the Bio Tour.  We visit the biological pest control plant and the kibbutz itself.  On to a fruit growing area (hot houses and open fields) as well as a storage and packing facility.  Arrive to Jericho for a visit to the one of the world’s most ancient cities.  Dinner and overnight at the Dead Sea.

 

Day 5

In the early morning, we will visit the Vidor Center – a desert agriculture research center.  Arava Valley (Zofar Community) for a visit to the Green Arava organic growing enterprises.  On to Kibbutz Hatzerim for a visit to the world’s largest irrigation plant – Netafim.  Continue to Ashalim to view a farm where agricultural activity takes place in the desert with saltwater.  Arrive at Kibbutz Mashabe Sade for dinner and overnight.

 

Day 6

In the morning, we will visit Moshav Lachish and its large grape growing and processing plant.  “Tali Grapes” is one of the world’s most unique such plants using the desert conditions to grow unique and superb grapes.  On to the Tel Aviv area, where we will visit Beit Dagan Agricultural Research Center (Vulcani Institute).  This is one of the world’s most advanced research facilities and is home to many researchers and students.  On to visit “Igudan”, the Tel Aviv area municipal water treatment plants.  Drive to Jerusalem for dinner and overnight.

 

Day 7

Full day of sightseeing in Jerusalem, including the Old City, Via Dolorosa, Mount Zion, Western Wall, Holy Sepulcher and the busy markets.  Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem.

 

Day 8

In the morning we will visit Jaffa, the oldest port city in the world.  We will see Simon The Tanner’s House and the alleys full of shops and galleries.  Transfer to the airport for departure.

 

 

Day 1: Arrive in Cairo

Upon arrival in Cairo, you will be met by our representative to walk you through customs. We’ll drive to the hotel for dinner and an overnight stay.

 

Day 2: Old Cairo, Pyramids

We’ll take a visit to the pyramids, which were built 4,600 years ago. The mysterious Sphinx, with its mask of Chephren and body of a Lion, stands close to the pyramids to guard the land of Pharaohs. The Sphinx and the pyramids have been considered one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Later, we will visit the precious antiquities in the Egyptian Museum. In the evening, we will go to the hotel to refresh and then have dinner on a Nile cruise. Overnight stay in the hotel in Cairo.

 

Day 3: Coptic Church, Sakkara, St. Catherine Monastery

After breakfast, we will visit a Coptic church, which is known as one of the places that was visited by the holy family. We’ll continue to Sakkara, which has the Step Pyramid, the oldest pyramid in Egypt. We will finish our time in Cairo by visiting the incredible bazaar, where you will experience amazing flavors and sounds. We will continue south from the bazaar, crossing the Sues Canal to the Sinai Desert. We will arrive in the evening at St. Catherine Monastery and we will stay overnight at a hotel near the monastery.

 

Day 4: St. Catherine Monastery, Masada, Dead Sea

In the middle of the night you can choose to climb the Holy Mountain of Moses and watch the sunrise, an experience you will never forget, or attend a morning Liturgy. After visiting the mountain, we will have breakfast and then visit St. Catherine Monastery. From St. Catherine Monastery, we will drive to Taba border crossing on the border between Israel and Egypt.
We will continue to Masada to learn about the dramatic story of almost one thousand men, women and children who preferred to commit suicide in order to avoid Roman slavery. We’ll visit the archeological findings and enjoy the palaces, bathhouses, walls and the amazing view of the Dead Sea. We will proceed to bathe in the Dead Sea and to enjoy the sun and the famous mud. Dinner and overnight stay in Jericho.

 

Day 5: Beth She’an, Gideon Spring, Cana, Nazareth

First, we’ll drive through Jordan Valley to the ancient city of Beth She’an. We’ll start our day at Beth She’an, a Roman city that was destroyed by an earthquake and was never recovered. We’ll visit the city’s remains and learn about the dramatic end of the last war between King Saul and the Philistines, learn about the bravery of the residents of Jabesh who took down the King’s and his son’s corpses from the wall of the city and buried them (1 Samuel 31). We’ll tell the amazing story of Gideon, how he reduced the ranks, and the test near the spring before his great victory over the Midianites (Judges 7). After visiting Cana, where the Lord preformed the wedding miracle, we will continue to the the biblical village in Nazareth to learn and experience the sights, sounds and the aromas of Jesus’ days. Time permitting: We’ll visit the Church of Annunciation in Nazareth. Overnight stay in Tiberius.

 

Day 6: Sea of Galilee, Jordan River, Caesarea Philippi

On this day we will sail on the Sea of Galilee, visit Capernaum, the town of Jesus, visit the Church of Multiplication in Tabgha, where the Lord preformed the miracle of the Loaves and Fishes, and visit the Mount of Beatitudes where Jesus taught “The Sermon on the Mount”. We will continue to an unforgettable experience of a baptism in the Jordan River. After visiting Mt. Hermon, we’ll continue to Caesarea Philippi where Peter confessed Christ: “You are the Christ, the son of the living God” (Matt 16:15-16). Dinner and overnight stay in Tiberius.

 

Day 7: Tel Megiddo, Mt. Carmel, Caesarea, Jaffa

Today we’ll see one of the most amazing water system found in the archaeological site of Tel Megiddo and from here, we’ll observe the valley of Armageddon (Rev 16:14-16). We will visit Mount Carmel, where the biblical story of the confrontation between Prophet Elijah and the Ba’al prophets took place and then overlook the Israel Valley. We’ll continue to Caesarea, a Roman city with many archaeological findings such as the theater, the public bath, the hippodrome and the city gate. We will also enjoy the new exhibitions of the city in Roman times. In the afternoon, we will tour the charming alleys of the old city of Jaffa and visit the square where the Church and Monastery of Saint Peter reside. We will enjoy watching the sun set on the old city of Jaffa and then drive to dinner and have an overnight stay in Jerusalem.

 

Day 8: Jerusalem, Bethlehem

Our morning starts on Mount of Olives with a breathtaking panoramic view of Jerusalem. The day continues with visits to the sites that will help us understand the Lord’s prophecy of Jerusalem: The Chapel of Dominus Flevit, where Christ prophesied the destruction of Jerusalem (Luke 19:41), The Garden of Gethsemane (Luke 22:39-53) and The Church of the Agony (Church of All Nations) – the site where it is said that Judas betrayed Jesus. In the Kidron Valley, we’ll visit the tombs of Absalom, Zachariah and the Hazir priests’ family. We will Proceed to visit sites on Mt. Zion: St. Peter in Gallicantu Church which was built over the ruins of the Palace of Caiaphas -the High Priest before whom Jesus was brought for trial (Mark 14: 53-65). We’ll visit the Tomb of King David and have communion in the Upper Room—the site that commemorates Jesus’ last meal with his disciples. Our day will end by visiting the amazing Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem, the birth place of Christ. Dinner and overnight stay in Jerusalem.

 

Day 9: Jerusalem

Our day will begin with an exciting tour to the site where much of the Bible was written; The City of King David. In this place archaeologists found King Hezekiah’s 2,700 year old water tunnel, one of the wonders of early engineering and the seal impression of Gemariah, son of Shaphan, possibly the scribe of King Zedekiah (Jeremiah 36:10). We’ll continue to the Pool of Siloam where Christ healed the blind man by sending him to wash his eyes (John 9). In the Jewish quarter of Jerusalem, we will explore the Roman Cardo, the Madaba Map, the Western Wall and Davidson Center with its amazing virtual model of the second temple.
On the Temple Mount, we’ll hear about the traders driven out of the temple by Jesus (Luke 19:45-48) and explore the Dome of the Rock and other famous buildings. We’ll continue to Bethesda where Christ healed the paralyzed man (John 5). Our journey through the Via Dolorosa (The Way of the Cross) stations will end by visiting the amazing Church of the Holy Sepulcher. We’ll walk through the old city market to Damascus Gate and Garden Tomb. Dinner and overnight stay in Jerusalem.

 

Day 10: Jerusalem

We’ll drive to the Israel Museum to visit the miniature model of the city of Jerusalem from the times of the Second Temple before the great rebellion and the destruction. We will enjoy shopping at the colorful markets of Jerusalem and drive to the airport for our night flight back home.

 

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Day 1: Arrive to Tel Aviv 

Tel Aviv, the first Israeli city of the modern age! The group will visit the various historical and modern sites that influenced the establishment and the spirit of Israel; Neve Tzedek, the White City, Rabin Square, and Nachalat Binyamin.  The group will be able to visit Jaffa, one of the oldest ports in the world.

 

Day 2: The Mediterranean Coast

The group will leave Tel Aviv in the morning, heading north along the coast line. Our first stop will be at the Roman city of Caesarea – one of the most spectacular remains from King Herod. Around lunch time the group will visit Zichron Yaakov, one of the first Jewish settlements in Israel that was established at the end of the 19th century. We’ll also see one of the most amazing water systems found in the archaeological site of Tel Megiddo.  From here, we’ll observe the Jezreel Valley, believed destined to be the site of the Battle of Armageddon (Rev 16:14-16).

 

Day 3: Golan Heights & Hula Valley

After breakfast we will visit Hula Valley, Israel’s national nature preserve, and one of the best locations in the world to observe wild birds.  Around noon time we’ll be climbing Mt. Ben Tal – the large volcanic summits of the Golan Heights. From there we can observe the wild landscape of the Golan Heights, and we’ll be able to visit one of many wineries in the area. Later, we will have a short hike near the ancient city of Banyas.

 

Day 4: Upper Galilee

In the morning we will visit Mt. Meron – the highest peak in the Galilee, for a short hike around the summit. By noon time, we will visit the Druze pastoral village of Peki’in that captures more than 2,000 years of Jewish and Druze history. Our last stop for the day will be in the holy city of Safed – the “blue city” home to Jewish mysticism and Kabbalah, with her beautiful old city streets and synagogues. Overnight stay in the Galilee.

 

Day 5: Lower Galilee

On this day we’ll sail on a boat from Tiberius to Capernaum, visit Tabgha, the Church of Multiplication, and the Mount of the Beatitudes.  We will feel the renewal of our spirits by being baptized in the Jordan River.  At noon, we’ll visit Kafr Kanna – associated with the New Testament village of Cana where Jesus turned water into wine.  We will also get to see the Church of the Annunciation in Nazareth and Nazareth market. Evening: Hot springs and dinner in Hamat-Gader.  Overnight stay in the Galilee.

 

Day 6: Western Galilee and Mt. Carmel

On the fifth day visit the Northern Mediterranean coast of Israel. Our first stop will be at Rosh Hanikra, where the white chalk stone meets the clear blue sea to create an impressive cave structure. Early afternoon – Acre (Akko) – with her magnificent Crusader and Ottoman-empire era buildings.  We will walk through the old city and market.  In the mid afternoon, we’ll visit the Baha’i Temple and Gardens, and Stella Maris Monastery of the Carmelites in Haifa. Dinner will be in the Druze village of Isfiya at a local family restaurant.

 

Day 7: Beit She’an – Petra (Jordan)

The group will spend the first half of the day along the Israeli side of the Jordan River. On our way, we’ll make a stop in the antiquities of the Roman city of Beit She’an. In the early afternoon, we will make our way to Jordan via the Sheikh Hussein border crossing.

 

Day 8: Petra

On this day, we’ll visit the ancient Nabataean’s capital of Petra, famous for its impressive buildings carved out of red rock.

 

Day 9: Petra – Wadi Ram

This day will show us the glory of the desert. In the early morning, we’ll take a lasting picture of the Nabataean’s capital. At noon, we’ll arrive to the magnificent red stone landscape of Wadi Ram Desert. In the evening we will eat dinner in local traditional tent.

 

Day 10: Wadi Ram & Eilat.

The first part of the day, taking one more look at the view of the red stone cliffs of Wadi Ram, we’ll cross the border back to Israel via Rabin pass near Eilat. The group will have free time in Eilat for swimming or diving in the red sea.

 

Day 11: Eilat Desert Mountains – Makhtesh Ramon

In early morning, we’ll visit Timna – the magnificent copper mine from the ancient imperial Egypt. At noon time, we’ll climb with the road north through Eilat Mountain Nature Reserve. On our way, we’ll stop to see the variety of rocks and color that is unique and rare. Just before sunset, we’ll stop at Makhtesh Ramon outlook to see the great crater – an impressive geographical feature unique to the Negev desert.

 

Day 12: Negev Desert

We start our day inside the great crater and around noon time, we will get to ride on camels. Later on, we’ll stop at two view points – the first is on the big crater and the second is on the small circular crater.

 

Day 13: Masada and the Dead Sea

On this day, we’ll early start before sunrise. With dawn, we will climb the Roman ramp into Masada to see the sunrise on the Dead Sea. At noon, we’ll go on a short hike in Ein Gedi nature reserve, an oasis of freshwater waterfalls in the middle of the desert. Later on the group will take a swim in the Dead Sea.

 

Day 14: Jerusalem’s Old City

In this day, we start with taking in the view of the Dead Sea’s magnificent landscape.  At noon, we will pass via Qumran Caves (where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found), and arrive to Jerusalem. We’ll have a busy day:  visiting the Christian and Muslims Quarters, the Garden Tomb, Mount of Olives, Church of All Nations, Lion’s Gate, the Old City of Jerusalem, Via Dolorosa, and the Church of the Holy Sepulcher.

 

Day 15: Jerusalem 

In the morning we’ll visit the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem. At noon we’ll have free time and lunch in Mahane Yehuda market, and the new city of Jerusalem.

 

Day 16: Jerusalem

Today we’ll visit the pool of Siloam, Al-Aqsa Mosque and the Dome of the Rock on the Temple Mount. We’ll also see the Tomb of King David, Last Supper room and Dormition Abbey. There will be an evening tour in the Jewish Quarter of Jerusalem including The Roman Cardo, the Madaba map, the Western Wall – site of the holiest place in Judaism where Jews can pray.

 

Day 17: Jerusalem and Tel Aviv

We start our day with the City of King David, then onto the ancient Kotel Tunnels to experience the journey deep inside the earth of Israel’s capital.  We will then visit Yad Vashem, Israel’s memorial museum to the victims of the Holocaust.  In the afternoon the group will arrive to Tel Aviv/Jaffa for relaxation, enjoy a nice dinner in Jaffa and overnight stay.

 

Day 18: Tel Aviv and flight back home

Lazy start with breakfast and packing. Explore Tel Aviv, the first Israeli city of the modern age.  The group will visit the various historical and modern sites that influenced the establishment and the spirit of Israel; Neve Tzedek, the White City, Rabin Square, and Nachalat Binyamin. One more casual visit to Jaffa and late evening transfer to the Airport.  We’ll board our plane, and head back home – full of unforgettable memories.

 

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