A Holy Land Tour has been a dream for many Christians for generations. Today thanks to the advances in technology it is possible for many.
Once you visit the Holy Land of Israel, you’ll be grateful for the opportunity given to walk on Jesus’ Steps and reaffirm your faith.
This is just a sample itinerary of a regular tour to the Holy Land, needless to say that it can be changed to suit your needs and wishes.
Basilica of the Annunciation in Nazareth
Day 1 – Arrival to Israel
Today you arrive to Ben Gurion International Airport. You will be met for assistance upon arrival and transferred to your hotel in Tel Aviv, on the Mediterranean coast.
Day 2 – Tel Aviv – Caesarea – Haifa – Galilee
Depart Tel Aviv and drive along the coastal plain to Caesarea Maritima, capital of Judea under the Romans. Visit the excavations of the ancient city, the Roman theatre and aqueduct.
Continue to Megiddo, identified as the site of Armageddon. Drive to Haifa; view the Persian Gardens at the Bahai Temple. Proceed to Acre to visit the ancient city and harbor. Then drive to a Kibbutz Guesthouse, for dinner and overnight.
The Church on Mount of Beatitudes
Day 3 – Galilee
We start the day with a short tour of Tiberias before boarding a boat and sailing on the Sea of Galilee to Capernaum, home to Peter and center of Jesus’ preaching.
We then proceed to Tabgha, site of the miracle of fish and loaves and visit the Church of Multiplication. Continue to the Mount of Beatitudes, site of the Sermon on the Mount and enjoy the breathtaking panorama.
We continue with a drive to the Banias Springs and tour the spectacular Golan Heights. Return to the Kibbutz for dinner and overnight.
Day 4 – Galilee – Jerusalem
We start today with a tour of Nazareth, sacred town where Jesus spent part of his youth. Visit the Basilica of the Annunciation, St. Joseph’s workshop and Mary’s well.
Then we continue to Yardenit, the baptismal site at the Jordan River. We drive on to Beit Shean to explore the Roman excavations. Drive along the Jordan Valley to the Holy City of Jerusalem and Arrive to your hotel in Jerusalem.
Church of All Nations in Jerusalem
Day 5 – Jerusalem
As we continue our Holy Land Tour, drive to the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem for a panoramic view of this “golden” city. Visit the Church of All Nations, King David’s Tomb and the Room of Last Supper on Mt. Zion.
Enter the walls of the Old City; visit the Cardo, a main street of ancient Jerusalem. View the Temple Mount, and visit the Western Wall. Follow the Via Dolorosa through the narrow alleys to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. End the day with a visit to the Garden Tomb.
Day 6 – Jerusalem
Today we’ll drive to Ein Kerem, birthplace of John the Baptist to see the Church of Visitation. Proceed to Yad Vashem Museum, Memorial to the Holocaust.
We continue to the Israel Museum for a visit to the Shrine of the Book where you’ll see the Dead Sea Scrolls and the Scale Model of ancient Jerusalem. We continue to Bethlehem to visit the Church of Nativity Return to Jerusalem and your hotel.
Day 7 – Masada – Dead Sea
This morning we will drive to Qumran, where the Dead Sea Scrolls where found. Continue along the shores of the Dead Sea, the lowest place on earth, to Masada, the last stronghold of the Jews in 70 A.D.
Ascend by cable car; visit the storerooms, and Herod’s Palace. Before returning to Jerusalem we’ll have some time for a swim in the Dead Sea.
Day 8 – Negev Desert – Eilat
We travel south to the Negev Desert. Visit the Air Force Museum at Hatzerim and hear the fantastic story of this brave fighting force. Drive to Mamshit for a camel riding experience and a visit to an authentic Bedouin tent to learn about Bedouin hospitality and enjoy a light lunch.
On to Kibbutz Sde Boker to see Ben Gurion’s hut and grave. Stop at Mitzpeh Ramon to gaze into the Ramon Crater, a geological wonder. Arrive in Eilat for overnight.
The Negev Desert where Abraham fist settled
Day 9 – Eilat
Visit the Underwater Observatory, one of the largest sea aquariums in the world, built into a coral reef. Drive to Timna to see the copper mines and to King Solomon’s Pillars; marvel at the huge multi colored rock formations. Continue to Tel Aviv for overnight.
Day 10 – Shalom Israel
It is time for a transfer to the airport for your departure flight. You take with you the memories of this Holy Land Tour, a treasure you will cherish for the rest of your life.
Image credits for Holy Land Tour
church all nations by poco a poco
mt of beatitudes n/a
basilica by david shankbone
negev mountain by alon strasman
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