Day 1: Jerusalem Old and New Tour
This one day tour starts with a view of Jerusalem as seen from atop Mount Olives, looking down at the Old City and the Temple Mount. Mount Olives is also one of the oldest Jewish burial sites, over three hundred years old. We then descend and make our way along the Kidron Valley, offering a view of the Garden of Gethsemane and the Church of All Nations, where according to sources Jesus and his followers prayed the night before his crucifixion. Along the Kidron Valley road we will get a view of the monumental burial tombs situated at the Mount’s feet.
We then proceed into the Old City entering from Mount Zion, past the Armenian Quarter walking along the ancient Byzantine Cardo dating back to the Roman era, with our final stop being the Western Wall (the Kotel). Leading to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre are the Stations of the Cross (Via Dolorosa) which we explore along the way to the church, the site of the crucifixion.
Before leaving the Old City we’ll enjoy a brief strolls in the bazaars located in the Christian and Muslim Quarters. Finish the tour with a short walking into the New City and a visit to Yad VaShem, the Holocaust museum.
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Day 2: In the Footsteps of Jesus
We’ll start our tour on Mount Olives, visiting the site of the Ascension and the Church of Patre Nostre, built by Constantine the Great, constructed on top of the site of a 4th century basilica to mark the Ascension of Jesus Christ. The church houses dozens and dozens of panels, each rendering the Lord’s Prayer in 123 different languages. After a mesmerizing overview of Old and New Jerusalem including the Temple Mount, we begin our descent, stopping by the Dominus Flevit Church where Jesus cried and mourned as he foresaw the destruction of Jerusalem.
We then continue to the Mount’s foot touring the Church of All Nations in the Garden of Gethsemane, the site of Jesus’s capture by the Romans. Before ascending to the Old City and entering through the Lion's Gate, we take a look back at the Kidron Valley and the three thousand years old Jewish cemetery on Mount Olives, with the monumental burial sites located at its base.
We then enter the Old City through the Lion’s Gate, making way towards the Church of St. Anne, home to the Virgin Mary and then move on to the Pools of Bethseda depicted in the Gospel of St. John. Our final stop will be the Convent of the Sisters of Zion located at the end of the Via Dolorosa. Underneath the convent we’ll see evidence reflected in ancient stone pavements, engraved with markings used by the Roman soldiers for playing games.
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Day 3: Masada and the Dead Sea Tour
We’ll begin our tour descending to the Judean Desert via the Inn of the Good Samaritan. Moving forward we arrive at Masada and then ascent by cable car to tour the remains of the Herodian Fortress, built by King Herod two thousand years ago. Touring the sites, we’ll revisit its history and heritage, relating to the up rise of the Jewish Zealots against their Roman overlords.
We then leave Massada and head towards The Dead Sea, one of the most toured sites in Israel by tourists and locals alike. On shore you could enjoy a mud bath bearing many therapeutic. Dipping in the sea itself is also highly recommended, experiencing the Dead Sea’s unique attributes, allowing for extreme ease of floating and effortless swimming. On our way back we’ll get a view of the Ein Gedi oasis, the Qumran caves where the famous Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered and the ancient city of Jericho, the oldest city in existence with settlements dating back to 9000 BCE.
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Day 4: Bethlehem and Jericho Tour
We’ll start our tour, leaving Jerusalem for its neighboring city Bethlehem, hometown of King David and birthplace of Jesus. Our first stop will be Manger Square, home to one of the world’s oldest churches, The Church of the Nativity. Below the Church we find the grotto and the exact location of Jesus’s birth. We continue to visit the adjacent Church of St. Catherine, and head on down to the Milk Grotto where Mary nursed Jesus as a newborn.
Before leaving Bethlehem we’ll also get a view of the Shepherd’s Fields and the church on site. We then descent to the Judea Desert via the Inn of the Good Samaritan and make a short stop at sea level on our way to Jericho, the world’s oldest city. Our first stop at Jericho will be Tel Essultan, where excavations revealed ancient findings, among those crumbled Canaanite walls, providing insight to the conquest of Jericho by Joshua.
We then stop at the Sycamore tree which Zacchaeus climbed on to get a better view of Jesus as he walked by. Then we'll stop for an overview of Mount Temptation. The tour ends with a visit the mound of Ancient Jericho where 25 ancient cities were uncovered.
The tour includes:
- Three nights' accommodation on Bed & Breakfast basis. Click here for Hotel Class & Prices.
- Four touring days as per itinerary, with English speaking guide.
- Hotel pick-up and drop-off service.
- Transport by air-conditioned van/bus.
- Entrance fees.
The tour does not include:
- The order of the days and sleeping arrangements might be replaced due to lack of availability.
- Single supplement is required according to Hotel Class & Prices.
- High season supplement is required according to Hotel Class & Prices.
- A moderate dress code is required to enter the holy places. Knees and shoulder must be covered.
- Confirmation will be received 24 hours post booking.