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10 days
Jerusalem
Tel Aviv
Min Age : 50
Max People : 25
Tour Details

Our 10 day – Deluxe Christian Israel Tour is a life changing, fun-filled Israel tour of a lifetime. Experience Israel with a small group of Christians like you, who wish to see Israel, but with a little more! See Biblical Israel like never before.

Itinerary

Sunday, Day 1:Arrival at Ben Gurion Airport, transfer to Tel Aviv

  • Arrival at Ben Gurion Airport
  • Meet and greet by Shalom Journeys representative
  • Transfer to hotel in Tel Aviv
  • Check-in and remainder of the day at leisure
  • Dinner at hotel

Monday, Day 2:Caesarea, Megiddo, Nazareth Village, Cana to the Galilee

  • Buffet breakfast at hotel
  • Meet guide and group
  • Drive along the Mediterranean coast to visit Caesarea, built by Herod the Great and once the capital of Judea
  • Visit Megiddo, one of King Solomon’s fortified cities and the site of the final Battle of Armageddon according to the Books of Daniel and Revelation
  • Explore Nazareth, where Jesus lived in his youth, including the St. Joseph Church and the Church of the Annunciation
  • Visit Nazareth Village, a replica of a 2000-year-old village similar to Nazareth at the time of Jesus
  • Travel to Cana, the site of Jesus’ first miracle of turning water into wine
  • Drive to Tiberias on the Sea of Galilee and check-in to hotel
  • Dinner at hotel

Tuesday, Day 3:Tiberias and Western Galilee

  • Breakfast at hotel
  • Tour of Tiberias, including a boat cruise on the Sea of Galilee
  • Visit Capernaum, the center of Jesus’ Galilean ministry and the site of many of his miracles
  • See the remains of the 2nd century synagogue in Tabgha and the Church of the Multiplication
  • Visit the Mount of Beatitudes, where Jesus delivered the Sermon on the Mount
  • Explore Magdala, the hometown of Mary Magdalene and site of a well-preserved synagogue
  • Visit Yardenit, a baptismal site in the Jordan River
  • Return to hotel and dinner
  • Evening at leisure

Wednesday, Day 4:Journey to the Dead Sea region

  • Breakfast at hotel
  • Drive through the Jordan Valley and visit the Dead Sea
  • Tour the Qumran Caves, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered
  • Relax and float in the salty, mineral-rich waters of the Dead Sea
  • Check-in to hotel in the Dead Sea region
  • Dinner at hotel

Thursday, Day 5:Journey to Eilat (Red Sea) via the Negev Desert

After breakfast at our hotel in Ein Bokek, we will enjoy the morning at leisure at the shores of the Dead Sea. There will also be an optional excursion to visit Masada (departs at 09:00 AM – free).

Masada:

Masada is where the last stronghold of the Jewish Zealots in their struggle against the Romans, after the destruction of the 2nd Temple. The Zealots held out for three years against the legions of Flavius Silva and chose to die as free men at their own hands in preference to Roman slavery. From the top of Masada, the outlines of the Roman encampments are still visible below.

Mitzpeh Ramon:

A geological feature of Israel’s Negev desert. The crater is located 85 km south of the city of Beersheba. The shape of the crater is not from a meteor or a volcanic crater formed by a volcanic eruption. Today the crater and surrounding area forms Israel’s largest national park, the Ramon Nature Reserve.

Afternoon/evening:

Arrive to Eilat and to our hotel for check in.

Enjoy a relaxing dinner by the Red Sea.

Overnight in the Eilat.

Friday, Day 6Leisure or Optional Petra Tour

Enjoy a day at leisure. Optional tours and recreations are available from Eilat, such as;

Petra:

Built by the Nabateans (an early Arab tribe), who settled in the South of Jordan more than 2000 years ago. Petra is famous for its huge monuments, such as; the Treasury, Royal Tombs, Courthouse, Roman Theater and the Qassier Rl-Bint. The city itself is almost 45 Square Km and is considered to be the second wonder of the world.

The Tour of Petra ($250 per person):

Package includes:

  • Transfer from our hotel to the border with Jordan.
  • Horseback ride (included) to the entrance of Petra (about 1.2 km).
  • Lunch in Petra
  • Transfer back to Eilat
  • Visa preparation and border assistance.

Dolphin Reef:

A horseshoe-shaped sea-pen holding captive bottle-nose dolphins in the Gulf of Eilat. Snorkel or scuba dive with the dolphins and other sea marine-life.

Dive with dolphins price per person:
339 NIS (approximately US $95)

Snorkel with dolphins price per person:
Adult  – 290 NIS (approximately $80)

Red Sea:

Contact Trips Israel for a list of several great recreational facilities, beaches around our hotel at 888-300-3038.

Afternoon-Evening:

We will enjoy relaxing dinner at our hotel.

Overnight in Eilat.

Saturday, Day 7Eilat to Jerusalem

Following breakfast, enjoy the morning at leisure. For those who wish to go to visit the underwater observatory, a 09:00 complimentary round-trip transfer will be available (entry to site is not included).

Underwater Observatory:

The largest natural aquariums in the world – built into coral reef.

Journey to the City of the great King – Jerusalem
Leave Eilat and travel north towards Jerusalem. On our way, we will visit the following sites:

 

Timna Park:

Located in the Negev Desert, the site is rich in copper ore and has been mined since the 5th millennium BCE. Visit will also include the replica of the Tabernacle in the desert. See the natural pillar structures, which were formed by centuries of water erosion.

Beer Sheva:

See the ancient well, which is believed to be the original well of Abraham.

Land of Genesis:

Also known (in Hebrew: Eretz Bereshit), located in the Judean Wilderness (just south of Jerusalem). Here, enjoy a camel safari adventure in the Wilderness. After safari, Abraham and his family will invite us to join them in their tent for a biblical dinner.

Afternoon, evening:

Drive to hotel in Jerusalem for check-in.

Overnight in Jerusalem

Sunday, Day 8Jerusalem and Bethlehem

Enjoy breakfast at our hotel. Today, we visit the following:

Mount of Olives

Mount of Olives is situated on the east side of the Old City. It is named for the olive groves that once covered its slopes. On top of the mountain, is a beautiful panoramic view of the Old City and the Golden Gates. On the bottom of the mount, is an urban garden, most famous for the site where Jesus prayed in many occasions prior to His crucifixion.

House of Caiaphas:

Belonging to Joseph Caiaphas, the longest serving Jewish high priest of the 1st century. It is believed, Joseph Caiaphas was involved in the Sanhedrin trial of Jesus and to have organized the plot to kill Jesus. Prior to the trial, it is also believed Jesus was kept overnight in the basement of Caiaphas’s house.

Israel Museum:

The Shrine of the Book; houses the Dead Sea Scrolls, the oldest biblical manuscripts in the world, as well as rare early medieval biblical manuscripts. The scrolls were discovered in 1947–56 in 11 caves in and around the Wadi Qumran.

The scale model of Jerusalem; adjacent to the Shrine is the Model of Jerusalem, as it used to look in the Second Temple Period. It reconstructs the topography and architectural character of the city as it was prior to its destruction by the Romans in 66 CE, and provides historical context to the Shrine’s presentation of the Dead Sea Scrolls. The replica of Herod’s Temple, is now a permanent feature of the museum’s 20-acre (81,000 m2) campus.[13].

Bethlehem:

Bethlehem is known for the site of the Nativity, where Mary conceived Jesus. Today, it is enclosed by the Church of the Nativity.

Afternoon/evening:

Return to our hotel for dinner.

Overnight in Jerusalem.

Monday, Day 9The Old City of Jerusalem and surrounding

Enjoy breakfast at our hotel. Today, visits will include:

Southern Wall Excavations and Robinson Arch (Old City):

Located at inside the Old City of Jerusalem, via the Dung Gate. It site was recognized as the only entrance into the 2nd Temple. Foreigners from different lands would have to recite a proper Mikvah (Baptism), to purify their soul. Some would also need to exchange their foreign coins to local coins, as coins with heads of kings or leaders are not permitted entry into the temple.

Locals and residents of Jerusalem, did not have to go through the same. Locals walked across a bridge and bypassed the formalities. Today, only part of the arch was discovered by an archaeologist names Sir. Robinson. See the Robinson Arch, along with the 2nd temple ruins.

Western Wall – Kotel (Old City):

It is the last remaining retainer wall from the temple era. The temple was build by King Herod from Jerusalem limestone and is located inside today’s old city. It was build on top of a steep hill known to Jews and Christians as the Temple Mount (Mount Moriah). The temple walls were much greater in size. After the destruction of the 2nd Temple, a remnant remained from the original retainer wall. 

Rabbinical Tunnels (Old City):

An impressive understanding of the Second Temple era; located on Mount Moriah (Mountain of God), the passage into the tunnels will lead through many layers of Jerusalem’s past. Inside, a most interesting model shows the different dwelling periods and the history of Old Jerusalem. Although it considered the holiest spot for Jews, many Christians believe it holds many answers underneath.

The Christian Quarter (Old City):

In the Christian Quarter, visit the following places:

  • The Pool of Bethesda; where Jesus healed a lame man (John 5).
  • Via Dolorosa (the way of the cross); where Jesus endured much paid along the Via Dolorosa – way of the cross. View the marketplace, alleyways and bazaars on the Via Dolorosa.
  • The Church of the Holy Sepulchre: It is believed by many Christians, this was the site of the crucifixion and resurrection.

The Jewish Quarter (Old City):

The Jewish Quarter was reconstructed after the city was unified at the conclusion of the Six-Day War in 1967. A special point of interest in the restored Jewish Quarter is the “Cardo”, meaning “The Heart” of this ancient Byzantine City. See the unearthed main Roman thoroughfare and ancient marketplace lined with columns. Also enjoy some time for shopping.

Mt. Zion:

  • The site of the Last Supper (Upper Room). Here Jesus enjoyed His last Passover meal with His disciples prior to His arrest.
  • A flight of stairs below is the site of King David’s Tomb.

Garden Tomb:

It is believed by many Christians, this was the site of the crucifixion and resurrection.

Afternoon/evening:

Return to our hotel for the remainder of the day at leisure. Enjoy dinner at our hotel.

Overnight in Jerusalem.

Tuesday, Day 10Departure

After breakfast (depending on flight times), we will be transferred to Ben Gurion Airport for departure.

Tour Includes

10 day – 9 nights in superior accommodations

  • 1 night in Tel Aviv
  • 2 nights in the Galilee
  • 1 night in Ein Bokek (Dead Sea)
  • 2 nights in Eilat
  • 3 nights in Jerusalem
  • Hotel taxes and service charges

Tours and guiding

  • Touring in a Deluxe vehicle/mini motor-coach with WIFI
  • A professional licensed driver
  • A professional government licensed English speaking guide – hand picked
  • Entrance fees to all sites and parks

Meet, assist and transfers

  • Meet and assist at Ben Gurion Airport, immediately after passport control
  • Transfer on a arrival from Ben Gurion Airport to hotel in Tel Aviv
  • Transfer on departure from hotel in Jerusalem to Ben Gurion Airport
  • Round-trip transfer from Eilat hotel to Jordanian border (if participating on the extension to Petra)

Meals included

  • Everyday breakfast at hotels
  • Everyday dinners at hotels
  • St. Peter’s lunch by the shores of the Sea of Galilee
  • A biblical dinner in the Judean Wilderness
  • Lunch in Petra (if participating on the Petra excursion)

Other services also included

  • Trips Israel host/hostess at Ben Gurion Airport
  • Boat cruise on the Sea of Galilee
  • Western Wall and the Temple Mount tunnels
  • Nazareth Village
  • Sound and light show
  • Camel safari in the Judean Wilderness
  • The Dead Sea
  • The Red Sea
  • Petra (optional)
  • Portfolio of travel documents
  • Maps, pens and luggage tags
  • and much more

Not included

  • International airfare
  • Petra excursion
  • Underwater Observatory
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips to guide and driver
  • lunch daily
  • Border fees to Jordan: $110
Highlights

Tel Aviv and surrounding area

  • Jaffa
  • Tel Aviv

Jerusalem – New City

  • Yad Vashem
  • Israel Museum
  • Mount of Olives
  • Garden of Gethemane
  • Garden Tomb
  • Mount Zion: Tomb of King David, Upper Room

Dead Sea and surrounding regions

  • Qumran
  • Masada
  • Dead Sea swim facility
  • Eretz Bereshit (Land of Genesis)

Mediterranean Coast and surrounding area

  • Caesarea
  • Megiddo
  • Nazareth
  • Nazareth Village
  • Cana

Galilee and surrounding regions

  • Sea of Galilee cruise
  • Mount of the Beatitudes
  • Capernaum
  • Tabgah
  • Yardenit baptismal site at the Jordan River
  • Magdala
  • Beit Shean

Jerusalem – Old City

  • Christian Quarter
  • Via Dolorosa
  • Church of the Holy Seplechre
  • Pool of Bethesda
  • Jewish Quarter
  • Southern Wall excavations
  • Western Wall
  • Western Wall Rabbinical tunnels
  • Tower of David – Sound and light show

Red Sea regions

  • Eilat
  • Petra
  • Negev Desert
  • and much more.