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.
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 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.
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.
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;
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):
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.
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)
Contact Trips Israel for a list of several great recreational facilities, beaches around our hotel at 888-300-3038.
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).
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:
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.
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.
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.
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..
Bethlehem is known for the site of the Nativity, where Mary conceived Jesus. Today, it is enclosed by the Church of the Nativity.
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.
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.
It is believed by many Christians, this was the site of the crucifixion and resurrection.
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.
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)
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)