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Holyland Biblical Tour
   
Tour Length: 8 days / 7 nights
Departs: Monday
Start City: Jerusalem
End City: Tel Aviv
Type of Holiday: Coach Tour
  This Tour visits ancient sites steeped in biblical and medieval history.  Trace the roots of christianity and Judaism from Bethlehem and Jerusalem to Tiberias and Galilee to the North. 
Gain an insight into the different cultures and faiths and how they have developed in the region.

ITINERARY  
   
Monday    Jerusalem
             
   Upon arrival to airport meet our representative and transfer to Jerusalem.
   Overnight: Jerusalem
   
Tuesday    Jerusalem - New City 
 

Start with a spectacular view of Jerusalem from Mount of Olives, and then onto the Garden of Gethsemane. See the famous Dead Sea Scrolls at the Shrine of the Book and the model of Jerusalem from Herodian times. Experience a moving visit to the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial. Explore the picturesque village of Ein Karem, birthplace of John the Baptist.  Overnight: Jerusalem (B)

   
Wednesday    Jerusalem - Old City and Bethlehem - Jerusalem
 

Visit the Western Wall and the Temple Mount (subject to security clearance).  Explore the colourful bazaars, and walk the Via Dolorosa (Stations of the Cross) until the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. Visit the tomb of King David and the Room of the Last Supper on Mount Zion. Continue to Bethlehem (subject to security clearance) to visit Manger Square, Shepherds Fields and the Church of the Nativity.  Overnight: Jerusalem (B)

   
Thursday    Sea of Galilee
 

Depart Jerusalem via Jericho (subject to security clearance), the oldest city in the world. Explore the excavations of the beautiful Roman City of Beit Shean. Continue onto Nazareth to see Mary's Well and visit the Church of Annunciation.  Drive to Safed – city of Mystical Judaism for a walk through the artists colony.

Overnight: Galilee Kibbutz hotel (B)

   
Friday    Upper Galilee
 

Ascend the Golan Heights and from Mt. Bental, peer deep into Syria and the ghost town of Kuneitra. Explore Caesari of Philippi at the Banias Springs.  Drive along the shores of the Sea of Galilee to Capernaum to visit the ruins of the ancient synagogue. See the beautiful church at Tabgha where the miracle of the fishes and the loaves took place. Enjoy a short tour of Tiberias – the old centre of Jewish learning.

   Overnight: Galilee Kibbutz hotel (B, D)
   
Saturday    Coastal Plain (Acre - Haifa - Tel Aviv)
 

Depart for Acre (Akko) to explore the Knights' Halls and the secret Crusader tunnels, then to Haifa to view the magnificent Bahai gardens from atop Mount Carmel. Stop at Caesarea, to visit the Roman Theatre and the Crusader Fortress.

Overnight: Tel Aviv (B)

   
Sunday    Tel Aviv - Free Day OR Dead Sea tour
 

   Enjoy a day at leisure. Take a walk along Tel Aviv's famous beaches.

Overnight: Tel Aviv (B)

OR                Dead Sea and Masada           

Depart Tel Aviv and descend to the lowest place on earth. Drive along the shores of the Dead Sea to the rock fortress of Masada. Visit Herod's palaces, dating back 2000 years. Then hear about the zealots who defied the Roman Empire from this location.  Enjoy a chance to swim in the Dead Sea. The water is so rich in salts and minerals that you float!

   
Monday   Tel Aviv
    Departure transfer to the airport (B)
                                        
HOLIDAY INCLUSIONS:







   
 
  • Meeting assistance upon arrival
  • Airport transfers as per the itinerary
  • English Speaking guide for all touring
  • A/C coach for touring in a group
  • Twin room accommodation in chosen class of hotels on BB basis (Half Board for Holyland Wednesday and Holyland Sunday tours)
  • Entrance fees for the above mentioned sites
  • Taxes and service charges
   
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