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8 Days / 7 Nights Trip | Explore Tel Aviv, Caesarea to Megiddo, Boat Ride Across the Sea of Galilee, Church of the Annunciation, Float in the Dead Sea

Biblical Israel

Israel provides an exciting blend of contrasts: from Jerusalem’s old-world charms to the spectacular beaches and nightlife of its coastal cities.
Get ready for a journey of fun, history, adventure and freedom as we experience the best of Israel!
 
Together, travel back in time as you stroll through the streets of Jerusalem, float on the iconic Dead Sea, experience Tel Aviv’s vibrant nightlife and make memories that you’ll fondly recollect, years from now.
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  • Duration
    8 Days
  • Starting From
    $1,797
    /person
    Twin sharing
  • Travel Operator
    Encounters Travel
  • Flights
    Not Included
    Flight booking assistance will be provided.

Trip highlights

Masada Fortress : Palace In The Skies
Highlight #1
Masada Fortress : Palace In The Skies
Built in 31 B.C. by King Herod, this fortress is truly an architectural marvel. And the view from atop the fort will make you feel like you’re in a fabled palace, nestled in the skies.
Travel back in time as you explore Jerusalem
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Travel back in time as you explore Jerusalem
Walk in the footsteps of history’s most revered figures as you visit ancient and holy sites, from the Temple Mount to Via Dolorosa where Christ carried the cross.
Float on the Dead Sea
Highlight #3
Float on the Dead Sea
You’ve seen it in movies, you’ve seen it in magazines, now experience it for yourself. Jump into the Dead Sea and find yourself not sinking!
Live it up in Tel Aviv!
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Live it up in Tel Aviv!
Head to one of Tel Aviv’s rooftop bars for some partying with a view or go bar-hopping; get a taste of the city’s festive flamboyant nightlife.
Follow in the footsteps of Jesus
Highlight #5
Follow in the footsteps of Jesus
There is no experience as powerful and humbling as visiting the sacred Church of Nativity in Bethlehem where Jesus was born.
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Itinerary

Arrive into Tel Aviv

Upon arrival you'll be met in the airport by one of our representatives who will then transfer you to your hotel. The rest of the day is then free for you to settle in, relax after your flight, and have a look around the area independently before meeting the group and starting the first sightseeing tours tomorrow morning.

Caesarea to Megiddo to Haifa to Acre

Following a delicious Israeli buffet breakfast (which you will enjoy each morning prior to departing for your day of touring), depart Tel Aviv. Drive north along the coastal plain to Caesarea (Acts 9.30 Acts 10 24-48), capital of Judea under the Romans. Visit the excavations of this ancient city, the Roman theatre and aqueduct. Continue to Megiddo (1 Kings 4.28, 9,15, 2 Kings 23,29 & Revel. 16.16), identified as the site of Armageddon. Visit the archaeological excavations at Megiddo, including the well-preserved water supply system. Drive to the beautiful port city of Haifa, nestled on the Mediterranean Sea, for a panoramic view of the Bahai gardens and Haifa Bay. From Haifa continue to Acre (Micah 1.10), capital of the Crusaders for more than a century. Visit the ancient city and harbour before continuing eastwards across the plains of the Galilee to Kibbutz hotel Lavi , not far from the Sea Of Galilee for dinner and overnight.

Tiberias to Capernaum to Banias

After a short tour of the Kibbutz grounds we take a boat ride across the Sea of Galilee to Capernaum (Matt. 4.13 13.54, 17.24, Luke 7, Mark 1.2, John 4.46-54). Visit the remains of the 2nd century synagogue. Proceed to Tabgha (Matt. 13, Mark .33-45, & John 21), the site of the miracle of fish and loaves, and visit the Church of Multiplication with its 4th century mosaic floor. Continue to the Mount of the Beatitudes (Matt. 5,6,7,8), where Jesus delivered the Sermon on the Mount. Drive to the Banias Spring and Waterfall (Matt. 16.13 and Mark 8.27), where Jesus was recognized as The Messiah by His Disciples. Tour the Golan Heights, with its valleys, grazing land and snow capped mountains. Return to Kibbutz Lavi for dinner and overnight.

Nazareth to Beit Shean

Begin the day with a drive to Nazareth (Luke 1.26, 4.16-29, Matthew 2.23) via Cana of Galilee (John 2.1-11). In Nazareth, we shall visit the Church of the Annunciation, St. Joseph’s Workshop and Mary’s Well. Next on our program is the Jordan River and the Baptismal site Yardenit. A baptism or rededication ceremony can be carried out here if you wish (advance booking required). Continue to Beit Shean, one of the ancient Decapolis cities (Mark 5.20, 7.31), and visit the Roman theatre. This is the city where Saul and his son Jonathan were nailed to the walls (1st Samuel 31.10). Judges 1.27 also mentions Beit Shean. Continue south along the shores of the River of Jordan. Passing Jericho, we proceed westward and climb to the Golden City of Jerusalem. Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem.

Jerusalem - Old City

Today we visit the Old City of Jerusalem. Our appreciation of this Golden City begins with a panoramic view from the Mount of Olives, overlooking the walls of the old city and the ancient Jewish cemetery. Visit the Church of All Nations. Proceed to Mount Zion to see the tomb of King David and the nearby Room of the Last Supper (Mark 14.13, Luke 22. 10-38, Matt 26 17-29, Acts 1.13 and Acts 2 the Pentecost). Enter the Old City to begin exploring the wonders of Jerusalem. Walk through the Cardo, the main street of Jerusalem 2000 years ago. View the Temple Mount and the Western Wall. Walk along the Via Dolorosa, where Jesus carried His Cross. Continue to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre (Matt. 27. 33-57, 28.10). No visit to Jerusalem is complete without a walk through the colourful Arab bazaar (a chance to test your negotiating skills). Visit the Garden Tomb. Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem.

Jerusalem - new city and Bethlehem

Today's program is dedicated first  to the new city of Jerusalem. Visit the model of ancient Jerusalem. Continue to Yad Vashem, Israel's memorial to the victims of the Holocaust. Enter the site by walking along the Street of the Righteous Gentiles, dedicated to the non-Jews that risked their lives in order to save their Jewish neighbours. Continue to Ein Karem, birthplace of John the Baptist (Luke 1.39-80). This Spanish style church and Mary's well is where Mother Mary met her cousin Elizabeth. Next we cross into the Occupied Palestinian Territories and proceed to Bethlehem (subject to border restrictions) to visit the Church of the Nativity. Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem.

Qumran to Masada to Dead Sea

Drive through the Judean Desert to Qumran, where the Dead Sea Scrolls where found in 1947 by a Bedouin boy. Visit the ancient city of Qumran and drive along the shore of the Dead Sea, the lowest place on earth, to Masada, the last stronghold of the Jews after the destruction of the Second Temple in 70 A.D. Ascend Masada by cable car and visit the food storeroom, water irrigation system and Herod's Palace. Time and weather permitting we will have an opportunity to float on the Dead Sea waters. Return to Jerusalem for dinner and overnight.

Departure airport transfer

After breakfast, your time is free until we pick you up from your hotel and transfer you to the airport for your departure.

Inclusions

 All accommodation as stated in the itinerary

 All transport and transfers

 24-hour airport arrival & departure transfer service

 Specialist English speaking guide during touring days

 All site entry fees

 Meals as indicated in the itinerary

Not Included

 International flights (available on request)

 Visa fees (if applied)

 Travel insurance (compulsory, available on request)

 Meals not indicated in the itinerary

 Drinks, snacks, tips and other personal expenses (e.g. laundry)

 Tips for your tour leader & driver

 Any other items not mentioned above

 Additional 5% GST

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