Holy Land Discovery - Faith-Based Travel – Catholic Itinerary (5320)

8 Day Tour from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem

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The roots of your faith will come to life on this extraordinary journey through the Holy Land. Follow in the footsteps of Jesus as you learn more about His life and ministry. Visit places of biblical importance like the Mount of Beatitudes or simply take time to reflect on a peaceful cruise on the Sea of Galilee. Spend time in Bethlehem and visit the Basilica of the Announciation, visit the Basilica of the Nativity in Nazareth, get inspired as you re-live some of the New Testament’s stories in their original settings.. Jerusalem brings you even closer to Jesus as you re-trace His path along the Via Dolorosa and all the way to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. All of this—and much more—await you on a deeply spiritual vacation of a lifetime!
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 Tour Highlights

TEL AVIV
Orientation drive and Jaffa visit
CAESAREA and MEGIDDO
Ancient Roman sites
NAZARETH
Church of the Annunciation visit
BET SHE’AN
Archaeological site visit
GALILEE
Full-day excursion
JORDAN VALLEY
River Jordan baptismal site
BETHLEHEM
Church of the Nativity visit
JERUSALEM
Old town walking tour
MassMass MASS SERVICES:
Magdala, Bethlehem, Jerusalem (Service may not be in English and venues are subject to change)

Headsets throughout the tour.

Notes:

Please check visa requirements with your local consulate; responsibility for obtaining visas for Israel and Jordan rests with the traveler.
April 19 Easter Departure; Departure December 22 Christmas in Nazareth (December 25)

The following UNESCO World Heritage Sites can be seen or visited on this vacation:

  • Baha;-i Holy Places in Haifa and the Western Galilee
  • Biblical Tells - Megiddo
  • Church of the Nativity and the Pilgrimage Route ( Bethlehem)
  • Masada
  • Old city of Jerusalem and its Walls
  • White City of Tel Aviv - the Modern Movement

Transportation:

Transfers by private, first-class, air-conditioned motorcoach

 Meals

 Meals & Itinerary

Buffet breakfasts daily; 4 dinners

 Itinerary

Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.

Day 1 ARRIVE IN TEL AVIV, ISRAEL

Welcome to Israel! Check into your hotel and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure. This evening, meet your Tour Director and fellow travelers.

Day 2 TEL AVIV–JAFFA–CAESAREA–MEGIDDO-NAZARETH

Enjoy a full day exploring some of the Holy Land’s ancient biblical and modern sights. Begin by driving to the old port of JAFFA, an atmospheric town, where Jonah set sail before he was swallowed by the whale. Continue to CAESAREA, an ancient port turned incredible ARCHAEOLOGICAL ZONE. Built by Herod the Great in the 1st century BC, the city was one of the most splendid in ancient Palestine and its capital for more than 600 years. Admire what remains of Herod’s grandiose building works, including the restored 3,500-seat Roman theater, the aqueduct, harbor, and the crumbled moat and towers from the 12th-century CRUSADER FORTRESS. From here, travel to the archaeological site of MEGIDDO, an age-old FORTIFIED TOWN with 25 layers of archaeological findings and one of the world’s most important biblical sites. According to the New Testament, this is where the Battle of Armageddon will take place, the final struggle between good and evil, which will prompt the return of Jesus to defeat the Antichrist and cast Satan into the abyss. Continue to Nazareth to visit the CHURCH OF THE ANNUNCIATION, where the Archangel Gabriel told Mary she would conceive and give birth to Jesus, the Son of God. This evening you may have an opportunity to join a candlelight procession starting from the Church of the Annunciation square.

Breakfast Breakfast
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Day 3 NAZARETH. EXCURSION TO BET SHE’AN

Attend one of the early morning Mass services if you wish, then join today’s included excursion. Bet She’an is one of the best preserved archaeological sites of this region and well worth some time to wander around. Ongoing excavations at this UNESCO World Heritage site revealed time-worn colonnade-style streets, bathhouses, and a theater with perfect acoustics.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 4 NAZARETH. EXCURSION TO MAGDALA-SEA OF GALILEE-TABGHA-CAPERNAUM-MOUNT OF BEATITUDES-CANA

Today, celebrate MassMass Mass in Magdala, home to Mary of Magdalene, then skirt the Sea of Galilee, and enjoy its scenic beauty. Continue to Tabgha and visit the church commemorating the miracle of Jesus feeding 5,000 people with two fish and five loaves. On to CAPERNAUM, home to the Apostles Peter, Andrew, James, John, and Matthew, and to Jesus himself. Here, you’ll see its ANCIENT SYNAGOGUE and the HOUSE OF ST. PETER. Spend some time in the gardens of the MOUNT OF BEATITUDES, where Jesus delivered his famous sermon, and meditate its significance. On the way back to Nazareth, stop in CANA, site of the wedding miracle.

Breakfast Breakfast
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Day 5 NAZARETH–BETHLEHEM–JERUSALEM

Enjoy a spectacular drive through the Jordan Valley. Stop at the QASR EL YAHUD baptismal site where, according to tradition, Jesus was baptized by St. John the Baptist. Continue to Bethlehem, birthplace of Jesus and King David. Visit one of Christianity’s holiest places, the CHURCH OF THE NATIVITY, built over the cave thought to be the spot where Jesus was born. Here, you will have time to pray and attend MassMass Mass, if you like. Reach the holy city of Jerusalem in the late afternoon.

Breakfast Breakfast
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Day 6 JERUSALEM

An intense day of reflection awaits as you set off on a walking tour of Jerusalem’s Old Town. From the MOUNT OF OLIVES, take in memorable views over the city’s domes, walls, and rooftops before strolling in the GARDEN OF GETHSEMANE, where Jesus prayed on the night before his arrest. Your guide will then lead you into the JEWISH QUARTER, pointing out the WESTERN WALL with its prayer notes tucked between the stones, and the Dome of the Rock, the gold-topped mosque on Temple Mount. Walk the famous Via Dolorosa (Way of the Cross), following in Jesus’ footsteps as he bore the cross to Calvary for his crucifixion and burial, where the BASILICA OF THE HOLY SEPULCHRE now stands. Later this afternoon, attend MassMass Mass, if you like.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 7 JERUSALEM. OPTIONAL EXCURSION TO MASADA & THE DEAD SEA

Today is free to relax, explore Jerusalem at leisure, revisit some of the most significant places of worship, or join an exciting optional excursion to the Dead Sea, the planet’s lowest point on dry land. Travel through the mountainous Judean Desert and pass the Qumran Caves, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered. Ride the cable car up to the magnificent Fortress of Masada, perched high on a clifftop plateau above the Dead Sea, where 960 Jewish rebels made their last stand against Roman forces in 73 AD. Later, head for the shores of the Dead Sea, where you’ll have some time to experience the incredible buoyancy in the salt water. Toward the end of the afternoon, return to Jerusalem.

Breakfast Breakfast
DinnerDinner

Day 8 JERUSALEM

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (The nearest airport is Tel Aviv.)

Breakfast Breakfast

 Accommodations

Tel Aviv
Nazareth
Jerusalem

 Optional Excursions

The following optional excursions are examples only for this vacation. These may or may not be offered, and availability is subject to days of operation and seasonality. Please select a departure date to view optional excursions and pricing for a specific date (due to currency fluctuation, pricing shown is subject to change until purchased).

Price Ranges

$ ($50 USD and under)
$$ ($51 - $100 USD)
$$$ ($101 - $150 USD)
$$$$ (Over $150)


Jerusalem

Jerusalem

Excursion to Qumrun, Masada and the Dead Sea

Excursion to Qumrun, Masada and the Dead Sea

A spectacular day trip through the Judean wilderness landscape in the Dead Sea area.

Price Range: $$

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