September 4th to 11th
Basic Cost £375.00 + fuel surcharges and airport taxes
Single room supplement £110.00
Spouse/companion supplement £160.00
Day 1 Tuesday, September 4
Early arrival at Ben Gurion Airport where you will be met and given assistance by Diesenhaus Unitours representative. Breakfast and visit at Neot Kedumim. Drive on to Caesarea; see the excavations of the Crusader City, the Herodian Port. Proceed to Mount Carmel, the site of the encounter between the Prophet Elijah and the Baal priests, proceed to Zippori the 2nd century BCE capital of the Galilee. Continue to Nazareth where Jesus spent his early years and visit Mary’s well and the church of the Annunciation. Just north of Nazareth is the village of Cana, the site of Jesus’ first miracle. Drive to Tiberias to for dinner and over night.
Day 2 Wednesday, September 5
Start the day with a visit to Yardenit on shores of the Jordan River Continue to Kursi (The Land of the Geraseenes) where Jesus healed the two demon possessed men. Onwards to Capernaum, centre of Jesus’ Ministry, – located here are the ruins of an ancient synagogue, and the site of Peter’s House. Visit Taghba and Mensa Christi, and then in the afternoon we will visit the Mount of Beatitudes, where we shall celebrate Holy Communion. Drive to Nof Ginossar see the ancient Jesus boat and end the day with a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee.
Day 3 Thursday, September 6
After checking out of the hotel, drive to Mt Tabor, site of the Transfiguration. Proceed through the Jordan River Valley rift, passing the city of Beit Shean, a Roman city of the Decapolis. Continue to Jericho, the oldest inhabited city in the world and ascend by cable car the Mount of Temptation. Climb the Judean Hills towards Jerusalem. Visit Bethany and the Tomb of Lazarus. Continue to your hotel in Jerusalem for dinner and overnight , Jerusalem.
Day 4 Friday, September 7
Begin the day’s tour on the Mount of Olives for a breathtaking view of the entire city. Walk down the traditional Palm Sunday route to the Church of All Nations and the Garden of Gethsemane where you will celebrate Holy Communion. Proceed to the Israel Museum and visit the Model of the ancient Jerusalem in the time of the Second Temple and the Shrine of the Book where the Dead Sea Scrolls are displayed. In the Afternoon we drive to the Manger Square in Bethlehem and visit the Church of the Nativity.
Day 5 Saturday, September 8
Depart Jerusalem and descend the Judean Wilderness, via the Inn of the Good Samaritan, to the lowest place on earth-the Dead Sea. Drive along the shore to Masada and ascend by cable car. Tour this mountaintop fortress, which was the last stronghold of the Jews against the Romans. Drive to a nearby oasis and relax and enjoy an opportunity to “float” in the Dead Sea. Before returning to Jerusalem, visit the Qumran caves where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered.
Day 6 Sunday, September 9
We will start our day with visit of the Excavations at the City of David; proceed to the Davidson Centre– The Jerusalem Archaeological Park that reveals the most amazing discoveries of Jerusalem during the Second Temple period. At the foot of the Southern Wall of the Temple Mount, in the area known as the Ophel, the visitor can climb up the original steps of the Hulda Gates that led to the Temple Mount. Continue our visit in the Christian Quarter; visit St Ann’s Crusader Church, Ecce Homo, Antonia Fortress and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. To end the day we will visit the Garden Tomb. Farewell dinner at the hotel.
Day 7 Monday, September 10
Depart Jerusalem for Tel Aviv via the Valley of Elah. Short city tour of Tel Aviv and Jaffa. Check in at your hotel to refresh yourselves before dinner. Farewell dinner in Jaffa restaurant. Return to the Tel Aviv hotel for overnight.
Day 8 Tuesday, September 11
Early departure and transfer to Airport