7 Day Itinerary

Experience the Land of the Bible through your own journey. A journey to the heart of the Scriptures, to where the Word comes alive.

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Begin your journey by heading to Jaffa, the picturesque ancient port from which Jonah set sail before being swallowed by the whale, where King Solomon imported the cedars of Lebanon to build the Temple in Jerusalem, and where Peter had his vision at the home of Simon the Tanner.

Don’t miss the Visitor Center in Kedumim Square, showcasing the history of Jaffa, a site built around antiquities from the time of Jesus.

Drive north across the Sharon Plain to the excavations of the ancient city port of Caesarea National Park. From this site, Pontius Pilate ruled the country. King Herod built Caesarea in honor of his patron Emperor Augustus in the mid-first century BCE.

Peter’s story continues in Caesarea when Peter baptized Cornelius the Centurion. It was from this port that Paul set sail to preach in communities surrounding the Mediterranean Sea and where Paul was later imprisoned for two years and appeared before Felix, Festus, and King Agrippa. All these events are reflected in the ruins you’ll tour, including the Roman theater, the Hippodrome, and Herod's palace. You can also visit mosaics and other remains from the centuries when Caesarea was an important Christian center with its Crusader walls, moat, and gates.

Continue north to Mount Carmel and take a hike around the Kelah River, also known as "Little Switzerland," a nature reserve in the evergreen-laden Carmel hills. Birds' eye lookouts and organized picnic stops are scattered along the scenic routes, where you can enjoy sweeping views of the Jezreel Valley to the east, the Upper Galilee to the north and the Mediterranean beaches to the west.

Drive through the Ara Valley to Tel Megiddo, the Armageddon of Revelations 16:16. Tour the remains of  one of the most consistently inhabited sites in the country with over 25 levels of civilization settlements, spanning some 3,000 years, including walls, gates, palaces and dwellings from the time of King Solomon, King Ahab and the Assyrians. A highlight will be your walk through the water system, one of the great engineering marvels of the ancient world.

Cross the Jezreel Valley, considered to be Israel’s breadbasket, to Mt. Tabor and learn about the prophetess Deborah gathering her forces during the time of the Judges to battle against Sisera. Jesus cam_e to Tabor with Peter and James, was transfigured before them, and met with Moses and Elijah. After enjoying a breathtaking view overlooking the valley below, visit the beautiful two-level Church of the Transfiguration.

Continue to Nazareth to visit Nazareth Village, a full-scale reconstruction of life in Nazareth during the time of Jesus.

Continue to the centuries-old Church of St. Gabriel that houses the village spring – one of the few authentic remains from the time of Jesus.

Drive across the Galilee mountains via Cana, the scene of Jesus’ first miracle of changing water into wine, and home of Nathaniel.

From the Arbel cliff, stop for a breathtaking view of the Sea of Galilee and the scenes of Jesus’ Galilee ministry.

Overnight in the Sea of Galilee area.

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Greet your day at Kibbutz Ginosar to witness the magnificent display of the wooden Galilee Boat dating from the time of Jesus. Continue from Ginosar with a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee, stopping for devotions as the waves lap quietly against the boat.

Driving along the coastline of the Sea of Galilee is an experience of a special kind. Cross the Jordan River and head southeast towards Kursi where the remains of the largest Byzantine monastic complex can be found, and where, according to tradition, Jesus healed those possessed by demons by casting their evil spirits into a herd of swine. Continue on to Capernaum to visit the ruins of this village often referred to as "the town of Jesus".

Next, stop at the nearby Chapel of The Primacy of Peter, where Jesus appeared to the Apostles after the resurrection. Experience the beautiful surroundings and descend to the water’s edge. Nearby is Tabgha, site of the miracles of the fishes and loaves, with its famous mosaic.

Continue north to the Mount of Beatitudes, the hill where Jesus preached the Sermon on the Mount to the multitudes that stood below.  From here you see a beautiful view of the Sea of Galilee.

In the afternoon, visit Tel Dan, one of the most important biblical mounds in the country. Here archaeologists discovered an inscription with the words, “House of David,” and you can see a gateway from the time of Abraham, as well as visit the High Place of Jeroboam and the Israelite gate.

Continue to Caesarea Philippi, now known as Banias. Enjoy the natural beauty of the Banias nestled on the flourishing banks of one of the Jordan River’s main tributaries.

Overnight in the Sea of Galilee area.

 

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Before you leave the Sea of Galilee area, begin the day with an inspiring visit to Yardenit, the baptismal site located at the Jordan River on the southern tip of the Sea of Galilee. As you travel from lush and lavish landscape to desert terrain, toward the Dead Sea, the lowest point on earth, you will be struck by the changing scenery.

Visit the well preserved Crusader fortress, Belvoir Castle. Built in the twelfth century, the fortress stands on a plateau high over the Jordan Valley. Your walking tour through the fortress will reveal halls, cisterns, and the secret of its strength.

Drive south along the Jordan Valley to the ancient city of Beit She'an. Climb to the top of the huge mound of biblical antiquities and see many magnificent remnants of this city, which was the capital of the Decapolis cities where the Gospels say the fame of Jesus spread during His public ministry.

Continue down the Jordan Valley, seeing Jericho, and the Mountains of Ammon and Moab in Jordan, as you travel through the wilderness of Judah to the Dead Sea. Enjoy your initial look at the marvels of the Dead Sea in front of you. Stop for a “float” in the Dead Sea at one of the many beaches lining its shores.

Overnight in the Dead Sea.

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Start your day on the south of the Dead Sea, this time ascending to the top of an isolated rock plateau, to see one of the most spectacular views of the desert around you.

Take the cable-car to the top of Masada, scene of the epic stand by Jewish rebels at the end of the great revolt against Rome nearly 2,000 years ago. The new museum at the Visitor’s Center reveals the secrets of the daily life of the rebels, the story of the excavations, and how the site became one of Israel’s most important symbols of strength and heroism.

Drive along the shore of the Dead Sea to the oasis at Ein Gedi where David hid from King Saul and hike to a desert waterfall.

Visit Qumran where the famed Dead Sea Scrolls were found. Modern scholarship places a community of Essenes at this site, and it is possible that John the Baptist spent some time with the community here.

If you’re on the main road from Jericho to Jerusalem and it’s before 4pm, take a break at a 19th-century Turkish building called the "Inn of the Good Samaritan.” There you can enjoy a museum, that features an open-air display of mosaics and archaeological findings from both Jewish and Samaritan synagogues, as well as Christian Churches, including cisterns and remnants from the reconstructed Good Samaritan Byzantine Church.

Before heading to your hotel in Jerusalem, stop for your first view of the Holy City from Mount Scopus, and open your Bibles to read, “Our feet are standing in your gates, O Jerusalem” (Psalm 122:2).

Overnight in Jerusalem.

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Welcome the new day at the most ancient part of Jerusalem: the City of David.

This area has been excavated more than any area in Jerusalem in the past 120 years and boasts some of the most important discoveries in biblical archaeology. Walk through the water of Hezekiah’s Tunnel, named after the king who demanded its quarrying to keep Jerusalem’s water from the Assyrians when the city was under siege.

A stop at the Pool of Siloam, where new excavations have uncovered the actual remains of the pool where Jesus healed a blind man, is a highlight of the day.

Explore the Southern Temple Excavations located around the southwestern corner of Temple Mount. Here you can stand on the very street that Jesus would have walked 2,000 years ago and view other archaeological remains that shed light on other New Testament events. You can also visit the magnificent Davidson Visitors Center in the basement of an 8th-century-CE palace. Look into the possibility of seeing its virtual-reconstruction, high-definition interactive model, and enjoy the high-definition film that depicts ancient pilgrimage to the Temple in a unique way.

Stop at the Western Wall, the last remnant of the Herodian Temple Mount destroyed by the Romans nearly 2,000 years ago. While at the Western Wall, arrange your schedule to join a public tour of the Western Wall Tunnels, also called the Rabbinical Tunnels. If you wish to reserve in advance, enquire at the Western Wall Heritage Foundation.

Stroll through the alleyways of the Jewish Quarter, including the Cardo, which was the main street of Byzantine Christian Jerusalem.

Overnight in Jerusalem.

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Start the day at the Israel Museum, home to the most important archaeological discovery of the 20th century – the Dead Sea Scrolls. An impressive model of Jerusalem in 69 CE sets the stage before entering the special shrine that contains the Scrolls.

Stop at the square opposite the Knesset, to view Israel’s legislature and see the magnificent bronze menorah with its carvings depicting the biblical history of Israel and Zechariah’s immortal words “Not by might, nor by power but by My Spirit” (Zechariah 4:6).

Continue to Mt. Zion and its many sites, including King David’s Tomb and the Coenaculum, the Room of the Last Supper. Despite its name, King David’s Tomb could not be the actual burial place as King David was buried in the City of David. As it is, the tomb, a recent (medieval) site, is strangely situated in the same Crusader building that houses the traditional place where the Last Supper was held.

Wander the Old City markets, steeping yourself in its sights, sounds and aromas, and try your hand at hunting and bargaining for treasures.

Visit Yad Vashem, Israel's official memorial to the victims of the Holocaust, with its astounding new historical museum, Hall of Remembrance, Children's Memorial and other sites.

Overnight in Jerusalem.

 

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Welcome the day with one of the most magnificent views in the world: ancient Jerusalem as seen from the top of Mount of Olives. Allow time to visit the various churches on the summit, among them: Pater Noster, where the prayer “Our Father” is inscribed in dozens of languages, and the Church of Ascension, marking the place where Jesus ascended to Heaven. Take the “Palm Sunday Walk” down the Mount of Olives in the footsteps of Jesus. On the way, stop at Dominus Flevit Church (The Lord Wept), marking the site of Jesus’ weeping over the city (Luke 19: 37-42).

At the Garden of Gethsemane at the base of the mountain, you can spend time pondering and praying about the time Jesus spent here with His disciples before His arrest. Enter the impressive Church of Gethsemane, also known as the Church of All Nations, to see the brilliantly detailed floor-to-ceiling mosaics depicting the events of this significant site.

Enter the Old City via Lion’s Gate, also known as St. Stephen’s Gate to the Pools of Bethesda, where Jesus healed a paralytic (John 5: 2-9). Visit St. Anne's chapel, the purest Crusader church in the entire country, where Christian groups love to sing praises to the Lord. Stroll down Via Dolorosa, the street where St. Anne’s is located, also the road Jesus walked from the place of Pontius Pilate’s sentencing to Golgotha. For as long as Christians have been visiting the Holy City, they have walked the last path of Jesus, ending in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre where Orthodox and Catholic Christians mark His crucifixion and burial.

The day will end with a visit to the Garden Tomb. Located 1,640 feet to the north of Damascus Gate, this ancient cemetery discovered approximately 130 years ago by the British General Charles Gordon, has become a touching site in which to recall the crucifixion and burial of Jesus and spend time in these peaceful gardens in prayer, song, fellowship, and communion.

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