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Biblical Experience Israel Tour

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Tel Aviv
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Biblical Experience Israel (upon request) Day 1: Tel Aviv Arrive at Ben Gurion Airport. Our representative will meet and assist you through customs, and transfer you to your hotel on the Mediterranean Sea. Day 2: Caesarea/Haifa/Megiddo/Nazareth/Cana Wake up to . .
Country: Israel
City: Tel Aviv
Duration: 8 Day(s) - 7 Night(s)
Tour Category: Religious Tours
Departure Date: Thu 01 Jan '99
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Biblical Experience Israel (upon request)

Day 1: Tel Aviv

Arrive at Ben Gurion Airport. Our representative will meet and assist you through customs, and transfer you to your hotel on the Mediterranean Sea.

Day 2: Caesarea/Haifa/Megiddo/Nazareth/Cana

Wake up to the beautiful view of the seashore. After breakfast begins your tour driving north to Caesarea, the amazing Herodian port city. View the new impressive archeological finds and the Roman theater.

Walk along the Crusader fortifications, and the Byzantine street, and view the 2,000-year-old aqueduct, built by King Herod. Continue along the Mediterranean to Mt. Carmel. Visit the Carmelite church of Stella Maris, overlooking Haifa Bay.

Continue to Mukhraka, where Elijah confronted the 450 false prophets of Baal.

We invite you to your first lunch in Israel - a typical Israeli falafel in a Druze Village. Drive by the Zebulun and Armageddon Valleys to Megiddo, the ancient archeological mound with its 25 layers of civilization. This is the "tel" that inspired James Michener in writing his famous book "The Source." Visit the stables of King Solomon's ''Chariot City" and the water tunnel.

View the valley of Armageddon, the predicted site of a cataclysmic end-of-days battle. Continue to Nazareth. Visit the Church of Annunciation, Mary's Well, and the Synagogue (where it is said, Jesus first studied the Bible).

Drive to Tiberias, passing through Cana, the site of Jesus' first miracle. Overnight in a Kibbutz Guest House in Galilee.
After dinner, enjoy a lecture about ''Life in a Kibbutz".

Day 3: Galilee/Tiberias/Golan Heights

Today we explore the surroundings of the Sea of Galilee, where Jesus conducted his ministry. Begin the day cruising the lake on a "Biblical" Boat. Visit Capernaum, "the Town of Jesus" with its ancient synagogue and the house of St. Peter.

On to Tabgha, the site of the miracle of Multiplication of the Loaves and Fishes. Drive to the Mount of Beatitudes for a breathtaking view of the lake and the Golan Heights. Lunch will be at a restaurant, serving the famous St. Peter's fish. Drive to the Golan Heights to visit a former Syrian fortification. Back to our Kibbutz for dinner and overnight.

Day 4: Jordan Valley/Bet She'an/Massada

After breakfast drive south. Stop at the Baptismal site by the Jordan River. Continue to Bet She'an, the most impressive Roman archeological dig with its theater, amphitheater, Cardo, and the exclusive "Health Center".
Continue along the Jordan Valley to Jericho, the most ancient walled town in the world. Drive along the Dead Sea to Qumran, where the famous Dead Sea Scrolls were written. Continue via the Ein Gedi oasis to Massada, the fortress built by King Herod. Ride up by cable car, and visit the fortifications, palaces, the Roman assault ramp, the synagogue, and the bathhouse.

Drive to our special spa hotel on the Dead Sea shores. Balance of day at leisure.

Day 5: Dead Sea/Beer Sheva/Ela Valley

Morning at leisure to enjoy the spa and floating on the saltiest and lowest lake on earth.
Drive to Arad - a modern town with the Biblical name of one of the Canaanite towns conquered by Joshua. A short visit to Beer Sheva, Abraham's town and the capital of the Negev Desert. Continue north to the Ela Valley, the site of the famous battle of David and Goliath.

On to Jerusalem via Bet Shemesh and Emmaus. Enter Jerusalem with a special ceremony. Check-in hotel in Jerusalem.

Day 6: Old City of Jerusalem/Bethlehem

A day of exploring the Holy City. Visit Mount of Olives with its breathtaking view over the Temple Mount and the Old City. Visit the Garden of Gethsemane, the Basilica of Agony, and Mary's Tomb. Enter the Old City to visit the Western (Wailing) Wall, Temple Mount, El Aqsa Mosque, and the Dome of the Rock.

Visit St. Anne's Church and the Pools of Bethesda. Walk the stations along the Via Dolorosa, to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. Visit the Jewish Quarter, the Cardo, and the Herodian Quarter excavations. On to Zion Gate and Mt. Zion to visit the Upper Room and David's Tomb. In the afternoon, drive to Bethlehem. View Rachel's Tomb and the Shepherds' Field. Visit the Church of Nativity, the Grotto, and St. Catherine's Church. Free time for shopping before returning to the hotel in Jerusalem.

Day 7: New City of Jerusalem

After breakfast, we will begin the day visiting the Garden Tomb, then drive to visit the New City. View the Knesset - the Israeli Parliament. Continue to Yad Vashem, the Holocaust Memorial. Visit Ein Karem - the birthplace of John the Baptist. Leave your fingerprints in Jerusalem and plant a tree in the Jerusalem Forest. Conclude your tour by visiting the Holy Land Model where you will see the glorious Jerusalem as it was 2,000 years ago.
Afternoon free.

Day 8: Jerusalem/USA

Transfer to the Airport for your flight back home, or take an extension to Eilat, Jordan or Egypt.

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