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

8 Day Tour from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem

2023 Tour Details

CATHOLIC ITINERARY The roots of your faith will come to life on this extraordinary journey through Israel. Starting from Tel Aviv, visit some of the main archaeological, historical, and biblical sites, and follow in the footsteps of Jesus as you learn more about His life and ministry. To stand in the very places where history unfolded is a true highlight as you visit important sites of the Gospel, such as Nazareth, the Sea of Galilee, Cana, the Mount of Beatitudes, the River Jordan valley, Bethlehem, and, last but not least, Jerusalem. This extraordinary Israel tour is designed for value-minded travellers.

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 Tour Highlights

Sightseeing:

Visits to Tel Aviv, Jaffa, Caesarea archaeological site and Medieval fortress, Megiddo, Muhraqa, Haifa, Mount of Beatitudes, Capernaum Synagogue and House of St. Peter, Tabgha miracle site, Qasr el Yahud baptismal site, Nazareth Church of the Annunciation, Cana of Galilee miracle site, Magdala, Gideon’s Spring, Bet She’an archaeological site, Jericho, Bethlehem Church of Nativity, Jerusalem’s Mount of Olives, Garden of Gethsemane, Jewish Quarter, Western Wall, Via Dolorosa, Church of the Holy Sepulchre

Mass:

Nazareth, Magdala, Bethlehem, Jerusalem (Service may not be in English and venues are subject to change)

Guides:

Services of a professional Tour Director while touring

Scenic Highlights:

Sea of Galilee, Jordan River, Dead Sea, Jordan Valley, Mount Carmel

Notes:

Mass services may be in local language and venues are subject to change
April 15 departure – Easter departure
June 3 departure – Pentecost departure
December 19 departure - Christmas in Jerusalem

UNESCO World Heritage

World Heritage Sites are designated by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) for having cultural, historical, scientific or other form of significance. The sites are judged to contain cultural and natural heritage around the world considered to be of outstanding value to humanity.

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

  • Bahá-i Holy Places in Haifa and the Western Galilee
  • Biblical Tells – Megiddo
  • Masada
  • White City of Tel Aviv – the Modern Movement
  • Church of the Nativity and the Pilgrimage Route, Bethlehem
  • Old city of Jerusalem and its Walls
Transportation:

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

 Meals

 Meals & Itinerary

Buffet breakfasts daily; 4 dinners

 Itinerary

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 area. 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, the harbor, the stadium, and the crumbled moat and towers from the 12th-century Cruisader fortress. From here, travel to the archaeological site of Megiddo, an age-old fortified town with 25 layers of ancient findings and one of the 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 St. Joseph Church and 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.
Today's Distance: 121 mi / 195 km
Breakfast Breakfast Dinner Dinner

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 reveal time-worn colonnade-style streets, bathhouses, and a theater with perfect acoustics.
Today's Distance: 48 mi / 77 km
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 4

NAZARETH. EXCURSION TO MAGDALA–SEA OF GALILEE–TABGHA–CAPERNAUM–MOUNT OF BEATITUDES–CANAToday, celebrate [M] Mass in Magdala, home to Mary 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 on 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.
Today's Distance: 91 mi / 147 km
Breakfast Breakfast Dinner Dinner

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 [M] Mass, if you like. Reach the holy city of Jerusalem in the late afternoon.
Today's Distance: 119 mi / 192 km
Breakfast Breakfast Dinner Dinner

Day 6

JERUSALEM A 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 [M] 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 Dinner Dinner

Day 8

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

 Accommodation

TEL AVIV

CINEMA

Hotel as shown or similar
Superior Tourist-Class
  Free Wifi

NAZARETH

DAN MAAYAN

Hotel as shown or similar
Superior Tourist-Class
  Free Wifi

JERUSALEM

SHALOM

Hotel as shown or similar
Superior Tourist-Class
  Free Wifi

 Optional Excursions

Contact your Travel Consultant for more information.
Price Ranges

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



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