Cultural Tours in the Holy Land
PALESTINE & ISRAEL
Discover historic, archaeological, religious and cultural
Our tours take place at the heart of history where different cultures meet and coexist, offering you an understanding of the extraordinary historical, archaeological and religious significance of the region and its deep cultural and intercultural nature. A trip to the Holy Land is like a reunion; the names Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Jericho and Nazareth undoubtedly mean something to you, given their historical and religious resonance. A trip to this region is a unique experience where past, present and future intertwine to provide a journey with many dimensions.
(7 days – 6 nights)
Arrival at the airport in Tel Aviv, or border crossings with Jordan or Egypt. Welcome and transfer to hotel in Bethlehem or Jerusalem, dinner and overnight.
Day 2: Bethlehem – Jerusalem – Bethlehem
After breakfast, there is a tour of Bethlehem, This pretty little town in the heart of the hills is a home to the Cave of the Nativity where Jesus was born, as well as it being a city which dates back more than three thousand years with many architectural and historical treasures. A stroll through its old streets with its numerous churches and mosques and ancient relics allows you to experience the charm of a small sized town, where you will encounter the typical Palestinian culture. After visit Jerusalem: visit to the Mount of Olives upon which you will come across a wonderful panoramic view of central Jerusalem. You can also visit the Sanctuary of the Ascension, the Franciscan Chapel of Dominus Flevit, the tomb of the Virgin, as well as the Basilica of all Nations, « Gethsemane » and the Church of the Pater Noster. From here you will arrive in the Old City to walk through the souk. Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Bethlehem.
Day 3: Bethlehem – Jerusalem – Bethlehem
After breakfast, the day will be spent visiting holy Jerusalem, at the crossroads of different civilizations where you will come across remains of ancient mosaics and treasures from the Roman and Byzantine period, the Crusaders and the Ottoman Empire to name but a few. In the Old City you will encounter oriental charm and be plunged into the souk’s colorful alleys which take you to the meeting places of the three major monotheistic religions: whether along the Via Dolorosa or the Holy Sepulchre, the Dome of Rock and the Wailing Wall, you will be projected into the past, overwhelmed by its inhabitants’ array of experiences, those who have imprinted upon the city their unique religious and architectural marks. Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Bethlehem.
Day 4: Bethlehem – Jericho – Dead Sea
After breakfast, depart for a green oasis near the Dead Sea- Jericho- which was made famous by the discovery at Tel es-Sultan, of one of the oldest cities of the Levant dating from the eighth millennium BC. To the north of the oasis, the Umayyads built a palace, Qasr Hisham, which houses beautiful mosaic floors. Near here you will find the Inn of the Good Samaritan, you will cross the canyon of Wadi Quelt to admire the beautiful St. George Monastery built against the ocher cliffs of the mountain and see Mount Quarantine. After visiting the city of Jericho, you will experience the indescribable feeling of floating on the Dead Sea. Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Bethlehem.
Day 5: Jaffa – Haifa – Acre – Nazareth
After breakfast, you will drive along the Mediterranean coast to the legendary city of Jaffa. You will then continue to the port of Haifa and Mount Carmel where Elijah challenged Queen Jezebel and the prophets of Baal. You will visit the Acre, the Ancient town of St. John of Acre. It was the Crusaders who for two centuries made the city an important base. Its high, fortified walls overlooking the sea are a feast for the eyes. You will visit there El Jazzar Mosque, the ancient Crusader city, the Hammam al-Pasha, the Caravanserai and oriental bazaar dating back to the nineteenth century. Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Nazareth.
Day 6: Nazareth – Lake of Tiberias – Mt Tabor
After breakfast, you will move onto Lake Tiberias, one of the main places of Jesus’ activities including it being the place he called his first disciples. A day immersed in Biblical significance on the Galilee and on the shores of Lake Tiberias, is a fascinating journey through time, reuniting you with events that have shaped and will forever shape the history of our civilization. Around the lake you will visit the beautiful church of Tabgha which is remembered because of the miracle of the multiplication of loaves, and the Mount of Beatitudes and Capernaum, with the house of St. Peter. You will visit the River Jordan , than you will visit the famous nature reserve of Banias (Caesarea Philippi). Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Nazareth.
Day 7: Nazareth
After breakfast, visit to Nazareth, another major site of biblical significance! Here you will explore not only the Basilica of the Annunciation, but also a synagogue and the « tomb of the Just » and archaeological site. In the afternoon, transfer to the airport in Tel Aviv for the return flight.
The order of visits can be changed.