General Tour

Day 1: Drive via Rachel’s Tomb, the Shepherds’ Field and the Fields of Boaz to Bethlehem. Visit the Church of the Nativity, the Milk Grotto and the bazaars. Then to the Nativity museum and the traditional Palestinian home center. Continue past the Herodion to Hebron to visit the Mosque of Abraham, the burial place of the Patriarchs and the Matriarchs (Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and Sarah, Rebecca and Leah).

Day 2: Drive to the Mount of Olives for a panoramic view of Jerusalem. Visit Pater Noster Church, the chapel of the Ascension, Dominus Flevit, down the Palm Sunday road to the Garden of Gethsemane; visit the basilica of All Nations and the grotto of the Agony. Across the Kidron valley to Mount Zion, visit the Upper Room (Cenacle), King David’s Tomb and the church of St. Peter in Gallicantu.

Day 3: Drive to Dung Gate to enter the old city of Jerusalem. Walk to the Wailing Wall; view the Mosques of Al Aksa and the Dome of the Rock. Continue walking to the church of St. Anne with the Pool of Bethesda. From Flagellation and Lithostrotos follow the Stations of the Cross along the Via Dolorosa (the way of sorrow) to the Basilica of Resurrection or the Holy Sepulcher. Visit and venerate Calvary and the Holy Tomb.

Day 4: Another walking tour in the old city of Jerusalem to visit the Citadel with the museum of the History of Jerusalem. Then to the Cardo, the Jewish and the Armenian Quarters.

In the afternoon, time free in Jerusalem.

Day 5: Drive to Ein Karem the birthplace of Saint John the Baptist. Visit the Churches of the Visitation and St. John the Baptist. Tour of the new city, visit the scale model of Jerusalem, the stained glass windows of Mark Chagall, the Israel Museum which houses the Dead Sea Scrolls and the Bible Lands Museum. View the Knesset building (the Israeli Parliament) and the Menorah.

Day 6: Drive to Jericho. On the way stop to see the Inn of the good Samaritan and the Monastery of St. George of Koziba in Wadi Kilt. Proceed to the Dead Sea Area; visit the caves of Qumran, the place where the famous Dead Sea scrolls were found. Continue to the fortress of Massada, the stronghold of the Jewish revolt against the Romans. Take the cable car to the top, visit and descend. Stop at the shore of the Dead Sea for a swim… Continue to Jericho. Overnight in Jericho.

Day 7: After breakfast, visit Jericho, the excavations of ancient Jericho, the Mount of Temptation (with the cable car up to the top and down). View the Sycamore tree and visit Elishah’s Fountain. Rest of the day free in Jericho. Overnight.

Day 8: Drive via the Jordan Valley to Beit Shean (Scythopolis), visit this site and proceed via the Jezreel Valley to Nazareth. Visit the Annunciation Church, St. Joseph’s Carpentry Shop and Mary’s Well. Drive via Cana of Galilee to Mount Tabor. Take the taxis up and visit the Basilica of the Transfiguration. Dinner and night in the area of the Galilee.

Day 9: Drive to Tiberias on the Sea of Galilee for a boat ride. Visit Capernaum (Jesus home town), Tabgha (the Multiplication of the loaves and the fish) and the Mount of Beatitudes (the Sermon on the Mount). Continue to the outlet of River Jordan to the “Baptismal Site” at Yardenit.

Day 10: Drive to the Upper Galilee, visit Banias, the source of the Jordan River. Drive through the Golan Heights. Continue to Acre, visit St. John’s Crypt and the Crusaders’ fortifications.

Day 11: Drive to Haifa, Mount Carmel, Stella Maris and the Persian Gardens. Visit the Muhraka, place of the sacrifice of Elijah. Proceed along the Mediterranean coast to Caesarea, visit of Caesarea: Aqueduct, Amphitheater,… and on to Tel Aviv and Jerusalem.


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