Depart from Miami Airport to an awaiting journey in the Land of Israel.
WELCOME TO ISRAEL! Arrival to Tel Aviv, Meet and assist By Your Preferred Tours Representatives. "Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord" (Ps. 118:26) from Ben Gurion Airport. In Tel Aviv, where witness to greatness will soon unfold. An afternoon to recoup, meet fellow travelers and get ready to start a passionate journey in Israel while retracing the steps of Jesus
A fresh morning, energized to get started, after breakfast, we drive to Tel Aviv and the adjacent Jaffa (Act: 9:36, 10:5, 11:5, 11:13) visiting the local basilica built on the location of Simon the Tanner’s house where the impure animals vision took place. Driving on Mt. Tabor, the Mount of the Transfiguration (Matth. 17:1-8), wonderful panoramic view. We will continue to Nazareth to visit the basilica of the Annunciation and the nearby Church of St. Joseph with the traditional Home of the Holy Family. Visit Mary's Well. Next we drive through the beautiful landscape of Lower Galilee, the home of many Jesus' disciples. Visit to Mt. Precipice where the wrathful inhabitants of Nazareth wanted to cast Jesus down headlong. Cana. Visit the wedding Church.
How amazing will it be to see the renown Sea of Galilee, well after breakfast, be amazed, as we will start this day with a boat trip across the Sea of Galilee. Although this sounds usual, but this one is poise to feel special. Then we will drive around the western shores to visit the pilgrim shrines of the NW shores. Visit to the Mt. of Beatitudes, the scene of the Sermon on the Mount. Continue to Tabgha to visit the Church of the Multiplication of the Loves and Fishes and the nearby Chapel of the Primacy. This is followed by a visit to the ruins of the ancient town of Capernaum which in Jesus' days was a flourishing border town, also known as "his own city" (Matth. 4:13). We will see the ancient synagogue and the "House of Peter". Drive to the Golan Heights to visit a former Syrian fortification.
Another great day on tour with our knowledgeable local guide, we start our Tour with a drive to the Yardenit Baptism Site located on the banks of the Jordan River. We continue our drive to Jericho the most ancient city in the world, we drive on, stopping in the shade of sycamore tree of the kind which Zacchaeus climbed in order to see Jesus (Lk. 19:1-10). Ascend to The Qarantal monastery (by cable car). Drive to pass Qumran where the Dead Sea Scrolls where found (no entrance). Then towards the shores of the Dead Sea. Enjoy the opportunity to swim at the unique water of Dead Sea, do you have your bathing suite? Indulge!! .
This morning will drive to Bethlehem, this renowned city, where the birth of Jesus took place, for most visiting it’s an emotional journey, as this birth of Jesus means so much to them. Bethlehem. Visit the Basilica of the Nativity where there will be the opportunity to kneel at the birthplace of Christ in the Grotto of the Nativity. Before living Bethlehem we shall visit the Fields of the Shepherds where the Angel of the Lord proclaimed the birth of the Messiah, the Savior of the World. Drive to Ein Karem, a charming city on the hill, home to many vineyards where John Baptist was born, Church of St. John the Baptist and Church of the Visitation.
Our Tour continues this morning, due to be another eventful day in Jerusalem. Right about this time in the Tour, history starts to sink in, most traveler are amazed to have seen the bible manifesting live in Israel. Start this eventful day visiting Yad Vashem, the holocaust museum. Drive to the Garden Tomb. We drive to Mt. Zion to visit the Upper Room and the Church of St. Peter in Gallicantu, which is built over the ruins of the Palace of Caiaphas, the High Priest before whom Jesus was brought for trial (Mark 14: 53-65). We drive to the top of the Mount of Olives from which Jesus ascended to heaven after his resurrection. From the Mount there is a magnificent view over all ancient and modern Jerusalem, the center of the biblical world. We visit the holy shrines on the Mount and walk on down the "Palm Sunday Road" visiting the Chapel of Dominus Flevit (Jesus wept) en route to the Garden of Gethsemane and the Church of all Nations where Christ prayed.
This morning we will concluding our tour with an awaited visit to Israel Museum, Discovered around the year 1946 the Dead Sea Scrolls have dominated the world and particularly the Christian world. Their existence have further cemented Judaism, see the Dead Sea Scrolls, a model of first century Jerusalem. We shall enter within the walls of the Old City of Jerusalem and walk in the footsteps of our Lord as he bore the burden of our sins to the Cross at Golgotha. We visit the Pools of Bethesda where Jesus healed the man who had been crippled for 38 years (Joh. 5:1-9) and walk on following the 14 stations of the Cross from Pilate's Judgment Hall to the empty tomb in the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. We shall visit the Western Wall (Wailing Wall). We will have Festive Ceremony with Your Preferred Tours.
Free day- A time to enjoy, reflect on the journey of your time in Israel. or to explore freely on your own - Be ready for your flight back home
Transfer to the airport for your flight back home
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