The Holy Land
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7 day Holy Land, Israel tour itinerary Sample
The following is a sample 7 day Israel tour itinerary which covers the most important sites in Israel for a first time Christian visitor. For additional Holy Land, Israel tours please browse through my site. All of my Holy Land, Israel tours can be modified to suite your group's preference, time or budget. I will be glad to help you plan your tour to Israel and assist you in making the right choices bringing you the right Israel Tour Package at a suitable price.
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Day 1 – 12.6.14: Welcome to the Holy Land of Israel!
On arrival at Ben Gurion Airport, near Tel Aviv, meet me at the airport and I’ll be responsible for your tour of Israel, transfer you into the city. After a rest you can go down to the beach and enjoy the beautiful Tel Aviv beachside. Overnight at the hotel in Tel Aviv.
Day 2 – 13.6.14: Tel Aviv/Jaffa - Nazareth - Tiberias
We’ll begin our pilgrimage to the Holy Land with a visit to ancient Jaffa (New Testament Joppa) where the Apostle Peter had a vision, whilst sitting on the rooftop of the House of Simon the Tanner, and he received God's command to preach the Gospel to the Gentiles. Next we drive northwards through the modern metropolis of Tel Aviv and on to the ruins of Caesarea Maritima, which was seat of government of the Roman Governor, Pontius Pilate. Our next stop is on Mt. Carmel we shall visit the "Place of Sacrifice" the Prophet Elijah where the Prophet Elijah had an encounter with the Priests of Baal (1 Kings 18:17-40). We drive on across the "Plain of Armageddon" to the town of Nazareth, a town in the hill country of Galilee where Jesus grew to manhood (Matthew. 2:23), and visit the Basilica of the Annunciation. Lunch is taken en route. Finally this day we shall visit Cana in Galilee, the scene of the wedding feast, where Jesus turned the water into wine (John. 2:1-11). In the late afternoon we plan the arrival at the city of Tiberias by the Sea of Galilee. Overnight at the hotel in Tiberias.
Day 3 – 14.6.14: Sea of Galilee - Golan Heights
The Sea of Galilee is rich in memories of the three years of Jesus' ministry around its shores. We begin this day with a boat ride across the Sea of Galilee to visit the ruins of Capernaum which in Jesus' time was a flourishing border town and was called "his own city" because of the frequency with which Jesus visited it and the mighty works he did there. Next we visit the Church of the Multiplication of the Loaves and Fishes and the Church of the Primacy at Tabgha. We stop for a while on the Mount of Beatitudes, the scene of the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5) before driving on around the shores of the Sea of Galilee and up to the Golan Heights stopping at the lookout point where we can see the "Road to Damascus". Out next stop is at one of the sources of the River Jordan at Banias, which is the site of Caesarea Philippi where the Apostle Peter (Petrus) made his great confession of faith in Jesus as the Christ, the Son of God (Matthew 16:13-17). A lunch of St. Peter's Fish is ready for us in a restaurant on the eastern shores of the Sea of Galilee. Before returning to our hotel we shall have the opportunity to stop at Yardenit, a baptismal site on the banks of the River Jordan. Drive to Jerusalem Overnight at the hotel in Jerusalem.
Day 4 – 15.6.14: Mt. Olives - Old City of Jerusalem
After breakfast this day we shall start our pilgrimage in Jerusalem with a Drive to the top of the Mt. of Olives, from which Jesus ascended to heaven after his resurrection. From the top of the Mount there is a magnificent view over all of 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 on the night of his betrayal (Luke 22:40-46). Next we shall enter within the old Walled city of Jerusalem and walk in the footsteps of Jesus as he bore the burden of mankind’s sins to the Cross at Golgotha. We visit the Pools of Bethesda and walk on along the Via Dolorosa, following the 14 Stations of the Cross from Pilate's Judgment Hall to the empty tomb in the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. After lunch we shall visit the last standing remnant of the ancient Temple at the Western (Wailing) Wall and visit some of the exciting Archeological sites in and around the Old City. Overnight in Jerusalem.
Day 5 – 16.6.14: Mt. Zion - Ein Karem
We start this day with a visit to Mt. Zion where we shall stop to see the Coenaculum, the Tomb of King David and the Church of St. Peter in Gallicanto which is built over the Palace of Caiaphas, the High Priest, who imprisoned Jesus and interrogated him before his trial before Pontius Pilate (Luke 22:54). Next we shall drive through the New City, passing the Knesset (Israel's Parliament building), and on into the hill country to a "city of Juda" which today is called Ein Karem. Here we shall visit the Church of the Visitation, which by tradition is built over the house of Zacharias, where the Virgin Mary came to visit her cousin Elisabeth (Luke 1:39-80). Here John the Baptist, the forerunner of Christ, was born. A visit to the Yad Vashem memorial to the victims of the holocaust. In the afternoon I suggest we visit the Israel Museum if we have the time then drive to the Dead Sea. Overnight at Dead Sea.
Day 6 – 17.6.14: Dead Sea - Masada
After breakfast to the Dead Sea, the lowest spot on the face of the Earth and have an opportunity for a bathe in mineral rich waters. We drive to the mountain fortress of Masada. We’ll ascent by cable car for an extensive tour of the site which was the scene of the last Jewish resistance against the Romans in the year 73 CE. We return to the shores of the Dead Sea passing Ein Gedi en route visiting the archaeological remains of the Qumran settlement, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were written over 2000 years ago. We drive down through the Judean desert and past the "Inn of the Good Samaritan" Overnight in Tel Aviv.
Day 7 – 18.6.14: Departure
After breakfast we take our leave from Tel Aviv and check in for your homebound flight in Ben Gurion Airport, rejoicing and putting our trust in the Lord, remembering the words of the Psalmist in Psalm 125:1: "They that trust in the Lord shall be as Mount Zion, which cannot be removed but abideth forever".