Traverse the Holy Land

Traverse the Holy Land

Religious Journey- Protestant Program

8 Days | 7 Nights

Tour Schedule

Embrace the Holy Land! Transfer from Ben Gurion Airport to your hotel and enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure in Tel Aviv.

Our trip will start in the beautiful city of Jaffa, well known as the 'Bride of the sea.' The port of Jaffa is one of the oldest, most captivating ports around the world. And the alleys of the ancient city are refreshingly delightful and filled with old shops, cafés, galleries, and bookstores. Sightseeing continues to Caesarea, an antique port turned stunning archaeological site. Admire the restored 3,500-seat Roman theater, the aqueduct, the harbor, the stadium, and the crumbled moat and towers from the 12th-century Crusader fortress. Following, visit Muhraqa, on Mount Carmel, site of Elijah's contest of faith with the priests of Baal. From here, travel to the archaeological site of Megiddo; it guarded the western branch of a narrow pass on the most important trade route of the ancient Fertile Crescent. Overnight in the enchanting lakeside city of Tiberias.

After breakfast, we will stop at Ginosar for a refreshing boat ride on the Sea of Galilee. Next, visit Capernaum and see the house of St.Peter. Spend some time meditating at the Mount of Beatitudes, where Jesus delivered his famous Sermon, and continue to Tabgha to visit the Church of the Multiplication, where Jesus fed 5,000 people with two fish and five loaves. 

We will continue the journey to Banias Nature Reserve to spend the balance of the day exploring the site's ruins and picnicking in the lush green woodlands. Dinner & overnight at the hotel in Tiberias.

This morning, stop in Cana, the site of Jesus' first miracle when he turned water into wine at a wedding. Continue to Nazareth and visit the Church of the Annunciation, St. Joseph Church, and the old village. Leave the Galilee area, drive through the Jordan Valley, visit the Yardenit Baptismal Site, then ascend to Jerusalem, stopping at a viewpoint overlooking the Old Town.

Set off on a touching walking tour of Jerusalem's Old Town. From the Mount of Olives, take in amazing views over the city. Descend via the Palm Sunday walk and visit the Garden of Gethsemane, where Jesus prayed on the night before his arrest. Visit the Church of all Nations, located next to the Garden, then enter through St. Stephen's Gate and arrive at the Pool of Bethesda. Follow in Jesus' footsteps along the Way of the Cross to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. 

Jerusalem's Hummus and Falafel would definitely be a highlight for the day, as Jerusalem's most celebrated Street Food(Optional). Afterward, you will walk through the Four Quarters of the Old City. You'll experience four different cultures, culinary delights, and atmospheres; the Muslim, the Christian, the Jewish, and the Armenian. All in one old city. All in one afternoon. Then, strolling in the ancient city's old market is one of the most authentic experiences you can get. It has a bustling vibe filled with colors, fresh produce, handicrafts, and traditional vibes.

Travel to Bethlehem, the birthplace of Jesus. Visit one of Christianity's holiest places, the Church of the Nativity, situated on the site where Jesus was born. You will have the chance to see the Separation Wall, a contested eight-meter-high barrier covered with murals and graffiti that provides excellent insight into Palestinian daily life. Additionally, you will find and collect art from Banksy's iconic Walled Off Hotel series and more. Then we will proceed to the Dead Sea, the planet's lowest point on dry land. Travel to Qumran with an included visit to the Qumran Caves, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered. Later, head for the shores of the Dead Sea, where you'll have time to experience the incredible buoyancy in the saltwater. Return to Jerusalem.

Today, head for the Southern Wall excavations and visit the Davidson Center, one of the most significant archaeological sites in the country. Continue with a stop at the Western Wall, the holiest place in Judaism today. Next, visit the Garden Tomb and enjoy its beautiful Garden, a perfect place for personal reflection and worship. Then is free to relax, revisit some of the Jerusalem sites at your own pace, or join an exciting optional excursion to Ramallah, well known as the Cosmopolitan city of Palestine. During the tour, you will visit the Yaser Arafat Museum. This museum was built in honor of the late Palestinian leader. It is an excellent opportunity to get a glimpse of Palestine's political history. 
Then you will experience a Food Crawl.  On this walking tour, you'll get to taste the most famous Palestinian dishes at the most renowned local places. We'll walk in the old downtown and hop from one shop to another. We'll take you to the city's hidden havens for Shawarma, Hummus, Falafel, kayak, Palestinian barbecue & Salads, and Mana'esh. You'll also get to try a variety of traditional desserts along with some Arabic coffee. And for the lovers of fresh fruits and vegetables and authentic atmospheres, the conventional vegetable market with its bustling atmosphere would be waiting for you—overnight in Jerusalem.

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning and a transfer to the Ben Gurion Airport.