The Essence of Palestine & More | 8 Days / 7 Nights
Day 1: Airport/Bridge
Arrival and transfer from Ben Gurion Airport or Allenby Bridge to hotel in Nazareth
Overnight at the hotel.
Day 2: Nazareth – Tiberias – Haifa
The tour begins by traveling past Herzliya and Natanya and continuing north along the coastal road parallel to the Mediterranean (146 KM).
In Nazareth, you begin by visiting The Church of Annunciation, constructed on the spot where Gabriel appeared to Mary to announce that she would soon be with child. Nearby, you find the Church of Saint Joseph where Jesus’ father, Joseph, had his carpentry. We depart from Nazareth passing by Cana, the site where Jesus turned water into wine.
We then visit Capernaum on the shore of the Sea of Galilee, believed to be the home of St. Peter and to the Church of the Multiplication. The Journey continues with a walk along the waterfront of the Sea of Galilee where Jesus performed many miracles and where you can see the Golan Heights forming a beautiful backdrop as you pass the city of Tiberias. Afterwards, we reach the southern region of the Kinneret where the Jordan River flows into the Sea of Galilee. Proceed to Haifa for Overnight.
Day 3: Haifa – Acre - Jerusalem
We will journey to Haifa, a distance of around 150 KM, a city that welcomes sea worshipers and lovers of nature and history. We start with the Louis promenade, named the balcony of the country, which sits on top of the infamous Mount Carmel. There you can indulge your senses with the superb view and fresh air. The next stop would be the Stella Maris Carmelite Monastery and Elijah’s Cave. Then you’ll continue to the wonderful the Baha’i Shrine and Gardens followed by the German Colony and Ben-Gurion Street which is home to Haifa’s best dining and shopping. And for some original Arabic character, you can visit Wadi Nisnas Market to explore its food and art. Next, we pay a visit to the Castra Arts Center after which you will be able to enjoy the Mediterranean beaches of Haifa.
The trip continues to the legendary city that stopped Napoleon Bonaparte’s army with its fortifications. There, you can start off by walking along these along these defensive barriers enjoying the panoramic skyline of Acre. These walls wrap around the old city where you’ll find Ahmed el- Jazzar’s Citadel that houses the Museum of Underground Prisoners. Afterwards, you can move underneath to the Crusader City, a historic site of fascinating series of gothic vaulted halls. We can proceed from there, to the beautiful Bahje Baha’i Center, Ahmed el-Jazzar’s Mosque and Hamam Al Pasha Musuem, a previous Turkish Bath. Then you can move on to the beautiful Juxtaposition of red and white in St. John’s Church and visit the Acre Harbour and maybe rent a boat for a tour in the Mediterranean. What better way to end the day than to walk through the Old Town Market for some shopping and food.
The tour ends with overnight in Jerusalem.
Day 4: Jerusalem
After Breakfast, we start the day by visiting both the Islamic and Christian holy sites which include Al-Aqsa Mosque, the Dome of the Rock and the Church of the Holy Sepulcher enjoying their unique art and architecture. We will walk along the walls of the old city and through its ancient roads where you get a glimpse of the traditional food and local produce of Palestinians and familiarize yourself with the Armenian and Christian quarters in it. You can later visit the Mount of Olives where you‘ll marvel at a wonderful view of the new city and the Temple Mount Esplanade of the old city.
And of course, your trip in the old city cannot pass without trying their famous food, like Ka’ak and Falafel.
Overnight in Jerusalem.
Day 5: Jerusalem– Bethlehem
After a delicious Palestinian breakfast, we go into the city where Jesus Christ was born. Bethlehem has plenty to offer for those interested in theology and history.
The Church of the Nativity, the exact location where Jesus was born, is the highlight of Bethlehem.
But the city does not fall short of marvelous attractions, like Rachel’s Tomb and Solomon’s pools, a little gem of pine-hidden pools that never fail to amaze. The Mar Elias and the Mar Saba Monasteries would be next on our agenda. Mar Saba is considered one of the world’s oldest monasteries established by Saint Saba in the 5th Century in the middle of the Judean Desert.
Afterwards, you get the opportunity to see the beautiful handcrafts in the markets of Bethlehem which make great souvenirs. Overnight in Bethlehem.
Day 6: Bethlehem- Jericho – Bethlehem
Breakfast at the hotel. Head to Jericho, most ancient city in the world, enjoying on the way views of the desert areas. Upon arrival in Jericho, you’ll visit the Monastery of Temptation, where Jesus spent 40 days and nights fasting and meditating, followed by views of hills and rivers from Wadi Qelt.
The tour continues to Maqam Al-Nabi Musa "the Prophet Moses", a site where annual pilgrimage festivals are held and where you find a display of splendid architecture
Next is Hisham's Palace for more ancient architecture and a view of the "tree of life" mosaic.
The Jericho Tour concludes at the edge of the Dead Sea, Qumran, the site where the famous Dead Sea Scrolls were found, then continues into the Dead Sea, the lowest spot on earth. The Dead Sea is famous for its healing mud and minerals. Overnight in Bethlehem.
Day 7: Bethlehem- Nablus- Ramallah
After breakfast at the hotel, Nablus city awaits you with many delights including the old city, the Turkish bath, soap factories, impressive mosques, souqs, Abd al-Hadi palace, Jacobs well and Joseph’s tomb. After the sunset you can go to the Samaritans neighborhood for lunch and taste the Nabulsi Kunafeh, a Palestinian delicacy the city is famous for.
The journey concludes with in Ramallah, and perhaps with a Dabkeh show, a traditional dance performance. Overnight in Ramallah
Day 8: Ramallah- Airport/Bridge
After breakfast, transfer to airport or Allenby Bridge