Learn History in the Holy Land
Day 1: Jerusalem
Once you set foot in Jerusalem, you will be swept up in the spirit of this ancient capital. From the legendary wall that is imprinted into the history books, and the busy bazaars that weave through the fabric of the city, to the remarkable holy and historical buildings, there is a hidden charm around every corner in Jerusalem.
- At 8:30 in the morning we pick you up from the meeting point (Jerusalem Hotel) to embark on our historical adventure.
- Wall & gates: The defensive wall around the city features a number of gates and each one has a unique history and identity. Hear from your guide about their ancient and contemporary state and how they lend to the overall story of Jerusalem.
- The Noble Sanctuary: Through the Mughrabi Gate, we enter The Noble Sanctuary where the dazzling Dome of the Rock and Al-Aqsa mosque await us.
- The Austrian Hospice: This beautiful historic building boasts some of the best panoramic views of Jerusalem and all its emblematic domes and spires.
- Via Dolorosa & the Church of the Holy Sepulcher: On the way to the church of the Holy Sepulcher, we will walk on the exact path that Jesus walked to the site of his crucifixion and resurrection.
- The Four Quarters of the Old City: We’ll step back into time and tour the different Quarters of the Old City where 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.
- Authentic Lunch: Walking through the Old City will no doubt work up your appetite, but luckily, we know the best spots for a local atmospheric lunch. (Suggested: the restaurant in the Armenian quarter)
- Old Market (Suk): Absorb the bustling local vibe of the old market as you stroll through stalls and shops of spices, jewelry, food, souvenirs and more.
- Rockefeller Archaeological Museum: situated in a magnificent white limestone structure, the Rockefeller houses an extraordinary collection of antiquities that provides a great opportunity to explore culture and history.
- Overnight in Jerusalem (I suggest Jerusalem Hotel or a heritage hotel to complete the experience)
Day 2: Jaffa - Caesarea – Akko
Today’s tour will open unique windows into the past of three ancient coastal cities: Jaffa, Caesarea and Akko. Prepare to experience the perfect blend of preserved history and incredible beaches.
- Morning ride to Jaffa: After breakfast at the hotel, we embark on a 65km ride to the beautiful, seaside city of Jaffa.
- Old City: The alleyways of Jaffa are filled with refreshing aromas of orange groves and fresh fish. A short walking tour here will reveal incredible stories of many civilizations that once inhabited this city.
- The Old Port: The city’s main highlight and one of the oldest, most captivating ports in the world.
- Al-Bahr Mosque “The Sea Mosque”: Overlooking the harbor, this enduring site was built in the 16th C by the Ottomans
- Ride to Caesarea: continuing on, we take a short ride to Caesarea along the scenic Via Maris or Way of the Sea, an ancient coastal trade route.
- Caesarea National Park: This magnificent World Heritage Site is history lover’s haven. It encompasses ruin of an ancient harbor, the Roman Theater, Herod's Palace, Bathhouses and more.
- Seafood Lunch in Akko: when in Akko, it’s a must to dine at one of the seafood restaurants of the city where the food is fresh, flavorful and plated to perfection.
- Old City: Recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage site, the Crusader city of Akko offers fortified walls, medieval Crusader buildings, Ottoman-era sites, Baha’i Gardens, and a tangle of cobbled stone streets filled with local shops and restaurants.
- Return to Jerusalem for overnight.
Day 3: Bethlehem & Jericho
Think of the Holy land and Bethlehem and Jericho are bound to come to mind. The birthplace of Jesus and the oldest city in the world are both significant biblical cities and they have much to offer for those interested in history and theology.
- Local breakfast at the hotel then check out.
- The Separation Wall: upon arrival to Bethlehem, we will stop by this contested eight meter high barrier which is plastered with murals and graffiti.
- The Church of Nativity: Built over the grotto where Mary gave birth to Jesus, this beautifully structured church attracts thousands of visitors from all over the world every year.
- Olive Wood Factory: The tradition of making Olive wood handicrafts began in the 4th century in Bethlehem to provide souvenirs for Byzantine pilgrims and it remains a deeply rooted tradition until today. We will meet a local craftsman to learn more about this craft and its history.
- Shepherds’ Field: The tour continues to Beit Sahour to visit the field where angels first announced the birth of Christ.
- Afternoon ride from Bethlehem to Jericho: It’s about 30 km and along the way, you’ll find exquisite desert views. It’ll also be an opportunity to re-energize and get ready for Jericho.
- Makam Al Nabi Mousa: We’ll stop on the way to visit this historic site which is believed to be the shrine of Prophet Moses. It is comprised of a beautiful colorful mosque with a towering minaret that overlooks the impressive Jordan Valley.
- Mount of Temptation: You’ll witness a unique blend between the ancient, holy and natural. The monastery of temptation is the site where Jesus spent 40 days fasting and meditating.
- Hisham’s Palace: The Umayyad palace stands as an example of early Islamic archaeology and is home to the famous "tree of life" mosaic.
- Overnight in Jericho
Day 4: Masada & Dead Sea
Experience two unforgettable wonders in one day: An outstanding fortress standing in the middle of the desert and a dip in the Dead Sea, the lowest point on earth.
- Breakfast at the hotel
- Journey to Masada: drive through the Judean Desert and enjoy scenic desert views, Bedouin villages and a great landscape.
- Masada Fortress: a spectacular cliff-top fortress overlooking the Dead Sea. It was built by King Herod around 35 BC and it is now recognized as a World Heritage Site.
- Qumran: The site where the Dead Sea scrolls where found is not to be missed.
- Dead Sea: Wash off the dust of the desert with a dip in the salty, therapeutic waters of the Dead Sea.
- Transfer to Jerusalem
- End of our services