I was immersed in the culture and history of Israel in a way I could have barely imagined. It was an experience that changed how I engage with the history I had already been familiar with. I have matured spiritually because of it.
Essence of Israel - 4 nights/5 days -For Individuals Only
This is the way to see the highlights of Israel in a limited time. The package includes 2 full days of touring.
Participants can choose to stay all nights in either Tel Aviv or Jerusalem or a combination of both.
The program operates any day of the week.
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This is a sample itinerary. All of our group programs can be tailored to the tour leader's specifications.
Arrive any day of the week in Israel. Transfer to a hotel in Tel Aviv or Jerusalem, according to your preference.
Drive to Nazareth for a visit to the Church of the Annunciation and the Church of St. Joseph.
Continue to the Sea of Galilee via Cana and visit the ruins of Capernaum. Stop at Tabgha and visit the Church of Multiplication of the Loaves and the Fish.
Then drive to the Baptismal Site on the Jordan River outlet known as the “Yardenit”. Return to Tel Aviv or Jerusalem.
Drive to the Mount of Olives for a panoramic view of the city. Stop at Mount Zion to visit King David's tomb, the room of the last supper and the Dormition Abbey;
Enter the old city and walk through the Armenian and Jewish quarters to the recently excavated and restored Cardo, the Roman road. See the Western Wall, the Kotel, and continue to the Christian quarter.
Walk along the Via Dolorosa and visit the church of Holy Sepulcher. Proceed to the new city and visit Yad Vashem, the memorial to the Holocaust.
On Saturdays and Jewish holidays, instead of Yad Vashem, drive to Ein Karem, southwest of Jerusalem, traditionally known as the birthplace of John the Baptist;
Stroll in the narrow lanes of the picturesque neighborhood, stopping by Mary's spring and continue to visit the remarkable Church of Saint John the Baptist.
Return to point of departure.
Full day at leisure (or an optional tour to Massada and the Dead Sea).
Transfer to the airport for departure.