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Welcome to Tel Aviv! Enjoy this evening’s welcome dinner with your traveling companions and Tour Director.
Stop in Jaffa for a walk through the beautifully restored ancient port, where medieval pilgrims started their strenuous 2-day trek to Jerusalem. Then, continue your tour of the Holy Land to Caesarea, the perfect place to learn about the Roman and Crusader presence in the country. Visit the ROMAN AMPHITHEATER and the impressive CRUSADER FORTRESS, and admire Herod’s stadium and harbor. On to Nazareth in Galilee, to visit the contemporary CHURCH OF THE ANNUNCIATION. Then Cana, site of the first miracle where Jesus changed water into wine at a wedding. To this day, many couples renew their wedding vows at this sacred place. Arrive in Haifa, a city with a long history dating back to biblical times.
Start your day with a visit to the golden-domed BAHA’I SHRINE, the world center of Baha’i faith. Heading towards the Sea of Galilee, visit the MOUNT OF BEATITUDES, where Jesus delivered his Sermon on the Mount. Then proceed to CAPERNAUM, where Jesus recruited his first followers among the fishermen. Via the ruins of Kursi, arrive at the Jordan River and visit the BAPTISMAL SITE, followed by a relaxing LF CRUISE on the Sea of Galilee.
Drive into the ancient land of the Philistines and the Valley of Elah. Stop at the site of David’s victory over the Philistine champion, Goliath, and hear about this biblical event. Later, hear the tale of Samson and Delilah as you travel through the land of the Dan tribe to the wide Valley of Ayalon. At strategic Latrun, visit the MONASTERY OF THE TRAPPIST MONKS. Stop en route for a breathtaking panoramic view of the Holy City of Jerusalem, considered one of the oldest places in the world, with a history dating back as far as 4000 BC. Proceed to Bethlehem and see Shepherd’s Field, where the angels announced the birth of Jesus. Next, visit the CHURCH OF THE NATIVITY, which stands on the site where Jesus was born. Overnight in Jerusalem.
Visit the ISRAEL MUSEUM with the Shrine of the Book, and the Dead Sea Scrolls, followed by the YAD VASHEM MEMORIAL created to commemorate the six million martyrs of the Holocaust. Continue to MOUNT ZION, and visit the UPPER ROOM, where Jesus and his disciples had the last supper, and then the TOMB OF KING DAVID.
This morning, visit the GARDEN TOMB. After viewing a stunning panorama of the city from the revered MOUNT OF OLIVES, start your guided walking tour. Via the Chapel of Dominus Flevit, designed in the shape of a tear drop to symbolize the tears of Christ, arrive at the GARDEN OF GETHSEMANE, where Jesus prayed the night before his arrest. Nearby are the Caves of the Assumption of Mary and of the Betrayal. Follow the Stations of the Cross along the VIA DOLOROSA to Golgotha, and visit the CHURCH OF THE HOLY SEPULCHRE. Erected over the site of the crucifixion, this church is shared by six Christian communities. Also see the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock, a splendid mosque on the holy mount. Continue to the WESTERN WALL, the most holy shrine in the Jewish religion.
Drive through the Judean wilderness to the Dead Sea, the lowest point on the surface of the Earth. Enjoy the scenery as you follow the road between the salty water and majestic desert mountains. Catch glimpses of the caves of Qumran, where the precious Dead Sea Scrolls were found. Ascend by cable car to the spectacular cliff-top FORTRESS of Masada, and hear how 960 Jewish zealots preferred death at their own hands to the indignity of surrender to overwhelming Roman forces. Around lunchtime, reach one of the comfortable Dead Sea resorts and experience the feeling of buoyancy in the heavy water. Return to Jerusalem to enjoy a farewell dinner with your traveling companions to commemorate an unforgettable journey through the Holy Land.
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (The nearest airport is Tel Aviv.)
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