9 DAYS / 8 NIGHTS

THE FOOTSTEPS OF OUR LORD - Saturday Departure

Galilee - Jerusalem - Tel Aviv
Starting from $890.00

THE FOOTSTEPS OF OUR LORD - Saturday Departure

A weekly guaranteed tour of the Holy Land Operated from Sunday arrival to Sunday return. Israel, a country known for its rich and fascinating history, is also one of the most incredible places to see the bible come alive in this amazing 9 Day tour. Join TPT in this Holy Land Tour arrival to Tel Aviv on Sundays. Part of Holy Land and known as the birthplace of three of the world's greatest religions--Judaism, Christianity, and Islam--Israel has been a spiritual pilgrimage destination for thousands of years. Here, you will journey to explore biblical towns; archaeological finds of religious importance; ancient synagogues, churches and temples; and museums showcasing antiquities such as the Dead Sea Scrolls. Sacred relics and excavations beckon travelers on this Holy Land Tour by Travel Plan Tours (TPT). Departing Tel Aviv, travel to Caesarea where history reveals itself to you from the Hellenistic period to the Crusader period. Sail on the Sea of Galilee to Capernaum, then visit Tabgha, the site of the Miracle of the Loaves and Fishes, before heading to the site where Jesus delivered the Sermon on the Mount, Mount of Beatitudes. Visit Nazareth via Cana of Galilee. Take in an awe-inspiring view of Jerusalem from the Mount of Olives and visit Mount Zion, where you will see King David's Tomb. Then let history envelop you as you stand in the vaulted Room of the Last Supper. Delve into one of Christianity's most revered pilgrimage sites, the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, where you can stop at each of the Stations of the Cross for some time of reflection or prayer. Discover the neighborhood of Ein Karem, where John the Baptist was born. Visit the Church of the Visitation, then see the actual Dead Sea Scrolls as you venture along on your Holy Land journey. Qumran is the next place waiting for you to explore as the site where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found. Then visit Massada, the last stronghold of the Jews. This inspirational experience takes you to live history and spirituality in a truly personal way.

INCLUDES
  • 1 night accommodation at the Grand Beach Tel Aviv hotel- renovated rooms (4*) in Tel Aviv based on half board (Dinner & Breakfast)
  • 2 nights accommodation at the Kibbutz hotel Lavi, Lev wing in Galilee based on half board (Dinner & Breakfast)
  • 4 nights accommodation at the Grand Court hotel (4*) in Jerusalem based on half board (Dinner & Breakfast)
  • Meeting point on arrival at the Stematzky book store at the Main Arrival Hall at the Ben Gurion Airport
  • Private transfer from Ben Gurion Airport to Hotel in Tel Aviv and from Hotel in Jerusalem to Airport.
  • 6 Full day touring with all entrance fees as per itinerary.
  • The program can be extended and tailor-made for groups. (upgrade to higher hotel Category available for a supplement upon request)
  • All Entrance fees as per itinerary
  • All Hotel taxes & service Charges
EXCLUDES
  • International Airfare (Please contact us for details)
  • Tips and Personal items
  • Travel insurance
ITINERARY
Day 1 - Satuday - Departure from USA

Today you will board your international flight to Tel Aviv, Ben Gurian Airport.


Day 2 - Sunday - Ben Gurion Airport / Tel Aviv

Welcome to Israel!  Upon arrival into Ben Gurion International Airport, you are met by our staff at the airport and transferred to your hotel in Tel Aviv for dinner and overnight


Day 3 - Monday - Caesarea / Megiddo / Haifa / Acre

Following a delicious Israeli buffet breakfast (which you will enjoy each morning prior to departing for your day of touring), depart Tel Aviv. Drive north along the coastal plain to Caesarea (Acts 9.30 Acts 10 24-48), capital of Judea under the Romans. Visit the excavations of this ancient city, the Roman theatre and aqueduct. Continue to Megiddo (1 Kings 4.28, 9,15, 2 Kings 23,29 & Revel. 16.16), identified as the site of Armageddon. Visit the archaeological excavations at Megiddo, including the well-preserved water supply system. Drive to the beautiful port city of Haifa, nestled on the Mediterranean Sea, for a panoramic view of the Bahai gardens and Haifa Bay. From Haifa continue to Acre (Micah 1.10), capital of the Crusaders for more than a century. Visit the ancient city and harbour before continuing eastwards across the plains of the Galilee to Kibbutz hotel Lavi, not far from the Sea Of Galilee for dinner and overnight.


Day 4 - Tuesday - Tiberias / Capernaum / Banias

After a short tour of the Kibbutz grounds we take a boat ride across the Sea of Galilee to Capernaum (Matt.  4.13 13.54, 17.24, Luke 7, Mark 1.2, John 4.46-54). Visit the remains of the 2nd century synagogue. Proceed to Tabgha (Matt. 13, Mark .33-45, & John 21), the site of the miracle of fish and loaves, and visit the Church of Multiplication with its 4th century mosaic floor. Continue to the Mount of the Beatitudes (Matt. 5,6,7,8), where Jesus delivered the Sermon on the Mount. Drive to the Banias Spring and Waterfall (Matt. 16.13 and Mark 8.27), where Jesus was recognized as The Messiah by His Disciples. Tour the Golan Heights, with its valleys, grazing land and snow capped mountains. Return to Kibbutz Lavi for dinner and overnight.


Day 5 - Wednesday - Nazareth / Beit Shean

Begin the day with a drive to Nazareth (Luke 1.26, 4.16-29, Matthew 2.23) via Cana of Galilee (John 2.1-11). In Nazareth, we shall visit the Church of the Annunciation, St. Joseph’s Workshop and Mary’s Well. Next on our program is the Jordan River and the Baptismal site Yardenit. Continue to Beit Shean, one of the ancient Decapolis cities (Mark 5.20, 7.31), and visit the Roman theatre. This is the city where Saul and his son Jonathan were nailed to the walls (1st Samuel 31.10). Judges 1.27 also mentions Beit Shean.  Continue south along the shores of the River of Jordan.  Passing Jericho, we proceed westward and climb to the Golden City of Jerusalem.  Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem.


Day 6 - Thursday - Jerusalem - Old City

Today we visit the Old City of Jerusalem.  Our appreciation of this Golden City begins with a panoramic view from the Mount of Olives, overlooking the walls of the old city and the ancient Jewish cemetery.  Visit the Church of All Nations.  Proceed to Mount Zion to see the tomb of King David and the nearby Room of the Last Supper (Mark 14.13, Luke 22. 10-38, Matt 26 17-29, Acts 1.13 and Acts 2 the Pentecost).  Enter the Old City to begin exploring the wonders of Jerusalem. Walk through the Cardo, the main street of Jerusalem 2000 years ago. View the Temple Mount and the Western Wall. Walk along the Via Dolorosa, where Jesus carried His Cross. Continue to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre (Matt. 27. 33-57, 28.10). No visit to Jerusalem is complete without a walk through the colourful Arab bazaar (a chance to test your negotiating skills). Visit the Garden Tomb. Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem.


Day 7 - Friday - Jerusalem – New City and Bethlehem

Today’s program is dedicated to the new city of Jerusalem.  Visit the model of ancient Jerusalem. Continue to Yad Vashem, Israel’s memorial to the victims of the Holocaust.  Enter the site by walking along the Street of the Righteous Gentiles, dedicated to the non-Jews that risked their lives in order to save their Jewish neighbors. Continue to Ein Karem, birthplace of John the Baptists (Luke 1.39-80). This Spanish style church and Mary’s well is where Mother Mary met her cousin Elizabeth. Proceed to Bethlehem * to visit the Church of the Nativity. Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem.


Day 8 - Saturday - Qumran / Masada / Dead Sea

Drive through the Judean Desert to Qumran, where the Dead Sea Scrolls where found in 1947 by a Bedouin boy. Visit the ancient city of Qumran and drive along the shore of the Dead Sea, the lowest place on earth, to Massada, the last stronghold of the Jews after the destruction of the Second Temple in 70 A.D. Ascend Massada by cable car and visit the food storeroom, water irrigation system and Herod’s Palace. Time and weather permitting we will have an opportunity to float on the Dead Sea waters. Return to Jerusalem for dinner and overnight.
 


Day 9 - Sunday - Jerusalem/Ben-Gurion Airport

Transfer to Ben Gurion International Airport for your flight back home.
 


Notes
  • rates per person in US$ . Valid: March 2, 2014 – Feb 22, 2015
  • All rates are based on selected 4* hotels. Upgrade to superior first class hotels available upon request.
  • Triple & Child rates are available upon request.
  • The program can be extended and tailor-made for groups.

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