Duration: 9 Nights/10 Days

Places: Tel Aviv → Jerusalem → Bethlehem  → Ein Karem → Masada → Jericho → Tiberias → Galilee → Nazareth → Tel Aviv

Day 1/2: Tel Aviv/Jerusalem

After arrival at Tel Aviv, drive to Jerusalem, one of the oldest cities in the world. During its long history, it has been destroyed at least twice, besieged 23 times, attacked 52 times and captured and recaptured 44 times. The city is home to structures and ruins significant to the three monotheistic religions: Judaism, Christianity and Islam. As you walk through the hallowed passages, you will go through a life-changing cultural and spiritual experience. While walking in the Old City, make sure you walk along the ancient stone walls and experience the beautiful and historically rich views of the surrounding sites.

Day 3: Bethlehem

Bethlehem is located in the central West Bank of Palestine. The New Testament identifies the city as the birthplace of Jesus. Accoridng to tradition, Mary gave birth to Jesus at the place where the star is located on the floor of the The Birth Cave. Bethelehem now has a Muslim majority, but is still home to a significant Palestinian Christian community. In the center of Bethlehem is its old city, which consists of eight quarters, laid out in a mosaic style, forming the area around the Manger Square. The city is controlled by the Palestinian authority. Visit the Church of Navity, the Manger, the Crusader’s Cloister and the Grotto of St Jerome.

Day 4: Ein Karem

Ein Karem is an anscient village of the Jerusalem District. According to tradition, John the Baptist was born in this place, leading to the establishment of many churches and monasteries. It attracts millions of pilgrims per year who come to visit St. John (birthplace of John), Visitation church (named after virgin Mary’s visited to the summer house of John),  Russian monastery (Al Moskovia), Greek Orthodox convent of St. John and the monastery of Notre Dame De Sion. In earlier periods, the village was a Canaanite site which evolved around the spring that gave its name (Ein Kerem – “the spring of the vineyard”).

Day 5: Masada

Masada is a rugged natural fortress of majestic beauty. Herod the Great built palaces for himself on the mountain and fortified Masada between 37 and 31 BC. According to Josephus, the siege of Masada by troops of the  Roman Empire ended in the mass suicide of approximately 1000 people (Sicarii rebels and their families who were hiding there). You will see the remains of storehouses, cisterns and a sixth-century Byzantine church during your visit. The camps, fortifications and attack ramp that encircle the monument constitute the most complete Roman siege works surviving to the present day.

Day 6: Tiberias

Tiberias is one of the four Jewish Holy cities, and the capital of the Galilee. The city was named Tiberias in honor of the Roman Emperor Tiberius. It has a long history since it was established in the early Roman period. It was a religious, administrative and culture center of the Jewish nation after the loss of Jerusalem for 500 years until the Persian and Arab conquest. Many of the most important post-bible books (Mishna, Talmud) have been composed in the city which was the home of many Jewish scholars.

Day 7: Galilee

In today’s common usage, Galilee refers to all of the Israeli area that is beyond Mount Carmel to the northeast. Most of Galilee consists of rocky terrain, at heights of between 500 and 700 m. The Sea of Galilee is situated in northeast Israel, between the Golan Heights and the Galilee region, in the Jordan Rift Valley, the valley caused by the separation of the African and Arabian Plates. Visit the Mt. Arbel overlooking the Kinneret, take a tour of ancient Tsfat and enjoy a sunset cruise on the sea of Galilee.

Day 8: Nazareth

Nazareth is the capital and the largest city in the Northern District of Isarel. The city is known as “the Arab capital of Israel”. According to the Gospel of Matthew, Joseph and Mary resettled in Nazareth after returning from the flight from Bethlehem to Egypt. According to the Bible, Jesus grew up in Nazareth from some point in his childhood. However, some modern scholars also regard Nazareth as the birthplace of Jesus. It is a center of Christina pilgrimage with many srhines commemorating biblical events.

Day 9/10: Tel Aviv

Day 9: Tel Aviv is Israel’s second-largest city and is situated on Israel’s Mediterranean coast. The city boasts of a modern, vibrant and cosmopolitan culture. The place is popularly called the “White City” because of the UNESCO-listed Bauhaus-era buildings. Tel Aviv dates back to 1909 and boasts of a youthful and diverse population. Walk, drive or take cabs between the cultural exhibition pavilions of Haaretz Museum, historic Independence Hall Museum, bustling Carmel Market and Old Jaffa’s boardwalk

Day 10: Transfer to the airport and proceed to onward destination.

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