The itinerary on this page is an example of what your tour could include. All of our tours are fully customized to your group, so we can add days, change sites, or customize it in any way.
Day 1: Departure
Today you embark on our journey to the Holy Land. Prepare yourself for a life-changing experience!
Day 2: Arrival
Your driver will meet you at the Ben Gurion Airport (TLV) and take you to your Hotel in Jerusalem.
Day 3: Caesarea to Nazareth
We will drive to the coast of the Mediterranean Sea and stop in Caesarea. This ancient port was built by Herod the Great. Here we visit the ruins of the fortress used by the Crusaders, the harbor, moat, and amphitheater.
After that we will drive through the Jezreel Valley to Megiddo, the historical military fortress that controlled the highway between Egypt and Mesopotamia.
We will visit Nazareth Village, an open-air museum that reconstructs and reenacts village life in the Galilee in the time of Jesus. The Church of the Annunciation, the largest church in the Middle East, is where the angel Gabriel appeared to Mary and announced that she would conceive and “bear a son” and “call his name Jesus”.
Hotel in Galilee
Day 4: Sea of Galilee
At Kibbutz Ginosar we will see a 2000-year-old wooden boat. We will take a Boat Ride across the Sea of Galilee and land near Capernaum, the town of Jesus, where we will see an ancient synagogue and the house of Peter. Then we will drive up to the Mt. of Beatitudes where Jesus preached the Sermon on the Mount.
We will drive to Banias, also called Caesarea Philippi. At the base of Mt. Hermon, this is the location of one of the largest springs feeding the Jordan River. Here we may hike through some very interesting wilderness territory to a beautiful waterfall.
Day 5: Jordan Valley
We will drive (or hike) to the top of Mt. Arbel. Standing 700 feet above the Sea of Galilee, the Cliffs of Arbel provide a panoramic view of the Jordan Valley. Then we will visit a traditional Baptismal Site at the Jordan River.
In Jericho, the city of palm trees, we will visit the site of Canaanite Jericho destroyed by Joshua. We will taste the water from Elisha's spring and view the Mount of Temptation. Hotel in Jerusalem (or Bethlehem)
Day 6: Dead Sea
At Masada we will ride the cable car to the top and explore the ruins of that mighty stronghold which King Herod had built for himself.
Ein Gedi is a green oasis in the middle of the desert. A short hike up to the waterfall is truly an adventure. Here is where David hid from the wrath of King Saul.
At Qumran we will see the sandy caves in the cliffs north of the Dead Sea where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found. Now we will take time to visit the Dead Sea and float in the salty water.
Day 7: Judean Hills
In the hills southwest of Jerusalem we will visit the village of Ein Karem, where Elizabeth “felt life” when she met her cousin Mary, and where John the Baptist was born and raised.
In the Ella Valley we will look east up the valley to the mountains in the distance and the road from Bethlehem—the same road by which David came here to fight Goliath!
In Bethlehem we will visit the Church of the Nativity, traditional site of the birthplace of Jesus, and the Shepherds’ Fields, where herdsmen received the “tidings of great joy” that Jesus was born. Nearby is the Milk Grotto where it is said that Mary nursed the baby Jesus on their flight to Egypt.
Day 8: Old City
Today is when we will search out the secrets of the enchanting city of Old Jerusalem. We will enter at the Dung Gate and see the morning activities at the Western Wall. We will see Mount Moriah, where Abraham took his son Isaac to sacrifice him, and also the same mountain where Solomon built a glorious temple.
After a brief stop at St. Anne’s Church and the Pool of Bethesda, we will continue walking through the Old City streets to visit Judgment Hall, where Pilate sentenced Jesus to the cross. After lunch we will travel to the western part of the city where we will visit the Israel Museum, and see a model of the city of Jerusalem in AD 66.
Day 9: East Jerusalem
This morning we will view the "old city" from the summit of Mt. of Olives. We will walk the Palm Sunday Road to the Garden of Gethsemane. We will go to Mt. Zion and visit the House of Caiaphas. Beneath this building is the Dungeon where Jesus was imprisoned the night of His arrest.
If time allows, we may follow the Via Dolorosa through the markets of the Old City to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher.
We will end this day at the Garden Tomb, a beautiful spot to remember the death and resurrection of our Savior.
Day 10: Return Home (or Free Day)
You may take an early flight home or spend the day sight-seeing on your own and take a later flight. Those choosing to depart late in the day will arrive home the next day.