5 Days Tour Itinerary to Israel
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Day 1: Explore the panoramic views of Jerusalem from Mount Scopus. After that, we head out to the Old City, passing through the Biblical Garden of Gethsemane, Church of all Nations, and Kidron Valley, a historic landmark hosting many ancient tombs. The tour then proceeds to the Jewish Quarter, home to the Cardo: the ancient main street during the Byzantine-era. For those wishing to place a written prayer into the cracks of the Western Wall, they will have the opportunity to do so. We also visit the magnificent Church of the Holy Sepulcher, taking the Via Dolorosa route. This is the site where Jesus Christ was crucified and also the location of his tomb. We depart to new Jerusalem, where we visit the Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum. This museum has a stunning collection of documents, artifacts, and multimedia testimonials to the Holocaust, creating an informative and immersive experience.
Day 2: We head out to Southern Israel via the Judean Desert to the fortress of Masada. We stop for an incredible photo-op at sea level before proceeding further down to the iconic Dead Sea. At Masada, we board a cable car to the plateau summit to explore ancient ruins, including Herod’s fortress. Later on, we go past Ein Gedi, a desert oasis to the west of the Dead Sea and the archaeological site, Qumran. For the rest of the day, we relax on the beach, soaking up the glorious Dead Sea sun. Enjoy floating in the salty water, which has a natural buoyance since it is 8.6 times saltier than seawater. Also, consider bathing in the mineral-rich Dead Sea mud, and experience its healing properties.
Day 3: Explore Israel’s coastal cities as we head North to visit the Roman ruins of Caesarea, including a port city, bathhouses, temples, and palaces. We continue further North to the city of Haifa, where we get to learn about the Baha’i faith and experience the breath-taking Baha’i Gardens on Mt. Carmel. Our next stop is Rosh HaNikra, located on the border between Israel and Lebanon. After a short yet exhilarating cable ride down the cliff, we explore the chambers and tunnels created by the constant bombardment of waves against the rocks. During our return journey back South, we visit Acre, the largest city of the Crusader kingdom. We also tour the Ottoman structures, the Crusader fortress of the 12th century, and the prison used under Turkish rule.
Day 4: We kick off this day with a drive up the coastal road towards the Valley of Armageddon, where we will view Megiddo, the site of an ancient Biblical city. We proceed to Nazareth but not before touring Mt. Precipice, which stands just outside Nazareth’s southern edge. Our first stop in Nazareth is the Church of Annunciation and the Church of St. Joseph right next to it. We pass through Cana, the site of Christ’s first miracle, on our way to the Sea of Galilee. In the distance, we can see the Mt. Beatitude, the location of Christ’s Sermon on the Mount, and then stop of Capernaum. We continue to Tabgha, where we visit the Church of the Multiplication, built in commemoration of Christ’s miracle of the Multiplication of the Loaves and Fish. We then proceed to Yardenit via Tiberias. Yardenit is known as a baptismal site, is likely to be where Jesus was baptized. We pass Mt. Tabor, the site of the Transfiguration, during our return journey.
Day 5: On this day, we visit the Biblical holy sites of Bethlehem and Jericho. The tour starts with a descent below sea level past the Inn of the Good Samaritan to the city of Jericho. Once in Jericho, we first visit the over 2,000-year-old Sycamore Tree climbed by Zacchaeus. This city’s tour concludes with a visit to the Mount of Temptation. After this, we go to Christ’s hometown Bethlehem where we first visit Manager Square and proceed to the Church of the Nativity and experience the holy site where Jesus Christ was born in the grotto underneath. From here, the tour heads to the Church of St. Catherine to explore the underground caves holding ancient shrine and tombs. This day’s tour ends with a visit through the Shepherds field. We then return to Jerusalem.