5 days 4 nights
Early arrival to the Holy Land via Allenby, meet with your driver for a tour of the City. Jerusalem occupies a unique place in the world. It is holy to Judaism Christianity, and Islam.
This day’s tour starts on Mt. Scopus with a panoramic view of the city from the east. Mount Scopus is part of a ridge of mountains that includes the Mount of Olives. Scopus deserves its name as one of the best places to get an overview of Jerusalem especially from the mount’s promenade. Then to Mount of Olives. The Mount of Olives, one of three hills on a long ridge to the east of Jerusalem, is the location of many biblical events. Rising to more than 800 meters, it offers an unrivalled vista of the Old City and its environs. Continue to Garden of Gethsemane.
The Garden of Gethsemane, near the foot of the Mount of Olives, named in the New Testament where Jesus went with his disciples to pray the night before he was crucified.
In the afternoon, walk into the Old City to see and touch the Western Wall (Wailing Wall), the only one remnant of the Second Temple. Walk the Way of the Cross, the Via Dolorosa, to Calvary and the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, housing both the traditional site of Crucifixion and the Tomb of the Resurrection.
Then turn southwest, just outside the Old City, visit Mount Zion, with the traditional tomb of King David and the Room of the Last Supper. Finish your day by transferring to your hotel for an overnight.
*Must be at the Jordanian side of Allenby by 8 am.
After breakfast at your hotel, meet with your driver for another eventful day. Departure for a visit to the New City of Jerusalem. Visit the Shrine of the Book in the Museum of Israel, where the manuscripts of the Dead Sea and the Model representing the City of Jerusalem in the time of Jesus are on display.
We continue towards Ein Karem, a picturesque neighborhood on the outskirts of Jerusalem to visit the Church of the Visitation that honors the visit paid by Virgin Mary to Elizabeth. This is the site where tradition tells us that Mary recited her song of praise, the Magnificent, one of the most ancient hymns to Mary
In the afternoon, travel to Bethlehem. Visit of the Church of the Nativity, the Grotto of the Nativity and Chapel of Saint Jerome. The Church of the Nativity is the most important landmark in Bethlehem and marks the site where the nativity took place. It was in Bethlehem just over 2,000 years ago that Mary gave birth to baby Jesus. Today Bethlehem is a thriving city in the Palestinian Authority West Bank approximately 10 km south of Jerusalem and the Nativity Church is the city’s top attraction.
After breakfast, transfer to Jericho. It is reputed to be the oldest town on earth, with stories to match. Visit the sycamore tree mentioned in the Biblical tale of Zacchaeus. Stop at Elisha’s spring that supplied Jericho with fresh water for centuries. Then continue to the Dead Sea where you will float in its waters. The shores of the Dead Sea are the lowest point on the surface of the earth, and the saline water of the lake give lead to the name because no fish can survive in the salty waters.
The other result of the salty water is their renowned health and healing properties and the unique feature that one can float naturally in them. Relax in the mineral rich Dead Sea mud before we head back to Jerusalem in the late afternoon for an overnight.
After breakfast at the hotel, transfer to Tel Aviv. Walk through Tel Aviv’s UNESCO World Heritage Site, the White City, including the well-known Rothschild Boulevard and surrounding streets admiring the details and historical past of the buildings which are world-renowned.
Learn about the foundation of Tel Aviv just over 100 years ago by European migrants, and discover how their roots influenced the architecture and culture of the city to this day, including the Bauhaus, international, and eclectic buildings which are so iconic here.
Explore the colorful and vibrant Shuk HaCarmel (market), Tel Aviv’s main market-place, and discover the many international flavors and ingredients.
From the fresh olives to the spice market, fresh local cheeses and artisan bread, the market is filled with colors, flavors and many local ingredients and pastries such as halva, baklava, and other sweet delights. Fresh products and meat can be purchased along with a wide variety of local specialties. Enjoy a sampling of authentic flavors. Take in the rich history and cultural significance of Tel Aviv street art by exploring South Tel Aviv’s streets; admiring dynamic graffiti and street art in the area. Transfer back to Jerusalem for an overnight.
After breakfast, check out and transfer to
*Will be transferred to Allenby Bridge at 8 am.
*If departing via Ben Gurion airport, must be at the airport 3 hours prior to departure time.
*Note that sites and visits will be subject to traffic and time restrictions
*Arrival and Departure days can be switched
*Arrival/Departure can be either airport/Allenby, however if arriving through airport touring is subject to time of arrival.