2017: Biblical Israel - Faith-Based Travel (5340)

8 days from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem

Stand in some of the most significant biblical places on this Israel tour designed for savvy travelers looking for faith, fun, and fellowship. You'll travel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem with overnights also in Tiberias.

On this tour through Israel, you'll visit many of the places important in Jesus' life, including the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem, built over the cave thought to be where Jesus was born; Mount of Beatitudes, where Jesus delivered his Sermon on the Mount; the Church of the Multiplication, where Jesus fed the 5,000; Cana, site of Jesus' first miracle; the Garden of Gethsemane, where Jesus prayed the night before his arrest; the Upper Room, where Jesus and his disciples had the Last Supper; the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, where Christians mark the crucifixion and burial of Jesus; and the Way of the Cross, where you'll walk along Jesus' last path.

Other highlights of this Israel tour are a cruise on the Sea of Galilee; a visit to Caesarea, where you'll admire the ancient 3,500-seat Roman Theater and aqueduct; Megiddo, an important site in antiquity and the site predicted for the Battle of Armageddon; Kibbutz Ginosar, where you'll see the ancient Jesus boat; Qasr el Yahud, a baptismal site for Christian pilgrims; the Church of the Annunciation, the traditional site of Mary's home; St. Joseph's Church, built on the site where Joseph had his carpentry shop; and much more. You'll also get the chance to give back by assisting the Pantry Packers in assembling food parcels destined for Jerusalem's poorest families.

Ancient sites, biblical places, a chance to volunteer and give back, a dedicated Tour Director, and traveling companions who are fellow believers-it is all waiting for you on this faith-based, value-minded Israel tour. A vacation of a lifetime!

HOTELS
TEL AVIV Tal Hotel (ST) or Cinema Hotel (ST)
TIBERIAS Leonardo (ST)
JERUSALEM Royal Wing (ST)

Call (520) 445-6812 for more information or to book today! Mention code 12863203

Tour Operator
Cosmos
Duration
8 Days
Escorted
Escorted - Yes
DayDestinationDescription
Day 1Tel AvivWelcome to Israel! Check into your hotel, then this evening, meet your Tour Director and fellow travelers. (D)
Day 2TiberiasLeave Tel Aviv and drive to the old port of Jaffa. Sightseeing continues at Caesarea, an ancient port turned stunning archaeological zone. Admire the restored 3,500-seat Roman THEATER, the AQUEDUCT, harbor, and the crumbled moat and towers from the 12th-century CRUSADER FORTRESS. Next, visit MUHRAQA on Mount Carmel, site of Elijah's contest of faith with the priests of Baal. From here, travel to the ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITE OF MEGIDDO, an age-old fortified town and site of the Battle of Armageddon in the End Times, according to the Bible. Overnight in the lakeside city of Tiberias. (B,D)
Day 3TiberiasToday, travel to KIBBUTZ GINOSAR to see the ancient boat at the JESUS BOAT MUSEUM, followed by a CRUISE on the Sea of Galilee. Next, visit Capernaum and see its ANCIENT SYNAGOGUE AND THE HOUSE OF ST. PETER. Travel north to the MOUNT OF BEATITUDES, where Jesus delivered his Sermon on the Mount, and continue to Tabgha to visit the CHURCH OF THE MULTIPLICATION, the site where Jesus fed the 5,000 with two fish and five loaves. On to Caesarea-Philippi (Banias), home to one of the springs of the Jordan River and a place where Jesus taught his disciples. (B,D)
Day 4JerusalemThis morning, stop in CANA, site of Jesus' first miracle when he turned water into wine at a wedding. Continue to Nazareth and visit the CHURCH OF THE ANNUNCIATION, ST. JOSEPH'S CHURCH, and of the old village. Leave the Galilee area, drive through the Jordan Valley, and visit Jericho, where the shouts and trumpet blasts of Joshua and his army caused the city fortifications to crumble. Then, visit the Qasr el Yahud BAPTISMAL SITE and ascend the Judean Mountains to Jerusalem, with a stop at a viewpoint overlooking the Old Town. (B,D)
Day 5JerusalemStart today by assisting the PANTRY PACKERS in assembling food parcels destined for Jerusalem's needy. Then, set off on a touching walking tour of Jerusalem's Old Town. From the MOUNT OF OLIVES, take in memorable views over the city. Descend via the PALM SUNDAY WALK and visit the GARDEN OF GETHSEMANE, where Jesus prayed on the night before his arrest. Visit the CHURCH OF ALL NATIONS, located next to the garden, then enter through St. Stephen's Gate and arrive at the POOL OF BETHESDA. Follow in Jesus' footsteps along the Way of the Cross to the CHURCH OF THE HOLY SEPULCHRE. Walk through the JEWISH QUARTER, reconstructed following unification of the city after the Six-Day War in 1967. Stop at Mount Zion to visit KING DAVID'S TOMB and the CENACLE-the Upper Room where Jesus and his disciples had the Last Supper. A special point of interest is the Cardo, Jerusalem's main street 1,500 years ago. View the unearthed colonnaded thoroughfare with its ancient marketplace. Travel to Bethlehem, birthplace of Jesus and King David. Visit one of Christianity's holiest places, the CHURCH OF THE NATIVITY, situated on the site where Jesus was born. (B,D)
Day 6JerusalemToday, head for the Southern Wall excavations and visit the DAVIDSON CENTER, one of the most significant archaeological sites in the country. Continue with a stop at the WESTERN WALL, the holiest place in Judaism today. Next, visit the GARDEN TOMB, where you enjoy the scenery of the beautiful garden, a perfect place for personal reflection and worship. Then, visit the ISRAEL MUSEUM to see the Shrine of the Book and the Dead Sea Scrolls as well as a scale model of Jerusalem at the time of Christ. Later, tour YAD VASHEM, the 'World Holocaust Remembrance Center.' (B,D)
Day 7JerusalemToday is free to relax, revisit some of the Jerusalem sites at your own pace, or join an exciting optional excursion to the Dead Sea, the planet's lowest point on dry land. Travel through the mountainous Judean Desert to Qumran with an included visit to the Qumran Caves, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered. Continue to Masada and ride the cable car up to the magnificent rock fortress. The fortification, perched high on a clifftop plateau above the Dead Sea, was where 960 Jewish rebels made their last stand against Roman forces in 73 AD. Later, head for the shores of the Dead Sea, where you'll have time to experience the incredible buoyancy in the saltwater. Return to Jerusalem in the late afternoon. (B)
Day 8JerusalemYour vacation ends with breakfast this morning (nearest airport is Tel Aviv). (B)
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