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Israel is a world-class destination with outstanding archaeological, religious and cultural attractions. From Jerusalem, with a history dating back 3,000 years, to the lush green mountains and valleys of Galilee, to the lowest point on earth at the Dead Sea, you will be fascinated by this Holy Land journey. Our travels will impress and inspire with visits to religious, cultural, and historic sites for which Israel is world renowned.
- Visit many of the locations where Jesus performed his miracles, including the Church of the Wedding Feast at Cana and the Pool of Bethesda
- Enjoy touring cities of historical importance, featuring Caesarea, Cana, Nazareth, Jericho, and Jerusalem
- Opportunity to ‘float’ in the salty Dead Sea, the lowest point on earth
- Revel in religious sites, featuring the Church of the Annunciation, Mount of Beatitudes, Church of the Transfiguration, the Church of the Nativity and the Church of the Holy Sepulcher
- Marvel in an extensive tour of Jerusalem’s Old City
- Airport Meet-and-Greet service, English-speaking tour rep and guides
- Bag handling (1 per person) at most hotels
- Welcome dinner, 24-hour emergency call service, round-trip air from U.S.
DAYS 1-2–CHICAGO/TEL AVIV
Meet your friendly tour representative at Chicago O’Hare before our overnight flight to Tel Aviv. Upon arrival, our motorcoach will take us to our hotel in Tel Aviv to rest up for the journey ahead.
DAY 3–CAESAREA MARITIMA/MOUNT CARMEL/NAZARETH/CANA
After a traditional Israeli buffet breakfast, we begin our day traveling north to Caesarea Maritima, the Roman city on the Mediterranean coast. Caesarea was given to King Herod as a present by Augustus Caesar and is also named after him. Herod built a massive port there alongside entertainment facilities, bathhouses and temples. Caesarea was the home of Cornelius, whom the Lord used to begin the spread of the gospel to the Gentiles. From there we travel to Mount Carmel to the Carmelite Monastery, perched high above the scenic Jezreel Valley. Afterwards we tour Nazareth, where we visit the Church of The Annunciation and the cave where Jesus, Mary, and Joseph stayed. Not far from Nazareth is Cana, where Jesus performed his first miracle of turning water into wine. It is here where we will visit the Church of the Wedding Feast. Continue to our hotel overlooking the Sea of Galilee. B, D
DAY 4–THE JESUS BOAT/MOUNT OF BEATITUDES/CAPERNAUM/TABGHA/MOUNT TABOR
After breakfast at our hotel, we start the day with a boat ride across the placid Sea of Galilee. At the Nof Ginosar Kibbutz, see the amazing “Jesus Boat,” an ancient fishing vessel that could seat 13 fishermen. Continue to the Mount of Beatitudes offering spectacular views over the fields where Jesus taught and fed the 5,000. We’ll visit both the inspiring Church of the Multiplication and the Church of St. Peter commemorating the spot where Jesus anointed Peter. Tour Capernaum to see the house of St. Peter and the ancient synagogue. Then we’ll enjoy an included lunch with families who live and work at Kibbutz Ein Gev, a picturesque citrus orchard. Before traveling to our hotel, we visit Mount Tabor and the spectacular Church of Transfiguration. B, L
DAY 5–BEIT SHE’AN/JERICHO/JESUS’ BAPTISMAL SITE
Today enjoy breakfast at our hotel and start our journey south. Our first stop will be Beit She’an, which has played an important role throughout history due to its geographical location. It was on the gates of this city that the bodies of King Saul and his sons were hung after their death. Several impressive buildings have been excavated, including a theatre, a public bathhouse, two magnificent colonnaded streets, a Roman temple and much more. The city was destroyed in a large earthquake in 749. We continue our travels via the Jordan valley that will take us to Jericho, the oldest city in the world. Here we will see the old Sycamore tree and explore Jericho. Afterwards, we take a cable car ride to the Mount of Temptation. Our last stop before traveling to Jerusalem will be Qasr el-Yahud, the site along the Jordan River where John baptized Jesus. This is also where the Israelites crossed the Jordan River to the Promised Land. B, D
DAY 6–MASADA/DEAD SEA/QUMRAN
This morning we depart Jerusalem for a full-day excursion to Masada and the Dead Sea, where we have the unique opportunity to “float” atop the salty body of water. Its surface and shores are remarkably 1,412 feet below sea level, making it the lowest elevation on earth. From here we continue to Ein Gedi, the largest oasis along the barren western shore of the Dead Sea. The abundant springs and steady year-round temperatures created perfect growing conditions in ancient times. We’ll ascend to the top of Masada by cable car. This UNESCO World Heritage Site was the mountaintop fortress where Herod built two palaces. It is also where a determined band of Jews held off Roman attackers for two years (73-74 AD) before committing suicide to avoid coming under Roman rule. Finally, before heading to Jerusalem we visit Qumran where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered in 1947. On our way to Jerusalem we will see the Old Jericho road and also visit the Inn of the Good Samaritan. B, D
DAY 7–EIN KAREM/HOLY LAND MODEL/BETHLEHEM
We start our day at the impressive Holy Land Model of Jerusalem, which depicts the city during the Second Temple period. Then, travel to the bucolic village of Ein Karen where St. John was born and where the Virgin Mary greeted her cousin, Elizabeth. Here we tour the Church of the Visitation and see the mosaics proclaiming the Magnificat in more than 60 languages. Next we continue to the Shepherd’s Field and enjoy a savory Mediterranean lunch before entering Bethlehem. Once at Manger Square, visit the Crusader Church of the Nativity, built over the cave in which Jesus was born. We’ll stop at the beautiful Milk Grotto and also spend a bit of time shopping for unique olive wood souvenirs. B, L
DAY 8–MOUNT OF OLIVES/GARDEN OF GETHSEMANE/ HOLOCAUST HISTORY MUSEUM
This morning we begin atop the Mount of Olives, visiting the Chapel of Jesus’ Ascension and the Church of the Pater Noster, built on the site where Jesus taught the disciples the Lord’s Prayer. Here we’ll visit the Garden of Gethsemane, the Church of All Nations and the Tomb of Mary, an ancient underground cave-church. This afternoon, we tour Yad Vashem, the museum dedicated to the history of the holocaust. Walk along the pastoral Avenue of the Righteous, planted with hundreds of trees memorializing non-Jews who provided for the safety and well-being of those escaping the holocaust. B, D
DAY 9–MOUNT ZION/TEMPLE MOUNT/THE WAY OF SORROWS/GARDEN TOMB
Begin the day at Mount Zion to see the Cenacle, the traditional site of the Last Supper. Visit the Church of St. Peter in Gallicantu (cock crows), built over the cave in which Jesus was held prior to his crucifixion. See the ancient Western Wall supporting the Temple Mount and then ascend the mount to tour the Dome of the Rock. Walk along the Via Dolorosa (Way of Sorrows), the same path walked by Jesus on his way to Golgotha. Enter the famed Church of the Holy Sepulcher where pilgrims from across the world come to venerate the Tomb of Christ. Conclude the day with a visit to the serene Garden Tomb, a quiet meditation garden featuring a rock tomb from the time of Jesus. Enjoy a sumptuous farewell dinner at our hotel on this last night in spectacular Jerusalem. B, D
DAY 10–TEL AVIV/ CHICAGO
We bid the Promised Land goodbye after breakfast. Return home with fond memories and deepened Faith as we transfer to Tel Aviv for our return flight to Chicago. B
Night 2: Prima City Hotel, Tel Aviv or similar
Nights 3-4: Leonardo Club Hotel, Tiberias or similar
Nights 5-9: Prima Royale Hotel, Jerusalem or similar
Sep 1-10, 2020
Price Per Person:
Land only pricing available. Please call.
Pre-/Post-Tour Hotel: $228/night
Highs 80-85 / Lows 65-70
+8 hours ahead of Central Time
Flights available 90 days prior to departure.
Flights available 90 days prior to departure.
Crown Plaza Chicago O’Hare offers complimentary shuttle service for Pre/Post Hotel accommodations.
Free parking is offered during the tour at the Crowne Plaza Chicago O’Hare with Pre or Post tour night accommodations.
Moderate to Extensive walking on uneven pavement and pathways is required to fully enjoy this tour.
Israeli New Shekel
Hair dryers, TV/cable, telephone, and Spa services available at hotels.
Land Tours begin one day later. Airport transfers not included with Land Only Tours. Air & Land Tours include government imposed taxes, fees and airline fuel surcharges at time of printing.
Dress on tour is casual.
Further information is mailed upon receipt of your reservation. A total of three mailings are sent to assist you in preparing for your tour…Get Ready, Get Set and Go! Our “Get Ready” packet is sent confirming your reservation. Our “Get Set” packet provides further information approximately 90 days prior to departure with important details regarding making your travel arrangements. Finally, our “Go” packet arrives 2-3 weeks before departure containing your final documents.
Updates to this document are available from our Discovery Reservations Team, and will be posted online at www.CountryTravelDiscoveries.com/HLY.
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