Upon arrival in Tel Aviv, you will be met by Ya'lla Tours USA's representative and transferred to your hotel for overnight.
Drive to Jaffa (Joppa) and take a short walking tour in the picturesque alleys of the old, fortified town. Pass the house of Simon the Tanner and enjoy the hilltop view. Then drive north along the coast to the ruins of Caesarea, built by Herod the Great in honor of Augustus Caesar. Continue to Megiddo, a site inhabited continuously for over five millennia. This is the site called Armageddon in the Book of Revelation. Drive on to Tiberias on the Sea of Galilee for overnight.
Drive along the lake to Capernaum, the center of Jesus' ministry. Tabgha, just north of Tiberias, is the site of the miracle of the 5,000. At the Church of the Multiplication, the mosaic floor depicts a basket with loaves and two fishes. Drive on to the Mount of Beatitudes, overlooking the sea, where Jesus preached the Sermon on the Mount. Continue up to the Golan Heights for a panoramic view of Mt. Hermon, the rugged plateau and the green Hula Valley. End the day's touring at the Jordan River.
Return to Tiberias for overnight.
Visit Nazareth, where Jesus spent his childhood. Visit the Church of Annunciation, built on the site where the archangel Gabriel appeared to the Virgin Mary. Also see Mary's well and Joseph's Church. Proceed to Cana and the Church of the Wedding, where Jesus performed his first miracle, turning water into wine. Continue through the Jordan Valley to Beit Shean and visit the excavations of this beautifully preserved Roman city.
Drive on to Jerusalem for overnight.
En route to the Dead Sea, visit the site of the Qumran Caves where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered. Continue through the remarkable scenery of the Dead Sea to Masada, an isolated mountain fortress in the Judean Desert.
The site was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2001. Ascend by cable car to the fortress, which was the last stronghold of the Jewish Zealots in their war against the Romans. Visit the excavations of King Herod’s palace, the synagogue, bathhouse and much more. Enjoy the breathtaking view of the Roman camps and the Dead Sea below. Nearly 1,300 feet below sea level, the Dead Sea is the lowest point on the earth’s surface. Take a float on the salty, mineral rich, water.
Return to Jerusalem for overnight.
Start the day at the Israel Museum’s Shrine of the Book which houses the famous Dead Sea Scrolls. Also at the museum, see the scale model of Herodian Jerusalem.
Continue to Ein Karem, a picturesque village on the outskirts of Jerusalem and the traditional birthplace of John the Baptist.
Visit Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial.
Continue to Bethlehem to visit the Church of the Nativity and Manger Square.* Return to your hotel for overnight.
*Subject to security clearance.
Enter the Old City of Jerusalem, where you will see the Western Wall and the actual site of the Second Temple, the Temple Mount. Walk the Way of the Cross, the Via Dolorosa, to Calvary and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, housing both the traditional site of Crucifixion and the Tomb of the Resurrection. Just outside the Old City, visit Mount Zion, with the traditional tomb of King David and the Room of the Last Supper. Enjoy the spectacular panoramic view of Jerusalem - the holy city for each of the world’s three great religions – Christianity, Judaism and Islam, from atop the Mount of Olives. Visit the Garden of Gethsemane, where Judas betrayed Jesus.
Return to your hotel for overnight.
You will be transferred to the airport for your departure flight.