The Grand Footsteps of Our Lord
plus Eilat & Petra option

A WEEKLY GUARANTEED TOUR OF THE HOLY LAND WITH EXTENSION TO THE NEGEV, THE RED SEA AND OPTIONAL VISIT TO PETRA JORDAN

1 night Tel Aviv, 2 nights Kibbutz Lavi, 4 nights Jerusalem, 2 nights Eilat and 1 night Tel Aviv.

Duration: 10 nights, operated from Sunday to Wednesday
Location: Israel & Petra option

Ruins near the Southern Wall, Jerusalem, Israel.

 

HOTEL PLAN PLAN A
SUPERIOR 1st CLASS
PLAN B
1st CLASS
PLAN C
MODERATE 1st CLASS
NIGHTS
Tel Aviv Dan Panorama Grand Beach Grand Beach 1
Galilee Kibbutz Lavi
Hod
Kibbutz Lavi
Hod
Kibbutz Lavi
Lev
2
Jerusalem Dan Panorama Grand Court Prima Park 4
Eilat Dan Panorama Prima Music Prima Music 2
Tel Aviv Dan Panorama Grand Beach Grand Beach 1

Notes:

  • Tours over Jewish holidays and August are subject to hotel confirmation and restrictions.

Included services:

  • Private transfer from Ben Gurion Airport to Hotel in Tel Aviv and from Hotel in Jerusalem to Airport.
  • 8 Full day touring with all entrance fees as mentioned.
  • 10 nights’ accommodation on Half Board Basis (buffet breakfast and dinner in hotels)
  • Bedouin hospitality and lunch.

Please note that there is NO credit for unused services or joint transfers.

Not included:

  • Tips
  • Personal extras or meals not mentioned.
  • Optional day tour to Petra, please check with us for special rates for this tour.

Day 1: Sunday

Welcome to Israel! Upon arrival into Ben Gurion International Airport, you are met by our Kenes Tours staff at the airport and transferred to your hotel in Tel Aviv for dinner and overnight.

Day 2: Monday

Caesarea / Megiddo / Acre

Following a delicious Israeli buffet breakfast (which you will enjoy each morning prior to departing for your day of touring), depart Tel Aviv. Drive north along the coastal plain to Caesarea (Acts 9.30 Acts 10 24-48), capital of Judea under the Romans.  Visit the excavations of this ancient city, the Roman theatre and aqueduct.  Proceed to Muhraka, the site of confrontation between Elijah and the prophets of Baal; enjoy the spectacular view of the Jezreel valley and the lower Galilee. Continue to Megiddo (1 Kings 4.28, 9, 15, 2 Kings 23, 29 & Revel. 16.16), identified as the site of Armageddon.  Visit the archaeological excavations at Megiddo, including the well-preserved water supply system.  Continue to Acre(Micah 1.10), capital of the Crusaders for more than a century. Visit the remarkable underground Crusader City and crypt; visit also the ancient city and harbor before continuing eastwards across the plains of the Galilee to Kibbutz hotel Lavi, not far from the Sea of Galilee, for dinner and overnight.

Day 3: Tuesday

Tiberias / Capernaum / Caesarea Phillipi

After a short tour of the Kibbutz grounds we take a boat ride across the Sea of Galilee to Capernaum (Matt.  4.13 13.54, 17.24, Luke 7, Mark 1.2, John 4.46-54).  Visit the remains of the 2nd century synagogue.  Proceed to Tabgha (Matt. 13, Mark .33-45, & John 21), the site of the miracle of fish and loaves, and visit the Church of Multiplication with its 4th century mosaic floor. Continue to the Mount of the Beatitudes (Matt. 5, 6, 7, 8), where Jesus delivered the Sermon on the Mount. Drive to the Caesarea Philippi Spring (Matt. 16.13 and Mark 8.27), where Jesus was recognized as The Messiah by His Disciples.  Tour the Golan Heights, with its valleys, grazing land and snowcapped mountains.

Return to Kibbutz Lavi for dinner and overnight.

Day 4: Wednesday

Nazareth / Beit Shean / Jerusalem

Drive to Cana to visit the Wedding Church, where Jesus performed his first miracle, turning water into wine. (John 2.1-11). Then, drive to Nazareth (Luke 1.26, 4.16-29, Matthew 2.23).  In Nazareth, we shall visit the Church of the Annunciation, St. Joseph’s Workshop and Mary’s well. Next on our program is the Jordan River and the Baptismal site Yardenit. Continue to Beit Shean, one of the ancient Decapolis cities (Mark 5.20, 7.31), and visit the Roman theatre. This is the city where Saul and his son Jonathan were nailed to the walls (1st Samuel 31.10). Judges 1.27 also mentions Beit Shean.  Continue south along the shores of the River of Jordan.  Passing Jericho, we proceed westward and climb to the Golden City of Jerusalem.

Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem.

Day 5: Thursday

Jerusalem – Old City

Today we visit the Old City of Jerusalem.  Our appreciation of this Golden City begins with a panoramic view from the Mount of Olives, overlooking the walls of the old city and the ancient Jewish cemetery.  Visit the Church of All Nations.  Proceed to Mount Zion to see the tomb of King David and the nearby Room of the Last Supper (Mark 14.13, Luke 22. 10-38, Matt 26 17-29, Acts 1.13 and Acts 2 the Pentecost).  Enter the Old City to begin exploring the wonders of Jerusalem. Walk through the Cardo, the main street of Jerusalem 2000 years ago.

View the Temple Mount and the Western Wall.  Walk along the Via Dolorosa, where Jesus carried His Cross. Continue to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre (Matt. 27. 33-57, 28.10).  No visit to Jerusalem is complete without a walk through the colorful Arab bazaar (a chance to test your negotiating skills). Visit the Garden Tomb.

Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem.

 

Day 6: Friday

Jerusalem – New City and Bethlehem

Today’s program is dedicated to the new city of Jerusalem.  Visit the model of ancient Jerusalem .Continue to Yad Vashem, Israel’s memorial to the victims of the Holocaust.  Enter the site by walking along the Street of the Righteous Gentiles, dedicated to the non-Jews that risked their lives in order to save their Jewish neighbours.  Continue to Ein Karem, birthplace of John the Baptists (Luke 1.39-80).  This Spanish style church and Mary’s well is where Mother Mary met her cousin Elizabeth.   Proceed to Bethlehem * to visit the Church of the Nativity and visit of Shepherds’filed.

Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem.

 

Day 7: Saturday

Qumran / Masada / Dead Sea

Drive through the Judean Desert to Qumran, where the Dead Sea Scrolls where found in 1947 by a Bedouin boy.  Visit the ancient city of Qumran and drive along the shore of the Dead Sea, the lowest place on earth, to Massada, the last stronghold of the Jews after the destruction of the Second Temple in 70 A.D.  Ascend Massada by cable car and visit the food storeroom, water irrigation system and Herod’s Palace. Time and weather permitting we will have an opportunity to float on the Dead Sea waters.

Return to Jerusalem for dinner and overnight.

 

Day 8: Sunday

The Negev Desert / the Red Sea / Eilat

Travel south through the Negev desert. Visit Timna and see the copper mines and King Solomon’s pillars and marvel at the huge multi-colored rock formations. Continue to Eilat and stop to visit the Underwater Observatory, one of the largest sea aquariums in the world, built into a coral reef.

Overnight in Eilat.

 

Day 9: Monday

Free day in Eilat or Optional Day Tour to Petra – Jordan

After assistance with visa to the Jordanian border, drive straight away to Petra through desert highways, your ultimate destination is the astonishing rose-red city of Petra which was built by the Nabateans (An early Arab tribe). Petra was renowned for its massive architecture, pools, dams and water channels. Petra is the legacy of the Nabateans who settled in the south of Jordan more than 2000 years ago. The visit begins with the possibility of a short horseback-riding for about 700 m. until the entrance of the Siq, which is about 1.2 km long (walking distance). There is a possibility to rent a chariot (extra) to get inside Petra and back to the gate outside. Petra is famous for its huge monuments such as the Treasury, Royal Tombs, the Court, Roman theatre, Roman Street, Qassier El- Bint (Palace of Pharaoh’s daughter) and many other smaller monuments which fascinate the visitors. The city itself is almost 45 square km and is considered to be the second wonder of the world. After the visit, time for lunch in a nice restaurant. After lunch drive back to border. On the way, a short visit to Aqaba with the possibility to stop and take a walk around. Transfer to the border at around 18:00 p.m. and crossing back to Eilat.

Overnight in Eilat.

 

Day 10: Tuesday

Ramon Crater / Beer Sheba / Tel Aviv

Depart Eilat via Mitzpe Ramon. Stop to gaze into the Ramon crater, a geological wonder. Proceed to Sde Boker and see Ben Gurion’s hut and grave overlooking the magnificent Zin valley. Stop for a camel riding experience and a visit to an authentic Bedouin tent, learn about the Bedouin hospitality and enjoy a light lunch.

Continue to Hatzerim and visit Israel’s Air Force museum to view the planes and equipment and to hear the story of this brave fighting force. Drive back to Tel-Aviv.

Overnight in Tel Aviv.

 

Day 11: Wednesday

Transfer from hotel to airport for your departure flight.

 

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