See the stories of the Scriptures come to life as you walk in the footsteps of Jesus on this faith-based journey.In Israel, visit sites of biblical importance and hear the stories of the Bible told over time. Experience floating in the Dead Sea to wind down and prepare for the next highlight, if you choose to extend your trip to Jordan. Discover Petra, one of the New7Wonders of the World®;take the opportunity for prayer and reflection at Mount Nebo and Bethany Beyond the Jordan, bringing you closer to your faith and, at the same time, appreciating a truly inspirational destination.
Welcome to Tel Aviv. Enjoy this evening’s welcome dinner, hosted by your Tour Director, who will introduce you to your upcoming spiritual journey. (D)
Your tour of the Holy Land begins in Jaffa with a walk through the beautifully restored ANCIENT PORT, where medieval pilgrims started their strenuous 2-day trek to Jerusalem. Next is Caesarea, the perfect place to learn about the Roman and Crusader presence in the country. Visit the archaeological site with the ROMAN AMPHITHEATRE and the impressive medieval CRUSADER FORTRESS, and admire Herod’s Stadium and harbour. In the afternoon, travel to the ancient fortified city of MEGIDDO— one of the world’s most important biblical sites. According to the New Testament, the Battle of Armageddon (another name for Megiddo) will be the final struggle between good and evil, prompting the return of Jesus to defeat the Antichrist and cast Satan into the abyss. Continue north, to Mount Carmel, considered the most holy of all mountains in ancient times.At Muhraqa, site of Elijah’s contest of faith with the priests of Baal, enjoy
a sweeping panoramic view of the fertile Jezreel Valley, where Gideoned the Israelites to victory against the Midianites. Arrive at your hotel in Tiberias on the western shore of the Sea of Galilee. (B,D)Today’s Distance: 99 mi / 160 km
Visit CANA, site of Jesus’ wedding miracle of turning water into wine. Even now, many couples renew their wedding vows at this sacred place. On to Nazareth, Virgin Mary’s home village, and where Jesus spent part of his
childhood. Visit the CHURCH OF THE ANNUNCIATION; ST. JOSEPH’S CHURCH, built over Joseph’s carpentry workshop; and pass by Mary’s Well and the Church of the Angel Gabriel, where the angel appeared to Mary to announce she would give birth to Jesus. Later enjoy a CRUISE on the Sea of Galilee and see an ancient fishing boat, said to be from the time of Christ. (B,D) Today’s Distance: 39 mi / 62 km