7-Day Christian Heritage Tour

7-Day Christian Heritage Tour

Driving north on the first day, we will visit the magnificent ruins of Caesarea Maritima seeing the famous port, an amphitheater, hippodrome, Herod’s palace, and aqueduct. Next, we hope to Megiddo – King Solomon’s capital of the north and the future Armageddon. Then we visit Mount Carmel – where the prophet Elijah fought in the name of God. In Akko – we walk on the walls’ ramparts, admire a mighty Crusader fortress and explore its mysterious subterranean world. Overnight in the Galilee

On the second day, we follow Jesus’ footsteps around the Sea of Galilee and see its sights: Mount of Beatitudes, Tabgha, Capernaum, Kursi, and Magdala. Then we see or baptize in the baptismal site on the Jordan River – Yardenit. Finally, we’ll have a breathtaking view of the Sea of Galilee from the top of the mighty Arbel Ciff. Overnight in the Galilee

Day 3 brings us to the place of the wedding at Cana of Galilee. Later, we visit the city of Nazareth and its sights – the Church of Annunciation and Joseph’s house and workshop. In the afternoon, we will follow the Old and New Testaments’ stories, driving through the Jezreel Valley and stopping at Mount Tabor – the place of battle between Deborah the Prophet and the Canaanites, and the place of Jesus’ transfiguration. Overnight in Jerusalem.

On the fourth day, we learn about King David’s life while viewing the City of David, walking through the underground tunnels of the immense water system, all the way to the Siloam pool. At the southern wall excavations, we’ll walk on the same paving stones, climb the very same steps Jewish pilgrims walked upon 2,000 years ago and we’ll see the remains of the gates that they used when they visited the Temple. Then we visit the Temple Mount and learn how it was established as a Moslem holy site. In the Jewish Quarter, we experience the story of the destruction of the 1st-century Jewish city while visiting the Burnt House and the Herodian Quarter. There, we also troll through the Roman Cardo. At the Wailing (or Western) Wall we see people of all kinds praying at this site, at all hours of the days and nights. Overnight in Jerusalem.

Day 5 is for walking in Jesus’ footsteps, starting from the most beautiful lookout – the Mount of Olives, and walk down to the Garden of Gethsemane. Then, we enter the city through St. Stephen’s Gate and visit St. Anne’s Church and the Bethesda Pools. We follow the Way of the Cross (Via Dolorosa), from the trial to the crucifixion, burial and resurrection at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre (or at the Garden Tomb – according to your wish). Later, we experience the colors, sounds and smells of the Arab and Crusader Markets and view the Old City from various rooftop sites. We also visit the Cenacle. Overnight in Jerusalem.

On the sixth day, we will visit Masada to hear a great story. Following it we will enjoy the many colors of nature, and see some unique animals at the lovely oasis of Ein Gedi. We can take showers and dips at the waterfalls and pools. The best experience is to lose all sense of gravity while floating on the heavy water of the Dead Sea and covering up with the therapeutic black mud, for which the Dead Sea is famous.

In day 7 we will follow biblical stories starting with the battles of Joshua in the Ajalon Valley and the place of the real Emmaus. Next place is by the ancient town of Beit Shemesh, where we stop nearby in a beautiful area, which was the place where Samson killed the lion and tell that story from the book. Was David an innocent boy when he fought Goliath? View the battlefield in the Elah Valley from the top of Tel Azeka, and learn about the mind of a politician information. We will finish the day exploring the amazing underground world of Maresha. Overnight in Jerusalem.

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