Day 1 Jerusalem
After guests have been picked up from their hotels in Jerusalem in the morning, we will set out to explore the Old City, passing through Zion Gate. We will pass by the Armenian Quarter and walk through the Byzantine Cardo, bringing us to the Western Wall, one of the holiest sites for the Jewish people. We will continue walking down the Via Dolorosa, home to many of the Stations of the Cross; eventually this will bring us to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, built on the alleged site of Jesus' crucifixion and burial. We will later take a walk though the market of the Old City on our way to visit Yad Vashem, a famous Holocaust museum that commemorates the millions of lives lost during World War II. In the evening, we will return to our local hotel.
Day 2 Jerusalem - Bethlehem - Jericho (9225 km)
After breakfast, we will leave Jerusalem as we drive towards the Dead Sea, passing the Inn of the Good Samaritan. When we reach Jericho, we will see Mount Temptation, where Jesus is said to have fasted for forty days and forty nights. On our way back to Jerusalem, we will pass through the little town of Bethlehem, birthplace of Jesus, where we will see Manger Square, the Church of the Nativity, the Grotto and the medieval Crusader Church dedicated to St. Catherine. After passing the Shepherd's Fields on the way out of the town, we will return to the hotel for the evening.
Day 3 Jerusalem
After breakfast at our hotel, we will set out for the day to explore Jerusalem. Our first stop will be the Mount of Olives, where we will see the Church of the Ascension, the biblical location where Jesus rose to heaven. Close by, we will also see the Pater Noster, a crusader cloister and grotto. As we walk, we will stop at Dominus Flevit before continuing to the Church of All Nations in the Garden of Gethsemane. Then, we will cross the Kidron Valley and enter the Old City through the Lions Gate, making a stop at the Church of St. Anne to see the Pools of Bethesda. Then, we will see the cellars of the Convent of the Sisters of Zion.
Day 4 Jerusalem - Masada - Dead Sea (256 km)
After breakfast, we will leave Jerusalem, passing the Inn of the Good Samaritan before descending into the Judean Desert on our way towards the Dead Sea. We will continue to Masada, where we will ride the cable car to the top of the plateau. Continuing past Ein Gedi, we will finally arrive at the Dead Sea, where we can swim in these therapeutic waters. In the evening, we will return to our hotel.
Day 5 Nazareth - the Sea of Galilee (30 km)
After breakfast, we will drive north through Megiddo, the plain of Armageddon, stopping at the Mount of Precipitation. When we reach Nazareth, we will tour the Church of the Annunciation and the Church of St. Joseph. On our way out of Nazareth, we will pass Cana, the site where Jesus turned water into wine, as we make our way to the Sea of Galilee. We will stop in Capernaum, the home of the apostle Peter, which sits at the foot of the Mount of Beatitudes, where we will tour the Benedictine Church built to commemorate the miracle of the Multiplication of the Loaves and Fish. At the Sea of Galilee, we will have the chance to receive baptism in the waters of the Jordan River, As we return to our hotel for the night, we will pass Mount Tabor.
Day 6 Caesarea - Haifa - Acre (217 km)
After breakfast, we will drive along the Mediterranean coast until we reach Caesara, an ancient Roman city filled with numerous historical sites like the amphitheater, hippodrome and temple. Our next stop will be Haifa, where we will see the beautiful Baha'i Shrine and Gardens. Afterwards, we will continue to Rosh Hanikra to take the cable car down to the grottos. Our final stop of the day will be Acre, a large, well-reserved crusader city that is home to a former Turkish prison.