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HISTORICAL & ARCHAEOLOGICAL ISRAEL GROUP TOURS
8 Days Historical & Archaeological Tour in Israel - designed especially for travel agents
1 Day Arrival
Arrive in Israel. Noah Tours representative will meet you upon arrival. Begin with a visit to Jaffa for a view of the old port and artist's quarters. Continue to Caesarea, once a proud Roman port city dating back to the time of Pontius Pilate. View the monumental Roman amphitheater built in the days of Christ. Next, travel to Megiddo, overlooking the plains of Armageddon and visit the site of the 21 superimposed cities. Travel to Acre the city of the Crusaders. Overnight in Nazareth/ Sea of Galilee.
2 Day Nazareth-Mt. of Beatitudes-Tabgha-Capernaum
After breakfast visit Nazareth. Here Jesus spent the silent years of his life. Visit Mary’s Well. Afterwards, visit Cana, site of the first miracle where Jesus turned water into wine. Continue to Tiberias. The first stop will be the Mt. of Beatitudes. Near here Jesus gave the Beatitudes and taught on many occasions. Here he also performed many of his miracles. Travel to Tabgha, where 5000 were fed by Jesus who performed the miracle of the multiplication of the fish and loaves. Continue to Capernaum where much of the Galilean Ministry took place. (Optional: Boat Ride in the Sea of Galilee) Overnight in Tiberias.
3 Day Golan Heights-Gamla-Banias-Caesarea Philippi
Drive to the Golan Heights. The guide will explain why this area is so vital to Israel’s security. (Optional visiting Golan winery) Proceed to Gamla, Jewish ancient site from the Roman Period. Galilee pass by Qala'at Namrud an ancient fortress near Mt. Hermon. Visit Caesarea Philippi – Banias one of the sources of the Jordan River. Overnight in Tiberias.
4 Day Beit Shean-Jordan Valley-Jericho-Qumran
After breakfast drive to Beit Shean and view the well-preserved mosaic floor and ancient ruins. Continue through the Jordan Valley to the Dead Sea Area. Visit Qumran where the scrolls of the bible where found from 2000 years ago. Drive to Jericho, the oldest city in the world. View a 2000 year old Sycamore Tree that Zacchaeus would have climbed to see Jesus. Visit the 4000 year old ruins of Jericho and do several scripture readings there. View the Mt. of Temptation and Elisha’s fountain where the Prophet, with a handful of salt, sweetened the water. Overnight in Jericho/Dead Sea.
5 Day Ein Gedi-Masada-Float in the Dead Sea-Jerusalem
Visit in the early morning Ein Gedi Oasis, which is mentioned in the Old Testament. Continue to Masada where one of King Herod’s palaces is located and where the last battle of the Jewish Rebellions stood against the Roman army. Descend Masada and travel to the Dead Sea, enjoy floating in the salty waters. Drive to Jerusalem for Overnight.
6 Day Full Day Jerusalem: Mt. Of Olives-City of David-Ophel Archeological Site-Cardo
After breakfast drive up the Mt. of Olives to view Jerusalem as Jesus would have seen it. Visit the City of David archeological site where it all began. Continue to the Ophel Archeological site next to the Temple Mount. Visit the Western wall, (Optional visiting the Western Wall Tunnel) and continue to the Jewish Quarter and the Cardo Ancient Roman Street that is in the center of the Old City of Jerusalem. If time permits we will also visit Mt. Zion, the Room of the Last Supper and King David’s Tomb. Overnight in Jerusalem.
7 Day All Day Jerusalem: Old City-Ein Karem-Yad Vashem
In the morning visit the Temple Mountain. Continue to the Old City of Jerusalem and walk through the Via Dolorosa to Calvary. Then visit the Church of Holy Sepulcher. In the afternoon drive to Ein Karem which is located near Jerusalem. We will see the house where St. John the Baptist was born. We will visit the Church of the Visitation, the site where Mary visited her cousin Elizabeth. From there continue to visit Yad Vashem, the Holocaust Museum. (Optional visiting Israel Museum – Shrine of the book) Rest of the day free for shopping. Overnight in Jerusalem
8 Day Departure
After breakfast transfer to Tel Aviv Airport.
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