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PROTESTANT ITINERARYReconnect spiritually on this biblical tour of Israel with the option to add Jordan. This journey will lead you in the footsteps of Jesus as you learn and hear stories about his ministry, his miracles and his life, on the included visits to some of the most cherished biblical sites. The opportunity to visit the places of the Bible and to learn about an ancient culture, in the company of like-minded fellow travelers, will bring your faith to life on this faith-based vacation of a lifetime.

  1. Day 1
    ARRIVE IN TEL AVIV, ISRAEL.
    Welcome to Israel! Check into your hotel, then this evening, meet your Tour Director and fellow travelers. (D)
    Meals: Dinner
  2. Day 2
    TEL AVIV–JAFFA–CAESAREA–MUHRAQA–MEGIDDO–TIBERIAS.
    Leave Tel Aviv and drive to the old port of Jaffa. Sightseeing continues at Caesarea, an ancient port turned stunning archaeological zone. Admire the restored 3,500-seat Roman THEATER, the aqueduct, harbor, and the crumbled moat and towers from the 12th-century CRUSADER FORTRESS. Next, visit MUHRAQA on Mount Carmel, site of Elijah’s contest of faith with the priests of Baal. From here, travel to the ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITE OF MEGIDDO, an age-old fortified town and site of the Battle of Armageddon in the End Times, according to the Bible. Stay overnight in the lakeside city of Tiberias.
    Today's Distance: 117 mi / 188 km (B,D)

    Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  3. Day 3
    TIBERIAS. EXCURSION TO KIBBUTZ GINOSAR, CAPERNAUM, MOUNT OF BEATITUDES, TABGHA & CAESAREA-PHILIPPI.
    Today, travel to Kibbutz Ginosar to see the ancient boat at the JESUS BOAT MUSEUM, followed by a CRUISE on the Sea of Galilee. Next, visit Capernaum and see its ANCIENT SYNAGOGUE AND THE HOUSE OF ST. PETER. Travel north to the MOUNT OF BEATITUDES, where Jesus delivered his Sermon on the Mount, and continue to Tabgha to visit the CHURCH OF THE MULTIPLICATION, the site where Jesus fed 5,000 people with two fish and five loaves. On to Caesarea-Philippi (Banias), home to one of the springs of the Jordan River and a place where Jesus taught his disciples.
    Today's Distance: 31 mi / 50 km (B,D)
    Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  4. Day 4
    TIBERIAS–CANA–NAZARETH–YARDENIT–JERUSALEM.
    This morning, stop in CANA, site of Jesus’ first miracle when he turned water into wine at a wedding. Continue to Nazareth and visit the CHURCH OF THE ANNUNCIATION, ST. JOSEPH’S CHURCH, and of the old village. Leave the Galilee area, drive through the Jordan Valley, and visit the YARDENIT BAPTISMAL SITE (departures April 2 to September 3 include Baptism ceremony), then ascend the Judean Mountains to Jerusalem, with a stop at a viewpoint overlooking the Old Town.
    Today's Distance: 144 mi / 231 km (B,D)

    Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  5. Day 5
    JERUSALEM. EXCURSION TO BETHLEHEM.
    Set off on a touching walking tour of Jerusalem’s Old Town. From the MOUNT OF OLIVES, take in memorable views over the city. Descend via the PALM SUNDAY WALK and visit the GARDEN OF GETHSEMANE, where Jesus prayed on the night before his arrest. Visit the CHURCH OF ALL NATIONS, located next to the garden, then enter through St. Stephen’s Gate and arrive at the POOL OF BETHESDA. Follow in Jesus’ footsteps along the Way of the Cross to the CHURCH OF THE HOLY SEPULCHRE. Walk through the JEWISH QUARTER, reconstructed following unification of the city after the Six-Day War in 1967. Stop at Mount Zion to visit KING DAVID’S TOMB and the CENACLE—the Upper Room where Jesus and his disciples had the Last Supper. View the unearthed colonnade-style thoroughfare with its ancient marketplace. Travel to Bethlehem, birthplace of Jesus and King David. Visit one of Christianity’s holiest places, the CHURCH OF THE NATIVITY, situated on the site where Jesus was born.
    Today's Distance: 10 mi / 16 km (B,D)

    Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  6. Day 6
    JERUSALEM.
    Today, head for the Southern Wall excavations and visit the DAVIDSON CENTER, one of the most significant archaeological sites in the country. Continue with a stop at the WESTERN WALL, the holiest place in Judaism today. Next, visit the GARDEN TOMB and enjoy the scenery of the beautiful garden, a perfect place for personal reflection and worship. Then, visit the ISRAEL MUSEUM to see the Shrine of the Book and the Dead Sea Scrolls. Later, tour YAD VASHEM, the “World Holocaust Remembrance Center.” (B,D)
    Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  7. Day 7
    JERUSALEM. OPTIONAL EXCURSION TO QUMRAN, MASADA & THE DEAD SEA.
    Today is free to relax, revisit some of the Jerusalem sites at your own pace, or join an exciting optional excursion to the Dead Sea, the planet’s lowest point on dry land. Travel to Qumran with an included visit to the Qumran Caves, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered. Continue to Masada and ride the cable car up to the magnificent rock fortress, on a clifftop above the Dead Sea, where 960 Jewish rebels made their last stand against Roman forces in 73 AD. Later, head for the shores of the Dead Sea, where you’ll have time to experience the incredible buoyancy in the salt water. Return to Jerusalem. (B)
    Meals: Breakfast
  8. Day 8
    JERUSALEM.
    Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (The nearest airport is Tel Aviv.) (B)
    Meals: Breakfast
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Please check visa requirements with your local consulate; responsibility for obtaining visas for Israel and Jordan rests with the traveler.

April 2 to September 3 Departures will feature an included baptism ceremony at Yardenit on the Jordan river (bathing robe and baptism certificate not included and payable locally)
December 20 Departure Christmas in Jerusalem.
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Transfers by private, first-class, air-conditioned motorcoach

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Buffet breakfasts daily, 6 dinners.

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Tel Aviv: Leonardo Art
Tiberias: Leonardo Tiberias
Jerusalem: Rimonim Shalom Hotel Jerusalem

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Customer Reviews

Overall Rating
4.7
Accommodations
4.2
Itinerary
5
Professional Staff
5
Repeat with Operator
4.8
Value for Money
4.5

Ratings based off 13 reviews - currently showing 7 reviews with comments only

Benjamyn Ben Ari was the best tour guide I've even had. He passed along so much info that my brain was exploding--it was wonderful! I'd recommend him for any Christian tour of the Holy Land. The hotel at the Sea of Galilee had an excellent outdoor patio/pool area right by the sea. That was an excellent way to unwind after the eventful days. Food was very good everywhere especially the first two hotels. I'd recommend hotels that have an outdoor area if at all possible. In Jerusalem it would have been nice but I'm glad it was close to sites that we could walk to on our own before it got dark. The boat ride on the Sea of Galilee and the Garden Room tour were highlights. Floating in the Dead Sea is a "wow" experience. This was a fast paced tour and that's the way I like it. We walked a lot and I loved being up close and personal to the sites we saw. It was extremely crowded when doing the Via Delarosa walk. It was a holiday and that may have been part of the reason. It made it difficult to really appreciate what we were seeing. Maybe the day to do that part could be switched when Jewish holidays occur. Then again, maybe it's always that way. I would have liked a half day to walk Jerusalem old town by the temple on my own. It was nice that our hotel was just a short walk from the Damascus Gate. I could have had an entire day on my own in Jerusalem but I didn't want to miss the trip to the Dead Sea, Mesada and Qumran.

The Tal Hotel in Tel Aviv and the Ron Beach hotel in Tiberius were AMAZING. The food was great and authentic and the location was the best. Easy walk to the Mediterranean Sea and the Sea of Galilee. The St George Hotel in Jerusalem was very good for the location. It was only minutes walk to Old Jerusalem. The food was good but not as authentic as the other two locations.

From the beginning to the end this trip was superb!! Our agent was always helpful and knowledgeable of the land we were visiting. Her responses to my questions were very timely. I'm so excited to book our next trip and will use and recommend this company here on in!! Thank you for a job well done!

Booking was easy once I got to work with Hue. The trip itself went smoothly from airport pickup to hotel check in. Our tour guide Ronie was great. We went to all the places listed. Tour is fast pace but with all the places we went to it made sense. My Dad had a great time and so did I. Only complain would be the last hotel but we had an amazing time that we can let it go.

Great experience from the beginning to the end. My travel consultant was Geraldo. He is a great and awesome guy. He was very patient with me and answered all my questions and was there anytime I needed him... I will book another tour with affordable Tours because of the Geraldo. Thank you very much Geraldo!

Accommodations was average but expected based on our budget. However, the choice of lunches could have varied a bit other than having the same type of meals everyday. Otherwise, great tour and value!

Very good & unforgettable experience!!!


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