Tang family trip to Israel
Jaffa and Tel-Aviv
This day starts with us taking a walk through the Old City of Jaffa, located by the ancient and famous harbor. Jaffa is famous for its association with the biblical stories of Jonah, Solomon and Peter. As we walk the winding streets, we will approach the amazing lookout over the seashore of Tel Aviv, stroll the galleries and visit the impressive churches, synagogues, and mosques.
overnight- Tel Aviv
Explore Nazareth and Cana
The second day of tour is a full day in Nazareth and Cana.
We will visit the Greek Orthodox Church of the Annunciation, followed by a short walk through the quaint Nazareth Market. We will visit the Synagogue where Jesus preached and was rejected by the locals. We’ll sit down with a local shopkeeper who will demonstrate Middle Eastern traditions and cultures through word and song. After crossing the market we will visit the breathtaking Catholic church of Annunciation where we’ll enjoy the unique architecture and the archeological excavations. In the afternoon we will go to Nazareth Village, an incredible outdoor museum that depicts life in Nazareth at the time of Jesus. We will conclude the day in Cana- the site of Jesus’s first miracle.
Along the coast
Depart from Tel-Aviv and head to the ancient city of Caesarea, built by Herod the Great in honor of Augustus Caesar. We will visit the site of Paul's imprisonment, the Roman theatre, aqueducts, and the hippodrome. All serve as a backdrop for the events chronicled in the Book of Acts. We will also visit Mount Carmel and Haifa juts, a city known for the beauty and symmetry of the majestic Bahá'í Gardens- one of the main worship site for followers of the Bahá'í religion worldwide, as well as its example as a beacon of religious pluralism.
Further north still, Acre sprawls out by the shore, its bustling bazaar swirling with the smells of spices and fresh fish, built atop the former Crusader stronghold that centuries later would be the last barrier stopping Napoleon from achieving his goal of conquest. In Acre, we will visit the market, the underground Crusader Halls and the El - Jazar Mosque - one of the largest in Israel.
The Holy City of Jerusalem
We will visit the must-see sites such as the Western Wall and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, but we will also discover the modern, small moments of humanity that represent the Old City in the present day, such as the small coffee shops only locals would know. The tour will include visits to all four quarters of the Old City: Muslim, Christian, Jewish, and Armenian, each unique from the other in its content and feel.
Explore The Sea of Galilee
We will depart from Nazareth and drive through Tiberias on the shores of the Sea of Galilee. We will visit Capernaum, the site of Jesus' teachings and hometown and Tabgha, the believed site of the miracle of the loaves and fish, and the site of a modern church built on the remains of a fourth-century church. We will also visit the Mount of Beatitudes, the traditional site of Jesus' ‘Sermon on the Mount', overlooking the Sea of Galilee. Lastly, we will enjoy a beautiful boat tour on the Sea of Galilee.
Along the Jordan Valley
After checking out from the hotel we will head down to the baptismal site on the Jordan River. From there, we will continue our drive through Beit Shean National Park, one of Israel's largest archaeological sites with its ancient archaeological mound and ongoing excavations exposing the vast Roman-Byzantine city. We will continue south along the Jordan Rift Valley and ascend to Jerusalem through the Judean Desert. Just before arriving in Jerusalem, we will stop by the magnificent St. George monastery.
The Ancient City of Jerusalem
This day will be dedicated to the ancient sites of Jerusalem. We will visit the City of David, which is the historic core of the city, Davidson’s excavation site with its first-century remnants, and the ‘Herodian quarter’, which allows a glimpse into Jerusalem of the time of Jesus.
Explore Beathleam and Mount of Olives
We will begin the day with a drive to the beautiful Mount of Olives to behold the breathtaking panorama of the Holy City. Then we descend to Gethsemane with its ancient olive grove and where tradition holds that Jesus prayed prior to his arrest and crucifixion. Afterward, we will visit Bethlehem for an afternoon tour at the church of the Nativity.
Heading to the desert
In the early morning we will head to Dead Sea Basin where we will visit Qumran to explore the area where the Dead Sea scrolls were stored for 2000 years. We’ll drive to Masada and ascend this wilderness mountain fortress in a cable car; we will walk through the remains of the palace, water cisterns and fortifications built by King Herod and hear about the Zealots who lived here until the bitter end. We will conclude the day at the Dead Sea.
More of Jerusalem
In the morning we will visit the Mount Zion area, which includes the traditional site of the last supper, the tomb of King David and the house of Caiaphas, the high priest. For the second half of the day, we will head to the Israel Museum to visit the model of Jerusalem in the time of Jesus and the Shrine of the Book.
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