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February 14, 2023
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9 Days
Jerusalem
Tel Aviv
Max People : 25
Tour Details - Interfaith Israel Tour

Join us on an unforgettable 9-day Interfaith Israel Tour, designed to showcase the rich cultural and religious history of the Holy Land. Our itinerary combines Jewish and Christian sites of significance, offering a unique and enriching experience for visitors of all backgrounds. Highlights of the tour include visits to iconic landmarks, guided tours of ancient cities, and opportunities for spiritual reflection. Whether you are a devout believer or simply curious about the history and culture of Israel, this tour is sure to be an amazing and enriching experience.

Interfaith Highlights Tour - Itinerary

Tuesday, Day 1:Arrival in Jerusalem

Welcome to Israel! After arriving at Ben Gurion Airport, you will be greeted by a representative from Shalom Journeys who then accompany you to your transfer vehicle and driver.

After checking in at our hotel in Jerusalem, you will have the evening to rest and settle in. Enjoy your first evening in this historic and vibrant city.

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Wednesday, Day 2:Exploring Jerusalem and the Old City

Start your day with breakfast at the hotel, then get ready to explore some of the most iconic and significant sites in Jerusalem and the Old City.

  • Mount of Olives: Located on the east side of the Old City, this mountain offers a panoramic view of the city and the Golden Gates. At its base is an urban garden where Jesus prayed frequently before his crucifixion.

  • Upper Room and David’s Tomb at Mt. Zion: Also known as the “Room of the Last Supper,” this site is believed to be where Jesus had his final Passover meal before his arrest.

  • Jewish Quarter: Located in the southeast sector of the Old City, this area stretches from the Zion Gate to the Western Wall and Temple Mount. It was reconstructed after the Six-Day War in 1967 and features the “Cardo,” an ancient Roman thoroughfare with a marketplace lined with columns.

  • Western Wall: Also known as the “Kotel” or “Wailing Wall,” this is the last remaining structure from the destroyed temple and is considered the holiest site for Jews.

  • Via Dolorosa: The “Stations of the Cross,” marking the path Jesus took to his crucifixion. Today, it is home to colorful bazaars and merchants.

  • Church of the Holy Sepulchre: Many Christians believe this is the site of Golgotha, where Jesus was crucified and later resurrected.

In the afternoon and evening, we’ll return to our hotel for some relaxation and downtime.

Overnight in Jerusalem.

Thursday, Day 3:Exploring the New City of Jerusalem

Start your day with another delicious breakfast at the hotel, then get ready to explore some of the highlights of the New City of Jerusalem.

  • Israel Museum: Visit the Shrine of the Book, where the Dead Sea Scrolls are housed and preserved. You can also see a scale model of the Old City of Jerusalem at the height of the 2nd Temple era.

  • Knesset: Israel’s parliament, which officially opened in 1950 but has functioned since the country’s creation in 1948 in various locations in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem.

  • Mt. Hertzel: A cemetery for fallen soldiers, leaders, and Prime Ministers of Israel.

  • Yad Vashem: A memorial museum commemorating the six million Jews who died in the concentration camps during the Holocaust.

  • Mea Shearim: An ultra-Orthodox neighborhood in the heart of Jerusalem, known for its unique culture and lifestyle, as well as its Judaica shops and restaurants.

In the afternoon and evening, we’ll head to an authentic restaurant for dinner (included), followed by a Sound and Light show at the Tower of David Museum.

Overnight in Jerusalem.

Friday, Day 4:Masada and the Dead Sea area

After an early breakfast at the hotel, we’ll head south towards the Dead Sea. As we approach the shores of the Dead Sea, we’ll begin our descent to the lowest point on Earth, at a depth of 1305 feet (398 meters) below sea level.

Our visits in the Dead Sea region will include:

  • Qumran: The site where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered by a young shepherd boy.

  • Masada: Take a cable car up to the mountaintop plateau of Masada, where the last stronghold of the Jewish Zealots held out against the Romans for three years. They ultimately chose to die as free men rather than be captured and subjected to Roman slavery and torture.

  • Dead Sea: Float on the Dead Sea, known for its high salt content (11-13%) and other natural ingredients. Weather permitting, we’ll also cover ourselves in mud from the Dead Sea.

In the afternoon and evening, we’ll drive to Tel Aviv and check in to our hotel.

Overnight in Tel Aviv.

Saturday, Day 5:Tel Aviv at leisure

Start your day with breakfast at the hotel, then enjoy a leisurely Saturday (also known as Shabbat) with no planned activities. You can spend the day exploring Tel Aviv on your own or simply relax at the hotel.

In the afternoon and evening, you’ll have the evening at leisure to do as you please.

Overnight in Tel Aviv.

Sunday, Day 6:Caesarea, Megiddo, Druze Village and Haifa

After breakfast at the hotel, check out and begin your drive north along the Mediterranean Sea towards Haifa. Along the way, we’ll visit:

  • Caesarea: A city built by Herod and once the capital of Judea. It is mentioned in several Christian scriptures (New Testament) as the place where Paul embarked on his journey to Tarsus, where Cornelius and his family (the first Gentile believers) lived, and where Philip preached. Explore the restored Roman amphitheater, with its excellent acoustics and theater sound, and walk through the excavated fortress to see the aqueduct that once supplied water to the city.

  • Megiddo: One of King Solomon’s walled, fortified cities, with the ruins of 20 levels of civilization, including a well-preserved water supply system. From here, you can see the Plains of Jezreel and learn about the final Battle of Armageddon mentioned in the Books of Daniel and Revelation.

  • Druze Village: Daliat-el-Carmel, a Druze village on the outskirts of Mt. Carmel. We’ll stop for lunch at a local restaurant.

  • Haifa: Ascend Mt. Carmel for a panoramic view of Haifa Bay and the Botanical Gardens below. This is the site where Elijah fought the 400 false prophets of Baal.

In the afternoon and evening, we’ll drive through the hills of the Galilee to our kibbutz guest house in the Upper Galilee for check-in. Dinner will be at our hotel.

Overnight in the Galilee.

Monday, Day 7:Safed, the Golan Heights and Winery

After breakfast at the hotel, we’ll visit:

  • Safed (also known as Tzfat): Considered one of the Four Holy cities, Safed is the birthplace of Kabala and located at an elevation of 900 meters (2,953 ft). It experiences warm summers and cold, snowy winters, and is built with narrow winding alleys. In Safed, we’ll visit the Joseph Caro and Ari synagogues, the most important synagogues in the city, and explore the artist’s quarter with its creative workshops and galleries.

  • Golan Heights: We’ll visit former Syrian bunkers, the destroyed Syrian city of Kuneitra, the Israeli town of Katzrin, and the Golan Heights Winery for a tour and wine tasting. We’ll also see a multimedia presentation of the area and its history at Golan Magic.

In the afternoon and evening, we’ll return to our hotel for a relaxing dinner.

Overnight in the Galilee.

Tuesday, Day 8:Sea of Galilee, Nazareth and journey to Tel Aviv

After breakfast at the hotel, check out and visit:

  • Nazareth: The boyhood home of Jesus, where we’ll visit the Grotto of the Annunciation and the Church of St. Joseph, believed to be located over the traditional site where Mary and Joseph lived. We’ll also see the ancient City Well, thought to be the site where the Angel Gabriel appeared to Mary.

  • Capernaum: The center of Jesus’s Galilean ministry and the site of many of his miracles. We’ll visit the remains of the 2nd century synagogue (octagonal Church of St. Peter).

  • Mount of Beatitudes: The location where Jesus delivered the famous Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5).

  • Beit Shean: An ongoing archaeological dig with remains including an amphitheater, colonnaded Roman streets, mosaics, and Roman bathhouses.

  • Beit Alpha: The remains of the mosaic floor of an ancient synagogue depicting the zodiac.

  • Jordan Valley: A dessert that blooms with flowers and vegetation, as prophesied by Isaiah in chapter 35:1-2.

In the afternoon and evening, we’ll drive to Tel Aviv and check in to our hotel.

Overnight in Tel Aviv.

Wednesday, Day 9:Tel Aviv and Ben Gurion Airport

After breakfast, we’ll transfer to Ben Gurion Airport for your departure home.

 
Tour Includes

9 days/8 nights accommodations

  • 3 nights in Jerusalem
  • 2 nights in Tel Aviv
  • 2 nights in the Galilee
  • 1 night in Tel Aviv
  • Hotel taxes and service charges

Tours and guiding

  • Touring in a Deluxe vehicle/motor-coach with a professional licensed driver
  • A professional government licensed English speaking guide – hand picked
  • Entrance fees to all sites and parks

Meet, assist and transfers

  • Meet and assist at Ben Gurion Airport, immediately after passport control
  • Transfers on arrivals and departures from and to Ben Gurion Airport

Meals included

  • Israeli style buffet breakfast daily
  • 2 dinners in the Galilee
  • 1 dinner at an authentic restaurant in Jerusalem
  • 1 Druze lunch

More included

  • Trips Israel host/hostess at Ben Gurion Airport
  • Sound and Light show at the Tower of David Museum
  • Nazareth
  • Western Wall – Kotel
  • Portfolio of travel documents
  • Maps, pens and luggage tags

Not included

  • International airfare
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips to guide and driver
  • lunch daily
Interfaith Israel Tour Highlights - Hotels

Deluxe Hotels - 5 starsDeluxe Hotels - 5 stars

The Dan Hotel – Tel Aviv

 

Kibbutz Lavi Hotel – Hadar Rooms – Galilee

 

King David Hotel – Jerusalem

Superior + Hotels - 4.5 starsSuperior + Hotels - 4.5 stars

Renaissance Hotel – Tel Aviv

 

Kibbutz Lavi Hotel – Eden Wing Rooms – Galilee

 

Orient Hotel – Jerusalem

Superior Hotels - 4 stars

Dan Panorama Hotel – Tel Aviv

 

Kibbutz Lavi Hotel – Eden Rooms – Galilee

 

Dan Panorama Hotel – Jerusalem

Moderate Hotels - 3.5 stars

Prima City Hotel – Tel Aviv

 

Kibbutz Lavi Hotel – Eden Rooms – Galilee

 

Prima Kings Hotel – Jerusalem

Highlights

Tel Aviv and surrounding area

  • Tel Aviv

Jerusalem – New City

  • Yad Vashem
  • Israel Museum
  • Knesset – Israel’s Parliament
  • Mt. Hertzel
  • Mea Sheharim
  • Mount of Olives
  • Mount Zion: Tomb of King David, Upper Room

Dead Sea and surrounding regions

  • Qumran
  • Masada
  • Dead Sea swim facility

Bethlehem

  • Church of the Nativity
  • Rachel’s Tomb

Galilee and surrounding regions

  • Safed
  • Golan Heights (former Syrian bunkers, Kuneitra and the new Israeli town of Katzrin)
  • Nazareth
  • Mount of the Beatitudes
  • Capernaum
  • Beit Shean
  • Beit Alpha

Jerusalem – Old City

  • Christian Quarter in the Old City of Jerusalem
  • Via Dolorosa
  • Church of the Holy Seplechre
  • Jewish Quarter of the Old City
  • Herodian
  • Kotel – Western Wall
  • and much more….
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