||Dec 23rd, 2013
|After arriving at Tel Aviv International Airport (Ben Gurion Airport) Transfer to the Dan Hotel Jerusalem, dinner & overnight at the hotel
||Dec 24th, 2013
|09:00 AM - After breakfast at the hotel, our guide will meet you at the front office & our tour will start! We drive down from Jerusalem to the deepest point on earth – The Dead Sea. We stop to visit the Good Samaritan's Inn on the road to Jericho.
We will also visit Qumran, the place where the famous Dead Sea Scrolls were found, and learn about the beliefs of the Jews at the time of Jesus. We will not miss a float in the healthy and special waters of the Dead Sea, continue to explore Jericho, where we shall see the Sycamore Tree, on which tradition says that Zacchaeus the Tax-collector climbed in order to see The Lord, and Elisha's spring.
A modern cable-car will take us up to the Mount of Temptation, where the monks built their monastery hanging from a cliff, on the spot where Jesus was tempted by the Devil. Afternoon return to the Dan Hotel, Jerusalem for dinner and some rest before driving to Bethlehem to celebrate the Christmas evening!
At 20:00 PM our driver will transfer you to Bethlehem where you can view the Charismas mass at huge screens. At around 02:00 AM, our driver will transfer you back to the Dan Hotel, Jerusalem.
||Dec 25th, 2013
|Pick up from the Dan Hotel at 10:00 AM & drive to the picturesque village Ein Karim, the place where John the Baptist was born. We will visit the "St. John in the Mountains" church, built on the place where the house of St. John was standing.
We will also visit the Church of Visitation, where St. Mary visited Elisabeth out in the vineyard, and prophecized her the birth of St. John, continue to explore the New city where we visit Yad Vashem, the memorial of the holocaust, and then the famous "Menorah" (Candelabra) located in front of the "Knesset"-Building, housing Israel's Parliament.
At the "Israel Museum" we visit the Model of Jerusalem in the Second Temple Period. This is a 1:50 scale model of the city, as it was during one of its most important periods, when Judaism and Christianity, as we know them today, started to evolve.
The model is built from the original materials, and is updated according to the most recent archaeological researches. We will also visit the "Shrine of the Book", where the "Dead Sea Scrolls" are exhibited.
||Dec 26th, 2013
|10:00 AM, drive to Bethlehem, visit the ancient Church of the Nativity, where we can really touch the very place where Jesus was born. Built by St. Helena already in the 4th century, it has been an active church and never destroyed ever since! Here St. Heronymus wrote the first Latin translation of the Bible – the "Volgata".
We shall also visit the "Shepherds Fields", continue to Jerusalem, we start with an introduction to the city from the top of The Mount of Olives, and then walk down to the Garden of Gethsemane. We also visit the "Wailing Wall", the last remnants of the Temple in Jerusalem. If the current situation allows it, we will try to visit the Temple Mount as well.
We continue in the footsteps of Jesus along the Stations of the Via Dolorosa, Jesus' "Way of Suffering", and unto the Church of the Holy Sepulcure, where Jesus was crucified and buried, dinner & overnight at Dan Hotel, Jerusalem.
||Dec 27th, 2013
|After early breakfast, drive along the Jordan valley to Nazareth, begin the day with a walking tour of Nazareth including the Church of Annunciation, The old city and the Market (suq), on the way from Nazareth we will pass through Kana and Continue to Capernaum for a visit to Peter's House.
Then and if the time permits, we will go to visit the Church on the Mt. of Beatitudes, where the Sermon on the Mount took place, Tabhga, the Church of the Primacy and the Church of the Multiplication, evening back to your hotel in Jerusalem.
||Dec 28th, 2013
|Check out from the hotel (latest check out time 12;00) & transfer to Ben Gurion International Airport or Allenby bridge.
Package Rate is 995 US$ per person sharing double / twin room, Single room supplement 370 US$.
Return transfer TLV Airport – Jerusalem – TLV airport or Allenby Bridge – Jerusalem – Allenby bridge (minimum 2 pax sharing each transfer otherwise 110 US$ supplement applies).
Israeli licensed tour guide for 4 days.
Map of Israel & hat.
Transportation AP itinerary by luxuries tourism Van / Minibus / Bus.
Accommodation at the Dan Jerusalem Hotel on HB basis – 5 nights.
Entrance fees AP itinerary.
Border taxes for those crossing at Allenby.
Visa for restricted nationalities.
Any item not listed as included.