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*** Israel 9-day Holy Land Tour ***

Israel is a land and a people. The history of the Jewish people, and its roots in the Land of Israel, spans some 35 centuries. In this land, its cultural, national and religious identity was formed; here, its physical presence has been maintained unbroken throughout the centuries, even after the majority was forced into exile. With the establishment of the State of Israel in 1948, Jewish independence, lost almost 2,000 years earlier, was renewed.


Location:
Israel is located in the Middle East, along the eastern coastline of the Mediterranean Sea, bordered by Lebanon, Syria, Jordan and Egypt. It lies at the junction of three continents: Europe, Asia and Africa.


Climate:
Israel's climate is characterized by much sunshine, with a rainy season from November to April. Total annual precipitation ranges from 20-30 inches (50-70 cm.) in the north to about an inch (2.5 cm.) in the far south. Regional climatic conditions vary considerably: hot, humid summers and mild, wet winters on the coastal plain; dry, warm summers and moderately cold winters, with rain and occasional light snow, in the hill regions; hot, dry summers and pleasant winters in the Jordan Valley; and semi-arid conditions, with warm to hot days and cool nights, in the south.


Population:
Israel is a country of immigrants. Since its inception in 1948, Israel's population has grown almost ten-fold. Its 7.4 million inhabitants comprise a mosaic of people with varied ethnic backgrounds, lifestyles, religions, cultures and traditions. Today Jews comprise some 75.6% of the country・s population, while the country・s non-Jewish citizens, mostly Arabs, number about 24.2%.


Main Cities:
Jerusalem, Israel's capital (population 747,600), has stood at the center of the Jewish people's national and spiritual life since King David made it the capital of his kingdom some 3000 years ago. Today it is a flourishing, vibrant metropolis, the seat of the government and Israel・s largest city. Tel Aviv-Yafo (population 390,100), which was founded in 1909 as the first Jewish city in modern times, is today the center of the country・s industrial, commercial, financial and cultural life. Haifa (population 264,900), a known coastal town since ancient times, is a major Mediterranean port and the industrial and commercial center of northern Israel.

Tours Highlights:
• Tour Israel the Land of Milk and Honey; experience God's country first hand by visiting famous historical, archaeological and holy sites.
• See the bible come to life in front of your eyes- experience Israel in a unique way you will never forget.
• Special tour to the Western Wall.
• Visit Qumran and swim in the Dead Sea.


  Departure - U.S.A
 
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  Welcome to Israel
Arrival at Ben Gurion Airport where we will be met and assisted by our airport representative. At the arrival hall meet your tour guide and bus driver and the journey of your lifetime is about to begin. Drive to Tel Aviv for one night at the Dan Panorama Hotel, opposite the Mediterranean Sea. After Dinner the remainder of the day is free to walk along the Mediterranean and relax.
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Hotel: Tel Aviv (Dan Panorama Hotel or similar)
  Caesarea/Mt Carmel/Nazareth
After breakfast, drive to Caesarea; visit Roman amphitheater, the Crusader City, Mt Carmel, Nazareth; the town where Jesus spent his childhood. Basilica of the Annunciation, the Holy Grotto, Saint Joseph's workshop and the ancient Jewish-Christian purifying bath. Synagogue Church, Mary's Well.
Breakfast: Hotel Lunch: Local restaurant Dinner: Hotel
Hotel: Sea of Galilee
  Cana/Sea of Galilee/Mount of Beatitudes
After breakfast, visit Cana of Galilee and boat ride on Sea of Galilee, known to Israelis as Lake Kinneret, is only 13 miles by 7 miles, but is one of the most well-known bodies of water in the world. It was on these beautiful shores that Jesus delivered sermons and performed miracles. Also visit ancient synagogue in Capernaum, home to at least five of the twelve disciples. Saint Peter's House, the Holy Ark Relief, the Mensa Christi and Church of Multiplication, Tabgha & Mount of Beatitudes, the Church of the Beatitudes is said to be where the Sermon of the Mount was preached. Banias - Caesarea Philippi, Yardenit.
Breakfast: Hotel Lunch: Local restaurant Dinner: Hotel
Hotel: Sea of Galilee
  Mt. Tabor/The Basilica of Transfiguration
Toady you will visit Mt. Tabor, which rises out of the Jezreel plain 21km/13mi northeast of Afula, is frequently mentioned in the Old Testament and is believed to have been the scene of Christ's Transfiguration. Also visit Megiddo - Place of Armageddon, Via Jordan Valley, the Judean Wilderness and Jericho. See the Mount of Temptation, the ancient Tel Jericho and city walls, Zacheus' tree and Elisha's spring.
Breakfast: Hotel Lunch: Local restaurant Dinner: Hotel
Hotel: Jerusalem
  Jerusalem/Garden of Gethsemane
Start the day by ascending Mt. Of Olives, to have a panoramic view over Jerusalem. Also for a view of the Old City of Jerusalem, Dominus Flevit Church. Garden of Gethsemane, Western Wall, view the Temple Mount, Mount Zion; Last Supper and King David's Tomb. Dormition Abbey, where our Lady has fell ill and died. And the Church of St. Peter in Gallicantu, it・s the site of denial of Jesus by Peter for 3 times.
Breakfast: Hotel Lunch: Local restaurant Dinner: Hotel
Hotel: Jerusalem
  Qumran/Dead Sea
We continue to the lowest place on earth- the Dead Sea (Remember to bring your hats, swim suits and suntan lotion with you!), as you descend to the lowest point on the surface of the earth at 1305 feet (398m) below sea level. One of our stops will be Qumran, site of the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls and an ancient Essene community. Proceed to the hotel for check in to enjoy free afternoon at leisure at the Dead Sea and our hotel・s Spa. Spa treatments are available.
Breakfast: Hotel Lunch: Local restaurant Dinner: Hotel
Hotel: Dead Sea
  Bethlehem, Via Dolorosa/Church of the Holy Sepulchre
Today you will visit Pool of Bethesda & Via Dolorosa, the route that Jesus took between his condemnation by Pilate and his crucifixion and burial. The Via Dolorosa pilgrimage is followed by Christians of many denominations, but especially Catholics and Orthodox. After that visit Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Bethlehem, & Church of Nativity. After finish all the tours, enjoy farewell dinner on the way to airport. After dinner, drive to Ben-Gurion airport for your return flight home.
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  Arrival in the U.S.A
Arrive home today and start planning your next trip to the Holy Land.  
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*** We reserve the right to alter or cancel the itinerary and exchange hotel. ***
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