Journey Through Israel & the Palestinian Territories
Welcome to Israel and the Palestinian Territories a destination laden with overlapping tales, this short trip mines the seams of the past. From Roman Caesarea and the Crusader port of Acre to religious sites in Nazareth, Bethlehem, Jerusalem and Jericho, this itinerary unveils the layers of mystery from the history of the Holy Land.
Travel Dates: From 16/06/2019 to 05/12/2020
Duration: 7 days
- Take a week to explore the modern and ancient sides of Israel with a passionate and extremely knowledgeable local leader
Discover for yourself some of the most famous religious sites in the world: the location of the Miracle of the Multiplication of the Loaves and Fishes, the Church of the Annunciation in Nazareth, the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem, and walk the ‘Way of the Cross’ in Jerusalem
Experience the contrasts between the modern, cosmopolitan city of Tel Aviv while exploring its nightlife, and the reverential atmosphere of Jerusalem while taking in the panoramic view from atop the Mount of Olives
Taste the flavours of Israel, sampling local fare and dining on musakkhan (roasted chicken with onions, sumac, and olive oil on flat bread) and delicious yogurt salad
Spend a night in Bethlehem; our Feature Stay Guesthouse is located in an ancient building renovated in a contemporary style that blends perfectly in the local environment
- Enjoy a meal in the renowned Fawda Café which provides locally sourced Palestinian cuisine
Breakfasts Included: 6
Lunches Included: 2
Dinners Included: 1
Comfortable hotel (5 nights) Guesthouse Feature Stay (1 night)
Group Size: 1 - 12
Akko - Templar Tunnels
Bahai Gardens - view & photo stop only
Bethlehem - Church of the Nativity & Shepherds' Field
Caesarea - Guided Visit
Jerusalem - Garden of Gethsemane & Basilica of the Agony
Jerusalem - Holy Sepulchre
Jerusalem - Mount of Olives
Jerusalem - traditional Musakkhan dinner
Jerusalem - Walk the Via Dolorosa
Jerusalem - Western Wall (Wailing Wall)
Jerusalem - Yad Vashem Museum
Masada - Dead Sea & Fortress visit
Nazareth - Visit to Church of Annuniciation & Mary's Well
Qumran - Archaeological site visit
Tel Aviv - Traditional Druze Lunch
Tiberias - Church of the Multiplication
Tiberias - Sea of Galilee boat ride
Tiberias - traditional St Peter's Fish lunch
Welcome to Jerusalem, a city awash with ancient history and holy sites. You will be met at the airport by a Peregrine representative and transferred to the hotel (approximately 1 hour). There will be a welcome meeting at 6.00pm please check with reception for your welcome note. After this meeting your leader and group at the welcome meeting, head out for dinner with your fellow travellers. A short walk brings you to a local restaurant in the Old City. Here you'll dine on musakkhan, a classic Palestinian dish of roasted chicken with onions, sumac and olive oil on whole wheat flat bread, traditionally accompanied by a yogurt salad.
Meet your leader for a morning walk to St Stephen’s Gate (also known as Lion’s Gate) to enter the Old City, and visit the crusader church of St Anne and the Pool of Bethesda. Now located in the Muslim Quarter of Jerusalem, this pool was mentioned in the Gospel of John and is associated with healing. Walk along the Way of the Cross (Via Dolorosa) – the 'way of sorrows' which follows Jesus’ path to crucifixion – and stop by the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, built where Jesus is believed to have been crucified and buried before rising again. Walk along the ‘Cardo’ in the recently restored Jewish Quarter, which was a road that ran the entire length of the city in Byzantine times. Visit the Wailing Wall – the remains of the Temple Mount, which acts as an outdoor synagogue, where written prayers are slid into the cracks between stones. The rest of the afternoon is free for you to wander around the city at your leisure.
Bound for Masada, drive via the biblical town of Ma'aleh Adumim and the Inn of the Good Samaritan in the Judean Desert. The Inn of the Good Samaritan is a museum located near the site of the inn mentioned in the New Testament's parable of the Good Samaritan, and it displays mosaics and artefacts discovered throughout Israel. In Masada you will take a cable car to discover the spectacular cliff-top fortress of Masada, built by King Herod around 35BC. This UNESCO site is very important to the Jewish people, a symbol of their exile from the Holy Land and of bravery and self sacrifice. Afterwards, drive to an archaeological site on the West Bank, about a mile from the north shore of the Dead Sea. Major discoveries have been made here in Qumran, not the least of which is the Dead Sea Scrolls. Here you will also have a chance to float in the extremely salty and buoyant Dead Sea. Continue up the shore to the town of Jericho. Discover this slow-paced town in the West Bank, where people have lived for 11,000 years. On a drive around the city see the Mount of Temptations (where Jesus was tempted by the devil) and a Sycamore Tree mentioned only in the Gospel of Luke. Return to Jerusalem for your final night.
In the morning, drive out to visit the Garden of Gethsemane, most famous as the place where Jesus prayed and his disciples slept the night before Jesus' crucifixion. See the Church of All Nations (also known as the Basilica of the Agony), which holds inside a section of bedrock where Jesus is said to have prayed before his arrest. Continue to Yad Vashem for a sobering and moving visit to Israel’s memorial to the victims of the Holocaust. Our local leaders are not permitted to guide in this museum, so you will have a tour with a local guide which will take approximately 2–3 hours. Even the non-religious have no doubt heard of Bethlehem, even if it’s just through Christmas Nativity plays. Visit the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem, marking the spot of the stable where Mary is said to have given birth to Jesus, and the Shepherds’ Fields in Beit Sahour just a couple of kilometres east of the city. This area has been identified as the scene where angels visited the lowly shepherds and informed them of Jesus’ birth. The Roman Catholics and the Greek Orthodox each have their own Shepherds’ Field. The Roman Catholic site features a Franciscan Chapel designed to resemble the shepherds’ tent, while the Greek Orthodox site features a 5th-century church built over a cave.
Travel to Tiberias and take a boat ride across the Sea of Galilee (weather permitting), and afterwards visit Tabgha. This is where the Bible says Jesus performed the Miracle of the Multiplication of the Loaves and Fishes, one of the only miracles that’s in all the gospels. Here you can see the church and its ancient mosaics that were built to mark the spot of the miracle. A short way up the lakeshore is Capernaum; see the ruins of this old fishing town, the site of two ancient synagogues and a church said to have been the home of Saint Peter. Here you will have the traditional St Peter’s Fish lunch. The name 'St Peter's Fish' comes from a story in the Gospel of Matthew about the apostle Peter catching a fish that carried a coin in its mouth. Also visit the Church of the Annunciation, where Mary received the news of the Immaculate Conception, along with the well where she drew water every day. Continue to Nazareth, the hometown of Jesus, where you’ll have the evening at your leisure.
6 Tel Aviv
Today as you make your way to Tel Aviv, stop at the former crusader port and capital of Acre. Here you’ll visit the vast complex of buildings occupied by the Knights of St John (Knights Hospitaller), excavated to uncover rooms such as a large hall, a dungeon, a dining room and the crypt of an ancient Gothic church. You will also see the secret tunnel of their rivals, the Knights Templar – an underground passage between their fortresses. Continue through Haifa where you’ll view the Bahai Gardens on Mount Carmel Mountains (a memorial and shrine to the Bahai faith) and look out across the Mediterranean Sea. Stop for a farewell lunch with your leader and driver at a Druze restaurant, then visit Caesarea, which served as the capital of Israel during the Roman and Byzantine eras. This was once a great port town built by King Herod around 25BC, complete with a theatre, amphitheatre, hippodrome, palace, Roman temple and an extensive network of aqueducts, along with an artificial harbour. The city was eventually abandoned and lost under the desert sands, but thanks to archaeological excavations since the 1950s, its splendour is on show once again. Arrive in Tel Aviv for the night where your leader will bid you farewell.
7 Tel Aviv
Your journey through Israel & the Palestinian Territories comes to an end today after breakfast and you are free to leave at any time. If you are interested in seeing more of the area, why not join one of our tours that continues through to Jordan, or spend more time to explore the cosmopolitan city of Tel Aviv.
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