December 19-27, 2022

Dec. 19 Monday Arrival.
Pick-up at the airport.
Hotel check-in in Tel-aviv.
Private van
Dec. 20 Tuesday6:30Hotel pick-up.
Travel to Nazareth – the Church of the Annunciation. Travel to Cana.
The Wedding in Cana Church where Jesus turned the water into wine.
Travel to Tiberias;
Capernaum – the town of Jesus.  
* The white Synagogue  
* The house of Peter the disciple.  
* The Sea of Galilee seashores.
*** Lunch at St. Peter’s Restaurant overlooking the Sea of Galilee.
Tabgha – The church of the Multiplication of the fish and loaves.
Magdala – the Synagogue from the time of Jesus. (optional) ***option: boat sailing on the Sea of Galilee.
Yardenit – the Baptismal Site on the Jordan River.
Travel to the hotel.  
Private Van
Dec. 21 Wednesday6:30Hotel pick-up.
Tel-aviv Tour.
Tour Old city of Jaffa associated with Jonah and the whale. The city built by Japheth, the 2nd son of Noah.
The Andromeda Rocks Lookout
The Wishing Bridge.
The Triumphal Arch (The monument of faith of the 3 fathers; Abraham, Isaac and Jacob).
The hanging citrus tree.
The house of Simon the Tanner, one of Jesus’ apostles.
The Jaffa Port.
Travel to Caesarea, the city built by King Herod.
The Caesarea Aqueduct
Travel to Haifa
The Bahai Gardens overlooking the City of Haifa and Haifa Port
Travel back to Tel-aviv  
Private van
Dec. 22 Thursday6:30    Pick-up at the hotel.
Travel to Qaser El Yahud the baptismal site on the Jordan River.
Travel to Jericho.
See the Sycamore tree that Zacchaeus climbed to see Jesus.
See the ruins of the walls of the old city of Jericho.
The Mount of Temptation lookout.
*** Option to ride a cable car to the top of Mount of Temptation (60 shekels)
Lunch in Jericho.
*** Option to ride on a camel.
Travel to the Dead Sea via the Judea desert.
*** option to float on the Dead Sea @ En Bokek Beach (might be too cold).
Refresh at “The Dead Sea Mall”.
Travel to the hotel.  
Private Van
Dec. 23 Friday7:00                    Hotel check-out
Travel to Jerusalem.
The Dung Gate.
The Archaeological site on the S/E wall of the Temple Mount.
The Western Wall
The Lions’ Gate overlooking the Mount of Olives.
The Bethesda Pool where Jesus healed the crippled man (if open)
The Via Dolorosa, the way of the cross.
The Holy Sepulchre Church:
* The site of the crucifixion and death of Jesus.
* The Tomb of Jesus and the site of the resurrection.
The Jewish Quarter.
The Cardo from the Byzantine Period.
The Broad Wall from King Hezekiah Period.
The Hurva Synagogue and the 7 branches golden Menorah. The Mount Zion.
Peter in Galicantu where Peter denied Jesus 3 times.
The Zion Gate.
The Dormition Abbey
The Last supper room.
The tomb of King David.
The Armenian Quarter.
The King David Citadel.
The Jaffa Gate
The Great Wall of Jerusalem.
The “I love Jerusalem” sign (optional)
Travel to Bethlehem
Hotel check-in in Bethlehem.
Private Van
Dec. 24 Saturday  7:30Hotel pick-up.
Tour Bethlehem;
The Nativity Church;   
*The star of Bethlehem   
*The Manger   
*The tomb of the innocents (if open)
The Manger Square;
The Milk Grotto
The “I Love Bethlehem” sign for quick picture taking.
The Shepherd’s Field
Hotel check-in in Bethlehem or in Jerusalem
Private Van
Dec. 25 Sunday Free dayChristmas Day in Bethlehem or in JErusalem 
Dec. 26 Monday8:00Hotel check-out (those in Bethlehem).
Travel to Jerusalem
Pick-up those in Jerusalem.
Enter the Temple Mount  
* The Al Aqsa Mosque  
* The ruins from the 2nd Temple Period  
* The Dome of the Rock (The Golden Dome)
Mount of Olives The church of Ascension – where Jesus ascended into heaven.
The Mount of Olives Lookout to Jerusalem.
The Garden of Gethsemane – where Judas betrayed Jesus. The City of David  
* See the ruins of King David’s Palace  
* See the Gihon spring mentioned in the Old Testament as one of the springs surrounding the Garden of Eden.  
* See the ruins of the Canaanite walls  
* Walk the Canaanite tunnel  
* See the Siloam Pool where Jesus healed the crippled man.
The Garden Tomb ( if time permits)
Hotel check-in in Jerusalem/Tel-aviv.
Private van
Dec. 27 Prepare for Departure
Travel to the airport
Departure
 
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