Half Day Tour – Jerusalem New City – Jewish Emphasis
Begin the day with a drive through the heart of Western Jerusalem where you will see the Knesset (Israel’s parliament), the Supreme Court, the offices of the various government ministries, the Israel Museum with the Shrine of the Book and the Hebrew University at Givat Ram. Visit the world-famous Chagall Windows at the Hadassah Hospital synagogue in Ein Kerem. After that, take a walk on Mt. Herzl to see the tombs of Theodore Herzl, Yitzhak Rabin, Golda Meir and others. Drive past the Mahane Yehuda market to the Street of the Prophets. Walk along Ethiopia St. and see the house where Eliezer Ben Yehuda, the “father of modern Hebrew” lived and continue on to the old-world setting of Mea Shearim.
Half-Day Tour – Jerusalem New City – Christian Emphasis
Start the tour with a visit to the charming village of Ein Kerem, the birthplace of St. John the Baptist. Visit the Church of St. John and the Virgin’s Well. Drive to the 11th century Georgian Monastery of the Cross in the Valley of the Cross just below the Knesset and the Israel Museum. Continue on to the Street of the Prophets where we will walk past the historic Tabor House and down Ethiopia Street to see the unusual Ethiopian Orthodox Church in the round. From there, we cross over to the Russian Compound with its famous pilgrim facilities and cathedral. End by driving past what is called “the most beautiful YMCA in the world”, just across from the famous King David Hotel.
Half-Day Jerusalem Old City – Catholic/Orthodox Emphasis
Begin by driving to the top of the Mount of Olives for a spectacular view of Jerusalem’s Old City and the Kidron Valley. From this vantage point, the Temple Mount with its golden Dome of the Rock dominates our view. It was on this spot that the Second Temple stood during the time of Jesus. Our next stop is the Garden of Gethsemane and the Church of All Nations. We enter the Old City via St. Stephen’s Gate and come soon to the first of the Stations of the Cross on the Via Dolorosa. We trace the footsteps of Jesus all the way to the Holy Sepulcher Church, the spot on which Jesus was crucified, buried and rose from the dead. After our visit, we exit the Old City and return to our hotel.
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One day – Jerusalem – old and modern
For Jewish Tourists
We will start our tour with an amazing panoramic view of the Temple Mount from Mount of Olives including overview of Valley of Kidron and tombstones from the Second Temple era. Then visit Mt. Zion and tomb of King David, enter the Old City through the Zion Gate and walk through the Jewish Quarter, the Crusader shops, the Byzantine Cardo. Visit the Herodian house and the Burnt house and from there on to the Western Wall where we explore the tunnel or the southern excavation at the Davidson center.
Travel through the neighborhoods of early and modern Jerusalem, pass by the Knesset, the Supreme Court and the Government offices and visit Yad Vashem – Holocaust Museum. End the day in the hustle and bustle of the Mahaneh Yehuda market
We will start our tour with an amazing panoramic view of the Temple Mount from Mount of Olives, where Jesus overlooked the city two thousand years ago. Then to the garden of Gethsemane, where he was betrayed by Judas. Enter the Old City to visit the holy site for the Jews, the Western Wall, where Jews over the centuries have wept for the Temple which was destroyed by the Romans. Continue to the Via Dolorosa, the way of the Cross, ending at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, where according to the tradition Jesus was crucified. Continue along the main Byzantine street, the Cardo, and exit the Old City through the Zion Gate. Visit the traditional site of the Tomb of King David, the Room of the Last Supper and the Dormition abbey. Continue to the modern city to visit Yad Vashem, the Holocaust Museum, then to the village Ein Karem where John the Baptist was born.
One day – Northern coast
Drive along the Mediterranean Sea to the ancient city of Caesarea.
We will visit the magnificent Herodian port and sit in the restored Roman theatre. Then visit Haifa with visit and overview of Bahai Gardens, the Haifa Bay and Western Galilee. Next, on to the Crusader port of Acco.