5 Day Christian Essentials Package
Day 1 - The Holy Week
Welcome to Israel! Today you will explore the final week prior to Jesus’ crucifixion. You will begin at the Mount of Olives. Despairing of corruption in Jerusalem, Jesus instead camped out on the mount, then just outside the city. You will see where Jesus wept over the wickedness of the people, where He taught the Lord’s prayer, where He was betrayed and arrested, where He ascended to heaven 40 days after the resurrection, and His mother’s tomb.
Entering the walls of the Old City, you will continue to the site of the trial by Pontius Pilate, and see the Stations of the Cross leading to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher where Jesus was crucified, buried, and from which he arose.
Day 2 - Bringing the Bible to Life
This morning you will tour the Jewish quarter of the Old City of Jerusalem. You will see the Tower of David, the Arab markets, the tomb of King David, the broad wall built by King Hezekiah as described by the prophet Isaiah, the room of the Last Supper, the Roman marketplace and the Western Wall.
Exiting the Old City, you will continue to the City of David, where you will see the earliest Jewish settlement site in Jerusalem. Your tour will include what many scholars believe to be the remnants of David’s palace, the water tunnel of King Hezekiah, and a street connecting you to the main thoroughfare of Jerusalem at the time of Christ.
Day 3 - Masada and Dead Sea
This morning you will travel south into the Judean desert. Your first stop will be Masada, the cliff top fortress of Herod the Great, the king who sought to murder all male babies to prevent prevent Jesus bringing salvation.
Ascending Masada you will view the magnificent suspended palace, the Roman bathhouses, the Jewish ritual baths, the enormous storage rooms, the ancient synagogue, the UNESCO listed Roman military siege system, and the destroyed walls. You will also hear the tale of the heroes who chose death over forced idolatry.
Departing Masada you will continue to the Dead Sea, where you will enjoy the unique sensation of floating on water. In the evening, you will return to Jerusalem.
Day 4 - Galilee, Home of Christ
Today you will travel north to Nazareth, hometown of Jesus. You will see the Basilica of the Annunciation where the angel Gabriel informed Mary of her forthcoming pregnancy, and the site tradition associates with Joseph’s workshop.
Leaving Nazareth you will cross the Galilee, seeing Kfar Kana where Jesus turned water into wine, before arriving at Capernaum, where Jesus is believed to have based His ministry, and where Peter lived. You will see the ancient synagogue and get up close to touch the water on which Jesus walked. Afterwards, you will visit the site of the miracle of the fishes and the loaves, and the site of the sermon on the mount.
On your way back to Jerusalem you will stop at the Jordan river where a baptism ceremony may be performed.
Day 5 - Little town of Bethlehem
This morning you will travel to Bethlehem, birthplace of Jesus. You will see the Shepherds’ Field, and Manger Square, before visiting the Church of the Nativity to see the grotto in which Jesus was born.
In the afternoon you will return to Jerusalem to visit the Israel museum where you will see the Dead Sea Scrolls and a large scale model of Jerusalem from Jesus’ time.
Your tour ends this evening.
We work with the following hotels:
3* – Montifiore Hotel, Ibis Jerusalem City Center, Jerusalem Tower Hotel, Shani Hotel
4* – Grand Court, Prima Park Hotel, Ramada Hotel, Jerusalem Gardens Hotel & Spa, Caesar Premier Hotel, Eldan Hotel
5* – Leonardo Boutique, Harmony Hotel, American Colony, Dan Hotel, Herbet Samuel Hotel
5* plus – Mamilla Hotel, David Intercontinental Hotel, King David Hotel
We reserve the right to place you in a hotel not listed above
2 passengers sharing a double room – $2199 per person
4 passengers sharing double rooms – $1599 per person
6 Passengers in double rooms – $1290 per person
8+ passengers – please contact us for custom quote
2 passengers sharing a double room – $2399 per person
4 passengers sharing double rooms – $1799 per person
6 passengers in double rooms – $1490 per person
2 passengers sharing a double room – $2699 per person
4 passengers sharing double rooms – – $2099 per person
6 passengers private in double rooms – $1790 per person
Please note that we reserve the right to charge a supplement on Jewish holidays. You will be advised if this applies time of booking
- private tour guide daily
- all site entry
- all ground transport
- breakfast daily
- hotel of the chosen class