We offer 4 levels of accommodations for our weekly guaranteed departures to Israel. Prices are for the Land-Only package as described and vary according to travel dates. Rates are from $1256 for 7 nights and 6 touring days. This rate includes full breakfast and dinner daily (half-board) and all entrance fees as per the described program. Call Ed Hill Tours at 1.800.780.7801 for a quote on your preferred travel dates and level of accommodations.
Saturday - Departure from the U.S. for a trip of a lifetime to Israel, the Holy Land.
Sunday - Arrival at Ben Gurion Airport in Israel where you are met by our airport representative and transferred to your hotel. Overnight in Tel Aviv.
Monday - Caesarea/Megiddo/Haifa/Acre - Drive along the coast to Caesarea-by-the-Sea to visit the ancient Roman theater, Herod's palace and aqueduct. Visit Megiddo, an ancient city of 26 layers of civilization overlooking the Valley of Armegeddon. Drive to Haifa for a beautiful view of the harbor and Bahai Gardens and Acre to visit the ancient city and harbor. Continue to our hotel in the Galilee for overnight.
Tuesday - Tiberias/Capernaum/Banias - Take a short tour of Tiberias then enjoy a boatride across the Sea of Galilee to Capernaum. Tour this town which was the center of Jesus' ministry...view the house of Peter and the 2nd century synagogue. Visit Tabgha - site of multiplication of loaves and fishes, the Mount of Beatitudes - where Jesus delivered the Sermon on the Mount, Drive to Caesarea Philippi, the place of Peter's confession and the beautiful Banias waterfalls. Tour the Golan Heights.
Wednesday - Nazareth/Bet Shean - Drive to Nazareth via Cana of Galilee. Visit the Church of the Annunciation, Joseph's workshop, and Mary's Well. Drive to Yardenit the baptism site on the Jordan River, then to Bet Shean - a newly excavated Roman city. Continue down the Jordan Valley to Jerusalem for overnight.
Thursday - Jerusalem's Old City - Ascend the Mount of Olives for a panoramic view, visit the Church of All Nations & the Garden of Gethsemane. Drive to Mount Zion to visit the Last Supper/Upper Room and David's Tomb. Enter the Old City through the Zion Gate, walk through the famous Cardo and bazaars. Visit the Temple Mount, Western Wall, Via Dolorosa, Church of the Holy Sepulchre, and the Garden Tomb. Overnight in Jerusalem.
Friday - Jerusalem's New City & Bethlehem - Drive to Ein Karem, home of John the Baptist to visit the Church of the Visitation, then proceed to Yad Vashem - the Holocaust Memorial, then visit the Shrine of the Book where the Dead Sea Scrolls are kept and the model of the Old City of Jerusalem at the time of Christ. Drive to Bethlehem to visit the Church of the Nativity and the Shepherd's Fields. Overnight in Jerusalem.
Saturday - Dead Sea/Masada - Drive to the Dead Sea, the lowest place on earth at 1300 feet below sea level. Visit Qumran where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discoverd. Drive south along the Dead Sea to Masada, Herod's palace and mountaintop fortress in the desert. This was the last stronghold of the Jewish revolt against Rome after the destruction of the Second Temple. Ascend Masada by cable car to visit the palace, storerooms, elaborate bath houses, water systems, a synagogue and a Crusader-era church. Time permitting, we'll enjoy a swim in the Dead Sea as we return to Jerusalem for overnight.
Sunday - Transfer to Ben Gurion Airport for departure, with many wonderful memories and already making plans to return.
Ed Hill Tours will be happy to make air arrangements if desired. Otherwise passengers make their own arrangements and may wish to use airline miles programs or credit card points.