Day 2 Arrive mid-afternoon at Ben-Gurion airport . Meet our Ami Travel representatives who will assist us through the arrival procedure and forthcoming trip in the Holy Land. Proceed to Jaffa the ancient seaport mentioned in the biblical narrative of Jonah, and the port of arrival of Solomon's cedars of Lebanon. Also in Jaffa is the house of Simon the Tanner, and where Tabitha was raised from the dead. Saint Peter’s vision was in Jaffa. Dinner and overnight stay on the Mediterranean Coast.
Ben Gurion Airport (IATA: TLV), also referred to by its Hebrew acronym Natbag (Hebrew: נתב״ג), is the primary international airport i...
Ben Gurion Airport (IATA: TLV), also referred to by its Hebrew acronym Natbag (Hebrew: נתב״ג), is the primary international airport in Israel. read more
Visiting the old city of JaffaJaffa
Jaffa is the southern, oldest part of Tel Aviv-Jaffa (since 1950), an ancient port city in Israel. Jaffa is famous for its association...
Jaffa is the southern, oldest part of Tel Aviv-Jaffa (since 1950), an ancient port city in Israel. Jaffa is famous for its association with the biblical stories of Solomon, Jonah, and Saint Peter.read more
The house of "simon the Tanner"House of Simon the Tanner
St. Peter resided in the house of Simon the Tanner in Jaffa (Acts 10 6): "He lodged with one Simon a tanner, whose house is by t...
St. Peter resided in the house of Simon the Tanner in Jaffa (Acts 10 6): "He lodged with one Simon a tanner, whose house is by the sea side".
In this house, St. Peter had a significant dream. According to tradition, the resurrection of Tabitha also happened on the roof of this house.read more
Day 3 Drive along the coast to Caesarea where Paul was imprisoned and Cornelius was baptized; visit the Roman Theatre, Aqueduct and the Crusader ruins. Drive to Mt. Carmel where Elijah confronted the Pagan prophets. Continue via the Valley of Armageddon to Nazareth - church of Annunciation and to Cana Site of the first miracle and to renew marriage vows...Dinner and overnight stay in Galilee.
Caesarea Maritima is a national park on the Israeli coastline, near the town of Caesarea. The ancient Caesarea Maritima city and harb...
Caesarea Maritima is a national park on the Israeli coastline, near the town of Caesarea. The ancient Caesarea Maritima city and harbor was built by Herod the Great about 25–13 BCE. The city has been populated through the late Roman and Byzantine era.read more
To bring water to the city, Herod built Roman-style aqueducts. Aqueducts were built on an incline so the water could flow down to the ...
To bring water to the city, Herod built Roman-style aqueducts. Aqueducts were built on an incline so the water could flow down to the place from the Mt. Carmel's springs, almost 10 miles away.read more
In mainstream Jewish, Christian, and Islamic thought, Elijah is indelibly associated with the mountain, and he is regarded as having s...
In mainstream Jewish, Christian, and Islamic thought, Elijah is indelibly associated with the mountain, and he is regarded as having sometimes resided in a grotto on the mountain. Indeed, one name for Mount Carmel is Mount Saint Elias. In the Books of Kings, Elijah challenges 450 prophets of a particular Baal to a contest at the altar on Mount Carmel to determine whose deity was genuinely in control of the Kingdom of Israel; since the narrative is set during the rule of Ahab and his association with the Phoenicians, biblical scholars suspect that the Baal in question was probably Melqart.
According to the Bible in 1 Kings 18, the challenge was to see which deity could light a sacrifice by fire. After the prophets of Baal had failed to achieve this, Elijah had water poured on his sacrifice to saturate the altar and then he prayed; fire fell and consumed the sacrifice, wood, stones, soil, and water which prompted the Israelite witnesses to proclaim, "The LORD, He is God! The LORD, He is God!". In the account, Elijah announced the end to a long drought; clouds gathered, the sky turned black, and it rained heavily.
Though there is no biblical reason to assume that the account of Elijah's victory refers to any particular part of Mount Carmel, Islamic tradition places it at a point known as El-Maharrakah, meaning the burning.
A statue of Elijah in the crypt of the monastery on Mount Carmel. According to Carmelite tradition, the crypt was originally the Cave of Elijah
A Catholic religious order was founded on Mount Carmel in the 12th century, named the Carmelites, in reference to the mountain range; the founder was a certain Berthold, who died at an unknown date after 1185, and who was either a pilgrim or crusader. The Order was founded at the site that it claimed had been the location of Elijah's cave, 1,700 feet (520 m) above sea level at the northwestern end of the mountain range; this, perhaps not coincidentally, is also the highest natural point of the mountain range. Though there is no documentary evidence to support it, Carmelite tradition suggests that a community of Jewish hermits had lived at the site from the time of Elijah until the Carmelites were founded there; prefixed to the Carmelite Constitution of 1281 was the claim that from the time when Elijah and Elisha had dwelt devoutly on Mount Carmel, priests and prophets, Jewish and Christian, had lived "praiseworthy lives in holy penitence" adjacent to the site of the "fountain of Elisha" in an uninterrupted succession.
A Carmelite monastery was founded at the site shortly after the Order itself was created, and was dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary under the title of "Star of the Sea" ("stella maris" in Latin), a common medieval presentation of her.Although Louis IX of France is sometimes named as the founder, he was not, and had merely visited it in 1252. The Carmelite Order grew to be one of the major Catholic religious orders worldwide, although the monastery at Carmel has had a less successful history. During the Crusades the monastery often changed hands, frequently being converted into a mosque;[ under Islamic control the location came to be known as "El-Maharrakah", meaning "place of burning", in reference to the account of Elijah's challenge to the priests of Hadad. In 1799 the building was finally converted into a hospital, by Napoleon, but in 1821 the surviving structure was destroyed by the pasha of Damascus. A new monastery was later constructed directly over a nearby cave, after funds were collected by the Carmelite Order for restoration of the monastery. The cave, which now forms the crypt of the monastic church, is termed "Elijah's grotto" by the Discalced Carmelites friars who have custody of the monastery.
One of the oldest scapulars is associated with Mount Carmel and the Carmelites. According to Carmelite tradition, the Scapular of Our Lady of Mount Carmel was first given to Simon Stock, an English Carmelite, by the Blessed Virgin Mary. The Carmelites refer to her under the title "Our Lady of Mount Carmel" in honor of the legend, and celebrate 16 July as her feast day.read more
Megiddo was a site of great importance in the ancient world. It guarded the western branch of a narrow pass and trade route connecting...
Megiddo was a site of great importance in the ancient world. It guarded the western branch of a narrow pass and trade route connecting Egypt and Assyria. Because of its strategic location, Megiddo was the site of several historical battles. The site was inhabited from approximately 7000 BC to 586 BC (the same time as the destruction of the First Israelite Temple in Jerusalem by the Babylonians, and subsequent fall of Israelite rule and exile), though the first significant remains date to the Chalcolithic period (4500-3500 BC). read more
Basilica of the Annunciation
The Church of the Annunciation sometimes also referred to as the Basilica of the Annunciation. The church was established at the site ...
The Church of the Annunciation sometimes also referred to as the Basilica of the Annunciation. The church was established at the site where, according to Roman Catholic tradition, the Annunciation took place. Greek Orthodox tradition holds that this event occurred while Mary was drawing water from a local spring in Nazareth, and the Greek Orthodox Church of the Annunciation was erected at that alternate site.
In the Bible, the Annunciation is narrated in Luke 1:26-38:
(26) And in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth, (27) To a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin's name was Mary. (28) And the angel came in unto her, and said, Hail, thou that art highly favoured, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women. (29) And when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and cast in her mind what manner of salutation this should be. (30) And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with God. (31) And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS. (32) He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David: (33) And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end. (34) Then said Mary unto the angel, How shall this be, seeing I know not a man? (35) And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God. (36) And, behold, thy cousin Elisabeth, she hath also conceived a son in her old age: and this is the sixth month with her, who was called barren. (37) For with God nothing shall be impossible. (38) And Mary said, Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word. And the angel departed from her.read more
Day 4 Tour the Sea of Galilee region. Visit Capernaum and Simon Peter's House, the Mount of the Beatitudes, Tabgha-the site of the feeding of the multitudes. Take a boat ride across the Sea of Galilee and enjoy a St. Peter's fish lunch in Tiberias. visit the new archeological site of Magdala . Later walk along the Jordan River and renew your baptismal promises. Dinner and overnight stay in Galilee.
Capernaum (Hebrew: Kfar Nahum, "Nahum's village") was a fishing village in the time of the Hasmoneans. Located on the northern shore o...
Capernaum (Hebrew: Kfar Nahum, "Nahum's village") was a fishing village in the time of the Hasmoneans. Located on the northern shore of the Sea of Galilee. he town is cited in the Gospel of Luke and the Gospel of John where it was reported to have been near the hometown of the apostles Simon Peter, Andrew, James and John, as well as the tax collector Matthew. One Sabbath, Jesus taught in the synagogue in Capernaum and healed a man who had the spirit of an unclean devil. [This story is notable for being the only one common between the Gospel of Mark and the Gospel of Luke but not contained in the Gospel of Matthew. See Synoptic Gospels for more literary comparison between the Gospels.] Afterwards, he healed a fever in Simon Peter's mother-in-law. According to Luke 7:1–10, it is also the place where a Roman Centurion asked Jesus to heal his servant. Capernaum is also mentioned in the Gospel of Mark (2:1), it is the location of the famous healing of the paralytic lowered through the roof to reach Jesus. According to the Synoptic Gospels, Jesus selected this town as the center of his public ministry in the Galilee after he left the small mountainous hamlet of Nazareth (Matthew 4:12–17). He also formally cursed the city, saying "You shall be brought down to Hades," (Matthew 11:23) because of their lack of response to his teaching.read more
Mount of Beatitudes
The Mount of Beatitudes (Hebrew: Har HaSimcha) refers to a hill in northern Israel where Jesus is believed to have delivered the Sermo...
The Mount of Beatitudes (Hebrew: Har HaSimcha) refers to a hill in northern Israel where Jesus is believed to have delivered the Sermon on the Mount.
The traditional location for the Mount of Beatitudes is on the north western shore of the Sea of Galilee, between Capernaum and Gennesaret (Ginosar). read more
Sea of GalileeMagdala
Magdala is the name of at least two places in ancient Israel mentioned in the Jewish Talmud and one place that may be mentioned in the...
Magdala is the name of at least two places in ancient Israel mentioned in the Jewish Talmud and one place that may be mentioned in the Christian New Testament.read more
Yardenit Baptismal Site, is a baptism site located along the Jordan River in the Galilee region of northern Israel, which is frequente...
Yardenit Baptismal Site, is a baptism site located along the Jordan River in the Galilee region of northern Israel, which is frequented by Christian pilgrims. read more
Day 5 Depart the Galilee via the Jordan Valley – explore Beth Shean the extraordinary archeological Renovated Roman ruin of Decapolis. The next highlight will be the original baptismal spot of Jesus. Dinner and overnight stay in Jerusalem
Beit She'an's location has often been strategically significant, as it sits at the junction of the Jordan River Valley and the Jezreel...
Beit She'an's location has often been strategically significant, as it sits at the junction of the Jordan River Valley and the Jezreel Valley, essentially controlling access from the interior to the coast, as well as from Jerusalem to the Galilee. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beit_She'anread more
baptismal spot of JesusJews Palace
Qasr el Yahud or Kasser Al Yahud ( the Castle of the Jews) is a baptism site in the Jordan River Valley in the West Bank. It is the tr...
Qasr el Yahud or Kasser Al Yahud ( the Castle of the Jews) is a baptism site in the Jordan River Valley in the West Bank. It is the traditional spot where the New Testament narrative of the baptism of Jesus took place (Matthew 3:13-17). According to tradition, it is also the place where the Israelites crossed over the Jordan River.
The site includes marble steps that descend into the Jordan River as well as ruins of Byzantine and Crusader churches. read more
Day 6 View the magnitude and scale of Herod’s, Herodion- where his tomb has recently been discovered. Visit Bethlehem – birthplace of Kings David and Jesus. Return to Jerusalem to the Mount of Olives, Garden of Gethsemane; Mt Zion; the Upper Room and the Tomb of King David. Church of Peter in Gallicantu – marking the house of Caiaphas and the site of the imprisonment of Jesus and Peter’s denial. Dinner and overnight stay in Jerusalem.
Gethsemane ("oil press") is a garden at the foot of the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem most famous as the place where, according to the ...
Gethsemane ("oil press") is a garden at the foot of the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem most famous as the place where, according to the gospels, Jesus prayed and his disciples slept the night before Jesus' crucifixion.read more
The Tomb of King DavidProtestant Cemetery
King David's Tomb (Hebrew: קבר דוד המלך) is a site viewed as the burial place of David, King of Israel, according to a tradition begi...
King David's Tomb (Hebrew: קבר דוד המלך) is a site viewed as the burial place of David, King of Israel, according to a tradition beginning in the 12th century. It is located on Mount Zion in Jerusalem, near the Hagia Maria Sion Abbey. The tomb is situated in a ground floor corner of the remains of the former Hagia Zion, a Byzantine church. Older Byzantine tradition dating to the 4th century identified the location as the Cenacle of Jesus and the original meeting place of the Christian faith.read more
Saint Peter in Gallicantu
he Church of Saint Peter in Gallicantu is a Roman Catholic church located on the eastern slope of Mount Zion, just outside the Old (wa...
he Church of Saint Peter in Gallicantu is a Roman Catholic church located on the eastern slope of Mount Zion, just outside the Old (walled) City of Jerusalem.The church takes its name from the Latin word "Gallicantu", meaning cock's-crow. This is in commemoration of Peter's triple rejection of Jesus "... before the cock crows twice." (Mark 14:30)read more
Day 7 Today we walk the Christian, Jewish, Muslim and Armenian quarters to the Western Wall with its tunnels , the Temple ruins, Pool of Bethsaida and Holy Sepulcher. In the Afternoon visit the Garden Tomb ( Gordon’s Calvary) and Yad Vashem- the Holocaust Center. Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem.
The Western Wall, Wailing Wall or Kotel (Hebrew: About this sound הַכֹּתֶל הַמַּעֲרָבִי, translit.: HaKotel HaMa'aravi; Arabic: حائط ا...
The Western Wall, Wailing Wall or Kotel (Hebrew: About this sound הַכֹּתֶל הַמַּעֲרָבִי, translit.: HaKotel HaMa'aravi; Arabic: حائط البراق, translit.: Ḥā'iṭ Al-Burāq, translat.: The Buraq Wall) is located in the Old City of Jerusalem at the foot of the western side of the Temple Mount. It is a remnant of the ancient wall that surrounded the Jewish Temple's courtyard, and is arguably the most sacred site recognized by the Jewish faith outside of the Temple Mount itself. read more
Pool of BethsaidaSt. Anne's Church, Jerusalem
The Pool of Bethesda is a pool of water in the Muslim Quarter of Jerusalem, on the path of the Beth Zeta Valley. The fifth chapter of ...
The Pool of Bethesda is a pool of water in the Muslim Quarter of Jerusalem, on the path of the Beth Zeta Valley. The fifth chapter of the Gospel of John describes such a pool in Jerusalem, near the Sheep Gate, which is surrounded by five covered colonnades. It is associated with healing. Until the 19th century, there was no evidence outside of John’s Gospel for the existence of this pool; therefore, scholars argued that the gospel was written later, probably by someone without first-hand knowledge of the city of Jerusalem, and that the ‘pool’ had only a metaphorical, rather than historical, significance.
In the 19th century, archaeologists discovered the remains of a pool fitting the description in John’s Gospel.read more
Yad Vashem is Israel's official memorial to the Jewish victims of the Holocaust.
Yad Vashem is located on the western slope of Mount H...
Yad Vashem is Israel's official memorial to the Jewish victims of the Holocaust.
Yad Vashem is located on the western slope of Mount Herzl on the Mount of Remembrance in Jerusalem, and adjacent to the Jerusalem Forest.read more
Day 8 Today we are taken to Masada, site of the Jewish zealots' last stand against the Romans. Nearby is Ein Gedi near the salty water of the Dead Sea. Continue our journey to the Qumran Caves, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered. Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem.
Masada (Modern Hebrew מצדה metzadá "fortress" is an ancient fortification in the Southern District of Israel situated on top of an iso...
Masada (Modern Hebrew מצדה metzadá "fortress" is an ancient fortification in the Southern District of Israel situated on top of an isolated rock plateau (akin to a mesa) on the eastern edge of the Judaean Desert, overlooking the Dead Sea. Herod the Great built palaces for himself on the mountain and fortified Masada between 37 and 31 BCE. According to Josephus, the Siege of Masada by troops of the Roman Empire towards the end of the First Jewish–Roman War ended in the mass suicide of the 960 Sicarri rebels and their families hiding there. read more
The Dead Sea, also called the Salt Sea, is a salt lake bordering Jordan to the east, and Israel to the west. Its surface and shores ar...
The Dead Sea, also called the Salt Sea, is a salt lake bordering Jordan to the east, and Israel to the west. Its surface and shores are 427 metres (1,401 ft) below sea level, Earth's lowest elevation on land. The Dead Sea is 306 m (1,004 ft) deep, the deepest hypersaline lake in the world. With 34.2% salinity (in 2011), it is also one of the world's saltiest bodies of water. It is 9.6 times as salty as the ocean. This salinity makes for a harsh environment in which animals cannot flourish, hence its name. The Dead Sea is 50 kilometres (31 mi) long and 15 kilometres (9 mi) wide at its widest point. It lies in the Jordan Rift Valley, and its main tributary is the Jordan River.
The Dead Sea has attracted visitors from around the Mediterranean basin for thousands of years. Biblically, it was a place of refuge for King David. It was one of the world's first health resorts (for Herod the Great), and it has been the supplier of a wide variety of products, from balms for Egyptian mummification to potash for fertilizers. People also use the salt and the minerals from the Dead Sea to create cosmetics and herbal sachets.read more
Qumran CavesQumran - גן לאומי קומראן
Qumran Caves are a series of caves, some natural, some artificial, found around the archaeological site of Qumran in the Judaean Deser...
Qumran Caves are a series of caves, some natural, some artificial, found around the archaeological site of Qumran in the Judaean Desert. It is in a number of these caves that the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered.read more
Day 9 Enjoy a free day- we shall direct you to places you may visit at your own pace, or do your last shopping. Farewell dinner and our last night in the Holy Land…