Inside Israel: A fresh tour of an ancient land – food, wine & Culture

Inside Israel: A fresh tour of an ancient land – food, wine & Culture

price from $

Arrive at Ben Gurion International Airport and meet your guide. Transfer to Jaffa where you will start your tour with a welcome vista over Tel Aviv. Continue to a local highlight related to your tour’s them. Drive to Tiberius on the Sea of Galilee for a celebratory dinner to mark the beginning of the tour, and overnight.

We will open our eyes in the Sea of Galilee region we will visit the Mount of Beatitudes where Jesus gave the Sermon on the Mount. From there we will continue down the mountain toward Tabgha, the site of the Miracle of the Loaves and Fishes, and then to St. Peter Primacy Church. From here it’s a short drive to Capernaum, to see the ancient synagogue and the house of St. Peter. Then we will take a calm boat ride on the sea. Then we will enjoy a fish restaurant at the shores of the sea. After launch we will depart toward the Golan Heights for a food and geographic tour in the dissolving Middle East. We will taste award winning wines and then we continue to Aniam, an artist village in the Golan Heights

Leaving the Sea of Galilee behind us we will travel to Nazareth where we will see mary well, the Basillica of the Annunciation that built over Mary house where the angel appear to her and to Joseph house and carpentry. We will try the best Knaffe (traditional Arab sweet) that Nazareth is famous for. Then we will continue to a small family farm that specialized in Olive Oil that wining world prizes! We will hear their fascinating story, taste the oil and have a luxurious Galilee launch. From there we will drive to the Carmel Mt.to visit Ein Hod artist village where we will have a tour in the village and an artist will host us and tell his story to us. From there we follow the Mediterranean Coast to the ancient city of Caesarea. Caesarea is one of the most extravagant projects of King Herod the Great. Here, we will see the ancient theatre, the private palace of Herod, the hippodrome, and the first underwater construction project in the world. Afterwards we will start our voyage toward the Judean Mountains, till the city of Jerusalem.

We will start the morning on top of Mt. of Olives, where according to the three monotoaist religions the messiah will choose as the place of blessing upon his arrival. we will see the ascension point of Jesus after the resurrection then we will continue to Pater Noster Church where Jesus taught the Lord’s Prayer, and then to a wonderful observation point overlooking the Temple Mt. (Mt. Moriah) and to the Jewish cemetery, the most ancient and still active cemetery in the world. Then we will walk down the Mt. of Olives to Dominus Flavit Church, where Jesus foresaw the destruction of the Temple, then to Gathsemane Gardens, and to the Agony Church, where Jesus was betrayed by Judas. Then we will go to Mt. Zion to see the Upper Room, of the Last Supper then to King David’s Tomb. Afterward we will continue to St. Peter in Gallicantu Church where Jesus was held and judged by the high priest. Underneath the church we will see the chambers where according to the tradition Jesus was held. After lunch we will continue to Bethlehem, to see the Nativity Church, the birthplace of Jesus and to shepherd field. Then we will continue to a Palestinian gallery at Betlehem with the unique olive wood art that influent mostly from the New Testament.

Start the day with a visit to the Temple Mount to view from the outside the Dome of the Rock and the Al Aqsa Mosque. Then we will continue to the Western Wall the holiest site to the Jewish religion, we will have some free time in the wall and then we will go underground through the maze of the Western Wall Tunnels there we will witness the archaeological relicts of the Second Temple. On the way out we will go to Bethesda pools, to witness standing relicts from the pagan era till the present day. We heard about those pools in the Old and New Testaments. From there we will follow the Via Dolorosa through the flourished Muslim market to the Church of Holy Sepulchre that seat on top of the Calvary. Then we will continue to the Jewish quarter to witness the Cardo – the main street of the city from the time of the Romans and today the artist district of the city. Then we will continue to the Armenian quarter to hear their fascinating connection to Jerusalem and to witness the Armenian Art that they are very famous on. We will have dinner at an Orthodox Jewish family, where we will hear their stories about their life style, and they will explained about the Jewish tradition over an authentic traditional Jewish food.

Spend the morning on an adventure through time visiting the original City of David; the original beginnings of Jerusalem. We will Walk through the amazing Biblical water system that was billed by King Hezekiah to protect the “Gihon” spring, the only running water source of the city, against the Asyrian army. We will walk underneath the ground in the ancient water draining system that King Herod builds which will bring us, inside the Old City Walls to the Davidson museum of the Second Temple with the impressive Jerusalem Archeological Park.  We will walk on the streets of the city dating back 2,000 years.

Enjoy a free afternoon in Jerusalem or take part in an optional tour:

Modern street market for an Israeli cook lesson

Entering in to the Judean Desert this morning we descend to the lowest point on earth, the Dead Sea Basin. We will continue south toward the symbol of the desert, Masada, the last strong hold of the Jews in the Great Revolt against the Romans, the symbol of Israel. Taking the cable car to the top, we will tour this hilltop fortress built by King Herod, and hear the amazing story of its fall to Rome. Then we Continue to  Qumran, the city of the Essene cult, where the Scrolls of the Dead sea were found, we will see their ancient city in the heart of the desert and try to solve the greatest mysteries of the time, who were they and what is the reasons of the scrolls and how we found them?

From there we will continue to the Dead Sea where you will have time to float in the mineral rich lake.

This morning we will tour the museum at Yad V’Shem, Israel’s national memorial and research center to the holocaust. We will continue to the vivacious Machane Yehuda fresh produce market, and then on to the Israel Museum where we will see the model of Second Temple Period Jerusalem and the Shrine of the Book where the Dead Sea Scrolls are housed. Then we will continue to the beautiful art wing of the museum for a tour.  This evening depart for the Night Spectacular sound and light show in the Tower of David and enjoy a farewell meal at a local restaurant.

Will leave Jerusalem in order to check the culinary options the Judean Mt. Have to offer. We will try homemade Chocolate, wines and beers. Then we will have a summary talk about our trip.

Transfer to airport for departure flights.

Gordon Footer