Day 01: Arrive Tel Aviv Airport - Tiberius
Upon arrival in Tel Aviv, you will be greeted by a tour guide and/or driver from Laila Tours representative. Transfer to your hotel in Tiberius to check-in for 02 nights stay. Enjoy dinner and overnight at Ron Beach Hotel – Tiberius.
Day 02: Mt. Tabor – Nazareth – Tiberius.
After breakfast, start the day with a drive and visit to the site of Transfiguration, Mount Tabor (Matthew 17:1-50). At this site, you will have some time to reflect on Christ’s Humanity and Divinity. Continue to Nazareth, the home of Mary and Joseph, and visit the Basilica of the Annunciation where the angel Gabriel announced to the Virgin Mary that she will bear the Son of God. We visit the Byzantine Church of St. Joseph, to which tradition identifies as the workshop and home of the Holy Family. Proceed to Cana of Galilee where Jesus performed his first miracle by turning water to wine. Back to the hotel in Tiberius for dinner and overnight.
Day 03: Sea of Galilee – Mount of Beatitudes – Capernaum – Boat Ride
Following breakfast, check out. Depart to visit Mount of Beatitudes, where Jesus proclaimed His great Sermon on the Mount. Near the mount is Tabgha, one of Jesus’ miracle sites. At Tabgha, Jesus fed the crowd of 5,000 people from five loaves of bread, and two fish. Also, in Tabgha is St. Peter’s Primacy where Jesus bestowed church leadership upon Peter. Have a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee in a wooden boat. Drive to Bethlehem to check-in at Manger Square Hotel for 05 nights, enjoy dinner and overnight.
Day 04: Bethlehem – Nativity Church – Milk Grotto – Shepherd Fields
After breakfast, we visit the Church of the Nativity, marking the birthplace of Christ (Matt. 1: 18-25). As you enter the church, you will proceed down to the Grotto of the Nativity, which marks the spot of Our Savior’s birth. Visit Saint Catherine’s Church where the midnight Mass beams from Bethlehem to television viewers worldwide on Christmas Eve. Descend to visit Saint Jerome’s Cave where the bible was translated. Continue to Milk Grotto where the Holy Family took refuge during the Slaughter of the Innocents before their flight into Egypt. Tradition has it that while Mary was nursing Jesus here, a drop of milk fell to the ground, turning it white. We drive to visit the Shepherd Fields that were identified
since ancient times with the shepherds who saw the Star of Nativity (Luke 2:8). In the caves of these fields, you are still able to see the soot marks of fires that shepherds lit to keep warm. Dinner and overnight at Manger Square Hotel in Bethlehem.
Day 05: Jerusalem – Mount of Olives – Old City
In this morning, you will have breakfast and then depart for a day in Jerusalem. We head to the Mount of Olives and visit Pater Noster Church where Jesus taught His disciples the Lord’s Prayer. Continue to an observation point that overlooks the Old City of Jerusalem. You will have the opportunity to stop at Dominus Flevit, which is a church that commemorates where Jesus wept for Jerusalem. We walk the Palm Sunday route and descend to the Garden of Gethsemane. It’s a garden at the foot of the Mount of Olives that still contains trees with roots that date back to the time of Jesus. Beside the Garden is your next stop, the Church of All Nations, built over the “Rock of Agony”. This is where Jesus prayed alone on the night of His arrest. Throughout this time, you are invited to remain in prayer and to reflect on Christ’s agony that he experienced. Go to Saint Ann’s Church and visit Pools of Bethesda where Jesus healed the crippled man. Start walking the Via Dolorosa. We will reflect upon the Stations of the Cross as you travel through the markets of the Old City to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. This Sacred destination is the site of Calvary (Jesus’ crucifixion place) and, His tomb. Drive back to Bethlehem for dinner and overnight at Manger Square Hotel in Bethlehem.
Day 06: Jerusalem – Mount Zion – Ein Karem
Following breakfast at our hotel, we drive to Jerusalem and go to Mount Zion. Visit Church of the Dormition. Tradition tells us that this Church is where Mary, the Mother of Jesus, “Fell Asleep”. Visit Cenacle, also known as the “Upper Room”, where Jesus and His disciples celebrated the Last Supper. Continue to visit Saint Peter Gallicantu. This Church commemorates where Jesus was examined and eventually imprisoned before the Council in Jerusalem. It also commemorates Peter’s Denial of Christ. Drive to the Biblical village of Ein Karem, birth place of John the Baptist. Visit Church of the Visitation that honors the visit paid by Virgin Mary to Elizabeth. Drive back to Bethlehem for dinner and overnight at Manger Square Hotel in Bethlehem.
Day 07: Jericho – Mount of Temptation – Baptismal Site – Dead Sea
This day will begin with breakfast at the hotel and drive to Jericho, the oldest city in the world that was conquered by Joshua. We visit the Sycamore Tree that recalls the incident in which the tax collector Zacchaeus, too short to see over the crowd, climbed a sycamore’s branches in order to see Jesus. and then ascend using the cable car to visit Mount of Temptations that is said to be the hill in the Judaean Desert where Jesus was tempted by the devil. Following the visit to this mountain, we will continue to Jesus’ baptismal site on the River Jordan. We continue to visit Qumran that is made up of 2,000 year old ruins from the days of the Second Temple, and also the site where the Dead Sea Scrolls were written
and discovered. We go to have a float in the Dead Sea, the lowest and saltiest spot on Earth. Drive back to Bethlehem for dinner and overnight .
Day 08 : Departure (breakfast)
Transfer from your hotel to the airport for your flight back home.