Day 1 - Arrive Tel Aviv, Israel
Arrive in Tel Aviv, where you are met and transferred to your
hotel overlooking the Mediterranean Sea.
Day 2 - Caesarea & Acre
Drive to the ancient Roman capital, Caesarea, where Herod
laid out a city and constructed a revolutionary, artificial
harbor. View a partial inscription mentioning Pontius Pilate,
the only secular reference to his existence. Then, visit the
seaport cities of Haifa and UNESCO-listed Acre. While at
Acre, tour the Knights’ Halls, view the El Jazaar Mosque and
explore the elaborate covered markets. Gather for a Chef ’s
Table welcome dinner and savor a menu created to highlight
Israel’s vibrant culinary scene.
Day 3 - Sea of Galilee
Begin a day that carries you back in history to the time of Jesus.
Cruise the Sea of Galilee by private boat and view Tabgha, where
the miracle of the loaves and fishes is said to have occurred, and the Mount of Beatitudes, site of the Sermon on the Mount.
Continue to Capernaum, home of St. Peter and the synagogue
where Jesus taught. Drive to Banias, a source of the Jordan
River where archaeological remains dating back millennia have
been discovered. Cap off the day with a sommelier-hosted Israeli
wine tasting in the hotel’s wine cellar.
Day 4 - Nazareth
Today, discover Nazareth, boyhood home of Jesus, to see the
Basilica of the Annunciation and an area below the Church
of St. Joseph, thought by some to be the site of Joseph’s
carpentry shop. Traverse the Jordan Valley to the Decapolis
city of Beit Shean. Later, arrive in Jerusalem.
Day 5 - Jerusalem
Explore the Old City of Jerusalem, built by King David in
1004 BC. Start at the Mount of Olives for a view of the city,
and visit the Garden of Gethsemane, where Jesus prayed with
his disciples. Enter the Old City and pause at the Western
Wall, one of Judaism’s most sacred sites. Also view the Temple
Mount (Al Haram el-Sharif), with its Dome of the Rock. In the
Christian Quarter, walk the Via Dolorosa and see the Convent
of Zion Sisters, where Pilate tried Jesus. The day culminates
at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, traditional site of Jesus’
crucifixion, burial and resurrection.
Day 6 - Jerusalem
Visit Yad Vashem, Israel’s poignant and moving memorial to
Holocaust victims. Continue to the Israel Museum, which
houses a portion of the Dead Sea Scrolls and the impressive
Second Temple Model. Drive to Bethlehem, located in the
West Bank, for an A&K-exclusive private lunch with a local
Christian family in their home, and enter the Church of the Nativity, built upon the birthplace of Jesus. Conclude your
day with a Scenic Sundowner that offers inspirational views
of the Old City.
Day 7 - Masada
Ride Like a Local by cable car up to Masada, last stronghold
of the Jewish Zealots who held out for three years against the
Romans. Float in the Dead Sea before returning to Jerusalem
for a special farewell dinner.
Day 8 - Jerusalem
Start today, if you wish, with an early morning walk of the
Temple Mount. Later, gather for lunch at the diverse Mahna
Yahuda Market. This afternoon, enjoy one of these Design Your Day activities.
Explore the Historic Jewish Quarter for site visits of the
stunning new discoveries excavated at the City of David.
See More of the Christian Quarter, with the opportunity
to view the tomb within the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.
Revisit the Old City to see the Tower of David and wander
myriad alleyways, home to local merchants for centuries.
Afterward, return to your hotel.
Day 9 - Depart Tel Aviv
Transfer to Ben Gurion Airport for your flight home.