Holy Land Discovery

Price per person
from £1,414

Price based on
London Heathrow
13th Apr 2018 departure

Key inclusions

  • VIP private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • 7 days

  • Israel

  • Active pace

  • Classic escorted tour

Explore the iconic landmarks and sites of Israel’s Holy Land. Visit the Church of the Annunciation in Nazareth, the traditional cave-home of the Virgin Mary, and Jerusalem’s Mount of Olives and Garden of Gethsemane.

At a glance


  • Tel Aviv
  • Jaffa
  • Caesarea Archaeological site visit
  • Mount of Beatitudes
  • Capernaum Synagogue 
  • House of St Peter Tabgha Miracle site
  • Quasr el Yahud Baptismal site
  • Nazareth Church of the Annunciation visit
  • Cana Miracle site visit
  • Bet She’an Archaeological site visit
  • Jericho
  • Bethlehem Church of the Nativity
  • Jerusalem Mount of Olives, Garden of Gethsemane, Jewish Quarter, Via Dolorosa, Church of the Holy Sepulchre

What's included

  • VIP private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • Services of a tour director
  • Accommodation
  • Selected meals
  • Porterage
  • All airport and port taxes
  • Single share option
Price match guarantee

With accommodation, transfers, excursions, selected meals, private VIP home pick-up and the services of an expert Tour Director all included in the price, our escorted tour holidays are highly rated by our customers. But should you find a like-for-like tour cheaper elsewhere, we will match its price and give you a further £100 reduction.

VIP home pick-up service

Our VIP home pick-up service is included up to 50 miles to your departure airport. Your driver will happily load and unload your luggage, and drive you to your departure terminal. At the close of your trip, you'll be welcomed by your driver in the arrivals hall and returned home again. A supplement is payable per mile over 50 miles.

Overview

Explore the iconic landmarks and sites of Israel’s Holy Land. Visit the Church of the Annunciation in Nazareth, the traditional cave-home of the Virgin Mary, and Jerusalem’s Mount of Olives and Garden of Gethsemane.

Total meals included:

  • 6 breakfasts, 4 dinners

UK - Tel Aviv

Day
1

Fly to Tel Aviv, Israel where you will be met by your representative and transferred to your hotel.

Your tour starts today.

No meals included

Tel Aviv – Jaffa – Caesarea – Megiddo – Muhraqa – Haifa - Nazareth

Day
2

Enjoy a full day exploring some of the Holy Land’s ancient biblical and modern sights. Begin by driving to the old port of Jaffa, an atmospheric town, where Jonah set sail before he was swallowed by the whale. Continue to Caesarea, an ancient port turned incredible archaeological zone. Built by Herod the Great in the 1st century BC, the city was one of the most splendid in ancient Palestine and its capital for more than 600 years. Admire what remains of Herod’s grandiose building works, including the restored 3,500-seat Roman theatre, the aqueduct, harbour, and the crumbled moat and towers from the 12th-century crusader fortress. From here, travel to the archaeological site of Megiddo, an age-old fortified town with 25 layers of archaeological findings and one of the world’s most important biblical sites. According to the New Testament, this is where the Battle of Armageddon will take place, the final struggle between good and evil, which will prompt the return of Jesus to defeat the Antichrist and cast Satan into the abyss. Next, visit Muhraqa on Mount Carmel. Here, a 17th-century monastery marks where the prophet Elijah confronted the prophets of Baal. Then, visit Haifa, a city dating back to biblical times, before reaching Nazareth, where you may have an opportunity to join the candlelight procession starting from the Church of the Annunciation square on your own.  

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Nazareth - Cana of Gallilee - Bet She'an - Nazereth

Day
3

Excursion to Cana Of Galilee & Bet She’an. This morning, visit the Church of the Annunciation, where the Archangel Gabriel told Mary she would conceive and give birth to Jesus, the Son of God. Attend [M] Mass at St. Joseph’s Church or the Church of the Annunciation. Then, head for Cana of Galilee, where Jesus turned water into wine at a wedding feast. Stop at Gideon’s spring, where Gideon tested his army so he could decide who would join him in battle against the Midianites. Then, visit Bet She’An, one of the world’s best-preserved Roman cities. Ongoing excavations at this UNESCO World Heritage Site have revealed time-worn colonnaded streets, bathhouses, and theatres.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Nazareth - Sea of Galilee - Mount of Beatitudes - Capernaum - Tabgha - Magdala - Nazareth

Day
4

Excursion To Mount Of Beatitudes—Capernaum—Sea of Galilee—Tabgha—Jordan River. Today, travel to the Sea of Galilee, stopping en route to visit the Mount of Beatitudes, where Jesus delivered his Sermon on the Mount. Next, Capernaum, home to the apostles Peter, Andrew, James, John, and Matthew, the tax collector. While here, see its ancient synagogue and the House of St. Peter, then head for Tabgha, to visit the church commemorating the miracle of Jesus feeding 5,000 people with two fish and five loaves. Celebrate [M] Mass in Magdala on the shores of the Sea of Galilee and then return to Nazareth to participate in the rewarding hands-on afternoon of volunteer work at the Nazareth trust, a Christian organisation providing services to the community.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Nazareth – Jericho – Bethlehem – Jerusalem

Day
5

Enjoy a spectacular drive through the Jordan Valley and visit Jericho, where the shouts and trumpet blasts of Joshua and his army caused the city fortifications to crumble. Stop at the Qasr el Yahud baptismal site, where according to tradition, Jesus was baptised by St. John the Baptist. Continue to Bethlehem, birthplace of Jesus and King David. Visit one of Christianity’s holiest places, the Church of the Nativity, built over the cave thought to be the spot where Jesus was born. Here, you will have time to pray and attend [M] Mass, if you like. Reach the holy city of Jerusalem in the late afternoon.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Jerusalem

Day
6

An intense day of reflection awaits as you set off on a walking tour of Jerusalem’s Old Town. From the Mount of Olives, take in memorable views over the city’s domes, walls, and rooftops before strolling in the Garden of Gethsemane, where Jesus prayed on the night before his arrest. Your guide will then lead you into the Jewish Quarter, pointing out the Western Wall with its prayer notes tucked between the stones, and the Dome of the Rock, the gold-topped mosque on Temple Mount. Next, walk the famous Via Dolorosa (Way of the Cross), following in Jesus’ footsteps as he bore the cross to Calvary for his crucifixion and burial, where the Basilica of the Holy Sepulchre now stands. Later this afternoon, attend [M] Mass, if you like.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Jerusalem

Day
7

Optional Excursion to Masada & The Dead Sea. Today is free to relax, explore Jerusalem at leisure, revisit some of the most significant places of worship, or join an exciting optional excursion to the Dead Sea, the planet’s lowest point on dry land. Travel through the mountainous Judean Desert; pass the Qumran Caves, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered; then, ride the cable car up to the magnificent Fortress of Masada. The fortification, perched high on a cliff top plateau above the Dead Sea, was where 960 Jewish rebels made their last stand against Roman forces in 73 AD. Later, head for the shores of the Dead Sea, where you’ll have plenty of time to experience the incredible buoyancy in the salt water. Toward the end of the afternoon, return to Jerusalem.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

UK

Day
8

Transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK.

No meals included

Things to note

Special Departures:

Easter Departure: 30th March 2018 

Pentecost Departure: 18th May 2018 

Christmas in Nazareth: 22nd December 2018

Please note that your excursion to Jericho on day 5 may be cancelled on short notice due to the border being closed by the relevant authorities.

 A visa is required to travel on this tour. Please refer to www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice prior to departure for the latest requirements and how to apply.

 Tour hotels will be as stated or similar.

Hotels

Tour hotels will be as specified or alternatives of a similar standard.


Tel Aviv Hotel Cinema or Tal Hotel 

Tiberas Leonardo

Jerusalem Royal Wing or Ibis Styles Sheikh Jarrah 

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