DAY 1 (Tue)
Welcome to Israel!. Upon arrival and after collecting the luggage, we will drive straight to the view point of Jeruaslem from the Mount of Olives Viewpoint .
Appreciating the City’s view, history, and complexity, we will head to the hotel for check-in and dinner.
DAY 2 (WED)
We start the day “Where it all began” – in the City of David . We asses possible remains of King David’s Palace , and then head into Warren’s shaft , and walk along Hezekiah’s Tunnel to the Pool of Siloam .
After a lunch break in the Jewish Quarter we continue to along the Via Dolorosa to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre , the place where Christian tradition locates the site of the crucifixion, death and resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth.
DAY 3 (THU)
Paying tribute to the holocaust of the Jewish people, we start with a guided tour of “Yad Vashem” .
DAY 4 (FRI)
This day is deovted to experiencing the lowest area in the world – the Dead Sea .
First we drive to Masada , where we learn about a dramatic battle of the Romans against Jewish rebels some 2000 years ago.
At the end of the day we drive to Tel-Aviv.
DAY 5 (SAT)
Day 6 (SUN)
Heading north, the morning will be devoted to exploring ancient Caesarea . Metropolitan capital in Roman times, Caesarea presents a wealth of finds that also illuminate the spread of ancient Christianity.
We then drive up to the Carmel mountains and have a lunch break in a Druze village, where we also learn about this unique minority and its long term loyal ties with the State of Israel.
Day 7 (MON)
Ascending to a beautiful yet conflicted region, we reach the top of Mt. Bental , view into Syria, and have a review of current affairs with Syria by a former colonel of the IDF.
We continue to the “Golan Magic” Visitors Center in Katsrin, and after a lunch break drive to the border with Lebanon and learn about the history of the conflict with the Hizballah.
If time permits, we can also visit a local winery.
Day 8 (Tue)