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Follow in the Footsteps of Jesus - Insight Vacations

Follow in the Footsteps of Jesus

Private Custom Group

Duration: 8 days • Countries visited: Israel
Group trip type: Religious


Day to Day Itinerary

  1. Day 1: Welcome to Tel Aviv

    You are met at the airport and transferred to your hotel in Tel Aviv. Later, join your Travel Director and expert host for a Welcome Reception, and an opportunity to get to know your travel companions over a pleasant evening of dinner and wine. (WD)

  1. Day 2: Caesarea, Nazareth & Galilee

    After breakfast, we drive north to Caesarea Maritima where you will visit the Roman Theater, Herod’s Palace, the Palace of the Roman Procurator, the Amphitheater and the Crusaders’ City and Harbor. Later journey to Nazareth and visit the Church of Annunciation and Mary’s Well in the Greek Orthodox Church. Enjoy a scenic drive on to Cana in the Galilee, site of the First Miracle. (BB, D)

  1. Day 3: Sea of Galilee

    After breakfast, embark on a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee – the site where Jesus walked on water. The cruise ends at Ginnosar, where we visit an ancient boat from the time of Jesus. Later we drive to the Mount of Beatitudes where we visit a heptagonal church built by the Italian architect Berluzzi, before venturing to Tabgha, where you will have the opportunity to visit the Church of the Loaves and the Fish, and the Church of Mensa Christi – this is where Jesus elected Peter as his representative on earth. In the afternoon, we enjoy a beautiful drive along the north shores of the Sea of Galilee until we reach Capernaum, the town where Jesus lived in the house of Peter while performing his miracles and healings. (BB, D)

  1. Day 4: Mount Tabor, Megiddo, Jaffa & Jerusalem

    After breakfast, we drive to Mount Tabor, the site of Transfiguration, to visit the Catholic Church. On the rooftop of the church, we enjoy beautiful views of the Lower Galilee and the Plain of Jezreel. Making our way through the town of Afula, we drive to Megiddo – also known as Armageddon. This is the place where the last battle of mankind is due to take place. Here we visit the museum and explore this ancient 5,000-year-old city where you can view the original Gates from the times of King Solomon, the old Canaanite temples and the water tunnel from the time of King Ahab. Travelling through Wadi Ara on the ancient road (Via Maris) which connects old Egypt to Mesopotamia, we reach Tel Aviv for a visit to ancient Yope (Jaffa), where once the house of Simon the Tanner stood and the place of the Miracle of the Resurrection of Tabita. After these visits, we enjoy a drive through the Hills of Judea to Jerusalem. (BB, D)

  1. Day 5: Highlights of Jerusalem

    The next day we ascend the Mount of Olives to visit the Chapel of the Ascension, the Church of the Pater Noster and enjoy a beautiful panoramic view of the Old City of Jerusalem including the Temple Mount. Walking down the Mount of Olives, we reach the Church of Dominus Flevit for a visit and proceed to the Garden of Gethsemane –the place where Jesus was arrested. Here we stop to see the old olive trees and visit the Basilica of the Agony. After further walking through the Lion’s Gate, we venture into the Old City to visit the Church of St. Anne and the Pool of Bethesda. From here we proceed through the Via Dolorosa, along the Stations of the Cross from the remains of the Antonia to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. After these visits, we enjoy a walk through the colorful bazaar, before returning to the hotel. (BB, D)

  1. Day 6: New City of Jerusalem & Bethlehem

    After breakfast, we drive to Mount Zion to visit the Room of the Last Supper and the Tomb of King David. Walking through the Jewish Quarter, we reach the Wailing Wall - the holiest place for the Jews - and the Dung Gate. Next, we drive through the New City of Jerusalem to Ein Kerem to visit the Church of St. John. Later we drive to Yad  Vashem– a Memorial to the victims of the Holocaust. From here, we proceed to Bethlehem to visit the Church of the Nativity and Shepherd’s Field.  (BB, D)

  1. Day 7: The Dead Sea

    Today via the walled city of Carcassonne and Montpellier, we travel across the Camargue, famous for its wild bulls, horses and flamingos, into the landscapes of Van Gough’s beloved Provence to the fashionable Nice, otherwise known as ‘Queen of the Riviera’, one of the oldest cities on the Cote d’Azur. (BB, D)

  1. Day 8: Farewell Jerusalem

    Our journey draws to a close after breakfast with transfers to the airport for your onward journey. (BB)

Meal guide: BB = Buffet Breakfast, HD = Highlight Dinner, D = Hotel Dinner, WD = Welcome Dinner, HL = Highlight Lunch


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