Day Tour of Jerusalem & Bethlehem
Overview: Depart from Jerusalem in your air-conditioned coach, visit the Mount of Olives for scenic views over Jerusalem. See the Dome of the Rock at the Temple Mount Esplanade, pass the Garden of Gethsemane to the walls of the Old City. Enter through the Armenian Quarter and see the famous Western Wall (Wailing Wall). Cross over to the Christian quarter and follow the route of the Via Dolorosa. Look out for the 14 Stations of the Cross as you trace Jesus' steps to the site of his crucifixion at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. After a short walk along the ancient main street, end at the Jewish Quarter. Drive 6 miles to Bethlehem and visit the Manger Square flanked by the Church of the Nativity and also the Mosque of Oman. Visit the Greek and Catholic churches, before returning to Jerusalem.
City of David & Underground Jerusalem Day Tour
Overview: Depart by air-conditioned coach for the Mount of Olives to enjoy scenic views over Jerusalem. See the Temple Mount Esplanade of the Old City and pass the Garden of Gethsemane en route to the walls of the Old City. Drive to Mount Zion to visit the tomb of King David, famed for the David and Goliath battle. Close by is the Hall of the Last Supper. Enter the Jewish quarter and explore the four restored Sephardic synagogues from the 16th century. See the excavated Herodian Mansions and the City of David - the original hilltop upon which King David dedicated ancient Jerusalem as his capital 3,000 years ago. Recent excavations here have revealed most exciting archeological finds.
Nazareth, Tiberias & the Sea of Galilee Day Trip
Overview: Drive by air-conditioned coach to Nazareth and visit the Church of the Annunciation and the Church of St Joseph's Carpentry. Pass the Church of the Multiplication by the Sea of Galilee, where Jesus' miracle of the loaves and fishes and the feeding of the 5,000 took place. Stop on the shores of the Sea of Galilee to explore Capernaum and discover the ruins of the great Synagogue where Jesus first taught his followers. Travel via coastal Tiberias to reach Yardenit – a sacred site where the River Jordan flows down to meet the Dead Sea. Pass stunning Mt. Tabor, return back to your hotel.
Masada & the Dead Sea Day Trip
Overview: Descend into the Judean desert, passing the Inn of the Good Samaritan, before ascending by cable car to the mountaintop site of Masada - a perfect fortress built by King Herod along with 2 palaces over 2,000 years ago. Continue past the Ein Gedi oasis and ancient Qumran where you can view the caves where approximately the 900 fabled parchment Dead Sea Scrolls were found. At the Dead Sea, enjoy floating in the salt-rich water, 1,312 ft below sea level! Have a mud bath in the world's richest source of natural salts. Purchase Dead Sea skin care products at duty-free prices from the famous Ahava laboratory. Drive back to Jerusalem viewing Jericho from a distance.
Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum
Overview: Established in 1953, Yad Vashem is considered the world center for documentation, research, education and commemoration of the Holocaust. It is Israel's most important museum.
This solemn, inspiring museum serves as a memorial to the six million Jews who were killed during the Holocaust. Connecting to the main hallway are ten galleries, the first gallery illustrates what Jewish life was like in Europe before WWII. Successive galleries reveal how Nazi Germany's anti-Jewish policies began and grew in strength, eventually choking the Jewish population and forcing them into ghettos. Other galleries detail the lives of Jews forced into the crowded, disease-ridden ghettos, the beginning of the mass murders and concentration camps and the aftermath of "The Final Solution." As part of the main exhibit, visitors can step into one of the notorious cattle cars that was used to transport Jewish victims to concentration camps.
On the grounds of Yad Vashem is the Children's Memorial, the endless reflections of memorial candles in a darkened room are coupled with the continuous recitation of names of murdered children, their ages and their countries of origin.
The museum, located on the 45-acre campus of Jerusalem's Mount of Remembrance (Har HaZikaron), occupies over 4,200 square meters, mostly underground. It was designed so that visitors emerge from the museum and the darkness of its subject matter into the stunning view of the valley below. The museum's design is a testament to the tenacity of the Jewish people.