Judeo-Christian Combined Focus Tour – 3 days:
Day 1: Arrival:
Welcome home J
After landing and meeting your tour guide, we will head to a remarkable visit to Safed (Tzfat), Judaic Kabbalah center, for a walking tour through its unique synagogues, alleys and modern Messianic notions. Understand Tikun Olam (fixing the world) and Jewish mysticism. Continue to the Mt. of Beatitudes to visit the site where the crowds gather to hear the Sermon on the Mount. Get back on the Gospel trail as we walk to Capernaum, the village Jesus moved into after leaving Nazareth. On our way we will pass Tabgha, where the miracle of the feeding of the 5000 took place as well as where Jesus recognizes Peter as his follower and asks him to lead his people. Capernaum is the village where Jesus lived in Peter's mother in law's home, where he taught at the synagogue and performed many healing. We will see the synagogue as well as the home he resided in. Continue to one of the many restaurants in the area for a traditional lunch of St. Peter's fish (or other option for non-fish eaters) followed by a boat cruise on the Sea of Galilee.
Overnight: Galilee (1 night)
Day 2: Jordan Valley & Dead Sea:
Check out and drive south bypassing Tiberias and through the Jordan valley. On the way get a better understanding of the West Bank situation as well as the Jordanian border. Enroute stop at the Island of Peace, a demilitarized zone between Israel and Jordan that was designed to allow Israelis and Jordanians to meet and talk. Continue to the Ein Gedi nature reserve for a short walk between waterfalls, Ibeks and Hyraxes at the nature oasis where Saul and David meet. Continue to Masada for a quick lunch and scale the Mt. by cable car to visit this amazing desert fortress built by King Herod and used by the Sikarees during the Great Revolt. This is where the final stand was made at 72 CE and is one of the best stories available here. Continue North to the Dead Sea and visit the Dead Sea factory for a bit of shopping followed by checking into one of the private Dead Sea beaches for a bit of floating and relaxation. Drive up to Jerusalem to check in for the night.
Overnight: Jerusalem (1 night)
Day 3: Jerusalem:
Start the day by driving to the top of Mt. of Olives for an observation of the old city from the east as was seen by Jesus. Walk down Palm Sunday Road to the Garden of Gethsemane and visit the garden as well as the Church of All The Nations. Continue to the Davidson Center to explore the ancient entrance to the Temple and the pilgrim's route. Continue to the West Wall Plaza for a bit of reflection time. After lunch explore the Via Dolorosa (Path of Suffering), visiting the various Stations of the Cross along the way. Continue to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher to witness the locations recognized by Catholic and Orthodox Christians as the location of Jesus's execution by Crucifixion, Death on the cross and the Empty Grave. End the day with visit to the Israel Museum and visit the amazing 2nd Temple period model and the Shrine of the Book, where the Dead Sea scrolls are kept.
Optional (If on Friday): In the evening be driven back to the West Wall plaza to witness Jewish preparation for Shabbat performed by thousands. Continue for a traditional Shabbat dinner at a local home or at the hotel.