HOLY LAND AND GREECE

  • Duration:10 NIGHTS/11 DAYS
  • Countries Visited:Greece, Holy Land
  • Highlights:plus an optional 3 day Greek Island Cruise
  • Tour Inclusions:
    • Airfare NYC/ CAIRO/NYC
    • Accommodations in first class hotel
    •  Buffet breakfast daily and dinner as noted
    • Comprehensive sightseeing as per the itinerary
    • English speaking tour escort thought
    • Transfers by deluxe private motorcoach
    • Baggage handling
    • Select International travel bag and portfolio

DAY 1: DEPART U.S.A.

You’ll leave this evening on an overnight flight to Tel Aviv.

DAY 2: WELCOME TO THE HOLY LAND

You are greeted by your tour escort and depart on a short tour of Tel Aviv, Israel’s commercial center. Before arriving at your hote,l on the shores of the Mediterranean, you’ll  visit the ancient Port of Jaffa. Overnight in Netanya or Nazareth. (D.)

DAY 3: CAESAREA-MT. CARMEL–NAZARETH–CANA

Visit the Roman capital of ancient Israel, Caesarea, where Paul was imprisoned and taken to Rome. Continue on to the third largest city in Israel, Haifa. Visit Mt. Carmel, to see Elijah’s Grotto and the Church of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel. See Megiddo, 20 cities layered in one city and the Valley of Armeggedon. We’ll continue to Nazareth, the boyhood home of Jesus and Cana, as you recall the place of the First Miracle. Tonight you have a peaceful night of rest in your hotel on the shores of the Sea of Galilee. (B.D.)

DAY 4: GALILEE

The day starts with a prayer service on board the ship as you sail on the peaceful waters of the Sea of Galilee. See the Jesus boat, and stop at Chorazim, the cursed city. Visit Capernaum the centers of Jesus’ Ministry. Travel to Mount of Beatitudes where Jesus preached to his people and visit Tabgha, the Church of the Fishes and the Loaves. Stop at Yardenit , the Baptismal site on the river Jordan. Overnight Sea of Galilee. (B.D.)

DAY 5: MT.TABOR-JORDAN VALLEY-JERICHO-DEAD SEA- JERUSALEM

Visit Mt. Tabor Church of Transfiguration, before departing for Jordan Valley to Jericho, the oldest known city. Take a dip in the water, weather permitting. Stop at Qumran where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found. Continue to Jerusalem. Overnight Jerusalem. (B.L.D.)

DAY 6: BETHLEHEM- JERUSALEM

The day in the Holy City begins as you enjoy the unforgettable view from atop the Mount of Olives, marveling at the beauty of a 400-year-old city laid out before you. Your visit includes the Church of Pater Noster and the Chapel of Ascension. Walk down the Palm Sunday Road to the Garden of Gethsemane and the Church of All Nations. Visit Bethany, home of Mary, Margaret and Lazarus, and Bethlehem to see the Shepherd’s Field and Grotto, Church of Nativity and the Manger where Jesus was born. Overnight Jerusalem. (B.D.)

DAY 7: JERUSALEM : OLD CITY-NEW CITY

This morning walk in the Footsteps of Our Lord Jesus via St. Stephen’s Gate, on to the Western Wall (Wailing Wall) and the Temple Mount. See the Dome of the Rock Mosque and the original Temple Grounds. Sing a hymn in the Church of St. Anne and view the Pool of Bethesda, where Jesus performed the Sabbath Miracle. Reflect on the final hours of His life as you walk “the Way of the Cross” culminating with a visit to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Leave the Old City passing through the bazaar and the Jaffa Gate. Visit the Model City of Jerusalem as it was during the Roman occupation. Time is scheduled for an optional visit to the war memorial or the Israeli Museum to see the Shrine of the Book, where the Dead Sea Scrolls are displayed. Overnight in Jerusalem. (B.D.)

DAY 8: JERUSALEM : THE HOLY CITY

Visit Mt. Zion see the Upper Room, revered as the site of the Last Supper, and the Tomb of King David. Behold the house of High Priest Caiphas where Jesus was imprisoned for a night and the Church of St. Peter in Gallicantu where the Apostle denied Jesus three times. End the day with worship at the Garden Tomb. Overnight Jerusalem. (B.D.)

DAY 9: TEL AVIV–ATHENS

This morning fly to Athens where you begin the city tour. Visit the renowned Acropolis and the ruins of the Parthenon, Erectheum, and Propylaea. View Mars Hill and the Agora, ancient marketplace and center of Athenian public life, where Paul preached and Socarates thought. You will also see modern Greece in the House of Parliament, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, the Palace and much more. Overnight Athens. (B.D.) {mosimage}

DAY 10: CORINTH

Drive to Corinth, the city that inspired many of St. Paul’s most familiar letters, visit the Archaeological Museum, the market Place, the Bema and the Temples.  Return to Athens where you have the rest of the day at leisure. Tonight you have the opportunity to enjoy traditional Greek music, dancing and food in the Plaka section. (B.)

DAY 11: RETURN TO THE U.S.A.

Transfer to the airport for your flight back home.

We recommend an optional 3 day Greek Island Cruise

DAY 11: PIRAEUS-MYKONOS

Board the ship at the Port of Piraeus and sail to Mykonos. Stroll at leisure through the white washed, flower decked alleyways of Mykonos, to the sculpture-like church of Paraportiani or along the waterfront to the famous windmills. (B.L.D.)

DAY 12: RHODES

This old fortified city was built by the Knights of St. John and has changed little since medieval days. You may elect to stroll through the streets or take an excursion to the Acropolis of Lindos. (B.L.D.)

DAY 13: EPHESUS-PATMOS

Arrive at the port of Kusadasi, Turkey. Here you begin your excursion to the ancient Greek City of Ephesus where Paul spent two years during his ministry. It was to this community that Paul may have written his Epistle to the Ephesians. Early Christian tradition also suggests that Mary, mother of Jesus, may have died . You will visit the ruins of St. John’s Basilica where tradition tells us the “disciple whom Jesus loved” was buried. You will also visit the Temples of Diana (Artemis), one of the seven wonders of the ancient world. Board the ship and sail to the beautiful island of Patmos. Here St. John wrote the Book of Revelation, the last book of the New Testament. (B.L.D.)

DAY 14: RETURN TO U.S.A.

This morning you disembark at the Port of Piraeus and transferred to the Athens airport for your flight home. (B.)

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