• In old Jerusalem, three world religions collide.

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  • "Christ Pantocrator" mosaic in the Church of Holy Sepulcher. Jerusalem.

     

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  • Yad Vashem's Hall of Names. Jerusalem. (Photo by David Shankbone.)

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  • Jewish men pray at Jerusalem's Western Wall.

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  • Sea of Galilee. Flavius wrote, "One may call this place the ambition of Nature."

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  • The town of Beit She'an flourished under the Pax Romana. It boasts the best-preserved Roman theater of ancient Samaria.

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  • In Haifa, the Bahai Gardens appear to tumble down to the Mediterranean.

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Israel. A Survey of 20 Centuries.

Come journey with us to holy burial grounds, sacred temples, and timeworn sites. Begin in the modern city of Tel Aviv. Then Roman Caesarea, the stunning gardens in Haifa, underground Akko, Katzrin, Tabgha, the Mount of Beatitudes. Onto Capernaum, Cana, the Sea of Galilee, Safed, Cana, Nazareth, Beit She'an, and exquisite Jerusalem. Day-trip to Masada and the Dead Sea.

     Moses led his tribes through Egypt to Israel. Jesus walked these lands, fished these seas, and changed the world. Muhammad came here on his way to paradise. This diminutive stretch of land has hosted history’s most pivotal and influential personalities. Return home with a few more answers and a thousand more questions.


Israel

Type:Custom Journeys

Mode:Land

Sample Journey

This is an 11-day sample itinerary. Remember that R. Crusoe can create an Israel journey of any length to meet your exact specifications.

Day 1: United States
• Overnight flight to Israel.
Overnight in flight
 
Day 2-3: Tel Aviv, Israel
• Arrive in Tel Aviv.
• Old Jaffa walking tour.
• Tel Aviv city tour including Rabin Square, Bauhaus White City (UNESCO World Heritage site), Sheinkin Street, Carmel Market, Neve Tzedek.
Overnights in Tel Aviv

Day 4: Caesarea, Haifa, Akko
• Drive to Caesarea, Roman ruins.
• Bahai Gardens in Haifa.
• Crusaders' underground city, fishing port, market in Akko.
Overnight near Golan Heights

Day 5: Tel Dan Nature Reserve, Mount Bental, Katzrin
• Drive to Tel Dan Nature Reserve, walk trails, ruins.
• Mount Bental summit for views of Golan Heights.
• Olive mill in Katzrin.
Overnight near Golan Heights

Day 6: Tabgha, Capernaum, Sea of Galilee, Safed
• Drive to Tabgha, Mount of Beatitudes, Church of the Pirmacy of Peter.
• Drive to Capernaum, archaeological site.
• Cruise the Sea of Galilee.
• Options in Safed to International Center for Tzfat Kabbalah or historic cheesemaking workshops.
Overnight near Golan Heights

Day 7: Cana, Nazareth, Beit She'an, Jerusalem
• Drive to Cana, St. Mary's.
• Nazareth including Basilica of the Annunciation, market streets.
• Beit She'an Roman ruins.
• Drive to Jerusalem.
• Option to walk Yemin Moshe neighborhood (Jerusalem) on your own.
Overnight in Jerusalem

Day 8-9: Jerusalem
• Tower of David, Mount Zion, Tomb of King David, Church of Dormition, Mount of Olives, Sorrowful Road, Western Wall, the Cardo.
• Option to Bethlehem's Church of Nativity (security permitting) or Machne Yahuda Market or Shabbat dinner in a private local home.
• City of David, Israel Museum, Yad Vashem.
• Option to Marc Chagall windows at Abbell Synagogue.
• Options to Ein Karem.
Overnights in Jerusalem

Day 10: Qumran, Masada, Derad Sea, Jerusalem
• Drive to Qumran, archaeological site.
• Drive to Masada, walking tour.
• Drive to Dead Sea.
• Drive to Jerusalem, with option to Ein Gedi Nature Reserve en route.

Overnight in Jerusalem

Day 11: Jerusalem; United States
• Fly home.

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Sample Pricing

Per person sharing room from $7,260 for this 11-day sample itinerary.

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The Temple Mount: Jerusalem’s Holy of Holies.

The Temple Mount, essentially the heart of old Jerusalem, has been a sacred site for thousands of years not only for the Jews, but also for Christians, Muslims, and even pagan worshipers of ancient Rome.

     According to the Jewish faith, God came to the Temple Mount to expand the world into its present form and to gather the dust to create Adam. According to Jewish scripture, the First Temple was built by King Solomon in 957 B.C. on the Mount and destroyed by the Babylonians in 586 B.C. The Second Temple was built on the same site in 516 B.C. but destroyed by the Romans in A.D. 70. The Jews believe that the Third (and final) Temple will also be built here. At the Western Wall (once called the Wailing Wall), a remnant of the Second Temple, Jews from around the world come to pray.

     Next came the Roman Emperor Hadrian, who arrived in Jerusalem in A.D. 130. On the Temple Mount, he built a city, Aelia Capitolina, to house a Roman colony.  Within the city, on the Temple Mount, he added a temple dedicated to the god Jupiter. Such was the nature of the temple that Jerusalem’s Jews were gravely offended, and they eventually staged a revolt against the Romans.

     In the early part of the fourth century A.D., Emperor Constantine’s mother, Helena, built a church on the Temple Mount dedicated to St. Cyrus and St. John. The church was later destroyed to make room for the Dome of the Rock. But the Mount is significant to Christians as well for the role they believe it played in the life of Jesus. Here, according to the New Testament, Jesus challenged society’s corruption and prophesied a dire fate for the Holy Temple. This act is seen as leading directly to his arrest and crucifixion.

     Sunni Muslims consider the Temple Mount to be the third-holiest site of Islam after Mecca and Medina (both in Saudi Arabia). It is revered as the Noble Sanctuary (Bait-ul-Muqaddas) and the site in Jerusalem from which Mohammed ascended to heaven. Here, after the Arab conquest of Jerusalem in the seventh century A.D., Muslims built both the al-Aqsa Mosque (the Furthest Mosque, mentioned in the Quran) and the Dome of the Rock, which marks Mohammed’s miraculous ascension.

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