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Holy Land Classic 2022

10 days
The Holy Land
Starting from $3098* Taxes & Fees Apply

Join us on a 10-day Holy Land Classic tour in 2022, starting at $3,098* with flights from New York, NY. Visit places such as Jerusalem & the Old City, Bethlehem, Galilee, Cana, Nazareth, Capernaum, Mount of Olives, and much more!

 

*All prices reflect a 4% cash discount.

What’s Included

  • All Inclusive Pricing
  • Breakfast and Dinner Daily
  • Deluxe A/C Motor Coaches
  • Entrance and Program Fees
  • First Class Hotels
  • Fuel Surcharges and Gov't Taxes
  • Gratuities
  • Guided Tours
  • International Airfare from NY
  • Overseas Transfers
  • Study Guide

^ Additional Baggage & Optional fees may apply.

Daily Itinerary

Day 1 USA to the Holy Land

Your pilgrimage begins as you depart the USA on an overnight flight.

Day 2 Arrive in Tel Aviv

You will be welcomed at the Tel Aviv airport by our representative and transferred to your hotel to enjoy dinner before retiring for the night.

Day 3 The Galilee

Worship as you sail across the Sea of Galilee. Visit Capernaum, center of Jesus’ ministry in the Galilee, and visit the synagogue built on the site where Jesus taught (Matthew 4:13, 23). On the Mount of Beatitudes, contemplate the "Sermon on the Mount" (Matthew 5-7). Explore the Church of the Fish and the Loaves at Tabgha, traditional site of the feeding of the 5,000 (Luke 9:10-17). See the Chapel of the Primacy, where Peter professed his devotion three times to the risen Christ (John 21). In Magdala, once home to Mary Magdalene, visit a recently discovered first-century synagogue. Recall Jesus’ baptism by John the Baptist at the Jordan River.

Day 4 Cana, Nazareth, Tel Megiddo & Caesarea

Visit the Franciscan Wedding Chapel in Cana, site of Jesus’ first miracle, before continuing on to Nazareth, Jesus’ boyhood home (Matthew 2:23). Look out over Tel Megiddo (Armageddon) to view one of the most important archaeological sites in Israel. Today’s last stop is Caesarea, a center of the early Christians where an angel visited Cornelius, the first Gentile believer (Acts 10), and where Paul was imprisoned for two years before appealing to Caesar.

Day 5 Jericho, Qumran & Mount of Olives

As you stop in Jericho to view the ruins of the city conquered by Joshua (Joshua 6:1, 2, 20), in the distance you can also see the traditional site of the Temptation of Jesus (Matthew 4:1-11). Continue to Qumran, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered in 1947. End your day with a group picture taken from the Mount of Olives, where Jesus ascended into heaven (Acts 1:9-12).

Day 6 Jerusalem & Bethlehem

In Bethlehem, visit the cave revered as Jesus’ birthplace and see the Church of the Nativity constructed over the site (Matthew 1:18-25, Luke 2:1-7). Gaze out over Shepherds’ Field before returning to Jerusalem. Pray in the Garden of Gethsemane and envision the scenes of the night before Jesus’ crucifixion (Matthew 26:36-44). Continue to Mount Zion to visit the House of the High Priest Caiaphas, where Jesus was questioned the night of His betrayal (Matthew 26:57). Meditate on the events of the Last Supper as you visit the traditional location of the Upper Room (Mark 14:12-26).

Day 7 Jerusalem & the Old City

Walk the Cardo, the ancient main street of the Old City. Explore ancient Jerusalem at the Teaching Steps and the Western Wall. View the Pool of Bethesda where Jesus performed the Sabbath miracle (John 5:1-18). Sing a hymn in the Church of St. Anne and experience its rich acoustics. Visit Herod’s Antonia Fortress, where Jesus appeared before Pontius Pilate (Luke 23:1), and follow in Christ’s steps on the Via Dolorosa ("the Way of the Cross"). At the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, take time to reflect on His sacrificial love.

Day 8 Leisure Day (Masada/Dead Sea Option)

Today you have free time to explore on your own or you may choose to visit Masada and the Dead Sea (additional charge). Ascend by cable car to Masada, Herod’s legendary mountaintop fortress which became the last desperate stronghold of the Jewish Zealots against the Romans. You can still look down on the remains of the Roman camps and the siege ramp below. End your day with a dip in the salt and mineral-laden waters of the Dead Sea.

Day 9 Jerusalem

Travel to Ein Karem, birthplace of John the Baptist and where Mary visited Elizabeth (Luke 1:26-40). Explore the poignant exhibits of Yad Vashem, Israel’s Holocaust Memorial. Visit the Garden Tomb for a time of reflection and communion.

Day 10 Return to the USA or Enjoy an Extension.

Return to the USA or Enjoy an Extension.

Enhance Your Journey

Cairo & the Route of the Exodus Extension Itinerary Starting from $998

Day 10 – Jerusalem to Egypt

Travel in the footsteps of the Holy Family as you travel along the ancient caravan route from Jerusalem to the Sinai desert. Cross the border and check in to your hotel for dinner and rest.

Day 11 – St. Catherine’s Monastery

Everyone will experience a visit to fortified St. Catherine’s Monastery, built in the 6th century, and one of the oldest working monasteries in the world with the world’s oldest continually operating library. Both the Codex Sinaiticus and Syriac Sinaiticus, important early Biblical manuscripts were discovered here. Even Muhammed found refuge here, and the site is sacred to all three monotheistic religions. Remember the story of Moses and the burning bush which tradition places inside the monastery. Continue to Sharm el Sheikh for dinner and overnight at your hotel located on the shores of the Red Sea.

Day 12 – Route of the Exodus

Trace the route of the Exodus along the eastern Sinai coast to Wadi Feiran where the Children of Israel withstood the Amalekites. Travel to Elim where the Children of Israel camped by the oasis of 70 palm trees. Your final stop of the day will be Marah by the Red Sea where the "waters were bitter." Continue to Cairo for dinner and a two night stay.

Day 13 – Memphis, Saqqara, the Great Pyramids & the Sphinx

Travel south to view Joseph’s River and Lake, created by Joseph during the period of the seven years of famine. Visit a grain silo of the kind established under Joseph’s rule to store grain during the seven years of famine. Tour the rural region of traditional Egyptian farming and stop at an old corn water mill. Travel as Abraham did to Memphis (Biblical Noph) and on to Saqqara where you will see the Step Pyramid, world’s oldest stone structure. See the Great Pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx.

Day 14 – Cairo

This morning visit the Egyptian Museum of Antiquities to view the unique collection of Pharaonic art and the renowned treasures of King Tutankhamen. Tour the Old City and see the Citadel of Saladin, built in 1183 A.D., and view the Alabaster Mosque of Muhammad Ali. In Old Cairo, visit the Abu Serga Church built over the traditional site of the house where the Holy Family lived during their stay in Egypt. Prepare for your return flight home.

Day 15 – Return to USA

Only Offered on:
January 10, 11, 17, 18, 24, 25
February 1, 22, 28
March 1, 14, 15, 21, 22, 28, 29
April 4, 26
May 2, 3, 10, 24, 31

(Monday departures have an additional free day in Jerusalem before the start of the extension)
*All prices reflect a 4% cash discount. Taxes, tips & fees for extensions are charged separately.

Guests taking an extension may be on a different flight than their group and/or traveling companion.

Nile Cruise Extension Itinerary Starting from $1998

Day 10 – Jerusalem to Egypt

Travel in the footsteps of the Holy Family as you travel along the ancient caravan route from Jerusalem to the Sinai desert. Cross the border and check in to your hotel for dinner and rest.

Day 11 – St. Catherine’s Monastery

Everyone will experience a visit to fortified St. Catherine’s Monastery, built in the 6th century, and one of the oldest working monasteries in the world with the world’s oldest continually operating library. Both the Codex Sinaiticus and Syriac Sinaiticus, important early Biblical manuscripts, were discovered here. Even Muhammad found refuge here, and the site is sacred to all three monotheistic religions. Remember the story of Moses and the burning bush which tradition places inside the monastery. Continue to Sharm el Sheikh for dinner and overnight at your hotel located on the shores of the Red Sea.

Day 12 – Luxor & Karnak

This morning fly from Sharm el Sheikh to Luxor (ancient Thebes), which served as the Egyptian capital during the New Kingdom and time of Moses. Visit the magnificent Temple of Luxor with its avenue of sphinx statues and mighty monumental columns. Continue to the Karnak Temple which was built over 2,000 years and is the largest religious building ever constructed. See the famed Hypostyle Hall, the Obelisks of Queen Hatshepsut and Thutmose III, the temple of Amon, the Granite Scarabeus and the Sacred Lake. Board your Nile cruise ship and enjoy dinner.

Day 13 – Valleys of the Kings & Queens & Esna

This morning enjoy sunrise over the Nile River before your visit to the Valley of the Kings. Tombs were constructed here for the kings and powerful nobles of Egypt for nearly 500 years. The valley stands on the west bank of the Nile, across from Thebes (modern Luxor), within the heart of the Theban Necropolis. See the Colossi of Memnon, made of sandstone brought from Gebel El Silsila. Each colossus, including the pedestal and the crown, is about 21m tall and represents King Amenhotep III. See the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut, one of only a handful of female rulers in Ancient Egypt. Her reign was the longest of all the female pharaohs. Sail to Esna, enjoying afternoon tea before visiting the Temple of Khnum. Dinner & overnight on board.

Day 14 – Edfu & Kom Ombo

Visit the Edfu Temple on the west bank of the Nile. Dating to the Ptolemaic period, the temple was dedicated to the worship of the god Horus represented as a falcon. It is one of the most beautiful Egyptian temples, distinguished by its huge splendid structure blending Pharaonic and Greek architecture. Enjoy lunch on board as you sail to Kom Ombo to visit the Kom Ombo Temple. Built on a hillside, this temple was constructed in the Ptolemaic Roman era for the worship of the gods Haroeris and Sobek. It is noted for the relief engravings on its walls which show ancient surgical tools, bone saws and dentistry tools. Nearby, view the three mummified crocodiles in Hathor’s chapel.

Day 15 – Aswan

Set sail on a smaller boat across the Nile to visit the temples at Philae including the Temple of Isis, one of the greatest temples in Egypt occupying a quarter of the island. Next, visit the High Dam, one of the most outstanding architectural achievements of the twentieth century. It was constructed to replace the old Aswan dam built in 1902. The 3600 meter long dam was constructed to protect Egypt from the floods as well as provide irrigation and electricity to its citizens. View the Unfinished Obelisk, made of red granites brought from the quarries of Aswan. After exploring Aswan, fly to Cairo to check in to your hotel for dinner and overnight.

Day 16 - Cairo

This morning visit the Egyptian Museum of Antiquities to view the unique collection of Pharaonic art and the renowned treasures of King Tutankhamen. Afterwards, visit the Pyramids of Giza, constructed over 1,000 years before the birth of Moses. See the Great Sphinx and have the opportunity to ride a camel in the desert near the Pyramids. Tour the Old City and see the Citadel of Saladin, built in 1183 A.D., and view the Alabaster Mosque of Muhammad Ali. In Old Cairo, visit the Abu Serga Church built over the traditional site of the house where the Holy Family lived during their stay in Egypt. Prepare for your return flight home.

Day 17 - Return to USA

Only Offered on:
January 10, 11, 17, 18, 24, 25
February 1, 22, 28
March 1, 14, 15, 21, 22, 28, 29
April 4, 26
May 2, 3, 10, 31

(Monday departures have an additional free day in Jerusalem before the start of the extension)
*All prices reflect a 4% cash discount. Taxes, tips & fees for extensions are charged separately.

Guests taking an extension may be on a different flight than their group and/or traveling companion.

Wonders of Petra & the Dead Sea Extension Itinerary Starting from $898

Day 10 – Jerash

This morning you will journey across the Allenby Bridge on your way to Jerash, one of the best preserved Roman cities in the world. Stroll through the oval piazza and wander along colonnaded streets etched by the wheels of ancient chariots. Stand in the grand theatre where an onstage whisper can be heard in the top row. Continue to your hotel for dinner and overnight.

Day 11 – Petra

Begin your journey south towards Petra today. Explore the city of Petra. Its entrance passes through a long, narrow gorge known as the Siq and can only be accessed by carriage, horseback or on foot. Once inside the city, marvel at the intricate detail of a city that was cut into the cliff sides of rose-colored rock. Travel to your hotel at the Dead Sea for dinner and overnight.

Day 12 – Madaba & Mt. Nebo

Travel to Madaba, the City of Mosaics, to visit the Church of Saint George with its sixth-century, Byzantine, mosaic map showing Jerusalem and other holy sites. Continue to Mount Nebo, where Moses caught a glimpse of the Promised Land (Deut. 34). On a clear day, you can see all the way across the Jordan Valley and the Dead Sea, to the rooftops of Jerusalem and Bethlehem. Return to your hotel for dinner and overnight.

Day 13 – Free Morning at the Dead Sea

Enjoy a free morning at your hotel. Cross the border back into Israel and enjoy dinner in Jerusalem. Afterwards, you will travel to the airport in Tel Aviv to begin your journey home.

Day 14 – Return to USA

Only Offered on:
January 3, 4, 10, 11, 17, 18, 24, 25
February 7, 8, 14, 25, 28
March 1, 7, 8, 21, 22, 28, 29
April 4, 26
May 2, 3, 10, 17, 31

(Monday departures have an additional free day in Jerusalem before the start of the extension)
*All prices reflect a 4% cash discount. Taxes, tips & fees for extensions are charged separately.

Guests taking an extension may be on a different flight than their group and/or traveling companion.

Judea & Samaria Extension Itinerary Starting from $798

Day 10 – West Bank

Journey to Taybeh in the West Bank, the only 100% Christian town in the Holy Land. Visit the Old Town, talk with the locals, visit the Church of St. George, explore the ancient house/museum which is similar to homes in the time of Jesus. Visit the tel at Shiloh, once the center of Hebrew worship until the Philistines took the Ark of the Covenant. See the 3D presentation on the Tabernacle and the rituals performed based on the Bible. See Mount Gerizim near the Biblical city of Shechem (modern Nablus) in the West Bank Territories. Visit modern day Nablus (ancient Shechem) and see Jacob’s Well where Christ encountered the Samaritan woman. Check in to your hotel in Bethlehem this evening.

Day 11 – Judean Wilderness

Pass through the Judean Wilderness paralleling the ancient Roman road to view the Valley of the Shadow. From here, you can see St. George’s Monastery across the gorge. Afterwards, enjoy a traditional Shepherd’s Meal before returning to your hotel in Bethlehem.

Day 12 – Bethlehem Mission Sites, Solomon’s Pools and the Herodion

Spend time visiting local ministries in Bethlehem this morning. Journey to Solomon’s Pools, three large rock reservoirs found near a small Turkish fortress. In the past, water was piped from these springs by gravity to Bethlehem, the Herodion and to Jerusalem’s Temple. Afterwards, explore one of the most exciting archaeological digs in the Holy Land, the Herodion, the palace-fortress and final resting place of Herod the Great.

Day 13 – Return to USA

Only Offered on:
January 25

(Monday departures have an additional free day in Jerusalem before the start of the extension)
*All prices reflect a 4% cash discount. Taxes, tips & fees for extensions are charged separately.

Guests taking an extension may be on a different flight than their group and/or traveling companion.

Hiking in the Holy Land Extension Itinerary Starting from $1098

Day 10 – Hike from Nazareth to Sepphoris (5 Miles)

Today explore the Old City of Nazareth and hike approximately 5 miles to Sepphoris. Visit Sepphoris, the cosmopolitan Roman capital of Galilee until Herod Antipas built Tiberias. It is heralded as the traditional birthplace of Mary and possibly where Joseph and a young Jesus labored. Travel to Kibbutz Lavi for overnight.

Day 11 – Hike from Kibbutz Lavi to Moshav Arbel (8-10 miles)

After breakfast, depart Kibbutz Lavi and walk across the expansive fields to the Horns of Hattin, a double-peaked volcanic structure, where Saladin defeated the Crusader forces in a decisive battle in 1187. After enjoying the spectacular views, continue down the ancient volcano to Nebi Shu’eib, the Druze shrine to Jethro, the father-in-law of Moses. Explore the shrine before continuing through the former Arab village of Hittin, deserted during the Israel War of Independence in 1948. Admire the olive trees as you make your way to Moshav Arbel and the ancient 4th-century synagogue. After almost 10 miles of hiking, return to Kibbutz Lavi for dinner and overnight.

Day 12 – Hike from Mount Arbel to Capernaum (10 Miles)

Begin your final day of hiking at the summit of Mt. Arbel where you will enjoy the stunning view of the Sea of Galilee and its many coastal towns and villages. Descend Mt. Arbel into Wadi Hamman, otherwise known as the Valley of the Doves, and certainly an area where Christ and the disciples would have walked on their way to Nazareth. Continue to Tabgha and Capernaum as you complete the final section of the Jesus Trail and almost 10 miles. Dip your feet in the Sea of Galilee and rest before returning to Kibbutz Lavi for dinner and overnight.

Day 13 – Day of Rest

Enjoy a day of rest or join the optional Horseback Riding & Kayak trip (additional charge). Dinner at Kibbutz Lavi.

Day 14 - Return to USA

Only Offered on:
March 14, 15, 21, 22
April 4, 26
May 2, 3, 10

(Monday departures have an additional free day in Jerusalem before the start of the extension)
*All prices reflect a 4% cash discount. Taxes, tips & fees for extensions are charged separately.

Guests taking an extension may be on a different flight than their group and/or traveling companion.

Jerusalem Extended Stay Starting from $398

Extended Stay available for select January & February Departures Only

Day 10-12 – Extend your stay in the heart of Jerusalem with extra nights at your hotel, bed & breakfast included! You are on your own to enjoy sightseeing, meditation, reflection & renewal.

Day 13 – Return to USA

Only Offered on:
January 3, 4, 10, 11, 17, 18, 24, 25
February 1, 7, 8, 14, 15, 22

(Monday departures have an additional free day in Jerusalem before the start of the extension)
*All prices reflect a 4% cash discount. Taxes, tips & fees for extensions are charged separately.

Guests taking an extension may be on a different flight than their group and/or traveling companion.

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