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Hevron and Path of the Patriarchs (3)

A visit to Israel is not complete without a visit to the Biblical home town of Avraham Aveinu (Abraham the Patriarch). Come tour the city of Hevron where Abraham and Sarah lived. Tour Ma’arat HaMachpela, the Cave of the Patriarchs, where they were subsequently buried. Walk the streets of this distinctive town; hear awe-inspiring stories about people and events that occurred here throughout the past 3800 years. Visit the Hevron of Today and connect to the Hevron of Yesteryears.

Galilee: A focus on Christian Sites

Cruise visits to Israel

Pick up at Haifa Port and travel to Nazareth for a visit the Basilica of the Annunciation or other sites to recall Jesus in Nazareth.  Travel to Sea of Galilee (Kinneret), then onto the Mount of Beatitudes (Sermon on the hill).  From here, travel to Capernaum, center of Jesus' Galilee preaching.  Take a short drive to a lookout on the Golan Heights to appreciate the magnificent view and hear the modern history of this strategic area in Israel. Lunch on the banks of the Sea of Galilee. Travel into the western Galilee, passing though the Jezreal Valley, at the foot of Mt.Tabor, the site of the Transfiguration event.  Return to Haifa Port.

Akko, Rosh HaNikra, Sefat, Golan Heights

Cruise visits to Israel

Pick up from Haifa port.  Travel to Akko’s Crusader City, then onto Rosh HaNikra to see how the grottos were formed by the crashing of the Mediterranean water into the mountains.  We’ll then travel to the Mystical city of Sefat where we'll explore its alleyways, synagogues, and art galleries.  Now our journey continues to the Golan Heights and for a tour of the Golan Winery located in Katzrin.  From here, we’ll travel to Tiberius and visit the Sea of Galilee otherwise known as the kinneret.  We’ll drive through the Galilee to return back to Haifa.

Akko, Rosh HaNikra,Tzippori, Zichron Yaakov

Cruise visits to Israel

Travel to Akko for a visit to the Crusader fortress and Knight’s Hall.  The continue north to Rosh HaNikra and see the amazing grottos that were carved out of the mountain by the crashing waters of the Mediterranean Sea.  Now head to Tzippori, ancient Jewish and pagon Roman city.  At this archeological park you’ll find amazing mosaic floors.   Travel to the quaint community of Zichron Yaakov, walk along the quaint cobblestone streets as you hear about its fascinating history.  For a treat, we'll visit a local winery for a tour and tasting.  Return to Haifa.

Jerusalem – for the Christian Visitor

Cruise visits to Israel

Pick up at Ashdod Port and travel directly to Jerusalem.  Stop off at Mount of Olives for spectacular view of Jerusalem’s OldCity, the TempleMount, and Dome of the Rock.  Stop off at the Garden of Gethsemene.  Continue onto Jaffa Gate, viewing the surrounding area and appreciating the changes that have occurred through time.  Begin a walking tour on MountZion, visiting the traditional site of King David’s tomb and the Coenaculum (the Room of the Last Supper).  From here we’ll walk to the Jewish Quarter of the OldCity stopping off at the Roman Byzantine Cardo.  We’ll descend to the Western Wall, holy site for Jews, as it is located at the base of the TempleMount. We will tour the Southern Wall excavations to appreciate how the Temple was built.   From here, we’ll enter into the Moslem Quarter and walk through the shuk as we make our way along the Via Dolorosa.  We’ll enter into the Christian Quarter to visit the church of the Holy Sepulcher.  Return to Ashdod Port.

Jerusalem Highlights

Cruise visits to Israel

 The goal of this tour is to show you how Jerusalem has been a central focus for Jews for over 3000 years.  We will see how Jerusalem has transformed over the years and that from the moment of it’s inception until today, it has always been considered the capital of the Jewish people.   Our tour will begin with a drive up to Mount Scopus and Mount of Olives for spectacular view of Jerusalem’s Old City, the TempleMount, and Dome of the Rock. During this visit we will appreciate the historical, religious, and military significance of these mountain ranges.  We will continue to the City of David, the site where Jerusalem first was founded, for a brief overview.  From here, we will enter the ancient walled city of Jerusalem and tour the Southern Wall excavations and the Kotel.  We will walk through the Jewish Quarter, getting a feel of Jewish life in the Quarter today and recalling its importance throughout our history.   We will pass by the Hurva Synagogue and here its challenging history, along with the Ramban’s Synagogue, we will see the Roman Byzantine Cardo, the Broad Wall, and have an opportunity to walk upon the rooftops to see all 4 quarters of the Old City.  We will depart the OldCity travel to Ammunition Hill, site of one of the most difficult battles in the 6-Day War, whose victory allowed the Israeli forces to break through and recapture the Old City of Jerusalem.  From here, we will visit Machne Yehuda outdoor market, for a taste of Israeli everyday life and cuisine.  Return to AshdodPort.

Introduction to Jerusalem

Cruise visits to Israel

Pick up from Ashdod Port and travel directly to the Holy City of Jerusalem.   From the Mount of Olives you will have a spectacular view of the Temple Mount and Jerusalem. Our walking tour of the Old City will include Mt. Zion, the Armenian Quarter, the Roman Byzantine Cardo, a 2700 year old wall built by King Hezikiyahu, a discussion of the Hurva Synagogue, a tour of the Herodian Mansion, the Kotel (the western wall of the Temple Mount), and the Southern Wall excavations.  While touring, we'll focus on First and Second Temple Jerusalem, and try to understand how the Beit HaMikdash (the Temple) was the center of Jewish life.  Walk through the Moslem Quarter.  Return to vehicle and return to Ashdod Port.