Dekel Tours
Sample Itinerary

Private Holy Land Tour

DAY 1
Arrival: Tel Aviv

Arrival to Ben Gurion Airport – VIP escort through passport control, baggage claim, and customs.

Transfer to your hotel

Afternoon & evening at leisure

Overnight: Tel Aviv

DAY 2
Tel Aviv – Jaffa

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel.

Old Jaffa – This fascinating neighborhood with its charming alleyways, bustling flea market, and ancient port is filled with something for everyone. Sit along the water, haggle with local shopkeepers, take in the historical and archaeological sites, stop in a museum, or visit historic St. Peter’s Church.

Lunch on your own.

Caesarea National Park – Home to ancient palaces built for King Herod, a Roman amphitheater, historic port, and other Roman archaeological wonders, such as the Promontory Palace with the remains of its mosaic floor.

Dinner on your own.

Overnight: Tel Aviv

DAY 3
Coastal Plain

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel and check out.

Mukhraka – This site is believed to be the location of the battle between Elijah and the prophets of Baal. The site is home to the Monastery of the “place of burning” and contains fantastic views overlooking the hills of the Lower Galilee.

Lunch on your own.

Tel Megiddo – A UNESCO World Heritage Site noted for its well-preserved archaeological remains of early Canaanite and Israelite cities. This unique site is thought to have seen more battles than any other location in the world.

Mount Arbel – This mountain nature reserve has awe-inspiring observation points, hiking trails, and archaeological wonders from as far back as the Second Temple period.

Dinner at your hotel.

Overnight: North.

DAY 4
Golan Heights

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel.

Caesarea Philippi – This site overlooking the northern Jordan Valley is the ancient city where Jesus revealed to his disciples that he was the Messiah.

Majd-al-Shams – A Druze village in the northern Golan Heights, where you’ll learn about the Druze community and their culture as you share a lunch of freshly made traditional Druze food with a local family in their home.

Lunch is included.

Golan Heights Jeep Tour – Off-road tour of the stunning mountain landscapes of the beautiful Golan, highlighting the key landmarks of one of Israel’s most fascinating and complicated regions.

Dinner at your hotel is included.

Overnight: North

DAY 5
Sea of Galilee

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel.

Sites from the Ministry of Jesus – Your tour of ancient villages around the Sea of Galilee includes Chorazin, Capernaum, Tabgha, and Magdala. Visit the ruins of a synagogue from the time of Jesus, the hometown of Mary Magdalene, the site of the miracle of the multiplication of loaves and fishes, and more.

Lunch on your own.

Galilee Boat Ride – A short cruise in an authentic wooden boat on the beautiful and tranquil Sea of Galilee. Your guide will point out some of the historical and biblical landmarks you’ll see along the way.

Dinner at your hotel is included.

Overnight: North

DAY 6
Lower Galilee

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel and check out.

Nazareth – Rich with biblical history, including the Church of the Annunciation (built on the site of Mary’s Cave), St. Joseph’s Church (built on the site of Joseph’s workshop), and the Synagogue Church (built on the site of the synagogue where Jesus studied and prayed).

Nazareth Village – Immerse yourself in the culture and spirit of Jesus’s hometown in this recreation of the village of Nazareth from the time of Jesus.

Lunch is included.

Mount Precipice – The hilltop mentioned in the Gospel of Luke where the angry mob threatened Jesus after he announced that he was the Messiah.

Dinner on your own.

Overnight: Jerusalem

DAY 7
Old City of Jerusalem

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel.

City of David – Your tour will begin with a breathtaking hilltop view of Biblical Jerusalem and continue through approximately 3,800 years of history.

Mount of Olives – This site contains numerous significant landmarks, making it a particularly fascinating spot to discuss the holy city of Jerusalem.

Lunch on your own.

Via Dolorosa – Follow the path of Jesus on the way to his crucifixion, and walk in the footsteps of two thousand years of pilgrims visiting the 14 Stations of the Cross.

Church of the Holy Sepulchre – Fourth century Byzantine church built on the site where many Christians believe Jesus was crucified, buried, and resurrected.

Dinner on your own.

Overnight: Jerusalem

DAY 8
Jerusalem & Bethlehem

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel.

Israel Museum – See the famous Dead Sea Scrolls and the most extensive holdings of biblical and Holy Land archaeology in the world.

Lunch on your own.

Tour of Bethlehem The birthplace of Jesus and a pilgrimage site for Christians around the globe. Visit some of Christianity’s holiest and most interesting sites, including the Church of Nativity, the Chapel of the Milk Grotto, Mary’s Well, and the Chapel of the Shepherd’s Field.

Return to Jerusalem.

Dinner on your own.

Overnight: Jerusalem

DAY 9
Judean Desert

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel.

Masada – After ascending to the top of this mountain fortress, you’ll explore the fascinating remains of King Herod’s palace and learn about the Roman siege on the fortress.

Float in the Dead Sea – Take a relaxing break from touring and experience the once-in-a-lifetime thrill of weightlessness as you float in the mineral-rich hypersaline water at the lowest spot on earth.

Lunch at the Dead Sea is included.

Sound and Light Show at the Tower of David – Utilizing the walls of the citadel, this fabulous audio-visual spectacle recreates the history of Jerusalem.

Dinner on your own.

Overnight: Jerusalem

DAY 10
Departure Day

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel.

Friends of Zion Museum – Through exciting, interactive exhibits, visitors can trace the history of the strong bond among the peoples of the Bible and the story of everlasting love and brotherhood that has inspired non-Jews throughout history to support and protect the Jewish people and the Land of Israel, often sacrificing their own safety in the process.

Ein Kerem – A beautiful and scenic historic village removed from the frenzy of modernized Jerusalem. Known for its tranquility and beautiful foliage and architecture, this neighborhood is home to Mary’s Well and a number of historic churches and monasteries.

Continue to the airport – Transfer to Ben Gurion Airport for your departure flight.

Can’t wait to welcome you back to Israel soon!

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