Today will be dedicated to explore the city that became the beating heart of the Jewish People. We will start revealing Jerusalem, from where monotheism actually begun. We will start discovering the City of David new excavations. We will step back in time 3.000 years and walk on the ancient streets from King David`s time. Here, the ancient stones tell us stories of the development of the City of Jerusalem and the fascinating water system carved in the natural rock. We will see the amazing water tunnel and walk in the water canal (or aside). Than we will walk on the stone paved, underground street. This will take us under the wall, into the walled Old City, to the Robinson Arch, the “Priests Plaza” and the Davidson Center.. Walk to the Southern Steps used as the main entry to the Temple. Visit the Wailing Wall, the most sacred site for the Jewish People. We will continue to the Fortress of Antonia and the Pretorius – the Judgment Hall, where Jesus trial took place. Walk through the colorful Arab “shuk”, along the stations of the Via Dolorosa to the largest Byzantine building in Jerusalem, The Holy Sepulcher. Continue to the Citadel at the Jaffa Gate. Visit the ruins of Herod`s Palace and other impressive remains from 2.000 years ago. End the day visiting the fine collection of antiquities exhibited in the famous Rockefeller Museum.
Day 2 – HERODION & BETHLEHEM – 2.000 YEARS OF HISTORY
After breakfast, drive to the Herodion Fortress, a hand made mountain created by King Herod as a refuge palace and fortress. No savings were done here. A magnificent palace, tremendous fortifications, the highest quality of engineering work and amazing water solutions. All in one place, built to embrace the Tomb of this great builder, the tomb that was discovered and reconstructed partially recently. This recent discovery is by all mean, one of the most important archaeology discoveries in Israel.
After a short ride we will get to Bethlehem to visit the Church of Nativity – the birthplace of Jesus. A Byzantine and Crusaders Cathedral. Back to Jerusalem
Day 3 – JERICHO AND MASSADA – 10.000 YEARS OF HISTORY
After breakfast, drive to the Good Samaritan Inn, where we will learn about the history of mosaic art in Israel. Continue to Jericho, the oldest town with 10.000 years of history. Continue to Qumran, the center of the interesting sect of the Essen. Visit the ruins of this desert village and get impressed by the water system that was so efficient, that it supplied enough water for the many ritual pools found in the village, as well as for the cultivated fields near the village. Drive along the Dead Sea shore, via the oasis of Ein Gedi to Massada. Ascend and descend by cable car. The fortress of Massada became the symbol of resistance of the Jews against the Romans. Walk aside the ruins of the luxurious palace and buildings built by King Herod. See the palaces, storage halls, synagogue, bath houses and ancient streets. Observe the ramp and the top engineering project of the water cisterns. End the day floating on the salty waters at the lowest place on Earth, the Dead Sea. Drive back to Jerusalem.
Important: Program might change due to unexpected circumstances !
5-11 March 2016, special tour * : "Jerusalem and the land of the Bible"