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The Wonders of Ancient Israel: Christian Heritage

10 days Religious Heritage Tours
You’ve read about them all your life; now watch as Christianity’s time-honored backdrops come to light on a journey through the Holy Land. Follow in the footsteps of Jesus of Nazareth and his Apostles as you explore the Christian heritage of Israel, uncovering the sacred places where a radical new religion was introduced to the world. From Jesus’ birthplace in Bethlehem to his crucifixion and resurrection in the Holy City of Jerusalem, explore the stories and scenes that set the foundation for an entire faith.

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Local cuisine with beer or wine

Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

Private transportation

Personalized flight options

Let us handle the details

Expert Tour Director

Local cuisine with beer or wine

Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

Private transportation

Personalized flight options

Your tour includes

  • 8 nights in handpicked hotels

  • Breakfast daily, 5 three-course dinners with beer or wine

  • Guided sightseeing

  • Multilingual Tour Director

  • Private deluxe motor coach

  • Select entrance fees

Overnight Flight1 night

Day 1

Your trip begins with a regularly scheduled overnight flight to Tel Aviv aboard an internationally recognized airline.

Tel Aviv1 night Hotel info

Day 2

Included meals: Dinner

Welcome to Tel Aviv, Israel’s cosmopolitan city by the sea. A Go Ahead representative greets you at the airport after you clear customs and then escorts you to your hotel. The rest of the day is free to relax or look around Tel Aviv. At an included dinner this evening, meet your fellow travelers.

Haifa1 night Hotel info

Day 3

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Included entrances: Church of St. Peter, Acre, Caesarea, Crusaders’ Hall

Begin your day with a walking tour through the Old Town of Jaffa, an ancient port city. You’ll pay a visit to St. Peter’s Church, dedicated to the Apostle Peter’s resurrection of the disciple Tabitha. Then, your Tour Director will introduce you to Tel Aviv, Israel’s financial capital. Take in the city’s trademark Bauhaus architecture, including Rabin Square, Independence Hall and Rothschild Boulevard, one of Tel Aviv’s most picturesque avenues. View the White City, a UNESCO World Heritage site, so named for its 4,000 buildings built in the Bauhaus and International styles. You’ll also have free time to explore Tel Aviv’s Carmel Market. This afternoon travel to Caesarea to see its ancient theater and hippodrome. Next, make your way to the UNESCO World Heritage site of Acre to see the Crusaders’ Hall, a complex of halls used by the Hospitallers Knights as dining halls, residential quarters, a dungeon and more. Arrive at your hotel in Haifa in time to enjoy an Israeli meal at tonight’s included dinner.

Lake Tiberias2 nights Hotel info

Day 4

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Included entrances: Bahá’í Gardens, Mount Carmel Promenade, Wedding Church in Cana, Church of Transfiguration

Begin your tour of Haifa with stellar views of Haifa Bay and Stella Maris Monastery on the slopes of Mount Carmel, before reveling in the hanging Bahá’í Gardens. Next, stop at Megiddo which, according to Revelations, is the site of the final battle between good and evil. Then, journey to Nazareth to visit the Church of the Annunciation and the Church of the Transfiguration atop Mount Tabor. You’ll also visit the Wedding Church in Cana, where Jesus is said to have performed his first miracle of turning water into wine. Dinner is included upon arriving at your hotel in the Lake Tiberias region.

Day 5

Included meals: Breakfast

Included entrances: Capernaum, Tabagha

This morning you’ll climb the Mount of Beatitudes, where Jesus delivered the Sermon on the Mount, and visit Tabagha and the Church of the Multiplication of the Loaves and Fishes. Then, board a cruise on the Sea of Galilee, where Jesus calmed the storm and walked on water. Continue on to Capernaum, where you’ll see the carefully preserved ruins of a home thought to have belonged to St. Peter. This afternoon, visit Yardenit on the Jordan River, where John the Baptist baptized his second cousin, the man who would become known as Jesus Christ. This evening, join our optional dinner excursion to the Galilean village of Kfar Kedem.

Optional Excursion - Galilean Evening & Dinner $89*pp Details

Step back into Biblical times on this excursion to the Galilean village of Kfar Kedem. You'll learn about Abraham and then have the opportunity to see how Galileans press olive oil, shear sheep and bake bread.

Jerusalem4 nights Hotel info

Day 6

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Included entrances: Garden of Gethsemane, Jericho, Cable car, Church of the Pater Noster

En route to the holy city of Jerusalem, stop in Jericho to ride a cable car to the Quarantal Monastery. Then, a bus tour of Jerusalem takes you through the city’s most famous sites, including Temple Mount, Mount of Olives and the Garden of Gethsemane. You’ll also visit the Church of the Pater Noster, which commemorates the site where Jesus first taught the Lord’s Prayer. Tonight, join your group for an included dinner. Then, choose to take a tour offering a unique view of the holy city at night.

Optional Excursion - Jerusalem by Night $69*pp Details

Witness Jerusalem lit up by night and gain a unique view of this historic city. Your tour departs after dinner, making its first stop in Mea Shearim, one of Jerusalem’s oldest neighborhoods. Your motor coach will bring you past illuminated walls and churches before arriving at the ruins of the Tower of David, where you'll enjoy a spectacular sound-and-light show.

Day 7

Included meals: Breakfast

Included entrances: Church of Nativity, Milk Grotto, Shepherds’ fields, Home of St. John the Baptist, Church of Visitation

Transfer to Bethlehem for a sightseeing tour of the town where Jesus was born. You’ll visit the Church of the Nativity, supposedly built on the exact spot where Jesus was born, and the Milk Grotto, where the Holy Family sought refuge from Herod’s soldiers during the Massacre of the Innocents. This afternoon, explore Ein Karem, the home of John the Baptist and the site of the Visitation of Mary.

Day 8

Included meals: Breakfast

Discover Jerusalem at your own pace. Or, opt to take the day to explore the Fortress of Masada, swim in the Dead Sea and dine with the locals at Kfar Hanokdom Bedouin Camp.

Optional Excursion - Masada, the Dead Sea & Kfar Hanokdom Bedouin Camp $165*pp Details

Journey by cable car up to the desert fortress of Masada, a fortification high atop a plateau that served as the last stronghold of the First Jewish-Roman War. Though its history remains controversial for many Jews, this memorable site is well worth the trip. You'll then venture to the Dead Sea where you might have time to float in the famously salty waters before enjoying lunch. Later, you’ll visit the village of Kfar Hanokdim for a traditional Bedouin dinner and an evening of music and hospitality.

Day 9

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Included entrances: King David’s Tomb, Upper Room, Church of the Holy Sepulcher, Church of St. Peter in Gallicantu

At the summit of Mount Zion, visit King David’s Tomb and the Upper Room, where Jesus held the Last Supper. Back in the city, walk through the Jewish Quarter to the Western Wall and place a written prayer in the wall. Then, follow the Via Dolorosa to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, before venturing into the Muslim and Christian quarters of Jerusalem and indulging in the wonders of the Oriental Bazaar. This afternoon, visit the Church of St. Peter in Gallicantu, where Peter repented after denying Jesus three times. Relive memories of your journey at tonight’s farewell dinner.

Flight homefor a day

Day 10

Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to Tel Aviv Airport for your flight home.

Add Jordan, 4 nights $759 pp

Since July 1994, when Jordan's King Hussein and the Israeli prime minister Yitzhak Rabin signed a declaration ending the animosity between their two countries, Jordan has opened its doors to the west. Encompassing sweeping verdant and arid landscapes and relics of some of the world's oldest civilizations, Jordan is one of the most warm and welcoming countries on earth. Not to be missed are Petra, the River Jordan and the Greco-Roman city of Jerash.

Petra2 nights Hotel info

Day 10

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Included entrances: Jerash

Travel to Petra via the Jordan Valley Crossing. Stop en route to visit Jerash, an amazingly well-preserved Roman architecture site.

Day 11

Included meals: Breakfast

Included entrances: Petra

Today, discover Petra, a city lost to the outside world for centuries until it was discovered in 1812. Carved into the red rocks of Mount Hor, Petra has been immortalized in verse as “the rose-red city half as old as time.”

Amman1 night Hotel info

Day 12

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Included entrances: Wadi Rum

Drive to Wadi Rum, also known as the Valley of the Moon. Marvel at the stark landscapes and evocative petroglyphs on a transfer through the desert. After lunch, transfer to Amman.

Day 13

Included meals: Breakfast

Included entrances: St. George's Church, Mount Nebo, Citadel, Roman Theater

This morning, explore Madaba, the city of mosaics, St. George’s Church and Moses’ burial place at Mount Nebo. In the afternoon, return to Amman for a guided tour and free time before boarding your late-night flight home.

Overnight Flight1 night

Day 14

Arrive at home.

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  • Tel Aviv, Israel
  • Haifa, Israel
  • Lake Tiberias, Israel
  • Jerusalem, Israel
  • Petra, Jordan
  • Amman, Jordan
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Passport & Visa Requirements

In order to enter Israel (as well as Jordan on the tour extension), U.S. and Canadian citizens need a valid passport with an expiration date extending at least six months beyond the date of your return home. An onward or return ticket is also required for entry. A visa is not required for Israel, however a no charge, three-month visa may be issued upon arrival and may be renewed. It is important to note that if travelers are continuing on the tour extension, a group visa will be provided at the border in Jordan. This entry visa is included in the price of your tour. The Go Ahead Tours itinerary crosses into Jordan via the Jordan Valley Crossing. If you are not a U.S. or Canadian citizen, you must contact each country’s consulate for your specific entry requirements.

Baggage Allowance

Airlines have varying weight restrictions on luggage. Some airlines may impose additional charges if you choose to check any baggage. Please contact your airline or refer to its website for detailed information regarding your airline’s checked baggage policies. Bear in mind that your luggage will probably weigh more on your return trip due to souvenir shopping. We allow only one suitcase per person. One carry-on bag is also permitted, provided that it does not exceed 45 inches (length + width + height). There may be times when you will have to handle your own bags, and you’ll find that lightweight luggage provides a distinct advantage. Make sure you label your baggage and carry valuables, medication and documents in your carry-on luggage.

Clothing & Packing Tips

To ensure you’re comfortable while out exploring, we recommend packing lightweight, loose-fitting clothing that can be easily layered. For sightseeing, we suggest bringing a sturdy pair of walking shoes or sneakers, as well as a lightweight sports jacket or rainwear. If you’re planning a visit to a high-end restaurant or performance, you may also want to bring dressier attire. Also, please remember that it’s preferable to avoid showing bare legs or shoulders during visits to churches or other religious sites (entrance may be denied on this basis).

Health

There are no major health risks associated with traveling to Israel. Especially during the summer months, take proper care for sun exposure. While no vaccinations are required for entry, be sure to check with your doctor or health care provider for the latest updates and overseas travel recommendations.

Cuisine

Israeli food is invariably fresh and very carefully prepared. A typical breakfast may consist of sourdough bread with sheep’s-milk cheese and olives, as well as jam or honey. The range of food choices throughout Israel is immense. You’ll find everything from Kosher meals to dishes with Middle Eastern and Mediterranean influences, as well as the international choices available in any major city. On the coast, fish is an excellent choice, including Ben-Yehuda Boulevard is known for its many delicious ice cream shops.

Transportation

Round-trip flights for the main tour arrive in and depart from Tel Aviv. Travelers on the post-tour extension will fly home from Amman, Jordan. All other included transportation is by private motor coach. In your free time, you may wish to explore the main cities by public transportation. Israel has an extensive—and remarkably inexpensive—transport system of bus, tram, train and metro lines. Purchase all-inclusive passes for the best deal and try to avoid peak periods of travel, when walking is probably your best bet. Taxis are also very inexpensive in Israel.

Electricity

Israel and Jordan operate on the European standard 220 volts.

Time Zones

Israel is two hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) and seven hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time (EST). When it’s noon in New York, it’s 7 p.m. in Israel.

Currency

The Israeli new shekel is the currency you’ll be using on your tour. Better rates of exchange are usually available in Israel, although it’s worth ordering some currency from your local bank to use when you first arrive. We advise that you take credit cards and dollar bills in small denominations. We suggest informing your bank and credit card company of your travel plans, so they don’t confuse your international purchases for fraudulent charges. Exchange small amounts of Israeli new shekel at one time in order to compensate for inflation.

Tipping

At the conclusion of your tour, it’s customary to offer your Tour Director and driver a gratuity. We recommend tipping in your tour country’s currency, the equivalency of $3USD/CAD per person per day for your driver and $6USD/CAD to $9USD/CAD per person per day for your Tour Director. If applicable, we also recommend the equivalency of $2USD/ CAD per local guide. Tips can only be paid in cash. Please keep current local currency exchange rates in mind when tipping.

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4 / 5

4 / 5

Traveled On: 5/1/2014

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: VA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Our Tour Guide was spectacular! Truly amazing!

Our Tour Guide was spectacular and knows the Word of God! I got more than I bargained for with this tour! Truly amazing!

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5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 5/1/2014

Number of Past Tours: 5

From: NJ

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Experience the Bible Firsthand!

What a fabulous trip this was! Raed was an incredible guide. His knowledge goes beyond the pale. I feel I have a much better understanding of both the old and new testaments. Seeing the sites of the Bible firsthand was very moving. I feel that the tour director went above and beyond what was required of him and feel that I really got my money's worth. This was my second trip to the Holy Land and I can honestly say that I learned so much more. I highly recommend this tour which was my 5th Go Ahead Tour.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 5/1/2014

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: FL

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

WONDERS OF ANCIENT ISRAEL: AN AMAZING EXPIERENCE

My husband and I just returned from Israel on the Wonders of Ancient Israel Tour: A Christian Heritage and I must say that I am once again please with Go Ahead and it's tours. This was an amazing trip, a once in a lifetime must for all Christians or anyone of any religion. We got to see soo many historical and biblical sites, float in the Dead Sea, eat at a Bedouin camp, ride camels, pray at the cave where Jesus hid and gave his disciples the Lord's Prayer, go for a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee, take a cable car to the top of Mount of Temptations, drive thru the desert, wonder thru ancient streets of the Old City in Jerusalem, visit the Western Wall and more. Each place was a special and spiritual experience. We were lucky to have such a great tour director, Roy, who made our tour such a wonderful trip. His knowledge of historical sites and biblical references plus his spiritually was amazing and truly added an extra touch to our tour. He was soo nice, courteous and always went out of his way for us. My husband and I got to renew our vows at the Wedding Church in Cana, a memory that will be imbedded in us for a lifetime. We feel soo blessed to have had this opportunity plus to know that we visited the places where Jesus walked, lived, and preached is unsurpassed. Last but not least, the food was AMAZING!! Wow, my palate was submerged with such wonderful and diverse culinary sensations. I recommend this tour to everyone!!!

4 / 5

4 / 5

Traveled On: 5/1/2014

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: CA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 3 / 5

Great Experience

It was a great experience. I'm so glad that I went on this tour. The bus driver and the tour guide were excellent. The tour guide was very knowledgeable and courteous. We enjoyed our time in Israel. The hotels were okay. The last hotel we stayed in was nice. My only complaint was the flight itinerary. Going back to the states, we had to catch a connecting flight from Frankfurt, Germany to San Francisco and we did not have enough time to get from where we landed to the next gate to catch our flight out. We had to run from one gate to the other gate which was on the other end of the terminal which was difficult when you have three senior citizens who could not run. We almost missed our flight but thank goodness they waited over half and hour for us to get to the gate. It was very stressful.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 4/19/2013

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: NJ

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

AMAZING !

Thoroughly enjoyed every moment of this tour. Our tour director Marina was fantastic. Very knowledgable and super attentive to our needs. However, this is an extremely active tour with a lot of walking particularly up and down stairs and on many uneven surfaces. If you are looking for a leisurely tour of Israel this is not for you. If you are up for the challenge, it's very worthwhile and an experience not to be missed.

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5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 3/23/2012

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: SC

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Embrace your soul while experiencing history

This trip would have not been nearly as enjoyable without our tour guide. Salah was well versed in scripture as well as being knowledgeable of cultural and archealogical research. More importantly, he was a fair and consistent presence who complemented our wonderful tour group without being obtrusive, judgemental, or having any preconceived agenda. I can't say enough good things about this trip. Instead I will quote a sign from a church in Bethlehem that I saw during my tour. "If you come as a tourist, we hope you leave as a pilgrim. If you come as a pilgrim, we hope that you leave as a holier one."

4 / 5

4 / 5

Traveled On: 3/23/2012

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: IL

Tour Director: 4 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Ancient Israel: Christian Heritage Tour

Green, James and Keith, They had a wonderful time on their tour and have recommended this tour to other friends and family members!

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 3/23/2012

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: WA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

An inspiring adventure!

This tour was thorougly enjoyable. The Tour Guide was excellent; very informative, fun, and enjoyable. It was a nice balance of thoughtful learning, pleasure, inspiration and adventure. All of the details with connections, transfers, hotels, food, etc were handled professionally and with graciousness.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 3/23/2012

Number of Past Tours: 8

From: AK

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Life Changing tour

After studying the Bible every year almost all of my life and loving the stories and Jesus, it was so moving and significant for me to go to so many of the places in Israel where they took place. Our tour guide was excellent from reading the bible passages to being so informative about everything. I learned so much more. I could feel his love for God and Jesus too and Israel. Many of us felt he was a "holy" man. Very moving experience for me was when the singers in our group sang favorite hymns like "Amazing Grace" for us. Our tour guide encouraged them to sing at some of the churches and roman ruins we visited and I'm so glad he did! Another experience that was interesting for me was the Day at Masada, the Dead Sea Scrolls area, floating in the Dead Sea and ending at the Bedouin camp for an awesome presentation from a Bedouin about their life. Also we had a camel ride which was so much fun!!

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5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 3/23/2012

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: WA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

A truly inspiring and faith building trip!

We covered a lot of important ground with this trip. Our tour guide and motor coach driver instilled so much confidence. The hotels were excellent.