May 2022 (9 Days, 8 Nights)
Discover the Holy Lands With an Expert in the History of Christianity:
Dr. Adrian Ciani & Academy Travels present a divine experience
1. Departure Day, Sunday: Departure to Tel-Aviv (via a stopover in Europe)
Overnight stay onboard the plane|
2. Day, Monday: Arrival in Europe and transfer to Tel-Aviv
We arrive in our stopover point in Europe and take the flight to Tel-Aviv. Arrival in Tel-Aviv Ben Gurion Airport in the evening. Transfer to our hotel in Neve Ilan near Jerusalem in the evening.
Dinner and Overnight stay at Hotel Jerusalem Gardens in Jerusalem (1)
3. Day, Tuesday: Jerusalem
After the breakfast, start the tour in the morning, by being picked up from your hotel. Drive for a view of the Old City and Jerusalem. Enter the Old City through the Zion Gate, pass the Armenian Quarter, and walk through the Byzantine Cardo. Arrive at the Western Wall, that is the holiest sites for the Jewish people. Continue on walking by the Via Dolorosa, where you will see many pilgrims walking the Stations of the Cross. Finally arrive at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Tour the church that was built over the place where the crucifixion took place, and it is said Jesus was buried. Take a walk through the Old City market. Continue on to visit Yad Vashem, which is the Holocaust Museum, commemorating the destruction of the lives of six million Jews, and those who tried to save them. Returning to your hotel in the evening.
Dinner and Overnight stay at Hotel Jerusalem Gardens in Jerusalem (2)
4. Day, Wednesday: Bethlehem, Church of Nativity
After the breakfast, depart to Jerusalem to continue on to Bethlehem, which was the home of Jesse, King Davids’ father, and where Jesus was born. Walk across Manger Square to arrive at the Church of Nativity. Travel down to the Grotto of the church to see the star, which indicates the spot where Jesus was born. See the Manger and the three Wise Men alter. Next to this is a Crusader Church that is dedicated to St. Catherine.
Leaving Bethlehem pass the Milk Grotto and Shepherd’s Fields.
Dinner and Overnight stay at Hotel Jerusalem Gardens in Jerusalem (3)
5. Day, Thursday: In the footsteps of Jesus
Start the day after breakfast in your hotel. After the breakfast we depart from our hotel. The first stop for the day will be on the Mount of Olives, where you will find the Church of the Ascension. Jesus is said to have gone up to heaven from this place. Close to here we'll see a Crusader cloister and grotto called the Pater Noster, which commemorates where Jesus preached the Lord’s Prayer. As we are walking, stop at Dominus Flevit, where it is said that Jesus cried as he envisioned the destruction of Jerusalem. Continue on to the Church of all Nations in the Garden of Gethsemane. We will cross the Kidron Valley and enter the Old City through the Lions Gate. Stop at the Church of St. Anne to visit the pools of Bethesda. Continue to the cellars in the convent of the Sisters of Zion, to view the water cistern from the Second Temple. There are engravings on the stones of the street.
Returning to your hotel in the evening.
Dinner and Overnight stay at Hotel Jerusalem Gardens in Jerusalem (4)
6. Day, Friday: Dead Sea & Judean Desert
After breakfast we start the drive toward the Dead Sea. Drive through the Judean Desert, and pass the Inn of the Good Samaritan. You can see Jericho in the distance.
Continue on to Masada, go up in a cable car, all the while your guide will explain what you are seeing around you. Tour the 2 palaces, the well preserved bath house, the ancient synagogue, the Roman barracks, and more. Driving on pass by Ein Gedi to the Dead Sea for a swim like no other. he waters are very therapeutic for the skin and the soul.
Returning to your hotel in the evening.
Dinner and Overnight stay at Hotel Jerusalem Gardens in Jerusalem (5)
7. Day, Saturday: Bethlehem To Tiberias via Tel-Aviv
After breakfast, checkout. On our way to Tiberias, we will have 5 hours free time in Tel Aviv.
We will discover and enjoy this bustling city at the Mediterranean Coast at our own pace. .
In the late afternoon departure to Tiberias. In the evening, transfer to our hotel in Tiberias. Dinner and Overnight stay at Wyndham Hotel in Tiberias (1)
8. Day, Sunday: Armageddon, Megiddo, Nazareth & Sea Of Galilee
Enjoy breakfast, and then start the drive by traveling North through the plain of Armageddon, where you can see Megiddo. Stop at the Mount of Precipitation, and arrive in Nazareth. Arrive at the Church of Annunciation, and next to it the Church of St. Joseph.
After Nazareth, we will pass Cana (the site where Jesus turned water into wine), and make our way to the Sea of Galilee. At the foot of Mount Beatitude, visit Capernaum, which was the home of Peter. Tour the Benedictine Church that commemorates the miracle of the Multiplication of the Loaves and the Fish. At the Sea of Galilee, there will be a chance to be baptized in the Jordan River waters.
Returning to the hotel in the evening.
Dinner and Overnight stay at Wyndham Hotel in Tiberias (2)
9. Day: Monday: Departure to Toronto
After breakfast and Checkout transfer to the Tel-Aviv Ben Gurion Airport for our afternoon flight to Toronto.
Arrival in Toronto late in the evening.
About Dr. Adrian Ciani:
"Dr. Adrian Ciani holds degrees in the history of Christianity and modern international affairs from the University of Toronto, the University of New Brunswick and Western University. He has lectured and taught at universities in Canada, the United States, Europe and Asia. He currently teaches a series of courses on the history of the Roman Catholic Church at St. Augustine's Seminary in the University of Toronto, as well as global history at Seneca College. His research examines the historical relationship between Judaism and Catholicism, Christian connections to the Holy Land, as well as the Vatican as an actor in modern international affairs. His latest book project, 'Sacred Ground: The Vatican, American Catholics and the Palestine Question', is to be released in the fall of 2019'.
PRICING INFORMATION (TO BE ANNOUNCED IN DECEMBER 2021)
The Price Includes:
• Return Flight From Toronto to Tel Aviv
• Seven-night accommodation in 4-star hotels in Israel
• (HB price pp with double occupancy)
• One night onboard the plane
• All breakfasts & dinners (including onboard meals)
• All airport transfers
• Three lunches
• Private coach bus throughout the itinerary in Israel
• Entrances fees to all holy sites in the itinerary
• Tour guiding services in English
• And Expert guiding and presentation by Dr. Adrian Ciani (in English)
Not included in the price are:
• Visa fees where applicable
• Out-of-country travel insurance
• Beverages (except water) at meals (even if included in the itinerary)
• Single supplement (To be announced in December 2021)
• Triple discount (to be announced for the third person in the same room, subject to availability)
• Gratuities: person per day for the guide & driver
Payment Deadlines (To be announced)
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