Day One: Shalom, and welcome to Israel!
Arriving at Tel Aviv International Airport, you will be met by your Sar-El Tours Guide and Driver who will be with you for the duration of your tour in Israel. After a short orientation, we will start our tour driving north along the Mediterranean Coast. Today we will visit the Haifa promenade for an overview of the beautiful Baha'i Gardens, the Port and the City of Haifa itself, which stretches along the Carmel Mountain tree-covered scenic slopes.
Continuing east we will explore Megiddo (Armageddon), the biblical site of the final epic battle. From there, we will drive to Nazareth, the hometown of Jesus, to see the Annunciation Church and tour the city's colorful Bazaar. From Nazareth, we will take a short drive to the village of Cana where Jesus performed His first recorded miracle. Your first inspiring day in Israel will conclude when our group checks into our Galilean hotel for dinner and overnight rest.
Mount of Beatitudes
Following a delicious Israeli buffet breakfast, we will visit the Mount of Beatitudes where Jesus delivered the Sermon On the Mount, His longest single teaching to His followers. From this remarkable place, we will continue to visit Tabgha where it is believed that the miracle of the fish and the loaves took place, and Capernaum, the headquarters of Jesus’ Galilean ministry.
An inspiring Boat Ride across the Sea of Galilee will help you gain a First Century experience of Jesus' time, followed by a moving visit to the Ancient “Jesus Boat” that was discovered buried beneath the Lake. We will conclude this amazing day in Magdala, the archeological biblical site of the Village of Migdal, the hometown of Mary Magdalene, where we will explore a First Century Jewish synagogue where Jesus (no doubt) taught, and then return to our hotel for dinner and overnight rest.
Yardenit Baptismal Site
Following breakfast, We will start our day at the beautiful Yardenit Baptismal Site on the Jordan River for a baptism service for those who desire to renew their vows. Continuing south through the Jordan Valley, we will enjoy the epic views of Jordan to the left, and the Mountains of Samaria to the right.
Arriving at the Dead Sea, we will stop at the Kalia Resort Beach to enjoy the mineral-rich waters of the Dead Sea, followed by a visit to Jericho, one of the oldest cities on earth with the breathtaking view of the Mount of Temptation where satan tempted Jesus. After a spectacular hike through Wadi Qelt (time permitting), we will drive up along the ancient pilgrim road to our Jerusalem hotel for dinner & overnight rest.
Mount of Olives
Following a delicious breakfast, we will visit the Mount of Olives where Jesus spent his last hours before His trial and crucifixion, and where He made his way into Jerusalem riding on a donkey. On the mountain’s western slopes, we will visit the moving sites of the Palm Sunday Path and the Garden of Gethsemane.
Returning to the Old City of Jerusalem, we will visit the inspirational sites of Caiaphas’ House (the Chief Priest in Jesus' time), Mount Zion, and the Upper Room (Last Supper). We will continue on to the Christian Quarter to visit the Holy Sepulcher Church, and to the Jewish Quarter to pray by the Western Wall, the holiest site for Jews worldwide.
After breakfast, we will arrive at the impressive Israel Museum for a moving visit of the Model of the Second Temple Jerusalem and the Shrine of the Book where the Dead Sea Scrolls are on display. We will drive to Bethlehem where we will visit the Church of The Nativity and the Shepherds’ Fields to celebrate the Lord’s birth and the angelic announcement. Return to Jerusalem for dinner and overnight rest.
Goodbye Israel, Hello Dubai!
Following breakfast, we will transfer to the Tel Aviv International Airport for our departure to Dubai with the assistance of our Sar-El representative.
Following a short 3.5 hour flight, we will be received by a professional Meet & Greet assistance and proceed directly to visit Dubai frame, Dubai museum (a photo stop), Gold & Spice Market, Dubai Creek, Al Mina Bazaar, Al Bastakiya (Al Fahidi) Historical neighborhood), Desert Safari Tour and a Bedouin Welcome & Dinner at the Desert Camp. At the end of this full-day, we will transfer to our hotel for dinner and overnight rest.
Top Burj Khalifa
After a flavorful breakfast at the hotel, we will pass by Sheikh Zayed Road (longest road in the country), enjoy a photo stop at Jumeira Beach with the amazing Burj Al Arab views, drive by the famous Dubai Marina and Jumeirah Lakes Tower, and enjoy one last photo stop at “The Pointe” with the breathtaking views of Atlantis The Palm.
During the afternoon we will reach the Dubai Mall for an incredible one-hour experience at the Top Burj Khalifa experience (124th Floor/ non-peak hours), to enjoy the unforgettable panoramic views of Dubai from the observation deck of the world's tallest building. Let your jaw drop as you ride up the elevator 124 floors to take in the famous 360-degrees views of the Arabian Gulf.
We will have free time in the iconic Dubai Mall for Shopping & enjoying the evening Dubai Live Fountain Show. Transfer to our hotel for dinner and overnight rest.
Following breakfast at the hotel, we will enjoy free leisure time until checkout (12:00 noon is standard checkout time). Pick-up & transfer to Dubai International Airport for your return flight home.