OUTLINE OF TOUR ROUTE - Israel 2013 - http://www.anglicantours.com.au/IsraelTourSnaps.html

NB: Throughout the itinerary are links to the web to view or explore the places mentioned

Tel Aviv, Jaffa, Ayalon Institute, Caesarea Maritima, Muhraka, Mt. Carmel , Bet Shearim, Bahai Gardens, Haifa, Akko , Rosh HaNikra (Blue Grotto), Safed, Kibbutz Ginosar, Sea of Galilee, the Mt of Beatitudes. Tabgha, Capernaum, Biblical Dan & Caesarea Phillippi, Yardenit Baptismal Site, Cana, Tel Fahr, Mt Odem, Nazareth Village, Church of the Annunciation, Bet Alfa, Mt. Scopus, Mt. of Olives - Walk down the Palm Sunday Road, visit the Chapel of Dominus Flevit and the Church of all Nations at the Garden of Gethsemane, Bethlehem, Temple Mount, Pools of Bethesda, the Sisters of Zion crypt, Via Dolorosa to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, Solomon’s Quarries (also known as Zedekiah’s cave), Garden Tomb, David’s City, Hezekiah’s tunnel, Pool of Siloam, Western Wall, Mt Zion Last Supper Room, prison of Christ at St. Peter et Gallicuntu, model of Second Temple period Jerusalem, Dead Sea scrolls, En Karem and the birthplace of John the Baptist, Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial Museum, Emmaus, Latrun Tank Memorial and mini-Israel, Bet Shemesh (where the ark of the Covenant returned and the Ela Valley (where David slew Goliath) to Bet Guvrin (myriad of bell-shaped caves), Qumran, En Gedi and Masada, Beersheba, Bedouin visit overnight at hafla, Tel Arad, Tel Sheva, Dead Sea, Arava Valley for Timna, Visit a re-creation of the Tabernacle in the Sinai desert, Eilat.

Day 1 (Sunday 24th February 2013) – Leave via the International Airport for Israel (People will leave from different capital cities around Australia and meet up along the route)

Day 2 (Monday 25th. February 2013)– Arrival - On arrival visit Neot Kedumim, a nature park with plants trees and artifacts referenced by the Bible - Dinner and overnight in Tel Aviv

Day 3 (Tuesday 26th. February 2013)– Visit the pre-48 secret underground ammunition factory – the Ayalon Institute – in Rehovot followed by an orientation drive around Tel Aviv; visit Jaffa and walk around the Neve Tzedek neighborhood and perhaps the Carmel market. Overnight: Tel Aviv
PHOTOS: • Neot Kedumin Biblican Reserve • Jaffa • Underground ammunition Factory • Carmel Market - http://www.anglicantours.com.au/Israel1/index.html

Day 4 (Wednesday 27th. February 2013)– Depart Tel Aviv for Caesarea Maritime, Visit the Carmelite Monastery at the Muhraka,– Drive through the Druze villages of Dalya and Usfiya. / Descend on the eastern side of Mt. Carmel and, time permitting, visit Bet Shearim, End the day with a view of the Bahai Gardens and the northern coastline of Israel. Overnight Haifa.

Day 5 (Thursday 28th. February 2013) – Drive to Akko (Acre), see the prison where the British hanged members of the underground; visit the Knights of St. John Castle, walk through the shuk to the harbor and the medieval Genoese marketplace. Continue to Rosh HaNikra to walk through Israel’s “blue grotto”. Drive across the mountainous north to Safed, home to an artist colony and one-time center of Kabbalah. Overnight Kibbutz Ginosar on the Sea of Galilee.
PHOTOS: • Caesarea Maritma • Carmelite Monastery at Mukarah • Bahai Gardens • Akko (Acre)
• Rosh HaNikra and the blue grotto
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Day 6 (Friday 01st. March 2013) –Visit the Mt. of Beatitudes. Tabgha, Capernaum, Fish lunch before or after depending on time. Drive via Cana to Zippori (Sepphoris) Continue to Nazareth Village. Visit Church of the Annunciation before returning to Ginosar. Optional evening visit (after dinner, at participants’ expense) to Tiberias hot springs

Day 7 (Saturday 02nd. March 2013) - Visit Biblical Dan and Caesarea-Phillippi. Drive up the Golan stopping at Tel Fahr. At Kibbutz El Rom see a short movie about the 1973 tank battle on the Golan and visit the battle site at Mt Odem.
Visit Kursi Return to Ginosar.
PHOTOS: • Nazareth Village • Capernaum • Peter's rock and church • Feeding of the 5000 site - http://www.anglicantours.com.au/Israel3/index.html

Day 8 (Sunday 03rd. March 2013) – Experience an early morning sail across the Sea of Galilee. See the remains of a boat from the time of Jesus.
Continue around the lake, stopping and the Yardenit Baptismal Site,
At the foot of Mt. Gilboa visit the 6th century synagogue of Bet Alfa. Stop for a welcome to Jerusalem on Mt. Scopus before settling in. Overnight: Jerusalem

Day 9 (Monday 04th. March 2013) - Start with a spectacular view of Jerusalem from the Mt. of Olives - Walk down the Palm Sunday Road, visit the Chapel of Dominus Flevit and the Church of all Nations at the Garden of Gethsemane – Afternoon visit to Bethlehem commencing with Lunch there –Visit the Holy Sites including the Shepherds Field, Shepherds Church, Church of the Nativity with Birth cave.
PHOTOS: • Sea of Galilee boatride • Yardenit Baptismal Site • Welcome to Jerusalem for the 1st time • Mount of Olives walk • Garden of Gethsemane • Bethlehem Church and traditional birth site & Shepherds fields - http://www.anglicantours.com.au/Israel4/index.html

Day 10 (Tuesday 05th. March 2013) - Free to enjoy Jerusalem (Old and New City)

Day 11 (Wednesday 06th. March 2013) - Early morning visit (leave hotel at 7:15 - this to avoid a very long wait in line) to the Temple Mount; visit the Pools of Bethesda, the Sisters of Zion crypt and walk the Via Dolorosa to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. Walk through to Damascus Gate and Solomon’s Quarries (also known as Zedekiah’s cave) before ending at Garden Tomb about 3pm.
PHOTOS: • Temple Mount • Pools of Bethesada • Sisters of Zion crypt • Garden Tomb

Day 12 (Thursday 07th. March 2013) - Begin with a visit to David’s City - see the movie of Jerusalem from its inception (some 4,000 years back) until the time of Solomon. Walk underground down the hill to the Gihon Spring. From here we return via Herod’s drainage channel below his street. Visit the Davidson Center, the steps that led to the Temple, followed by a visit to the Western Wall. On Mt Zion visit the Last Supper Room and the prison of Christ at St. Peter in Gallicantu – enter the Jewish Quarter and walk the Cardo. Visit the Burnt House.

DAY 13 (Friday 08th. March 2013) -Today we view the model of Second Temple period Jerusalem; the Dead Sea scrolls. Continue past the Israel Knesset and the Supreme Court to the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial. Visit En Karem and the birthplace of John the Baptist. Finish our visit to Jerusalem with a walk down Ben Yehuda St. and town center or the outdoor market at Mahaneh Yehudah. Overnight: Jerusalem
PHOTOS: • King David's Old City • Wailing Wall • Hezekiah's water tunnel • Last Supper Room
• Prison of Christ
- http://www.anglicantours.com.au/Israel6/index.html

Day 14 (Saturday 09th. March 2013) - Drive down to Emmaus. Continue to the Latrun Tank Memorial and mini-Israel. Continue via Bet Shemesh (where the ark of the Covenant returned and the Ela Valley to Bet Guvrin where we explore the myriad bell-shaped caves and the wonderfully preserved Roman Amphitheatre. Return to Jerusalem
PHOTOS: • Emmaus • Latrun Tank Memorial • Mini Israel • Bet Guvrin caves

Day 15 (Sunday 10th. March 2013) - Depart Jerusalem via the Inn of the Good Samaritan to visit the caves of Qumran, En Gedi and Masada which we ascend by cable car but descend on foot via the Roman ramp where the bus meets us; drive to Kfar HaNokdim, where you ride camels for ½ hour in the desert before returning to settle in your Bedouin tent and enjoy a Bedouin hafla for dinner (perhaps followed by Bedouin music)

Day 16 (Monday 11th. March 2013) - Explore Tel Arad; visit a local Arab falah (peasant) village. Continue to Tel Sheva; Make our way to our Dead Sea hotel to get to the hotel early to enjoy the salty waters of the Dead Sea and any other delights the hotel may offer. Overnight: Dead Sea
PHOTOS: • Qumran • Masada • Bedouins • Beersheba

Day 17 (Tuesday 12th. March 2013) - Part Free Day at the Dead Sea. At 12:00 noon we head down the Arava Valley for Timna Park (lunch on the way on own account) to see the rock formations and ancient mines and Temples. Visit a re-creation of the Tabernacle in the Sinai desert and overnight Eilat

Day 18 (Wednesday 13th. March 2013) -(March 13th) Eilat: visit Giora’s Eilat Stone factory, continue with an orientation drive around Eilat, and visit the underwater observatory.
PHOTOS: FINAL PHOTOS • Eilat - http://www.anglicantours.com.au/Israel9/index.html

Day 19 (Thursday 14th. March 2013) – Free to enjoy the sea (early visit to the bird-watching centre, scuba or snorkel at the coral beach and/or the dolphin reef, parasail, ride in a glass-bottomed boat, or just lie in the sun on the northern beach) and /or the desert – arrange a camel ride up Wadi Shlomo, take a jeep ride - fly to Tel Aviv airport and be transferred to Ben Gurion Airport to catch your plane home.

Day 20/21 - Arrive back in Tel Aviv for flight home and we lose a day on the return journey with the international date line