OUTLINE OF TOUR ROUTE - Israel 2014 - http://www.anglicantours.com.au/IsraelTourSnaps.html

One excellent site to check out - http://www.bibleplaces.com

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

Tel Aviv, Jaffa, Caesarea Maritima, Muhraka, Mt. Carmel , Kibbutz Ginosar, Sea of Galilee, the Mt of Beatitudes. Tabgha, Capernaum, Beit Shean, 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, Bet Guvrin (myriad of bell-shaped caves), Qumran, En Gedi and Masada, 4WD Jeep ride off-road through the Ramon Makhetesh ending at bedouin village, Dead Sea, Arava Valley for Timna, Visit a re-creation of the Tabernacle in the Sinai desert, Eilat, Petra (Jordan).

Day 1 (Sunday 16th March 2014) – 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 17th March 2014)– 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 18th March 2014) Depart Tel Aviv for Caesarea Maritime, continue and visit Nazareth and Nazareth Village. Visit the Carmelite Monastery at the Muhraka Mt. Carmel. overnight in Tiberia.

Day 4 (Wednesday 19th March 2014) After breakfast, drive to the Mt. of Beatitudes. Tabgha, Capernaum, enjoy a traditional boat ride on the sea of Galillee. See the remains of a boat from the time of Jesus. Fish lunch before or after depending on time. Drive via Cana to Zippori (Sepphoris. Capernaum, Yardenit Baptismal Site. Dinner and overnight in Tiberia,

Day 5 (Thursday 20th March 2014) –Visit Biblical Dan and Caesarea-Phillippi. Drive up the Golan stopping at Tel Fahr. Visit Kursi . Return to Tiberia for dinner and overnight

Day 6 (Friday 21st March 2014) - Visit Beit Shean. At the foot of Mt. Gilboa visit the 6th century synagogue of Bet Alfa.. Drive to Jerusalem Stop for a welcome to Jerusalem on Mt. Scopus before settling in. Overnight: Jerusalem

Day 7 (Saturday 22nd March 2014) - 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.

Day 8 (Sunday 23rd March 2014) - Free to enjoy Jerusalem (Old and New City)

Day 9 (Monday 24th March 2014) - 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.

Day 10 (Tuesday 25th March 2014) - 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. The Pool of Siloam. From here we return via Herod’s drainage channel below his street. Visit the Davidson Center, the steps that led to the Temple. 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 11 (Wednesday 26th March 2014) - Drive down to Emmaus. Continue to the Ela Valley to Bet Guvrin where we explore the myriad bell-shaped caves and the wonderfully preserved Roman Amphitheatre. Biblical Lakhish and Bet Shemesh and the Ela Valley (David and Goliath). Return to Jerusalem for diner and overnight.

Day 12 (Thursday 27th March 2014) - Today we visit the Western Wall and tunnels. 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

Day 13 (Friday 28th March 2014) -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; continue to Dead sea, dinner and overnight in Dead Sea hotel

Day 14 (Saturday 29th March 2014) Free morning at the Dead Sea hotel to enjoy the spa and hotel facilities. At 11:00, drive through the Negev desert up to Mitzpe Ramon. Drive via the Wilderness of Zin (Ben-Gurion's grave. visit Nabbatean and Byzantine Avdat, - authentic Bedouin visit on this road with Salman. Overnight: Hotel - Mitzpe Ramon

DAY 15 (Sunday 30th March 2014) 4WD Jeep ride off-road through the Ramon Makhetesh ending at bedouin village. Mitzpe Ramon visitor's center. Continue to Eilat via Timna Park to see the rock formations and ancient mines and Temples. Visit a re-creation of the Tabernacle in the Sinai desert. - Eilat overview. overnight Eilat

Day 16 (Monday 31st March 2014) - Trip to Petra in Jordan - Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Eilat Leave hotel in Eilat around 07:30 AM and transfer to the Arava Border Crossing. After ending all border-formalities we drive up to the Jordanian "Desert Highway" and then to the "Rose Red City" - Petra. We enter the ancient city through the famous "Siq" - a narrow natural gorge that made the secret entrance to Petra. At once the valley of Petra opens in front of us, and we see the famous "Khazane Treasury". We visit the most famous monuments, carved in the red Sandstone and eat lunch (included) nearby, before we go back to our bus. After a short city-tour in Aqaba we reach the Arava Border and return to Eilat and transfer back to our hotel.

Day 17 (Tuesday 1st. April 2014) - Free time in Eilat, local Flight back to Ben Gurion and connect with your international flight.

Day 18/19 (Wednesday 2nd/ Thursday 3rd April 2014) We lose a day coming home returning on Thursday 3rd April