Holy Land Discovery (Protestant Version) – Faith-Based Travel (5340) - 2015 / 2016

9 Day Tour from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem

Holy Land Discovery Protestant Version – Faith-Based Travel
Walk through the Jewish Quarter in Jerusalem
Walk through the Jewish Quarter in Jerusalem

Vacation Overview

Cosmos is excited to announce the addition of a new Holy Land tour focused on Protestant Christianity. This exciting 9 day, faith-based itinerary visits many of Israel’s biblical sites starting in Tel Aviv. Travel via the ancient ports of Jaffa and Caesarea, Muhraqa and the archaeological site of Megiddo to Tiberias for an overnight. Visit Kibbutz Ginosar to see the Jesus Boat Museum, Capernaum home to a number of apostles, and see the ancient synagogue and the house of Peter. Continue to the Mount of Beatitudes, followed by Tabgha, where Jesus fed the 5,000 with two fish and five loaves and finally visit Caesarea-Philippi. Travel to Cana, where Jesus turned water into wine and in Nazareth, visit the Church of the Annunciation. Next up is Nazareth Village to experience what life was like in the times of Jesus and his disciples. Via Jericho and the Jordan Valley, visit the baptismal site of Kaser-El-Yahud, the site of the ascension of Elijah the Prophet. Arrive in Jerusalem for a 5-night stay. Explore the Old City during a guided walking tour. Visit the Mount of Olives and descend via the Palm Sunday walk to the Garden of Gethsemane, where Jesus prayed before his arrest, the Pools of Bethesda, and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Continue with a visit to King David’s Tomb and the Cenacle (room of the Last Supper). Travel to Bethlehem, birthplace of Jesus to see the Church of the Nativity. Return to Jerusalem and see the Cardo, the Western Wall and the Davidson Center followed by a visit to the Garden Tomb with some time for personal reflection. Two full days at leisure allows for time to join an optional excursion to Qumran, Masada and the Dead Sea or Yad Vashem and the Israel Museum to see the Shrine of the Book.

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Headsets throughout the tour

Visits to Tel Aviv, Jaffa, Caesarea, Muhraqa, Megiddo, Kibbutz Ginosar, Capernaum, Mount of Beatitudes, Tabgha, Caesarea Philippi (Banias), Cana, Nazareth, Jericho, Kaser-El-Yahud, Bethlehem, Jerusalem

Scenic Highlights:
Sea of Galilee, River Jordan, Jordan Valley, Dead Sea

Religious Services:
Please arrange with your Tour Director


Services of a professional Tour Director while touring


  • March 27 Departure - Good Friday in Jerusalem (April 3) and Easter Sunday in Amman (April 5)
  • Please check visa requirements with your local consulate; responsibility for obtaining visas for Israel and Jordan rests with the traveler.

Day 1Arrive in Tel Aviv, Israel

Welcome to Israel! Check into your hotel and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure. This evening, meet your Tour Director and fellow travelers. (D)

Day 2Tel Aviv–Jaffa–Caesarea– Muhraqa–Megiddo–Tiberias

Enjoy a full day exploring some of the ancient biblical and modern sights of this fascinating land. Leave Tel Aviv and drive to the old port of Jaffa. Set around a picturesque natural harbor, this atmospheric town is mentioned in the Bible as the place from which Jonah set sail before he was swallowed by a whale. Sightseeing continues at Caesarea, an ancient port turned stunning archaeological zone. Built by Herod the Great in the 1st century BC, the city was one of the most splendid capitals of its time. Admire what remains of Herod’s grandiose building works, including the restored 3,500-seat Roman THEATER, the AQUEDUCT, harbor, and the crumbled moat and towers from the 12th-century CRUSADER FORTRESS. Next, visit MUHRAQA on Mount Carmel. Here, a 17th-century monastery marks where, according to the Bible, the prophet Elijah confronted the prophets of Baal. From here, travel to the archaeological site of Megiddo—an age-old fortified town—and the site of Armageddon according to the Bible. Overnight in the lakeside city of Tiberias. (B,D)

Day 3Tiberias. Excursion to Kibbutz Ginosar, Capernaum, Mount of Beatitudes, Tabgha & Caesarea Philippi

Today, travel to Kibbutz Ginosar to see the ancient boat at the JESUS BOAT MUSEUM. Afterwards, enjoy a CRUISE on the waters of the Sea of Galilee. Next is Capernaum, home to the apostles Simon Peter, Andrew, James, John, and Matthew. While here, see its ancient synagogue and the House of St. Peter. Travel north for a visit to the MOUNT OF BEATITUDES, a perfect setting for personal reflection and where Jesus delivered his sermon on the mount. Continue to Tabgha, where Jesus is said to have fed the 5,000 with two fish and five loaves. Visit the CHURCH OF THE MULTIPLICATION, the site commemorating the miracle. On to Caesarea-Philippi (Banias) which was once a pagan city dedicated to the god Pan, it was reconstructed in ancient times by Philip, the son of Herod. Here, Saint Peter made his proclamation of faith in Jesus, who declared him the rock on which he would build his church and promised him the key to the Kingdom of Heaven. (B,D)

Day 4Tiberias–Cana–Nazareth–Jericho–Kaser-el-Yahud–Jerusalem

This morning, drive to Nazareth via Cana, the reputed site of Jesus’ first miracle, where he turned water into wine at a wedding feast. In Nazareth, visit the CHURCH OF THE ANNUNCIATION, where the Angel Gabriel told Mary she would conceive and give birth to Jesus, the Son of God. Next, stop at NAZARETH VILLAGE to see and understand what life was like during the time of the Second Temple in Israel thousands of years ago and a chance to dress up like the Galileans’ in the times of Jesus and his disciples. Leave the Galilee area, drive through the Jordan Valley and visit Jericho, one of the most ancient cities in the World. Then, visit Kaser-El-Yahud, a baptismal site and site of the ascension of Elijah the Prophet. Ascend up the Judean Mountains to Jerusalem with a stop at a viewpoint overlooking the Old City. (B,D)

Day 5Jerusalem

A fascinating day awaits as you set off on a walking tour of Jerusalem’s Old Town. From the MOUNT OF OLIVES, take in memorable views over the city’s domes, walls, and rooftops. Descend via the PALM SUNDAY WALK and visit the GARDEN OF GETHSEMANE, where Jesus prayed on the night before his arrest. Visit the CHURCH OF ALL NATIONS located next to the garden. Enter through Saint Stephen’s gate and arrive at the POOLS OF BETHESDA. The pools dates back to the 2nd century BC and it was here where Jesus is said to have cured a sick man. Next, continue following in Jesus’ footsteps to the CHURCH OF THE HOLY SEPULCHRE. This church is a complex of various chapels built on what was called the Hill of Golgotha. Final stop today is to Mt. Zion to visit KING DAVID’S TOMB and the CENACLE – the Upper Room (Room of the Last Supper). (B,D)

Day 6Jerusalem. Excursion to Bethlehem

This morning travel into the ancient city of Bethlehem, the birthplace of Jesus and King David. Visit one of Christianity’s holiest places, the CHURCH OF THE NATIVITY, built over the cave traditionally regarded as the spot where Jesus was born. Return to Jerusalem and walk through the Jewish Quarter, which was reconstructed after the city was unified after the Six-Day War in 1967. A special point of interest is the CARDO, view the unearthed main Roman thoroughfare and ancient marketplace lined with columns. Continue with a stop at the WESTERN WALL, the holiest place in Judaism today. Afterward, head for the Southern Wall Excavations and visit the DAVIDSON CENTER, one of the most significant archeological sites in the country. Last stop, the GARDEN TOMB where you will enjoy the scenery of the beautiful holy garden, a perfect place for personal reflection and worship. (B,D)

Day 7Jerusalem. Optional Excursion to Qumran, Masada & The Dead Sea

Today is free to relax, explore Jerusalem at leisure, or join an exciting optional excursion to the Dead Sea, the lowest point on Earth. Travel through the mountainous Judean Desert to Qumran with an included visit to the Qumran Caves, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered. Continue on to Masada and ride the cable car up to the magnificent rock fortress. The fortification, perched high on a cliff-top plateau above the Dead Sea, was built by Herod the Great and was the site where 960 Jewish zealots committed mass suicide to evade capture by the Romans in 73 AD. Later, head for the shores of the Dead Sea, where you’ll have plenty of time to float in the famously buoyant waters. Return to Jerusalem in the late afternoon. (B,D)

Day 8At Leisure Jerusalem

Today, continue enjoying Jerusalem at leisure. You may want to join an optional excursion to Yad Vashem, considered the primary memorial and museum of the Holocaust and take a tour of the new Holocaust History Museum. This excursion also visits the Israel Museum where you will see the Shrine of the Book (where the Dead Sea Scrolls are exhibited) and also the scale model of Jerusalem the time of Christ. (B,D)

Day 9Jerusalem

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning (nearest airport is Tel Aviv). (B)

Scheduled transatlantic flights and airport transfers in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem if Cosmos issues the air tickets. Touring by private first-class air-conditioned motorcoach.

TEL AVIV Tal Hotel (ST)
TIBERIAS Leonardo (F)

Buffet breakfasts; 8 dinners

UNESCO World Heritage Sites

The following UNESCO World Heritage Sites can be seen or visited on the Holy Land Discovery (Protestant Version) – Faith-Based Travel:

  • Bahá-I Holy Places in Haifa and the Western Galilee
  • Biblical Tells - Megiddo
  • Masada
  • White City of Tel Aviv - the Modern Movement
  • Church of the Nativity and the Pilgrimage Route, Bethlehem
  • Petra
  • Old city of Jerusalem and its Walls
  • White city of Tel Aviv, the modern movement
  • Baha i Holy places in Haifa and the Western Galilea
  • Megiddo
  • Old city of Jerusalem and its Walls
  • Church of the Nativity and the Pilgrimage Route, Bethlehem

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