Holy Land Discovery Tour - Cosmos® Religious Travel

Holy Land Discovery – Faith-Based Travel (5320)

8 Day Tour from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem

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Arrive in Tel Aviv, Israel, and meet your Tour Director and fellow travelers. Travel through the ancient ports of Jaffa and Caesarea, where you visit the Roman amphitheater and the impressive Crusader fortress. Also visit the archaeological site of Megiddo, Muhraqa on Mount Carmel, and stop in Haifa for an overnight stay. The following day, visit the Mount of Beatitudes and attend Mass. Next up: Capernaum, home to a number of apostles. See the ancient synagogue and the House of St. Peter before heading for Tabgha, where Jesus is said to have fed the 5,000 with two fish and five loaves. In Nazareth, visit the Church of the Annunciation. Continue to Cana, the reputed site of Jesus’ first miracle—turning water into wine at a wedding feast. On to Gideon’s Spring and Bet She’an, one of the world’s best-preserved Roman cities. Via ancient Jericho, continue to Bethlehem, birthplace of Jesus and King David, where you visit the Church of the Nativity and attend Mass. Arrive in Jerusalem for a 3-night stay. Explore the Old Town during a guided walking tour, including visits to the Mount of Olives; the Garden of Gethsemane, where Jesus prayed before his arrest; the Wailing Wall; the Garden Tomb; and the Dome of the Rock. Also walk along the Via Dolorosa, following the Stations of the Cross. A full day at leisure allows time to join an optional excursion to Masada and the Dead Sea.

 Destinations & Sightseeing

Headsets throughout the tour

Inside visits and special features:
Shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description including admission charges where applicable.

Visits to Tel Aviv, Jaffa, Caesarea, Megiddo, Muhraqa, Haifa, Mount of Beatitudes, Capernaum, Tabgha, Nazareth, Cana of Galilee, Gideon's Spring, Bet She'an, Jericho, Bethlehem, Jerusalem


Services of a professional Tour Director while touring

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

Mass/Religious Service:
Mount of Beatitudes, Nazareth, Bethlehem, Jerusalem (may not be available in English)


  • Departure - March 18 Palm Sunday in Nazareth
  • Departure December 22 Christmas in Nazareth
  • Departure December 22 starts on Thursday in Tel Aviv instead of Friday

The following UNESCO World Heritage Sites can be seen or visited on this vacation:

  • 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


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


 Meals & Itinerary

Buffet breakfasts daily; 4 dinners


Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description.

Day 1 Arrive 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.

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

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 in ancient Palestine and its capital for more than 600 years. 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. From here, travel to the archaeological site of Megiddo—an age-old fortified town—and admire the ruins. 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. Overnight in Haifa, a city with a long history that dates back to biblical times.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 3 Haifa–Mount of Beatitudes–Capernaum–Sea Of Galilee–Tabgha–Nazareth

Today, travel to the Sea of Galilee, stopping en route to visit the MOUNT OF BEATITUDES, where Jesus delivered his Sermon on the Mount, and attend Mass. Next, Capernaum, home to the apostles: Simon, Peter, Andrew, James, John, and Matthew. While here, see its ancient SYNAGOGUE and the HOUSE OF ST. PETER, then head for Tabgha, where Jesus is said to have fed the 5,000 with two fish and five loaves. View the church commemorating the miracle and stop at the BAPTISMAL SITE on the Jordan River. Overnight in Nazareth.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 4 Nazareth. Excursion to Cana of Galilee & Bet She'an

This morning, visit the CHURCH OF THE ANNUNCIATION, where the Angel Gabriel told Mary she would conceive and give birth to Jesus, the Son of God. Attend Mass at either St. Joseph's Church or the Church of the Annunciation. Then, head for Cana of Galilee, the reputed site of Jesus’ first miracle, where he turned water into wine at a wedding feast. In the afternoon, stop at GIDEON'S SPRING, where Gideon tested his army so he could decide who would join him in battle against the Midianites. Then, visit Bet She’an, one of the world’s best-preserved Roman cities. Ongoing excavations at this UNESCO World Heritage Site have revealed time-worn colonnaded streets, bathhouses, and theaters.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 5 Nazareth–Jericho–Bethlehem–Jerusalem

Drive through the Jordan Valley and visit Jericho, one of the most ancient cities in the world. Then, continue to 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. Here, attend Mass. Reach Jerusalem in the late afternoon.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 6 Jerusalem

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 before strolling in the GARDEN OF GETHSEMANE, where Jesus prayed on the night before his arrest. Your guide will then lead you into the Jewish Quarter, pointing out the WAILING WALL with its prayer notes tucked between the stones, and the Dome of the Rock, the gold-topped mosque on Temple Mount. Next, walk the famous VIA DOLOROSA (Way of the Cross), following in Jesus’ footsteps as he bore the cross to Calvary for his crucifixion, where the CHURCH OF THE HOLY SEPULCHRE now stands, before arriving at the GARDEN TOMB. Later this afternoon, attend Mass.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 7 Jerusalem. Optional Excursion to 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; pass the Qumran Caves, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered; then, ride the cable car up to the magnificent Masada 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. Toward the end of the afternoon, return to Jerusalem.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 8 Jerusalem

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

Breakfast Breakfast

 Tour Director

With Cosmos, there’s no better way to get to know your destination than through the eyes of your Tour Director. Averaging over a decade... we’d like you to meet a Tour Director, who is representative of the type of expert that will be with you on your vacation.

Years of Experience:

Tour Director -


TEL AVIV Cinema Hotel (ST) or Tal Hotel (ST)
HAIFA Theodor Hotel (ST)
NAZARETH Golden Crown Old City (ST) or Rimonim Maayan Hotel (ST)
JERUSALEM Royal Wing (ST) or Gardens Hotel (ST) or Jerusalem Gate (ST)

 Optional Excursions

The following list of optional excursions are examples only for this vacation. These optional excursions might or might not be offered. Whether it's a special dinner, a local show or a special behind-the-scenes glimpse into an historical site, optional excursions are a wonderful way to enrich your vacation even further. Plus, they give you flexibility. We include the must-see sites and experiences, and we also understand that people take interest in different activities and may want to craft a more personal vacation by hand-picking optional excursions that appeal to them.



Excursion to Qumrun, Masada & The Dead Sea
Excursion to Qumrun, Masada & The Dead Sea

Excursion to Qumrun, Masada & The Dead Sea

A spectacular day trip will take you through the Judean wilderness landscape in the Dead Sea area, the lowest point on the surface of the earth. Enjoy the scenery as you follow the road between the salty water and majestic desert mountains. Catch glimpses of the Caves of Qumran, where the precious Dead Sea scrolls were found. Then ascend by cable car to the clifftop Fortress of Masada and hear how 960 Jewish zealots preferred death at their own hands to the indignity of surrender to overwhelming Roman forces. Later reach one of the comfortable Dead Sea resorts where you will have the chance to experience the feeling of buoyancy in the heavy water. Return back to Jerusalem.

Approximate value: $88 USD per person

Middle Eastern Dinner
Middle Eastern Dinner

Middle Eastern Dinner

On this unforgettable evening excursion you will hear the story of Jerusalem with a spectacular light show in the Tower of David. Amidst the archeological remains in the Citadel's courtyard and to the sound of music, the story of Jerusalem unfolds through breathtaking, virtual reality images. The Tower of David is an ancient citadel located in Jerusalem near the Jaffa Gate which was built in order to strengthen a weak point in the Old City's defenses. At the end of this spectacular light show you will be taken to enjoy a dinner in one of the good Middle Eastern oriented restaurants in the city.

Approximate value: $65 USD per person

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