Grand Tour

North to South – East to West

Grand Tour

North to South – East to West

Experiences & Highlights

  • Discover ancient archaeological sites

  • Teachings on the world’s largest religions:  Christianity, Judaism, Islam

  • Cultural and culinary experiences

  • Optional excursion to Petra Jordan

  • Explore Israel from north to south and east to west

14 Days • 13 Nights

Private Tour

Judean Desert
Negev Desert

Your Adventure

See what we have planned for you…

Arrival at Ben Gurion Airport and transportation to the Tiberias region.

Your adventure in the Holy Land begins in the Tiberias area with a historically-packed day including a boat ride on the Galilee Sea, giving you a broad view of the New Testament stories.  Additional locations for the day include the Church of the Multiplication, the House of St. Peter, and a baptism opportunity in the Jordan River.

A short drive out of the Tiberias region will take you to Gamla, a beautiful ancient Jewish village significant in Jewish history.  From there you will travel to Hula Valley, the site of the major trade route from Damascus to Egypt.  After a traditional Middle Eastern lunch, the afternoon is casually spent at Caesarea Philippi exploring the natural springs and archeological sites.   The local Golan Heights winery will complete your day.

After a scenic drive to Mt Meron, Israel’s second highest mountain, enjoy the unforgettable view of the Mediterranean and Galilee Seas. Then you enter Miilia Christian village to discover modern and ancient Christian life in Israel. Rosh Hanikra will greet you with its spectacular natural geological formations of sea caves and grottos, best viewed by cable car. Lunch and activities await you in the ancient port city of Akko. The afternoon includes a special treat at Baha’i Gardens in Haifa.

As your last day in the Tiberias region, be ready for a full day of historical and biblical exploration. In addition to visiting the Mt of Transfiguration (also known as Mt Tabor), you will enjoy a special treat at the Nazareth village, a historical re-creation of a traditional Nazareth village. Shopping opportunities are available. Optional tour of the Diamond Factory is available at night with history of the diamond trade in Israel and an opportunity to purchase jewelry and loose diamonds.

After an early departure from the Tiberias region, your tour continues with a stop at one of the world’s oldest cities, Jericho. Additional features of the morning include the site on the Jordan River where the Israelites crossed into the Promised Land and the baptism site of Jesus. Lunch is a special treat on top of a mountain accessible only by cable car. The restaurant provides fantastic views of Jericho and the Mt of Temptation. Your afternoon is spent relaxing at the Dead Sea before transferring to your new hotel in Jerusalem. Shopping opportunities are available.

Make sure you have good walking shoes for today’s adventure!  Experience the breathtaking panoramic view of Jerusalem and the Mt of Olives.  The morning’s tour includes the Ascension place of Christ, and Pater Noster where the Lord’s Prayer was taught, Dominus Flevit where Jesus described the destruction of the temple, the Garden of Gethsemane, and Virgin Mary’s tomb.  A traditional lunch is hosted in Old City Jerusalem.  The afternoon begins walking down the Via Dolorosa and ending at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, the site of Jesus crucifixion, death, and resurrection.   The Light Show at the David Citadel is an optional evening activity.

You will spend your day exploring Old City Jerusalem.  Using the Jaffa Gate entrance, your guide will lead you to the ancient Roman Cardo and Jewish Quarter.  After spending a reflective time at the Western Wall, your morning will conclude with a tour of the Western Wall Tunnels.  Lunch will be provided in traditional Middle Eastern fashion.   Your afternoon will include free time to explore Old City Jerusalem.  Shopping opportunities are available. An optional evening activity includes a short night tour of the Old City and dinner at the Jerusalem Jewel rooftop venue. This dining experience is indeed the Jewel of your trip as a breathtaking, unobstructed 360-degree view of Jerusalem and the surrounding area is paired with a traditionally prepared Arab dinner. Please note, there is an additional fee for this night tour.

Choose your own adventure this morning!  Tour options include the Yad Vashem Museum of Holocaust or the lovely village and site of the Visitation Church in Ein Karem.  After your chosen tour, you will spend the rest of your morning in Bethlehem at the Nativity Church, the traditional site of Jesus’ birth.  A late lunch is provided featuring traditional Middle Eastern food. Early afternoon arrival at the hotel allows for free time or an optional afternoon helicopter tour of Jerusalem for an additional fee.

An excursion to Shilo, the site where the Ark of the Covenant was held for 396 years, begins today’s adventure.  Then a quick drive over to Mt Gerizim for spectacular views of Nablus and a stop at Joseph’s tomb. After a Middle Eastern lunch, the afternoon is spent exploring the iconic old city of Nablus.  Then back to Jerusalem to pack for departure the following day.  Shopping opportunities are available.

Prepare for the final stretch of your Grand Tour of the Holy Land. Today you will be departing Jerusalem and heading south to Beit Jibrin National Park, a World Heritage site with an underground lower city and then into the Negev Desert. From there a visit to Tel Saba, the ancient city of Beer Sheva, will end the morning. A traditional Bedouin lunch is served before touring on to Makhatesh Ramon Crater, the largest erosion crater in the world. A scenic drive through the Negev Desert will bring you to Eilat for hotel check-in, the final destination on your Grand Tour.

Grab your hat and sunscreen for today’s adventure!  After a quick drive to Mt Yaoash Observation Point, from this 360-degree observation point, one can see the Jordanian Ridge, Saudi Arabia, and Mt Sinai in Egypt as well as the colorful rock formations. Then on to a tour of Timna to experience the first copper mine, dated 4000BC, and the unique geological beauty of Southern Israel as well as a replica of the original Israelite tabernacle.  Lunch is served at Timna.  After lunch, it’s back to Eilat for a cool afternoon in Eilat’s Coral World Underwater Observatory Aquarium.  This is the largest aquarium in Israel and hosts over 800 species.  After dinner at your hotel, an optional night tour of Eilat is available.

Optional activities include: Snorkeling or scuba diving in the Red Sea, Hiking in Red or Black Canyon, Jeep Tours of Negev, Glass Bottom boat excursion in Red Sea, Yotvati Hai-bar Animal Reserve, shopping or a relaxing afternoon on the beach.

Additional optional tour: Tour of Petra and Wadi Rum in Jordan. This is a full-day tour and requires crossing the Jordanian border.

Additional tours as arranged by your travel agent or depart for Ramon Airport for your flight home.