Why you should go...
The Holy Land continues to appeal to pilgrims and tourists from all over the globe. This remarkable piece of land, tucked along the Mediterranean coastline holds the privilege and renown of being the birthplace of the major world religions namely, Judaism, Islam and Christianity.
A Holy Land tour is an aspiration for faithful followers of Judaism, Islam and Christianity. As a growing number of people are visiting the Holy land to quench their spiritual thirst and fulfill their lifetime desire, many travel companies and tour operators offer several kinds of tour packages. These tours are available for tourists and pilgrims from diverse countries and cultures. Professional tour operators offer comprehensive itineraries that are planned well in advance to help customers make preparations. Advance bookings enable customers to avail of favorable deals offered by the companies.
Once tourists land at Ben Gurion International Airport near Tel Aviv, an Israeli guide takes charge of the itinerary. Having experienced the excitement of Tel Aviv with its many interesting sites and cultural activities, not to mention the magnificent beaches and interesting architecture of the “White City”, as well as strolling around the beautifully preserved ancient city of Jaffa, visitors can proceed to Caesarea to explore the ruins of Turkish, Crusader and Roman civilizations and then continue on to the Port of Haifa and see the magnificent Baha’i gardens and Shrine. Ascend Mount Carmel and visit the Stella Maris Carmelite Monastery with the cave believed to contain the grave of the prophet Elijah.
Around the Sea of Galilee area visit Tel Megiddo, Cana and Mount Tabor. Visit Nazareth, where Jesus lived till He began His public ministry. Also visit the Golan Heights, Caesarea Philippi, Capernaum, the Mount of Beatitudes and Ein Gev.
A visit to the Old City of Jerusalem enables visitors to view the Dome of the Rock located on the Temple Mount and the El Aqsa Mosque, sacred to the Muslims. Walking via the Arab Suk in the Old City, visitors reach the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, which is the holiest site of Christians, as it is the site of Jesus’ crucifixion and burial. The Western Wall is an important site for Jews who offer their prayers by wedging papers into the crevices of the wall. Bethlehem, the birthplace of Jesus and the Church of the Nativity the Shepherd’s fields. The Old City also contains the Upper Room, the place of the Last Passover Supper, Gethsemane, the House of Caiaphas, Golgotha, Antonia Fortress and the Garden Tomb, which over a fulfilling experience for Christian tourists.
There are also many other interesting new sites to see in Jerusalem especially the ongoing archeological activity at David’s City. Another new and exciting place to visit is the newly opened and unique Friends of Zion Heritage Centre. Most visitors enjoy strolling through the Arab Market as well as the exciting renovated Mahane Yehuda market with its exotic wares and many coffee shops and cafes.
Tourists get to experience the ‘Desert Life’ as they drive towards Masada, a great mountain fortress constructed by Herod. The Dead Sea, the saltiest water body on the earth, is known for its healing waters that give a rejuvenating experience for people who float on it. Qumran is the site where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found. The South of the country also offers the opportunity to visit the ruins of Avdat which was a great Nabatean city. The remains include two impressive Byzantine Churches and many other items of interest. There is also the possibility of visiting the magnificent Ramon crater on the edge of the town of Mitzpe Ramon which has recently developed into an exciting tourist center as an increasing amount of visitors are interested in the Desert Experience.
Holy Land Tours 2015 are customized to meet the needs of the participating groups and individuals, alterations in tour sequences due to holidays or delays are handled well by tour operators, so that customers can bask in their spiritual or cultural adventure