Ever since its first kingdom was established more than 3,000 years ago, the “Land of Israel” has been of sacred and momentous importance to the Jewish people – as well as being inextricably linked to the very basis of Western civilisation. The stories we’ve heard since childhood will come to life on this extraordinary tour of Israel as you visit iconic classical and Biblical sites that are simply unmatched anywhere in the world.
You’ll be immersed at every step on this Israel tour in the life of Jesus and the society in which he lived. A visit to Bethlehem and the Church of the Nativity will take you to the very spot where he was born. In Nazareth, you’ll see where he grew up. You’ll take a boat across the Sea of Galilee where he walked on water and follow in his footsteps to Capernaum where he healed the sick, recruited his first five disciples, fed the 5,000 and gave the nearby Sermon on the Mount. In Jerusalem you’ll visit the Mount of Olives, tour the Garden of Gethsemane, follow his crucifixion route to the hill of Golgotha, and see the Church of the Holy Sepulchre where he was buried.
Your tour of Israel will also take you to the ancient city of Caesarea, built by King Herod and once the Roman capital of Judea. You’ll marvel at the incredible 12th century Crusader city of Acre with its magnificently vaulted, wonderfully preserved Knights’ Halls. You’ll visit the spectacular fortress of Masada – the site of one of the greatest sieges of the Roman Empire.
From here there are stunning views across the Dead Sea – and no tour of Israel and the Holy Land would be complete without visiting this lowest point on earth. One of life’s must-do experiences is to bob like a cork in these salty waters, as well as more sedately viewing the Shrine of the Book in Jerusalem where the famous scrolls are displayed.
The last day was too long and the visit to Lausanne disappointing as we were dropped too far away from anything apart from the Olympic museum. Two excursions had been cancelled but the alternatives were OK. The hotel was very cold...
Our first cruise. It exceeded expectations.