Israel and Rome 11 Day Christian Package Tour

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Our Israel and Rome 11-Day Christian Package Tour is the ultimate journey for those who want to trace the steps of the beginnings of the Christian faith. Starting in Israel, you will visit highlights of religious significance that give religious and historical context to the story of Jesus and the birth of Christianity. Visit the Sea of Galilee, Capernaum, the Mount of Beatitudes, the Church of Multiplication and the Yardenit Baptismal site; via Dolorosa, Temple Mount, and the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem; the Church of the Nativity and more in Bethlehem, among many other points of general interest. Then you’ll head to Rome to continue the story of the birth of Christianity. See ancient marvels like the Colosseum, the Pantheon, and the Roman Forum; behold the Vatican and St. Peter’s Basilica and gaze in awe at the famous Sistine Chapel; appreciate the beauty of Trevi Fountain and Piazza Navona. Finish this amazing tour with some inspiration for your tastebuds, sampling the iconic flavors of Rome on a fantastic tasting tour. All along, expert guides will enthrall you with history and legends, and explain the religious significance of each place you visit. This is truly the best way to see all the must-see sites where Christianity was born and developed. Truly the pilgrimage of a lifetime!

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Israel and Rome 11 Day Christian Package Tour Highlights

  1. See relics of the Romans in Israel at Caesarea, Akko and Haifa
  2. Take a tour of the trail of Jesus in the Galilee, including Capernaum, Yardenit, and Nazareth
  3. Choose your hotel from our hand-picked selection of high-quality accommodations
  4. See the holy sites of Jerusalem's Old City like Via Dolorosa, Church of the Holy Sepulcher, the Western Wall and Temple Mount
  5. Each experience is led by a different expert guide who will give you the inside look at your destination
  6. See Bethlehem and the Church of the Nativity as well as Jericho
  7. Taste your way through Rome by sampling 10 iconic dishes while hopping from one iconic restaurant or shop to another
  8. Dive into history in Rome, where you will stand in wonder at iconic sites like the Colosseum, Pantheon, the Vatican compound, Trevi Fountain and more
  9. Take a full insider tour of the Vatican from top to bottom, and its awe-inspiring art and architecture
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Israel and Rome 11 Day Christian Package Tour Itinerary

Day 1 - Arrival in Tel Aviv
  • Arrive in Tel Aviv and make your way to your hotel independently
  • Overnight in Tel Aviv
Day 2 - Caesarea, Akko and Haifa
  • Pickup from Tel Aviv
  • Arrive in Caesarea, where you will see the 2,000-year-old remains of the Roman amphitheater and hippodrome in Herod's ancient city
  • Then, head to Akko, a UNESCO World Heritage Site city with a fascinating Crusader history
  • Visit the German Colony, the famous Bahai Gardens, and the Stella Maris Monastery in Haifa
  • Return to your hotel in Tel Aviv
  • Overnight in Tel Aviv
Day 3 - Galilee and Nazareth
  • Pickup in Tel Aviv
  • Begin the day with a drive north to the Sea of Galilee.
  • Tour ancient Capernaum at the foot of the Mount of Beatitudes and the Church of Multiplications at Taghba.
  • Next, visit the Yardenit Baptismal site on the banks of the Jordan River, a possible site of Jesus’ baptism. Thousands of pilgrims flock to dip in the waters here every year.
  • Pass by Cana (time permitting) - the place where Jesus turned water into wine.
  • Arrive in Nazareth, the Arabic capital of Israel. Tour Nazareth's ancient Old City and see the Basilica of Annunciation along with other points of interest.
  • End your day in Jerusalem
  • Overnight in Jerusalem
Day 4 - Jerusalem
  • Pickup in Jerusalem
  • First, you will head to Jerusalem's storied Old City to see its many significant sites.
  • Enter through Jaffa Gate, the historic entry point for countless pilgrims throughout history.
  • See the notable points of historical and religious significance including the Western Wall, the Byzantine-era Cardo, notable synagogues, Via Dolorosa, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the lively souk, and the Dome of the Rock.
  • Then head out of the Old City walls to explore modern-day Jerusalem.
  • Walk from Mamilla along Jaffa Road, stop at the Municipality Complex and the Davidka Square, until you reach Nahlaot and the Mahane Yehuda Market.
  • End the tour by soaking in the sights, sounds, scents, and flavors of the famous Mahane Yehuda market.
  • Overnight in Jerusalem
Day 5 - Free Day in Jerusalem
  • Take the day to explore Jerusalem on your own.
  • Some recommendations include checking out some of Jerusalem's museums such Yad Vashem, the Israel Museum, or the Bible Lands Museum. Head to the Spend time in the German Colony, First Station, or Jerusalem's lively city center for eating and shopping.
  • Overnight in Jerusalem
Day 6 - Bethlehem, Jericho and the Jordan River
  • Depart from Jerusalem and head to Bethlehem.
  • Start your tour of Bethlehem with a stop at the famous Banksy Hotel for a quick photo op (time permitting). Then visit an artisan shop where you'll learn about local handicrafts while sipping on coffee or tea.
  • Next, you'll get a guided tour of the Church of Nativity, take a stroll through the Old City and see the Milk Grotto.
  • Then depart Bethlehem for the lowest point on Earth - Jericho. ascend to a viewpoint via cable car and enjoy the spectacular view of the lowest and oldest city on Earth. Then, take a tour of the Mount of Temptations Monastery and stop at the Gallery of Temptations, where you'll get a chance to sample local dates, halva, and more.
  • Lastly, head to Qasr al Yahud Baptismal Site traditionally held to be the place where Jesus himself was baptized.
  • Return to Jerusalem.
  • Overnight in Jerusalem.
Day 7 - Flight to Rome
  • You will be transferred from your hotel in Jerusalem to Ben Gurion International airport (included)
  • Flight to Rome (not included)
  • Make your way from Rome airport to your hotel in the city! (Independent arrival - not included)
  • Overnight in Rome
Day 8 - Rome
  • Meet your guide at a centralized Rome location
  • Begin at the iconic Colosseum where you’ll receive skip-the-line access and expert-guided insights into its history and architecture
  • Explore the historic Roman Forum, once the heart of Ancient Rome
  • Walk in the footsteps of Roman armies, witnessing ancient ruins
  • Climb Palatine Hill, where Romulus and Remus, Rome's legendary founders, were raised
  • Marvel at panoramic views, including St. Peter’s Basilica
  • Take a well-deserved lunch break in the historical city center. Choose from local trattorias, and pizzerias, or follow your guide's recommendations
  • Hop on the metro and explore modern Rome's picturesque streets and piazzas
  • Accompanied by your expert guide, visit all the must-see sites. This includes: the Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain, Pantheon, and Piazza Navona with the beautiful Bernini fountain
  • Take the evening to enjoy dinner at a Roman restaurant independently
  • Overnight in Rome
Day 9 - Vatican, Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter’s Basilica
  • Meet your guide at a centralized Rome location
  • Enjoy a hassle-free visit to the Vatican Museums with skip-the-line tickets, avoiding the long queues
  • Follow your knowledgeable guide to uncover the fascinating stories behind famous artworks along the museum path, featuring an incomparable collection of sculptures, frescoes, and ornate churches from the Renaissance era
  • Marvel at masterpieces by Michelangelo in the Sistine Chapel. Most notable is Michelangelo’s fresco ‘The Creation of Adam’
  • Explore St. Peter's Basilica, one of the most spectacular churches in history, all while skipping the lines and maximizing your time to admire the divine architecture and immerse yourself in the captivating history of Rome
  • Please note: on days when St Peter’s Basilica is closed (normally Wednesday), it will be replaced by a visit to the Raphael Rooms at the Apostolic Palace
  • Overnight in Rome
Day 10 - Rome Food Tour
  • Today is all about the famous Roman cuisine.
  • After spending the morning on solo explorations or shopping for souvenirs, meet a local culinary expert for a guided tasting tour of Rome's most iconic flavors.
  • Learn all about the regional cuisine while hopping between 10 of Rome's best shops and restaurants.
  • You will sample suppli, calzone and pizza, arrosticini and bruschetta, cacio e pepe, carbonara or amatriciana pasta, parmigiana, and filetto di baccalà, salame accompanied by a small glass of wine, and ciambellina al vino. Finish it off with tiramisù, Italian coffee, and limoncello.
  • Overnight in Rome
Day 11 - Departure
  • The last day is reserved for independent departure. We wish you safe travels for the rest of your journey!
NB - all timings on Israel and Rome 11 Day Christian Package Tour are approximate
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Includes
All touring and accommodation
Airport transfer Jerusalem to Ben Gurion airport
Vatican: Skip the line tickets
Roman Food Tour: Food Tasting as mentioned above
Rome: Skip the line ticket to the Colosseum, Roman Forum & Palatine Hill, 1 gelato (summer) or 1 hot chocolate/cappuccino (winter)
Excludes
Anything not mentioned above
Flights
Airport transfers not mentioned above
Entrance fees: Caesarea, Akko (approx. $15 per person), Galilee (approx. $2 per person), Ticket to the cable car in Jericho
Transfer between the tours on day 8 (Rome)
Personal travel insurance
Gratuities
Essential Information
Each day will be led by an expert guide to provide an enhanced experience along Tourist Journey's values.
You can choose your hotel from our hand-picked selection during the booking process.
Tour in Bethlehem includes a visit to Church of the Nativity. At the Church of the Nativity, we cannot always guarantee time to descend to the grotto of the nativity, due to the high number of visitors
Jericho: Your guide will use a service called Skip the Line to purchase your tickets in advance. They will collect cash for this on the bus. The Jericho cable car fee is 56 NIS/16 USD/14 Euro - we accept all 3 currencies. If you do not bring cash for this service, you may have to wait in line to buy your entrance ticket
Everyone must pass through security to enter the Vatican, which can take up to 30 minutes on busy days. Please dress modestly, covering your shoulders and knees; refunds will not be given is entry is refused to inappropriate dress. Weapons and sharp objects are not allowed.
Dress code Rome: Shoulders & knees must be covered (both men & women) when entering churches
St. Peter’s Basilica and the square may be closed on Wednesday mornings due to the Papal Audience. In this case, the tour includes a visit to the Raphael Rooms. In any case, the route may vary due to needs dictated by the Vatican Museums
Food Tour: Vegetarian options can be arranged, please let us know in advance.
Cancellation Policy
Please note: From October 18, 2023, it is mandatory to provide a first and last name during the Colosseum ticket booking process. Upon issuing, the ticket becomes non-refundable. Guest must ensure they have their passport with them on the day of the tour to guarantee entry. In case of incorrect personal data, access to the Colosseum will be denied
As a result of the above policy, the Rome tour component of this package (DAY 8) is also non-refundable
The remaining tours are subject to the general cancellation policy and can be canceled up to 4 weeks before the start of the package with a 95% refund (5% handling fee)