Israel and Rome 11 Day Christian Package Tour

Israel and Rome 11 Day Christian Package Tour

Starts in: Tel Aviv | Available: every Monday (varies seasonally)
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11 day package
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The 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

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See relics of the Romans in Israel at Caesarea, Akko and Haifa

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Take a tour of the trail of Jesus in the Galilee, including Capernaum, Yardenit, and Nazareth

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Choose your hotel from our hand-picked selection of high-quality accommodations

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See the holy sites of Jerusalem's Old City like Via Dolorosa, Church of the Holy Sepulcher, the Western Wall and Temple Mount

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Each experience is led by a different expert guide who will give you the inside look at your destination

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See Bethlehem and the Church of the Nativity as well as Jericho

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Taste your way through Rome by sampling 10 iconic dishes while hopping from one iconic restaurant or shop to another

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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

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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
  • Dive into Rome's past and present with an intimate walking tour with your expert local guide.
  • Start your day with a visit to the Vatican Museum. Explore the breathtaking collection of Greek and Roman sculptures and Renaissance masters.
  • See the world's most famous frescoed ceiling, the Sistine Chapel, as your guide gives you the lowdown on Michelangelo's legendary work of art.
  • Enjoy exclusive access to St. Peter’s Basilica directly from the Sistine Chapel to see important works by Michelangelo and Bernini,
  • After some free time for lunch, you will meet up with your group again and visit your next highlight of Rome.
  • After arriving at the meeting place, hop over to the Colosseum, where you'll walk through Gladiator's Gate to the arena floor while learning the history and legends of this Roman icon.
  • See the archeological site at the Roman Forum as you learn about the history of the Roman Empire.
  • Stop at the Trevi Fountain, the largest baroque fountain in the world, and throw in the customary 3 coins.
  • Head to Piazza Navona to see the buskers and artists of modern-day Rome, and take in the ornate beauty of Bernini's Fountain of the Four Rivers. The tour ends here
  • Take the evening to enjoy dinner at a Roman restaurant independently.
  • Overnight in Rome
Day 9 - St. Peter's Basilica and the Catacombs
  • Meet your guide, a Vatican expert, in the center of St. Peter's Square for a tour of the Vatican complex.
  • Head up to the top of soaring St. Peter's Basilica, enjoying incredible views along the way.
  • Your guide will point out historical landmarks around the city when you reach the top.
  • Make your way down into the Basilica itself to explore this icon of Christianity, as well as architecture and art.
  • Admire the masterpieces of Bernini and Michelangelo, then go underground to the Catacombs to see underground tombs of past popes, as well as the necropolis of St. Peter himself.
  • The tour ends landing you in the city's center.
  • Take the rest of the day for solo explorations of incredible Rome.
  • Some suggestions are taking the afternoon to visit Castel Sant’ Angelo, an unusual castle adorned with angel sculptures, to see its unique collection of paintings and furniture. If you're in the mood for something more modern, visit MAXXI, the National Museum of 21st Century Arts.
  • 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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Important Details

Includes
All touring and accommodation
Airport transfer Jerusalem to Ben Gurion airport
Skip the line entrance: Colosseum, Vatican, St. Peter's Basilica, Sistine Chapel
Roman Food Tour: Food Tasting as mentioned above
Excludes
Anything not mentioned above
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
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
Around religious holidays at the Vatican, areas may be closed and certain stops will not be possible. Accessible areas will have longer visits and no refunds will be given.
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.
Food Tour: Vegetarian options can be arranged, please let us know in advance.
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