After being picked up from your hotel in an air-conditioned coach, your first stop will be a breathtaking panoramic view of Jerusalem. You will be able to see from your vantage point the Old City with its four quarters - Jewish, Christian, Muslim and Armenian, the Mount of Olives , where Jesus stood when he wept over Jerusalem, the Al-Aqsa Mosque, where Muslims believe Mohammad was transported to from the Sacred Mosque in Mecca during the Night Journey, as well as the Western (Wailing) Wall, the last remaining outer wall of Solomon's Temple.
After you have spent some time taking in Jerusalem's breathtaking view, you will be taken to the Old City where you will commence a walking tour which includes Mount Zion (which contains Dormition Abbey, King David's Tomb and the Room of the Last Supper), the Cardo (the paved Roman avenue), Via Dolorosa (the path Jesus walked while carrying the Cross to the place of his Crucifixion), the Church of the Holy Sepulchre (where the Crucifixion and Resurrection took place) and the Western (Wailing) Wall.
You will then set off from Jerusalem to the Little Town of Bethlehem, which is situated only 5 miles (8 km) south of Jerusalem.
Your first stop will be Rachel's Tomb where the matriarch Rachel died and was buried after giving birth to her son Benjamin (Genesis 35:19-20).
After a short ride, you will arrive at Manger Square and the Church of the Nativity. The Church of the Nativity is actually two churches with additional chapels and sites within the church compound.
Enter through the lowered Door of Humility to the Basilica of the Nativity, and down to the Grotto of the Nativity, an underground cave which contains the site where Jesus is said to have been born. See the silver star marking the exact spot.
See also the Church of St. Catherine, the Chapel of Saint Joseph (commemorating the appearance of the angel to Joseph and commanding him to flee to Egypt (Matthew 2:13)), the Chapel of Saint Jerome, where according to tradition he translated the Bible into Latin, and the Chapel of the Innocents which commemorates the children who were killed by Herod (Matthew 2:16-18).
Spend some time in the bustle of Manger Square and then head to the Milk Grotto, where the Holy Family found refuge before their flight into Egypt and where according to tradition, the white color of the walls was caused by a drop of milk that fell when Mary was nursing the baby Jesus.
Finally, before heading back to Jerusalem, see the Shepherds Fields where the 'shepherds kept watch of their flocks by night' and 'an angel of the Lord appeared to them' (Luke 2:8-10).
You will spend the night at a three-star hotel in Jerusalem, on breakfast only basis.
After breakfast, You will set off through the Judean Desert heading towards the Masada Fortress, which was built by King Herod in 37 BCE. Enjoy the view of the Dead Sea and the surrounding area as you take a cable-car up 400m (1,300 feet) to the top of the Masada stronghold where Jewish Zealots committed mass suicide after a months-long siege by the Romans.
After lunch (bring your own or buy lunch at a restaurant when you stop) you will drive to the Dead Sea. You may have been to some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, but we guarantee you've never experienced the sensation of floating in the Dead Sea, where the natural salinity of the water makes it impossible to sink. Sunbathe on the salt beaches and cover yourself with the world famous mineral mud found only in the Dead Sea. Visit the Dead Sea products shop and treat yourself to some of their world famous beauty products. On the way back, view the Qumran caves, where the Dead Sea scrolls were found and view Jericho the oldest city on earth.
You will then be transported back to your hotel pick up.
You will be accompanied at all times by a bilingual licensed tour guide who speaks English and a second language. If you wish to request a specific second language please contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org