Days
5
Price from
$3,475NZD

Fall under the spell of a city steeped in spirituality and historical significance

Immerse yourself in Jerusalem, the spiritual home of three of the world’s major religions – Islam, Judaism and Christianity. This short independent trip unveils not only the deep and diverse heritage of the Holy Land but also the natural splendour, from the Western Wall and Church of Holy Sepulchre to the mythical waters of the Dead Sea and Jordan River.

Independent Experiences

Independent travel, without the stress. Peregrine’s Independent Experiences are a range of short ‘mini tours’ that you can add to other Experiences or as an extension to a longer tour, to craft your perfect holiday itinerary. Independent Experiences are for 1-3 travellers, come accompanied by a local Peregrine guide and depart daily.


Start
Jerusalem, Israel
Finish
Jerusalem, Israel
Country
Israel
Style
Independent Experiences
Theme
Adventure
Code
PGJXX
Physical rating
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1, Max 3

Why we love this trip

  • Explore the rich cultural tapestry of Jerusalem, where people of all faiths rub shoulders. Wander the Muslim, Jewish, Christian and Armenian quarters of the Old City and seek out some of over 200 religious monuments

  • Discover for yourself some of the most famous religious sites in the world – the location of the Miracle of the Multiplication of the Loaves and Fishes, the Church of the Annunciation in Nazareth, and the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem

  • Uncover a fascinating city of superlatives in Jericho – at 12,000 years and 400 metres below sea level, it’s the oldest and lowest city in the world

  • Experience a unique swim (or float) in the Dead Sea, one of the world's saltiest and most famous bodies of water

Is this trip right for you?

  • It’s not all hot desert days in Israel, as the winter months (December through to February) can be quite cold. Temperatures in northern parts of the country can drop to freezing overnight. Snowfall around these areas is common. Be sure to pack clothes that will have you prepared for varying temperatures if travelling during these months.

  • This trip visits a number of religious sites so it's advisable to bring clothes that cover arms and legs if you want to go inside and remain respectful. A light scarf is is also a good idea for covering shoulders and arms when it's hot.

Itinerary

Welcome to Jerusalem, a city steeped in spirituality and legend; a rich tapestry of the many cultures, religions and nationalities that call it home, be they Muslim Palestinians, Sephardic Jews, Ashkenazi Jews, Armenian Christians, Ethiopian Copts or Greek Orthodox monks. You'll be met by a local Peregrine representative at your hotel – they'll give you some info on your upcoming itinerary and some pointers on what to do in your free time. Take in the one of the great urban skylines this evening – the serried buildings and ancient ramparts of the Old City, the churches adorning the Mount of Olives and the iconic gold of the Dome of the Rock. Your hotel is located just outside the Muslim Quarter of the Old City, so tonight perhaps have a wander around the ancient streets and taste some of the excellent falafel and shwarma on offer from the restaurants and street stalls.
Accommodation
  • Legacy Hotel or similar (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
This morning you begin your tour of Jerusalem with a panoramic view of the city. Drive out to the Mount of Olives that looks over Jerusalem’s Old City and visit the Garden of Gethsemane, most famous as the place where Jesus prayed and his disciples slept the night before Jesus' crucifixion. Perhaps see the Church of All Nations (also known as the Basilica of the Agony), which holds inside a section of bedrock where Jesus is said to have prayed before his arrest. Enter the Old City via the St. Stephen’s Gate (also known as Lion’s Gate), passing the crusader church of St. Anne and the Pool of Bethesda. Now located in the Muslim Quarter of Jerusalem, this pool was mentioned in the Gospel of John and associated with healing. Walk along the ‘Cardo’ in the recently restored Jewish Quarter, which was a road that ran the entire length of the city in Byzantine times. Visit the Wailing Wall – the remains of the Temple Mount, which acts as an outdoor synagogue, where written prayers are slid into the cracks between stones. Walk along the Way of the Cross (Via Dolorosa) – the “way of sorrows” which follows Jesus’ path to crucifixion – and stop by the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, built where Jesus is believed to have been crucified, died, buried, and rose again. Then you will drive the short distance out to Bethlehem and visit the Church of the Nativity, marking the spot of the stable where Mary is said to have given birth to Jesus. After a fascinating day you will return to your Jerusalem hotel.
Accommodation
  • Legacy Hotel or similar (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Today you will drive via the biblical town of Ma'aleh Adumim and the Inn of the Good Samaritan in the Judean Desert to visit Masada (approximately 75 minutes drive). The Inn of the Good Samaritan is a museum located near the site of the inn mentioned in the New Testament's parable of the Good Samaritan, and it displays mosaics and artefacts that were discovered throughout Israel. In Masada you will take a cable car to discover the spectacular cliff-top fortress of Masada, built by King Herod around 35BC. This UNESCO site is very important to the Jewish people, a symbol of their exile from the Holy Land and of bravery and self-sacrifice. The story goes that here a Jewish sect called the zealots held out against the Roman army in AD66. Rather than surrender, they either fought to the death or committed suicide, every last man, woman and child. Afterwards you will continue to the shore of the Dead Sea, where you'll have the chance to experience a unique swim. Named for the dearth of life in its waters, this lake is so intensely salty that the density of the water makes swimming and getting underneath the surface very difficult, so a relaxing float is really the only option. Continue up the shore town of Jericho (approximately 1 hour). Discover this slow-paced town in the West Bank, where people have lived for 11,000 years. On a drive around the city see the Mount of Temptations (where Jesus was tempted by the devil) and a Sycamore Tree mentioned in the Gospel of Luke. Return to Jerusalem for the evening.
Accommodation
  • Legacy Hotel or similar (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Today you will drive to the hometown of Jesus – Nazareth (approximately 2 hours). Here you will visit the Church of St. Joseph and the Church of the Annunciation, where Mary received the news of the Immaculate Conception, along with seeing the well where she drew water every day. Continue up to the Sea of Galilee to Capernaum. See the ruins of this old fishing town, the site of two ancient synagogues and a church said to have been the home of Saint Peter. Visit Tabgha, where the Bible says Jesus performed the Miracle of the Multiplication of the Loaves and Fishes, one of the only miracles that’s in all the gospels. Here you can see the church and its ancient mosaics that were built to mark the spot of the miracle. Pass the lakeside city of Tiberias, and visit a baptism site located along the Jordan River. Qasr el Yahud, north of the Dead Sea and east of Jericho is where the Gospel according to Matthew says the baptism of Jesus by John the Baptist took place. Return to Jerusalem for your final night.
Accommodation
  • Legacy Hotel or similar (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Your exploration of the fascinating sites and sights of Jerusalem comes to an end this morning after breakfast. You are free to leave the accommodation at any time.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast

Meals

4 breakfasts

Transport

Private vehicle

Accommodation

Comfortable hotel (4 nights)

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