Israel & Greece Tour with 4-nights Greek Island Cruise

16 Days Unforgettable Journey to Israel, Greece, Greek Islands & Ephesus

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Complete Land Package: $3,810 Includes deposit, taxes & fees

Experience the biblical wonders of Israel on an unforgettable journey to the most popular sites Israel has to offer, such as the Jerusalem, Bethlehem and the Sea of Galilee, while learning first-hand about one of the most ancient civilizations known to man. Then, experience the history and culture of a Greece tour, coupled with an unforgettable 4-night Greek Island cruise to the most famous Greek islands and Ephesus!

Group Size: Up to 39 travelers

Activity Level: Full Day Sightseeing

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Tour Type: Christian / Biblical Sites

What's unique about our Holy Land journeys?
  • We tour all day and every day! (Some tour companies include only half day touring)
  • All Sightseeing and entrance fees are included. Everything is taken care of!
  • Everyone stays at the same 5 star hotels, which allows for more touring time.
  • No time consuming pickups and drop-offs from different hotel locations.
  • Daily breakfast and dinner. Make new friends while you enjoy the local cuisine.
  • Our licensed guides are the most experienced in the industry.
  • Visit the Greek Islands in a cruise.
  • Visit one of the 7 wonders of the ancient world, the Temple of Diana of the Ephesians

After visiting Israel and it's biblical sites, you will follow Apostle Paul's footsteps aboard a Greek Islands cruise. This iconic cruise tour is like a master class in the Aegean. Visit 6 destinations, including: Mykonos, Kusadasi (Turkey), Patmos, Rhodes, Heraklion (Crete), Santorini, Athens (Piraeus).

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1Saturday | On our way to Israel
Departure
  • We fly today to Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion International Airport.
2Sunday | We arrive to Israel and enjoy a welcome dinner
We welcome you to Israel | Optional (free) tour of Old Jaffa
  • We arrive to the Tel Aviv Ben Gurion International Airport where a representative will transport you to the hotel.
  • Once you arrive to the hotel, we will meet for a brief orientation meeting and we will enjoy a delicious welcome dinner!
A transfer from the airport to the hotel is included (for arrival between 2PM - 6PM)
Meals included: Full Breakfast Dinner
Tel Aviv, Herods Hotel

Evening Activity:

In the evening we will join an optional tour of Old Jaffa. Jaffa is the oldest port city in the world. This is where St. Peter's Church is located.

3Monday | Discover the history of the Sea of Galilee
Tel Aviv / Caesarea / Coastal Plains / Megiddo / Nazareth / Mt. Carmel / Tiberias / Sea of Galilee
  • Today we will start our day with a trip along the coast of the Mediterranean Sea.
  • We will also visit Caesarea Maritima, believed to be the place where the first Christian baptism conferred to Gentiles was performed.
  • We will stop at Mount Carmel, where it’s believed Elijah lived in a grotto and where he challenged 450 prophets.
  • Stop at the ancient city of Tel Megiddo and the Valley of Armageddon, the place described in the prophesies where the gathering of armies will take place during the end times (Revelation 16:16).
  • Visit the town where Jesus grew up, Nazareth and the Church of the Annunciation. This is a must-see site and the traditional location where the angel Gabriel appeared to Mary.
  • Visit Mt. Precipice, where you will enjoy the views of Nazareth. This is the site believed to be where Jesus was rejected.
  • We will drive by Cana of Galilee, where Jesus transformed water into wine at the marriage at Cana, the first miracle attributed to Jesus in the Gospel of John.
  • After a great day of touring, we will drive back to our hotel and enjoy dinner.
Meals included: Full Breakfast Dinner
Sea of Galilee, Leonardo Plaza Tiberias
4Tuesday | Discover the Sea of Galilee, Upper Galilee & Golan Heights
Sail on the Sea of Galilee / Jesus Boat / Golan Heights / Upper Galilee / Caesarea Philippi
  • Today we will start the day with a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee. We will also the an ancient fishing boat from the times of Jesus, similar to the boats used by Jesus’ apostles.
  • We will now visit the Mount of Beatitudes, the spot believed to be where Jesus gave the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5:8).
  • We will also drive by Golan Heights. According to the Bible the Children of Israel conquered the Golan from the Amorites.
  • We will visit Banias Spring in Caesarea Philippi. This is believed to be the place where Jesus asked his closest disciples who they thought he was. The confessions of Peter are found in the Synoptic Gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke.
  • One of the highlights of the day if Tagbha, where Jesus fed the 5,000 with one five loaves of bread and 2 fish. We will visit the Church of Multiplication.
  • We will end the day visiting Capernaum, the town where Jesus ministered.
Meals included: Full Breakfast Dinner
Sea of Galilee, Leonardo Plaza Tiberias
5Wednesday | Jesus' Early Ministry at the Sea of Galilee & Jordan River
Mount of Beatitudes / Tabgha / Capernaum / Beth Shean / Baptism on the Jordan River / Dead Sea / Free time to float & enjoy the resort
  • We will start the day with a visit to the baptismal site of Yardenit. You will have the opportunity to get baptized in the Jordan River, where John the Baptist baptized Jesus.
  • We will visit the archaeological site of Beit Shean. This ancient city is protected as a national park.
  • We will now drive by the Jordanian Valley.
  • After a day of touring, we will have a change to relax and float in the Dead Sea. Check out 7 things you should know before floating in the Dead Sea.
Meals included: Full Breakfast Dinner
Herods Hotel, Dead Sea
6Thursday | Exploring the Dead Sea, the Judean Desert and Jerusalem River
Dead Sea / Masada / Ein Gedi / Qumran / Jerusalem / Mount of Olives / Garden of Gethsemane / St. Peter of Galicantu
  • We will start the day with trip to the mountaintop of Masada. Aboard a cable car and enjoy the views, learn about the Jewish rebellion against the Romans.
  • We will head over to the oasis of Ein Gedi. Around 1000 BC, it is believed David was refugee in Ein Gedi and this is where he fled from Saul.
  • Next of the Essene Community of Qumran, this is the place where the ancient biblical texts of the Dead Sea Scrolls were found.
  • One of the favorite sites in Israel, the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem! We reflect on the Jesus’ ascension into heaven and enjoy the spectacular views.
  • We are heading now to Pater Noster Church and we will visit Dominus Flevit, where archaelogists have found artifacts dating back to the Canaanite period and tombs from the Second Temple.
  • We will walk through the Palm Sunday Road and visit the Garden of Gethsemane, the place believed to be where Jesus prayed the night before his crucifixion.
  • We will end the day visiting St. Peter of Galicantu. This church is dedicated to the biblical prophecy that pronounced Peter’s denying of Jesus before the cock crowed.
Meals included: Full Breakfast Dinner
Jerusalem, Leonardo Plaza
7Friday | The Stones of Your Heritage Temple Mount in Jesus times River
Southern Wall / Southern Steps / Davidson Center / Western Wall / Jewish Quarter / Mt. Zion / Upper Room / Tomb of King David / Bethlehem / Church of the Nativity / Garden Tomb
  • We will go through the Dung Gate and explore the Old City of Jerusalem.
  • We will go to the Jewish Quarter and visit the Western Wall and Robinson’s Arch.
  • We will now visit the Southern Temple Mount archaeological excavations and the Davidson Center Museum.
  • We will end the day with a visit of Bethlehem. We will visit the Church of the Nativity and Shepherd’s Field
Meals included: Full Breakfast Dinner
Jerusalem, Leonardo Plaza
8Saturday | City of Zion – Past, Present and Future
Jerusalem Old City: Lions' Gate / Via Dolorosa / St. Anne Church / Pool of Bethesda / Judgment Hall of Pilate / Church of the Holy Sepulcher / Christian Quarter / Knesset / Shepherd's Field
  • We will enter the Old City of Jerusalem via the Lion’s Gate and we will walk through the streets of the Via Dolorosa or the Stations of the Cross.
  • Visit the the Judgment Hall of Pilate.
  • Visit St. Anne's Church and the Pool of Bethesda.
  • Visit the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, built over the site where Jesus of Nazareth was crucified.
  • Shop at the bazaars.
  • Will visit Mt. Zion and the Upper Room, the place of the Last Supper.
  • We will also visit the Garden Tomb, where we will celebrate the resurrection with prayer.
Meals included: Full Breakfast Dinner
Jerusalem, Leonardo Plaza
9Sunday | Welcome to Greece
Extension flight from Tel Aviv to Athens
  • After breakfast check out of the Leonardo Plaza hotel and be ready with your luggage in the hotel lobby for your airport transfer from Jerusalem to Ben Gurion International Airport.
  • Board your plane heading to Athens.
  • Upon arrival in Athens, the cradle of Western civilization, you will be transferred to the hotel.
Meals included: Full Breakfast
Royal Olympic Hotel, Athens
10Monday | Embark on Cruise & Visit Mykonos
Cruise: Mykonos / Church of Paraportiani / Little Venice / Windmills
  • We will arrive at 8:00am at the port of Piraeus to embark on a cruise.
  • We will start a 3-night trip to the Greek Islands and Turkey, departing to the island of Mykonos at 11:00am.
  • We will arrive at 6:00pm. The island of Mykonos offers beautiful sandy beaches and a cosmopolitan lifestyle combined with rich history. The active nightlife will take you to spots such as Little Venice or you may climb the sculpture at the Church of Paraportiani. Mykonos is considered one of the most important archaeological sites in Greece. You will love the culture, architecture and history this island has to offer.
  • Embark on your cruise at 11:00pm and we will sail to Kusadasi in Turkey.
Meals included: Full Breakfast & Dinner
Celestyal Cruises
11Tuesday | Ephesus & the Apostle Paul
Ephesus / Great Theater / Baths of Scholastica / Temple of Diana of the Ephesians / Patmos Island
  • We will arrive in Kusadasi, Turkey at 7:00am and will start our tour of the ancient city of Ephesus.
  • The history of Ephesus can be seen in the excavations of the Roman Imperial period, including the Library of Celsus and the Great Theater, founded in the 10th century BC.
  • Tour the marble streets and visits the Baths of Scholastica, the Temple of Hadrian and one of the seven wonders of the ancient world, the Temple of Diana of the Ephesians.
  • Ephesus is also where the Apostle Paul preached to the Ephesians. After living in Corinth for a year and a half, he decided to travel to Ephesus where he lived for 3 years as part of his second evangelical journey. This is also where the church he most likely started received an epistle from him.
  • After Ephesus, we return to Kusadasi for a short souvenir shopping stop before embarking on the cruises and sailing to Patmos, Greece at 12:00pm.
  • We will arrive at the island of Patmos, Greece at 4:00pm. The enchanting island of Patmos hasn’t changed much since 2,000 year ago when the Apostle John wrote the Book of Revelation (Rev. 1:12-21). The cave believed to be the place where John received his visions of Christ is where the Monastery of St. John the Evangelist is located. Enjoy the beautiful views from the monastery and visit the Grotto of the Revelation. After some free time to discover the sites in the area, we will return to the ship and sail to Rhodes, Greece at 9:00pm.
Meals included: Full Breakfast & Dinner
Celestyal Cruises
12Wednesday | Paul and the harbor of Rhodes
Rhodes / Temple of Athena in the Acropolis of Lindos
  • We will enjoy a delightful breakfast on board the cruise and get ready to arrive at the island of Rhodes at 7:00am. The largest of the Dodecanese Island, Rhodes is where the Colossus of Rhodes, a statue of the Greek titan-god of the sun Helios was erected in 280BC.
  • The first-half of the day we will tour the Temple of Athena in the Acropolis of Lindos. This temple was built between 427BC and 424BC and it is located in the Acropolis with amazing views of the Greek island of Lesbos.
  • It’s believed that Paul’s vessels spent some time here in the small harbor of the island of Rhodes (Acts 21:1).
  • We will head to the cruise for a delightful lunch on board and then spend the afternoon strolling through the walled city during our free time. Interact with locals, enjoy the diverse atmosphere, and relish on the astonishing views Rhodes has to offer.
  • We will sail to Heraklion, Crete at 6:00pm and enjoy a dinner on board.
Meals included: Full Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Celestyal Cruises
13Thursday | The beauty of Crete and Santorini
Island of Crete / Minoan Palace of Knossos / Island of Santorini / Town of Thera
  • We will arrive at Heraklion, Crete. “When we had sailed slowly for a good many days, and with difficulty had arrived off Cnidus, since the wind did not permit us to go farther, we sailed under the shelter of Crete, off Salmone; 8 and with difficulty sailing past it we came to a place called Fair Havens, near which was the city of Lasea”. (Acts 27:7-13)
  • Enjoy your free time in the largest Greek island or join an optional tour of the Minoan Palace of Knossos, known for the Greek mythological creature with the head of a bull and the body of man, the Minotaur.
  • We will sail to the Island of Santorini at 11:00am, where will arrive at 4:30pm.
  • Take a mule ride or a cable car to the town of Thera, a city built over the rim of a volcano and where an eruption in 1,600 BC of the volcano is believed to have originated the Atlantis myth. You will find excavations in Akrotiri of the buried town which disappeared after the eruption preserving the Bronze Age of the island of Santorini.
  • We will then sail to Piraeus at 9:00pm.
Optional tour of the Minoan Palace of Knossos ($80)
Meals included: Full Breakfast & Dinner
Celestyal Cruises
14Friday | Apostle Paul & The Four Letters in Corinth
Piraeus / Ancient Corinth
  • We will arrive in Piraeus at 7:00am.
  • After a delicious breakfast onboard we will visit Ancient Corinth (Acts 18:1-18) for a half-day tour. It is here where the Apostle Paul visited at least three times, he founded Christian assemblies, and also wrote at least four letters to Christians in Corinth.
  • Visit the ruins of the 5th century basilica at the ancient port Cenchrea (viewed from the bus) before we head to Athens and arrive at the hotel for an overnight stay.
Meals included: Full Breakfast & Dinner
Royal Olympic Hotel, Athens
15Saturday | Discover Athens & the Acropolis
Parthenon / Erechtheion / Modern Athens / Acropolis Museum
  • After we enjoy our breakfast, we will tour the city of Athens, learning more about the local culture and the ancient architecture as well as it’s modern sites.
  • Visit one of the most famous sites in Athens, the magnificent temple of the Acropolis of Athens, known as the Parthenon. Built between 447 and 432BCE, this is the picture-perfect spot in Athens.
  • Visit the Erechtheion on the north side of the Acropolis, dedicated to both Athena and Poseidon.
  • In modern Athens we will visit the tomb of the Unknown Soldier, the Parliament House, Temple of Olympian Zeus, Panathenaic Stadium, Presidential Palace, the Academy, the University and the National Library.
  • We will head to the Acropolis Museum before returning to the hotel and enjoying some free time in the afternoon.
Meals included: Full Breakfast & Dinner
Royal Olympic Hotel, Athens
16Sunday | Departure from Athens
Departure back to the United States
  • After breakfast and check out you will be transferred to Athens International Airport for your return flight home.
Meal included: Breakfast

We offer small groups & greater value: Every Journey is limited to just 20-39 travelers - guaranteed. A minimum of 2 travelers are required. Land package prices listed are per person in U.S. dollars. Rates are based on double occupancy and inclusive of all taxes.

2 people minimum per tour registration. These special prices reflect a 3% discounted rate for cash and check payments.

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Join America Israel Tours' exciting and life-changing tours of the Holy Land. Our deluxe Holy Land tour includes superior first class hotels throughout, full Israeli buffet breakfasts and dinners every day at your hotels, all entrance fees, private sightseeing, escorted transfers and much more.

Included in your tour package:

Join America Israel Tours’s exciting and life-changing 16-day tour of Israel and Greece, the Greek Islands and Ephesus. This deluxe tour includes superior first class hotels throughout, full Israeli buffet breakfasts and dinners every day at your hotels in Israel, several meals in Greece, Greek Island cruise, visit Ephesus, all entrance fees, private sightseeing, escorted transfers and much more…

Our Holy Land travel packages include the following:

  • 10 nights excellent 5 Stars hotel accommodations:
    • 1 night Tel Aviv: Herods Hotel
    • 2 nights Sea of Galilee: Leonardo Plaza Tiberias (former Sheraton Tiberias)
    • 1 night Herods, Dead Sea
    • 3 nights Jerusalem: Leonardo Plaza (former Sheraton Plaza Jerusalem)
    • 3 nights Athens: Royal Olympic
    • 4-night Greek Cruise
  • 18 meals: 9 Israeli buffet breakfasts and 9 dinners throughout the tour.
  • 3 breakfast in your Athens hotel
  • Full-board (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner throughout the cruise)
  • All entrance fees & attractions as per tour itinerary plus: Boat ride on the Sea of Galilee, “Jesus Boat” Museum, Masada Cable Car, Davidson Center Museum, Garden Tomb and much more.
  • 8 full days of touring with top professional, government-licensed, biblically oriented, English speaking tour guides.
  • Private transportation in deluxe air-conditioned coach.
  • Private arrival transfer from Ben Gurion International Airport to your Tel Aviv hotel (please check below for transfer remarks.
  • Porter fees at all hotels.
  • All land service and local taxes.
  • 3 Overnights at Olympic Hotel breakfasts included
  • 4-night Cruise to the Greek Islands & Turkey, based on a SUPERIOR INSIDE / OUTSIDE cabin category , with private facilities (shower/bathtub, washbasin, toilet), on full board basis aboard ship beginning with lunch on embarkation day and including breakfast on the day of disembarkation; with entertainment, free use of shipboard facilities and services of cruise staff.
    • Grotto of the Apocalypse & St. John Monastery in Patmos
    • Ancient Ephesus
    • Acropolis of Lindos and the Citadel of the knights
    • All-inclusive shore excursion package during the cruise (organized by the cruise ship):
      • Port, local taxes & fuel surcharges
      • Tips to cruise staff
      • Shuttle bus to Mykonos town (on cruise)
      • Half day regular tour of Athens, with Professional English speaking guide
      • Half day regular tour of Corinth, with Professional English speaking guide
      • Entrance fees to the archaeological sites in Athens & Corinth
      • Private transfers from/to the airport & port of Athens
  • “Blue” unlimited non-alcoholic & alcoholic package during the cruise

Transfer Remarks:

  • Arrival transfers are provided FREE for travelers arriving in Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion International Airport on flights arriving between 2pm – 6pm on the tour arrival day only (Sundays ONLY).
  • Departure transfers are provided for travelers departing from Athens International Airport on the ending day of the tour (Wednesday ONLY)

Not Included:

  • International flights: please call us toll free at (877) 248-8687 to arrange your flights
  • Flight from Tel Aviv to Athens
  • Tips to tour guides, bus drivers and hotel staff
  • Lunches daily and any other meals not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Travel insurance (highly recommended- please call us for travel insurance info)
  • Lunches or dinners in Athens
  • Hotel or Airport portage
  • Cable car to Santorini town 5 Euro per person, per way
  • Anything not mentioned above

We strongly recommend the purchase of travel insurance package to protect your travel investment.

Journey Highlights:

  • Visit Old Jaffa at night, where Peter stayed at the house of Simon the Tanner
  • Visit the impressive Caesarea Maritima, built in honor of Augustus Caesar by Herod the Great (Acts 10 & 25)
  • Visit Mount Carmel, where Elijah issued his challenge to the False Prophets.
  • Explore Megiddo and the Valley of Armageddon (Revelation 16)
  • Experience a breathtaking panoramic view of Nazareth from the top of Mt. Precipice
  • Drive by Cana of Galilee, where Jesus performed his first miracle- the turning of water into wine at a wedding feast (John 2:1-11)
  • Sail on the Sea of Galilee on a wooden boat as the disciples did 2,000 years ago
  • Visit the “Ancient Jesus Boat” at Kibbutz Nof Geonsar
  • Visit Yardenit – the baptismal site on the Jordan River
  • Stand atop the Mount of Beatitudes (Matt. 5-8), where Jesus preached the Sermon on the Mount
  • Ascend to Masada by cable car and discover this ancient fortress built by King Herod
  • Enjoy a relaxing afternoon at our Dead Sea resort hotel, where you can enjoy the famous Dead Sea Spa treatments
  • Experience a breathtaking panoramic view From the Mount of Olives toward Old City Jerusalem
  • Explore the Southern Temple Mount archaeological excavations and the Davidson Center Museum
  • Visit Bethlehem, the Church of the Nativity, and Shepherd’s Field
  • Visit the Church of the Holy Sepulcher and the Garden Tomb
  • Walk through the ancient Old City of Jerusalem
  • Visit Corinth and the amazing Agora Museum
  • Climb to the Acropolis and visit the Parthenon in Athens
  • Visit the beautiful islands of Santorini, Rhodes, Patmos, Mykonos in a wonderful 4-night cruise
  • Visit the ancient city of Ephesus
  • Short excursions organized by the cruise
  • See the sites of modern Athens such as the Panathenian Stadium, the National Library, and the Acropolis Museum

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