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Experiencing the Crossroads of Israel With Travcoa

Tour Operator | Travcoa | Lisa Iannucci | June 10, 2016

Experiencing the Crossroads of Israel With Travcoa

PHOTO: Israel is all at once beautiful, mysterious, exotic and spiritual (Courtesy Travcoa)

Israel is regarded by Jews, Christians and Muslims as a biblical Holy Land. Taking a once-in-a-lifetime pilgrimage to this Middle Eastern country can, for some, be a life-changing spiritual experience. For others, it’s a trip of historical wonder.

Travcoa offers a 10-day tour of this beautiful country, including the capital of Jerusalem and the vibrant city of Tel Aviv. The tour starts with an in-depth look at Jewish history at the Beth Hatefutsoth, the Museum of the Jewish People, from 6th century BC.

Other destinations on this tour include Haifa and its Mount Carmel and Bahai Shrine. Then the tour makes stops at the ancient Roman city of Caesarea where you explore the Roman Amphitheatre and then continue to Djezzar Pasha Mosque and the crypt of St. John.

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A trip to Israel wouldn’t be complete without a stop at various important biblical and religious landmarks, starting in Nazareth at the Church of the Annunciation, Joseph’s Workshop and Mary's Well, with waters that are believed to heal all ailments. Take a boat ride across the Sea of Galilee to Kibbutz Ginosar, which houses the 2,000-year-old “Jesus boat.”

Other highlights include remains of a Second-century synagogue, a drive to the Mount of the Beatitudes, and a visit to the site of the New Testament’s Miracle of the Loaves and Fishes. ?You will also visit Qumran, and explore caves where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found.

Next stop is Bethlehem and the Church of the Nativity, Manger Square and Shepherd’s Field, as well as the “Wailing Wall,” the Tomb of King David and the Room of the Last Supper.

Finally, you can walk in footsteps of Jesus when you walk the Stations of the Cross.

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Those who tour will stay at The Dan Tel Aviv Hotel, which is the first luxury Tel Aviv hotel, and The Dan Carmel Hotel in Haifa. The trip will also include a stay at The Scots Hotel, owned by the Church of Scotland, and the most famous hotel in Israel, the King David Jerusalem Hotel.

Israel is a place of refuge. Experience the holy sites in Nazareth and Tiberias, visiting the caves in Qumran where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found, and exploring the revered riches of Jerusalem, including the Mount of Olives, the Western Wall, Mt. Zion, the Dome of the Rock, and the Stations of the Cross. For thousands of years, pilgrims have traveled to places with spiritual value and this tour provides a great historical and spiritual vacation.

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