The itinerary takes into account a group with a number of wheelchair users, factoring in the time needed to get on and off the bus and negotiate each site.
Drive from Ben-Gurion Airport to the Old City of Jaffa.
Jaffa is one of the oldest ports in Israel, existing for upward of 4000 years; it was from Jaffa that Jonah set out before being swallowed by the whale and it was here to which Solomon imported cedars from Lebanon for the construction of the first Temple in Jerusalem.
At Kedumim Square in the heart of Old Jaffa you can tour the Visitor Center, which was built around authentic archaeological artifacts and remains.
Drive up the coast to Caesarea National Park, where 2,000 years ago King Herod built a large port in honor of Emperor Augustus. Pontius Pilate later ruled the country from his Caesarea, and it was from here that Paul set sail to the communities where he preached all over the Mediterranean.
Visit the Roman Theater, Herod's palace, the walled Crusader town with its galleries and restaurants and Caesarea’s latest attraction, the Time Trek, a fascinating multimedia presentation.
Drive on to the Sea of Galilee region and stroll the waterfront in Tiberias.
Overnight: The Tiberias area.
Visit the landmarks around the northwestern Sea of Galilee, including:
Capernaum - Known as "Jesus' Town" in the New Testament, Capernaum on the Sea of Galilee is home to one of the earliest churches in the world as well as a monumental ancient synagogue. This was also Peter's home town where Jesus performed many miracles.
Tabha- Jesus' miracle of the Multiplication of the Fish and Loaves is illustrated beautifully in an ancient mosaic of the Byzantine church that stood here. Visit the renovated Benedictine church, built in the same style and along the same lines as the original one.
The Mount of Beatitudes - Enjoy an inspiring view of the Sea of Galilee from the top of the mountain where tradition says Jesus preached the Sermon on the Mount.
The Yigal Alon Museum at Kibbutz Ginosar - This is a unique institution, focusing on the human experience in the Galilee in the past, present and future. It is also home to changing exhibits showcasing the finest talents of Galilee artists from a variety of faiths and ethnic backgrounds, and the magnificent display of the Galilee Boat, dating from the time of Jesus, discovered mired in the mud on the shore of the Sea of Galilee.
Stroll through the archaeological park in the midst of downtown Tiberias, with its remains dating from numerous period’s in the town’s long history.
Overnight in Tiberias.
Drive down the Jordan Valley all the way to the Dead Sea and Massada. Ascend by cable-car to explore the mountain fortress, scene of the epic stand by Jewish rebels at the end of the Great Revolt against Rome nearly 2,000 years ago. The new museum at the Visitor Center reveals the secrets of the daily life of the rebels, the story of the excavations, and how the site became one of Israel’s most important symbols.
Stop at one of the Dead Sea spas or beaches for a dip in the saltiest sea in the world. The Dead Sea is recognized as having therapeutic qualities, and bathing here is something that should not be missed.
Overnight in Jerusalem.
Begin your day at the Mt. of Olives Observation Point for an excellent visual and spiritual introduction to the city, ancient and new. View the Temple Mount, theCity of David, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre and more, as the vista spans the length and breadth of the city.
Spend time at the Western Wall, one of the last vestiges of the Second Temple complex built by Herod some 2,000 years ago and thus the holiest spot in the world for Jews.
Excavations in Jerusalem's Jewish Quarter have revealed a wealth of finds from the First and Second Temple periods. See the sites and enjoy the special ambiance of this renewed part of the Old City along a wheelchair accessible route developed by the Jewish Quarter’s Center for Tourists with Disabilities (02-6283415/6). When you call them, ask about the wheelchair-friendly route through other quarters of the Old City around the market and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.
In the evening, enjoy a drive through the New City to view some of its landmarks, including the Israel Museum’s Shrine of the Book, where the Dead Sea Scrolls are housed (open on Tuesdays until 9:00 P.M.; partially accessible), the Knesset, and the Supreme Court.