May 20–23, 2020
Arrive early and join an exclusive pre-cruise tour in and around Jerusalem, including a three-night stay at the five-star Waldorf Astoria Jerusalem Hotel in the heart of the ancient city.
Day One | Wednesday, May 20, 2020
Upon arrival, you will be met at the airport and transferred to the Waldorf Astoria Jerusalem Hotel. The remainder of the day is at your leisure, and dinner is on your own.
Day Two | Thursday, May 21, 2020
After breakfast at the hotel, depart via air-conditioned motor coach for the Mount of Olives for a panoramic view of Jerusalem. At the base of the mountain, visit the Garden of Gethsemane and the Church of All Nations. Continue with a guided walk through the Jewish Quarter and see the Western Wall and the Dome of the Rock. Enjoy a group lunch and lecture at the David Citadel Hotel.
Enter the Old City via the Jaffa Gate for a guided walk through Jerusalem’s Christian Quarter and along part of the Via Dolorosa. Visit the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Calvary, and the Tomb of Christ.
Return to the hotel for free time. Later, gather for a group reception, dinner, and lecture at the hotel.
Day Three | Friday, May 22, 2020
Following breakfast at the hotel, depart via air-conditioned motor coach for Nazareth and visit the Church of the Annunciation. Continue to the city of Tiberias with a photo stop at the Tomb of Maimonides. Enjoy a group lunch at a local restaurant on the western shore of the Sea of Galilee.
After lunch, drive to the village of Capernaum at the foot of the Mount of Beatitudes. Visit the ruins of an ancient synagogue and see St. Peter’s House. Travel along the waterfront and enjoy a beautiful view of the Golan Heights.
Return to Jerusalem via the Jordan valley. The remainder of the evening is at your leisure, and dinner is on your own.
Day Four | Saturday, May 23, 2020
Following breakfast at the hotel, depart via air-conditioned motor coach for the coastal town of Caesarea. Visit Caesarea National Park, and see the large Roman amphitheater. Ascend Mount Carmel for a panoramic view of Haifa Bay and the Bahai Gardens.
Enjoy a group lunch at a local restaurant, and then embark on board the Regent Seven Seas Voyager.