Dead Sea Scrolls, Qumran, Essenes

Dead Sea Scrolls, Qumran, Essenes The Dead Sea Scrolls are located in the Book of the Shrine in Jerusalem. We will be going there once we get to Jerusalem. In the meantime, most scholars believe that the scrolls were written by the Essenes, a Jewish sect that spun off from the central religion because of […]

Dead Sea, Negev Desert, & Masada

The Dead Sea, Negev Desert, & Masada At the Dead Sea, the Negev Desert covers half of Israel. In 2013, Lonely Planet  rated the Negev second on a list of the world’s top ten regional travel destinations. That is mainly due to The Dead Sea region. More on the Dead Sea after Negev Desert. When […]

Tel Beersheba & Tel Arad

Tel Beersheba & Tel Arad In 2007, Tel Beersheba was recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Of more than 200 tels in Israel, Beersheba was cited as one of the most representative, containing substantial remains of a city with biblical connections.  Archeological finds indicate that the tell was inhabited from  around 4000 BC, through to the […]

Tel Aviv -Ben Gurion Airport

First Stop, Tel Aviv East of Tel Aviv, we will arrive in Israel at Ben Gurion Airport ,which is about 25 minutes away. There we will spend the first night. All flights arrive from the US in the afternoon. You will awake on the plane probably a couple of hours before we land and they will serve breakfast.  Tel […]

Third Day in Fabulous Rome

The Italy Tour Package concludes with day 3 in Rome excursions. Today it is onto the Roman Colosseum, the largest ever built in the Roman Empire, built of concrete and stone. Its construction started in 72 AD, capable of seating 50,000 spectators, was used for gladiatorial contests and public spectacles such as mock sea battles, […]

Rome: Day Two, Vatican City

These will be today’s awesome experience: Vatican Museums & Palaces Basilica of St. Peter St. Peter’s Square This morning we visit the Vatican Museums. Passing through the Court of the Pigna, Belvedere Palace and then to the Belvedere Courtyard. In the Greek Cross Room you will view the splendid Sarcophagi of Constantine and Helen. Walking […]

Rome: Day One

Abbey of the Three Fountains Catacombs San John di Lateran Church & Benedictine Abbey Abbey of the Three Fountains is the place of Saint Paul’s martyrdom; where tradition has it that three different springs gushed out at each spot touched when Paul’s head hit the ground. Legend claims that when St. Paul was decapitated, his […]

Next Stop, Roma!

There are so many important places in Rome, we will spend three days here. Each major site is an experience in itself so over the next few days, posts will describe these in detail. Here is a list of what we will see: Abbey of the Three Fountains Catacombs San John di Lateran Church Vatican […]

Pompeii – Frozen in Time

Pompeii our second stop and our first full day, was a Roman town, partially destroyed and buried under 4 to 6 m (13 to 20 ft) of ash and pumice in the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in AD 79. Lost for nearly 1700 years before its rediscovery in 1748, carbon dating has relegated the oldest […]

Naples, Our First Stop!

Naples, our first city to tour is the third largest city in Italy, behind Rome & Milan. I bet that surprised you. It is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world. City center is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The apostles Peter & Paul preached in Naples. The Naples National Archaeological Museum […]