CHRISTIAN GEMS OF THE HOLY LAND
Christian Gems of the Holy Land: Day 1
Spend the week walking through the Land of the Bible on our Israel Christian Tour. Gain insight into the birthplace of Christianity and Judaism as you visit religious, archaeological and ancient sites.
Start your trip by visiting the ancient port city of Jaffa and explore its alleyways and marketplaces.
Overnight: Tel Aviv
Christian Gems of the Holy Land: Day 2
This morning, walk along Rothschild Boulevard, stopping at Independence Hall, where the new State of Israel was declared in 1948.
Travel north to Nazareth, where you see Mary’s Well and the Roman Catholic Basilica of Annunciation, the largest church in the Middle East.
Also visit Cana of Galilee, the place where Jesus performed his first miracle, turning water into wine and continue to Magdala to see the recently discovered synagogue.
Christian Gems of the Holy Land: Day 3
Overlooking the Sea of Galilee, visit the Mt. of Beatitudes, remembering the verses of Sermon on the Mount. Continue to Tabgha, the site of Peter’s Primacy, Multiplication of Loaves and Fish and the Calling of the Disciples, and Capernaum, the center of Jesus’ movement and his home during his Central Galilean Ministry.
Later, enjoy wine tasting in the Golan Heights and ride Dune Buggies along the Syrian border before transferring to Jerusalem.
Christian Gems of the Holy Land: Day 4
Visit the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, the traditional site of the crucifixion and burial of Jesus, and then continue to the archaeological sites of The City of David and the Southern Wall Excavations.
From an overlook on to the Temple Mount, with the Dome of the Rock and Al Aksa Mosque, ascend to the heart of the Jewish Quarter, the Cardo, where you wander the cobblestoned alleyways.
The three faiths are inextricably woven together on Mount Zion, just outside of the Old City Walls. The intermingling of history and religion has created a layered nuanced complexity to this unique part of the city. The traditional burial place of King David sits right underneath the Room of the Last Supper, a room that also once served as a mosque. The Dormition Abbey, commemorating the end of Mary’s life, was established on the site of a Byzantine-era church, and today still serves the local Christian community. Conclude the visit with a stop at St. Peter of Gallicantu, also known as the House of Caiphus.
Afterwards, embark on a geo-strategic tour of the neighborhoods surrounding Jerusalem. From this unique perspective, gain valuable insight into what the future may hold for the city.
Christian Gems of the Holy Land: Day 5
Overlook the Holy Basin from the Mt. of Olives, and then walk down the Palm Sunday Road to the Garden of Gethsemane with a short stop at Dominus Flevit where Jesus stopped and wept over Jerusalem.
See the ancient olive trees at The Garden of Gethsemane as well as the beautiful Church of All Nations where the stone of the Agony of Christ is on display. Enter the Old City through the Lion’s Gate (St. Stephens Gate) and see the Monastery of St. Anne and the Pools of Bethesda as you walk along the Via Dolorosa towards the Christian Quarter.
Christian Gems of the Holy Land: Day 6
Take a cable car or hike to the top of Masada to tell the ancient story of the 960 men, women, and children that were the last to resist the Romans during the Great Jewish Revolt almost 2000 years ago. The story of Masada has become synonymous with Israel’s quest for freedom and independence in modern times.
Visit Qumran, home of the first century sect of the Essenes, authors of the Dead Sea Scrolls and believed to be the influence of Baptism for John the Baptist. And finally spend the afternoon at the lowest point on Earth and experience effortless floating on the Dead Sea’s hypersaline waters.
Transfer to Ben Gurion International Airport for your flight home