Introduction to the Holy Land  

 

 

It is the dream of every Christian, Jew and Muslim to visit Jerusalem, the focal point of a Pilgrimage to the Holy Land and the religious centre for these three monotheistic religions. Our Pilgrimage takes you in the Footsteps of the Lord first into the peaceful and fruitful hills of Galilee where he spent his childhood and carried out his ministry. We then travel with him through the arid expanse of the desert into the Judean Hills surrounding Jerusalem. We visit Bethlehem, the birthplace of Jesus and then live out those final days in Jerusalem, following the Palm Sunday route, visiting the Upper Room of the Last Supper, the Mount of Olives and Gethsemane, and following the Way of the Cross through the old city to Calvary and the Holy Tomb, now enshrined in the Holy Sepulchre Church. If you are interested in experiencing how Christianity is kept alive in the Holy Land today, we can also arrange contact with the local Christian community and visits to various projects and charities as well.  Everyone returns spiritually enriched from the Holy Land with fresh insight into the Gospels and filled with the wonder at having trod in his footsteps and watched the same sunsets! All return with a great desire to revisit the Holy Land and we hope that you will travel this path with us. It is also possible  to add an extension to your Holy Land Pilgrimage to visit Mount Nebo in Jordan or Mount Sinai in Egypt.

 

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Your Itinerary

Day 1

UK / Tel Aviv
Leave from the UK to Tel Aviv Ben Gurion Airport on a scheduled service. Meeting and assistance upon arrival and transfer to your hotel / guest house in Galilee for check in, dinner & overnight stay.

Day 2

Nazareth / Cana / Mount Tabor
In the morning we will leave the hotel and drive to Cana of Galilee where Jesus performed his first miracle by turning water into wine at a wedding feast. Here we will visit the Franciscan Church of the Wedding Feast. Those who wish can renew their marriage vows. We will then continue to Nazareth. Visit the Basilica of the Annunciation including the Grotto where we will have Mass, the Chapel of St. Joseph, the Old Synagogue and the Church of St. Gabriel (Mary's Well). In the afternoon we will continue to Mount Tabor where the Lord was Transfigured,  before we return to our hotel for dinner and overnight stay at your hotel in Galilee.

Day 3

Sea of Galilee / River Jordan
After breakfast we will take a cruise across the Sea of Galilee. We will first visit Capharnaum "The Town of Jesus" where he carried out the major part of his Ministry and Messianic Work. Visit the excavations and St. Peter's Church. Proceed to the Church of the Primacy of St. Peter and Tabgha, the site where the Lord fed the 5,000 with five loaves and two fish, and the Mount of Beatitudes which commemorates Our Lord's Sermon on the Mount. In the afternoon we will visit the Jordan River and the Place of Baptism. Dinner and overnight stay at our hotel in Galilee.

Day 4

Jericho / Jerusalem / Bethlehem 
Today we leave Galilee and drive via the Jordan Valley to Jerusalem. Our first stop will be in Jericho. View the ancient city and the Mount of Temptation before we continue to Jerusalem, where on arrival we will drive to the top of the Mount of Olives to admire the spectacular views of the walled Old City. After an explanation of the view drive to Bethlehem to visit the Basilica of the Nativity and the Grotto, venerated as the Birthplace of Jesus. Also visit the Church of St. Catherine, the Crusaders Cloister, the Chapel of St. Jerome and the Grotto of the Holy Innocents. We will then continue to the Shepherds' Fields. We will then continue to our hotel in Bethlehem / Jerusalem for check in, dinner and overnight stay.

Day 5

Mount of Olives / Mount Sion                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    After breakfast drive to the Mount of Olives to visit the Pater Noster Church, where according to tradition, Jesus taught His Disciples the Lord's Prayer. Continue to the chapel of Dominus Flevit, where the Lord wept over Jerusalem, where we will visit and have Mass. Finally descend to the Garden of Gethsemane and the Church of All Nations. In the afternoon visit Mount Sion and the Upper Room, also known as the Cenacle which commemorates the Last Supper; the Dormition Abbey, commemorating the falling asleep of Mary; and the Church of St. Peter in Gallicantu on the sight of the house of the High Priest Caiaphas. Dinner and overnight stay at your hotel.

Day 6 

Free day / Optional excursion to Masada & the Dead Sea                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Today is free for your own activities or you can join an optional excursion to Masada and the Dead Sea (£50.00 per person excluding lunch). Dinner and overnight stay at your hotel.

Day 7 

Way of the Cross / Abo Gosh / Ein Karem 
This morning we shall enter the Old City and start our tour at the Crusaders' Church of St. Anne and the Pool of Bethesda. Continue to the Tower of Antonia where Jesus was tried and the Church of the Flagellation from where we will follow the Stations of the Cross ending inside the Basilica of the Holy Sepulchre enshrining Calvary and the Holy Tomb.  In the afternoon we will visit the Crusaders' Church of the Resurrection in Abo Gosh. This is one of the possible sites of Emmaus. We will also visit Ein Karem, home of St. Elizabeth, mother of John the Baptist before we return to our hotel for dinner and overnight stay.

Day 8

Tel Aviv / UK
The coach will take you to Tel Aviv, Ben Gurion airport for our return flight to the UK.

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