Jerusalem
Pilgrimage Tour


The stones of Jerusalem are milky white, caramel orange, warm ivory, burnt red, pale pink. They are buffed to an inscrutable shine from over 1,500 years of footprints; pilgrims and patriarchs, saints and sinners who have passed through this city at the center of the earth. Come and walk the Land where Jesus was born, lived, died, and rose again. See the sites about which most have only read. Connect with the history of this land on a physical and spiritual level. Our tours are informative and worshipful; devotional and analytical; covering the history, culture, and political/religious contours of Palestine (West Bank) and Israel both then and now, led by people who know the hidden corners of the land, literally and figuratively.


COME AND SEE

WHAT DOES A TRIP LOOK LIKE?

Grapes of the Holy Land Grapes of the Holy Land
DAY 2
MEDITERRANEAN SEA / CAESAREA / MOUNT CARMEL / MEGIDDO / PLAIN OF ARMAGEDDON

After breakfast we drive to Caesarea by the Sea. We visit the Crusader Castle, the Roman Amphitheater, and water duct. Driving through the Jezreel Valley, we visit Megiddo and on to the fields of Armageddon, followed by Mount Carmel, site of Elijah’s contest with the prophets of Baal, and Mount Tabor. Return to the hotel for dinner and overnight.

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Cathedrals Cathedrals
DAY 1
ARRIVAL IN ISRAEL / TIBERIAS (or Nazareth)

Guests arrive in Ben Gurion Airport, Tel Aviv, and proceed with a guide to Tiberias (or Nazareth) for dinner and overnight.

Nazareth Village Nazareth Village
DAY 4
NAZARETH / JERICHO / BETHANY / BETHLEHEM

We drive down from Tiberius to Cana (site of Jesus’ first miracle) and then on to Nazareth, the hometown of Jesus, to visit the Church of the Annunciation and Mary’s Fountain. We then drive down the Jordan Valley to Jericho, the oldest city in the world, where we will view the Mount of Temptation, where Jesus fasted for forty days and nights, and Elisha’s Fountain. Then we travel up the Jericho Road viewing the Inn of the Good Samaritan, and visit Bethany, the home of Mary, Martha, and Lazarus before ending up at our hotel in Bethlehem.

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DAY 3
TIBERIUS / SEA OF GALILEE / CAPERNAUM / MOUNT OF BEATITUDES

Following breakfast, we start the day with a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee. We proceed to Capernaum, home of our Lord during his ministry. After visiting the synagogue where he preached, we drive on to Tabgha to see the site where Jesus fed 5000 men through the miracle of the loaves and fish. We head on to the Mount of Beatitudes, where Jesus preached the Sermon on the Mount. We will visit Caesarea Phillipi and Mount Hermon, the probable site of the Transfiguration, then follow the mountain water to the Sea of Galilee. At the outlet from the Sea to the Jordan River we will see the traditional site of Jesus’ baptism before returning to our hotel.

Jerusalem Church Jerusalem Church
DAY 6
OLD CITY OF JERUSALEM

On this walking tour of the Old City of Jerusalem we enter via the Dung Gate and see the Western Wall, the Al Aqsa and the Dome of the Rock Mosques. We visit the Church of St. Anne and view the pool of Bethesda. We will see the Chapel of Flagellation, Lithostrotos and the Arch of “Ecce Homo” and follow the Via Dolorosa through the alleys and the bazaars to the holiest shrine in the Christendom, the Basilica of Resurrection to visit Golgotha and Tomb of Our Lord. Back to hotel for dinner and overnight in Jerusalem (or Bethlehem).

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Saint Peter Ingalicantu Saint Peter Ingalicantu
DAY 5
MOUNT OF OLIVES / BETHLEHEM

We begin the day enjoying a spectacular morning view of the “Golden City” of Jerusalem from the Mount of Olives. Visit the Church of Pater Noster, the Chapel of Ascension and then walk the “Palm Sunday Road” to the Garden of Gethsemane. Visit the Rock of Agony where Jesus prayed for God’s will to be done. After visiting the Garden Tomb we travel back into Bethlehem and visit the Basilica of the Nativity, the Manger, the Church of St. Catherine, the Grotto of St. Jerome and the Shepherds’ Field, where the angel appeared to the shepherds and led them to Bethlehem. We will also enjoy a tour of Bethlehem Bible College and hear from some of the faculty and staff. Then back to our hotel for dinner and overnight in Bethlehem.

The Holy Land The Holy Land
DAY 8
DEPARTURE

After breakfast, we transfer to Ben Gurion airport in Tel Aviv for departures

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Masada Masada
DAY 7
MASADA / DEAD SEA / QUMRAN / BETHANY

Today we drive back through the desert to the Dead Sea, the lowest point on earth. Weather permitting we will have the chance to spend some time and float and enjoy the healthy Dead Sea mud. After driving south along the shore of the Dead Sea we will ascend to Masada by cable car to visit the magnificent ruins of the fortress where Jewish defenders made their last stand against Rome. We return through the desert to Qumran, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered in an Essene community


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