Arrival Tel Aviv/ Jerusalem
Pick up from the airport upon arrival. Transfer to your hotel in Jerusalem for dinner and overnight.
Jerusalem/ Mt. of olives/ Gethsemane/Mt.Zion
Breakfast. Drive to the Mount of Olives, where you can enjoy the spectacular view over the holy City. From there we descend to Josaphat Valley – visit the Pater Noster Church and the Church of Ascension, the Garden of Gethsemane and the Church of All Nations. We then drive to Mount Zion to visit the Cenacle (The Last Supper room), King David's Tomb and the Dormition Abbey. Dinner and overnight
Jerusalem Old city/ Via Dolorosa/ Holy sepulcher
Breakfast. Full day visit of the old city of Jerusalem. Begin the Via Dolorosa (The Way of the Cross) at the Antonia Fortress. This is the spot where Jesus was condemned to death by Pontius. Following His condemnation, He was taken (on the Road to Calvary) to His place of Crucifixion. Your group will reflect upon the Stations of the Cross as you travel through the markets of the Old City to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. Continue the day with a visit to the Church of St. Anne’s, the home of Jesus’ maternal grandparents (Anne and Joachim); and the Pool of Bethesda, where Jesus healed the crippled man. This afternoon, your group will enjoy a revisit to the Old City. Following this visit, your group will enjoy dinner and overnight at your hotel.
Jerusalem/ Bethlehem/Ein Karem
Breakfast. Your group will visit a model of the Second Temple, as it was in the time of Jesus. Following this visit, your group will take a short drive to the village of Ein Karem, the birthplace of John the Baptist. It is known that there are two churches in Ein Karem, both representing the two homes of Zechariah and Elizabeth. In the afternoon, transfer to Bethlehem, the birthplace of Jesus. In Bethlehem, you will have the opportunity to view the Shepherd’s Fields. The tour concludes at the Manger Square, which stands in front of the Church of the Nativity. As you enter the Church, you will proceed down to the Grotto of the Nativity, which marks the spot of Our Savior’s birth. Return to the hotel for dinner and overnight.
Jerusalem/ Stella Maris/ Nazareth
Breakfast. Transfer North to Haifa. In Haifa, you will find Stella Maris, a Carmelite Monastery. The monastery is located above the cave where Elijah, the prophet, once lived. A colorful painting of this “wonder-worker” can be found on the ceiling of the Church. Following this visit, your group will depart Stella Maris and enjoy the scenic drive (with view of the bay of Acco) to Nazareth. In Nazareth, you will experience the town where Mary once lived and where Jesus lived as a child. During the visit to Nazareth, your group will visit the Byzantine Church of St. Joseph, to which tradition identifies as the workshop and home of the Holy Family. Also, your group will visit Mary’s Well where the angel Gabriel announced to the Virgin Mary that she will bear the Son of God. Dinner and overnight in Nazareth
Sea of Galilee/ Mt. Beatitude/ Tabgha/ Capernaum/Tiberius
Breakfast. Boat ride on the beautiful and scenic, Sea of Galilee. During this ride, your group will also view the remains of a boat that dates back to the time of Jesus. Following the Sea of Galilee, your group will continue on to the Mount of Beatitudes, where Jesus proclaimed His great Sermon on the Mount. Near the mount is Tabgha, one of Jesus’ miracle sites. At Tabgha, Jesus fed the crowd of 5,000 people from five loaves of bread, and two fish. Also, in Tabgha is St. Peter’s Primacy where Jesus bestowed church leadership upon Peter. Your tour continues as you visit the birthplace of Mary Magdalene, in Magdala. During the time of Jesus, this village was a prosperous fishing village that exported fish and garum (a fish sauce reduction; popular in Roman cooking). Your day concludes at Capernaum, the launching place of Jesus’ ministry. In Capernaum, your group will have the opportunity to see the Synagogue of where Jesus taught, and gave His sermon on the Bread of Life. Your group will enjoy dinner and overnight at hotel.
Mt. Tabor/ Jericho/ Jordan River/ Jerusalem
Breakfast. Your group will drive to the site of the Transfiguration, Mount Tabor. At this site, you will have some time to reflect on Christ’s Humanity and Divinity.The tour continues as your group heads South on the Jordan Valley, to the oldest inhabited city in the world, Jericho. In Jericho, you will have the opportunity to view the exact location, the Mount of Temptation, of where the Devil tempted Jesus during his forty-day fast. Following the visit to this mountain, your group will continue to Jesus’ baptismal site on the River Jordan. After some time at the Jordan River, your group will end their day with a transfer to Jerusalem. In Jerusalem, your group will check-in to your hotel for dinner and overnight.
Tel Aviv departure
Breakfast. Transfer to the airport for departure
Allow us to take you in the footsteps of our Lord. From birth to the miracle of the ascension, we will bring it all to life for a truly unique experience.