Christian Tours, 8 days


Christian Tours, 8 days Itinerary
Visiting the Holy Land? Don’t miss all the hotspots with our suggested itinerary: visit Jerusalem’s Via Dolorosa and the room of the Last Supper, check out the Sea of Galilee and all the famous sites of the New Testament, and explore ancient cultures in various archaeological sites.


 

Day 1 – Arrival
Day 2 – Jerusalem – Old city
Day 3 – Jerusalem – Old city
Day 4 – Caesarea, Acre, Sea of Galilee
Day 5 – Sea of Galilee
Day 6 – Cana, Nazareth
Day 7 – Dead Sea, Qumran, Massada and Ein Gedi Nature Reserve
Day 8 – Departure

What to see?

  • Day 2: Old City from the Mount of Olives, Dominus Flevit, Church of All Nations, Garden of Gethsemane, Temple Mount, Dome of the Rock, Western Wall, Southern Wall Excavations, Davidson Center, City of David, Warren’s Shaft, Mount Zion, Church of St. Peter in Gallicantu, King David’s Tomb, Room of the Last Supper, Church of the Dormition
  • Day 3: St. Stephen’s Gate, Lion’s Gate, Pool of Bethesda, Church of St. Anne, Via Dolorosa, Stations of the Cross, Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Old City markets, Jewish Quarter, Byzantine-era Cardo, First-Temple-era Broad Wall, galleries, restaurants, Garden Tomb
  • Day 4: Caesarea, Roman theater, the hippodrome, promenade to the renovated Crusader city, “Caesarea Experience”, Muhraka, Carmelite Monastery of St. Elijah, Acre, Knight’s Halls, the Al-Jazzar Mosque, Arbel National Park, Sea of Galilee in the late afternoon.
  • Day 5: The Mount of Beatitudes, Capernaum, Sea of Galilee, Peter’s home, Tabha, Benedictine church, Bethsaida, Yigal Alon Museum at Kibbutz Ginosar, Galilee Boat, Mount Tabor, boat-ride on the Sea of Galilee.
  • Day 6: Cana, Wedding Church, Church of Nathanael, Nazareth, Basilica of the Annunciation, Church of St. Joseph, Mary’s Well, Church of St. Gabriel, Nazareth Village, Megiddo, Jezreel Valley, Via Maris, church at Nain
  • Day 7: Yardenit, Jordan Valley, Dead Sea, Qumran, Ein Gedi Nature Reserve, Massada

Prices for normal tour

Price List Catholic Tour
Size group Price P.P.
10 $1,805.18
15 $1,547.95
20 $1,389.44
25 $1,372.80
30 $1,296.32
35 $1,258.77
40 $1,215.66
45 $1,195.42
50 $1,167.27

Prices for low budget tour

Price List Catholic Tour
Size group Price P.P.
10 $1,153.88
15 $951.25
20 $825.24
25 $823.94
30 $761.15
35 $730.41
40 $695.01
45 $678.46
50 $655.33

General guidelines, details and customizations of the tour

 


Day 1 – Arrival

AirplaneThis is the day that you arrive in Israel. Well, it’s not the case for those who are already here or who are living in Israel.

For those, who ordered the hotels, they will be driven by bus to their hotel and for this tour it means Jerusalem.

Cana Guest House Tour Bus

During the drive to your hotel, the bus will stop multiple times if the group requires so. One stop is for stretching your legs and to be fed real food and drink. That is included in the tour! So, please don’t spend your money on that.

Day 2 – Jerusalem – Old city

Places: Old City from the Mount of Olives, Dominus Flevit, Church of All Nations, Garden of Gethsemane, Temple Mount, Dome of the Rock, Western Wall, Southern Wall Excavations, Davidson Center, City of David, Warren’s Shaft, Mount Zion, Church of St. Peter in Gallicantu, King David’s Tomb, Room of the Last Supper, Church of the Dormition

Night view of a dome and walls of the Old City of Jerusalem

Night view of a dome and walls of the Old City of Jerusalem

Begin in Jerusalem with the inspiring panoramic view of the Old City from the Mount of Olives. From here it is a short walk to Dominus Flevit and then a walk (or drive) to the Church of All Nations and the Garden of Gethsemane.

Continue to the Temple Mount, scene of Abraham’s offering of Isaac today marked by the Dome of the Rock.

Western Wall

Western Wall

Then, it’s on to the Western Wall, revered as Judaism most sacred site as the last remnant of the Second Temple. On Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays you can see Bar Mitzva ceremonies at the Western Wall, the joyful occasion when a Jewish boy of 13 reads from the Torah in public for the first time.

While at the Western Wall, arrange your schedule to join a public tour of the Western Wall Tunnels by enquiring at the Western Wall Heritage Foundation .

At the Southern Wall Excavations, you can walk on the original two thousand-year old street and climbing the ancient steps that Jesus and the disciples probably also climbed. At the Davidson Center, in the basement of an eighth-century-CE palace, look into the possibility of seeing its virtual-reconstruction, high-definition interactive model, and enjoy the high-definition film open to all visitors that depicts ancient pilgrimage to the Temple in a unique way.

Next, visit the City of David, where Jerusalem became David’s capital some 3,000 years ago. See the Visitors Center, with its excavations of the First Temple Period, Warren’s Shaft and the ancient water system built by King Hezekiah to protect the city’s water supply from the Assyrians.

Continue to Mount Zion, to visit the Church of St. Peter in Gallicantu, where Peter denied Jesus, King David’s Tomb, the Room of the Last Supper and the Church of the Dormition – where by Catholic tradition Mary fell in to eternal sleep.

  • For those, who ordered the hotels, they will be driven by bus to their hotel in Jerusalem.

Day 3 – Jerusalem – Old city

Places: St. Stephen’s Gate, Lion’s Gate, Pool of Bethesda, Church of St. Anne, Via Dolorosa, Stations of the Cross, Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Old City markets, Jewish Quarter, Byzantine-era Cardo, First-Temple-era Broad Wall, galleries, restaurants, Garden Tomb

Lion’s Gate

Lion’s Gate

It’s time to get to know Jerusalem close-up today. Begin at St. Stephen’s Gate, also known as Lion’s Gate, and visit the Pool of Bethesda – site of the miraculous healing of a paralyzed man by Jesus, and the Church of St. Anne, where Christian groups love to sing hymns as they visit.

Via Dolorosa

Via Dolorosa

Take the Via Dolorosa passing the Stations of the Cross to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the ancient site of the crucifixion and burial of Jesus.

Wander the Old City markets, steeping yourself in its sights, sounds and aromas, and try your hand at hunting and bargaining for treasures.

Next visit the rebuilt Jewish Quarter with its old Sephardic synagogues. Byzantine-era Cardo, Second-Temple-era Herodian Mansions and the Burnt House, and First-Temple-era Broad Wall, as well as fun people-watching, galleries and restaurants.

End your day at the Garden Tomb – a rock hewn tomb believed by Protestant denominations to be the site of Jesus’ crucifixion, burial and resurrection.

  • For those, who ordered the hotels, they will be driven by bus to their hotel in Jerusalem.

Day 4 – Caesarea, Acre, Sea of Galilee

Places: Caesarea, Roman theater, the hippodrome, promenade to the renovated Crusader city, “Caesarea Experience”, Muhraka, Carmelite Monastery of St. Elijah, Acre, Knight’s Halls, the Al-Jazzar Mosque, Arbel National Park, Sea of Galilee in the late afternoon.

Caesarea National Park on the Mediterranean is your first stop today, where you’ll find the remains of former Roman capital home of Philip the Evangelist, and where Paul was imprisoned and appeared before Festus, Felix and King Agrippa.

Tour the Roman theater, the hippodrome and promenade to the renovated Crusader city. Don’t miss the “Caesarea Experience” a fascinating computerized presentation about the city’s history.

Then, it’s on to Muhraka, the traditional site of Elijah’s confrontation with the prophets of Ba’al, with the Carmelite Monastery of St. Elijah.

Continue to Acre, the ancient Phoenician and Crusader seaport (designated by UNESCO as a world heritage site) for a tour of the Knight?s Halls, the Al-Jazzar Mosque, the bathhouse with its multi-media display and the new ethnic museum, built right into the rooms of the old wall, and the covered markets.

Cross the beautiful Galilee Mountains, stopping at Arbel National Park for an overview of the Sea of Galilee in the late afternoon.

  • For those, who ordered the hotels, they will be driven by bus to their hotel in Tiberias or Nazareth.

Day 5 – Sea of Galilee

Places: The Mount of Beatitudes, Capernaum, Sea of Galilee, Peter’s home, Tabha, Benedictine church, Bethsaida, Yigal Alon Museum at Kibbutz Ginosar, Galilee Boat, Mount Tabor, boat-ride on the Sea of Galilee.

Start the day with a visit to the Christian holy sites around the Sea of Galilee, including:

The Mount of Beatitudes: The traditional site of Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount with its beautiful view of the lake and its sacred sites.

Capernaum: Known as “Jesus’ Town” in the New Testament, Capernaum on the Sea of Galilee is home to one of the earliest churches in the world as well as a monumental ancient synagogue. This was also Peter’s home town where Jesus performed many miracles.

Tabha Benedictine Monastery

Tabha Benedictine Monastery

Tabha: Jesus’ miracle of the Multiplication of the Fish and Loaves is illustrated beautifully in an ancient mosaic of the Byzantine church that stood here. Visit the renovated Benedictine church, built in the same style and along the same lines as the original one.

Bethsaida

Bethsaida

Bethsaida: Home of Peter, Andrew and Philip and scene of Jesus’ healing of a blind man.

The Yigal Alon Museum at Kibbutz Ginosar: A magnificent display of the wooden Galilee Boat, dating from the time of Jesus, discovered mired in the mud on the shore of the Sea of Galilee.

In the afternoon, drive to scenic Mount Tabor, scene of Deborah and Barak’s battle against Sisera, and of the Transfiguration of Jesus.

Sea of Galilee Worship Boats LTD

Sea of Galilee Worship Boats LTD

Consider an evening boat-ride on the Sea of Galilee.

  • For those, who ordered the hotels, they will be driven by bus to their hotel in Tiberias or Nazareth.

Day 6 – Cana, Nazareth

Places: Cana, Wedding Church, Church of Nathanael, Nazareth, Basilica of the Annunciation, Church of St. Joseph, Mary’s Well, Church of St. Gabriel, Nazareth Village, Megiddo, Jezreel Valley, Via Maris, church at Nain

Cana Weddinh churchDrive to Cana – the village where Jesus performed the first miracle, turning water into wine, with the Wedding Church and the Church of Nathanael.

Continue to Nazareth – childhood town of Jesus, with the Basilica of the Annunciation; the Church of St. Joseph; Mary’s Well; the Church of St. Gabriel; and the reconstructed Nazareth Village, where you can learn about daily life in the days of Jesus.

Then, it’s on to Megiddo, the site of biblical Armageddon, to see the excavations of the ancient fortified city that was one of Solomon’s most important centers, overlooking the Jezreel Valley and the ancient Via Maris.

In the afternoon, visit the charming church at Nain, where Jesus raised a widow’s son from the dead.

  • For those, who ordered the hotels, they will be driven by bus to their hotel in Tiberias or Nazareth.

Day 7 – Dead Sea, Qumran, Massada and Ein Gedi Nature Reserve

Places: Yardenit, Jordan Valley, Dead Sea, Qumran, Ein Gedi Nature Reserve, Massada

Before saying farewell to the Sea of Galilee area, visit Yardenit – the baptismal site for pilgrims on the Jordan River south of Tiberias.

Then it’s on down the Jordan Valley to the Dead Sea and Qumran – ruins of the ancient Essene settlement in whose nearby caves the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered.

Enjoy a walk through the Ein Gedi Nature Reserve, a biblical oasis with a spring and waterfalls, where David hid from Saul.

In the afternoon, take the cable-car to the top of Massada scene of the epic stand by Jewish rebels at the end of the Great Revolt against Rome nearly 2,000 years ago. The new museum at the visitor’s center reveals the secrets of the daily life of the rebels, the story of the excavations, and how the site became one of Israel’s most important symbols.

Check into your Dead Sea hotel and enjoy a relaxing float in the healthful waters of the lowest, saltiest body of water on earth.

  • For those, who ordered the hotels, they will be driven by bus to their hotel near Dead Sea.

Day 8 – Departure

This is the day of the departure. We bring everyone back to the point where we picked them up.


 

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