Welcome to the Holy Land! So in our Christian Holy Land seven day tour, we will get to know the ‘Promised Land’ quite thoroughly. We’ll get to know the regions where Jesus was born and grew up. Also where he preached and gathered his first followers. And finally where he was crucified buried and resurrected. But not just that on our seven days together we will get to know famous sites like the site of the Armageddon, the Jezreel Valley, and the Herod’s the Great winter palace. I mean of course Masada National Park!
On our first day, we would start by driving along Israel's shoreline, exploring Caesarea Maritima, where St. Paul was kept under arrest, and Peter converted a Roman centurion to Christianity. Next, we'll head North-East towards Tel Megiddo in the Jezreel Valley, where the Armageddon will occur. Then we'll head to Nazareth. Our focus of attention would be the Basilica of the Annunciation. Then we would drive up to Mount of Transfiguration, ending the day by visiting the village of Cana, where Jesus performed his very first miracle, turning water into wine (John 3).
Our second day will be dedicated to Jesus' missionary around the Sea of Galilee. We'll start with a fantastic vista from the top of Mt. Arbel. Then we'll explore known sites like Capernaum and the Tabgha. After a short break, we will visit Mt. of Beatitudes. We'll keep circling the Sea of Galilee, checking out Kursi National Park, and finding a convenient place to dip our feet in the Sea of Galilee. Another stop would be the Jordan River at Yardenit. If you would like to baptize, it would be possible. Passing via Tiberias, our last stop will be the ruins of the Magdala, now an archaeological site on the shores of the Sea of Galilee.
On our third day, we'll tour Golan Heights. First, we would tour Tel Dan National Park, where archaeologists found ritual platforms dating to King Jeroboam's religious reforms. Then we would explore where the Confession of Peter took place in the region of Caesarea Philippi (Matthew 16: 13-20). Then we'll end the day at the top of Mt. Bental overlooking the Syrian border.
Welcome to the Holy City of Jerusalem. We'll explore Mount Olives, beginning with an impressive vista towards Old Town Jerusalem. Then will wander around Mt. Olives, checking key sites like Paternoster, where Jesus taught The Lord's Prayer, Dominus Flevit Church, and Gethsemane. Next will be entering the Old City via St. Stephen Gate, visiting first the Pool of Bethesda, where Jesus performed one of his miracles in Jerusalem (John 5). Then we would walk along the Via Dolorosa until we reach the Holy Sepulcher church, where Jesus was crucified, buried, and resurrected.
Today will start at the city of Bethlehem, we will go directly to the Church of Nativity, where according to tradition, Jesus was born. Then we would go back to Jerusalem and explore some of the modern points of attraction like Ein Kerem, where John the Baptist was born, and Mary met Elizabeth according to Christian tradition.
Today we will explore the wilderness of the Judean Desert. We'll aim our sights on Masada National Park, and on our way, we'll drive next to Mount of Temptation, where the devil tempted Jesus. Also, we'll get to see Qumran, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found. And finally, we will tour Masada, which was the stage for this epic stand of the Jewish rebels against the Roman legion during the Great Revolt about 2000 years ago. The day will conclude with a rejuvenating dip in the Dead Sea.
Our last day will be dedicated to getting to know Tel Aviv a little better and Old Town Jaffa. A good start is going to Jaffa, which is significant in Christianity. According to the Acts, it was in Jaffa that Saint Peter raised Tabitha, one of Jesus' disciples, from the dead. Also, we hear about Simon the Tanner, who lived in Jaffa, where Peter stayed in town (Acts 9-10). Then we would explore lovely narrow alleys and go down to Jaffa Port. Then we'll go to Tel Aviv to check out some critical sites like Rothchild Boulevard and the Carmel Market.