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 take place. 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 an amazing 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 find 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.
Visiting the Ancient Sea of Galilee Boat
On our third day, we'll tour the Golan Heights. First, we would tour Tel Dan National Park, where archaeologists found ritual platforms dated to the time of King Jeroboam's religious reforms. Then we would explore the area where the Confession of Peter took place in the area of Caesarea Philippi (Matthew 16: 13-20). Then we'll end the day at top of Mt. Bental overlooking the Syrian border.
Welcome to the Holy City of Jerusalem. we'll start by exploring Mount Olives, beginning with an unusual 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 preform one of his miracles in Jerusalem (John 5). Then we would walk along the Via Dolorosa till we'll reach the church of the Holy Sepulcher, where Jesus was crucified, buried, and resurrected.
Today will start at the city of Bethlehem, we would 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 according to Christian tradition John the Baptist was born and where Mary met Elizabeth.
Church of Nativity
Church of Visitation
Church of John the Baptist
Today we will explore the wilderness of the Judean Desert. We'll aim our sights to Masada National Park, on our way we'll drive next to Mount of Temptation, where Jesus was tempted by the devil. Also, we'll get to see Qumran where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found. And finally, we will tour Masada that 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.
Masada National Park
A Dip to 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 has great significance 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 that lived in Jaffa where Peter stayed while in town (Acts 9-10). Then we would explore some of the nice narrow alleys and go down to Jaffa Port. Then we'll go to Tel Aviv check out some key sites like Rothchild Boulevard and the Carmel Market.