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8 Days 7 Nights in the Holy Land

Day 1

  • The Nativity Church (built in the 4th century by St. Helen, the mother of Emperor Constantine)
  • St. Catherine’s Church inside the Church of the Nativity
  • Milk Grotto

 

 

 

Day 2

  • St. Nicolas Grotto and Church
  • Shepherds Fields
  • Monastery of St. Theodosius
  • The Lavra of St. Saba in the desert (from the 6th century)
  • Overnight in Bethlehem

 

Day 3: Jerusalem (Mount of Olives, Ein Karem)

We start our day with a panoramic view of the Holy City from the Mount of Olives, then we visit the church of Bethpage, the Chapel of Ascension, the Church Pater Noster, where Jesus taught the “Our Father” prayer. Next we walk down the hill known as the “Palm Sunday Road”, to Dominus Flevit Chapel on the site where Jesus wept over Jerusalem, then we proceed to the Garden of Gethsemane where we visit the Church of All Nations & the Church of the Tomb of Virgin Mary.
Next we arrive in Ein Karem, where we visit to the birthplace of John the Baptist, and the Church of the Visitation.
Overnight in Bethlehem.

 

Day 4: Jerusalem (The old city), Via Dolorosa

Drive to Jerusalem, enter the old city from St. Stephan's gate, visit the Church of St. Anne (The place where Mary was born) , the Pool of Bethesda, continue walking in Via Dolorosa (Stations of the Cross), Pilate’s Judgment Hall, the Chapel of Flagellation, and the Arch of Ecce Homo (“Behold the Man”), the Convent of the Sisters of Zion. We prayerfully follow the Via Dolorosa through the Old City until the Church of the Holy Sepulcher (Golgotha where Jesus was crucified, then the Holy Tomb, & the Stone of Anointing). We continue walking to Mount Zion (Dormition Abbey "the place where the Virgin Mary fell asleep”), Last Supper Room, the tomb of King David & St. Peter of Gallicantu (The Cock Crows), where Jesus was held in the house of the High Priest Caiaphas, walking through the Cardio (The roman street) on the way to the Western (Wailing) Wall. Overnight in Bethlehem or in Jerusalem.

 

Day 5: Bethany, Jericho, Qumran & Dead Sea

We leave Bethlehem in the direction of the Jerusalem Dessert to Jericho, the world’s oldest city. By the way we make a stop in Bethany to visit the tomb of St. Lazarus, then we drive to Wade El Quilt and we have a panoramic view of St. George Koziba's Monastery. We continue our trip to Jericho, where we visit Elias spring and Qarantal (the Mount of Temptation), the Tree of Zakka, Monastery of St. Gerasimus, then to Jordan river (the place where John the Baptist baptized Jesus).
After we go to the famous site of the Qumran Caves where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered.
Nearly 400 m below the sea level, the Dead Sea is the lowest point on the earth’s surface. Bring your swimsuit as your guide can arrange for a swim (2-3 hours).
Overnight in Bethlehem or in Jerusalem.

 

Day 6: Jaffa, Mount Tabor, Cana of Galilee, Nazareth

We leave Bethlehem in the direction to Jaffa, visit St. Peter Church, time for rest at the Mediterranean sea. Bring your swimsuit as your guide can arrange for a swim (1 hours), drive to Mount Tabor (Transfiguration), move to the Church of Cana (the place of the first miracle of Jesus). After we drive to Nazareth (boyhood home of Jesus), where first we visit the Orthodox Church built over a well with a spring where the Archangel Gabriel appeared to the Virgin Mary, then we visit the Church that is built over the remains of the house of The Virgin Mary & St Joseph. Overnight in Nazareth or in Tiberias.

 

Day 7: Sea of Galilee, Yordanite

Mount of Beatitudes (Matt 5, 6, 7, 8), from there we proceed to Capernaum , then visit Tabgha and the Church of St. Peter’s Primacy, where Jesus appeared after the Resurrection. Continue to Magdala, the birthplace of Mary Magdalene, boat trip in the Galilee sea (40 minutes) & lunch (St Peter fish), back to Bethlehem.

 

Day 8: Lod, Mediterranean sea & transfer 

Check out from the hotel, drive to Lod, visit St. George Church & tomb, then the Mediterranean Sea 2-3 hours (if we have a time), transfer to Ben-Gurion Airport.