Christian Pilgrimage

9 Days / 8 Nights

Visit Old Testament and New Testament sites where you can easily picture Jesus preaching to his disciples and visit Garden Tomb in Jerusalem, the only pure Protestant scared site.

 

Day 1: Airport, Tel Aviv

Arrive at Ben Gurion Airport. Meet and assist by Laila Tours representative in the arrivals hall. Transfer to the hotel in Tel Aviv for dinner and overnight.

 

Day 2: Jaffa, Caesarea, Megiddo, Sea of Galilee

Breakfast. Morning visit to Jaffa, one of the oldest cities in the world. Visit the House of Simon the Tanner, and walk through Jaffa’s reconstructed Old Quarter. Travel along the Mediterranean coast to Caesarea, the seat of the Roman Procurator of Judea at the time of the Christ, and the site where Peter converted the centurion Cornelius. This fortified harbor city was built 2000 years ago by King Herod the Great. View the ruins of Roman, Byzantine and Crusader times. Explore the Roman Theatre and the Aqueducts. A drive up to Mt. Carmel will bring us to the site where Elijah challenged and defeated the 450 prophets of Baal. Continue to Megiddo, the Fortress City of King Solomon, later built again by King Ahab. The books of Daniel and Revelation will come alive as we discuss the final Battle of Armageddon, while viewing the Plains of Jezreel. Drive to the hotel in Tiberias. Dinner and overnight in Tiberias.

 

Day 3: Caesarea Philippi, Sea of Galilee

The day starts with a drive north to Tel Dan and visit the remains of the city. Continue to Caesarea Philippi, where St Peter’s made his confession of faith to Jesus. Via a ride through the Golan Heights we return to the northern shore of the Sea of Galilee, the area where Jesus spent his years of ministry. Visit Mt. of Beatitudes, site of the Sermon on the Mount then see the ruins of Capernaum, the town where Jesus made his home after leaving Nazareth. View the remains of the ancient synagogue in which he may have preached and the House of Peter. After a Boat Ride on the Sea of Galilee, enjoy a traditional Peter’s fish lunch. Then to Tabgha where the miracle of the multiplication of the loaves and fish took place. Drive to Kibbutz Ginosar and visit “Jesus Boat”. Dinner and overnight in Tiberias.

 

Day 4: Galilee

Breakfast. Drive through the Galilee hills to explore Tzippori (Sepphoris), Capital of Galilee in Herod’s time and home of Joachim and Anna. We’ll drive to Nazareth, the home of Mary and Joseph, pass Mary’s Well, and visit the Church of the Annunciation. Visit the synagogue. Drive to visit Mount Tabor, traditional place of the transfiguration. Drive to Jezreel Valley Drive to Yardenit, the Baptismal Center site on the Jordan River. Dinner and overnight in Tiberias.

 

Day 5: Bet She’an, Jericho, Bethlehem

After breakfast we leave Tiberias and drive to Bet She’an. Recent excavations have unveiled the impressive ruins of the country’s largest city in the Roman and Byzantine periods, which was destroyed by an earthquake in 749 AD. Drive to Bet Alfa and see the ancient Synagogue. Drive through the Jordan Valley to Jericho, believed to be the world’s oldest walled city. This was the first city taken by Joshua when the Hebrews returned from Egypt -‘and the walls fell down’- and was also the site of the Mount of Temptation. Drive from Jericho to Bethlehem. Dinner and overnight in Bethlehem.

 

Day 6: Mount of Olives, Mount of Zion

Breakfast. In the morning ascend to Yad Vashem the National Holocaust Museum. Continue the Mount of Olives for a view of the Old City of Jerusalem. Walk along the Palm Sunday Way and descend to the Garden of Gethsemane where Jesus spent the last night before he was arrested. Visit the famous Church of All Nations. Walk along the “last way” to Mt. Zion. Walk in the Kidron Valley and see the Tombs of Absalom, Zachary and James. Stand next to the Southern Wall and view the City of David. Visit the Church of Peter in Gallicantu, the site where Peter denied his Lord three times. It was also the House of the High Priest Caiaphas where Jesus was interrogated. Visit the Last Supper Room and King David’s Tomb on Mt. Zion. Back to Bethlehem. Dinner and overnight in Bethlehem.

 

Day 7: Bethlehem, Garden Tomb, Old City of Jerusalem

Breakfast. Visit the Church of the Nativity and the Shepherd’s Fields. On to Jerusalem passing by Rachel Tomb, visit with a Mass at the Garden Tomb. Walk to the Pools of Bethesda, and St. Anne’s Church, a fine example of Crusader architecture. Walk through the colorful Bazaar to the Jaffa Gate. Visit the Western Wall, last remnant of the second Jewish Temple during the time of Jesus. Dinner and overnight in Bethlehem.

 

Day 8: Qumran, Dead Sea, Masada

After an early breakfast depart Bethlehem and travel east to the shores of the Dead Sea, the lowest place on earth. Visit Qumran, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found. Drive along the shore of the Dead Sea to Masada. Ascend Masada by cable car. Explore the ancient excavation of Herod’s Palaces, bathhouse, the storerooms, the ramp, and the oldest Synagogue in the world. Continue to the shore for a “float” in the Dead Sea. Return to Jerusalem. Pass the traditional site of the Inn of the Good Samaritan. Dinner and overnight in Bethlehem

 

Day 9: Departure

Breakfast. Transfer from Bethlehem to the Airport for departure.

 

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