Advanced Pilgrim Itinerary

9 Days

We propose an advanced itinerary destined especially to all those who want to discover the Holy Places and some historical and archaeological highlights of the Land.

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Day 1 :

Arrive at Ben Gurion Airport, meet your local guide and driver whom will escort you to your hotel in on the coast. Dinner and overnight.

After breakfast we will head to Jaffa, the ancient port city located south of Tel Aviv known as the place where the prophet Jonah embarked for Tarshish (Book of Jonah 1:3) we will visit the Church of House of Tabitha, the Artists’ Quarter and Saint Peter’s Church, the Crusader Room, Simon the Tanner’s house we proceed to Caesarea Maritima (Acts 10 & 25), where St. Peter baptized the first Gentile convert (Cornelius) and where he was held Paul prisoner by Romans, the home of Philip the evangelist. It was the center of the Roman governors including Pontius Pilates. We will visit the Roman and Crusader ruins, the Crusader City, the well preserved Theatre, the Harbor, and the Roman Aqueduct. Heading towards Haifa through Carmel Mountains, We will stop at Muhraqa the site of sacrifice located on the spot where Elijah confronted the false priests of Ba’al (1 Kings 18:17-40). Visit the magnificent Golden Domed Bahai Shrine and the Persian Gardens. On our way back to our hotel we shall see the so-called "Jesus Boat" a fishing boat of the kind used by the disciples of Jesus. We arrive in Tiberias for dinner and overnight.

This morning we depart off from our hotel, driving into the beautiful landscape of lower Galilee, we stop at Megiddo which was inhabited from 7000 BC – 500 BC, considered one of the important Ancient caravan routes and the Armageddon which according to Christian tradition the final battle between the forces of light led by Jesus Christ and the forces of darkness led by Satan or the Anti-Christ after the End of Days. We proceed to Cana of Galilee where Jesus performed his first miracle at the request of his mother (John 2:1-11). Travel to Nazareth, home town of Jesus. There we will visit the Church of Annunciation, Church of St. Joseph, St Mary's Well, "Mount of Leap of the Lord" this is the traditional site of the brow of the hill which Jesus was led by the angry throng of Nazareth after he preached in the local Synagogue, the hill which they might cast him headlong. But He, passing through the midst of them, went His way. (Luke 4:16-30). Traveling westward across Galilee we will view Mt. Tabor (Psalm 89:12), Daboriya - the hometown of the prophetess Deborah - at the foothill of Mt. Tabor. (Judges 4&5). Return to Hotel.

It's an inspiring morning, we begin with a boat ride across the Sea of Galilee, from its shores Jesus recruited four of his apostles: the fishermen Simon and his brother Andrew and the brothers John and James (Matth 4:18-22). Our stop will be on the shore of Capernaum where Peter lived and where Jesus began his public ministry (Matth. 4:13), followed by a visit to the Mount of the Beatitudes to gain a panoramic vista of the Sea of Galilee and where one of Jesus' famous teaching episodes Sermon on the Mount was given (Matthew 5-7). Then to Tabgha the fruitful garden where Jesus fed five thousand people with five loaves of bread and two fish (Mark 6:30-46), we head to the nearby Chapel of St.Peter Primacy, we visit Chorazin the two towns condemned by Jesus (Mt. 11:20-24) for its lack of faith. Here we will see an excavated synagogue (Matt 11:21-24), visit Kursi (Matt 8:28-34); and the healing of the Gerasene demoniac (Mark 5: 1-18). We stop at the beautiful Pilgrims Park at the Jordan River Jordan River. Return to hotel for dinner and overnight.

Leaving Galilee, we will stop at the ancient city of Beth Shan, which was one of the Decapolis cities of Jesus’ time, the Spring of Harod (Gideon’s Spring) and then drive through the Jordan Vally towards the Dead Sea and Qumran where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found. Visit the Cave of the Scrolls, Driving along the shores of the Dead Sea we stop for a Swin (or rather a float) in the mineral-rich waters of the Dead Sea, renowned for its minerals and healing properties. Then through the Judean Wilderness pass to the town of Jericho and visit Tel Jericho, the most ancient city in the world. We also stop at the Sycamore Tree which believed that Zacchaeus had climbed up a Sycamore Tree as he wanted to catch a glimpse of this wonderful savior then we stop to view Mt. Temptation where Jesus spent forty days and forty nights fasting and meditating during the temptation of Satan (Matt 4:1-11). We make our way through the Judean Hills towards the house of the Lord we stop on Mount Scopus for a panoramic view of the city. Check in dinner and overnight in Jerusalem.

After breakfast we shall start our pilgrimage in Jerusalem from Mount. of Olives, from which Jesus ascended to heaven after his resurrection, we shall have an eye on history through a magistic view over Jerusalem, visit the Convent of Pater Noster and Dominus Flevit, we will walk along Hosanna Road to Gethsemane, the Rock of Agony where Jesus prayed His last prayer before his arrest, "My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will." (Matthew 26:36-39). Visit the cave of betrayal (Luke. 22:40-46). Drive along Kedron Vally where you will see the Tombs of Avishalom, Zachariah and the Prophets Tombs. We got the upper room on Mt Zion, where Jesus spent those last momentous hours with his disciples before his passion. Return to the hotel for dinner and overnight.

We then begin a walking tour of the Old City of Jerusalem, starting at the Western Wall (Wailing Wall) Jews most sacred Shrine from there we will view the Dome of the Rock and the Aqsa Mosque. After this, we walk along the Via Dolorosa to Pilate’s Judgment Hall, the Chapel of the Flagellation, the Ecce Homo Arch (John 19:13) where Jesus was tried before Pilate (Mark 15:6). Then continue through the Old City bazaars to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Then to our hotel for dinner and overnight.

After breakfast we will head onto the hill country, to a city of Judah (Ein Karem), the birthplace of St John the Baptist and visit the Church of Visitation where the Blessed Virgin Mary visited the home of Zachariah and Elizabeth, and proclaimed the 'Magnificat' (Luke 1:39-80). We stop to visit the Shrine of the Book the home of Dead Sea scrolls and Jerusalem Model during Jesus Time. In the afternoon we drive to the Ruth a Boaz Fields where the angels announced the birth of Jesus. Then we visit the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem we kneel in the Grotto the birth place of our redeemer. We drive to Jerusalem passing Rachel Tomb en route. Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem.

Day 9 :

Transfer to the Ben Gurion Airport

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Advanced Pilgrim Itinerary