During 10 days you will have opportunity to visit not only the sanctuary of three religions-Jerusalem, but also will get a chance to get acquainted to local tourist sights.
2 Nights Nazareth – 7 nights Bethlehem and Jerusalem
Arrive at Ben Gurion Airport. Drive along the coastal highway to Nazareth for dinner and overnight.
Tiberias/Sea of Galilee
Breakfast. Drive to Cana to visit the Wedding Church. From there continue to Tiberias to the Mount of Beatitudes where Jesus delivered his “sermon on the Mount”, then on to the site of the Multiplication of Fish and Bread (Tabgha). The Miracle is depicted in one of the most beautiful mosaic floors in the Holy Land. Walk to the Church of the Primacy (Mensa Christi). Continue to Capernaum and the surrounding area. The excavations here reveal that there was once a synagogue and Peter’s house. After lunch take a round-trip boat ride across the Sea of Galilee, and have a closer inspection of the Holy Sites from the Sea. Dinner and overnight in Nazareth.
This morning celebrate Mass at the Church of the Annunciation. Visit the Church, the remains of Joseph’s and Mary’s home and Joseph’s Workshop. Continue to Mt. Tabor, believed to be place of Jesus’ transfiguration and take Taxis up the winding mountain to reach the church. We drive to Bethlehem via Haifa, stopping at Stella Maris and the Cave of Elijah. Dinner and overnight in Bethlehem.
JERUSALEM – MT. OF OLIVES/GARDEN OF GETHSEMANE/OLD CITY
Today we explore Jerusalem, driving around the Old City walls, noting the city gates. Then up to the top of the Mount of Olives for a spectacular view of the city. We walk down Palm Sunday Road to the beautiful Garden of Gethsemane. Walk to the Church of the Tomb of the Virgin Mary. From here, walk up to St. Stephen’s Gate to start a walking tour of the Old City, starting with the Church of St. Anne on the Via Dolorosa (Way of the Cross), ending at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, built over the site of the Crucifixion of Christ and the Tomb of Jesus. Lunch in the Old City. Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Bethlehem.
BETHLEHEM/BEIT SAHOUR/ISRAEL MUSEUM
This morning visit the Basilica of the Nativity and the Church of St. Catherine. Visit the Milk Grotto. Continue to visit Shepherd’s Field. Afternoon visit to the Israel Museum to visit the Shrine of the Book and take a look at the Model of Jerusalem. Return to hotel for dinner and overnight.
FULL DAY ARMENIAN QUARTER
Today depart Bethlehem to the Armenian Quarter. Visit the Church of St. James (Surp Hagop), the Armenian Convent, and meet with local Armenians and priests. Visit the School of St. Tarkmantchatz, and walk around the Convent. Visit the Seminarians and the local clubs. If possible meet with the Patriarch of Jerusalem. Return to Bethlehem for dinner and overnight.
Baptismal Site/Qumran/Dead Sea/Jericho
This morning we go down to the Jordan to visit the Baptismal Site. Continue to Jericho for Lunch. After lunch, view Zacchaeus’ sycamore tree and the Mount of Temptations, where Jesus was tempted for 40 days by the devil. Drive to Bethlehem for dinner and overnight.
Visit the Courtyard of the Dome of the Rock (entrance is only permitted to the courtyard and not the actual Mosque). Walk along the Cardo and the Jewish Quarter and visit the Wailing Wall. Exit from Zion Gate to visit the Dormition Abbey, the Cenacle and St. Peter in Galicantu (probable site of the House of Caiaphas– where Jesus spent the night of Holy Thursday alone, after being denied three times by Peter before the Cock crowed twice). Return to Bethlehem for dinner and overnight.
Free day either in Jerusalem or Bethlehem. Farewell dinner in a restaurant in Bethlehem. Overnight at the hotel. You will have the bus to take you to Jerusalem and return you at certain hours.
The price includes:
- Accommodation on Half Board basis (Breakfast and dinner daily) as follows:Armenian or Russian speaking guide throughout
- Nazareth: Sisters of Nazareth or similar Christian Guesthouse
- Bethlehem: Ararat hotel
- Transfers and transportation in air-conditioned motor-coaches
- Entrance fees to all the sites including boat ride across the Sea of Galilee
- Farewell dinner
- Eight Lunches
The price does not include:
- Lunch on day of arrival, free day and day of departure
- Passport and visa fees. Passports must be valid until 31 December 2015.
*The price quoted is in U.S. Dollars and valid until December 31, 2015.
**Accommodations as specified based on twin-bedded rooms. A limited number of single room accommodations are available at an additional charge.