two day Christian Holy Land tour of Israel: Jerusalem – Nazareth – Galilee
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Jerusalem – Nazareth – Galilee
"The weird solitude, the great silence, the grim desolation, are the very things
with which every desert wanderer falls in love."
The Desert / John C. Van Dyke 1901
the Church of the Holy Sepulcher: The old city
Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Masada, Dead Sea- 2 day tour
This Holy land tour can be started from the Sinai, Jordan, Eilat.
Day one - Departing Egypt at the Taba order we enter Israel and begin our tour of Israel's most renowned sights. We drive towards Jerusalem via the Great Rift Valley, stopping en route at the lowest point on earth, The Dead Sea. We enjoy here a short break, have a dip in the healing waters and enjoy the dramatic views of the mountains of Jordan. We continue on our tour to the Holy City and make our first stop on the famous Mount of Olives. Here we visit the Church of all Nations, the Garden of Gethsemane, the church of Mary Magdalene and the Tomb of Maria. We enter the old city at the Lion's gate and begin our tour of all four quarters of ancient Jerusalem, starting in the Christian quarter. We walk the Via Dolorosa (way of the Cross) from the first station at the Church of the Flagellation where Jesus was whipped and given his cross, to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher where the Hill of Calvary and final five Stations of the Cross are found. We visit here the crucifixion site on Calvary, the tomb of Christ and the Unction stone where his body was prepared for burial. From here we take a break for lunch near the Arab market in the Moslem quarter and then make our way the the Jewish quarter and the Western Wall (Wailing Wall), we see the nearby Temple Mount and it's renowned golden ‘Dome of the Rock' before continuing our tour through the Armenian quarter onto Mount Zion and the Last Supper Room. It was on Mount Zion that Jesus was held by the Romans and where Peter denied Jesus three times. From here we depart Jerusalem in the direction of the Galilee and spend the night near the Christ's home town of Nazareth.
Christian tours of Israel: Jerusalem
Day Two - Following breakfast we visit the Basilica of the Annunciation and the Church of Gabriel before we head for the Sea of Galilee and Capernaum where Jesus' stayed and taught during his years of preaching. We tour the remains of Capernaum, the village where he spent much of his preaching years; we see here the ancient synagogue and the remains of Saint Peter's house where it is believed Jesus' frequently visited. We continue our tour and visit the Eastern Orthodox Church of the Twelve Apostles on the shores of the Galilee. We visit the Church of the Bread and Fish in Tabgha and see the ancient mosaic dedicated to the miracle performed here and we take a break to enjoy a traditional bread and fish lunch in a restaurant on the shores of the Sea of Galilee. From here we head south to the Baptismal site on the banks of the Jordan River and after a short visit we begin our return journey south and complete our Holy Land tour as we pass the Negev desert and Dead Sea and cross back into Egypt at Taba. This tour itinerary is a general outline and is subject to changes depending on the tour time schedule and unforeseen delays and/or conditions.
Incl. jeep/ car and a guide.
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