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Holy Land Christian Big Tour

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Ethiopian Pilgrims at the site Read More

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A rare ceremony of the Ethiopians presenting the replica of the ark of the covenenant at their chape… Read More

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The place of the finding of the cross Read More

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Day 1 – Arrival, to the Desert

Tel AradUpon arrival we head to the Desert. Passing by Beer-Sheva  valley and Abraham’s Well , we contamplate on Abraham and the cradle of Monotheism.

Overnight: Mizpe Ramon or Arad.

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Day 2 – Returning to the Promised Land

jaffa4-simon houseOur first site will be Biblical Tel Arad , where we will assess the evidence for the sojurm of the Israelites across the Sinai Desert.

we then head to Tel-Aviv, where we check in and go for a tour of ancient Jaffa .

Visiting the  House of Simon the Tanner, Saint Michael Greek-Orthodox Church , and\or  the Saint Peter’s Catholic church  we assess the Peter’s experience in Jaffa  (Acts 10:9-16) and its importance in Christian History. East of Jaffa, we can also visit Saint Peter and Saint Tabitha Russian Orthodox Church .

In the evening we can visit the unique  Samaritan Community  in Holon, and possibly join them for dinner.

Overnight: Tel-Aviv.

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Day 3 – Caesarea and Armageddon

Today we head to  Caeasrea . We review the wealth of finds, and especially those relating to Paul’s prison (Acts 23-26) and the baptism of Cornelius by Peter (Acts 10). After lunch we continue to Megiddo , one of King Solomon’s main fortified cities (I Kings 9:15).

We learn about the site’s past, as well as its estimated role at the end of days as “Armageddon” (Revelation 16). We end the day with a visit to the top of Mount Tabor , possible site of the transfiguration (Luke 9).

Overnight: Tiberias.

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Day 4 – The Galilee

Returning to the Galilee, today we explore Jesus’ hometown  –  Nazareth .  Strolling through the local market we visit the  Church of Annunciation  (Luke 1), its Archaeological Museum , the  Synagogue church   (Luke 4), and S. Gabriel church  next to “Mary’s Well “.

After lunch we continue to Cana  to learn about the first miracle of Jesus (John 2), and end the day at Sepphoris , Roman era regional center which influenced both Christian and Jewish history.

Overnight: Tiberias.

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Day 5 – the Sea of Galilee

This day is devoted to exploring Holy Christian sites around the Sea of Galilee. We start with a visit to the first century synagogue discovered in  Magdala , hometown of Mary Magdalene. We continue to the exhibition of the 2000 year old wooden boat at Ginosar “Sea of Galilee Boat“ , from where we can also go for a Sail on the Sea of Galilee .

After lunch in a local fish restaurant, we drive to Kursi , site of the swine miracle (Matthew 8), and tour Capernaum . We end the day at the  Mount of Beatitudes , Where by Catholic tradition Jesus stated the “Sermon on the mount” (Matthew 5).

Overnight: Tiberias.

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Day 6 – The Golan Heights

We continue to explore the vicinity of the Sea of Galilee by visiting the  Church of the Multiplication of Loaves and fishes  (Luke 9), and the nearby “Church of the Primacy of Peter”  (John 21). Next we ascend to the Golan Heights , on the possible historical route Paul took to Damascus (Acts 9).

From the top of  Mt. Bental  we will review the complex history of this region, and after lunch in a Druze  village we will continue to Caesarea Philippi (Banias) , where Jesus named Simon-Yona – “Peter” (Matthew 16).

On the way back we could walk along the Banias hike and water fall ;  Kayak  on the Jordan River  ; or drive along the Jordan River Rapids .

Overnight: Tiberias.

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Day 7 – Baptism and Jerusalem

Today we head towards Jerusalem. We have the option of preforming baptism ceremony at  ”Yardenit“  or the historical  Baptism site at Qasr el-Yahud , as well as stop for a swim at the Dead Sea.Nearby, we visit Qumran   and learn about the Fantastic discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls, and its possible links to the earliest history of Christianity.

At sundown we reach Jerusalem and great it with a “Shehcheyanu” fom  Mount of Olives Viewpoint .

Overnight: Jerusalem.

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Day 8 – City of David and Bethlehem

Our first day in Jerusalem is devoted to learn about its foundation and Old Testament era by exploring the City of David  . Walking along its ancient water tunnels we reach the Pool of Siloam , known also for the miracle Jesus performed of healing a blind man (John 9).

After a lunch break we continue to Bethlehem (with a Palestinian guide), and learn about the birth of Jesus at the Church of the Nativity  . If time permits we may also visit the Shepherds’ Field  and  Herodium  .

Overnight: Jerusalem.

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Day 9 – Along the Via Dolorosa

The Second day in Jerusalem is devoted to “Passion of Christ”. We enter at the Lions’ gate, and visit the Pools of Bethesda , where Jesus demonstrated again his healing powers (John 5). Next we join the “Via Dolorosa” , the holy path by Catholic tradition from the place of the trial of Jesus to the site of his crucifixion, today’s church of the Holy Sepulchre  .

After a lunch break we continue to Mount Zion and review the site of the last supper  (“Cenacle“ ),  the Tomb mark of King David  , and the traditional rest place of Virgin Mary (Dormition Abbey ).

Overnight: Jerusalem.

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Day 10 – Mount of Olives and Ein-Karem

This day is devoted to Holy Christian sites on mount Olives. We begin with avisit to Bethphage   (Matthew 21), continue to the Chapel of the Ascension  (Acts 1), Dominus Flevit  (Luke 19), and the  Garden of Gethsemane , where at the “Rock of Agony” Jesus cried before his arrest (Mark 14). Nearby we visit the Cave of Gethsemane Mary’s Tomb , and Stephanus Church  (Acts 7:59).

After a lunch break we continue to John Baharim church  and\or the Chruch of the Visitation  at Ein Karem , hometown of John the Baptist (Luke 1). We end with a visit to Israeli National monuments at “Yad Vashem  and Mount Herzl .

Overnight: Jerusalem.

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Day 11 – Fairwell at the Israel Museum

On the last day, if time permits, we can visit the Israel Museum   and learn about the Dead Sea Scrolls at the  “Shrine of the Book” , assess Jerusalem at te time of Jesua at the Model of the Second Temple , and at the Archaeological Wing  see artifacts related to the Historical Jesus – Evidence of Crucifixion, Caiaphas’ Ossuary, and Pilatus’ inscription.

And on the way to the airport, we can also visit Emmaus-Nicopolis , where Jesus appeared after his resurrection according to Luke (24:13-31).

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Optional Extenstion Tour to Jordan:

If you wish, we can also have an extenstinon of a Three days tour to Jordan, with a focus on Biblical History and Archaeology.

Here is a possible schedule – 

Day 11 – Eilat and Tabernacle

After the visit to the Israel Museum    we drive to the Airport and fly to Eilat .

Optional visit to the  Tabernacle Replica  in  Timna .

Overnight: Eilat

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Day 12 – Petra

Crossing into Jordan, we have a quick visit of Aqaba , and then drive along Wadi Rum  to Petra , where we have an intense tour experience at this magnificant site.

If time and will permits we can drive in the evening to see also Little Petra .

Overnight: Petra.

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Day 13 – Mount Nebo 

Heading north, we drive by the mediavel castle of Shobak  and then descend to the level of the Dead Sea, where we will visit Lot’s Cave , and assess the locations of Sodom and Gomorrah.

After a lunch break, we will visit the Baptism Site on the Jordanian side (Bethany beyond the Jordan ), and at sundown then ascend to the top Mount Nebo  to view the “Promised land” Where Moses did!.

O/N: Madaba

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Day 14 – Madaba and Machaerus

Our last day will begin with an appreciation of the famous 1500 year old “Madaba Map” in Madaba .

We will then drive to Machaerus , the significant site where John the Baptist was executed – and Christianity Began.

If time and will permits we can go for a swim in Main Hot Springs   or visit Amman  before flying out from Amman airport.

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“He is amazing. He knows the entire country like the back of his hand.

As an archaeologist he has done some of his own personal research into the various holy sites which makes him able to provide information that no one else can.

He’s a secular Jew, but can quote the New Testament then most Christians and has an amazing understanding and appreciation for what Catholics believe.”

(Nick Hardesty, Louisville KT. [from Facebook]).