Day 1 – Caesarea
Arrival, Welcome to Israel!
We head north, and pending on time and will, we could visit the ruins of ancient Caesarea , and review its significance to Christian history, especially the possible Paul’s Prison in Caesarea, and Caesarea Port.
Day 2 – Nazareth to Capernaum
Our first day will be devoted to exploring the hometown of Jesus – Nazareth . Strolling through the local market, we visit the Church of Annunciation (Luke 1), and the “Synagogue church ” (Luke 4). We could also visit the “Nazareth Village ” educational experience, or drive to Mount Precipice .
Next we drive to Cana and learn about the “First Miracle of Jesus”. We end the day with a visit to Capernaum , “the town of Jesus”, where archaeological excavations uncovered a remartable 1500 year old synagogue and an ancient Octogonal church built over what is believed to be the place where Jesus healed Peter’s Mother-in-law.
Day 3 – Sea of Galilee
This day is devoted to a completion of the review of significant Christian sites around the Sea of Galilee will begin with a Sail on the Sea of Galilee , and then a visit to teh Sea of Galilee Boat , Magdala , Church of the Multiplication of Loaves and Fishes , Church of the Primacy of Peter , and Mount of Beatitudes .
Day 4 – Emmaus and Gethsemane
Upon reaching Jerusalem we introduce it and greet it from Mount of Olives Viewpoint , followed by a visit the Chapel of the Ascension , Church of the Pater Noster , Dominus Flevit , Garden of Gethsemane , Grotto of Gethsemane , Mary’s Tomb , and Stephanus Church .
Day 5 – Jerusalem
Heading into the old city we try to beat the crowds by first visiting the Church of the Holy Sepulchre , site where Jesus was crucified ( Golgotha ) and buried ( Tomb of Jesus ). We then walk along the “Stations of the Cross” (Via Dolorosa ), and down to the Pools of Bethesda .
We will visit also the Western wall , and then ascend to the top of Mount Zion , where a cluster of Holy Christian sites can be appreciated – the sites in memory of “The Last Supper” (the Cenacle ) and Peter’s denail of Jesus (“Petrus in Gallicantu” ); the Rest place of Mary and the site of the Pentacost (Dormition Abbey ); the Armenian Caiaphas Church , the First Century Church on Mount Zion? ; and King David’s Tomb Mark .
Day 6 – Baptism Site
Heading into the Judean Desert and the Dead Sea , we stop at the Good Samaritan Inn , and then participate in a baptism event at the Baptism site (qasr el-Yahud) . Nearby, we could also visit the Deir Hajla /Gerasimus Monastery .
We then drive to view the caves where the famous Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered, and especially elaborate and their possible link to John the Baptist and the Early Christians.
On the way back to Jerusalem we could also stop for a view of Saint George Monastery .
Day 7 – Bethlehem / Ein Karem
When we return to Jerusalem we could also visit the archaeological highlights at the Israel Museum , especially the display of the Dead Sea Scrolls (“Shrine of the Book” ), the Model of the Second Temple and discoveries related to Pontius Pilate , Caiaphas , and Crucifixion.