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In the Footsteps of Jesus in Jerusalem

Following Jesus in Jerusalem

Jesus of Nazareth is perhaps the most influential individual in Human history. And to a great degree it’s so because of what he encountered in Jerusalem. From his arrival at the Mount of Olives, to his death at the Golgotha, these events proved to change world history. The fall of Roman Empire, the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, just to name a few. This specially crafted tour will follow specific sites in Jerusalem, that relate to Jesus’s trial, death, burial and resurrection. We will examine, in detail, the historical documents and archaeological finds that relate to these occurrences and assess the realia behind these famous events. This tour is a unique experience for any Christian or any person wanting to expand their knowledge on Christian history and archaeology.

Track the Site of the Trial of Jesus

The trial of Jesus took place in a public building in Jerusalem, which all the gospels label as Praetorium.  The term Praetorium is generic. Unfortunately, this building is not mentioned in any other contemporary historical documents. It was the name of the General’s tent in the Roman army, and often used to label the Roman headquarters in cities across the provinces. Local tradition says the trial of Jesus was held in a fortress built by King Herod and called Antonia. Foundations of Antonia were discovered in the 19th century, north of the Temple Mount. Furthermore, a large paved courtyard was found in front of it. It is assumed that this is where Jesus was presented to the public, and after condemned. From here, he was directed to the site of his execution, the Golgotha.

Walk Along the Stations of the Cross

From the place of his trial the site of his execution, the trail Jesus walked is now known as Via Dolorosa or Via Crucis (English for “the Stations of the Cross”). Many Catholic groups walk along this path, chanting hymns of Christian veneration. Some even carry a big wooden cross, affiliating in spirit with the passion of Christ. Moreover, every Friday the Franciscans lead a procession along what’s now regarded as a holy road. The Catholic church developed a belief of 14 different events along the Via Dolorosa. Each one is marked by a sign on the street, and some bear a small chapel for prayer and contemplation.

Visit the Church of the Holy Sepulchre

holy-sepulchre-top-viewThe culmination of any Christian pilgrimage to the Holy Land is undoubtedly the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Located in the heart of the Old City of Jerusalem, this centuries-old church was built to mark and sanctify the Tomb of Jesus, and the site of his crucifixion, the Golgotha. Attracting thousands of visitors, on a daily basis, it can get crowded at times. People from all over the world wish to visit and touch the hill of crucifixion and enter the empty tomb. “Christ is risen!” is a common call here, in many languages. In this tour, we will focus on the history and unique architecture of this fascinating building and address the question of its authenticity. We will thoroughly examine the archaeological evidence, the various traditions, and draw conclusions. Finally, we will end the tour with stunning panoramic views of the Old City from a rooftop viewpoint above the local bazaar (suq) of the city.

What’s included

  • Guiding done by a licensed and expert private guide
  • Transportation in luxury level van or SUV
  • Pick-up and drop-off at any address
  • Free Wi-Fi and chilled bottled mineral water

What’s excluded

  • Site entrance fees
  • Meals and snacks
  • Gratuities

What to bring

  • Hat and sunscreen
  • Modest clothing when visiting holy sites (no shorts or bare shoulders)
  • Some cash

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    Did you Know?

    Of the 14 stations along the ‘Stations of the Cross’, only 7 are actually  documented in the New Testament.

    Danny knows the sites of Israel from so many different perspectives- not the least of which is the archeological expertise he brings to the table. Danny is one of a kind - I'd recommend him for any length of tour for any age group on any day of the week! My experience was eye opening and life-shifting. Loved every moment. Best tour guide experience I've ever had!

    Hillary T., USA

    Daniel provided the single best guided tour experience our family has ever had! Daniel's knowledge of the Holy Land is the very best - and he magically weaved lessons on history, archeology, and religion into every site visit - in a way that fascinated my entire family (inc 2 teenagers, 2 young adults). We all learned and had experiences we will never forget. The entire experience was top notch and well planned - Danny knows everyone and how to get things done. Don't hesitate. Book Danny the Digger now!

    J.B. T., USA

    My husband and I just got back from an 8 day tour of Israel with Danny. It was fantastic!! Danny is incredibly knowledgeable and related so many interesting details and facts about his country. Every day was a great day. Danny is simply the best!!

    Robyn W. USA

    Danny is incredibly knowledgeable on the biblical, historical and political information surrounding all the sites… As a Christian, Danny has offered me so much insight into the life of Jesus as well.

    Richard E., USA

    We are a Christian Family of five from the United States. Danny gave us an outstanding tour of Jerusalem and Herodion. His Archaeology background and knowledge of the Old and the New Testament is impressive and his explanations brought the holy sites to life... Our three teenage children loved his tours!

    Joan D., USA

    I learnt more about the Bible with Danny in a day than I have ever had attending Sunday school or church. The tour was just excellent!

    John M., UK trip to the Holy Land will last my entire life…I really appreciated how you wove the history from the New Testament into our tours…You taught me so much. Please don’t think me presumptuous- I am very sincere. It was a privilege to spend time with you.

    Pam H., USA

    Thanks very much for a really special day. I loved being able to go to the special places for Christians.. an everlasting experience for me… And thanks… for your professionalism and deep knowledge and dedication...

    Ann D., New Zealand

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