The Holy Land 
Walk Where Jesus Walked

Overview

Journey on our ten day signature Holy Land tour to Israel focusing on the life and times of Jesus and "walk where Jesus walked."

On this extraordinary journey you'll visit the Galilee and sail on a boat ride as the disciples did on the Sea of Galilee, visit Capernaum- referred as Jesus "own town," stand on the Mount of Beatitudes and imagine listening to Jesus give the Sermon on the Mount. Travel to the Jordan River, where Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist, and experience Jerusalem the Holy City chosen by God. Walk the Stations of the Cross on the Via Dolorosa, stand at the Mount of Olives, where it's written Jesus ascended in to heaven. Join us on a experience of a lifetime you'll never forget.

Tour Overview include

  • 9 Days / 8 Nights Fully Escorted Christian Group Tour of the Holy Land 
  • Join our Signature Designed Christian Tour to the Holy Land  Operated by Orient Tourist Bureau
  • Small Group Guaranteed Touring All Day Every Day (some companies only tour half day)
  • 8 Nights stay in 5 Star Deluxe Hotel or 4 Star First Class Hotel Accommodations
  • Special visit to Magdala, known as the home of Mary Magdalene
  • Boat ride sailing on the Sea of Galilee
  • Stay one night in the Dead Sea Resort area
  • Daily Buffet Breakfast
  • A Special St. Peter's Fish Lunch in the Galilee
  • Daily Dinner
  • English speaking Tour Guides that know the Bible and Christian sites and teachings

Itinerary

Day1 - Arrive in Tel Aviv

Upon arrival at Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv, make your way to the baggage claim area and collect your luggage. Proceed to the arrival's hall, where you will be greeted by your tour guide and/or driver. Transfer to your hotel in Tel Aviv in time to check-in. Enjoy dinner at the hotel before retiring for the evening.

Day2 - Caesarea - Stella Maris - Nazareth - Tiberias - Cana

Theme: The Annunciation

Following breakfast, we will drive to Caesarea, the former capital of Judea. You will have the opportunity to visit the archaeological remains of this ancient port, which aided as base for the Herodian navy. Shortly after the time of Jesus Christ, it was revealed to Peter in Caesarea. As a result, Peter baptized a group of gentiles, the Roman Centurion, Cornelius, and his family. Continue North to Haifa. In Haifa, you will find Stella Maris, a Carmelite Monastery. The monastery is located above the cave where Elijah, the prophet, once lived. A colorful painting of this "wonder-worker" can be found on the ceiling of the Church. Following this visit, enjoy the scenic drive (with view of the bay of Acco) to Nazareth. In Nazareth you will experience the town where Mary once lived and where Jesus lived as a child (Matthew 2:23). During the visit to Nazareth we visit the church of the Annunciation which includes the church of St Joseph ( It's not Byzantine - it's from 1914-21 built over Byzantine ruins) which tradition identifies it with the workshop of Joseph and the house of the Holy family. We will continue with a visit of the Church of the Incarnation, viewing at Grotto the remains of the house of the Blessed Virgin where the Angel appeared and announced the good news. Following Pilgrims path we visit Mary's well, where often the Virgin Mary would have walked to draw water from the spring. The next stop will be to Cana where you will visit the Franciscan Wedding Church. Couples will have the opportunity to participate in the ceremony to renew their wedding vows. Your first day culminates with a transfer to Tiberias. Upon arrival in Tiberias, you will check-in to your hotel for dinner and overnight.

Day3 - Tiberias: Sea of Galilee

Theme: The Ministry of Christ in the Galilee

Today begin this day with breakfast at the hotel, followed by a boat ride on the beautiful and scenic Sea of Galilee (Luke 5:1). Upon docking the boat, you will have the opportunity to view the remains of a boat that dates back to the time of Jesus. Following the Sea of Galilee, we continue to the Mount of Beatitudes, where Jesus proclaimed His great Sermon on the Mount (Luke 6:20-49). Near the Mount, is Tabgha, one of Jesus' miracle sites. At Tabgha, Jesus fed the crowd of 5,000 people from five loaves of bread and two fish (Luke 9:10-17). Also, in Tabgha is St. Peter's Primacy where Jesus bestowed church leadership upon Peter (John 21:9). Continue to visit the birthplace of Mary Magdalene in Magdala. During the time of Jesus, this village was a prosperous fishing village that exported fish and garum (a fish sauce reduction; popular in Roman cooking). Your day concludes at Capernaum, the launching place of Jesus' ministry. In Capernaum, see the Synagogue where Jesus taught (Mark 1:21-29) and gave His sermon on the Bread of Life. Return to the hotel for dinner and overnight.

Day4 - Jordan River - Mt. Tabor - Jericho - Jordan River - Jerusalem

Theme: The Transfiguration

After breakfast, we will drive to the site of the Transfiguration, Mount Tabor (Matthew 17:1-50). At this site, you will have some time to reflect on Christ's Humanity and Divinity. Celebrate Mass at the Basilica of the Transfiguration. Continue south to the Jordan Valley to the oldest inhabited city in the world, Jericho (Joshua 6:12-25). In Jericho, you view the exact location, the Mount of Temptation, of where the Devil tempted Jesus during his forty-day fast (Luke 4:1). Following the visit to this mountain, continue to Jesus' baptismal site on the River Jordan (Matthew 3:13-17). After some time at the Jordan River, we will transfer to Jerusalem to check-in to your hotel and enjoy dinner and overnight.

Day5 - Jerusalem: Temple Model - Ein Karem - Bethlehem

Theme: The Visitation and Nativity

This morning, enjoy breakfast before we start our day in Jerusalem, which houses the temple to which Jesus was Presented (Luke 2:22). Visit a model of the Second Temple as it was in the time of Jesus. Following this visit, we will take a short drive to the village of Ein Karem, the birthplace of John the Baptist. It is known that there are two churches in Ein Karem, both representing the two homes of Zechariah and Elizabeth. The first is in a valley where the birth of St. John the Baptist is commemorated (Luke 1:39-80) in the Church of the Nativity of St. John the Baptist. The second is on a hill where Elizabeth spent five months in seclusion (Luke 1:24) at the Church of the Visitation. You will have a chance to visit both of these churches and have the opportunity to pray the Mystery of the Rosary as you walk up the hill to the Church of the Visitation. In the afternoon, transfer to Bethlehem, the birthplace of Jesus. In Bethlehem, you will have the opportunity to view the Shepherd's Fields (Luke 2:8). In the caves of these fields, you are still able to see the soot marks of fires that shepherds lit to keep warm. The tour concludes at the Manger Square which stands in front of the Church of the Nativity. As you enter the Church, you will proceed down to the Grotto of the Nativity which marks the spot of Our Savior's birth (Matthew 2:1-18). Beneath the altar, there is a silver star and a Latin inscription that states: HIC DE VIRGINE MARIA JESUS CHRISTUS NATUS (Here Jesus Christ was born to the Virgin Mary). Following Mass in this Sacred space, return to the hotel for dinner and overnight.

Day6 - Bethany - Dead Sea

Theme: Early Years in Jerusalem & the Wilderness.

Following breakfast at your hotel, we will travel down the Jordan Valley to Qumran. Qumran is made up of 2,000 year old ruins from the days of the Second Temple and also the site where the Dead Sea Scrolls were written and discovered (Ezekial 47:8-10). These writings have helped further the understanding of Jewish background in Christianity. Time and weather permitting, you will have the opportunity to take a float in the Dead Sea, the lowest and saltiest spot on Earth. Continue as you travel through the Judean wilderness, the site where Jesus spent His 40 days of fasting. The day of touring culminates with a transfer to Bethany. Bethany is the site where Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead which foreshadows His own Resurrection (John 11:38-44). Return to the hotel for dinner and overnight.

Day7 - Jerusalem: Mt. Of Olives - Gethsemane - Mt. Zion (Upper Room) - Western Wall

Theme: Palm Sunday and the Agony in the Garden

After breakfast, we will make our way to the Mount of Olives where you will be able to take in the beautiful, panoramic view of Jerusalem. Historically, the Mount of Olives was a mandatory transit point for Jesus during many iconic moments. Visit the Pater Noster Shrine where Jesus taught His disciples the Lord's Prayer (Pater Noster) (Luke 11:1-4). You will have the opportunity to stop at Dominus Flevit which is a Church that commemorates where Jesus wept for Jerusalem (Luke 19:41). Continue on to Gethsemane, a garden at the foot of the Mount of Olives. Jesus brought His disciples here to pray the night before He was crucified (Luke 22:29-53). The Garden still contains trees with roots that date back to the time of Jesus. Your next stop, the Church of All Nations, built over the "Rock of Agony". This is where Jesus prayed alone on the night of His arrest. Throughout this time, you are invited to remain in prayer and to reflect on Christ's agony that He experienced. You will have the opportunity to visit the Western Wall, which is the last remnant of the Jewish Temple after it was destroyed in 70 A.D. Continue with a visit to the house of the High Priest Caiaphas (Church of St. Peter in Gallicantu). This Church commemorates where Jesus was examined and eventually imprisoned before the Council in Jerusalem. It also commemorates Peter's Denial of Christ (John 18:15-18), Peters' repentance, and Jesus' forgiveness of Peter. You will also visit the Upper Room on Mt. Zion. The Upper Room is where Jesus and His disciples celebrated the Last Supper (Matthew 26:17-30) and where Jesus appeared to His disciples after His Death and Resurrection (Mark 16:14). In addition, visit the nearby Benedictine Church of the Dormition. Tradition tells us that this Church is where Mary, the Mother of Jesus, "fell asleep." At the end of this prayerful day, return to your hotel for dinner and overnight.

Day8 - Jerusalem: Via Dolorosa - Holy Sepulchre

Theme: The Way of the Cross, The Crucifixion, The Resurrection

This morning you will have a very early wake-up to begin the Via Dolorosa (The Way of the Cross) at the Antonia Fortress. This is the spot where Jesus was condemned to death by Pontius Pilate (John 18:28-19:16). Following His condemnation, He was taken (on the Road to Calvary) to His place of Crucifixion. Reflect upon the Stations of the Cross as you travel through the markets of the Old City to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher (Luke 23:26-33). This sacred destination is the site of Calvary (Jesus' crucifixion place) and His tomb (Luke 23: 50-55). Celebrate Mass at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Following Mass, we will return to the hotel to enjoy breakfast. We will continue our day with a visit to the Church of St. Anne's, the home of Jesus' maternal grandparents (Anne and Joachim); and the Pool of Bethesda, where Jesus healed the crippled man (John 5:1-9). This afternoon, enjoy a revisit to the Old City. Following this visit return to the hotel to enjoy dinner and overnight at your hotel.

Day9 - Return Flights Home

After an early breakfast and heartfelt farewells, transfer to the Tel Aviv airport for return flights home.

Hotel's


Galilee: Kibbutz Lavi Hotel

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Notre Dame Hotel Jerusalem

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Dates & Prices

Tour Departure /  Tour Return / 4 Star First Class In Double / 4 Star First Class In Single 


Jun 09, 2018  /  Jun 17, 2018                                       
Jun 16, 2018      /   Jun 24, 2018                                    
Jun 30, 2018    /  Jul 08, 2018                                       
Jul 07, 2018     /   Jul 15, 2018                                     
Jul 14, 2018     /   Jul 22, 2018                                    
Jul 21, 2018    /   Jul 29, 2018
Jul 28, 2018  /   Aug 05, 2018
Aug 04, 2018      /  Aug 12, 2018
Aug 18, 2018      /  Aug 26, 2018
Aug 25, 2018     / Sep 02, 2018
Sep 29, 2018     /  Oct 07, 2018 
Oct 06, 2018     /  Oct 14, 2018
Oct 20, 2018     /   Oct 28, 2018
Oct 27, 2018     /   Nov 04, 2018
Nov 03, 2018   /  Nov 11, 2018  
Nov 17, 2018    /  Nov 25, 2018
Dec 01, 2018   /  Dec 09, 2018
Dec 22, 2018   /  Dec 30, 2018
Dec 29, 2018   /  Jan 06, 2019
Feb 16, 2019    /   Feb 24, 2019
Mar 02, 2019   /  Mar 10, 2019
Mar 16, 2019    /  Mar 24, 2019
Apr 27, 2019   /   May 05, 2019
May 11, 2019    /  May 19, 2019
May 25, 2019  /   Jun 02, 2019
Jun 08, 2019   /   Jun 16, 2019
Jun 22, 2019   /   Jun 30, 2019
Jul 06, 2019    /   Jul 14, 2019
Jul 20, 2019    /   Jul 28, 2019
Aug 03, 2019  /   Aug 11, 2019
Aug 24, 2019  /   Sep 01, 2019
Sep 07, 2019  /   Sep 15, 2019
Sep 14, 2019  /   Sep 22, 2019  
Oct 26, 2019  /   Nov 03, 2019  
Nov 09, 2019  /   Nov 17, 2019
Nov 23, 2019  /   Dec 01, 2019
Dec 07, 2019  /   Dec 15, 2019
Dec 21, 2019  /   Dec 29, 2019
Dec 28, 2019  /   Jan 05, 2019

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