5 Days – 4 Nights

5 Days – 4 Nights

Tour Itinerary

Day 1

Early arrival meet, assist from Ben Gurion Airport Tel Aviv/Sheikh Hussein Bridge or Allenby bridge and transfer to hotel in Jerusalem /Bethlehem

Jerusalem, Mount of Olives, its Churches, Garden of Gethsemane.

Mount of Olives: It is named so for the Olive groves that once covered its slopes. It stands 300ft above the city of Jerusalem. On the Mount of Olives is where Jesus often went there to pray. On his triumphal entry to Jerusalem before Passover on Palm Sunday and on a donkey, went down the mountain He was by a crowd acclaiming him by waving palm branches and laying cloaks on the ground to honour Him. Also, it is the place from which Jesus ascended to heaven from the Church of the Ascension.

Pater Noster Church:

Is where Jesus Christ’s taught the Lord’s Prayer to his disciples.On the walls around the church and its vaulted cloister, translations of the Lord’s Prayer in 140 languages are inscribed on colourful ceramic plaques.

Church of the Ascension:

Is a shrine located on the Mount of Olives on the site believed to be the earthly spot where Jesus ascended into Heaven after his resurrection. It houses a slab of stone believed to contain one of his footprints.

Dominus Flevit Church:
Or the little teardrop church, located halfway down the western slope of the Mount of Olives, it is in this place where Jesus wept over the future fate of Jerusalem, it occurred during Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem on the first Palm Sunday, when crowds threw their cloaks on the road in front of him and shouted, “Blessed is the king who comes in the name of Lord” Looking down on the city, Jesus wept over it as he prophesied its future destruction. Enemies would “set up ramparts around you and surround you, and hem you in on every side . . . crush you to the ground . . . and they will not leave within you one stone upon another; because you did not recognize the time of your visitation from God. “Within 40 years, in AD 70, Jesus’ prophesy was fulfilled. Roman legions besieged Jerusalem and, after six months of fighting, burnt the Temple and levelled the city.

The Garden of Gethsemane: 

Is the garden of Olives which hosts the oldest Olive trees in the world at the foot of Mount of Olives where Jesus underwent the agony and was arrested there before his crucifixion .Walking distance from the Gethsemane garden is :

The Church of all Nation/Basilica of Agony :

This Church enshrines a section of bedrock where Jesus prayed before his arrest ad His tears penetrated the rock and still visible to this day.

End of tour, transfer to hotel for dinner, rest and overnight stay.

Day 2

Jerusalem Old City, Via Dolorosa, Church of the Holy Sepulchre:

Entering the Old City from the Kidron’s valley is through St. Stephens Gate (Lions Gate) passing St. Anne’s Church, home of Anne and Joachim parents of the blessed Virgin Mary. Pools of Bethesda where Jesus healed the paralyzed man, Church of the Condemnation and Flagellation where Jesus was condemned to death by crucifixion and was flogged by the Roman soldiers forced to carry His cross through the Via Dolorosa in Latin which means "Way of Grief," "Way of Sorrow, “it consists of 14 stations marked by nine Stations of the Cross and the remaining five stations being inside the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. It is a processional route believed to be the path that Jesus walked on the way to his crucifixion. The winding route from the Antonia Fortress west to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre distance is about 600 meters (2,000 feet).

Church of the Holy Sepulchre:

 Is the site where Jesus Christ was crucified and died on the cross, the place was shaped like a skull thus came the name Golgotha. The church was built by Helena the mother of Constantine on her pilgrimage to Jerusalem where she found a relic of the original cross. 

Mount Zion, Church of St Peter in Gallicantu/Church of the Cock Crow/Upper Room, Wailing Wall Mount Zion:

Is a hill just outside the walls on the southern end of the Old City. The hill has been called Mount Zion since sometime in the Middle Ages, even though Jewish scripture refers to the Temple Mount by the same name. Among the important sites and landmarks on Mount Zion are the Room of the Last Supper and the Dormition Abbey 

Church of St Peter of Gallicantu/Cock Crow/:

According to tradition, this was the place of the palace of high priest Caiaphas, where Jesus was brought to jail after his arrest. Its name is given after the story of Peters triple denial of Christ and the cock crowing three times.

Dormition Abby: 

is one of the three earliest churches in Jerusalem and was regarded as the mother of all Churches. the Catholics believes that it is the site where Virgin died or rather “fell asleep “as the name suggests.

The Upper Room, (Cenacle):

the room is located on top of Mount Zion, where Jesus had shared the Last Supper with his disciples the night before he died and during this meal he instituted the Eucharist which are the most momentous events of the Christian faith. Also, the descending of the Holy Spirit on His disciples at Pentecost, which is recognized as marking the birth of the Christian Church.

Wailing Wall:

It is the most sacred site to the Jewish people who believed the remains of the wall to be of the great Jewish temple or the wall surrounding the court yard of the temple. While Muslims considers the wall to be part of Al-Aqsa Mosque built in the seventh century by the Umayyads 

Southern Steps:

Are at the southern edge of the Western Wall, just around the southwest corner where Robinson’s Arch is located, this spot was the main entrance for the common man to enter the Temple, the stairs are irregular, with both original and replaced stones, which forced the faithful to pay attention as they ascended the alternating wide and narrow steps. It also prevented a hurried approach to the Temple. End of tour, transfer to hotel for dinner, rest and overnight stay.    

Day 3

Jericho, Dead Sea, Qumran, Masada: 

The name Jericho means “City of palms” and is known to be the oldest town in the world. It was there where the Israelites supposedly brought down its walls with a great shout and trumpet blasts when they entered the Promised Land. Here Jesus performed the miracle of healing Bartimaeus, the blind beggar, and dined with Zacchaeus, the rich tax collector. And both Cleopatra and Herod the Great coveted this lush oasis. Water from Jericho’s powerful perennial spring provides irrigation for abundant fruit, flowers and spices.

Prophet Elisha Spring:

Called as well the Prophet’s Fountain/Elisha’s Fountain) is a fresh water spring near the archaeological mound of Tel Jericho or Ancient Jericho (Tell es – Sultan) where the remains of the oldest fortified city were found dating back to about 8,000 BC. It is a UNESCO World Heritage site. It is believed that Prophet Elisha purified its waters by throwing salt into it.

Zacchaeus tree:

Is the Sycamore tree which is over 2000 years old and is located in the city centre of Jericho. This is the tree Zacchaeus climbed when Jesus was passing through the town to see him as he was a very short man and couldn’t see over the heads of the crowds. Also, it is the place where Jesus cured Bartimaeus the beggar from blindness.

The good Shepherd Church:

Is the site where Jesus restored back Bartimaeus his sight and converted the rich Zacchaeus, performing for both his ministry of the Good Shepherd.

Qumran:

Is the place where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered in caves. Located on the north-western shore of the Dead Sea, Qumran is located between Jerusalem and the major Dead Sea beaches and attractions such as Ein Gedi and Masada.

The Dead Sea:

Called also the Sea of Lut, Sea of Salt It is significant because it is the lowest place on Earth. It is an inland body of water appropriately named due to the fact that it’s extremely high in salt and mineral-rich waters which are not conducive to sustaining life. In fact, the Dead Sea is nearly ten times saltier than any of the world’s oceans.

Masada:

Is the ancient fortress overlooking the Dead Sea. A cable car and a winding path climb up to the fortifications. Among the ruins is King Herod’s palace and a Roman style bathhouse with mosaic floors. It is famous for the last stand of the Zealots where the 960 living at the top of the plateau chose to commit suicide rather than to fall into the hands of the Romans alive. Masada is a UNESCO world heritage       End of tour, transfer to hotel for dinner, rest and overnight stay. 

Day 4

Bethlehem, Church of Nativity, St. Jerome’s Cave, Milk Grotto ,Beit Sahour Shepherds Field

Church/Basilica of Nativity:

Is considered one of the major Christians sites due to the birth of Jesus in the grotto. In 326 Constantine and his mother Helena built the church over the grotto, which is the oldest site for worship to the Christians the Basilica is the oldest major Church in the Holy Land.

St. Catherine’s Church:

Located in the northern part adjacent to the Basilica of the Nativity in Bethlehem. It works as a parish church in Bethlehem and Franciscan monastery. There is a complex of caves underneath the church. It was dedicated in 1347 to St. Catherine of Alexandria. This is the church where the Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem celebrates Midnight Mass on Christmas Eve.

St. Jerome’s Cave:

Is a two-room cave which lies underneath the Church of St. Catherine on the right-hand side of the nave, steps lead down to a complex of subterranean chambers. The first cave on the left at the bottom of the stairs are identified as the Chapel of the Holy Innocents. This is said to be the burial place of infants killed by King Herod in his attempt to eliminate the new-born “King of the Jews. At the end on the right side are the rooms where St. Jerome lived and spent 30 years translating the Scriptures from Hebrew and Greek into Latin. The adjacent caves have been identified as the burial places of Jerome (whose remains were later taken to Rome).

Milk Grotto:

Is the place where the Holy Family found refuge during the Massacre of the Innocents, before they could flee to Egypt. The name is derived from the story that a "drop of milk" of the Virgin Mary fell on the floor of the cave and changed its colour to white. There are three different caves, which are visited by some in hope of healing infertile couples, the shrine being a place where prayers for children are miraculously answered.

Beit Sahour: 

Is 2 Km East of Bethlehem. It Is the place where the Angel of the Lord appeared to the Shepherds and informed them about the birth of Jesus in a grotto in Bethlehem. and

Shopping:

Bethlehem is famous for its souvenir shops that sells Olive Wood carvings and hand painted religious icons.End of tour, transfer to hotel for dinner, rest and overnight stay. 

Day 5  

Departure Home   

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