Pelegrimage Israel 5 nights

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    Day 1: Ben gurion-Jaffa-Haifa-Nazareth

    We start our by driving to Old Jaffa. Visit the church of St Peter that overlooks the picturesque fishing port and that has been a beacon to sea-weary pilgrims for over a century, signaling that the Holy Land was near. The church’s charming red brick facade stands out in a city built of stone; its interior, with vaulted ceilings, stained-glass windows, marble-covered walls and a huge painting of St Peter’s visitation by an angel over the altar, recalls churches in the Italian tradition. St. Peter’s, where Mass is held daily in several languages for a lively local congregation, was built in 1654 over a medieval fortress. 
In the late eighteenth century itwas twice destroyed, and the present structure was completed in 1894.
    World history is always present anywhere in Israel and Jaffa’s St. Peter’s is no exception: a room at the church reportedly hosted Napoleon Bonaparte when he came to the city in 1799. Walking tour of the old city of Jaffa and the Artists’ Ouarter.
    Drive to Haifa, drive along Panorama Road, view the Persian Gardens (World Center of the Baha’i denomination). Visit the Stella Mares Monastery with the church of St. Elias. Drive to Nazareth, visit the Holy Sites of Christianity, Church of Annunciation, St. Joseph’s Church, Mary’s well. Continue to Tiberias.
Dinner Overnigh Tiberias/Nazareth

    Day 2: Tiberias

    We will start this day with Mount Tabor- Transfiguration Church built by arhitecht Antonio Berluci.
    After we will rive along the shore of the Sea of Galilee to Tabgha on the northern shore of the Sea of Galilee that is the scene of many Gospel stories(Im not sure that story is the right word), including the Multiplication of Loaves and Fishes. Early Christians marked the site of this miracle (Matt. 14:15-21; Mark 6:35-44; John 6:1-14) with a church containing magnificent mosaics. The small loaves and fishes mosaic, marking the place where Jesus uttered a blessing over the bread, has become a well-loved symbol of this place and of the miracle. 
Visitors love to take a walk along the Tabgha-Capernaum promenade, built by the Tourism Ministry, to another part of the Tabgha cove and the Church of Peter’s Primacy. This is the traditional site of the events of John 21 after the resurrection – Jesus cooking breakfast for the disciples, the miraculous catch of fish and Peter’s reconciliation. Tabgha comes from a Greek word meaning “seven springs.” 
One of them, the Spring of Job, surges into the lake a short walk eastward along the promenade.

    Continue to Capernaum – known as Jesus’ “own town” (Matt. 9:1) – “walking where Jesus 
 walked” takes on thrilling new meaning. As you sit on the stone benches of Capernaum’s ancient 
 synagogue, you’ll be reminded that Jesus taught (Mark 1 :21; John 6:59) and healed 
 a man possessed by an evil spirit (Mark 1 :23-27). The synagogue on this very spot, whose 
 foundations you can still see, is the one about which Luke says that it was built by the centurion 
 whose servant Jesus later healed (Luke 7:3-5). Jesus also raised from the dead the daughter 
 of this synagogue’s leader (Luke 8:49-53). The ruins that surround you here, from homes with 
ordinary tools of daily life to intricately decorated stone carvings, are powerful reminders of Jesus’ 
prediction about this town (Matt. 11 :23). A highlight of the site is Peter’s house, where Jesus 
healed Peter’s mother-in-law (Matt. 8:14-15; Mark 1 :29-31). Peter’s house was a simple dwelling, 
like many others that archaeologists have unearthed in this small fishing and farming village.
    But on this particular dwelling, Christian pilgrims over the centuries left no less than 131 inscriptions on the walls. Jesus’ name appears frequently, as does Peter’s, along with crosses, pilgrims’ names and blessings. Eventually, in the mid-fourth century, a large church was built, whose mosaic floor you can still see, with Peter’s house as its centerpiece. Some years ago a modern church went up above the ruins. These walls, old and new, attest to the continuing reverence for the site of one of the best-loved healing stories of the Gospels, here in the heart of Capernaum, the center of Jesus’ Galilee ministry.
    We will continue to the Mount of Beatitudes. As the name suggests, this is the hill upon which Jesus 
was said to have preached the “Sermon on the Mount”. The lie of the land next to the church forms a 
natural amphitheatre sloping down to the lake side, so it is more likely that Jesus stood at the bottom 
of the hill, but this does not detract from the beauty of the church on its crest.
    Drive to Cana Galilee to visit the Church of the First Miracle –Misa for renew the marriage angagement
    Return to Tiberias/Nazareth
    We will make a short cruise on Galilee Sea .
    -Dinner Ovenight

    Day 3: Tiberias-Dead Sea-Bethlehem

    Drive to “Yardenit” the unique and registered site of baptism for Christian pilgrims, at the place 
where the Jordan River flows out of the Sea of Galilee and into the Dead Sea.
    Yardenit is a crossroad for many pilgrims, one among other holy places around the Sea of Galilee, such as Capernaum, Tabgha and the Mount of Beatitudes. Every year, over half a million tourists from all over the world visit the site. The baptismal site is located on the banks of the Jordan River between magnificent eucalyptus trees and the natural river flora. It is an ideal spot for recollection in serenity and tranquility.
    Comfortable and adequate facilities are available for religious ceremonies on the banks of the Jordan 
River. The visit at Yardenit is unique and a most impressive experience for every guest. Continue via 
the Jordan Valley to Jericho the oldest city in the world, we will visit the zacchaeus tree . Continue to the shore of the Dead Sea (bathing possible).
    -Drive to Bethleem for overnight.

    Day 4: Jerusalem

    Ascent the Mount of Olives for a panoramic view of Jerusalem. All day walking tour of the Old City of 
Jerusalem: St. Anna Church with the Pools of Bethesda, the site of the miraculous healing of a paralyzed man by Jesus, as recounted solely in the gospel of John, and also the site of the birth of Mary’s mother, “Anne”. The grounds contain extensive excavations revealing the original five pools and successive remains of the Byzantine, Crusader and medieval churches built over the pools, as well as water run- 
off collection systems, dating back to the eighth century BCE, which were built in order to supply the 
temple with water. The strata are labeled and color coded and easy to follow, but dwarfing all this is the 
purest crusader church in the whole country: St. Anne’s. St. Anne’s church was built by crusaders on a 
plot adjacentto that of the Byzantine church destroyed by Hakim (which had a small chapel built over it). Not long afterwards Salah A-Din took over the city, and in 1192 the church was turned into an Islamic 
school (there is still the inaugural inscription above the door). In subsequent years the church fell into 
disuse but, miraculously, was never destroyed because it made a handy rubbish dump. Thus, it remained 
until 1856 when the Ottoman government, seeking to express gratitude to France for its help in the 
Crimean war, gave her the church. It is still run by French fathers. The sheep pools were an Aesciepion, 
a Greek “hospital” based partly on miraculous healing by divine intervention, partly on the merits of 
seclusion and rest and partly on theories that have of late come into vogue with Jungian Analysts.
    From there we will walk through the Via Dolorosa, the road Jesus walked from the place of Pontius 
Pilate’s sentencing to Golgotha, whose name means “way of sorrows.” The beautiful hymn that 
begins “On a hill far away … ” has led many to form a mental picture of this last road as a pastoral, 
quiet scene, a path wending its way, perhaps among old olive trees, up a mountain to where 
crosses stand starkly against the sky. Walking the real street in Old Jerusalem that bears the 
name “Via Dolorosa” means putting aside these images, but hopefully replacing them with other, 
even more meaningful ones that will bring you closer to moments you will always hold precious. 
You’ll find the street can be noisy – with venders vying for your attention by calling out their wares. 
Old stone buildings rise up on either side, and instead of a tree-lined country lane, seemingly 
endless stone steps ascend through the city. Christian visitors are sometimes startled to realize 
that this is not new; in fact, it is exactly what Jesus would have seen that Friday. It was Passover 
week; Jerusalem was bursting at the seams with pilgrims. Many would have looked away for fear 
of the Romans. Indeed, the Romans forced Simon of Cyrene to carry the cross (Mark 15:21).
    For as long as Christians have been coming to the Holy City, they have walked the last path of Jesus.
    At least for the last 1,000 years, it is the same path visitors walk today. As time went on, the sacred 
stories became sacred landmarks – the Stations of the Cross. There are fourteen stations. The first 
is the Praetorium, where Pilate condemned Jesus and Jesus took up the cross (Mark 15: 15). A 
convent now stands over a small part of this huge fortress. In its basement are ancient flagstones, 
by tradition known as the Gabata (John 19:13), or stone pavement. Beneath the pavement is a 
gigantic water cistern built by Herod the Great, which might have quenched the thirst of the Roman 
soldiers who taunted Jesus (Matt. 27: 27-31). Emerging from the antiquities, about 20 feet below 
the present road, visitors find the Stations of the Cross modestly marked. When the Jerusalem 
Municipality found ancient stones during maintenance work some years ago, they repaved the 
present Via Dolorosa with them – the better to show the sacred sites to Christian visitors. Past 
the Praetorium is station three, where Jesus fell with the cross; tradition says this event recurred, 
and it is marked by stations two more times. The fourth station is where Simon took up the cross.
    Each station and its story: Jesus meets Mary, a noble woman of Jerusalem wipes the sweat from 
Jesus’ brow; Jesus speaks to the women of Jerusalem (Luke 23:27-30), and onward to the last stations 
the crucifixion and burial, located within the ancient Church of the Holy Sepulcher. We will continue to 
Lithostrotos and Ecce HomoArc. In the afternoon we will visit the Garden Tomb site that is an alternative 
site forthe burial and Resurrection of Jesus. Despite questions of veracity that surround the site,it is well 
worth a visit for any tour group simply for the atmosphere of peace and the beauty of the gardens. The 
guides are gracious and there is ample room to hold church services. The location was decided upon 
in 1884 by General Gordon when he found the “corruption” of the Church of the Holy Sepulcher by the 
historic denominations intolerable. Gordon was looking for “A green hill far away without (outside) a 
city wall”, and upon finding the Sepulcher within the walls became convinced it was in the wrong place.
    Looking out from Damascus gate he saw a skull-like hillside opposite and felt certain it was “Golgotha”: 
subsequent excavations at the site found a tomb close by that was immediately declared to be Jesus and the picture as found in John 19 was complete. All was well except for questions over the line of the wall of First Century Jerusalem, the nature of limestone’s decay and the layouts of First Century CE tombs versus Eighth Century BCE tombs, questions that still rage today. We will walk through the Jewish Quarter, visit the Western Wall (Wailing Wall) and the Cardo Maximus, a Roman street, visit the Garden of Gethsemane with the Church of All Nations.

    Day 5: Bethlehem -Jerusalem

    We will end this wonderful day at the Mount Zion with a visit of the room of the last supper and the Dormition Church. We will continue with Bethlehem with the Nativity Church the place where Jesus was born. We also visit Santa Catherina chapel –from here the Midnight Mass is transmited all over the world in Christhmans Night
    Visit West Jerusalem (New City): See a model’ of Jerusalem from the time of Herod the great at the Israel Museum and the “Shrine of the Book”. Before our Pilgrim tour comes to an end we will visit Ein Karem. Nestled in the terraced hills southwest of jerusalem is the village of Ein Karem, where picturesque lanes lead you to the traditional spot where Elizabeth “felt life” when she met her kinswoman Mary, and where John the Baptist was born and raised. Luke 1 :39 tells us that after the annunciation, Mary hurried to 
”town in the hill country of Judah” to visit Elizabeth, who was also pregnant. Centuries ago, Christians began to mark Elizabeth’s hometown at Ein Karem, whose name means “spring of the vineyard.”
    Though just a short drive from jerusalem’s modern neighborhoods, once you arrive there you can leave the everyday world behind and step back in time. You’ll still find the spring, where no doubt Elizabeth drew water for her household. If you arrive in the waning of winter you’ll see the almond trees rejoicing in their pink and white blossoms; in summer the grapevines on their terraces still bear fruit. As you watch children at play in the little village park, it’s easy to imagine John as a young boy clambering across these very slopes. Ein Karem was less than a day’s walk from the Temple in Jerusalem to which Zechariah, John’s father, would be called to his duties as a priest. It was while serving at the altar of incense in the Temple that Zechariah saw the angel Gabriel, who informed him that his aged wife Elizabeth would give birth after years of barrenness.
    The shock must have caused Zechariah to forget his manners at angelic meetings! He immediately questioned the angel’s words, and so was struck voiceless until the naming ceremony at his son’s circumcision. In the cool, restful interiorsofEin Karem’s churches you can see where ancient Christians marked the site of Mary’s visit to Elizabeth, and where Mary uttered her great praise poem that begins with the words “My soul glorifies the Lord … ” (Luke 1 :46). Keep your Bibles open to Luke’s Gospel here, because in the gardens, quiet corners and courtyards you can also pause over the story of Elizabeth’s naming of John (Luke 1 :59-60) and Zechariah’s own poem of praise and prophecy (Luke 1 :67-79).
    Many legends surround John’s early years. One tells of his miraculous survival of the murder of the innocents by King Herod. John was only a few months older than Jesus and thus, when the order came from Herod to kill all the boys “in Bethlehem and the vicinity” (Matt. 2: 16), John, too, was in mortal danger. It is said that Elizabeth managed to conceal her son in a cave (still shown to visitors) and though the soldiers came close, they unknowingly passed over his hiding place. Ein Karem, so close to the city and yet with such a different atmosphere, is also a great draw for Israeli visitors, whom you’ll find strolling along the lanes with you, exploring the churches, browsing the little shops, savoring a cup of coffee or a meal, and just like you, enjoying a perfect interlude.
    -Dinner Overnight. Hotel in Bethleem

    Day 6: Bethleem –depends on the flight back at home –

    Transfer to airport for your flight back home.