Pilgrimage Israel 9 nights

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    Day 1: Upon arrival at Ben Gurion Airport we will be met and assisted by our tour leader and transferred to our hotel in Jerusalem. After check in, we will enjoy our dinner and a good night rest.

    Day 2: After breakfast we will drive to Bethlehem where our Savior Jesus Christ was born. We will visit the Church of the Nativity, the Manger Square, the milk grotto and the shepherd’s field. Then we will drive to Ain Karem to visit the Church of the Visitation that commemorates the meeting of Mary and Elizabeth. “And she spoke with a loud voice and said blessed is the fruit of thy womb.” Luke 1:24. Return to our hotel for dinner and overnight.

    Day 3: Jerusalem: the city chosen for the great sacrifice of His Son who died for the salvation of the world. We’ll visit Mount Scopus and Mount of Olives for a wonderful view of Jerusalem. Next we’ll visit Pater Nastor Church where Jesus taught His Disciples the Lord’s Prayer. Finally, we will visit the Place of Ascension and the Garden of Gethsemane with its ancient olive trees, Mount Zion, the Last supper room, and St. Peter in Gallicantu Church. In the afternoon we will drive to the Knesset and enjoy the beautiful location.Return to our hotel for dinner and overnight.

    Day 4: We will walk the way of The Cross, the 14 Stations (Via Dolorosa) leading to The Church of The Holy Sepulcher, and Gordon’s Calvary, the sight where Jesus was crucified and resurrected. Today we will attend The Liturgy in our Coptic Church! Have breakfast with the Bishop (tentative pending his schedule). We will take a walking tour through the holy city. Visit the Dom of the Rock enclosing the Rock of Sacrifice, and the Wailing Wall. Drive to Bethany where Jesus performed the great Miracle of raising Lazarus from the dead. We will also visit St. Mary’s Tomb.Return to our hotel for dinner and overnight.

    Day 5: After breakfast, we will drive to Jericho, one of the oldest cities in the world, and see Zacchaeus’ Sycamore tree. Jericho is based at the Mount of Temptation where Jesus was there for forty days and tempted by the devil. On to Qumran where the famous Scrolls of Isaiah were found. We will reach The Dead Sea where we’ll relax and take a swim in its healing salty waters. Back to our hotel for dinner and overnight.Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem.

    Day 6: After breakfast, we will check out of our hotel in Jerusalem. We will drive to Lod, to visit the Church of St. George and then continue to Jaffa, the oldest city in the world. We will see the amazing Saint Peter’s Church and enjoy a spectacular view of Tel Aviv shoreline from the Jaffa hilltop. Then we will drive to the Sea of Galilee along the beautiful coast of the Mediterranean. We will arrive in Tiberias and check into our beautiful hotel. Dinner and overnight at our hotel.

    Day 7: We will go to Nazareth, the city where the Annunciation took place. “The angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee named Nazareth to the virgin Mary.” Luke 1:26-30. We will visit the Church of the Annunciation, St. Joseph’s Church, the Synagogue (where Jesus was preaching) and Mary’s well. Nazareth is where Jesus spent his childhood. We will continue to Cana where the first miracle of changing water into wine took place at the wedding of Cana of Galilee. Finally, we will visit Mount Tabor where Jesus took Peter, James and John to pray. This is also the site where Jesus’ transfiguration took place upon meeting Moses and Elijah.
    Dinner and overnight at our hotel.

    Day 8: Sea of Galilee: the day begins with a boat trip on the calm surface of the sea and we will cruise towards Capernaum where Jesus started His ministry. Visit the house of Peter where his mother in law was healed by Jesus. Drive to the top of the mount of Beatitudes where the Sermon on the Mount is remembered. It was here that Christ taught his disciples the eight Beatitudes. Continue to Tabgha where Jesus fed the 5000 people with 5 loaves of bread and 2 fish. Return to the exit of the Jordan River where Jesus was baptized by John (make sure you have your white gowns ready).We will then go back to the hotel for dinner and overnight.

    Day 9: After breakfast we will checkout of our Hotel and then we will proceed to Hifa on Mount Carmel for a panoramic view of the country’s major port city. We will visit Stella Maris and Bahia Gardens. We will then visit the place where The Prophet Elijah confronted the priests of Baal and confounded them at Al Muhraka. Then we will proceed to Tel Aviv and spend some time there and then to the airport for our flight back to Newark, NJ on El Al flights at 12 AM

    Day 10: Board your El Al flight to return TO Newark Airport, NJ.

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