CHRISTIAN PILGRIMAGE TOUR IN ISRAEL
Christian pilgrimage tour in Israel that covers Tel-Aviv, Jaffa, Caesarea, Tiberias, the Sea of Galilee, Jerusalem, Masada, the Dead Sea, Qumran, and Bethlehem. The tour includes visits to biblical and historical sites, such as the Western Wall, Via Dolorosa, Church of the Holy Sepulchre, and Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum. Transportation, accommodation, and a professional guide are provided throughout the tour.
As we arrive at the Ben-Gurion airport, we will be warmly welcomed by our representative, who will be available to assist us throughout our journey. After a short drive of 20-30 minutes (depending on traffic), we will check in to our hotel in Tel-Aviv. The rest of the day will be at our leisure to relax on the stunning beaches, savor the local cuisine, and experience the dynamic nightlife of Tel-Aviv.
Our day will begin with a nourishing Israeli breakfast at the hotel before embarking on a journey to the Holy Land. Our first stop will be the ancient port city of Jaffa, which is now a part of Tel Aviv. Here, we will stroll through the peaceful cobbled alleys of the old town and pass by the house of Simon the Tanner, where St. Peter stayed.
We will then witness the awe-inspiring panoramic view of the Mediterranean and Tel-Aviv coastline. Next, we will travel along the coast to visit the impressive archaeological site of Caesarea, once a thriving port city during the time of Herod the Great. We will explore its temples, baths, public buildings, an amphitheater, and a beautiful aqueduct.
Continuing our journey northward, we will pass through Megiddo, which is mentioned in the Book of Revelation 16:16. Megiddo was a strategic city located on the Via Maris trade route that connected Egypt and Damascus.
After exploring the ancient ruins, we will proceed to the tranquil Sea of Galilee and arrive in Tiberias, where we will spend the night. This will be an ideal opportunity to rest and reflect on the day’s events as we prepare for the next exciting chapter of our journey.
Today will be an exciting day as we trace the route of Christianity and the youth of Jesus Christ. Our itinerary will take us to Tiberias, Capernaum, Tabgha, Mt. of Beatitudes, and the Yardenit Baptismal site, with the stunning Sea of Galilee and Golan Heights as our backdrop.
Our journey will start with a tour of historic Tiberias, the capital of the Galilee in ancient times, located on the shores of the Sea of Galilee.
Next, we will visit Capernaum, the real hometown of Jesus Christ and where he began his preaching. We will explore the synagogue where he taught and performed miracles.
Our next stop will be Tabgha, the site of the miraculous feeding of the 5,000 (Mark 6:30-44). Here, we will visit the Church of Multiplication to see the beautifully preserved mosaic floor depicting a basket with loaves and two fishes.
Continuing our journey, we will head to Mt. Beatitudes, a serene spot with a magnificent view of the Sea of Galilee. This is where Jesus preached the famous “Sermon on the Mount”, which opens with the 8 Beatitudes (Matthew 5:3-10).
Our Holy Land tour will then take us up to the Golan Heights, where we will enjoy a breathtaking panoramic view of Mt. Hermon and the flourishing Hula Valley spread out beneath us.
Our last stop for the day will be the Yardenit Baptismal Site, located along the Jordan River south of the Sea of Galilee. Here, we will have the opportunity to reflect and renew our faith as we witness the baptismal ceremony.
After this spiritual experience, we will return to Tiberias for a good night’s rest.
On day 4 of our Holy Land tour, we will journey from the beautiful Galilee region to the holy city of Jerusalem. Our first stop will be Cana, where we will visit the Wedding Church, where Jesus performed his first miracle by turning water into wine (John 2:1-11).
Next, we will visit Nazareth, the childhood home of Jesus. We will visit the Church of Annunciation, believed to be the site where the Angel Gabriel appeared to the Virgin Mary (Luke 1:26-56). We will also stop at Mary’s Well and Joseph’s Church.
After Nazareth, we will drive through the Jordan Valley to Beit Shean, one of the most impressive archaeological sites in the Middle East. Here, we will walk through the well-preserved remains of a Hellenistic city, including two colonnaded streets, bathhouses, a theater, and a Roman temple.
Finally, we will end our day with a scenic drive to Jerusalem through the Jordan Valley, where we will spend the next few days exploring the holy city and its surroundings.
Get ready for an unforgettable adventure filled with history, breathtaking views, and relaxation. We’ll start our day by journeying through the stunning Judean Desert until we reach the lowest point on Earth – the Dead Sea. Our first stop is the magnificent UNESCO World Heritage Site of Masada, a fortress built by Herod the Great as his personal hiding place and winter palace. Masada holds a remarkable story as the last stronghold for the Jews against the Roman Empire. We’ll take a cable car up to the top of the fortress and explore King Herod’s palace, synagogue, bathhouse, and more. We’ll also visit the north palace for a stunning view of the Dead Sea and Roman camps below.
Next, we’ll head to Qumran, where the famous Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered. Here, we’ll learn about the Essenes, a Jewish sect who wrote the scrolls and lived in the area over 2,000 years ago. Weather permitting, we’ll take a relaxing float in the Dead Sea, known for its famous mud and healing waters. The high salt concentration of the Dead Sea creates a buoyancy effect that makes it easy to float effortlessly on the surface. After our float, we’ll return to Jerusalem for the night, feeling relaxed and rejuvenated.
Today, we embark on an emotional journey as we explore the city of Jerusalem, a diverse and fascinating place of great significance to Christians, Jews, and Muslims alike.
Our first stop is the Israeli Museum, where we will view the Dead Sea Scrolls, ancient manuscripts containing some of the oldest known surviving copies of the Hebrew Bible.
Next, we will visit the picturesque village of Ein Karem, believed to be the birthplace of John the Baptist. Here, we will explore the village’s beautiful monasteries and enjoy a leisurely lunch.
In the afternoon, we will visit Yad Vashem, the world’s most important Holocaust museum, which serves as a living memorial to the six million Jews who perished during this tragic chapter of history.
Our final stop for the day is Bethlehem, the birthplace of Jesus Christ. Here, we will visit Rachel’s Tomb and the Church of Nativity, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the oldest continuously operating churches in the world.
This comprehensive tour of Jerusalem and its surroundings is sure to leave a lasting impression, providing a deeper understanding of the region’s complex history and significance. We will return to our hotel in Jerusalem for overnight.
Today is a highlight of our Holy Land Tour as we embark on a full day exploring the Old City of Jerusalem. This ancient city is unique, being a live city that has retained much of its biblical character and charm over thousands of years.
Our tour will begin at the Western Wall, which stands as a symbol of the Jewish faith and the last remaining structure of the Second Temple. From there, we will visit the Temple Mount, where the Second Temple once stood.
We will then walk the Way of the Cross, also known as the Via Dolorosa, retracing the steps of Jesus on His way to His crucifixion. Along this path, we will visit Calvary and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, which is considered the most important Christian site in the world, housing both the traditional site of Crucifixion and the Tomb of the Resurrection.
After visiting these holy sites, we will venture outside the Old City to Mount Zion. Here, we will visit the traditional tomb of King David and the Room of the Last Supper, where Jesus shared His final meal with His disciples.
We will continue to the Mount of Olives, the highest peak in Jerusalem, to enjoy a panoramic view of the Old and New city. This hill is also significant to Jews, Christians, and Muslims, as it is believed to be the site of the coming of the Messiah.
Our day will end with a visit to the Garden of Gethsemane, where Jesus prayed in agony on the night of His betrayal. The garden is home to beautiful olive trees that are believed to be the same trees under which Jesus sheltered.
After a full day of exploring, we will return to the hotel for overnight.
Today marks the end of our Holy Land Tour. We hope that your experience has been a fulfilling and enriching one. As we bid farewell, we extend to you the Hebrew greeting of Shalom, and look forward to welcoming you back in the future.
After breakfast at the hotel, we will provide transportation to Ben-Gurion airport for your departure flight back home. We wish you a safe and pleasant journey.
- Guaranteed departure – makes your trip planning much easier and gives you complete peace of mind
- Have a free day to relax after your flight before you start touring and exploring the best of Israel
- Join the tour directly from one of the pickup locations and enjoy a high-quality touring experience for a fair price
- 5 fully guided days with a local professional guide
- 7 nights’ accommodation on a bed & breakfast basis
- 4 levels of accommodation for you to choose from
- Float in the Dead Sea at the lowest point on Earth
- Visit Masada, the symbol of the ancient kingdom of Israel
- Drive through the farmlands and vineyards of the Golan Heights
- Discover the lush countryside of Galilee, Israel’s northern region, home to the Sea of Galilee
- In Jerusalem, City of Gold, see world-famous Jewish landmarks
- Drive up the Mediterranean coast stopping at Caesarea, Acre, Haifa, and sea caves at Rosh HaNikra
- End your 8-day experience with a day of leisure in Tel Aviv or Jerusalem
The tour includes:
- Hotel pick-up and drop-off service
- Entrance fees on days 2, 3, 4 & 5
- 5 fully guided tour days with a local qualified and licensed tour guide
- 7 nights accommodation on bed & breakfast basis
- Transport by air-conditioned vehicle
The tour doesn’t include:
- Lunch, dinner, drinks
- Airport transfers
- Entrance fees on day 7- City of David and Underground Jerusalem
- Comfortable walking shoes, a hat, and water are recommended
- For visit to the Dead Sea, we recommend that you bring hats, bathing suits, towels, and sun protection
- Tour may be bilingual (English and another language)
- Modest dress is obligatory for visits to holy sites; covered knees and shoulders
- Airport transfers can be scheduled during the booking process as an optional extra
- Tour itinerary order may change according to your day of departure
- 1-night accommodation on a bed & breakfast basis at a Kibbutz guesthouse regardless of the chosen class
- During high season, due to changing volumes of travelers on the tour package, overnight lodging in the north is likely to change owing to availability
- The final sequence of tour days will appear in your confirmation email
- A single traveler supplement is required
- High season supplement is required
- Booking is subject to terms and conditions
- 4% cancellation fee charge for notification up to 2 days in advance.
- 25% cancellation fee charge for notification up to 1 day in advance.
- 100% cancellation fee charge for notification on the day of the tour.
- No Show – 100% Cancellation fees.