Christian sites in Israel 4 days Itinerary
Jerusalem is one of the oldest cities in the world. It's located between the Mediteranean Sea and the Dead Sea. Christianity, Judaism, and Abrahamic religions, all consider this to be one of the holiest of cities in the world. The walls around the Old City define it. Jerusalem has been sacred to Christianity for about 2000 years.
Yad Vashem is the Holocaust memorial, that is located on Mount Hertzel. It was open to the public in 1967.
Bethlehem is the said birthplace of Jesus. Christmas rites are held here on 3 different dates of the year. It is one of the holy sites of Israel for the Christians.
Jericho is located near the Jordan river. Israel took occupation in 1967, it is now under the Palistinian authority. It is one of the oldest inhabited cities in the world. Jericho dates back over 11,000 years according to archaeological findings.
Nazareth described in the New Testament was Jesus' childhood home. It is the largest city in Northern Israel. It was Marys' home according to the Gospel of Luke in the New Testament and where Mary was told she was going to give birth to Jesus, by the Angel Gabriel.
Capernaum was a fishing village located on the Sea of Galilee to the North. There is a church nearby that is said to be the home of St.Peter. This town is mentioned in all of the Gospels.
This tour leaves Mon., Wed., Fri., Sat., Sun.
Panoramic overview from the Mount of Olives, overlook Jerusalem-new city and the Temple Mount Esplanade of old city. Travel along the Kidron Valley to view the Garden of Gethsemane and the walls of the city. Via the Armenian Quarter enter The Western (Wailing) Wall square via the local Bazaar to the Christian Quarter, the Stations of the Cross (Via Dolorosa) and the Church of the Holy Sepulcher – the site of the crucifixion. Walk along the 1700 year old Byzantine main street, the Cardo and the renovated Jewish Quarter. Ascend to Mt. Zion and on Saturdays - visit the Hall of Last Supper & David's tomb. Tour the new city by car to Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum.
*On Fridays, Saturdays & High Holidays - Holocaust Museum is closed. Visit instead Kind David's Tomb, Hall of Last Supper & Garden of Gethsemane.
Bethlehem is the birthplace of King David, meaning City of Bread as a result of the wheat crop that grew in the region. We will drive to Bethlehem via Nativity Circle, visit the Church of Nativity, also the cave where Jesus was born and the Manger Square, where Jesus was placed after his birth. Also visit the Greek and the Catholic Church and the Milk Grotto, where Mary fed her son. Overview the Shepherd's Fields and visit the church.
Depart for the Judean desert, on route view the Inn of the Good Samaritan. Overlook the breathtaking view of the moon landscaped Judean desert. Short stop at sea-level and continue to Jericho - the oldest city in the world. Stop at Zacheus Sycamore, the oldest Sycamore tree which Zacheus climbed in order to see Jesus walking by. We will visit the Mound of Ancient Jericho where 25 ancient cities were uncovered. Return to hotel.
We start on Mount Olives visiting the place of the Ascension and Pater Nostra, where we can see the Lord's Prayer is 123 languages. After an overview of Jerusalem from the top of the Mount of Olives, looking down at the Old City and the Temple Mount, we begin our descent, stopping at Dominus Flevit, where Jesus wept as he foresaw the destruction of Jerusalem and continuing to the Church of All Nations in the Garden of Gethsemane.
Before ascending to the Old City and entering through the Lion's Gate, we look back at the Kidron valley and the Jewish cemetery on Mount of Olives, with the monumental burial sites at its base.
In the Old City our first stop is at the pools of Bethesda in the grounds of the Church of St. Anne, mother of Mary. Underneath the Sisters of Zion convent we will see the ancient pavement with the games the Roman soldiers played engraved on the stones.
This is where the Via Dolorosa, the Way of the Cross, begins, ending at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.
Via the coastal plain and the valley of Armageddon to the Churches of Annunciation and St. Joseph in Nazareth. Passing Cana and the Church of the Miracle of the Multiplication visit Capernaum, at the foot of Mount Beatitudes. Continue past Tiberias to Yardenit where there is the possibility of a baptismal service for participants. Pass Mount Tabor on the return journey.
- Jerusalem Old and New
- Western Wall
- Christian Quarter
- Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum
- Church of Nativity
- Manger Square
- Greek Orthodox Church
- Catholic Church
- Milk grotto
- Domonis Flevit
- Church of all Nations
- Mount of Olives
- Church of St. Anne
- Via Dolorosa
- Church of Holy Sepulcher
- Church of Annunciation
- Church of St. Joseph
- 3 nights accommodation on Bed & Breakfast basis.(Price includes accommodation per person in a double room).
- 4 touring days.
- Hotel pick-up and drop-off service.
- Entrance fees.
- Personal expenses and tips.
- Personal insurance,.
- Lunch, dinner, drinks.
- Donations to churches(1-5$).
- Single supplement 60$ per person,per night.
- High season supplement 70$ per person,per night.
What you need to know:
- A moderate dress code is required.
- You will need a passport to cross the border into the territory of the Palestinian Authority.
- When crossing the border, you change vehicle.
- In the autonomy you will have local guides.(after crossing the border).
- Necessary to have comfortable shoes, hat and water.
from Tel Aviv