Christian Focused Tour – 3 days:
Day 1: Arrival:
Welcome home J
After landing and meeting your tour guide, we will head to Jaffa for a short walking tour. Visit St. Peter's church, commemorating the location Peter had a vision as well as Simon the tanner's home. Walk through the artist quarter and see Ran Morin's hanging orange as well as the scenic view from the hilltop and the port that Jonah tried to escape his fate from. Continue to Caesarea, the port city that was built by King Herod the great. After exploring the theater, palace, hippodrome and port we will continue north to Nazareth. Nazareth is the town turned city that Jesus grew up in and was not recognized as the Messiah by its people. We will start our visit here with the Church of Annunciation, where Mary was visited to the angel Gabriel and receives the news that she will be pregnant with god's child. End our experience in Nazareth with Mt. Precipice, where by local tradition the people of Nazareth attempted to stone Jesus.
Overnight: Galilee (1 nights)
Day 2: Jesus's ministry in the Galilee:
Start our day with a visit to the Mt. of Beatitudes to visit the site where the crowds gather to hear the Sermon on the Mount. Continue to Capernaum, the village Jesus moved into after leaving Nazareth. On our way we will pass Tabgha, where the miracle of the feeding of the 5000 took place as well as where Jesus recognizes Peter as his follower and asks him to lead his people. Capernaum is the village where Jesus lived in Peter's mother in law's home, where he taught at the synagogue and performed many healing. We will see the synagogue as well as the home he resided in. Continue to one of the many restaurants in the area for a traditional lunch of St. Peter's fish (or other option for non-fish eaters) followed by a boat cruise on the Sea of Galilee. As the day draws to an end, drive to Jerusalem and check in for the night.
Overnight: Jerusalem (1 night)
Day 3: Christian Jerusalem:
Start the day by driving to the top of Mt. of Olives for an observation of the old city from the east as was seen by Jesus. Walk down Palm Sunday Road to the Garden of Gethsemane and visit the garden as well as the Church of All The Nations. Continue to Mary's Tomb and see a unique site shared by two different Christian denominations. Continue and walk uphill from the bottom of the Kidron Valley to the Lion's Gate. Enter the Muslim Quarter and visit the Pools of Bethesda, where Jesus healed the paralytic man. See the 3rd most holy site for Muslims in the world, The Dome of the Rock, from a very unique angle before walking the Via Dolorosa (Path of Suffering), visiting the various stations of the cross along the way. Continue to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher to witness the locations recognized by Catholic and Orthodox Christians as the location of Jesus's execution by Crucifixion, Death on the cross and the Empty Grave. Optional: Continue to the alternative site of the Garden Tomb, recognized by Protestants as the location of Jesus's execution by Crucifixion, Death on the cross and the Empty Grave. Head back to the hotel for a bit of relaxation through the Arab Market for some final shopping.
Transfer to the Ben Gurion airport for your flight and farewells J