Christian Tour – 3 days:
DAY 1: HOLY CITIES
We’ll start our day in Jaffa, one of the most ancient port cities in the world. As we wander the quaint alleyways of this timeless gateway to the Holy Land, we’ll visit St Peter’s Church and discuss the vision he had at Simon the Tanner’s House (Acts 10), before descending to the port where Jonah was swallowed by the whale.
Next, we’ll travel north to Caesarea, the regional capital that was built by King Herod the Great two thousand years ago. We’ll explore the remarkable ruins, and discuss Peter’s conversion of Cornelius (Acts 10) before visiting the port area from which the first Christian missionaries would have spread their message to the rest of the world.
We’ll continue north to Nazareth, the home of Jesus. After exploring the remains of the ancient city in the bottom of the grand Basilica of the Annunciation, where it’s believed that Mary was visited by the angel Gabriel (Luke 1), we’ll conclude our day on the edge of the city with a stunning view from Mt Precipice, where we will get a great insight into the geography of the Biblical Galilee. Overnight at Hotel in Galilee.
DAY 2: JESUS’ MINISTRY IN THE GALILEE
Our day will begin on the Mount of Beatitudes to reflect on Jesus’ famed Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5). We’ll follow in his footsteps, descending the mountain by foot to the shores of the Sea of Galilee, passing Tabgha (marking the feeding of the 5000 (Matthew 14) and Jesus later appearing to Peter following his resurrection (John 21)) and reaching Capernaum, where Jesus made his home following his expulsion from Nazareth. We’ll see the house we believe he lived in, and the ruins of a remarkable synagogue.We’ll continue to a local restaurant for a traditional lunch of St Peter’s Fish (other options available for non-fish eaters!) and then enjoy a restful boat cruise on the very waters where Jesus once walked.We’ll conclude our day with a scenic drive to Jerusalem through the Jordan Valley. Overnight at Hotel in Jerusalem.
DAY 3: BIBLICAL JERUSALEM
We’ll open our day with a spectacular panoramic view over Jerusalem from the Mount of Olives. We’ll use this view to locate and understand the key sites in the story of Jesus in Jerusalem, before descending the mountain, just as he would have done, to the Garden of Gethsemane (Matthew 26), where we’ll reflect on Jesus’ final moments before being arrested.
Our next stop will be at the Tomb of Mary where we will explore one of Jerusalem’s oldest churches and understand the unique sharing arrangement under which it is managed. We’ll then ascend from the Kidron Valley to the Old City where we’ll visit the Pools of Bethesda, where Jesus healed a paralytic man (John 5).After seeing the most holy site for Muslims in Jerusalem, The Dome of the Rock, from a very unique angle, we will walk the ancient pilgrim route known as the Via Dolorosa, or the Stations of the Cross, marking Jesus’ path with the cross from his trial until his crucifixion. The route culminates at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, believed to be the location of Jesus’ crucifixion and burial (Matthew 27) and venerated by many as one of the most important holy sites in the world.
Optional: Continue to the alternative site of the Garden Tomb, recognized by many Protestants as the location of Jesus’ crucifixion and burial.
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