8 Nights / 11 Days
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Our life-changing Christian Tour of this Bible Land, literal birthplace of Christianity, will serve up many rare and treasured gifts including the opportunity to learn about the earliest Christians, to visit ancient churches, temples, and cathedrals, and to gather with a great sense of spiritual communion, wonderfully typical of a Christian Group Tour.

And as we walk where Jesus walked, we can't help but think of His wondrous stories, like the parable of the Good Samaritan, where one man showed great compassion to another. Jesus told this story in answer to the question, "Who is my neighbor?" and concluded with words for our troubled world: "Go and do likewise."

 
 

Tour Itinerary

Day 1: Departure from the USA Depart via scheduled air service. The destination is Tel Aviv

Day 2: Arrival in Israel, Tel Aviv, Jaffa, Netanya Arrive at Ben Gurion Airport Travel to Jaffa for a panoramic orientation and walking through Jaffa’s picturesque alleyways. Here Peter had a vision that led him to convert Cornelius (Acts 10) and initiate the church’s mission to the Gentiles Continue through Tel Aviv to Netanya Late afternoon hotel check-in

Day 3: Caesarea, Nazareth This morning, follow in the Footsteps of Paul by traveling up the Plain of Sharon to Caesarea. Visit the aqueduct, the ancient Herodian harbor, the remains of the seaside palace of Pontius Pilate and the theater. Continue to the altar of Elijah at Muhraka atop Mount Carmel. Continue to Megiddo, the ancient Tel and future site of the battle of Har-Megiddo or Armageddon (Revelations 16). See the walls of Solomon and the impressive 8th-Century BC water tunnel. Drive across the Valley of Jezreel and climb to Nazareth, to visit Nazareth Village, a reconstructed first-century village that tells the story of the hometown of Jesus. Continue to the Church of Mary’s Well Arrive at the Sea of Galilee

Day 4: Tiberias Begin the day boarding a wooden boat for Ginnosar – sailing in the footsteps of Jesus! Drive to the Mount of Beatitudes to reflect on the new commandment Jesus taught here. Then descend the hillside (twenty minutes by foot or by bus) to Tabgha (Heptagon, visiting the Church of Loaves and Fishes as well as the Church of Mensa Christi, where, after the resurrection, Jesus appeared to his disciples on the lakeshore Continue to Capernaum to see the house of Peter and the synagogue where Jesus preached and cast out demons. Visit Golan Heights where we will stop at a former Israeli military outpost to hear about the Yom Kippur War Return to the Sea of Galilee

Day 5: Tiberias / Jerusalem Depart the Sea of Galilee and stop at the Jordan River for baptism or renewal of baptismal vows Then on to Beth Shean, a magnificent Roman town, with its colonnaded streets, bathhouses, and theater with outstanding acoustics. Pass Mount Gilboa, where King Saul and his sons were slain in battle, and head down the Jordan Valley to Jericho, the world’s oldest city, climbing the Tel to view the ancient towers and the Mount of Temptation, marking Jesus’ temptation by Satan in the wilderness Continue to Qumran, the ancient settlement, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were written and hidden until their discovery in 1947

Day 6: Jerusalem Ascend the Mount of Olives for a breath-taking view of the Old City and descend on the traditional Palm Sunday Road to the Church of Dominus Visit the Garden of Gethsemane to marvel at the gnarled olive trees and join in prayer Visit Ophel Ridge to view Herod’s Temple Mount where Jesus and his disciples often trod. Visit Mount Zion to see the Church of St. Peter in Gallicantu, where Jesus may have been questioned before Caiaphas. See the Upper Room, the traditional site of the Last Supper. Walk through the underground tunnels to see the remnants of the Temple Mount of Jesus’ day

Day 7: Jerusalem This morning, we begin at the Western (Wailing) Wall and continue to the Temple Mount to view the Dome of the Rock Travel to the Shepherds’ Fields to rejoice over the glad tidings of the birth of Jesus. Return to Bethlehem to visit the Church of the Nativity and stop for olive wood and mother-of-pearl crafts that have been produced for centuries Hear a presentation from a Palestinian Christian spokesman on the struggles of their community to live in dignity and peace

Day 8: Jerusalem Enter the Old City through Jaffa Gate and the Jewish Quarter View a scale model of the City of Jerusalem of Jesus’ Day and the Shrine of the Book, where the Dead Sea Scrolls are displayed Visit the Hertzl Museum and the Yad Vashem museum and memorial to the Holocaust

Day 9: Jerusalem This morning, we begin at the Pools of Bethesda and visit the adjoining Crusader Church of St. Anne Proceed up the Via Dolorosa to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher Celebrate a communion celebration at Golgotha and the Garden Tomb Afternoon at leisure for shopping or additional sightseeing

Day 10: Emmaus / Depart for home Hotel check-out Morning at leisure to explore the Old City Visit Emmaus for a possible worship service attendance at the site of the post-resurrection revelation of Jesus to his disciples Transfer to the airport for the late night or early morning return flight home

Day 11: Return home Return to the USA

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A pilgrimage to the Holy Land is a rare and privileged event. Every person of faith should make such a trip a priority in one's life. However, great care is needed to make sure the experience reflects the intent of the traveler. Without careful planning, advanced preparation and attention to details while in the Holy Land, the pilgrimage can fall short of expectations. Faith Journey's is a trusted, experienced partner who can make sure your journey is a critical step towards a deeper communion with Our Savior and his people.
Deacon Bill Garrett, Archdiocese of Atlanta and President Cristo Rey Atlanta Jesuit High School