8 Nights / 11 Days
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A trip to the Bible Land is like no other. The words of the Book seem to jump off of the page and take on living color. They become charged with sights, smells and the experience of fellowship that will be revived every time you open the Bible or raise your voice in prayer and worship. Wherever you turn, the Land provides reminders of God's presence, His miracles and His plans. Walk where Jesus walked, pray where He prayed and leave a gift of compassion for those who labor in His land. Join us in watering the seeds of your faith and invest in your spiritual future.

 
 

Tour Itinerary

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

Day 2: Tel Aviv / Bethlehem Arrive at Ben Gurion Airport Meet your Faith Journeys Tour Manager who will assist the group to an awaiting chartered motorcoach for a transfer to Bethlehem Late afternoon hotel check-in

Day 3: Bethlehem / Hebron This morning we will travel to the Shepherd’s Fields to rejoice over the glad tidings of the birth of Jesus. We will return to Bethlehem to visit the Church of the Nativity and the Chapel of the Massacre of the Innocents. Visit Milk Grotto and Mamre, site of God’s promise to Abraham Take an excursion to Hebron where we will visit the 2000-year old Herodian building marking the Tomb of the Patriarchs, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob and their wives. Return to Bethlehem for time at leisure to shop for famous Bethlehem crafts Meet with a prominent member of the Palestinian Catholic community, to hear the struggles of Christians to maintain their faith in difficult times

Day 4: Bethlehem / Nazareth / Tiberias Drive to the Judean Desert via Bethany to stop at Wadi Qelt for a short devotion by the road of the Good Samaritan. Continue to Jericho, the world’s oldest city, climbing the ancient Tel to view the Mount of Temptation. We then drive through the Jordan Valley to Nazareth Visit the Church of the Annunciation and view the ruins of the ancient churches and remains of Nazareth of Jesus’ day. Continue to the Church of the Wedding at Cana where Jesus performed his first miracle of turning water into wine. Visit the baptismal site on the Jordan River

Day 5: Tiberias / Sea of Galilee Visit the Mount of Beatitudes then descend the hillside to Tabgha and visit the Church of Loaves and Fishes, marking Jesus’ miraculous feeding of the Five Thousand as well as the Church of the Primacy of Peter Continue to the headwaters of the Jordan at Banias – Caesarea Philippi, where Peter acknowledged Jesus as the Christ. Return to the Sea of Galilee and board a wooden boat for Tiberias – sailing in the footsteps of Jesus

Day 6: Tiberias / Caesarea / Jerusalem Ascend Mount Tabor for a breathtaking view over the Valley of Jezreel, Galilee, Gilead, and Samaria. Visit the Church of the Transfiguration. Travel across the Valley of Jezreel to ancient Har-Megiddo or Armageddon Continue to Caesarea to visit the aqueduct, the ancient Herodian harbor, the remains of the seaside palace of Pontius Pilate, and the theater. Continue through the Sharon Plain to the Holy City of Jerusalem. As we catch our first glimpse of the city from Mount Scopus, your guide will welcome you with a short ceremony of bread and salt

Day 7: Jerusalem We begin our day with a birds’ eye view of the Old City from the Mount of Olives and descend the traditional Palm Sunday Road, to the Church of Dominus. Continue to the Western (Wailing) Wall, a remnant of the Temple in which Jesus preached Continue to the Temple Mount, viewing the Muslim Dome of the Rock, built on the site of the Holy of Holies of the Temple. Visit the Crusader Church of St. Anne and the Pools of Bethesda, where Jesus healed the man paralyzed for 38 years. This evening we will walk through the underground tunnels to see the remnants of the Temple Mount of Jesus’ day

Day 8: Jerusalem / Qumran Valley Journey to the Dead Sea, the lowest point on the face of the earth, to enjoy a float and mud bath. Along the way, see the Qumran Valley where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered by a Bedouin shepherd in 1947 Return to Jerusalem and visit the Garden of Gethsemane. We will marvel at the gnarled ancient olive trees and meditate in the Church of the Agony. Drive to Mount Zion to visit the Church of St. Peter in Gallicantu, where Jesus may have been questioned before the High Priest Caiaphas, and visit the Upper Room, the traditional site of the Last Supper Hear from a peace activist on the current situation in the Holy Land and the prospects for peace in the future

Day 9: Jerusalem Rise early and proceed up the Via Dolorosa, the “Way of Sorrows.” Make our way past 14 Stations of the Cross and reflect on Christ’s suffering and sacrifice, and the gift of his life. Visit the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, proceeding to the Hill of Golgotha, the Chapel of the Skull of Adam, and the empty Tomb Afternoon at leisure for shopping, additional sightseeing, or reflection

Day 10: Emmaus / Tel Aviv Morning at leisure to explore the Old City Transfer to Emmaus where our journey will end. Here we will visit the site of the post-resurrection revelation of Jesus to his disciples. Continue to Tel Aviv for Farewell Dinner continue to the airport for a 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