7 Day Holy Land Pilgrimage Tour

  Our Pilgrimage Study Tours combine visits to the important religious sites, with an in-depth look    at the status of Christianity in the Holy Land today, and the modern dynamic between the local Christians, their clerics and institutions, and the governments of Israel and the Palestinian Authority.You will explore the roots of Christianity at the source of your faith, and be challenged by the social and political analysis presented by your guide and the Palestinian Christians you’ll meet on the journey. You’ll also have the opportunity to hold discussions with believers of other faiths, Palestinians and Israelis who are struggling for social and political justice in a difficult environment.

The following 7-day itinerary covers the highlights of the country and offers a wide variety of meaningful experiences. You can reserve one or our scheduled tours or book a private tour for yourself, your family or a group.Click here for inquiries about a private tour.

2011 Scheduled Tours

14th – 20th November
22nd – 28th December

Day 1 – 09.00 Pickup in Tel Aviv/Jaffa
• Travel north from Tel Aviv to Roman city of Caesaria, seat of power and the governor in the time of Jesus. Modern private community of Caesaria, home of Israel’s richest and most powerful today.
• Lunch in ‘Ein Hawd, a former ‘unrecognized village’ and meeting with Muhammad abu Al Heja, a son of the village who has helped transform it. Visit artists village of Ein Hod.
• View point of Haifa and visit to Wadi Nisnas market and neighbourhood.
Overnight in Nazareth.
Day 2 – Nazareth historical sites, churches, and contemporary life. Owing to its religious status, the residents of Nazareth survived the 1948 war relatively unscathed, and today it is the largest Palestinian town in Israel, surrounded by the Israeli town of Upper Nazareth.
• Lunch in Nazareth.
• Visit Capernaum, where Jesus preached and conducted miracles.
• Mount of Beatitudes and Tabgha, sites of the ministry of Jesus by the sea of Galilee
• Travel to Golan Hights, Syrian border, demolished villages.
Overnight in Nazareth.
Day 3 –  Jordan Valley (meet local and international activists), Learn about the dispossession of the Jordan Valley Palestinian Arab and Bedouin communities.
• Visit Jericho, ascend by cable car to the monastery on the Mount of Temptation. See the amazing mosaics at Hisham’s Palace.
• Visit Qumran where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered.
• Float in the Dead sea
Overnight in Bethlehem
Day 4  – Bethlehem – Church of Nativity where Jesus was born
• Old City, Shephard’s Field, Mar Saba,
• Visit Aida refugee camp and see walk the Separation Wall which divides Bethlehem from Jerusalem. Palestinians need permits to enter Jerusalem and few are granted.
• visit local Christian cleric. Meet Bethlehem peace organisation, church group or NGO.
Overnight in Bethlehem
Day 5 – Morning: Visit local Israel settlement – meet settlers. Learn why the Israelis chose to live in communities in the Occupied territories. Discussion with settlers.
• Lunch
• transfer to Jerusalem. Mount of Olives, Bethphage, Garden of Gethsemanie.
Overnight in Jerusalem
Day 6 – Saturday – Jerusalem Old City – All four quarters, Via Dolorosa, Room of the Last supper, Western Wall, Church of the Holy Sepulcher, meet local Christian cleric
• Lunch
• Tour Greater Jerusalem with ICAHD, Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions. Briefing with maps.  Learn about the displacement of Jerusalem’s Christians & Muslims. Jewish and Palestinian neighborhoods & settlements. Separation Wall.
Overnight in Jerusalem
Day 7 – (optional church service) West Jerusalem
• Lunch
• Free time, shopping etc.
Overnight in Jerusalem – Festive dinner
Day 8 – Departure. Transfer to airport or continue with independent travel.

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