The Holy Land is considered to be the region of what is today Israel and Palestine. Though a relatively small region of the world, it is filled with history, culture, various peoples and most of all, places of significance to the three Abrahamic faiths: Christianity, Judaism and Islam. Traveling to the Holy Land is possible by three ways: by air through Ben Gurion Airport near Tel Aviv, by land through Jordan or Egypt, or by sea at one of two ports (Haifa and Ashdod). All visitors to the Holy Land require a passport valid six months prior to their date of entry. The local currency is the New Israeli Shekel (NIS), although US Dollars are accepted almost in every location. The Holy Land has a Mediterranean climate, with hot summers, warm springs and autumns, and wet winters.
The Holy Land is a safe, welcoming place for pilgrims; even during times of conflict in the region, pilgrims regularly safely arrive and leave after enjoying a full program.The regions that you will be visiting on your Holy Sepulcher Tours program are safe and hospitable to pilgrims.
Locations of the Holy Land
Jerusalem The city at the center of every pilgrimage to the Holy Land, Jerusalem is the spiritual center of the Christian faith. The Old City of Jerusalem includes the Via Dolorosa (the pilgrimage route of the retracing of the Stations of the Cross), the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, place of the crucifixion, burial and resurrection of Christ, and innumerable Christian churches. Here is also found the Western Wall, sacred to the Jewish people, and the Dome of the Rock, sacred to Muslims. Outside of the Old City is the Mount of Olives and Gethsemane, both important places to the story of Christ’s Passion.
Bethlehem The city of the birthplace of Jesus is just 12 miles to the south of the Old City of Jerusalem. The Church of the Nativity, one of the oldest continuously-used churches in the world, is built over the manger where Christ was born. A short walk away from the Church of the Nativity is the Milk Grotto, where Christ first nursed the infant Jesus.
Beit Sahur Located to the east of Bethlehem, this is the place where the angels told the shepherds of the birth of Christ in a manger. Beit Sahour is also associated with the fields of Boaz, important to Ruth, an important Old Testament figure. Today it is home to one of the largest Christian communities in the Holy Land.
Nazareth and Cana While Christ was born in Bethlehem, all but three years of his life were spent in the city of Nazareth in the lower Galilee. It is in the nearby city of Cana that Christ performed his first miracle (known as the Wedding of Cana), and from Nazareth that Christ set out to other parts of the Holy Land to begin his ministry and perform miracles. Today, the city of Nazareth marks an important place on the pilgrimage trail, and is also home to the largest church in the Middle East, the Basilica of the Annunciation, which is built over the structure held to be the home of the Holy Family.
Galilee The place of Christ’s ministry, important sights include the Sea of Galilee, Tiberias, Capernaum, the Mount of Beatitudes, Tabgha and the Church of Multiplication of the Loaves and Fishes, and the Primacy of Peter. Also found in the Galilee is Mount Tabor, held to be the place of the Transfiguration.
Since the beginning of Christian pilgrimage to the Holy Land, acquiring olive wood handicraft items have been an important part of pilgrimage to the Holy Land. Today, the tradition of olive wood handicraft production continues, principally in the Christian towns of Bethlehem and Beit Sahour. Holy Sepulcher Travel is a proud supplier of quality olive wood handicraft products made by our family members in the village of Beit Sahour. Our family has been producing olive wood products for Christian pilgrims for generations, and we are proud to carry on this tradition by introducing Americans to these special, care-crafted items.
USA Retailing Holy Sepulcher Travel is able to offer a wide array of olive wood products at competitive prices. All items are guaranteed to be produced in the Holy Land using quality olive wood. Our products include crosses, rosaries, Nativity Creches, figurines of Christ and more. We are able to ship to any location within the US and Canada.
Factory Tours While on Pilgrimage Our tour programs will include an option to visit an olive wood factory in Beit Sahour, as well as to shop for local olive wood products. This is an exciting opportunity to pick exactly what items you want, as well as to learn more how these products are constructed.
Customized Souvenirs and Keepsakes for Holy Sepulcher Travel Pilgrimages Why not make your next tour with Holy Sepulcher Travel something unique with a customized gift for each participant? Items such as crosses and rosaries can be ordered at affordable bulk prices, as can special custom items for tour group leaders, pastors and priests.
Contact us for more information on how to purchase olive wood handicraft items, or to see a full catalog of our available products.
Holy Sepulcher Travel is a US-based pilgrimage company, owned and operated by Christians from the village of Beit Sahour in the Holy Land. Beit Sahour is adjacent to the town of Bethlehem and is best known for being the place where the shepherds were told of the birth of Christ by the angels.
Although we have lived in the United States for many years and are proud citizens of our adopted nation, we still keep our ties to our home, and are proud to call ourselves “the living stones” of the Holy Land. For countless generations, our families tended sheep and cultivated olive trees in the Judean Hills of Bethlehem district, and lived the stories of the Bible as their own. We have taken the name “Holy Sepulcher Travel” so that our customers and clients know that we are Christian, faith-based company. Jerusalem is a sacred place, at the center of every pilgrimage to the Holy Land, and so is also at the center of our work. It is our honor and privilege to offer Christians from the United States the opportunity to experience the Holy Land and to know it as we know it.
Holy Sepulcher Travel specializes in providing customized parish and faith community tours for Catholic, Episcopalian, Baptist and other Christian denominations. We work with the needs and interests of each group to ensure that their experience is both fulfilling and affordable. We are a reliable, no-hassle pilgrimage company that values our customers and the trust that they put in us for this most important of journeys.
For more information about how you can begin organizing a pilgrimage to the Holy Land with us, click here or contact us by email and let us know how we can serve you. Sincerely; Holy Sepulcher Travel
Holy Sepulchre Travel is a full-service pilgrimage provider. We are able to provide “touch-down to take-off” services while in the Holy Land, with extensions to Egypt and Jordan available. Full-service means full service. If you choose to take Holy Sepulcher Travel to the Holy Land, you will receive an extensive tour itinerary that will cover all expenses with the exception of health and travel insurance and personal expenses, such as souvenirs and private meals and drinks separate from breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Here is what will be covered in each program: • A licensed guide throughout the entire trip to the Holy Land. • A comfortable taxi, VIP tour van or coach bus for all travel and transport. • All entrance fees for program activities and mass/service bookings. • Hotels providing clean and comfortable accommodation with breakfast and dinner served. • Lunches during programs. All of our service providers are known, trusted entities. We use local Christian guides and Christian-owned businesses for our programs as much as possible.
Types of Program Services We are able to offer programs for individual, couple, small group to large group programs. We specialize in parish/church group programs that will fit the spiritual needs and interests of your group and not simply “herding pilgrims” into a set program. Program organizers just need to communicate their interests and needs, and we will do the rest.
Non-Pilgrimage Tour Services We are also able to provide tour services for non-pilgrimage programs and individual travelers, be it for educational, business or personal trips. Transportation services, hotel booking and more are all available through us.
Have a special need or interest? Don’t be afraid to ask us. We can do it!