Day 2: Istanbul, Turkey - Tel Aviv
Day 3: Cana - Nazareth - Haifa
After breakfast, leave to Cana of Galilee: the place of the first miracle of Jesus. Continue to Nazareth and start a walking tour from Mary’s Fountain till the Basilica of the Annunciation for a visit to Mary’s House, the Upper Basilica, and the Church of the Holy Family. In the afternoon, leave to Haifa, capital of the industry and the major port. Ascend to Mount Carmel passing by the Persian Gardens of the Bahai sect. Visit the Church of Stella Maris, the birthplace of the Carmelite Order which contains a natural grotto of the Prophet Elijah. Back to your hotel in Nazareth for dinner and overnight.
Day 4: THE SEA OF GALILEE – MOUNT TABOR
After breakfast, leave to Mount of Beatitudes to recall the Sermon of the Mountain. Continue to Tabgha (Heptapegon) for a visit to the Church of the Multiplication of Fish and Loaves, admiring the well conserved Byzantine mosaic from the fifth century. Then visit the small chapel of the Primacy of St. Peter before heading to Capernaum, the Town of Jesus for a detailed visit of its ruins: the remains of the House of Peter, the “Insula Sacra” and the White Synagogue. Then, you will experience a boat ride crossing along the Sea of Galilee. In the afternoon, ascend to Mount Tabor and visit the Basilica of the Transfiguration, built of on the ruins of two earlier sanctuaries: Byzantine and Crusader. Descend and return to your hotel in Nazareth. Dinner and overnight.
Day 5: JORDAN VALLEY – JERICHO – DEAD SEA – QUMRAN – BETHLEHEM
After breakfast, drive through the Jordan Valley to Jericho, the oldest city in the world for a visit to Tel El-Sultan, the site of the biblical Jericho and view of Mount of Temptations. Enjoy a bath in the salty waters of the Dead Sea. In the afternoon, continue to Qumran for a visit to the ruins of the Essenes Monastery and view the Caves of the Dead Sea Scrolls. Then drive through the Judaean Desert, passing by the Good Samaritan Inn to Jerusalem for a first contact with the Holy City from Mount Scopus. Arrive to your selected hotel in Bethlehem for dinner and overnight.
Day 6 : BETHLEHEM – SHEPHERDS’ FIELD – NEW CITY OF JERUSALEM – EIN KAREM
After breakfast, start a detailed visit to the Basilica of the Nativity: the Grotto of Nativity, the Manger, St. Catherine Church, St. Joseph and St. Jerome Chapels. Continue to the village of Beit Sahour to visit the Shepherds’ Field with the natural grottos and the remains of the Byzantine churches and monasteries. In the afternoon driver in a panoramic tour of the new city of Jerusalem and continue to Ein Karem for a visit to church of St. John the Baptist and the sanctuary of the Visitation. Return to your hotel in Bethlehhem, dinner and overnight.
Day 7 : MOUNT OF OLIVES AND MOUNT ZION
Breakfast. (possible participation in the Sunday mass with the catholic community of Beit Sahour). Leave to Abu Gosh, one of the site considered as the Emmaus of the Gospels. Then continue to Jaffa, one of the most important ports in ancient times. The city was a place of apostolate for St. Peter. Visit the Church of St. Peter and walk through the old quarter. Return to your hotel in Bethlehem. Dinner and overnight.
What Is Included?
✅ Holy Land and Turkey
✅ Entry Fees
✅ Personal Guide
✅ Departure Taxes
✅ 5 Star Accommodation
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.