HOLY LAND & TURKEY
HOLY LAND AND TURKEY
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Day 1 : LOS ANGELES - ISTANBUL
Day 2 : ISTANBUL – 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
After breakfast, drive to Mount of Olives for a visit to the Ascension Chapel and then to Pater Noster Church. Walk down to the small Chapel of Dominus Flevit and enjoy a panoramic view of the Holy City with all its major shrines. Continue to the Garden of Gethsemane for a visit to the Church of Agony (called also of All Nations) and Mary’s Tomb in the Josaphat Valley. In the afternoon, explore Mount of Zion: St. Peter in Gallicantu, David’s Tomb, the Last Supper Room (The Cenacle) and the Dormition Abbey. Then entering Zion’s Gate, walk through the Cardo Maximum and the Jewish Quarter to the Wailing Wall. Continue in a panoramic tour through the new city of Jerusalem for a visit to the Shrines of Ein Karem: The Visitation and St. John the Baptist churches. Back to your hotel in Bethlehem for dinner and overnight.
Day 8 : OLD CITY OF JERUSALEM
Breakfast. transfer to the Lions’ Gate and enter the Old City for a visit to St. Anne Church and the Pool of Bethesda. Continue then walking through the Via Dolorosa (the Way of the Cross) to the Basilica of the Holy Sepulcher for a detailed visit to Mount Calvary, the Holy Tomb and St. Helen Chapel. Back to your hotel in Bethlehem for dinner and overnight. Special dinner with folkloric dance group at the Tent Restaurant.
Day 9 : BETHLEHEM – ABU GOSH – JAFFA
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.
Day 10 : BETHLEHEM – TEL AVIV – ISTANBUL
Light breakfast. Transfer to Tel Aviv airport to board your flight to Istanbul. Arrive, meet and transfer to your hotel. Rest of the day at leisure. Dinner and overnight.
Day 11 : ISTANBUL: AGIA SOPHIA, BLUE MOSQUE – GRAND BAZAAR
After breakfast, visit the famous Agia Sophia and the Blue Mosque In the afternoon visit of the famous Grand Bazaar. Dinner and overnight in Istanbul.
Day 12 : ISTANBUL: TOPKAPI PALACE MUSEUM – BOSPHOROS CRUISE
After breakfast visit to Topkapi Palace with its valuable treasures. In the afternoon you will take a cruise on Bosphoros and visit the Grand Bazaar. Dinner and overnight at your hotel in Istanbul.
Day 13 : ISTANBUL: UNDERGROUND CISTERNS – CHORA – SPICES MARKET
Breakfast, visit the Underground (Yerebatan) Cistern and Chora Church. In the afternoon visit of Egyptian market (Spice Market). Dinner and overnight in Istanbul.
Day 14 : ISTANBUL – USA
Breakfast at the hotel and transfer to Istanbul airport to board your flight back to the USA.
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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.