13 Days Pilgrimage to the Holy Land and Egypt - July 09 -21, 2021 - Pr. Jamie Olson & Pr. Matthew Best

13 Days Pilgrimage to the Holy Land and Egypt - July 09 -21, 2021 - Pr. Jamie Olson & Pr. Matthew Best

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Day 1: Departure from USA
• Depart for your overnight flights to the Holy Land.

Day 2: Arrive Tel Aviv, Transfer to Tiberius, Nazareth .
Arrive at Ben Gurion Airport, Tel Aviv. Meet an Assist by your Guide, then transfer to your hotel in Tiberius or Nazareth, approximately two hours’ drive.
Dinner and overnight in the hotel in Tiberias or Nazareth.

Day 3: Nazareth , Mount Tabor, Cana of Galilee
Begin the day with a visit to Nazareth, the town where Jesus grew up. Visit the Basilica of Annunciation marking the annunciation by the Angel Gabriel of the birth of Jesus. See Mary’s well and the grotto, believed to have been the home of the Virgin Mary; the centuries-old Church of St. Gabriel. Continue to Cana of Galilee, where Jesus performed His first miracle of turning water into wine during a wedding feast. See the Wedding Church. End the day going to Mt. Tabor and visit the beautiful two-level Basilica of the Transfiguration, marking the Transfiguration of Jesus before Peter and James and talking with Moses and Elias. Enjoy the breathtaking view of the valley below.

Dinner and overnight in the hotel in Tiberias or Nazareth.

Day 4: Banias, Sea of Galilee
After breakfast we drive to Golan Height to visit Caesarea Philippi which became an important Christian pilgrimage destination as the place where Jesus asked the disciples “Who do people say I am ?". Drive back to Tiberius to Follow the footsteps of Jesus’ ministry in the villages around the Sea of Galilee, begin with a visit to Capernaum, often called the hometown of Christ. Capernaum is where Jesus healed a centurion’s servant, Peter’s mother-in-law, and many others who were brought to Him. See the church marking St. Peter’s house. Continue to Tabgha and visit the church of Multiplication of the Loaves and Fish, commemorating Jesus’ miracle of feeding 5,000 men. See the Church of St. Peter’s Primacy, where Jesus appeared to the disciples after the resurrection. The next stop is Mt. of Beatitudes, the hill where He preached the Sermon on the Mount to the multitudes that stood below. The journey continues as you are welcome to take a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee and remember the events which took place in the area. 
Dinner and overnight in the hotel in Tiberias or Nazareth.

Day 5: Mount Carmel, Coastal Plains. 
Today we drive to Megiddo, one of the chariot cities of King Solomon and the battlefield of many important battles throughout history and the site where the book of revelation places the final battle. Drive to Mt. Carmel, visit the Muhraka site “The place of burning”. Tradition has it that this was the very Biblical site where the prophet Elijah fought the prophets of Baal (1 Kings 18:16-45). Proceed to the Hanging Gardens of Haifa, also known as the Terraces of Baha’i Faith. These garden terraces form the Shrine of the Baal on Mount Carmel. Described as the Eighth Wonder of the World, they are one of the most visited tourist attractions in the country. Drive to Caesarea Maritima, a city and harbor built by Herod the Great about XXV-XIII BC. Today, its ruins lie on the Mediterranean coast of the Holy Land about halfway between the cities of Tel Aviv and Haifa. It is here that Apostle Peter baptized Cornelius the Centurion and following it established there a church. Drive to Bethlehem through Jerusalem.
Dinner and overnight at hotel in Bethlehem. 

Day 6: Bethlehem, Shepherd’s field, Mount Zion

We start our day of visiting Beth Sahour to visit the Shepherds’ Fields, identified with shepherds who saw the star of Nativity. Continue to Bethlehem visit the Nativity Church, Chapel of the Innocents, Church of St. Katherine, and the Manger Square. From there we drive to Mt. Zion to visit the church of St. Peter’s in Gallicantu the church of the Dormition, King David’s Tomb, and Room of the Last Supper. 
Dinner and overnight at hotel in Bethlehem.

Day 7: Dead Sea, Jericho.
Drive to the Dead Sea, via the Judean hills. Your drive continues from there along the shores of the Dead Sea, to the desert fortress of Masada. Then we drive to Qumran where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered. Visit the remains of the Community Center of the Essences and the Caves of the Scrolls. From there we drive to a private beach on the Dead Sea for a dip in the salt and mineral laden. Drive to Jericho which has been the cradle of civilization as far back as 7,000 to 10,000 B.C. It was the first city taken by the oldest cities in the world. It was the first city taken by the tribes of Israel after they crossed the river Jordan .In Jericho, Christ cured a blind man It was here that the chief tax collector Zacchaeus, who was short of stature, climbed a sycamore tree so that he could see Jesus, View Mount of Temptation situated in the northwest of Jericho over-looking the world’s most ancient city. Finally, we visit the Yardaneet, the traditional baptismal site on the river Jordan. 
Dinner and overnight at hotel in Bethlehem.

Day 8: Mount of Olives, Via Dolorosa, Holy Sepulcher 
Begin your visit with one of the most magnificent views in the world: ancient Jerusalem as seen from the top of the Mt. of Olives. Visit the Pater Noster Church, where the Prayer “Our Father” in inscribed in dozens of languages, Church of Ascension, marking the place where Jesus ascended to Heaven. Then down the Mt. of Olives in the footsteps of Jesus take the Palm Sunday Walk. Stop at Dominus Flevit (‘the Lord Wept’). Continue to the Garden of Gethsemane see the Rock of Agony where Jesus prayed for God’s will to be done. Begin the day with a walk in the Old City of Jerusalem. Among others today we shall see the Holy Sepulcher, the Western Wall, the Dome of the Rock, “Ecce Homo” Arch, Pilate’s Judgment Hall, chapel of the Flagellation, Via Dolorosa, St. Anne’s Church and Bethesda. 
In the afternoon enjoy a free time in the old city of Jerusalem. 
Dinner and overnight at hotel in Bethlehem.

Day 9: Departure for Egypt
Crossing Egypt at the Red Sea border town of Taba. Transfer to St. Catherine for overnight.

Day 10: St. Catherine, Cairo
Optional camel ride and climb up Mount Sinai in the early morning then after the breakfast a full day tour of the Mt. Sinai area including St. Catherine’s Monastery, seeing the Well of Jethro and visiting the monastery, which was built in sixth century at the same site of the burning bush where Moses beheld the miracle and heard God tell him to lead Israel out of bondage, drive to Cairo through the wilderness of Sin (manna). Enroute visit the Spring of Marah. Arrive in Cairo and transfer to the hotel for relaxing and overnight.

Day 11: Cairo
After breakfast enjoy sightseeing journey. Visit one of the Seven Wonders of the World, the Pyramids of Giza and the Great Sphinx, that large statue that is one of the most famous monuments in the world then transport to the Coptic area to visit the Hanging churches.

Day 12 Cairo
After breakfast, visit the Egyptian Museum where we’ll find the greatest Collections of Egyptian antiquities in the world. It is also the home of King Tut treasures. At night enjoy a farewell dinner.
Free time to visit the famed Khan El-Khalili (bazaar).

Day 13: Departure
Return to the UNITED STATES. 

Trip Date:  July 09 -21, 2021

Departure City: Washington, DC (other cities available)
Price: $3990.00

Package price includes the following:

  • Round trip airline tickets.
  • Meet & Assist at Ben Gurion Airport upon arrivals and departures.
  • Three night’s accommodation in Tiberius in double occupancy with breakfast and dinner.
  • Four night’s accommodation in Bethlehem in double occupancy with breakfast and dinner
  • Three night’s accommodation in Egypt in double occupancy with breakfast and dinner
  • 12 days sightseeing in modern air conditioned private bus.
  • English speaking government licensed guide on duty.
  • Entrance fees to places of interests whilst on tour
  • Special dinner at oriental restaurant with folklore show.
  • Honorariums for speakers
  • Lunches daily
  • Egypt entry visa and border taxes

Package price does not include the following:

  • Soft drinks.
  • Tips for Guide, Driver and hotels.
  • All Personal Expenses.
  • Travel Insurance.