Walk The Jesus Trail in the Holy Land
A Walking Pilgrimage12 Days
Your trip includes
- Round-trip airfare
- All airport taxes & fuel surcharges
- Hotel accommodations (or similar) in double occupancy
- ~ 2 nights: Legacy, Nazareth
- ~ 3 nights: Magdala, Tiberias
- ~ 5 nights: Olive Tree,Jerusalem
- Breakfast & Dinner daily
- 9 restaurant, lunch box or picnic lunches
- Wine & mineral water with dinners
- Transportation by air-conditioned motor coach
- Free Wi-Fi on motor coach
- Free Water on motor coach
- Whisper Headsets where needed
- Assistance of Christian guide throughout
- Whisper Headsets
- Transfers as per itinerary
- Sightseeing and admissions fees as per itinerary
- Catholic Priest, Mass daily & Spiritual activities
- Tips to hotel staff & restaurants
- Luggage handling (1 piece per person)
- Tips to your guide & driver
Day 1, Depart for the Holy Land
Make your way to your local airport where you will board your overnight flight. Your meals will be served on board.
Day 2, Arrive in Tel Aviv - Nazareth
Upon arrival at Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv, make your way to the baggage claim area and collect your luggage. Proceed to the Arrival's Hall, where you will be greeted by your tour guide and/or driver. Transfer to your hotel in Nazareth to check-in. Enjoy dinner at the hotel before retiring for the evening.
Day 3: Mt of Precipice – Zippori – Mash’had – Nazareth
We start the day at Mount of Precipice where we enjoy a view of the Valley of Armageddon and from where we start a walk along the Gospel - Jesus Trail that would take us to the city of Sepphoris where its believed by scholars that Jesus as well as St Joseph would have been engaged in construction business, the Gospels describe Joseph as a Tekton, which means a builder and the highest level of that artisan work is carpentry. Our visit to Sepphoris will include seeing the water system of the city, its fancy colonnaded streets and the Villas from 3rd - 4th century decorated by what is considered as the fanciest mosaic floors discovered in the country to include the famous mosaic floor known as the Mona Lisa of Galilee. Continue with visit to the Church of the Annunciation where we would celebrate mass followed by visit of the church to include the Church museum, Basilica, Grotto and St Joseph workshop, walk along the pilgrims path to Mary’s well visiting the Greek Orthodox Church. Meet our bus and return to our hotel in Nazareth for dinner and overnight.
Day 4: Nazareth - Cana – Horns of Hattin – Arbel – Valley of the Doves – Magdala - Tiberias
After breakfast check out of our hotel to Cana of Galilee where Jesus preformed his first miracle canning water to wine. We depart by bus picking on the Gospel trail at the Horns of Hittim where the decisive battle fought between the Crusader armies and that of Saladin, from here we walk along the wheat fields recalling Jesus encounter with the Pharisees on a Sabbath where his disciples where busy picking some head of wheat and hence the comment of the pharisees about Jesus disciples doing work on the Sabbath. We carry on to the cliffs of Arbel overlooking the ancient passageways that lead to the Sea of Galilee passing by the ruins of the village of Arbel where a 2000 years old synagogue was discovered. From the peak of the cliffs we enjoy a panoramic view of the Sea of Galilee and the hills of Galilee where our guide will orient us about the ancient travel routes walked along Galilee during Jesus time and into the valley of the Doves leading us to Magdala. The home town of Mary Magdalene where we see the ruins of the Synagogue from time of Jesus which surely Jesus would have taught at, we see the Kathisma stone of the Synagogue enriched with carvings modelling the Temple of Jerusalem to include the menorah carvings considered the oldest to be found in Galilee, we explore the remains of the town famous for its fishing industry and visit the church of Duc In Altum called after the words of Jesus to Simon Peter “put out in deep water” famous for its boat altar. Check into our hotel located along the Gospel Trail for dinner and overnight.
Day 5: Tiberias - Mt of Beatitudes – Sour Coves – Tabgha – Primacy – Bay of Parable – Capernaum – boat ride - Tiberias
After breakfast we start the day with Mass at Mt of Beatitudes, we then pick up on the Gospel trail walking the Mount of Beatitude toward the shoreline of the Sea of Galilee where we stop to visit the Eremos cave “Solitary” where Jesus would have retreated to pray at the foot of the Mountain, next we walk to visit the church of the multiplication of fish and loaves and the Primacy of St Peter Church at Tabgha where we would see 2 of the 7 springs that nourished that area which was the center of Jesus activity of shores of the Sea of Galilee recalling many of Jesus activities at this spot; calling of his first disciples, healing of women suffering from bleeding, feeding of then multitude, miraculous catch of the fish and where Jesus appeared to his disciples after the resurrection instating Peter as the first Pope. We carry along the shores of Galilee stopping mid-way between Capernaum and Tabhga at the Sowers cove where Jesus taught the famous parable reaching Capernaum called by the Gospel “Jesus home town” where we visit the ancient Synagogue and Peters house. Time for reflection and prayer. Meet our bus and we return to our hotel for dinner and overnight.
Day 6: The Land of the Gathering: Peace Vista – Hippos – Kursi – Bethsaida
After breakfast. Start the day with Mass, then we drive to the eastern shores of Galilee up the Golan Heights to Peace Vista from where we have a view over the land of the Decapolis referred to in the Gospels as the land of the Gerasenes, also as the land of the Gadarenes. We walk the ancient Roman road leading to the Hippos a member of the Decapolis passing by ancient burial places mentioned in Gospels where the demon possessed man would have spent the night, we climb and visit the ruins of the city perched on a cliff seeing the ruins of the Temple dedicated probably to the God called Pan where later a huge Byzantine Basilica was built. Some scholars believe that this is the city Jesus referred to as the City located on a high Mountain. Carry on along the ancient road to Kursi, where Jesus healed the demon possessed man. We meet our bus and drive to Bethsaida the hometown of 5 of Jesus disciples. Return to our hotel for dinner and overnight. Sea of Galilee (B.L.D)
Day 7: Mt. Tabor - Bet Arabah Baptismal site - Jerusalem
Following our breakfast, we will depart to visit Mt. Tabor the site of Jesus Transfiguration. Upon reaching the foot of the Mountain we will walk up the Mountain reaching the Franciscan complex for visit and celebrate Mass. We will walk down the Mountain enjoying great views over the Jezreel Valley surrounded by the Hills of Galilee and Samaria. Meet our bus and start our drive along the Jordan valley stopping at Beth Arabah where Jesus was baptized. We start our ascent to Jerusalem. Check into our hotel for dinner and overnight.
Day 8: Tayelet view of Jerusalem – Mar Elias – Kathisma Church (Joseph and Mary stopped on the way to Bethlehem) – Bethlehem – Shepherds’ Field On the footsteps of the Holy Family
After breakfast we drive to the Tayelet of Armon Hanziv nearby the UN headquarter for a view over Jerusalem and the Temple Mt along the way between Bethlehem and Jerusalem, the Holy Family would have taken this route on their way to the Temple of Jerusalem for the presentation of the newly born King. On to Kathisma “resting place” where we see the ruins of the Byzantine church nearby the well of the water which was a resting sport for travelers from Bethlehem to Jerusalem and following tradition its where the Holy Family would have rested along the way. On to Shepherd field visiting the Franciscan complex of the Shepherd field where the Angels appeared to the Shepherds announcing the birth of the Messiah. This afternoon we walk through the city of Bethlehem starting at the ancient location of Ephrata toward the manager square and the Church of the Nativity where we visit the birthplace of Christ and celebrate Mass. Return to our hotel for dinner and overnight.
Day 9: Bethphage – Pater Noster – panoramic view – Palm Sunday – Dominus Flevit – Kidron Valley – Pool of Siloam
After breakfast we start our day long walk following the footsteps of Jesus at Bethphage located a stone throw distance from Bethany, where Jesus would have started his Palm Sunday walk, we visit Bethphage, ascending the eastern. Slopes of the Mt of Olives to Pater Noster where Jesus taught his disciples the Lord’s prayer and from where he was taken into heaven, then for a panoramic view over the Holy City of Jerusalem. Carry on along Palm Sunday road stopping at Dominus Flevit from where Jesus wept the city, then to the Garden of Gethsemane for visit and mass. This afternoon we walk along the Kidron valley seeing Absalom Tomb, view the pinnacle of Temple, along the Gihon spring and the City of David pausing to view the water gate ending at the pool of Siloam where Jesus sent the blind man to wash at. Return to our hotel for dinner and a well-deserved overnight.
Day 10: Wadi Qelt waterfall – St. George – Jericho – Dead Sea
After Breakfast, we depart to the Judean wilderness where Jesus spent 40 days and Tempted by the devil. Celebrate Mass in the wilderness, then walk along the ancient Roman road recalling Jesus teaching the parable of the Good Samaritan along the road from Jericho to Jerusalem, following the ancient aqueduct we would walk along the Valley reaching St George’s Monastery where according to tradition Joachin retreated to in the desert and the angel appeared to him telling him that Anne will be with a child “the Virgin Mary”. Carry on along the valley reaching Jericho seeing the ruins of the Herodian palaces where King Herod died at and later on the palace became the inheritance of his son Archeleaus who lost his kingdom and probably was the background stay for Jesus Parable of the prodigal son. This afternoon we visit Jericho seeing the Sycamore tree and Tel Jericho location of the old testament city destroyed by Joshua from where we view the Mt of Temptations. We end the day at the shores of the Dead Sea for a swim in its unique mineral waters. Return to Jerusalem for Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem.
Day 11: Via Dolorosa – Holy Sepluchre – Mt Zion – free afternoon
Early in the morning we depart hotel to walk the Via Dolorosa (14 Stations of the Cross). Stopping at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre where we celebrate Mass and visit the Church. Back to hotel for breakfast. Later in morning we will visit St Peter in Gallicantu where Caiaphas house stood, then a visit to the upper room, King David Tomb and the church of the Dormition. Walk through the Jewish quarter for a visit ending our journey at the Wailing Wall Judaism holiest place. Lunch on your own and the rest of the day at leisure. Tonight we meet for our farewell dinner at the Wine and Cheese Restaurant on the Rooftop of the Notre Dame guest house. Overnight Jerusalem.
Day 12, Return Flights Home
After an early breakfast and heartfelt farewells, transfer to the Tel Aviv airport for return flights home.*206 Tours Disclaimer:
Occasionally local religious and national holidays, weather, traffic conditions and other events may necessitate changes in the sequence of events or the missing of certain events/places. Though every effort will be made to follow the itinerary, it should be considered as an indication, rather than a contract of events and places to be visited.
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Wheel Chair Access in the Holy Land
About your trip
About The Holy Land - In the footsteps of Jesus:
If you desire to draw closer to Jesus of Nazareth, come, as we follow in His footsteps. You will have time to renew and affirm your faith each day of your pilgrimage; to pray and reflect. The Scriptures will come alive as you visit Our Lord's homeland. You will be inspired by the natural beauty of the landscape, in addition to its rich historical heritage. It is an encounter that has changed the lives of many pilgrims, an act of faith and prayer. Pilgrims have been traveling to the Holy Land for hundreds of years, and as part of your pilgrimage, we include many of the rich traditions that have evolved over time. The maxim at the entrance to the Church of the Nativity says: "We are hoping that: If you enter here as a tourist, you would exit as a pilgrim. If you enter here as a pilgrim, you would exit as a holier one." We pray that same will occur when you join this 206 Tours pilgrimage.