An Inter-Faith Pilgrimage into the Holy Land

For millenia, the Holy Land, nestled between the Mediterranean and the Arabian Desert, has been home to the three Abrahamitic faiths – Judaism, Christianity and Islam. This tour features is key sites and introduces you to their unique heritage and beliefs by putting you in direct contact with the local population.

Day 1
Arrival Day

Arrival at Tel Aviv Airport. After immigration, customs and formalities you will meet your guide and driver and board your bus heading to Nazareth. Arrive at your hotel for dinner and overnight.

Day 2
Nazareth & the North

After breakfast, group gathering at the Synagogue Church in Nazareth. Visit the site of a 1st century CE synagogue where Jesus worshipped as a young man and began his public ministry. Visit the Basilica of the Annunciation and see the remains of the 1st entury house of Mary, where the angel appeared to her and blessed her with the news of childbearing, and the modern church built above it. Visit the carpentry and synagogue. Continue to Haifa to visit Stella Maris and the Baha’i temple carving the Carmel Mountain into beautiful gardens. Also, visit the old markets and fortresses of Acre then return to hotel in Nazareth for overnight and dinner.

Day 3
Along the Shore of the Sea of Galiee – Interfaith Dinner

After breakfast, head to the Sea of Galilee. You will visit Capernaum with its church built on the traditional site of Peter’s house, and then visit the Church Benedictine of Taghba, where the miracle of Fish & Loaves took place. You will also enjoy a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee.

Continue to Safed, the historic center of Jewish mysticism and learn about its history, traditions and current situation. Later on, return to Nazareth for a communal dinner with Christian, Muslim and Jewish members of the community arranged by Sabeel Nazareth.

Day 4
Along the Mediterranean – Wahat al-Salam

Depart from the Galilee and head to Caesarea, once being the capital city under Roman rule, and view the archeological sites and then head to Wahat al-Salam (Oasis of Peace) a community of Christians, Muslims and Jews living on a piece of land provided by a local Christian monastery. Here, the residents live out the ideal of peace, with common schools, integrated housing and a jointly-elected governance. After the tour and a meeting with some residents and representatives you will head to Jerusalem and check in at your hotel for dinner and overnight.

Day 5
Jerusalem – City of Three Faiths

After breakfast, head to old city of Jerusalem. Here you will visit the Western Wall and southern steps of the Second Temple, once the religious center of ancient Israelite life.

Continue to al-Haram al-Sharif visiting al-Aqsa Mosque and The Dome of the Rock (entry usually not permitted). Then, move on for a visit to the Islamic museum and  meet with representatives of the Islamic faith for an overview on recent developments.

Continue on the path of sorrow, the Via Dolorosa the traditional path of Christian pilgrims recalling the final sufferings of Jesus, reaching the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, the ancient shrine built on the traditional site of Jesus’ death, burial and resurrection. Return to hotel for dinner and overnight.

Day 6
Around the Old City – Mt. of Olives and Mt. Zion

Start the tour by coach to the Mt. of Olives, for a panoramic view of the ancient city. Continue down to the garden of Gethsemane and the tomb of the Virgin Mary. Enter the city through St. Stephens’ Gate to visit the Pools of Bethesda at St. Anne’s Church. Return to the coach and head to Mt. Zion for a prayer service in the Upper Room, the site Jesus is said to have offered the Last Supper to his disciples. A room venerated by the three Abrahamic faiths. Then, also visit the Tomb of King David located below the Upper Room. Arrive at your hotel in Bethlehem for dinner and overnight.

Day 7
Bethlehem and Hebron

In the morning, board your coach and head to the ancient church built by Constantine which was constructed above the lower grotto marking the traditional spot of the birth of Jesus. Continue to the church of St. Catherine and the Milk grotto.

Continue your visit heading south to Hebron. Here you will visit the Old City and the shrine built by Herod the Great over the tombs of Abraham and Sarah, Isaac and Rebekah, and Jacob and Leah. Part of this shrine is a mosque and the other is a synagogue dedicated to the same prophets. Return to your hotel for dinner and overnight

Day 8
Dheisheh Refugee Camp, Ein Karem, Jericho

You will start you visit today to Dheisheh refugee camp to learn about the plight of Palestinian Christians and Muslims, followed by a meeting with organizations that support the community. Depart Bethlehem and head to the village of Ein Karem for a visit and continue to visit Bethany (al-Eizariya). This town was the home of Martha and Mary and their brother Lazarus, whom Jesus raised from the dead. Continue to Jericho where you will arrive at your hotel for dinner and overnight.

Day 9
Jericho, Qumran, Massada, and the Dead Sea

After Breakfast, visit the oldest inhabited city in the world, celebrating its 10,000th anniversary. Here you will visit the ruins of the ancient city and head up to the Mt. of Temptation.

Continue south to visit Qumran, where the Dead Sea scrolls were found by a shepherd and then onto Massada, a stronghold of the Jews against the Zealots. Arrive at the Dead Sea for a swim and to enjoy its mineral rich waters. Return to Jericho for dinner and overnight.

Day 10
Ein Gedi Nature Reserve

Spend the day at your leisure during a visit to Ein Gedi Reserve and enjoy the nature and wilderness of the Judean dessert OR stay in Jericho to enjoy the weather, some shopping and relaxation by the pool. Dinner and overnight in Jericho.

Day 11
Departure Day

Depart to the airport for your flight home or extensions.

Tour Details

Including

All our tours are private tours including private transportation and private guiding.

  • Meet & Assist at Tel Aviv Airport.
  • 10 nights stay in mentioned places in good middle class hotels or church guesthouses (please tell us about your preferences), all overnight stays incl. breakfast.
  • All mentioned sightseeing tours, including transportation by private modern & tourism-licensed a/c vehicles (according to group size).
  • Professional guiding by a qualified & tourism-licensed guide.
  • Numerous encounters with believers of Judaism, Islam and Christianity.
  • Chances to meet local congregations and attend local services (please let us know about your interests at the time of booking).
  • Half board (breakfast + dinner, excl. beverages).
  • Recommended gratuities.
  • Travel Security Consultation prior to and throughout your tour.

Prices

All prices are inclusive of all mentioned services and valid throughout the year except major holidays during the high season. Please inquire for details.

  • Private tour, 1 to 2 people: Please inquire for individual pricing.
  • Private tour, 5 to 9 people: 1980 €
  • Private tour, 10 to 17 people: 1455 €
  • Private tour, 18 to 26 people: 1285 €
  • Private tour, 27 to 36 people: 1150 €
  • Private tour, 37 and more: Please inquire for individual pricing.

Customize Your Tour

Please feel free to provide us with your own ideas and preferences about your tour. Our travel professionals will be happy to tailor your personalized tour exactly as you want it to be!

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