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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