Jesus’s Footsteps

Trip Highlights

  • Caesarea, Mt. Carmel, Acre
  • Masada, Ein Gedi and Dead Sea
  • Jordan River, Beatitudes, Sea of Galilee
  • Banias, Tel Dan, Golan Heights
  • Nazareth, Cana, Church of the Annunciation
  • Qumran, Dead Sea, Masada
  • Via Dolorosa, Holy Sepulcher, Western Wall
  • Bethlehem, Church of the Nativity, Shepherd's Field
  • Ein Karem, Church of the Visitation & House of Zacharias

Trip Highlights

Lifetime Discovery staff, designated specialists in the treasures of Christianity found in Israel, will welcome you the Ben Gurion International Airport and stay to the finish of what is hoped will be the discovery of a lifetime.  The discovery includes eight memorable days, designed especially to cover the trails important to Christian faith.  At the same time your journey will include insights regarding the narratives of Judaism and Islam to provide a collage of coexistence that is found in this piece of land like in no other, fragile but stable, and connected in one way or another to  all cultures the world-over.

* Rate is per person per night based on double occupancy, depending on time of travel, chosen hotels, availability and number of passengers.

   

Akkotel Hotel | Acre

Days: 1

Akkotel is a boutique hotel built into the walls of the UNESCO World Heritage site of the old city of Acre. The building is a beautifully renovated historical building that was constructed by the Ottomans and served as an accommodation for the army officers.  Akkotel is the winner of the 2012 TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Hotel Awards for the Middle East region in the categories of service and bargain.

Scots Hotel | Tiberius

Days: 2

The luxurious Scots Hotel was established by the Scottish Church in 2004 in the historical compound of the Scottish Hospital, and uniquely combines the 19th century basalt buildings with a modern and up-to-date hotel of international standards.

HaGoshrim Hotel | Upper Galilee

Days: 3

The hotel lies in the center of a valley facing the Golan Heights and the snows of Mount Hermon. Its unique combination of ancient and modern architecture blend together in pleasant harmony and the pastoral landscape, splendid views and crystal-clear air promise an ideal holiday-site, both for those seeking tranquility and relaxation, and for those wishing to enjoy a wider range of activities such as canoeing and hiking.

 

Isrotel Hotel | Dead Sea

Days: 4

Deep below sea level, at the lowest point on the face of the earth and by the shore of a unique natural phenomenon, Isrotel Dead Sea Hotel & Spa awaits you. Isrotel Dead Sea Hotel & Spa is a green oasis of health, tranquility, indulgence and spa, located in Israel, within dramatic views of desert mountains and elevated cliffs.

3 Arches International YMCA Hotel | Jerusalem

Days: 5 6 7 8

The Three Arches is unlike any other YMCA, offering an unmatched blend of charm hospitality and traditional architectural wonder, along with up-to-date facilities, to ensure the most memorable stay in Jerusalem.   Unique Quality: The YMCA was built between 1928 and 1933 by the Jews and Arabs with mixed elements of Roman, Moorish and Islamic architecture. It has become one of the city’s landmarks due to its impressive tower. It was designed by Q.L. Harmon who built the Empire State Building in New York City.  Across the street you will see the famous King David Hotel whose guests include US presidents and many dignitaries.

Day 1: Welcome to the Holy Land

Accomodation: Akkotel Hotel | Acre

Upon arrival at Ben Gurion International Airport you will be greeted by the Lifetime Discovery representative to expedite arrival formalities before setting out towards Caesarea, seat of Pontius Pilate , Roman Governor. Next stop is the Place of Sacrifice on Mt. Carmel, the site marking Prophet Elijah’s encounter  with the Priests of Ba’al.  Continuing on to Akko, known as “Ptolemais” in New Testament times, we spend the night in this ancient seaport.

Day 2: Trace Jesus’ Galilean Ministry

Accomodation: Scots Hotel | Tiberius

Breakfast is followed by a drive to Yardenit, the baptismal site on the banks of the Jordan River. Mt. Arbel, where Jesus gave his disciples their commission is next on the line-up before passing Magdala and seeing the so-called “Jesus Boat” at Kibbutz Ginossar.  A boat trip on the “Kinneret”  (Sea of Galilee),  precedes the next segment of the day, which is packed to the gills with significant locations including   Mt. of the Beatitudes, Chorazim and Tabgha, housing the Feeding of 5000 Chapel of the Primacy.  Lunch will be the St. Peter’s Fish, on location of where it was named, to be digested at Capernaum.  The final stop of the day is Bethsaida, home to Simon, Peter and his brother Andrew. 

Day 3: Caesarea Philippi, Tel Dan and Hula Nature Reserve

Accomodation: HaGoshrim Hotel | Upper Galilee

The day begins with a visit to Banias, one of the sources of the Jordan River and known also as Caesarea Philippi where Apostle Peter made his confession of faith in Jesus the Messiah.  We will take lunch at Tel Dan, the northernmost town of biblical Israel.  The Hula National Park is the last stop of this rich and enriching day before heading back to the hotel and overnight.

Day 4: Lower Galilee and Jericho area destinations

Accomodation: Isrotel Hotel | Dead Sea

Bid farewell to the “Kinneret” (Sea of Galilee) as the day begins with a drive through the Lower Galilee, the landscape of Jesus’ ministry to Cana, and the Cana Wedding church with the option to renew vows.  In Nazareth there will be stops at the Basilica of Annunciation and the Synagogue Church.  Megiddo, the site of the Armageddon described in the Book of Revelations is the next stop, where Christian tradition has it the final great battle will be fought.  Passing Mt. Gilboa we will also pass Gilgal in the Jordan Valley, where Saul was anointed and crowned king of Israel before reaching the most ancient city in the world, Jericho.  The plan is to continue to Qumran, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were written before heading to the golden city of Jerusalem where the scrolls are housed in the Shrine of the Book. 

Day 5: Masada and Dead Sea

Accomodation: 3 Arches International YMCA Hotel | Jerusalem

We awake early to climb Masada, the UNESCO World Heritage site commemorating the Great Revolt against the Romans.  Next we will take a dip in the Dead Sea and try some of the healing mud cures before heading to the golden city of Jerusalem.

Day 6: Mt. of Olives,Via Dolorosa, Western Wall and Holy Sepulchre

Accomodation: 3 Arches International YMCA Hotel | Jerusalem

The day begins with a drive to the top of the Mt. of Olives, where Jesus ascended after the resurrection.  After visiting the holy shrines on the Mount and taking a walk on Palm Sunday Road where we visit the Chapel of Dominus Flevit, we continue to the Garden of Gethsemane and the Church of all Nations.  The group then enters the walls of the Old City of Jerusalem to visit the Pools of Bethesda and walk the Via Dolorosa towards the Church of the Holy Sepulcher.  The walk through the old city continues to the Western (“wailing”) Wall, the remnant of the Jewish temple and to the Cave of Zedekiah, also called Solomon’s Quarries. The end of the day is for strolling through and bargaining in the oriental “souk” (bizarre).

Day 7: More in the Old City and then to Bethlehem

Accomodation: 3 Arches International YMCA Hotel | Jerusalem

Communion at the Garden Tomb is followed by a stop at Gordon’s Golgotha before the long-awaited visit to Mt. Zion.  Here the focus is on the Upper Room and the Church of St. Peter, built over the ruins of Palace of Caiaphas, the high priest who tried Jesus.  The Church of the Nativity in neighboring Bethlehem is the next destination, including lunch, before moving on to Shepherd’s Field.  (Return to hotel in Jerusalem).

Day 8: Old and New in New City of Jerusalem

Accomodation: 3 Arches International YMCA Hotel | Jerusalem

The pilgrimage ends with a day of merging the biblical with the modern.  Beginning at the Shrine of the Book, housing the Dead Sea Scrolls and the Israel Museum, we’ll find the model of Jerusalem as it looked 2000 years ago when Jesus walked its streets and taught in the Second Temple.  We will pass the “Knesset” (parliament) before arriving at “Yad Vashem”, the Holocaust Memorial. After lunch, we will drive through the Judean Hills to Ein Karem.  There we find the Church of Visitation, which, tradition has it, is built over the House of Zacharias and where John the Baptist was born.

Day 9: Pilgrimage Homeward Bound

Today, depending on the time of your flight, you may want to stop for lunch in the nearby town of Abu Gosh, known for music festivals in its numerous churches,  for a truly authentic Middle East meal.

Have a safe trip home and come back soon for another discovery!