Walk in Jesus’ Footsteps

Trip Highlights

  • Sea of Galilee, Tiberias, Tabgha & Capernaum
  • Nazareth, Cana and Mt. Tabor
  • Scythopolis /Beit Shean, the Jordan Valley and the Judean Desert
  • Jerusalem: Mt. of Olives, the Old City, Church of the Holy Sepulcher, Via Dolorosa, Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem
  • Caesarea, Qumran, the Dead Sea and Masada

Trip Highlights

Lifetime Discovery staff will welcome you at the Ben Gurion International Airport for a Christian tour through the Holy Land. Create  memories to last a lifetime  with this up close and personal special journey. 

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

 

Scots Hotel | Tiberius

Days: 1 2 3

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.

Day 1: Towards the Galilee

Accomodation: Scots Hotel | Tiberius

After pickup at Ben Gurion International Airport by Lifetime Discovery staff, we will begin our pilgrimage with a stop at the ruins of the ancient port of Caesarea with its majestic aqueducts, on the way to biblical city of Tiberius on the Sea of Galilee.

Day 2: By the Sea – Capernaum, Tabgha, Beatitudes & Golan

Accomodation: Scots Hotel | Tiberius

We begin our day around the Sea of Galilee at Capernaum, Jesus’ home during much of his ministry, before ascending the Mount of Beatitudes, where he delivered his famous “Sermon on the Mount.”  Our pilgrimage continues to Tabgha and to the Church of the Bread and Fish, commemorating the miracle where Jesus turned the loaves of bread into enough food to feed the entire gathering.  We will then head up to the Golan Heights, for a stop at an overlook featuring the amazing vistas and countryside connecting Israel and Syria. Before returning to the hotel on the Sea of Galilee in Tiberius we will stop at Kursi, where Jesus healed Gadarine Demoniacs.

Day 3: Mary, Gabriel, Nazareth, Cana & Transfiguration

Accomodation: Scots Hotel | Tiberius

Today we continue on to cherished Christian destinations in Nazareth and Cana.  We will stop at Mary’s Well in Nazareth, the place where Jesus spent his youth.  From there we will walk down Pilgrim’s Way, where artisans continue to work in the manner used at the time of Jesus.  The Basilica of the Annunciation, where the birth of Jesus was foretold by the Angel Gabriel, is the final stop in Nazareth before moving on to Cana, where Jesus performed his first miracle of turning water into wine.   The final activity  of the day will be ascending Mt. Tabor to witness the site of Jesus’ Transfiguration, before returning once more to the magical city on the magical sea.

Day 4: Baptism & Jerusalem Bound

Accomodation: American Colony Hotel | Jerusalem

We rise early to leave the green of the Galilee and watch the colors change as we ride through the Jordan Valley and Judean Desert towards Jerusalem.  We will stop on the way at Scythopolis /Beit Shean, with its world-famous archaeological ruins, followed by a stop at the site where John baptized  Jesus (Kasser el-Yahud in Arabic).  As we approach the golden city we will pass by the Inn of the Good Samaritan, the site of the well-known story from the New Testament. For an evening program after checking in to the hotel, we recommend an optional walk along the ramparts of the ancient walls of the old city under the stars before turning in to prepare for the exciting day that awaits within the walls of ancient Jerusalem.

Day 5: Pater Noster, Gesthemane, Via Dolorosa and Holy Sepulchre

Accomodation: American Colony Hotel | Jerusalem

Day Five begins with another Middle Eastern breakfast before setting out for the holy sites that Jerusalem offers every Christian pilgrim.  On the Mt. of Olives we will visit the Church of the Ascension, the Pater Noster “Church of Our Father” and the Garden of Gethsemane, where Jesus rested and prayed before his crucifixion.  We will then pass through St. Stephan’s Gate and pass by the former compound of the Greek Orthodox patriarch before reaching the Church of Theotokos.  We then walk the Via Dolorosa to the Golgotha at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, where Jesus was crucified and buried.

Day 6: Shrine of the Book, Bethlehem and Shepherds’ Field

Accomodation: American Colony Hotel | Jerusalem

The first stop on Day Six will be the Monastery of the Cross, the site marking where the wood of the cross that Jesus bore down the Via Dolorosa was grown.  From there, the modern pilgrims are offered an opportunity to see how the traditions began and how they grew with a visit to the Shrine of the Book at the Israel Museum which houses the Dead Sea Scrolls, the oldest of ancient biblical manuscripts, and hosts a scale model of Jerusalem at the time of Jesus.  The afternoon is dedicated to the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem and the Greek monastery at Shepherd’s Field, where Angels delivered the news to eager shepherds that the Messiah was about to be born.

Day 7: Masada, Dead Sea ad 4th Century Greek Orthodox Monks

Accomodation: American Colony Hotel | Jerusalem

Rising early we will visit the sites that bring ancient history together in moments of awe and amazement.  The UNESCO World Heritage site at Masada, commemorating the Jewish Revolt against the Romans 2,000 years ago mixes history and nature in sublime harmony.  It overlooks the Dead Sea, known the world over for its famous floating magic, mud baths and mineral treatments, where you may take a dip at the lowest spot on earth.  We then follow the footsteps of the Greek Orthodox Monks from the 4th century, visiting several of their ancient monasteries, including St. George Monastery in Wadi Qelt.

Day 8: Mt. Zion, Tel Aviv and Homeward Bound

We pack our bags and check out from the hotel and make a stop on Mt. Zion to see the Church of the Upper Room, the church of the Last Supper.  From there we will continue to Emmaus / Nicopolis, where Jesus revealed himself after his Resurrection, and from there, to the St. George Monastery in Lod, one of the most important Orthodox pilgrimage sites in the Holy Land.  Our pilgrimage ends with a festive dinner in Tel Aviv before departing for the airport.

Have a safe trip & come back soon to discoveryn more memories of a lifetime.