Holyland & Egypt

Holyland and Egypt
15 Days Inspirational Tour

DAY 1 - Departure

Embarking flight to the Holy Land. Prepare yourself for a life-changing experience in seeing the Land where the Lord Jesus walked.

DAY 2 - Arrival Israel

We arrive at Ben Gurion Airport where we will be met by our local guide and driver. We will drive to the hotel for check-in. The remainder of the day is free to walk along the Mediterranean, relax, and have dinner. The time is right for a personal devotional with the sunset over the “Great Sea.”  Enjoy a time of prayer of thanks for safety and the special blessings ahead, a prayer for the people of this land, and a good night’s rest.

DAY 3 - Caesarea, Mt Carmel, Stella Maris, Carmelites, Cana & Nazareth

After breakfast, we travel via the coast  of the Mediterranean Sea to Caesarea Maritima,  where the first Gentiles (Cornelius) was converted, where St Paul was held prisoner by the Romans. It was the center of the Roman Governors including Pontius Pilate. Visit the Roman Crusader ruins, the Crusader City, the well preserved Theatre, the Harbour and the Roman Aqueduct. Heading towards Haifa through and on to Mt. Carmel, We will visit the Carmelite Monastery Stella Maris and Muhraqa where Elijah challenged King Ahab and the prophets of Baal (1 Kings 18:17-40) Drive to Cana of Galilee where the Lord Jesus performed the first miracle at the request of his mother (John2:1-11) In Cana we will visit the Franciscan chapel for a   renewal of wedding vows. Continue to the Basilica of Annunciation in Nazareth where we will celebrate Mass and visit Mary’ Well and the Church of the Angel Gabriel. We arrive at Tiberias area on the Sea of Galilee. We will have dinner and overnight lodging for the next two nights in the Tiberias area on the Sea of Galilee.

DAY 4 - Capernaum, Mt of Beatitudes & Caesarea Philippi

Following breakfast, our morning travel begins with a boat ride across the Sea of Galilee. Our stop will on the shore of Capernaum where St Peter lived and the Lord Jesus started his public ministry (Matt 4:13) there the Lord began teaching in the Synagogue , healed the man with the evil spirit, healed Simon Peter’s mother-in-law (Luke 4:31-41) followed by a visit to the Mount of the Beatitudes to gain a panoramic visit to the Sea of Galilee where the Lord Jesus made the famous teaching sermon on the Mount  (Matt 5-7)  Then to Tabgha the fruitful garden where the Lord Jesus made the miracle of the five loaves and two fish and fed the multitude (Mark 6:30-46) ,  we shall also see the magnificent mosaic commemorating the miracle of the multiplication, we head to the nearby Chapel of St Peter Primacy, there we will attend an unforgettable Mass near the shores of the Sea of Galilee at the Primacy or confession of faith in Jesus as the Christ, the Son of God (Matt. 16:13-17)

DAY 5 - Jordan River, Mt Tabor, Beth Shean, Jericho

We begin our day with a visit to the Jordan River Baptismal site, renew our baptismal vows in the River where the Lord was baptized by John the Baptist (Mark 1:9) continue to Mount Tabor, the site of the Miracle of Transfiguration (Matt 17:1-8) we shall ascend by a small vehicle due to its narrow route, we will celebrate a Mass on its summit. We drive on passing the small town of Nain, where Jesus raised the widow’s son (Luke 7:11-17) Next we visit the excavations of the ancient city Beit-Shean/Scythopolis, the most magnificent archaeological site in Israel, located at the strategic juncture of the Jezreel and Jordan valleys. Like Jericho, it has been almost continuously occupied throughout history. After defeating Saul and his sons on Mt. Gilboa, the Philistines hanged their bodies on the walls of Beit-Shean. During the intertestamental period, the city was renamed the “Scythopolis”. Archaeologists have uncovered a huge number of ruins of the Roman/Byzantine Scythopolis. During the time of Jesus, Scythopolis was one of the chief cities of the Decapolis -a league of ten cities sharing Greek culture and government. Following the fertile Jordan Valley southward, your guide will point out the agricultural restoration of the “Land of Milk and Honey,” We pass ancient Jericho, view from a distance this city famed as the oldest in the world. We will stop at the Sycamore Tree, which is believed that Zacchaeus had climbed up as he wanted to take a glimpse of the Saviour when passing, then we stop to view the Mt of Temptation, where Jesus spent forty days and forty nights fasting and meditating during the temptation of Satan. We make our way through the Judean Hills, towards the house of the Lord.

DAY 6 - Jerusalem- Mt of Olives, Palm Sunday Road, Dominus Flevit, Gethsemane, Cave of Betrayal, Cave of Assumption, Pater Noster, Bethlehem (Nativity Church)

After breakfast we shall start our pilgrimage in Jerusalem from the Mount of Olives, where the Lord Jesus ascended to heaven after resurrection, we shall view the history through a majestic view over Jerusalem, visit the Convent of Pater Noster with the Lords Prayer is displayed in 110 languages and the Chapel of Ascension where Jesus have ascended to heaven (Acts1:9-11) we will walk down the Palm Sunday route, stopping at Dominus Flevit, where Jesus wept over Jerusalem (Luke 19:41) Visit the Gethsemane, the Rock of Agony where Jesus prayed the last prayers before arrest “ Father if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me, yet not as I will but as thy will” (Matt 26:36-39). Visit the betrayal cave (Luke 22:40-46). Then to the cave of Assumption of St. Mary to heaven. Drive along Kedron Valley where we will see the Tombs of Avishalom, Zachariah and the Prophets Tombs. In the afternoon we drive to the Shepherd’s Fields where the Angel Gabriel announced the birth of Jesus. Then we visit the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem we kneel in the Grotto, the birth place of the Redeemer as we will celebrate a Mass. We drive to Jerusalem passing Rachel Tomb en route. Overnight Jerusalem (B/D)

DAY 7 – Via Dolorosa, Holy Sepulchre, Ein Karem

A full day of mediation. In the early morning we trace the last steps of Jesus. As we walk along the Fourteen Stations of the Via Dolorosa, praying the Stations of the Cross, reflecting the greatness of the sacrifice in the Cross at Golgotha. We arrive at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre for Mass. Return back towards St Stephen Gate to visit St Anne’s Church, the home of The Virgin Mary and her parents St Joachim and St Anne. We pass the Ecce Homo where Pilate proclaimed “Behold the man    then to the Wailing Wall, the holiest shrine for Jews. Nearby is the Dome of the Rock or Temple Mount. We exit at Mt Zion, we visit the “Upper Room” just outside the Zion Gate where the disciple whom Jesus loved laid his head on His breast and where later Thomas cried, “my Lord & my God.” And King David Tomb. Next we go to Dormition Abbey where we believed that The Virgin Mary died. At the end of the day we visit St Peter in Gallicantu where St Peter denied the Lord three times, we proceed to the city of Ein Kareem, the birthplace of St John the Baptist and visit the Church of Visitation where the Blessed Virgin Mary visited the home of Zachariah and Elizabeth. We stop to visit the Shrine of the Book the home of the Dead Sea scrolls and then a guided walk through an accurately detailed model of Biblical Jerusalem . Overnight Jerusalem (B/D)

DAY 8 - Wadi Qelt, Dead Sea

We begin the day with a visit to Bethany, where Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead, hometown of Martha and Mary. Visit Lazarus’ tomb. We may celebrate Mass in the Church of St Lazarus, then to the Inn of the Good Samaritan onward the desert east of Jerusalem is rich in Christian tradition further east just off the Roman Road where Jesus walked is Wadi Qelt  site of the Monastery of St George. Drive to the Dead Sea  to visit Qumran site of the Dead Sea Scroll discovery. Enjoy a swim (or rather a float ) in the mineral –rich waters of the Dead Sea. Check in the hotel in Ein Bokek overnight on the shore of the Dead Sea. (B/D)

DAY 9 – Taba/ Egypt

After breakfast we transfer to Taba filled with cherished memories for the continuation of your tour to Egypt

EGYPT

DAY 1 - Taba/ Sharm El Sheikh

Arrival Taba border, meet by our rep and transfer to Sharm Hotel

At leisure.  Overnight at hotel.

DAY 2

Full day at leisure, or optional to Ras Mohamed protectorate to enjoy diving or snorkeling.  Overnight at hotel

DAY 3 - Sharm/St Catherine

Day at leisure, afternoon drive to St Catherine check in hotel. (D)  Late evening ( @ 01:00 ) start your climbing of Mount

DAY 4 - St Catherine /Cairo

Just into the new day, those who desire and are physically capable will depart for a memorable early morning walk up Mt. Moses. , stop at one of the stations to take in scenery along the climb to the summit (750 steps) for a sunrise to remember.  Once at the top, enjoy a time of praise and then depart down the mountain for breakfast. A visit to St. Catherine’s Monastery, claimed to be built around the area of Moses’ Burning Bush, is the highlight today.

After the visit to the Monastery.  Board the bus to Cairo.  Lunch en route.  Arrive Cairo and check-in hotel. Overnight.

DAY 5 - Cairo

After breakfast, visit Old Cairo (Churches and Museum), the Citadel and finish by a walk through the Khan Khalili Bazaars. Lunch in a small restaurant in the area.

Overnight at hotel.

DAY 6 - Cairo

After Breakfast, An entire day of exploring the ancient treasures of Egypt awaits us today. We spend time at one of the seven wonders of the world- the pyramids. Cheops, with an original height of 496 feet, is the most colossal pyramid ever built. Today, we will also see the Sphinx and tour the Egyptian Museum, location of Tutankhamen’s treasures and ancient remains.

Evening, dinner on cruise boat.

DAY 7 - Cairo

Transfer to airport and fly back home.

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