November 2-13, 2024
Traditions of Christ
Guided by Scott Palmer
Fly from the USA to Tel Aviv, Israel.
Arrive in Tel Aviv, Israel at Ben Gurion International Airport. We will meet our local guide and transfer to the hotel in Netanya.
Netanya is a city on the coast of the Mediterranean Sea. Here we will eat dinner and overnight before officially starting our Traditions of Christ in Israel tour.
Today we drive to Caesarea to see the Roman ampitheatre, inlcuding port, crusader wall, the Pontius Pilate Stella and aqueduct.
The Caesarea Ampitheatre in Israel was designed for various forms of entertainment, including gladiatorial contests, chariot races, and theatrical performances. With its impressive architectural features, including seating for thousands of spectators, a central arena, and elaborate underground chambers, the ampitheatre showcases the opulence and sophistication of Roman engineering and culture during its time in the Holy Land.
The Crusader Wall is a a testament to the enduring traditions of Christ and the Christian faith. It stands as a physical remnant of the Crusaders’ efforts to protect and defend the Holy Land sites. Today, it serves as a powerful symbol of the Christian heritage in Israel, drawing visitors from around the world to explore its rich history and the traditions of Christ that it represents.
We drive inland to visit the Muhraka Carmelite Monastery in the beautiful Mt. Carmel. While exploring the monastery we review the powerful moment where Elijah called down fire from Heaven. This opportunity allows oneself to embrace the profound spirituality that has been cherished in this holy place for generations. Plus, it is an excellent place to consider the profound symbolism and traditions of Christ.
To end our day of touring, we will visit the infamous little town of Nazareth. We will walk the streets of the recreated Nazareth Village of the 1st century. Traditions of Christ are abundant in this hometown of our Savior. If there’s time, the church of the Annunciation.
Dinner and overnight in Galilee.
Today we begin by visiting the Mount of Transfiguration. Following, the Mount of Beatitudes and lunch in Magdala. After which, we journey to Tabha. From there, we will go to Peter’s Primacy. Finally, we will visit Capernaum.
Beginning our day we arrive at the Mount Transfiguration. This place stands as a testament to the enduring traditions of Christ. A holy place such as this, offers a spiritually enriching experience for pilgrims and travelers. It is a place where visitors can connect with the profound heritage of Christian traditions in Israel.
The Mount of Beatitudes in Israel is a revered site deeply rooted in the traditions of Christ. This historic mountain, overlooking the Sea of Galilee, holds profound religious significance. Traditionally, it is believed to be the location where Jesus delivered the Sermon on the Mount.
In Tabgha we will see the Church of Multiplication (loaves and fishes) or feeding of the 5,000. Next will be Peter’s Primacy.
A significant Christian tradition in Israel, revolves around the belief that this is where Peter was told by Jesus to “feed my sheep.” Traditionally, Capernaum is regarded as the place where Jesus affirmed Peter’s role as the leader of his disciples. Originally, this stems from the New Testament and furthermore, is closely tied to the biblical city of Capernaum on the shores of the Sea of Galilee.
Following, we will visit the city of Capernaum. Capernaum is well known as the city where Jesus preformed the majority of his miracles. At least the miracles that have been recorded by his disciples. This leaves plenty of room for visitors to explore the traditions of Christ.
Finish the day with an optional swim in the Galilee Sea before dinner.
Overnight in Galilee.
To start our Traditions of Christ sites, we will have a boat ride on the beautiful Sea of Galilee. Time is spent in the city of Galilee before our visit to Beit She’an. We will stop for lunch as we journey to the Dead Sea. We will have an opportunity to enjoy a sunset float on the world’s lowest elevation and the slatiest lake on earth. Our hotel is located on the shores of the Dead Sea. There we will have dinner and overnight.
Nestled in the Holy Land, Beit She’an boasts a rich history. As well as, provides great archaeological significance. For example, the ruins of this ancient city date back to various civilizations. Offering a captivating glimpse into the region’s past.
Yardinet is believed to be the modern location where Jesus Christ was baptized by John the Baptist. Pilgrims and visitors come to Yardinet to partake in baptismal ceremonies, reenacting the sacred tradition of Christ’s baptism in the Jordan River.
Guests have the opportunity for a sunrise float on the Dead Sea. Starting our touring for the day, we arrive at Masada, an ancient fortress built by Herod. Following, we see the caves where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found. After our stop at the caves, we will continue on to Jerusalem. Jerusalem is one of the oldest cities in the world. Uniquely, it is considered holy to 3 Abrahamic religions: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.
We will formally begin the day at Masada, an ancient fortress built by Herod. This fortress overlooks the Dead Sea on a high plateau. It is famously associated with the Jewish Revolt against Roman rule in the 1st century CE. Although it predates the traditions of Christ, the site represents the resilience and determination of the Jewish people in the face of adversity, thus making it a holy land site in and of itself.
From the road we will stop to see the caves at Qumram where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found. The Dead Sea Scrolls are a collection of Jewish texts dating back to the Second Temple period. These scrolls contained biblical texts and other ancient records that have helped to shed light on Christianity as a whole.
Overnight in Jerusalem.
Today we explore the archaeological sites of the City of David, as well as Hezekiah’s Tunnel. Plus, we visit St. Anne’s Church and connect with traditions of Christ there, before the Pools of Bethseda and the Templar Church.
Today we explore more Holy Land sites, including the newly excavated City of David and the archaeological dig site. This site is associated with King David and serves as a living testament to the enduring traditions of Christ and the roots of Christianity. The site features archaeological excavations that unearth ancient artifacts, structures, and historical evidence, connecting visitors to the biblical narrative.
At the site we will see Hezekiah’s tunnel. This tunnel dates back about 2,700 years and was built to bring water into the city of Jerusalem during the Assyrian invasion. For those who would like to, you can actually walk the tunnel. Head lamps, shorts, and water shoes are recommended for this miniature trek.
St. Anne’s is believed to be the site where the Virgin Mary was born, making it a focal point for Christian’s seeking to connect with the traditions of Christ and the holy lineage of Jesus.
Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem.
Today we have a tour of the Old City; the Cardo. Highlights of the Cardo are: the Madaba mosaic replica, Jersualem 1st temple period (wall), Jewish Quarter, the Western Wall, South Temple Arhaeological Park, Temple Mount, Al-Aqsa Mosque, and Dome of the Rock. We will eat lunch in the Christian Quarter before seeing the Church of the Holy Sepulcher.
The Western Wall, or Wailing Wall, is a sacred site in Jerusalem’s Old City. Primarily, it is revered by Judaism as the last remnant of the Second Temple. Jews worldwide consider it a place of prayer and connection to God. The wall’s large stones and historical significance make it a central focus of Jewish worship. Pilgrims often visit the Western Wall to express their devotion, placing written prayers in its crevices.
This revered Islamic shrine in Jerusalem’s Old City, holds immense significance in the Holy Land. Constructed during the Umayyad Caliphate, the Dome of the Rock is not only an architectural marvel, but also a focal point of religious pilgrimage. Its intricate mosaic work and the octagonal design contribute to its visual grandeur. The holy site is central to Islamic beliefs, associated with the Prophet Muhammad’s Night Journey.
Church of the Holy Sepulchre
We will also visit the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. Its traditions of Christ include being the site of the crucifixion, as well as burial of Jesus Christ. It is an important site to the Knight’s Templar and one of the reasons for the Crusades.
Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem.
We will spend our day in Bethlehem (which means “House of Bread”).
We begin with a walk down Star Street to the Church of the Nativity. This is the sacred site revered for being the traditional birthplace of Jesus Christ. After exploring the site, we will move past the Chapel of Milk Grotto.
The Chapel of the Milk Grotto, located in Bethlehem, Israel, is a cherished Christian site steeped in traditions. This sacred chapel is believed to be the spot where the Holy Family sought refuge during the Flight to Egypt. According to tradition, while Mary was nursing the infant Jesus, a drop of her milk fell onto the grotto’s stone, turning it white.
We will enjoy lunch at the Shepard’s Tent before departing Bethlehem. We will drive by the Herodain — another one of Herod’s monumental construction projects. We will stop by at Kathisma on the way back to Jerusalem and learn of its significance to Mary, the mother of Jesus.
Tonight is the beginning of Shabbat. Anyone interested can walk from the hotel to the Western Wall to experience the welcoming in of the Holy day with the Jewish people. Men will need a head covering.
Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem.
We will try to make this Sabbath day sacred as we visit many sites of that caliber. These sites will include the Room of the Last Supper, St. Peter Gallicantu, Caiaphas Palace, the Garden Tomb, Orson Hyde Park, Garden of Gethsemane, and the Church of all Nations. Traditions of Christ Sites:
Traditionally, the Garden Tomb is believed to be the burial site of Jesus Christ. This serene garden scene provides a contemplative space for visitors. Moreover, it provides a space of spiritual reflexion and individual connection to the gospel and significance of Jesus Christ.
Also known as Calvary, this hill top is the traditional site of the crucifixion of Jesus. Located in Jerusalem, this hill is central to Christian beliefs, symbolizing the Sacrifice and Redemption inherent in the crucifixion narrative. Pilgrims from around the world visit Golgotha to connect with the pivotal event, making it a crucial landmark in the Holy Land’s religious landscape.
This olive grove at the foot of the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem is attributed to the place of Atonement by Jesus Christ. In the New Testament, it is here that Jesus prayed before his arrest, expressing deep anguish and surrendering to God’s will. The name “Gethsemane” itself means “oil press.” Emphasizing its connection to how the Savior must have felt, as well as symbolic to his purity. This sacred garden serves as a poignant reminder of the Savior and his Atonement.
Gallicantu is located on the eastern slope of Mount Zion in Jerusalem. Traditionally, it is a significant site in Christianity. This church is associated with the house of Caiaphas, the high priest. Here it is believed that Jesus was held in custody before his crucifixion. Furthermore, “Gallicantu” means “cock’s crow” in Latin. Obviously, this name reflects Peter’s denial of Jesus, as foretold by the rooster’s crowing.
Also known as the Basilica of the Agony. This Christian Church is located on the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem. It is renowned for its beautifully adorning facade. Additionally, this church commemorates the agony of Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane. Therefore, it stands as a testament to the spiritual and historical richness of the Holy Land in Christian Tradition.
Overnight in Jerusalem.
Free day in Jerusalem. If you would like time for shopping, or exploring the Old City, walking the walls of visiting the Holocaust museum — today is free for you to choose what you would like to do. Our guide will have suggestions of optional places to visit. Israel Tour only guests will depart for the airport in the evening for an early morning flight (Mon. Nov 14) concluding your Traditions of Christ in Israel tour.
Those who are staying for the Jordan Extension will overnight in Jerusalem.
Payment Terms: $300 deposit pp required at the time of booking. Final payment is due 90 days before departure.
**this tour is based off of a minimum of 20 passengers and a maximum of 40 passengers
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