ORTHODOXY IN THE HOLY LAND

  • Duration:9 NIGHTS/10 DAYS
  • Countries Visited:Holy Land
  • Highlights:Follow in the Footsteps of Our Lord Jesus Christ and visit the cradle of the True Faith
  • Tour Inclusions:
    • Round trip airfare NYC/TVL/NYC
    • Accommodations in first class hotels
    • Israeli Breakfast and Dinner daily
    • Lunch of St. Peter’s fish
    • Israeli Folklore Evening
    • English speaking Christian Guide
    • Comprehensive visits and sightseeing as listed
    • All admission charges
    • Transportation by deluxe air conditioned motorcoach
    • Lectures and meetings as per itinerary
    • Baggage handling
    • All spiritual activities coordinated
    • Select International travel portfolio

DAY 1: DEPART U.S.A.

Depart on an overnight flight to Tel Aviv

DAY 2: WELCOME TO THE HOLY LAND

You are met by your tour guide and transferred to the hotel in the coastal resort town of Netanya. We have time to become acclimated to a new time zone and walk along the shores of the Mediterranean. (B.D.)

DAY 3: GALILEE

Travel up the coastline to the ancient Roman city of Caesarea. See the harbor where Paul was imprisoned and taken to Rome, on his final voyage. Proceed to Nazareth, one of the holiest towns in Christendom. See Mary’s Well where the Angel Gabriel told Mary she will give birth to Our Lord Jesus Christ, and the Greek Orthodox Church of Annunciation, where we see frescoes of all the main Orthodox Saints. Continue to Cana to visit the Greek Orthodox Church, site of Jesus’ first miracle. Overnight Nazareth (B.D.)

DAY 4: GALILEE

Drive to the Mount of Beatitudes where Jesus preached the Sermon on the Mount, than to Tabgha, Greek for Seven Springs and the Church of the Multiplication of Fishes and Loaves. Visit the Church of St. Peter’s Primacy. Explore Capernaum, headquarters of Jesus’ ministry in Galilee and see the new church built on St. Peter’s House. See the Greek Orthodox Church of the Holy Apostles, with its lovely pink domes and an outwardly setting overlooking the Sea of Galilee. We celebrate the Divine Liturgy in this peaceful spot. You share a cup of coffee with and speak to Father Irinarhos who will tell us about the life of Greek Orthodox faithful in the Holy Land. Visit Chorazim, which was cursed by Our Lord because the people did not follow his teaching. Sail across the Sea of Galilee. Today you share in the traditional lunch of delicious St. Peter’s fish. The final stop in our very busy day is at Yardenit on the river Jordan, the baptismal site. Overnight Nazareth. ( B.L.D.)

DAY 5: GALILEE

We start the day with a visit to Mt. Tabor and the Church of Transfiguration, before proceeding down the Jordan Valley towards Jericho, the oldest known inhabited city in the world. Here we have lunch and stack up on healing Dead Sea products, and handicrafts made by local Bedouins. Now is your opportunity to take that Camel ride. Walk down the steep narrow hill to the magnificent Monastery of St. George built in a rock ravine in the Judean Desert, and wander in amazement how did the monks manage to build this shrine of faith. Overnight Jerusalem (B.D.)

DAY 6: JERUSALEM : THE HOLY CITY

Enjoy the unforgettable view from atop the Mount of Olives, and marvel at the site before you. A 4000 year old city, center of three main monolithic faiths, and the place where Our Lord sacrificed himself for our salvation. See where Jesus thought the Apostles to pray “Our Father” and visit the church of Pater Noster and the Chapel of Ascension. Walk down the Palm Sunday road, stopping at the beautiful Russian Orthodox Church of Mary Magdalene. Visit the Church and speak to Sr. Mihalina, who will give us a talk about the art of Iconography. Light a candle with a prayer in the Tomb of Holy Mother and continue to the Church of All Nations in the Garden of Gethsemane, the garden of Our Lord’s agony. Descend across the Kidron Valley, to the Church of St. Peter in Gallicantu where the Apostle denied Christ three times. Continue on to Mt. Zion, to visit the Room of the Last Supper, King David’s Tomb and the Church of the Dormition. Conditions permitting, visit Bethany, site of the House of Mary and Lazarus. (B.D.)

DAY 7: BETHLEHEM-EIN KAREM

Start the day by visiting the Monastery of St. Theodosius and Mar Saba founded in 5th century by monk Saba. Continue to Bethlehem, and the Shepherd’s Field and Grotto. We have Holy Liturgy in the Church of the Nativity, the Byzantine church built over the birthplace of Our Lord, and see the cave of St. Jerome. We also tour the Monastery of Prophet Elias. On the way back to Jerusalem stop at the village of Ein Karem the birth place of St. John the Baptist, and see the Russian and the Greek Orthodox Churches. Tonight we enjoy a performance of the Israeli Folklore troupe. Overnight Jerusalem. (B.D.)

DAY 8: JERUSALEM : OLD CITY

Enter the old city via Zion Gate to see: the Wailing Wall, the Temple Mount, the Pool of Bethesda, St. Anne’s Church (birthplace of Mary), the Chapel of Flagellation, Ecco Home Arch. Then go on to the Via Dolorosa, to the Prison of Christ, and to retrace the final hours of Our Lord’s life as you pass the Stations of the Cross, to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the site of His death and resurrection. We climb the stairs to reach Golgotha, the place of crucifixion. The main altar here is in the care of the Greek Orthodox Patriarchy. Then we are actually led into the Tomb, the place of resurrection, guarded by Greek Orthodox monks. Take a moment in this Holy Place to feel the spirit engulf you, and appreciate all that Our Lord had given you and your loved ones. We see St. Jacob’s Church, and St. James Cathedral in the Armenian Orthodox Compound, before exiting trough the Jaffa Gate Overnight Jerusalem (B.D.)

DAY 9: JERUSALEM

Today you will also visit the Orthodox Patriarchy in Jerusalem. We continue to the Seminary of the Greek Orthodox Church and have a tour guided by Father Makarius. We then visit two more Orthodox monasteries, the Holy Cross Monastery and St. Symeon in Katamonas. Our schedule has been very busy, and the rest of the day is for relaxing, catching up on shopping, bargaining for icons and visiting again some of the Holy Places we saw and which touched us with their special spiritual significance. Overnight Jerusalem. (B.D.)

DAY 10: TEL AVIV- USA

Today we board a flight for home. (B.D.)

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