Christian Trail

 

Psalm 48:12-13, New International Version (NIV)

"Walk about Zion, go around her, count her towers, consider well her ramparts, view her citadels, that you may tell of them to the next generation."

  

Our tailor made tours in israel are an opportunity to explore the holy land and follow in the footsteps of Jesus - walking the ground he walked,
looking at the same skies he saw. With your private tour guide you can visit
all the essential landmarks including Jerusalem, Bethlehem,
Nazareth, and the Galilee.

  

Visit the exceptional fifth century monasteries of the Judean desert close to Jerusalem.  Seek out the purifying solitude of the desert and the footprints of the prophets and monks who found inspiration there.

 

 

THE ESSENCE

 

Jerusalem and Bethlehem

 

Jerusalem is a center for Pilgrims across the Christian world. Walk the Via Dolorosa and recreate Jesus’ final steps, and then visit his resting place in the Church of the Holy Sepulcher.

Visit The Church of All Nations, built next to The “Garden of Gethsemane” where Jesus went with his disciples to pray the night before he was crucified.

Bethlehem is located east of Jerusalem, and is traditionally recognized as the birthplace of Jesus where you can visit the sacred Church of the Nativity.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Church of All Nations, Jerusalem

 

 

The Galilee

 

 

On our private guided tour of the Galilee, we visit Capernaum – one of the earliest churches in Christendom. It was mentioned in the Gospels as the center of Jesus’ town in the Galilee and home to his apostles. Capernaum is referred as the place where Jesus healed the servant of a Roman centurion who had asked for his help and is mentioned in Matthew 9:1–8, Mark 2:1–12, and Luke 5:17–26 as the location of the famous healing of the paralytic. 

 

Less than ten kilometers from Capernaum is Bethsaida, where Jesus fed the five thousand, known as the “miracle of the five loaves and two fish”.

On the Mount of Beatitudes, above the Sea of Galilee, it is said Jesus preached the “Sermon on the Mount”. The Church of Beatitudes was built not far from the ruins site of a fourth century Byzantine church.

 

Nazareth is the cradle of Christianity, where Jesus spent his youth. Visit the Basilica of the Annunciation, the place where Mary announced she was to give birth to Jesus. Also visit the church of Saint Joseph, where according to tradition, Joseph, father of Jesus had his carpentry shop.

 

 

 

Judean Desert

 

Mar Saba Monastery

one of the oldest monasteries in the world, is built on cliffs overlooking the Kidron (Qidron) Valley.

The St. George’s Monastery, hidden inside a cliff recess, over Wadi Qelt gorge.
Construction on the complex began in the fourth century, on a spot known to monks, trying to relive the experiences of the prophets John the Baptist and Jesus.

 

St. Gerassimos Monastery

 located close to Jericho and the Dead Sea. The monastery was founded on the fifth century by Gerassimos, a monk from Anatolia Turkey, and became a retreat to 70 monks who lived eremitic life.

A private guided tour to the Judean Desert includes a stop at Qasr el Yahud, considered to be the baptismal site of Jesus by John the Baptist (Matthew, 3: 13-17) and traditionally thought to be the location where the Israelites crossed the Jordan River.

 

 

 

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Monastery of St. Gerasimos, Judean Desert

 

 

More on our route

 

Ein Karem – visit Ein Karem, located next to Jerusalem and the birthplace of John the Baptist. On the way to the Galilee, stop at Megiddo, site of the Final Battle at Armageddon; and Mount Tabor where the Transfiguration is believed to have happened.

Ancient Oil crushers and presses – in the Christian Galilean village of Meillya, inside a Crusader structure you can see a demonstration of the traditional way of olive oil pressing. This ancient hall is approximately 1,000 years old and the oil press has been in operation for 400 years. 

 

The best tours in Israel created so you can fulfill your own personal and spiritual journey, and can include immersion for baptism or rededication in the River Jordan at the “Yardenit”, a baptismal site not far from the Sea of Galilee.

 

 

 

 

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Courtesy: Yardenit Baptismal Site, on the Jordan River