hristian Pilgrimage to Israel the Holy Land. Jerusalem overflows with riches, besides the Way of the Cross, or Via Dolorosa, Christian groups in Jerusalem typically visit the Mount of Olives, the Garden of Gethsemane and important churches like the 12th century Church of the Holy Sepulcher, built over the site where it’s believed Jesus was crucified, buried and resurrected. Other common stops are the Western Wall and Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial and Museum, sites with deep meaning for Jews.
A Christian Pilgrimage of Israel also journeys to the northern region, where pilgrims visit Capernaum and other Sea of Galilee locations associated with Christ’s ministry. In Nazareth, Christian travellers flock to the massive Basilica of the Annunciation, which occupies the site of Mary’s home, where, according to Roman Catholic tradition, Gabriel made his announcement, or annunciation.
Some places included on a Holy Land tour lie in territory administered by the Palestinian Authority, the most prominent being the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem, a few miles south of Jerusalem. Visitors to Bethany Beyond the Jordan may see priests or pastors performing baptisms.
Jordan is the eastern side of the Holy Land and rich with Old and New Testament history.
“There are too many bible stories to name, but any Holy Land program should include Jordan—it is an integral part of the bible, not an extension, so it should be an integrated part of any church trip to the Holy Land, not an afterthought.”
Malia Asfour. Director of the Jordan Tourism Board, North America
Ideal for Church Groups and School Groups
Church groups often combine Jordan with Egypt and Israel, but stand-alone, faith-based itineraries are available.Israel is an excellent destination for school tours for spiritual as well as academic growth. Encouraged to take accommodation in kibbutzim (from the Hebrew word kvutsa meaning group) which are strategically placed through most parts of Israel, the young people are exposed to exciting and inspiring programmes resulting in their developing a keen interest in agriculture, horticulture, ancient languages. Exposure is given to the unique bottleneck and crossroad of Israel for bird migration which makes Isael unique as twice per annum massive bird migration occurs twice per annum birds migrate through the Beit Shean valley toward Eilat .
The school group tours are fast paced geared toward primarily spiritual growth and then toward having fun, interacting with the local people and of course visits to the areas of interest, Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Canaan, Galilee, Massada, Tel Aviv, Jaffa and much more.