12 Day Holy Land Pilgrimage Study Tour

Our Pilgrimage Study Tours combine visits to the important religious sites, with an in-depth look at the status of Christianity in the Holy Land today, and the modern dynamic between the local Christians, their clerics and institutions, and the governments of Israel and the Palestinian Authority.

You will explore the roots of Christianity at the source of your faith, and be challenged by the social and political analysis presented by your guide and the Palestinian Christians you'll meet on the journey. You'll also have the opportunity to hold discussions with believers of other faiths, Palestinians and Israelis who are struggling for social and political justice in a difficult environment.

The following 12-day itinerary covers the highlights of the country and offers a wide variety of meaningful experiences. You can reserve one of our scheduled tours or book a private tour for yourself, your family or a group. 



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12 Days - FOLLOWING THE WAY
- More information and Reservations

DAY ONE - Pickup at Tel Aviv airport
- Drive to Nazareth
• Check in to hotel
• Walking tour of Old Nazareth (depending on arrival time)
• Basilica of Annunciation & other churches - Nazareth is known as the childhood home of Jesus and mentioned 17 times in the New Testament
• Discussion of contemporary Nazareth - Owing to its religious status, the residents of Nazareth survived the 1948 war relatively unscathed, and today it is the largest Palestinian town in Israel with a majority Muslim population and overlooked by the huge new Jewish suburb of Upper Nazareth on the hill.
• Welcome dinner and orientation
Overnight in Nazareth


DAY TWO - Galilee Area
(Starting with Nazareth Walking Tour If late arrival on Day 1)
• Capernaum - Home of many apostles. Where Jesus preached in the synagogue and conducted miracles.
• Mount of Beatitudes - Where Jesus delivered the Sermon on the Mount. sites of the ministry of Jesus by the sea of Galilee
Tabgha - Site of the miracle of the loaves and fishes.
• Golan Hights - See the Syrian border, and demolished Druze villages. in 1967 The Israeli military expelled over 80,000 Druze villagers and farmers. The ruins of their homes can still be seen.
Overnight in Nazareth


DAY THREE • Mediterranean Coast
• Caesaria
- Built by King Herod and seat of power of the Roman province of Judea at the time of Jesus. See the modern private community of Caesaria, home of Israel's richest and most powerful today.

• Lunch in 'Ein Hawd, a former 'unrecognized village'. Meet with Muhammad abu Al Heja, a son of the village who has helped transform it. Visit neigboring artists village of Ein Hod.
• Haifa viewpoint and visit to Wadi Nisnas market and neighbourhood.
Overnight in Nazareth


DAY FOUR - Jordan Valley
• Bedouin Community
- Visit a village and learn about the ongoing displacement of the Bedouin from their lands, where Israel is expanding the settlements

• Jericho - Ascend by cable car to the monastery on the Mount of Temptation where Jesus was tempted by the Devil.
• Hisham’s Palace - See the amazing mosaics
• Qumran - Where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered by Bedouin. The Dead Sea scrolls comprise of 972 texts from the Hebrew Bible and extra-biblical documents, written in Hebrew, Aramaic and Greek. Some of the writings are the oldest known surviving copies of Biblical texts.
• Dead Sea - Float is the heavy salt waters at the lowest point on earth.
• Travel east of Jerusalem. through the Judean Desert, passing Bethany en-route to Bethlehem
Overnight in Bethlehem with Christian Palestinian families


DAY FIVE - Bethlehem
• Church of Nativity where Jesus was born
• Old City with it's markets, spice shops, and olive wood nativity scenes.
Shepherd's Field where the Angel of the Lord visited the shepherds and informed them of Jesus' birth.
Mar Saba: Considered to be one of the oldest inhabited monasteries in the world. Spectacular views of the Judean Desert
• Aida refugee camp: Visit the descendents of the Palestinian refugees of 1948. Have a discussion with one of the Youth Leaders there.
• Separation Wall - Walk the 8-meter high Wall which divides Bethlehem from Jerusalem. Palestinians need permits to enter Jerusalem and few are granted.
• Visit local Christian organization or Peace Group.
Overnight in Bethlehem


DAY SIX - Ramallah and Taybeh
• Drive to Taybeh at the Northwestern edge of the Judean Desert. Taybeh is the only all-Christian village in the West Bank. The village is thought to be the site of the biblical Ophra and later Efriam. According to an account in the New Testament (John 11: 53-54) Jesus retired there with his disciples, and later fasted for 40 days before entering Jerusalem to meet his death. To this day, the local Christians claim their heritage began at that time, perhaps the oldest continuous Christian community in the world.
• Byzantine Church St. Georges Church was originally built in the 5th Century. Panoramic views all the way to the Jordan Valley and beyond.
• Ceramic Craft Workshop where the famous Peace Lamps are made. A project of the local Catholic Church to provide employment for villagers.
• Drive to Ramallah
• Christian Quarter - The core of Ramallah's Old Town is Christian, reflecting it's origins.
• Arafat's Tomb - Visit the austere memorial to the former Palestinian Leader.


DAY SEVEN - Israeli settlement and Hebron
• Kfar Eldad Settlement to the east of Bethlehem. Meet settlers. Learn why the Israelis chose to live in communities in the West Bank. Discussion with settlers.
• Drive to Hebron
• Abraham's Tomb. Where Abraham and Sarah are buried. A holy site for Christians, Muslims and Jews.
Hebron Old City - Divided by fences and walls and heavily guarded by the Israeli military. Israeli settlers live in the midst of Palestinians.
• Lunch with Palestinian family
• Glass & Ceramic Workshop - See glass being blown in the traditional fashion, and ceramic being hand painted. The glass is recycled from bottles collected locally. The fuel for the furnace is used motor oil.
Overnight in Bethlehem


DAY EIGHT – Jerusalem
• Old City - All Christian, Jewish and Muslim Quarters.
• Via Dolorosa - Walk part of the route that tradition holds is where Jesus carried the cross to Calvary.
• Room of the Last Supper - The Eucharist is said to have been instituted by Christ at the Last Supper. In Matthew 26:26-29, Mark 14:22-25, Luke 22:19-20 Jesus takes bread, breaks it and gives it to the disciples, saying: "This is my body which is given for you"
• Western Wall - Where Jews have prayed for millennia.
• Church of the Holy Sepulcher - The site is said to be the hill of Calvary, and contains teh cave (the sepulcher) where Jesus was buried and rose again.
• Mount of Olives - Magnificent view of the Old City
• Bethphage - Where Jesus sent the disciples to find a donkey upon which he could enter Jerusalem
• Garden of Gethsemane - At the foot of the Mount of Olive where, according to the Bible, Jesus and his disciples are said to have prayed the night before Jesus' crucifixion.
• Jewish and Palestinian neighborhoods - Learn about the conflict over modern Jerusalem
Overnight in Jerusalem


DAY NINE - West Jerusalem - Free Time
• Holocaust Museum - (Yad Vashem in Hebrew) The official Israeli memorial to the victims of the Holocaust.
• Government Center - Drive past the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) and Ministries.
• Afternoon Free time - Shopping etc.
• Festive dinner with a Jerusalem family.
Overnight in Jerusalem


DAY TEN - Nablus
Known as 'Schem' in the Hebrew Bible (Old Testament).
• Drive through the Central West Bank viewing many Israeli settlements and Palestinian villages.
• Shilo, Beth-El and Ofra - see the ancient Israelite settlement sites mentioned in the Old Testament - Passing them en-route. Ancient Shilo, a city in the Ephraim hill-country, was the religious capital of the Hebrew Tribes in the time of the Judges.
• Jacob's Well - Where Jesus was offered water by a Samaritan Woman. It is written in John 4:9 "Then the woman of Samaria said to Him, How is it that You, being a Jew, ask a drink from me, a Samaritan woman?" For Jews have no dealings with Samaritans."
• Nablus Old City - Visit an ancient Turkish Bath No time to actually bathe - Olive oil soap factory
• Samaritan village Meet a Samaritan priest and visit the site of their ancient Temple, built at the same time as the First Temple in Jerusalem.
Overnight in Tel Aviv


DAY ELEVEN - Jaffa & Tel Aviv
Israel's cosmopolitan metropolis is the engine that drives the rest of the country. Most of Israel's population lives in the metropolitan area, which hosts numerous industrial zones, high tech companies, and sprawling suburbs. The city's beaches line the western edge of the city, and the night clubs don't get started till after 10pm.
• Jaffa walking tour. Explore the Old City port area and learn about the history and tragedies of 1948, and today's challenges.
• Free time in the afternoon for shopping, beach etc
Overnight in Tel Aviv


DAY TWELVE - Departure Transfer to airport.

More information and Reservations

  • Nablus Day Tour
    Visit the Samaritans and their holy temple on Mount Grizim. Hold a discussion with the Director of a youth organization in Balata Refugee camp. Explore the sights and sounds of the Old City of Nablus
  • Masada, Dead Sea & Southern West Bank
    An overview of the southern West Bank, the ancient Roman complex at Masada, a drive along the entire length of the Dead Sea, and an opportunity to dip in the healing sea waters.
  • Taybeh Village
    Come and explore Christian Palestine through the beautiful village of Taybeh located between Jerusalem, Ramallah and Jericho.
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