Pilgrimage to the HOLY LAND & EGYPT A 12 DAYS 10 NIGHTS

Posted in EGYPT AND THE HOLY LAND – 12 Days 10 Nights

Day 1: USA – TEL AVIV


 Day 2: TEL AVIV - NAZARETH.

Arrive at Tel Aviv Airport, meet, assist and transfer to your hotel in Nazareth, Dinner and overnight.


Day 3: CANA – NAZARETH – HAIFA

After breakfast, leave to Cana of Galilee: the place of the first miracle of Jesus. Continue to Nazareth and start a walking tour from Mary's Fountain till the Basilica of the Annunciation for a visit to Mary's House, the Upper Basilica, the Museum and the Church of the Holy Family.
In the afternoon, leave to Haifa, capital of the industry and the major port. Ascend to Mount Carmel passing by the Persian Gardens of the Bahai sect. Visit the Church of Stella Maris, the birthplace of the Carmelite Order, which contains a natural grotto of the Prophet Elijah. Back to your hotel in Tiberias for dinner and overnight


 Day 4: THE SEA OF GALILEE – MOUNT TABOR – RIVER JORDAN

After breakfast, leave to Mount of Beatitudes to recall the Sermon of the Mountain. Continue to Tabgha (Heptapegon) for a visit to the Church of the Multiplication of Fish and Loaves, admiring the well conserved Byzantine mosaic from the fifth century. Then visit the small chapel of the Primacy of St. Peter before heading to Capernaum, the Town of Jesus for a detailed visit of its ruins: the remains of the House of Peter, the "Insula Sacra" and the White Synagogue. Then, you will experience a boat ride crossing along the Sea of Galilee.

In the afternoon, ascend to Mount Tabor and visit the Basilica of the Transfiguration, built of on the ruins of two earlier sanctuaries: Byzantine and Crusader. Descend and continue to River Jordan where we will have the opportunity to renew your baptismal vows. Back to your hotel in Tiberias for dinner and overnight


 Day 5: JORDAN VALLEY – JERICHO – DEAD SEA – QUMRAN – BETHLEHEM

After breakfast, drive through the Jordan Valley to Jericho, the oldest city in the world for a visit to Tel El-Sultan, the site of the biblical Jericho and view of Mount of Temptations. Enjoy a bath in the salty waters of the Dead Sea.
In the afternoon, continue to Qumran for a visit to the ruins of the Essenes Monastery and view the Caves of the Dead Sea Scrolls. Then drive through the Judaean Desert, passing by the Good Samaritan Inn to Jerusalem for a first contact with the Holy City from Mount Scopus. Arrive to your selected hotel in Bethlehem for dinner and overnight.


Day 6: BETHLEHEM – SHEPHERDS' FIELD – OLD CITY OF JERUSALEM

After breakfast, start a detailed visit to the Basilica of the Nativity: the Grotto of Nativity, the Manger, St. Catherine Church, St. Joseph and St. Jerome Chapels. Continue to the village of Beit Sahour to visit the Shepherds' Field with the natural grottos and the remains of the Byzantine churches and monasteries.

In the afternoon, transfer to the Lions' Gate and enter the Old City for a visit to St. Anne Church and the Pool of Bethesda. Continue then walking through the Via Dolorosa (the Way of the Cross) to the Basilica of the Holy Sepulcher for a detailed visit to Mount Calvary, the Holy Tomb and St. Helen Chapel. Back to your hotel in Bethlehem for dinner and overnight.


Day 7: MOUNT OF OLIVES AND MOUNT ZION

After breakfast, drive to Mount of Olives for a visit to the Ascension Chapel and then to Pater Noster Church. Walk down to the small Chapel of Dominus Flevit and enjoy a panoramic view of the Holy City with all its major shrines. Continue to the Garden of Gethsemane for a visit to the Church of Agony (called also of All Nations) and Mary's Tomb in the Josaphat Valley.

In the afternoon, explore Mount of Zion: St. Peter in Gallicantu, David's Tomb, the Last Supper Room (The Cenacle) and the Dormition Abbey. Then entering Zion's Gate, walk through the Cardo Maximum and the Jewish Quarter to the Wailing Wall. Continue in a panoramic tour through the new city of Jerusalem for a visit to the Shrines of Ein Karem: The Visitation and St. John the Baptist churches.Back to your hotel in Bethlehem for dinner and overnight


Day 8: BETHLEHEM – TEL AVIV – CAIRO
Breakfast at the hotel. In a due time, transfer to Tel Aviv Airport and board your flight to Cairo (Egypt). Arrive at Cairo International Airport. Meet, assist and transfer to your hotel. Dinner and overnight.


Day 9: PYRAMIDS – SPHNIX – EGYPTIAN MUSEUM

After breakfast, we start our tour of Old Cairo beginning with a visit to the Egyptian Museum of Antiquities to view the unique collection of Pharaonic art and the renowned treasures of King Tutankhamen.
Continue to Giza plateau to see the only remaining site of the Seven Ancient Wonders of the World, the Great Pyramid of Cheops (khufu), which dates from 2600 B.C.E. This pyramid is 450 feet high and consists of 2.300.000 blocks of stone, each stone weighing 2.5 tons. Nearby see the pyramids of Chephren and Mykerinos, and end our visit by the majestic Sphinx, guardian of the plateau. dinner & overnight.


Day 10: MEMPHIS – SAKKARA – THE CITADEL

Morning drive through the countryside to Memphis, the ancient capital of Egypt. See the beautiful Alabaster Sphinx and an enormous reclining statue of Ramses II. Continue to the necropolis of Sakkara and see one of the world's oldest stone structures, the step pyramid of Zoser. proceed to Islamic Cairo to visit the Salah El Din Citadel which was constructed by Salah El Din on the Moqattam hills to defend Cairo from the armies of Crusaders. After that visit Mohamed Ali Alabaster Mosque which was designed by the architect Yousif Boushnaq, a Turkish man who came specially from Istanbuland built this great mosque for Mohamed Ali, the ruler of Egypt (1805-1849) who ruled Over 45 years.back to our hotel, dinner & overnight.


Day 11: CHRISTIAN CAIRO

A full day in old Cairo including visit to the Coptic Museum, The Museum occupies an area of 8,000m2, buildings and garden included., the Coptic community in Egypt has been active in filling it with precious and rare pieces. Members of the community have sent icons, cloths, manuscripts, priestly garments, frescoes, and wooden panels. Painted wooden ceilings and marble fountains were collected from old Coptic palaces., after the visit, we proceed to visit the Coptic churches of Abu Serga known as the Virgin Mary crypt and the Hanging Church dedicated to the Virgin Mary, proceed to visit the church of apparition where Our Lady appeared in Zeitoun hovering above Saint Mark's Coptic Church, a shrine dedicated to the Holy family, which according to tradition rested in that place during their stay in Egypt. after the visit, a free time to stroll around Cairo's labyrinthine Bazaar of Khan el Khalili. back to our hotel, dinner & overnight (D).


Day 12: CAIRO – USA
Transfer to the Cairo airport to board your flight back to the USA.