Holy Land Tour of Israel 2022
10-Day Footsteps of Christ Tour
Saturday, October 15 - Tuesday, October 25, 2022
Join the Salisbury Cruise Club as we walk in the Footsteps of Christ from his childhood home in Nazareth, through his early ministry and miracles in the areas surrounding the Sea of Galilee. Visit the site of Jesus’ baptism, transfiguration, His first miracle at the wedding in Cana, the Sermon on the Mount, and the multiplication of the bread and fish. Then travel to Jerusalem where we will retrace Jesus’ steps on the Palm Sunday Road, visit Mount Zion and the site of the Last Supper, the Garden of Gethsemane, the “Via Dolorosa” and the nine Stations of the Cross from condemnation to crucifixion, and the Garden Tomb. We will also visit Jesus’ birthplace in Bethlehem, the ruins of King Herod’s palace and the Dead Sea, the lowest elevation on earth at 1,300 feet below sea level.
Due to uneven terrain and cobblestone surfaces, this tour is not recommended for individuals with mobility issues who require a wheelchair or a walker or who are unable to walk at least 1/2 mile without stopping to rest.
Tour Features Included:
Bus Transportation - from Salisbury to our nearby international airport (likely Newark)
Round Trip Flights - from our international airport (Newark) to Tel Aviv
Deluxe Hotels - 4-nights at Leonardo Club Tiberias Hotel on the Sea of Galilee and 5-nights at Leonardo Jerusalem Hotel in downtown Jerusalem.
Full American Breakfast included each morning
Dinner in local restaurants, including wine, provided each night
Daily Guided Tours, with some free time in the afternoons/evenings to further explore on your own
American Hosts (Kelly and Tracy Shannahan) with you from start to finish
European Tour Manager with us throughout our 10-days in Israel
Knowledgeable Local Guides for our daily tours
Several free gifts and mementos of your tour from the Salisbury Cruise Club
Saturday, October 15, 2022
Morning - Bus from Salisbury to nearby international airport
Group flights to be booked December 2021, likely from Newark (EWR)
Afternoon/Evening - Fly overnight to Tel Aviv, Israel (TLV)
Sunday, October 16
Morning/Afternoon - Arrive Tel Aviv, Israel
Meet our Tour Manager and travel by bus to our hotel in Tiberias on the Sea of Galilee - with a stop for lunch (on your own) along the way
Hotel check-in - Leonardo Club Tiberias Hotel - (Tiberias, Israel) - dinner and free time
Monday, October 17 - Mount Tabor- Shrine of Transfiguration, Cana and Nazareth
In the morning, we ascend Mount Tabor (by taxi) to visit the Shrine of the Transfiguration, the site of the revelation of the glory of Jesus Christ as the Son of God, overlooking the plain of Jezreel, where the battle of Armageddon will be fought as foretold in the Book of Revelation. Later, we visit Cana, the site of Jesus’ first miracle at the wedding where he turned water into wine. In the afternoon, we return to Nazareth, home of the Holy Family, to visit the Church of the Annunciation and Mary’s Well where the angel Gabriel announced the Incarnation to the Virgin Mary.
Tuesday, October 18 - Sea of Galilee, Magdala, Jesus Boat and Mount of Beatitudes
The Sea of Galilee is rich in memories of the 3 years of Jesus' ministry around its shores. Among Holy Land sites, the Sea of Galilee has changed comparatively little since Jesus walked on its shores and recruited four fishermen as his first disciples. Today we visit Magdala, the birthplace of Mary Magdalene, and the 2,000 year old fishing boat known as "Jesus Boat". Next is the Mount of Beatitudes, where the Sermon on the Mount took place.
Wednesday, October 19 - Cruise to Capernaum and Tabgha
Today we continue our tour of sites on the Sea of Galilee where Jesus carried out his work of evangelism by calling the first disciples and healing the sick. Crossing the lake by boat, we visit Capernaum which became Jesus’ home town and the scene of many of his miracles. Here we will visit the house of Peter and the synagogue where Jesus promised the Eucharist in his “I am the bread of life” discourse: “Very truly, I tell you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you cannot have eternal life within you.” (John 6:22-59). Later we travel to Tabgha and the Church of the Multiplication, the site where Jesus performed the miracle of the "Feeding of the 5,000" in which Christ multiplied five pieces of barley bread and two small fish that a boy offered from his lunch into enough food to feed a massive crowd of people.
Thursday, October 20 - Qumran, Jericho, Mount of Temptation, Jesus’ Baptism
After breakfast, we check out of our hotel and drive through the Jordan River Valley to reach Qumran where the Dead Sea Scrolls were written more than 2,000 years ago. We also stop at the ancient city of Jericho, famed as the oldest city in the world, where Jesus healed Bartimaeus, the blind beggar, and dined with Zacchaeus, the rich tax collector who climbed the Sycamore tree to get a better view of Jesus when he arrived. We also visit the Mount of Temptation where Christ was tempted by the devil during his 40-day fast. We then travel east along the Jordan River Valley to Bethany Beyond the Jordan where Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist and where you will have the chance to renew your baptismal promise. This is also where Elijah and Elisha crossed the Jordan, and where the children of Israel, led by Joshua, entered the Promised Land.
- Hotel check-in - Leonardo Jerusalem Hotel - (Jerusalem, Israel) - dinner and free time
Friday, October 21 - Mount of Olives and Mount Zion
In the morning, we visit the Mount of Olives which Jesus visited many times and from which Jesus ascended into heaven. We will also visit Pater Noster Church, built over the caves where Jesus taught his disciples how to pray The Lord’s Prayer. After visiting the holy shrines on the Mount, we will walk the "Palm Sunday Road" visiting the Church of Dominus Flevit, built where Jesus wept for the city’s future destruction and the dispersion of the Jews from their homeland. We will also visit the Garden of Gethsemane and present site of the Church of All Nations where Christ prayed on the night of his betrayal. Our tour continues visiting the Tomb of the Virgin Mary and the Cenacle, the Upper Room in which the Last Supper was held. We also visit the church of St. Peter in Gallicantu built on the site of the palace of the high priest, Caiaphas, where Jesus was held after his arrest and where Peter denied Jesus three times “before the cock crows”.
Saturday, October 22 - Jerusalem Old City, Via Dolorosa and Garden Tomb
Today we follow in the footsteps of Christ in the old city of Jerusalem along the Via Dolorosa (“Way of Sorrows” in Latin), the path where Jesus was lead in agony, carrying the crucifixion cross from the Church of the Flagellation to Calvary. We will follow the Stations of the Cross, including: where Jesus was condemned to death, where he receives His cross, where Jesus falls the first time under His cross, where Jesus meets Mary his mother, where Simon helps Jesus to carry His cross, where Veronica wipes the face of Jesus, where Jesus falls the second time, where Jesus speaks to the women of Jerusalem, where Jesus falls the third time, where Jesus is stripped of His garments, where Jesus is nailed to the cross and where He dies on the cross, is taken down from the cross and is laid in the tomb. Along the way, we will visit the Church of St. Anne and the Pools of Bethesda as well as the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, where Jesus was Resurrected and rose from the dead. In the afternoon, we stop at the Kotel (the Western Wall of the Temple also known as the “Wailing Wall”), passing through the Jewish Quarter. We will also visit the Garden Tomb which lies outside Jerusalem's Old City walls and is considered to be Christ's burial tomb.
Sunday, October 23 - Bethlehem, Yad Vashem and Ein Karem
In the morning we visit Bethlehem, the birthplace of Jesus where we will explore the Church of the Nativity/Church of St. Catherine where Jesus was born. We will also visit St. Jerome’s Cave beneath the Church of the Nativity where St. Jerome spent 30 years beginning in AD 386 translating the Scriptures from Hebrew and Greek into Latin to create the first official vernacular version, and the most enduring version of the Bible. Later, we visit the Shepherd’s Field where the Gospel of Luke tells us an angel announced the birth of Jesus, then to the Garden of the Righteous (Yad Vashem), Israel’s official memorial to the 6 million Jewish victims of the Nazi Holocaust. We then continue to Ein Karem, the birthplace of John the Baptist where we will also see the Church of the Visitation where the Virgin Mary visited her cousin Elizabeth telling her that she was to become the mother of Jesus and pronouncing her canticle of praise, the Magnificat (Luke 1:46-55).
Monday, October 24 - Masada, King Herod’s Palace and the Dead Sea
After breakfast, we drive to Masada fortress where we board a cable car to the top to enjoy a guided tour through the ruins of King Herod's palace. We will imagine life here thousands of years ago where Herod the Great built his winter escape and haven from enemies, complete with castle, storerooms, cisterns and a foreboding wall high above the Dead Sea on this tall, rocky mesa. Later we make our way to the Dead Sea, the lowest elevation on earth at 1,300 feet below sea level and so loaded with minerals that no fish can live in it. Here we will have a chance to float in the waters or bathe in the muds. The Dead Sea is so dense that bathers can lie back on its surface and read a newspaper. The Dead Sea’s therapeutic qualities attracted Herod the Great and its minerals and sticky black mud provided balms for Egyptian mummies and cosmetics for Cleopatra.
Tuesday, October 25
Departure to Tel Aviv airport (TLV) for return flight to nearby international airport
Bus from airport, with brief stop for dinner at WaWa, then on to Salisbury
Cost and Payment Schedule:
Total Package Price - $4,000 per person (pp) - includes transportation
Total package price is based on double occupancy (2 people in the room)
We can also accommodate singles in their own room for $5,000
$1,000 pp Deposit (plus Travel Protection Premium) Due Upon Registration
$1,500 pp Due on April 15, 2022
$1,500 pp Due on July 15, 2022
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