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Easter in Jerusalem

Price starting from
$2985
Per Person
Trip Duration :
10 Days / 9 Nights
Prices are quoted in US Dollars per person per trip.

One Departure ONLY: May 2017

 

 

Day 1, Wed April 27-USA/Tel Aviv:

Transfer to the airport for your flight to Tel Aviv (booked on your own).

 

Day 2, Thu April 28-Arrival: 

Upon arrival at Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv, you will be met by our representative and escorted to your hotel.

Overnight: Leonardo Jerusalem hotel or similar.

 

Day 3, Fri April 29-Jerusalem: (BD)

Attend the Good Friday at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.  You will walk 10 minutes from your hotel to the church on your own. 

Overnight: Leonardo Jerusalem hotel or similar.

 

Day 4, Sat April 30-Jerusalem: (BD)

You will walk 10 minutes on your own to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, to attend the Easter Service celebrating the Resurrection of the Lord and the coming of the Holy Light.

Overnight: Leonardo Jerusalem hotel or similar.

 

Day 5, Sun May 01-Bethlehem/Ein Karem: (BD)

Drive to Bethlehem and see Church of the Nativity, marking the birthplace of Jesus. See the Milk Grotto, where Mary and Joseph sought refuge during their flight into Egypt. Tradition holds that while she was nursing the baby Jesus, A drop of her Milk fell to the ground and turned it white. There is fifth century Church on the site, and scrapings from the walls are said to enhance fertility. Visit an Old Testament site, the field of Boaz, where the wealthy landowner met Ruth, while gleaning eventually married her. Proceed to Ein Karem, birthplace of John the Baptist . See the Church of the Visitation, where St. Mary, the Blessed Mother, visited her cousin Elizabeth during her pregnancy, and also the Church of John the Baptist.

Overnight: Leonardo Jerusalem hotel or similar.

 

Day 6, Mon May 02-Via Dolorosa/Mount of Olives/Mt. Zion: (BD)

Follow the Via Dolorosa, the route Christ followed to Calvary and visit the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Drive to Mount of Olives to enjoy a panoramic view of Jerusalem. Then, visit Pater Noster Church on the spot where Jesus taught his disciples the Lord’s Prayer and the Dome of the Ascension, marking what is believed to be the last place he stood before his Ascension. See the Garden of Gethsemane where Jesus suffered and prayed the night before he died, and the Church of All Nations, commemorating this night, which is open for use by all Christian religions. Visit the Church of Dominus Plevit, where Jesus wept while foreseeing the destruction of Jerusalem. In the afternoon, visit Mt. Zion.  See the Upper Room where the Last Supper was held, and King David’s Tomb,  honoring this great King.  Visit the Church of St. Peter in Gallicantu, the village whose name refers to the cock crowing three times when Peter denied Jesus out of fear. Then proceed to the Temple Area, home of the sacred sites of thee religions – Christianity, Judaism and Islam.  See the Dome of the Rock, Al-Aksa Mosque, and the Western (or Wailing) Wall. 

Overnight: Leonardo Jerusalem hotel or similar.

 

Day 7, Tue May 03-Lod/Jaffa/Tel Aviv: (BD)

Visit the Church of St. George at Lod, traditionally known as the birthplace of the patron saint of England. Then visit the seaport of Jaffa, one of the oldest seaports in the world. It was in Jaffa that Peter resurrected the widow Tabitha, and also had a vision telling him not to differentiate between Jews and Gentiles who want to become Christians.  Drive back to Jerusalem for overnight and dinner. 

Overnight: Leonardo Jerusalem hotel or similar.

 

Day 8, Wed May 04-Jerusalem/Jericho/Dead Sea: (BD)

Drive to Jericho, believed to be the lowest permanently inhabited city on earth, well below sea level. The road between Jerusalem and Jericho is the setting for the parable of the Good Samaritan. The Gospels state that Jesus visited Jericho, where he convinced Zachaeus, a dishonest tax collector, to reform his ways. The city is also traditionally believed to be the place where Joshua, successor of Moses, led the Israelites back into the Promised Land. Take a cable car up a steep cliff (350 feet above sea level) to visit the Orthodox Monastery of Temptation. Visit the Dead Sea, the lowest point on earth, with time to bathe in the mineral-rich salt waters.   

Overnight: Leonardo Jerusalem hotel or similar.

 

Day 9, Thu May 05-Nazareth/Galilee: (BD)

Today you will visit Nazareth, home of the Holy Family and known as the “Christian Capital of Israel." It was in Nazareth that the Angel Gabriel told Mary that she was to be the Mother of God. The Basilica of the Annunciation commemorates this event. You will also see St. Joseph’s Church and many shrines honoring the childhood of Jesus  in Nazareth.  Visit Cana of Galilee, site of Jesus’ first miracle, when he turned water into wine at a wedding feast. You will also see the site of his Baptism by John in the Jordan River and Jacob’s Well, a deep well hewn in solid rock that religious tradition has associated with Jacob for over two centuries. Enjoy a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee.  

Overnight: Restal hotel Tiberius or similar.

 

Day 10, Fri May 06-Capernaum: (BD)

Drive to the Mount of Beatitudes, where Jesus delivered the Sermon on the Mount. Visit the Church of the Multiplication of the Loaves and Fishes, commemorating the miracle when Jesus fed a huge crowd from a small amount of loaves and fishes. Visit Capernaum, the fishing village that was the home of St. Peter. See Peter’s house where his mother-in-law was healed of a serious illness.  

Overnight: Restal hotel Tiberius or similar.

 

Day 11, Sat May 07-Departure: (B)

Transfer to the airport for your onward flight (optional Turkey Extension available). 

 

 

TURKEY EXTENSION

 

Day 1, Sat May 07-Istanbul: (B)

Board your Turkish Airline flight to Istanbul (booked on your own). Upon arrival you will be met by our representative, then you will enjoy the tour of St. Sophia, the magnificent of all Byzantine churches and one of the world's finest and largest architectural work of art. It is built by Anthemius of Tralles and Isodorus of Miletus between 532 and 537 AD under the rule of Emperor Justinian. It is now a museum where early Christian mosaics and Islamic calligraphy live side-by-side. Hagia Sophia is the great cathedral that was once the former spiritual heart of the Byzantine Empire. considered to be the 8th Wonder of the World, Hagia Sophia has an architecture which was way ahead of its time. The central dome has a half-dome at either side and seems to be suspended in space. In the 19th century, extensive work was done to make the church more resistant to earthquakes. The interior is rich with mosaic tiles and arranged in murals. This is one of Istanbul's best know landmarks. 

Grand Bazaar; Grand Bazaar one of the largest and the oldest shopping malls in the world. The Bazaar initially consisted of two warehouses only, known as Inner Bedesten and Sandal Bedesten. Later on open streets were covered with doomed roofs, and separate buildings connected to each other. It is a mini city that sprawls across 65 streets and 50 acres and includes some 4000 shops, tiny cafés, and restaurants - all surrounded by a wall, and entered through any of eleven gates. It offers a sea of choices that will tempt even the non-shoppers with its local curios and souvenirs: carpets,jewelry, icons, leather, meerschaum pipes, ceramics, bronze and copper ware.

The Saint Antoine Church is located on İstiklal Street in Beyoğlu, Istanbul. Construction began on August 23, 1906 and was completed and opened for religious services in 1912. Its architect, Giulio Mongeri was born in Istanbul. The church was governed by Italian priests and is the greatest Catholic Church in Istanbul with the largest number of congregation. It is a beautiful sample of tolerance and religious acceptance. The Saint Antoine Church was built in a Neogothic style and in Latin Cross shape measuring 20 x 50 meters. The walls of the church were covered with mosaic tiles up until a certain level, and the outer facade of the building is made of bricks. Continue your tour with Kariye Museum Church of St. Saviour in Chora, an ancient Byzantine church later converted into a mosque in the 15th century AD. It is now a museum of Byzantine mosaics and frescoes.

Overnight: Istanbul hotel. 

 

Day 2, Sun May 08-Istanbul: (B)

Free day to enjoy Istanbul on your own. 

Overnight: Istanbul hotel. 

 

Day 3, Mon May 09-Istanbul/USA: (B)

Transfer to the airport for your onward flight (booked on your own).

 

 

 

 

INCLUSIONS FOR ISRAEL:

  • Arrival and departure transfers will be provided at specified times, individual transfers can be provided at an additional cost  
  • 10 days/09 nights hotel accommodations at the following hotels or similar; Leonardo Jerusalem and Restal Tiberius
  • Daily breakfasts and 8 dinners
  • A 45 minute boat ride across the Sea of Galilee to St. Peter's memorial
  • Cable car ride to the mount of temptation
  • Entrance fees and English speaking guide
  • Sightseeing as per itinerary
  • Tipping included for guide, driver, restaurants, etc
 
INCLUSIONS FOR ISTANBUL:
  • Arrival & departure transfers 
  • Two nights hotel accommodations in Istanbul including taxes, service charge and buffet breakfast 
  • One full day sightseeing in Istanbul including all transfers and English speaking guide 
  • Sightseeing as per Itinerary

 

NOT INCLUDED:

  • Drinks with meals
  • VISA-Israeli visa not required for U.S. citizens. Turkey visa is REQUIRED and can be obtained prior to departure. 
  • Any personal items or items not included in the 'Inclusion' section 
 
 

***A $500/person deposit (via check) is required at time of booking to secure air space***

***A minimum of 20 paying individuals is required to maintain the above rates. Should the group materialize at less than 20, a supplement will apply***

                                                                                         

  

                                                                      Rate per person

Land & Air (LAX/TLV/LAX)

$2,985.00 (in double occupancy)

Single Supplement (for Israel only)

$850.00

Turkey Extension 

$450.00 

             

 

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