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Israel’s Christian Orthodox


DAY 5: JERICHO / BET ARAVA BAPTISMAL SITE / DEAD SEA / JERUSALEM


The Dead Sea, Jordan


DAY BY DAY ITINERARY DAY 1: USA


Depart for your overnight flight. Dinner and break- fast served on board.


DAY 2: TEL AVIV Arrival in Tel Aviv, where our Homeric Tours Christian Orthodox English speaking guide will greet us. Our first stop is “the Church of St George the Dragon Killer” – the burial place of St. George, the Patron Saint of the Holy Land. Onto Tel Aviv for dinner and overnight. (B,D)


DAY 3: JAFFA / CAESAREA / HAIFA / TABOR After breakfast, visit Jaffa including the Greek Orthodox Church of Saint Simon the Tanner. Then onto Caesarea, the ancient ruins of the port from which St. Paul sailed from and where St. Peter Baptized the first gentile – Cornelius. Our visit includes the Theatre and Herod’s palace and the aqueducts of the city. Continue to Haifa to visit St. Elijah’s Monastery where the prophet had taken refuge from King Ahab. Proceed to Mt. Tabor and visit the Mt of the Transfiguration. Continue to Nazareth where Jesus lived for most of his life. Dinner and overnight Nazareth. (B,D)


DAY 4: SEA OF GALILEE / CANA / NAZARETH Today we take a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee to visit the Greek Orthodox Church at Capernaum followed by a visit to the ancient Synagogue where Jesus preached. Continue to Mt. of Beatitudes and then the Church of the Multiplication of Fish and Loaves in Tabgha to see the fabulous Byzantine Mosaic showing the 5 loaves and the 2 fish. On to Cana of Galilee and the Greek Orthodox Church where we see two of the six jars that Jesus used in his very first miracle of turning water into wine for the wedding feast. Here we can renew our wedding vows. Continue to Nazareth – visiting St. Mary’s Well and the Greek Orthodox Church of the An- nunciation. Dinner and overnight Nazareth. (B,D)


After breakfast, depart for Jericho stopping at Bet Arava for a visit of the Baptismal site – renewal of Baptismal vows. Onto Jericho, the oldest inhabited city in the world. Visit the Greek Orthodox Church of St. Zacchaues with its famous Sycamore tree located in the courtyard of the church. Take the cable car to the top of Mt. of Temptation to visit the Orthodox Monastery. Lunch on your own. On to the Dead Sea to enjoy a swim in the mineral rich waters (be sure to bring your bathing suit). After our swim we ascend to Jerusalem stopping en route at Wadi Qilt to the Greek Orthodox Monastery of St George Koziba. Check into your hotel. Dinner and overnight Jerusalem. (B,D)


DAY 6: ST. SAVVAS / BETHLEHEM / SHEPHERD’S FIELD (ORTHODOX CHURCH) / EIN KAREM ORTHODOX CHURCH / JERUSALEM


After breakfast, we depart for Bethlehem – en route we stop at the Monastery of the Cross. Continue to Bethlehem and the Church of the Nativity where Christ was born and Shepherd’s Field where the Shepherds heard the “Good News.” The men will visit St. Savvas Monastery while the women visit a craft center (Palestinian Heritage Center) and have additional shopping opportunities. We end the day with a visit to the village of Ein Karem, the birthplace of John the Baptist and place of the Visitation, where Mary visited Elizabeth to bring her the good news of Christ’s birth. Visits to in- clude the Russian Orthodox Church of St. John the Baptist and his birth place. Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem. (B,D)


DAY 7: MT. OF OLIVES / MT. ZION After breakfast, we visit the Greek Orthodox Church at Bethany, marking the place where Jesus met the Sisters at the entrance of the town. Visit Lazarus Tomb and the Greek Orthodox Church built over it. Ascend Mt. of Olives, visiting the Ascension Chapel and Pater Noster where you can read the “Lord’s Prayer” in over 150 languages. Walk down the Palm Sunday (Willow) Road stopping at the Church of Mary Magdalene – a beautiful Russian Orthodox Church where you can see part of the original road, which descended the Mt. of Olives 2000 years ago. Visit Garden of Gethsemane, the Garden of Agony and the Church of the Assumption of the Virgin. En route to Mt. Zion we pass St. Stephen Church marking the area where St. Stephen was stoned to death. Lunch is on your own. We then visit Mt. Zion and walk into the Old city seeing the Jewish quarter and Wailing Wall. Return to the hotel. Dinner and overnight at hotel. (B,D)


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Program + Jordan Holy Land & Sinai Extension 9 Days / 7 Nights, 1 night Tel Aviv, 2 Nights Tiberias or Nazareth, 4 nights Jerusalem Extension Sinai 2 nights 3 days: 1 night Sinai, 1 night Jericho


TOUR FEATURE INCLUDES: • Round-trip air: USA – Israel – USA


• Meet and assist upon arrival by your Homeric Tours representative


• Private deluxe air-conditioned motorcoach throughout


• Professional English speaking Orthodox guide(s) • Your choice of 3, 4, 5 star hotels • 7 Nights of hotel accommodation • Breakfast and dinner daily • 7 Days of sightseeing tours • All transfers • All entrance fees • Hotel taxes and service charges • Porterage of one suitcase per person • USTOA $1 Million Travelers Assistance Program


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DAY 8: VIA DOLOROSA / HOLY SEPULCHER / OLD CITY / JERUSALEM


After breakfast, walk down the Via Dolorosa – The Way of the Suffering – to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, which is so large that both the Golgotha (the site of the crucifixion) and the Holy Tomb of Christ are located. Later we visit the Patriarch of Jerusalem. This afternoon we take a journey to Nablus where we visit the Greek Orthodox Church at Jacobs Well where Jesus met the Samaritan women. Dinner and overnight Jerusalem. (B,D)


DAY 9: DEPARTURE TO USA OR TAKE AN EXCURSION TO SINAI


EXTENSION DAY 9: JERUSALEM / SINAI After breakfast we depart for Taba border along the Egyptian – Israeli borders where we cross into Egypt heading to Mt. Sinai. Afternoon we visit St. Catherine Monastery and the Icon Museum. Check into your hotel. Dinner at hotel. (B,D)


DAY 10: SINAI / JERICHO Early morning (Optional) – we put on warm cloth- ing and we head to climb Mt. Sinai for a Sunrise view from the top of the Mountain where Moses received the 10 commandments. Return to hotel for breakfast. Depart for Taba border crossing back into Israel and along the Arava wilderness and shores of the Dead Sea passing Masada and Ein Gedi to Jericho for dinner and overnight. (B,D)


DAY 11: USA Transfer to Ben Gurion airport for your journey back home. (B)


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