Day 1. Departure from Harare to Addis Ababa/Cairo
Depart to Cairo on Ethiopian Airlines. Arrive in Cairo at 01h 30. Upon arrival, our representative will meet you and after immigration formalities, you will be transferred to your hotel for overnight.
Day 2. Pyramids & Old Cairo
After breakfast, you will visit the Pyramids of Giza – one of the standing seven wonders of the world and the Sphinx. Stop by a Papyrus and the Perfumery, thereafter we will proceed to the Old section of Cairo were we visit the a Jewish synagogue, built on the site where Moses was found in the basket, the hanging church of AL MUALLAQA which was built in the 4th century over Southern Gate of the fortress of Babylon. This church was dedicated to Virgin Mary and its treasures include a 14th century wall painting of the Nativity. A visit to St. Sergius (ABU SERGA), a 5th Century Basilica built over crypt where the Holy Family is believed to have stayed during their exile into Egypt takes you a step deeper into the realization of the truth about the Messiah.
Return to hotel for overnight.
Day 3. Crossing from the African to Asian Continent
After breakfast you will start your drive towards St. Katherine. We pass through the Suez Canal as we move from the African Continent to the Asian Continent. Travelling along we will stop at Marrah the place of the bitter waters, Elim where they received Manna from heaven and Rephidim where Israel fought the Amalekites. You will finally arrive to the foot of Mt. Sinai for dinner and overnight.
Day 4. Ascend to Mt. Sinai – Drive to Taba/Israel border
Early in the morning start the climb of Mt. Sinai where the Ten Commandments were revealed. After such a wonderful mountain trip and a magnificent view, we start our journey descending. On this day, we visit sites in St. Catherine which is the place where Moses climbed up the mountain to receive the Ten Commandments. In the same area, there is the famous Greek Orthodox Monastery which is built around the Burning Bush and the well where Moses met his wife Zebura (daughter of Jethro, the priest of Median). We will also visit the place where the Israelites camped when Moses went to receive the Ten Commandments. Then proceed to Taba where you will have dinner and overnight.
Day 5. Welcome to Israel: Kibbutz/ Dead Sea/ Qumran
Start the morning very early with crossing the border Israel and proceed to Kibbutz Yotvata here you can see how ideology, perfect organization, hard work and faith can turn the desert to a fertile land. Beside, you can be impressed from using the high technology in agricultural activities. Continue to the Dead Sea; the lowest sea on earth. You will have time to deep and float in these special heavy waters then we visit the site of Qumran where dead-sea scrolls were found. Drive to your hotel for dinner & overnight.
Dinner & Overnight in Dead Sea area
Day 6. Jericho/ Yardenit
After breakfast drive to Jericho considered the oldest inhabited city in the world. Climb with cable car to the Mt. of Temptation & Visit the Tree of Zacchaeus.
Start your journey to the Sea of Galilee. Stop at Yardenit traditional Baptism site, for Baptism in the same water where John the Baptist baptized Jesus.
Drive to the Galilee area for dinner & overnight
Day 7. Sea of Galilee – Golan Heights
The Sea of Galilee is rich in memories of the three years of Jesus’ Ministry around its shores. Begin this day with a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee from Tiberius to Capernaum, where Jesus dwelt after he left Nazareth and did many signs and wonders. Visit the ancient Synagogue and the nearby house of Peter. Next, visit the chapel of loaves and fishes at Tabgha as well as the nearby Mount of Beatitudes, the scene of the Sermon on the Mount (Mathew 5). Our next stop is at one of the sources of River Jordan at Banisa, which is the site of Caesarea Philippi where the apostle Peter made his great confession of faith of Jesus as the Christ, then return to Tiberias.
Tabor – Nazareth – Cana – Muhraka
After breakfast visit mount Tabor & the church transfiguration (Luke 9: 28 -36). Continue to Nazareth. Visit the Basilica of the Annunciation and the church of St. Joseph with the home of the Holy Family. Drive on via Cana in Galilee where Jesus turned water into wine at the wedding feast (John 2: 1-11). Proceed to Mount Carmel (Muhraka) where Elijah confronted the priests of Baal.
Day 9. Jerusalem & Bethlehem
Begin the tour in Jerusalem with a majestic view from the Mount of Olives over all of ancient and modern Jerusalem, the centre of the biblical world. Visit the Chapel of the Ascension, the Pater Noster where Jesus taught his disciples the Lord’s Prayer. You will see the Lord’s Prayer in different languages including Aramaic the language that Jesus spoke and Kiswahili too. Visit the Church of Dominus Flevit – where Jesus wept over the city of Jerusalem then walk down the “Palm Sunday Road” to the Garden of Gethsemane where he prayed the Prayer of Agony and was betrayed by Judas. Visit the Church of All Nations where Christ prayed on the night of his betrayal (Luke 22: 40-46). Next, drive on the across the Kidron valley to Mt. Zion and visit the church of St. Peter in Gallicantu (Palace of Caiaphas). The upper room where Jesus had his last supper with the disciples and where the Holy Spirit descended on them and they started speaking in tongues and the Domination Abbey where you can see a great sculpture of Virgin Mary.
Afternoon drives to Bethlehem the city of David, to visit the birthplace of Jesus marked by the church of Nativity. Kneel at the place of birth of Christ in the Grotto of the Nativity. Visit also the shepherd’s field and stop for a panoramic view of the Judean Desert and the distant mountains of Moab.
Day 10. Jerusalem – Old city
Today is a walking Tour Day within the walls of the old city of Jerusalem. View on the Temple area with the Dome of the Rock, the Mosque of El-Aksa and visit the western all also known as the wailing wall which is considered the most sacred site by the Jewish people. Proceed to the Pools of Bethesda where Jesus healed the man who had been crippled for 38 years (John 2: 2-9). Visit the well-preserved crusader church of St. Anne, where there is an opportunity to sing a hymn before walking along the Via Dolorosa (way of the cross). Following the 14 stations of the cross from Pilates Judgment Hall to the empty Tomb in the church of the Holy Sepulcher. Crown this memorable day with a visit to the Garden Tomb and Gordon’s Golgotha.
Day 11. Free morning in Jerusalem – Jaffa
Free morning for leisure in Jerusalem.
Afternoon drive to the Ancient Sea Port of Jaffa, known to be the oldest Seaport in the world. Here you will have a farewell dinner and later proceed to the airport for your flight back home.
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