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Itinerary for a Protestant (Christian) Pilgrimage
 to the Holy Land

Day 1 - Depart your country on your way to Tel Aviv, Israel.

Day 2 - Arrive at Ben Gurion Airport, where our representative will greet you and provide instructions about the remainder of your trip in the Holy Land. Proceed to our hotel on the Mediterranean for an overnight stay.

Aqueduct at Caesarea Maritima, June 1998.

Day 3 - Drive along the coast to Caesarea where Paul was imprisoned and Cornelius was baptized. Visit the Roman amphitheatre, the aqueduct, and the Crusader ruins. Visit the magnificent Basilica of the Annunciation built on top of the Virgin Mary's house. Overnight stay in Tiberias.

Baptismal ceremony in the Jordan River

Day 4 - Tour the Sea of Galilee. Visit Capernaum and Simon Peter's house, the Mount of the Beatitudes, and Tabgha the site of the multiplication of the loaves and fishes. Take a boat ride across the Sea of Galilee and enjoy a lunch of St. Peter's fish in Tiberias. Later, walk along the Jordan River where Jesus was baptized and renew your baptismal promises. Overnight stay in Tiberias.

Day 5 - Drive south through the beautiful Jordan Valley to experience the salty waters of the Dead Sea. Continue our journey to the Qumran caves, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found. Visit Jericho (if possible) and view the tel holding the ruins of the most ancient city on earth. Visit Zacchaeus' tree, Elisha's spring, and the Mount of the Temptation. Ascend to Jerusalem for an overnight stay.

Tomb cover at the site of the Garden Tomb, near the Damascus Gate outside the Old City of Jerusalem

Day 6 - In Jerusalem we visit the Mount of Olives, the Garden of Gethsemane, and the Garden Tomb (where Joseph of Arimathea took the body of Our Lord for burial). Later, visit the room of the Last Supper, and the Church of St. Peter in Gallicantu ("the cock-crowing"), built over the palace of the high priest Caiaphas. Drive to Bethlehem to visit the ancient Church of the Nativity, Manger Square, and view the beautiful Shepherds' Field. Overnight stay in Jerusalem.

View of Temple Mount (The Dome of the Rock) and the Old City of Jerusalem.

Day 7 - Walk into the Old City of Jerusalem. Experience the Christian, Jewish, Muslim, and Armenian religious quarters and the underground excavations. See the Temple ruins and the new Citadel Museum amidst the buildings of old Jerusalem. Later, continue along the Via Dolorosa to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. On to Mount Zion to see David's Tomb, the Room of the Last Supper, and Dormition Abbey.

Transfer to B/G Airport for late night departure back to your home.

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