The Footsteps of Jesus – Jerusalem & Bethlehem
Starting us off will be a glorious view of the city from the Mount of Olives, a site of special importance for Christianity due to the Holy Week events centering around Jesus.
At our feet we’ll behold the Old City and Temple Mount, where the Holy Temple used to stand.
Going down the Palm Sunday Road, we’ll arrive at the Church of All Nations and the beautiful Garden of Gethsemane. In this tranquil atmosphere, we’ll re-visit Jesus’ final hours before his capture.
We’ll then make our way to the Jewish, Muslim, Armenian and Christian Quarters that make up the Old City, gaining a fuller appreciation of this historic area’s diversity.
Our first stop here will be the Western Wall, considered by Jews to be the most sacred and treasured place in the world. This revered site is a surprisingly hands-on experience: those who wish to can inscribe a personal note and place it in the wall, recite an emotional prayer or simply admire this magnificent edifice, which stands firmly at over 2000 years old.
Following the Via Dolorosa, we’ll continue to the Muslim Quarter. This route takes us down the path of Agony that Jesus suffered on as he made his way to his crucifixion. We’ll attend most of the stations, including the final five which are found within the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. For many, our visit at this church will be the climax of our Jerusalem tour. The church is of matchless significance as it’s the holiest place in the world for Christians. It is where most denominations believe that Jesus was crucified and buried as well as where, 1700 years ago, St. Helena found the Cross of the Crucifixion. We’ll be visiting the different parts of the Church including the Golgotha, the Holy Sepulchre (Jesus’ tomb), the five final stations of the Via Dolorosa and more.
We’ll proceed to the Jewish Quarter and simply by crossing this area, we’ll be transported from one historic level to another: the Roman and Jewish Cardos co-exist here, making up the Fifth Avenue of ancient and modern Jerusalem, respectively.
The birth city of Jesus Christ and King David, Bethlehem, awaits us for the second part of our day. Here, we’ll visit the Church of Nativity, the ground upon which Jesus was born. We’ll also have a chance to see the Star of Bethlehem and to glance at the Shepherd’s Field. After a full day of spiritual sites, we’ll make our way back to your hotel.
Please note: Modest clothing will be needed for this tour today and for the cross to Bethlehem a passport will be required for entrance.
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