The Episcopal Diocese of Connecticut

Holy Land Itinerary

SUNDAY, JUNE 9, DAY 1: DEPART U.S.A

On our way to the Holy Land


MONDAY, JUNE 10, DAY 2: ARRIVE BEN GURION AIRPORT / TRANSFER TO JERUSALEM

Arrival to Tel Aviv you will be met by your guide, transfer to our accommodation in Jerusalem. 

Dinner and overnight at Saint George’s Guest House.Meeting with Archbishop Suhail Dawani, Saint George’s Guest House


TUESDAY, JUNE 11, DAY 3: HORIZONS OF JERUSALEM / HERODIUM

Introductions, walk down to Damascus Gate to get the feel for the distance and our surrounding, Mt. Scopus, view the Judean desert, Mt. of Olives, City of David, Lunch, visit Herodium some 12 km. south of Jerusalem, on a hill shaped like a truncated cone that rises 758 m. above sea level, stood Herodium, the palace-fortress built by King Herod. It had a breathtaking view, overlooking the Judean Desert and the mountains of Moab to the east, and the Judean Hills to the west.

Dinner and overnight at Saint George’s Guest House. Guest Speaker: Contemporary Issues – A Palestinian Perspective


WEDNESDAY, JUNE 12, DAY 4: PRINCESS BASMA CENTER / OLD CITY / CHURCH OF THE HOLY SEPULCHER

GROUP PHOTO, Briefing: Church of the Resurrection, drive to Mount of Olives to visit Princess Basma Center for Disabled Childrenon the Mount of Olives, the Center is home to the victims of many paralyses, strokes, debilitating injuries and other physical and emotional needs, currently numbering 450 students, Walk the Cardo to the Constantinian Entrance to the Church of the Resurrection to the Holy Sepulcher, Lunch. Continue Holy Sepulcher

Dinner and overnight at Saint George’s Guest House


THURSDAY, JUNE 13, DAY 5: WESTERN WALL / DOME OF THE ROCK / SHEPHERD’S FIELD / BETHLEHEM 

We depart for the Western Wall near Elharam Esh Sharif (The Dome of the Rock and the Al-Aqsa Mosque), St. Anne’s Church and the pools of Bethesda. We depart Jerusalem for Bethlehem and the Shepherds’ Field, visit a 1stcentury cave dwelling,Lunch is in Beit Sahour (Shepherds’ Field), ‘And in that region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night’, Church of the Nativity located in Manger Square. It is the Oldest Church in Christendom, constructed by Constantine in AD 326 and the traditional site of the Nativity

Dinner and overnight at Saint George’s Guest House. Guest Speaker: Lecture on Islam


FRIDAY, JUNE 14, DAY 6: JERICHO / NAZARETH  

Wadi Qelt early morning to watch the sunrise also get the feel for the desert, depart for Jericho to hike up Mt. of Temptation and view Tell Jericho. Lunch in Nazareth. In Nazareth we will visit Mary’s Well, the site of the only spring-fed fountain in the city, and most likely the place where Mary would have gone to draw water. We then visit the Greek Orthodox Church of the Annunciation where we will have an opportunity to have an introduction to the Icon, we then follow on foot the path to the Latin Church of the Annunciation, the traditional site of the Angel Gabriel’s appearance to Mary, telling her she would conceive Jesus, the Emmanuel.

Dinner and Overnight at the Sisters of Nazareth. 


SATURDAY, JUNE 15, DAY 7: SEA OF GALILEE / JORDAN RIVER / CAPERNAUM / BEATITUDES

Today we depart for the Sea of Galilee-Lake Kinnereth. Stop at the Jordan River from the Northern side for the renewal of Baptismal vows. We then visit Capernaum where we see the Ancient Synagogue and St. Peter’s House.  We continue to the Mount of Beatitudes, Lunch by the Sea of Galilee, followed by a visit to Tabgha (Heptapegon), The Loaves and Fishes Church and the Chapel of St. Peter’s Primacy. Boat ride on the Sea of Galilee.

Dinner and overnight at Sisters of Nazareth. 


SUNDAY, JUNE 16, DAY 8: CHRIST CHURCH / SEPPHORIS

Sunday Eucharist at Christ Church, meet Fr. Nael Abu Rahmoun. Lunch.Depart for Zippori, Sepphoris, where we explore the excavations of the Roman/Byzantine city.

Dinner and Overnight at the Sisters of Nazareth, A treat you will not want to miss!!!! 


MONDAY, JUNE 17, DAY 9: BURQIN / ZABABDEH / NABLUS / TAYBEH

Depart for Burqin. Jesus had passed through Burqin on his way to Jerusalem from Nazareth, and as he was passing by the village he heard cries for help from ten lepers who were isolated in quarantine in a cave, meet with Fr. Saleem Dawani at Saint Matthew’s Episcopal church, we will also visit the Penman clinic, Nablus to visit (St. Photinithe Greek Orthodox Monastery), St. Photini lived in first century Palestine, she was the Samaritan woman who Christ visited at the well asking her for water, the church built over Jacob’s well where will tour the church and drink from the Well, Lunch in Taybeh, visitTaybeh, the only 100% Christian town in the Palestinian Authority, in the fourth century theEmperor Constantine and his mother St. Helen built the church of St. George in the village, the ruins of the Church are still found on a hill in the town. Taybeh is also the home of the only Palestinian brewery in the Middle East. 

Dinner and overnight at Saint George’s Guest House. Guest Speaker: Contemporary Issues – An Israeli Perspective


TUESDAY, JUNE 18, DAY 10: BETH-PHAGE / DOMINUS FLEVIT / GETHSEMANE / ISRAEL MUSEUM

Walk the Palm Sunday Procession. We will stop at Pater Noster and Dominus Flevit, where Jesus wept over the city. It is known as Dominus Flevit [ Latin for “The Lord wept”]. Afterward, we will walk to the Garden of Gethsemane and the Church of All Nations, Lunch.  Israel Museum and the Shrine of the Book, where the Dead Sea Scrolls are housed. We will also visit a scale model of the Old City of Jerusalem, describing the city asit would have been during Jesus’ time. 

Dinner in Jericho at the Qumris, Overnight at Saint George’s Guest House. 


WEDNESDAY, JUNE 19, DAY 11: WAY OF THE CROSS & EMMAUS

Early this morning we walk and pray the Way of the Cross. Later we depart for Emmaus Nicopolis. We celebrate the Eucharist at the ruins of the Byzantine Church. 

Transfer to the Tel Aviv airport for our return flight to the USA

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