Interfaith Study Tour

You will visit with Christians, Muslims, Jews as well as other religious groups in the Holy Land. Tours will be conducted to shrines of different faiths.

The tour covers the land of the three monotheistic faiths as well as the current realities encountered by the People of the Holy Land.

 

Day 1: Arrive and Settle In

Arrival at Ben Gurion Airport, meet and assist then transfer to your hotel in Jerusalem. Dinner and overnight at hotel.
 

Day 2: The center of the Abrahamic Faiths

Exploring the 3 faiths within the city of Jerusalem. After breakfast, visit the cenacle, the room of the last supper. The current crusader church was build in the 12th century and was transformed into a mosque during the ottoman era in the 16th century as it is the resting place of King David, or the prophet Daoud for the Muslim faith. A place respected by the three religions. Continue to the Old City of Jerusalem, visiting Al Aqsa Mosque, The Wailing Wall and the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. Visit the 4 parts of the holy city including the Christian, Muslim, Jewish and Armenian quarters within the city walls. Return to hotel for dinner and overnight. In the evening receive a speaker from Sabeel Ecumenical Institute in Jerusalem to discuss the realities of Christians, Muslims and Jews living together.
 

Day 3: The bonds that unite us

Southern Reaches of Faith. After breakfast head to the city of Hebron to visit the old city or Hebron and continue to the caves of the patriarchs, a site venerated by the three faiths as it is believed to be the resting place of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and their wives Sarah, Rebecca and Leah.  Although it consisted of a church during the crusader period, it is now split into a synagogue and a mosque. Continue to Bethlehem to visit the Church of Nativity, the birthplace of Jesus. Before returning to your hotel you will visit a Palestinian refugee camp in Bethlehem where you will listen to one of the camp representatives about life as a refugee. Return to hotel in Jerusalem for dinner and overnight.
 

Day 4: Faith in the desert

The Judean desert. In the morning depart from your hotel heading east to the Judean desert. Make a stop at the Good Samaritan Inn, continue to visit Massada and Qumran where the Dead Sea scrolls were found. Have some free time to visit and swim at the Dead Sea before reaching Jericho, the oldest continuously inhabited city on the planet. Here you will have lunch then visit the mount of Temptation and continue to visit the archeological site of Tal Al Sultan (Ancient Jericho), with ruins dating back 10 centuries. You will check in at your hotel for dinner and overnight.
 

Day 5: We can coexist

Examples of co-existence. After breakfast depart your hotel to the north where you will visit the baptismal site at the Jordan river and take a boat ride on the sea of Galilee, you will also visit Capernaum and Tabgha. You will continue to the city of Safed, regarded as the center of Jewish Mysticism. Continue to Nazareth to visit the Church of Annunciation, before checking into your hotel for dinner and overnight.
 

Day 6: Faith of the unseen

Other faiths in the Holy Land. In the morning head further north to visit the Druze community of the Holy Land, then head to Mount Carmel for a visit and continue to Haifa, a metropolitan city for Christians, Jews and Muslims living together, you will also visit Stella Maris and the Baha’i gardens and shrines. Return to hotel in Nazareth for dinner and overnight.
 

Day 7: Reflections then Departure

Departure. After breakfast head to the airport for your departure flight.

 

Tour Highlights

 

Explore the heart of the Abrahamic faths in Jerusalem

Possibility to observe, mass at a church, salat at a mosque and worship at a synagogue

Meet with leaders and community members of all faiths

Understand the religeous and social realities of the Holy Land

 

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