Mixed pilgrimage for peace

Tours  in the Holy Land: Palestine and Israel for reconciliation and dialogue among peoples.

Be affected by any injustice committed against anyone anywhere in the world is the most beautiful quality a human being.
We want to make this pilgrimage an opportunity to bring together believers of all faiths and secularists who are concerned about injustice, reconciliation and dialogue among peoples, different cultures and religions.
This is an opportunity to affirm that all people are created equal, that religions are tolerant and peace and that no one has the right to subject a people to occupy their land or kill a human in the name of religion.
During this pilgrimage, you will have the opportunity to meet local people, representatives of civil society, rabbis, imams and priests who fight for peace, members of Palestinian and Israeli NGOs. You will visit refugee camps, will close the settlements, the wall and military checkpoints …

No one is born hating another person because of the colour of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.

NELSON MANDELA

Itinerary

(10 days – 9 nights)

Day 1:

Welcome and transfer to the hotel in Bethlehem.

Day 2: Bethlehem – Jerusalem – Bethlehem

After breakfast, the day will be dedicated to visiting holy Jerusalem. Throughout its history this ancient city has been a place of great bloodshed. From the Mount of Olives, you will enjoy a panoramic view of the city and visit the shrine of the Ascension, Dominus Flevit Chapel, Church of the Pater Noster and the tomb of the Virgin, as well as the Garden of Gethsemane, with the Basilica of all Nations. In the Old City, you will follow the last steps of Christ along the Via Dolorosa and be awestruck by the Holy Sepulchre which houses both the place of Calvary and the tomb of Christ. After this you will see the Wailing Wall. From there you can admire the Dome of the Rock, the gem emblematic of the Holy Land, its golden dome shining brilliantly on the Jerusalem skyline; and next to it, El Aqsa Mosque, the largest mosque in the city. Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Bethlehem.

Day 3: Bethlehem – Jerusalem – Bethlehem

Jerusalem- “Al Quds”- “The Holy”, the city sacred to three faiths whose followers – Christians, Muslims and Jews by the million – come from afar to spend time in her ancient walls, the city twenty times ruined and yet still standing. You will explore Mount Zion, the Cave of the Last Supper and the Dormition Abbey. At Silwan an Israeli archaeologist offers an alternative visit of ancient Jerusalem. In the afternoon, meeting with a Rabbi and an Imam for Peace who will explain their approach and fight for coexistence and dialogue between different religions, while respecting individual rights. Accommodation in Bethlehem.

Day 4: Bethlehem

After breakfast, there will be a tour of Bethlehem, the place where it all began. You will visit the Basilica of the Nativity, the oldest church in the world, which is built over the cave that housed Christ at his birth. You will also see the Chapel of St. Jerome (who translated the Bible into Latin), the Church of St. Catherine, Milk Grotto. You will meet with a distinguished person from the community in the Bethlehem Peace Centre. Then you will tour the local refugee camp, Deheishe, and have an opportunity to meet local residents. Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Bethlehem

Day 5: Bethlehem – Hebron

You will then travel to Hebron, the city built by the Canaanites around 4000 BC. Here you will explore the Old City, with the Tomb of the Patriarchs which contains the tombs of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and their wives. After this you will tour the famous, ancient glass factories located in the Casbah of the city. Visit the village of Wadi Foukin to meet with members of the association ‘Friends of the Earth, which brings together Palestinian and Israeli activists to campaign for peace, and against the settlements and separation wall. Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Bethlehem.

Day 6: Bethlehem – Jericho – The Dead Sea

After breakfast, you will cross the desert of Judah and pass by the Inn of the Good Samaritan, of significance because of the famous passage in the Gospels. You will then see the canyon of Wadi Qelt and arrive at the beautiful monastery of St George which is situated on the ochre cliffs of the mountain known as Mount Quarantine. After visiting the city of Jericho, you will have the opportunity to enjoy the indescribable feeling of floating on the Dead Sea. Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Bethlehem.

Day 7: Jaffa – Haifa – Acre – Nazareth

After breakfast, you will drive along the Mediterranean coast through the legendary city of Jaffa. After this you will come to the port of Haifa and Mount Carmel where the prophet Elijah challenged the powers of the Earth and the priests of Baal. Following this you will visit Acre, (Akko) coveted since ancient times by the Syrians and the Persians. It was the Crusaders who for two centuries made the city an important base. Its high, fortified walls overlooking the sea are a spectacle to behold… You will visit the El Jazzar Mosque, the ancient Crusader city, the Hammam al-Pasha, the Caravanserai and the oriental Souk dating back to the 19th century. Dinner and overnight at Nazareth

Day 8: Nazareth – The Syrian Golan

After breakfast, visit Nazareth, the Annunciation, than drive to the Banias nature reserve. After this you travel to the village of Majdal Shams in the Golan Heights. In the Valley of the Tears, you will come across a completely unique situation: families who have been divided since the 1967 war living on either side of the cease-fire lines, separated by barbed wire and minefields and communicating to each other by megaphone. In the evening, a lecture will be given by a member of an association of human rights from Nazareth. Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Nazareth

Day 9: Nazareth – Lake Tiberias – Nazareth

After breakfast, you will arrive at the majestic Lake of Tiberias. On the shores of the lake, you will visit several places and sites such as the small village of Tabgha, the Mount of Beatitudes, Capernaum, the ruins of a synagogue dating back from the second century and the house of Peter. you will visit Mount Tabor and the Shrine dedicated to the Transfiguration of Jesus. Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Nazareth

Day 10: Nazareth – Tel Aviv

After dinner, transfer to the airport in Tel-Aviv for the return flight.

All our programmes are subject to modification at any time. Each programme may, upon request, be adapted to the wishes and needs of your association, movement, organisation, …

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