Christian tours to the Holy Land empower the believer with a deeper faith and a stronger passion for Christ, as the experience brings a deep change in the heart and spirit of the pilgrim. Israel, the centre of attention in the Holy Land, offers much beyond its glistening domes and historical sites. Israel has always been a sought after pilgrimage destination and tourist magnet for Holy Land tours.
With diverse terrains, such as the Judean Desert, the snow-clad peaks of Mount Hermon and the world’s saltiest sea, the region of the Holy Land gives a unique picture of the historical happenings, dating back to several millenniums. Many of the historical sites of Israel have acquired a place in UNESCO’s World Heritage List. Jerusalem, the capital city of Israel, shelters the prominent historical sites that exude power and mystery, and at the same time, impart a spiritual influence to the Holy Land.
Exuberant biblical places are found all around Israel and Christian tours not only cover the New Testament sites related to Jesus, but also many regions pertaining to the Old Testament, such as David & Goliath, the Philistines, the Midianites and Deborah & Barak. The Jerusalem Biblical Zoo, Tower of David Museum, Israel Museum and Yad Vashem (Israel’s memorial to the Holocaust) are significant sites. The Dead Sea Scrolls can be viewed in the Shrine of the Book and visitors get to discover many mysteries from the exhibits. The National Park gives an insight into the plants of the Biblical days. The Wailing Wall, a part of the massive structure constructed around the Temple Mount and the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, which shelters the crucifixion and resurrection sites of Jesus, are among the sacred sites of the Christians. The Mount of Olives, where the risen Christ ascended to heaven, gives a panoramic view of the whole of Jerusalem. The Garden of Gethsemane, the ‘Way of the Cross’ or Via Dolorosa and the fourteen cross stations are heart-rending sites that depict the final path and the sufferings of Jesus Christ.
Visitors can admire the marvelous landscapes of Galilee and embark on a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee, where Jesus rebuked the storm and walked on water. Tiberias is a resort town on the Lake Kinneret (or the Sea of Galilee), and it has a place among the four traditional holy cities of Israel. Bethlehem is His birthplace, Nazareth is His boyhood town and Capernaum is the center of His ministry. The Basilica of Annunciation, Church of the Multiplication of the Loaves & Fish, Church of the Beatitudes, Primacy of Peter and Church of Nativity are significant Biblical sites. The Dead Sea is an impressive geographical mystery and the Masada gives a view of King Herod’s fortress, which also served as the stronghold of the Jews during their revolt against Romans during 73 BC. The Judean Hills and Caesarean antiquities are other noteworthy historical sites.
Christian tours to the Holy Land enable Christians to get a clearer perception of God’s Word in the Bible and help them get the answers to questions they have been pondering over, for quite some time.