Holy Land Tour from Uganda

The Ugandan Pilgrims began their Holy Land journey in Egypt, visiting the Pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx, the Old Cairo neighborhood as well as St. Katherine.  While in the Sinai region they had the opportunity to climb Mt. Sinai and see the site of the revelation of the Ten Commandments. They then continued to the Gulf of Aqaba to Taba where they had some leisure time to enjoy a swim in the Red Sea.

The next morning the group crossed the border into the Holy Land. One of the first stops in Israel was at Kibbutz Elifaz to learn about growing crops in the desert. They visited the green houses and got to taste some of the vegetables that are cultivated in the middle of the desert. Continuing on, the group travelled to the Dead Sea – the lowest point on Earth, where they experienced floating in the healing waters. A short stop was made in Qumran, the place where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found. 

The participants of the pilgrimage were then driven to Jerusalem where they spent the next few days visiting the religious sites of this Holy City and of Bethlehem.

They ascended the Mt. of Olives for a panoramic view of the Sacred city, followed by a visit to the Church of the Ascension, The Pater Noster Church and a walk down the Sunday Palm Road up to the Chapel of Dominus Flevit, prior to visiting the Garden of Gethsemane with its centuries old Olive Trees. Still in Jerusalem, the pilgrims visited the Basilica of the Agony (Church of All Nations), Mount Zion and the Cenacle where the last supper took place.

During the afternoon, they drove to Bethlehem, the birthplace of Jesus, visiting the Church of the Nativity and other Christian sites of interest.

A much anticipated moment for the Pilgrims was their entry into the Old City, starting with a walk through the colorful Arab Bazars, visiting the pool of Bethesda and St. Anne and continuing along the Stations of the Cross (The Via Dolorosa) to Golgotha, where Jesus was crucified.  Ending the day with a visit to the Western Wall, Judaism’s most Holy site.

Departing from Jerusalem, the Pilgrims visited Genesis Land – a biblical hospitality site - to learn more about this historical land, from Abraham until today, before continuing on to the north of Israel starting with Nazareth where they visited the Basilica of the Annunciation, Joseph’s workshop and Mary’s well.

While in the north, the group drove up to Cana, the place where Jesus performed his first Miracle. They continued to Capernaum the center of Jesus' ministry and other places. A stop was made in Tabgha - the Church of the Multiplication of the Loaves and Fish. The group then visited the Church of the Beatitudes, where Jesus gave the Sermon on the Mount, St. Peter's house, the Church of Primacy of Peter and enjoyed a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee. There was also time for a visit to the Yardenit baptismal site on the Jordan River.

After the two days of touring the Galilee region, the group was transferred to the airport for their departure flight.



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