Every year thousands of Christians travel to Israel for pilgrimage. Yes, Israel is of significance to the Christian faith. It is the place where Jesus Christ was raised, where he lived, preached, and was killed. To Christians, a visit to Israel is an opportunity to get acquainted with the life of Jesus.
Here are 10 places visitors on a Christian tour of Israel can visit.
Mount Tabor is surely a good place to visit when you are on a Christian tour of Israel. It is known to be the place where the transfiguration took place.
Jesus was believed to have had a conversation with Moses and Elijah, two popular Bible characters on that occasion. Mount Tabor rises beautifully above the valley of Jezreel and can be seen from miles away. If you love the thrills of hiking, then Mount Tabor is sure to impress you. It is best to tour this pilgrimage site early in the morning when the sky is bright and the views are clear.
Most Christians if not all are familiar with the story of David and Goliath. The valley of Elah is believed to be the battleground where David killed Goliath.
The triangle-shaped valley is another hiking spot in Israel. But to get the most out of your tour here, it is advisable to go with a guide. Hearing the story again while you are touring the landscape makes you relate to it on a whole new level. You will almost feel like you were right there when it all happened. The best time to visit this tourist spot is during spring. The valley at this time is more beautiful than at any other time in the year. With purple blooming lupines decorating the fields, you will be glad you visited the Valley of Elah.
When you hear Mount Zion, you probably remember David. This tourist attraction is located outside the old walls of Jerusalem and was believed to be the City of David in Bible times.
Today Mount Zion is home to tourist attractions like the burial place of King David, the room where Jesus and his apostles had the last supper, and the Church of Dormition. Whenever you visit Mount Zion, make sure you explore the entire area. You should be done with your tour in 2 hours or less. You can visit this site any time you arrive for a Christian tour in Israel.
The Basilica of the Annunciation is located in the ancient city of Nazareth and it is a must-see spot for most Christian pilgrims.
The Basilica of the Annunciation is said to have been built where Mary was living when Angel Gabriel announced to her that she would bear a son. When in Nazareth, you have the opportunity to get acquainted with the childhood of Jesus. You can visit the Basilica of the Annunciation at any time of the year
The famous Sea of Galilee is another place you should visit when you are on a Christian tour of Israel. It is the largest freshwater lake in the and is also known as Kinneret. According to the Bible, Jesus walked on this sea and calmed the storm. This miracle was the first of its kind in history.
The sea of Galilee remains one of Israel’s major water supply sources down to this day. There’s a lot to do when you are at the sea of Galilee including swimming, water-skiing, kayaking, and motorboat riding. It is best to visit Galilee in the months of April and May. Or you can visit between September to December if you are planning to travel late in the year.
This tourist attraction, also known as the Temple Mount, is considered one of the holiest sanctuaries on earth. It is the place where Abraham was instructed to sacrifice his son to God.
It is also the place where Solomon erected the First Temple that housed the Ark of the Covenant. When you are at the Haram Al-Sharif, dress as modestly as you can. The Temple Mount can be toured by visitors from Sunday to Thursday of every week.
Via Dolorosa is the route that Jesus Christ followed on his way to his execution in Calvary. A walk through this path is the highlight of most pilgrim visits to Jerusalem. While you can walk the street without a guide, it is always best to go with a group. It’s more interesting and exciting to be in the company of other people when taking a walk along the approximately 600 meters long route.
It’s advisable to tour Via Dolorosa on a Friday. You will have the privilege of joining the procession led by Italian Franciscan monks. A Christian tour of Israel cannot be complete without a visit to this place.
The Carmelite Monastery of St. Elijah is one of the biggest attractions on Mount Carmel. The place is said to be where Elijah set up an altar when he challenged the prophets of Baal.
The Carmelite Monastery has since become a tourist site for Christian visitors. Mount Carmel is a place to feel nature at its best. There are small settlements along the slopes of the mountain that are just as fascinating as the Carmelite Monastery. You can visit Mount Carmel any time you visit Israel.
Ever heard of the Dead Sea Scrolls? The caves of Qumran are where the scrolls were discovered. The Dead Sea scrolls are the oldest surviving Bible manuscripts and are said to have been put together by the Essene community. The Dead Sea scrolls date back to the 1st century BC and the 1st century AD. In it is found all the books of the Old Testament except Esther. The Essenes who compiled the scroll were said to have established their center in Qumran. However, they were attacked by the Romans during AD 68 and the center was destroyed. In a bid to preserve their works, they hid manuscripts in surrounding caves in Qumran. From that time till now, different manuscripts have been found in 11 Qumran caves.
When you are at Qumran, visit the caves where the popular Dead Sea scrolls are found and look out for remains of cisterns and aqueducts from Bible times. You can visit Qumran on a Christian tour of Israel at any time of the year.
The famous sermon on the mount delivered by Jesus was given here at the Mount of Beatitudes. Every year, a great number of pilgrims go to this spot to see for themselves where Jesus expressed such wise sayings. It is located in the Sea of Galilee region. Around 1930 the Roman Catholic Church was built on the Mount of Beatitudes. Pilgrims on a Christian tour of Israel can visit the site from 8:30 am to 12 pm and from 2:30 pm to 5 pm. The gardens on the premises are a great spot to experience nature. Whenever you visit the Mount of Beatitudes take in the gorgeous views that the serene and peaceful environment has to offer.
If you are planning for a Christian tour of Israel soon, you have every reason to anticipate your trip. There are so many places to go to and if you are with the right tour guide, you will have so much fun. We can arrange your tours for you. Contact us today to make reservations for an unforgettable tour across Israel.