In the footsteps of Jesus
This tour focuses on the significant sites of Christianity in and around Jerusalem: the Via Dolorosa, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the churches that crown Mount Zion and ascend the slopes of the Mount of Olives.
Atop the Mount of Olives, we will visit the Church of the Ascension, the spot tradition has Jesus ascending to heaven. We will also visit the Church of 'Pater Noster', where Jesus taught the Lord's Prayer, and the tear-shaped Church of Dominus Flevit, which commemorates the place where Jesus wept while foreseeing the impending destruction of Jerusalem. (“Truly I tell you, not one stone here will be left on another; everyone will be thrown down.” Matthew 24:3). From a vantage point at the top of the mountain we can behold the heart-stopping views of both ancient and modern Jerusalem, gaze across the ancient Jewish cemetery dug into its slopes.
At the foot of the Mount of Olives, we will enter the Church of All Nations, which sits astride the carefully-tended Garden of Gethsemane where Jesus meditated and wandered the night before his arrest.
As we leave the Mount of Olives we will cross the Kidron Valley, entering the centuries-old stone walls of Jerusalem’s Old City through the Lions Gate. Once inside, we will make our way to the Pool of Bethesda. Surrounded by Byzantine and Crusader ruins, this is the site where Jesus healed a paralyzed man as noted in the Gospel of John. We will join together with the Christian pilgrims from across the world who walk the Via Dolorosa', marking Jesus’ final path to the Golgotha.