In Jesus’ Footsteps - 10 nights caravan trips
A caravan trip in Israel with your family is a special opportunity to tour in the footsteps of Jesus throughout the Holy Land.
The trail crosses sacred Christian sites and takes you through the “Land of Milk and Honey”.
Included on this trail are caravan parking lots on the bank of the Sea of Galilee, Masada
Arrive at Nofey Moledet offices, receive a caravan or motorhome, and instructions to operate the Caravan (takes about an hour).
Drive towards Lower Galilee to the Sea of Galilee and stay at Jordan Park for 2 nights.
The park is near an urban area close to department stores and supermarkets where you can get organized for your tour.
At the park you can bathe in the Jordan River and in the Sea of Galilee. If you are tired from your flights and driving, utilize this time for relaxation and rejuvenation so you are ready to experience Israel to the fullest!
After breakfast in front of the Sea of Galilee view, start your journey in the place where the angel told Mary about her pregnancy.
Basilica of the Annunciation
Basilica of the Annunciation
The Basilica of the Annunciation, also known as the Annunciation Church, is located at the center of Nazareth City.
According to tradition, it was built on top of a site where the house of Virgin Mary was located, and where Gabriel told Mary the gospel of her pregnancy of Jesus, son of God.
The archeological excavations have revealed the ruins of 3 previous churches that were built one after the other. In fact it was a religious ritual site before the time of Jesus. It was located at the south side of an ancient Nazareth village.
Along with that, houses, water wells and barns were revealed in the excavations as well. The Basilica is the most prominent building in Nazareth and is the most iconic site of the city.
St. Josef Church
According to tradition, St. Josef Church is built where the carpentry shop of Josef's, Jesus' father, was located. Some traditions attribute the place to Josef's home.
This Franciscan church was built in 1914 on top of old church ruins and is located in the Basilica of the Annunciation site. In the Crypt (the lower level of the church) you can see an ancient water pit, mosaics, caves and barns that survived from ancient Nazareth since the 1st and 2nd centuries before Christ. According to tradition, one of the caves was used as Josef's workshop.
This is a city of variety in terms of religion, residents, food and markets. Take the time and visit the colorful market, ancient public bath house, the Jump Mountain, and the winding streets of the city. If you are a foodie, you are in a city filled with fantastic restaurants.
Wedding Church and St. George Church (the Greek Orthodox Annunciation) - Cana Village (Kfar Cana)
The Wedding church is of the Catholic-Franciscan order and is located in Kfar Cana (Cana Village). The church continues the ritual of Jesus' miracle at the wedding in Cana, where he turned water into wine. In the past, a synagogue was located at this site. When exiting the Wedding church to the street, the road leads to the Greek-Orthodox area outside the tall stone wall. Above the gate there is a St. George (georgious) bullet, a saint well known and popular in Israel and worldwide. In resemblance to the Wedding Church, the Greek- Orthodox one was built in modern time on top of an ancient building. The focus of the church is two huge stone jugs that are attributed to the miraculous event. A large part of the icons in the church are dedicated to the miracle of turning water into wine in different
art traditions and are hung on the walls or laid on special stands. Sunlight comes in the church through colorful glass windows and lights the preserved jugs and the different paintings as well as the giant lamp that's floating above the central space of the church.
After visiting Kfar Cana, return to the Jordan Kinneret camp. You can stay at the park and rest at the Sea of Galilee or go meet locals and enjoy the night life of Tiberius.
Tiberius is the largest city in the lower Galilee. You can stroll the main street, try Falafel (Israel's official food), walk into one of the shopping centers or one of the many restaurants in the city. On Fridays most of the businesses are closed.
Start the day early with a drive to Meister Farm, Winery and Caravan park, where you will stay for the following 2 nights. In this farm you can find fruit orchards, a thriving vineyard, petting zoo and a whole lot of Galilee peace.
Get organized and head to Kfar Nachum, in the north part of the Sea of Galilee, where according to the new testament, Jesus set his activity center during a long period and some of the twelve messengers (Saint Pateros and his brother Saint Andreas and Jacob Ben Zavdai, Saint James and his brother Yochanan, Saint John) lived.
From there you can take a hike on the beautiful esplanade that hides the "hidden spring" from Tabcha spring where the Bread and Fish church and Tabcha church/Church of the Primacy are located. At the Church of the Primacy of Saint Peter, one of the two fisherman brothers that met Jesus at the Sea of Galilee bank, mention one of the significant events in creating Christianity as a religion, the moment when Jesus gave Peter the primacy and made him head of the messengers.
The Bread and Fish Church is one of the most important pilgrimage places to Christianity. A Byzantine church was discovered in the site with a magnificent mosaic floor that describes the miracle where Jesus fed a piece of bread and fish to 5,000 people. The church nowadays is placed at the ancient church site and restores accurately the
Continue your hike to Magdala village (Kfar Magdala) an archeological site in development. The main church is the Boat Chapel, named because its has a boat shaped altar and overlooks the Sea of Galilee. The boat represents Jesus' homily from the boat. The tabernacle was blessed on May 26th 2014 by Pope Francis while visiting Israel. In the church stand, there are Byzantine style portraits of the 12 messengers. The church is surrounded by water which can be seen from the church's windows.
For the end of the day drive to Rosh Pina, the magical agriculture colony, in the upper Galilee, draw art and culture, history, nature and culinary lovers. The Moshava suggest recreation sites, galleries, museums, restaurants and festivals and hides a fascinating story of vision, Aliyah, wilderness blooming, stubborn fights and happy endings that continue until today within.
Nowadays, thanks to a rich and multi-faceted past, Rosh Pina is a popular destination that offers peace and quiet on one hand and a bustling cultural center on the other hand.
Continue your hike to Magdala village (Kfar Magdala) an archeological site in development. The main church is the Boat Chapel, named because its boat shaped altar overlooks the Sea of Galilee.
The boat represents Jesus’ homily from the boat. The tabernacle was blessed on May 26th 2014 by Franciscos the pope while visiting Israel. In the church stand the portraits of the 12 messengers in a Byzantine style, amongst Judas Iscariot with no halo, but he is not described as ugly, as used to be in the past.
The church is surrounded by water that can be seen from the church's windows.
For the end of the day drive to Rosh Pina, the magical agriculture colony, in the upper Galilee, a haven for art and culture, history, nature and culinary lovers.
The Moshava suggest recreation sites, galleries, museums, restaurants and
festivals and hides a fascinating story of vision, Aliyah, wilderness blooming, stubborn fights and happy endings that continue until today within.
Nowadays, a lot thanks to the rich and multi twist past, Rosh Pina is very desired and versatile tourism site that offer peace and quiet on one hand and vigorous cultural activity on the other hand.
Your Israel trip includes fun as well, right? So 2 options: Chamei Tveria or Chamat Gader. In both site you can enjoy hot springs, good restaurants, pampering spa with various treatments and all kind of enjoyable activities.
Have a great day.
The drive towards Jerusalem, to Sataf Parking area, starts tomorrow.
Sataf Parking is located in Jerusalem Mountains, and doesn't have water and electricity hookups so we recommend to get organized beforehand.
Get your water tank and battery filled before leaving Meister farm to use in the next park.
Early breakfast made of the great ingredients you bought in Rosh Pina and the
Hitch the caravan and start driving south, on road no. 90, towards Sataf Park where you'll stay for 2 nights.
The 90 road crosses Israel lengthwise; you'll drive from the green Galilee to Jerusalem Mountains.
On the way stop at the Baptism site alongside Jordan River, which is a holy site
and is recognized as the place, according to tradition, where John baptized Jesus.
In the New Testament this event is Jesus' spiritual birth.
Thus the baptism site is of great importance to the Christian world, the 3rd most important site after Bethlehem Birth Church and Tomb Church in Jerusalem.
Take a tour in the city of Jerusalem after arriving and settling in Sataf Park.
The mount of Olives is described in the Christian tradition as the place where Jesus stood and wept about the destruction of Jerusalem, destruction of the Temple and the end of the world prophecy.
Gethsemane is the place where Jesus prayed the night before his crucifixion and suffered before his arrest after he was betrayed by Judas Iscariot.
Mary Magdalene Church is located at the foot of the mountain. Also known as the Onion Church, as it is recognized by its golden onion that can be seen from a distance.
It was built in 1888 by the Proslavic Russian Imperialist Company in Israel and was dedicated in the memory of Saint Mary Magdalene, one of Jesus' followers.
She is the one that witnessed his crucifixion and resurrection.
There is no significant importance to the grounds on which the Church was built and it is not connected to Magdalene's figure nor her activity, but during the preparation of the place foundations an ancient staircase was revealed and it was attributed to Jesus' days.
It seems that the church's name is related to Maria Alexanderova, mother of Czar Alexander the 3rd that donated and contributed to the Russian Imperial Company's development.
Dominus Flevit church is cited first proximally at the end of the 13th century AD- beginning of the 14th AD as the place where the 'lord wept'. It is located halfway up the mountain.
This holy place is marked by a specific stone placed in the field.
In the 16th century El-Mansuria mosque was built on the marking stone, at the north side of the Franciscan area.
Church of all Nations in also known as the Church or Basilica of the Agony is a Roman Catholic church located on the west side of Mount of Olives in Jerusalem, next to the Garden of Gethsemane. It enshrines a section of bedrock where Jesus is said to have prayed before his arrest. The church was built between 1919 and 1924 by the Italian architect Antonio Barluzzi using funds donated from many different countries thus its name. Approximately 5,000 people visit the church every day.
Chapels of the Ascension, Dome of the Ascension or Mosque of the Ascension are different names for the church on the Mount of Olives that maintain the memory of Jesus' ascension 40 days after his resurrection. Since the Muslim occupation of Selah'edînê the church is under Muslim hands but Christians can visit and can lead rituals according to status quo rules.
A Jerusalem night
After the Jesus tours you can meet the tumultuous and various night life of Jerusalem.
It is a well known secret that Mahane Yehuda Market changes totally during night. Instead of vegetable stands the doors of ten of small bars open, chairs and tables lay out in the allies and a flow of partygoers arrive to music shows, culture events or just to feel the unique atmosphere with a glass of cold beer. In the alleyways of Nachla'ot you can find a few recommended local bars you can visit.
There is a light and sound show we recommend at David’s tower in the walls of the Old City. You can take a guided segway (two-wheeled scooter) tour. More recreation areas you can find in the center of Jerusalem, Russian compound, Nahalat Shiv'a, the one sure thing is you can find a lot of good beer!
Abbey of the Dormition (deep sleep; hibernation) is a Benedictine order abbey that is located on mount Zion, near Zion Gate, David's tomb and the south wall of the old city.
According to one of the traditions the abbey is built at the place where Mary fell asleep to the eternal sleep (dormito).
Some mistake the place and connect the name with its location on mount Zion. In 1998 the name was changed by the church to Hagia Maria Sion.
David's tomb is a building on Mount Zion, where, according to Christian, Muslim and Jewish tradition, King David is buried. The Christian tradition notes that the second floor has the room where Jesus and his followers had the last supper before he was taken to his death. This is a holy place to all three religions and was an flash point throughout the years.
From an archeologist’s point of view David's tomb is a Roman or Byzantine building that could have been part of the Hagia Maria Sion abbey and on its side buildings from later eras.
The last supper room is the hall where according to most Christian churches was Jesus’ Last Supper. In Latin it is called cenaculum or coenaculum, meaning dining room. In English sometimes it is referred to as The Upper Room.
The room is located on Mount Zion on the second floor above David's tomb. The place is identified with important events in Christian tradition as the Sacrament, feet wash that was ruled by Jesus during the last supper, Jesus appearance before the followers after his resurrection and the descending the Holy Ghost upon the followers on the 50th since the crucifixion- Pentecost.
Church of the Holy Sepulchre also called the Church of the Resurrection or Church of the Anastasis by Orthodox Christians, is a church in the Christian Quarter of the Old City of Jerusalem, at the end of the Via Dolorosa.
The church contains, according to traditions dating back to at least the fourth century, the two holiest sites in Christianity: the site where Jesus of Nazareth was crucified, at a place known as "Calvary" or "Golgotha", and Jesus' empty tomb, where he is said to have been buried and resurrected.
Since the 4th century the church has been a major Christian Pilgrimage destination.
Take the time to visit the Christian Quarter.
It is built around where Jesus was buried, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, that is the heart and center of the Quarter. In general the quarter is characterized by many public buildings: churches- Greek Orthodox Church of
Jerusalem, monasteries, education buildings as the Lutheran school and college (Echol) des Ferers, residential building are located at the north-east end of the quarter near Damascus Gate.
A major part of the quarter is occupied by religious institutions such as the Greek Orthodox Church of Jerusalem that is located near Jesus tomb, the Ordo Fratrum Minorum (Franciscan) Monastery, San Salvador Monastery also known as Custodia De Terra Sancta and the Latin Patriarchate.
There are many souvenir shops for tourists, Cafés, restaurants, small museums and small hotels. The shops are located along the market street, David Street and in the Muristan and HaNotsrim (Christian) Street.
The hotels, such as the Casa Nova Franciscan house or the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate guest house, in the quarter were built by the church institutes to have guest houses for pilgrims.
In the south west end you can find Hezekiah's Pool which was a reservoir forming part of the city's ancient water system.
Via Dolorosa is Latin for Way of Grief," Way of Sorrow, Way of Suffering or simply Painful Way. Is the path in the old city that Jesus walked from the place he was sentenced to the place the sentence was carried out on the Golgotha hill. The name comes from the suffering Jesus had while walking in the path. It is also named the Cross Way for the Cross Jesus carried to be crucified on at the end.
The Via Dolorosa starts at the Muslim Quarter, north of the Temple Mount, and ends in the Church of the Resurrection or Church of the Anastasis (Jesus Tomb). The way includes 14 stations in each there was an event: in one Jesus fell, in one he met his mother etc. 9 stations are along the way and 5 stations are all in Jesus' tomb.
Western Wall, also known as the Wailing Wall, is the last holy site for this day.
The story of the Western wall starts with a modest mountain Mount Moriah.
On this mountain many Jewish founding events took place. According to Jewish tradition the foundation stone is the name of the rock at the centre of the Dome of the Rock Mount Moriah where God created the world, some Jewish view this as the Holy of Holies as the spiritual junction of Heaven and Earth, the axis mundi, and is therefore the direction that Jews face when praying the Amidah.
When Abraham was commanded to bring Isaac and give him as offering to God, it is written in the bible about Mount Moriah: Abraham lifted his eyes and saw the place from afar.
Tradition sees this place as the house of God in Jacob's dream, when he saw angels going up and down the ladder that is on the ground and touches the sky.
During the year the first and second Temples were built on top of the mountain and in them the holy of holies the Dvir, which is the holiest place to the Jewish people.
No one could go in except the grand priest- cohen during Yom Kippur.
In its last years, the Temple was renovated and became full of glory by building a huge plaza, which rests on four walls from all directions.
The site was so magnificent it was said about that: whoever hadn't seen it hasn't seen a substantial building in his life.
The destruction of the Temple by the Romans was a major trauma in the Jewish mind.
The building was destroyed but some of the supporting walls survived. In the absence of the Temple the Jewish people went to pray at the ruin closest to the holy of holies the Wailing Wall.
For generations the Western Wall became a symbol of yearning for the ruined city and the holy Temple. Many have given their lives just to touch the walls' stones and to present their prayers in front of it.
When the Western Wall was freed during the Six Day War, one of the biggest dreams of the Jewish people was fulfilled. Since then the Wall is vibrant: Jewish, tourists, people in prayer and visitors- all find it as a place of retreat where they can express their whisperings of the heart. The Wailing Wall touches everyone's heart.
If you're up to it, you can walk in the old city narrow alleys, visit the colorful market, and go back in the 'time elevator', visit the biblical zoo, Yad Va'Shem museum or one of the many attractions Jerusalem has to offer.
After 2 intensive days following history and sites, enjoying the night life in the holy city say goodbye to Jerusalem and drive south-east to Khan Ein Gedi Park.
A fun day, without long rides… Ein Gedi Nature Reserve is situated on the eastern border of the Judean Desert, on the Dead Sea coast, and covers an area of about 14,350 dunams (one modern dunam equals the area of one decare). It includes two spring-fed streams with flowing water year-round: Nahal David and Nahal Arugot. There are 4 springs in the park area that creates a unique oasis.
The park covers an area of 8 dunams and was declared in 2002 as it is the largest oasis in Israel. A big herd of Ibex make this their main haven in Israel. Until early 2000 a few leopards were in the reserve
Early morning head off to a swim in the Dead Sea. At the end of day you'll park at west Masada parking area.
You've arrived at the lowest point on Earth. Spend the day floating in the oily sea waters, spread mineral mud all over your selves, dip in the sulfur pools and just enjoy the sun.
You can bath in the following places: Kalia beach, Biankini beach, Ein Bokek Hotel area.
An early wakeup before sunrise, hike the Masada trail and watch the sunrise above the Dead Sea.
Masada is an ancient fort on top of a lonely mountain on the east side of the Judean desert, which is over 63 meters above sea level and about 450 meters above the Dead Sea.
The cliff was chosen by King Herod as a retreat and a royal fortress.
On its flat top magnificent palaces,and public pleasure buildings were built. Fortifications were built around the cliff and water collecting structures ensured water supply year round.
The dramatic historic Masada events during the great Rebellion are described in Yosef Ben Matityahus' (Titus Flavius Josephus) book The Jewish War (Bellum Judaicum).
According to Ben Matityahu, before the destruction of the second Temple, Jewish rebels grasped Masada from the Sicarii and went on robbing sortie of the Dead Sea area settlements.
The 10th Roman legion besiege Masada with 8 camps. After desperate battles on the forts' walls and after they lost hope, the rebels decided to commit suicide instead of ending their lives as slaves.
The rest of the day can be spent in Ein Bokek hotel area applying mud, tour the artist village in Arad (a nearby town), hike the streams in the area etc.
Can't have a true Israel Vacation without being in Tel-Aviv…
So early rise, hitch the Caravan, secure everything and back to Nofey Moledet.
Yes, you're reading correctly. Because Tel- Aviv is the biggest metropolis in Israel and it is very hard to find a suitable parking lot for the Caravan, we are offering to host you.
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