For the Feasts of the TRANSFIGURATION OF OUR SAVIOR and DORMITION OF THE THEOTOKOS
Galilee – Mount Tabor – Samaria – Jacob’s Well – Bethlehem – Nativity Church – Mount Sinai – Monastery of St. Catherine – Jerusalem – Holy Sepulchre – Mt. of Olives – Gethsemane – Jericho – Jordan River
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ATHENS - TEL AVIV
Night Flight to Tel Aviv. (Arrival: Friday, 18/08/2023).
TEL AVIV - GALILEE
Arrival at Tel Aviv Airport and transfer to the Galilee region. Settlement at a hotel in the region, lunch and rest. Hrs 21:00 – Transfer to Mount Tabor and αttendance of the midnight Holy Liturgy of the Transfiguration of our Savior.
TRANSFIGURATION OF OUR SAVIOR
Visit to the wider region of the Galilee. Nazareth (Metropolitan church and church of the Annunciation), Cana of Galilee, Holy Monastery of the Holy Apostles in Tiberius, Jordan River (“Hagiasmos” Sanctification of the waters), Mount of Beatitudes and Ancient Capernaum(Holy Monastery of the Holy Apostles).
GALILEE - SAMARIA - BETHLEHEM
Departure for Samaria and Neapolis (Nablus). Pilgrimage at the Holy Monastery of St. Fotini where the Sacred relics of the Holy Martyr, the Holy Father PHILOUMENOS are kept. Departure for Bethlehem. En route visit to the the new city of Jerusalem and to the Monasteries of the Holy Cross and of St. Symeon the God-Receiver.
HEBRON - BETHLEHEM
Full Day visit to the areas of Hebron and Bethlehem. Oak of Mamre, Holy Monastery of St. Georges Betzalla, church of the Nativity (Cave of the Nativity and Cave of the Holy Innocents), the Shepherds’ Field, the Monastery of St. Theodosios the Cenobiarch, and the Lavra(Monastery) of St. Savvas the Sanctified.
Departure for the Holy Monastery of Saint Catherine. Arrival, settlement at the guest house of the Monastery, or at a hotel in the area. Guiding in the Monastery area. Holy Bush(Holy Vatos), Museum, Library, Gallery, Ossuary, and others.
Very early in the morning for those who will ascend Mount Sinai. Divine Liturgy in the Catholicon of the Holy Monastery. Optional visit of the Hermitage of Saints Galakteon and Episteme. In the afternoon visits to the Hermitage of St. John Climacus(if access is permitted), or to the rock of Moses.
SINAI - FARRAN - RAITHO - JERUSALEM
Departure for Raitho through the Oasis of Farran. Visits to the women’s Monastery in Farran(if access is permitted), as well as to the Monastery of St. Georges in Raitho. Departure for Israel and Jerusalem. Arrival and settlement at a Jerusalem Hotel.
Hrs. 05:00 – Decent to Gethsemane. Attendance of the Ceremony (Precession) for the transfer of the Icon of the Theotokos to the church of the Dormition of Theotokos in Gethsemane. Pilgrimage in the All-Holy church of the Resurrection (Horrendous Golgotha, Holy Sepulchre, etc.), and to the Path of Martyrdom (Saint Veronica’s house, Praetorion, Prison of Christ, etc.), as well as to Gethesmane (Holy Shrine of the Mother of God, the garden of betrayal and prayer and the church of the First Martyr Stephen).
JERUSALEM - JERICHO
Breakfast. Visit to the Jericho area. Holy Monastery of Martha and Mary in Bethany, Holy Monastery of Chozeva, Mount of Temptation, the river Jordan river (“Hagiasmos” Sanctification of the waters, Holy Monastery of the Prophet Elisha, and Holy Monastery of Abbot Gerasimos the Jordanite. Return to Jerusalem.
Hrs. 22:30 – Midnight Divine Liturgy in Gethesmane (Optional).
Attendance of the Service of the Lamentations of the Most Holy Theotokos in Gethsemane and visit to the Holy Shrines on the Mount of Olives (Ascension of the Lord, and small Galilee). In the afternoon visit to the hill of Zion (House of St. John the Evangelist and the “Upper Room”.
DORMITION OF THE THEOTOKOS
Attendance of the Devine Liturgy in the central church of Saints Constantine and Helena in the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Jerusalem, or, in Gethsemane (optional). Rest of the day at leisure.
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