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HOLY LAND CRUISE: Shore & Land Excursions
2011, Capernaum, Celebrity, cruise, Dead Sea, Ephesus, Galilee, Greece, Haifa, Holy Land, Israel, Italy, Jerusalem, Land Tour, Mediterranean cruise, Mount of Beatitudes, Nazareth, River of Jordan, Sea of Galilee, Turkey
Hi, I'm Keira, the Travel By Ginny's team member going on the Holy Land Cruise with Celebrity. I just booked my shore and land excursions and I'm super excited! Are you excited yet? You should be! This trip is just around the corner and I simply can't wait to visit some of these places!!! It's going to be amazing. Here's where I'm going to be:
Tzippori Mosaics - Mona Lisa of the Galilee
Nazareth and Galilee - Jesus Ministry (Click to learn more.)
Jerusalem (Ashdod), Israel
The Dead Sea & Masada
Jerusalem (Ashdod), Israel
Jerusalem & Bethlehem - Wailing Wall
Ephesus (Kusadasi), Turkey
Ephesus, Didyma & Miletus with Lunch - Fountain of Trajan
Lions of Delos - Ancient Delos - (Click to Learn More.)
The Ruins of Herculaneum
HOLY LAND CRUISE - Jerusalem, Israel
Learn about our special 12 Day Holy Land Cruise where you get to spend 4 Nights in the Holy Land. This cruise is a phenominal deal and one you shouldn't miss out on as it affords you all the luxury of Celebrity Cruises and a wonderful pilgrimage.
City/Country: Jerusalem, Israel
When You're There: Sep 08 | Sep 09
About: A young, vibrant port city, Ashdod is nevertheless rich in history. From Biblical sites to Yam Fort, a tenth century fortress, you’ll find historic relics from all eras. However, recent growth has given this city a much more cosmopolitan feel. Visit the brand new Ashdod Cultural Center, Yad LaBanim Concert Hall, and MonArt Performing Arts Center for an impressive display of modern culture in this ancient land.
1 Possible Excursion: Dead Sea & Masada Overland
For those who wish to maximize their call in Israel; visit the main sights in the Old City of Jerusalem, join in a unique experience of greeting the sunrise from an amazing viewpoint of Masada and swim in the Dead Sea, the lowest point on earth. Then, travel to the Galilee - Israel's luscious region and the scene of Christ's youth. Here Jesus was baptized, preached and performed many of His miracles. Visit these sacred sites.
The drive from Ashdod to Jerusalem is approximately one hour.
You'll visit the following sites: Day One
VIA DOLOROSA - You will walk along the Way of Suffering and observe some of the Stations of the Cross through the city's narrow and crowded cobbled streets towards Calvary and the Church of the Holy Sepulcher which is the site of the final Stations of the Cross.
CHURCH OF THE HOLY SEPULCHER - The church is believed to enshrine the sites of Christ's crucifixion, entombment and resurrection. The 12th century church is shared by several Christian denominations. Steep steps lead to the second level where a shrine is situated in Calvary or Golgotha.
DORMITION ABBEY AND KING DAVID'S TOMB - This is the site of the coenaculum, the room where Christ and the Apostles dined at the Last Supper. It was here after the Crucifixion that the Holy Spirit descended upon the Apostles at Pentecost. The reputed tomb of the great monarch King David is adorned with 22 silver crowns representing the Kings of Israel who succeeded him.
THE WESTERN OR WAILING WALL - Revered as the sole remnant of the Second Temple which was destroyed by Rome in 70 AD, the massive Western Wall is actually part of the Temple Mount foundation erected by Herod the Great. The Wall is the most sacred Jewish shrine in Jerusalem. From the plaza you can view the Temple Mount dominated by the El Aqsa Mosque and the Dome of the Rock, sacred to the Muslims.
THE CARDO MAXIMUS - Built by the Emperor Hadrian when Jerusalem was the Roman city of Aelia Capitolina and see the remains and reconstructed areas.
Lunch with wine will be served in Jerusalem. You will have time for shopping for religious artifacts and souvenirs.
Drive to the Dead Sea. Your evening hotel accommodations and dinner will be in one of the leading hotels.
There will be an early wakeup call (the day starts around 5am) and you will drive to Masada where you will walk up the ramp and await the sun rise. After a tour of the famous mountain you will descend by cable car and drive back to the hotel for breakfast.
You'll visit the following sites: Day Two
MASADA - Herod the Great built a fortress and a palace on this tabletop mountain that towers 1450 feet (442m) above the Dead Sea. It was here that the Jewish Zealots made their last stand against Roman armies during the Jewish revolt. For three years the Zealots held out. With the Romans on the verge of breeching the walls, the zealots chose mass suicide. Ascend the mountain by cable car. Explore the site and see the Ramps, the grain and bath houses, Herod's palace and the synagogue, one of only four known to date from the period of the Second Temple.
DEAD SEA - At 1276 feet below sea level, the Dead Sea is the lowest point on earth. The mineral laden water is undrinkable and supports no life. You will have time to experience a short swim/float in the Dead Sea and then you will drive via the Jordan valley to the banks of the river Jordan where John baptized Christ. Please remember to bring your swimsuit and a towel.
RIVER JORDAN - You will visit the bank revered by the faithful as the spot where John the Baptist immersed Jesus in the waters of the Jordan.
MOUNT OF BEATITUDES - Christ delivered the Sermon on the Mount from this hill. In 2000, Pope John-Paul II celebrated the Eucharist on its slope. From the terrace of the domed Catholic Church, founded in 1937, there are splendid views of the Sea of Galilee.
TABGHA - The Church of the Multiplication is believed to occupy the site where Christ performed His miracle with two fish and five loaves. Consecrated in 1981, the current shrine protects a beautiful 5th century Byzantine mosaic floor depicting the miracle.
CAPERNAUM - Capernaum is considered to be the "centre" of Jesus' ministry in the Galilee. You will have a guided walking tour visits the ruined synagogue where Christ preached.
You will have a photo opportunity at the Sea of Galilee where an observation platform offers sweeping views of the area.
HOLY LAND CRUISE - Haifa and Galilee, Israel
Learn about our special 12 Day Holy Land Cruise where you get to spend 4 Nights in the Holy Land. This is your chance to visit without the hassle of packing and unpacking and with all the pleasure of Jerusalem and Haifa, Israel. Let's take a peak at what you could be doing this September:
City/Country: Haifa, Israel
When You're There: Sep 06 | Sep 07
About: The roots of this city, on the slopes of the Carmel Mountains, can be traced back to 4th century B.C. Its five religions-Islam, Judaism, Christianity, Druze and Bahai-form the city's social fabric. Gaze in awe at the Bahai Temple and its breathtaking gardens, which sprawl from the top of Mt. Carmel into its foothills.
1 Possible Excursion: Nazareth and Galilee - Jesus Ministry
You will travel to Galilee - Israel's luscious region and the scene of Christ's youth. Here Jesus was baptized, preached and performed many of His miracles. You will have the opportunity to visit these sacred sites.
You will visit the following sites:
River Jordan - Visit the bank revered by the faithful as the spot where John the Baptist immersed Jesus in the waters of the Jordan.
Mount of Beatitudes - Christ delivered the Sermon on the Mount from this hill. In 2000, Pope John-Paul II celebrated the Eucharist on its slope. From the terrace of the domed Catholic Church, founded in 1937, there are splendid views of the Sea of Galilee.
Tabgha - The Church of the Multiplication is believed to occupy the site where Christ performed His miracle with two fish and five loaves. Consecrated in 1981, the current shrine protects a beautiful 5th century Byzantine mosaic floor depicting the miracle.
Capernaum - Considered to be the "centre" of Jesus' ministry in the Galilee. A guided walking tour visits the ruined synagogue where Christ preached.
Nazareth - Nestled in a circle of cypress studded hills, Nazareth is the scene of Jesus' youth. Visit the Basilica of the Annunciation, consecrated in 1969, the largest Christian Church in the Middle East is said to mark the grotto where the Archangel Gabriel appeared to the Virgin.
Sea of Galilee - Go to an observation platform and take photos of the sweeping views of the area.
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