Welcome to Mollyson Holidays ! We are excited to offer you an Amazing Holy Land Tours from India. Our Christian holy land travel tour packages covers Holy Places in Israel, Jordan and Egypt. A Holy Land Tourfor Christian Pilgrimage is the best way to discover the Holy Land and understand the Gospels, reading passages at the sacred sites connected with them. If you have had the privilege of the land or those not able to visit the holy land places in which Jesus chose to be born and live his life can get to know it through us.
Two millennia have passed since the Annunciation to Mary of Nazareth, the event that marks the start of Christian Era. For two thousand years, a constant flow of pilgrims has been booking Holy Land Tour Packages to visit the sacred places where the Gospel was preached. They come to the city of Jerusalem which, St. Paul writes, will be the center of the new order.
Holy Land Jerusalem and Israel Tours
Jerusalem is one of the Holy Places in Israel. References and quotations about Jerusalem in the Bible are innumerable. It is known as the Sacred city, Jerusalem the Golden, The City of Peace and also The City of David, Zion. There is not another city that has been the cause of so many armed conflicts as Jerusalem. Its holy sites, revered by the three great monotheistic faiths, are a constant draw to pilgrims from all over the world.
In the sixth century, an artist created a mosaic map marking sites mentioned in the bible. This map, which is in Madaba in Jordan, shows the area of the Holy Land, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria and the Sinai desert and Nile Delta in Egypt. The Near East becomes an enlarged Holy Land, reaching its figurative peak in the depiction of Jerusalem, which is given clear theological significance as the center of the world. The Near East without borders becomes the symbol of a new reality of peace.
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Bethlehem is another Holy Land Pilgrimage which in Hebrew means “house of bread” was originally called Ephrath, and has many biblical associations reflecting a tranquil, pastoral existence. Here Jacob buried his beloved wife Rachel and here was enacted the story of Ruth. Bethlehem is revered as the birthplace of David and of Jesus. East of Bethlehem, in the village of Belt Sahur is the Shepherds’ field where the Angel appeared to the shepherds and announced the birth of Jesus. There is a Greek Orthodox Church built over a cave and another church was built for the Franciscans by Barluzzi in 1950.
Joseph and Mary came from Holy Land Nazerath to Bethlehem for the census ordered by the Roman authorities because Joseph was of the lineage of David and Bethlehem was the “City of David”.
With Holy Land Tour to Bethlehem you would see paintings of Fresco depicting the angel announcing the birth of Jesus to the shepherds, Interior of the Shepherds’ field church, Grotto of the Shepherds’ field church, Church of the Nativity with the Church of St Catherine, Wooden panel in the Basilica of the Nativity, Overshadowed by the massive stone walls of the Basilica of the Nativity is the Door of Humility, the small doorway to the church, Basilica of the Nativity, which has four rows of twelve brown Bethlehem stone pillars.
The Basilica of the Annunciation Nazareth, built on the spot where dominates the city, it is the fifth church built on the spot where the Angel Gabriel stood when he prophesied to the Virgin Mary that she would conceive a child, and remains of the earlier churches can still be seen. In this Holy Land Tour Package you would be see the painting of the Annunciation, The Grotto, the holiest area in the Basilica of the Annunciation, Detail of the Zodiac, Torso of a statue of St Peter holding the church and the key to the “Kingdom of Heaven”, Medieval or Romanesque capitals from the Crusaders’ Church.
The milky white Church of The Milk Grotto is a Franciscan chapel built over the cave in which the Holy Family sheltered during the fight to Egypt. Tradition holds that a drop of milk that fell from Mary’s breast while she was nursing Jesus caused the white color of the chalk in the Milk Grotto. New mothers collect the chalk and mix it with their food to ensure a plentiful supply of milk.
The Tomb of Rachel in Holy Land Tour Package is a small domed structure, is venerated by Jews, Christians and Mosalems. To this day jews come to pray here in times of trouble, especially women who pray for fertility and safe childbirth.
The Church of St Gabriel is the present Greek Orthodox church which was built over Mary’s Well and is also known as the house of Mary. The church dates back to 1741 and was built on the site of Byzantine and Crusader churches.
It was in Cana that Jesus performed his first miracle, changing water into wine at a wedding where he, his mother and his disciples were guests. There are two churches in Cana, a Greek Orthodox church and the Franciscan church of the miracle, which was built in 1879 over the ruins of a sixth century sanctuary. This was the site of the village synagogue where the wedding is believed to have taken place and young couples still come today to celebrate their marriages here. Excavations have revealed an inscription of a dedication written in Aramaic, buried in the mosaic floor, proving that this was indeed the site of the synagogue. In the crypt is an ancient pitcher reputed to the replica of one of the sixth original jars used to hold water at the time of the miracle. the chapel of saint Bartholomew is dedicated to Nathaniel, a native of Cana who was initially skeptical of Jesus.
History of Holy Land Mount Tabor, Capernaum, Tabgha and Beatitudes church
Mount Tabor is not mentioned by name in the Gospels, but according to tradition is the “high mountain apart” which Jesus ascended with the apostles Peter, James and John. With our Holy Land Tour Packages you would witness the magnificent view of all the lower Galilee from the summit of Mount Tabor, which is 660 meters high. The psalmist mentions it with Mount Hermon to illustrate the magnificence of God’s creation. The first churches were built on Mount Tabor in around 400 AD. In the time of the Crusaders, a strongly fortified monastery was built by the Benedictines, who managed to withstand attacks by Saladin.
Capernaum was a wealthy Jewish town at the time of Jesus. Here Jesus met his first deisciples Peter, Andrew, James, John and Matthew, all fishermen who worked on the Sea of Galilee. Jesus performed many miracles in Capernaum and the surrounding area. Here he healed Peter’s wife’s mother of a fever, brought a child back to life, cured a leper, healed the centurions’s servant. Among his many teachings here were the parable of the sower, of tares among the wheat, of a grain of mustard seed, of the treasure hidden in the field and of the fishing net.
The name Tabgha is a distortion of the Greek word Heptapegon, which means ‘Seven Springs’. In the past, seven springs met at this point and flowed into the Sea of Galilee, however today only five remain. This is the traditional site of the Miracle of the Loaves and Fishes which Jesus performed in order to feed the multitudes who had come to hear him preach. The table rock where this miracle took place has been the altar of successive churches, the earliest built in the fourth century and replaced a century later by a larger structure. The mosaic pavement still remains in the modern church, which was built in 1982 for the German Benedictines in Byzantine style. The mosaic in front of the altar symbolizes the loaves and fishes, and in the transpet are beautiful mosaics depicting water birds and plants.
The Beatitudes Church is situated atop the Mount of Beatitudes over looking the Sea of Galilee, the octagonal shaped chapel of the church of Beatitudes marks the holy land spot where Jesus preached the Sermon on the Mount. Remains of a small Byzantine church were discovered here in 1935, but the Franciscans chose to rebuild the modern church on the hilltop, not over the ancient chapel. Constructed by Antonio Barluzzi of local basalt, with a colonnaded cloister of white stone surrounding it, the octagonal church recalls the eight blessings, one of which is inscribed on each wall. The mosaic on the floor is decorated with symbols of the virtues of man referred to in the sermon.
The Church of St Peter’s Primacy also known as Mensa Christi – The Table of Christ is along the shore and is also one of places to see in this Holy Land Tours Package. This chapel, whose simplicity is enhanced by the black basalt rocks used in its construction, marks the place where Jesus appeared for the third time after his death. Here Jesus appointed Simon Peter to the office of the Primacy. The church was built by the Franciscans in 1934 on Byzantine foundations and the rock emerging from the center of the floor is the “table” at which they ate. The church is located on a small quay with rock-hewn steps on which Jesus is said to have stood as he looked over the water.
Explore The Mount of Temptation, Mount Olives and Mount Zion with this Holy Land Tour
On the side of a mountain west of Jericho is the Greek Orthodox Monastery called the Monastery of Quarantel ( from the Latin for”forty days”) or the Monastery of the Temptation. According to tradition, it was here that Jesus isolated himself and fasted for forty days. At the top of the mountain are the remains of a chapel, which marks the spot where Satan tempted Jesus. During the Byzantine period, hermits inhabited the area, living in the caves. The present-day monastery was built at the end of nineteenth century with funds donated by the Russian church. It was carved out of the mountain side halfway up and built partly in the rock over the chasm. Today it is inhabited only by a few monks.
Mount of Olives is again another Catholic Pilgrimage for Christianity. No mountain hold more far reaching importance and sentiments than Olivet, or the mount of Olives, nowhere did jesus spend more time during his mission in Jerusalem. When Jesus was in the area, he would stay with his friends at Bethany and on his way to and from the cityhe would pass through the Mount of Olives. Here, overlooking the temple, he taught his disciples, prophesied the destruction of Jerusalem and wept over its fate. On its slopes, in the Garden of Gethsemane, he was taken captive and from its summit he ascended. In antiquity, the Mount was indeed covered with the Olive trees but the Romans cut most of them down to build the rampart for the siege of Jerusalem during the Great Revolt of the Jews in 70 AD.
The mountain is first mentioned in the Bible when king David, fleeing from Absalom went up by the ascent of Mount Olive. During second temple times, Jewish pilgrims would bring their red heifers here to be burnt for the ashes of purification and signal fired were lit at the new moon to inform Jews of the new month’s coming. Here Ezechiel viewed the heavenly chariots and Zechariah prophecied the End of Days. Legend tells that the Messiah will enter the Temple courts through the now blocked Golden Gate opposite the mountain. For this reason, pious Jews have throughout the ages chosen to be buried here so as to be among the first to follow the Messiah on the Day of Redemption.
In the time of Old Testament, Mount Zion was the name given to the City of David. However by Jesus’ time, almost one thousand years later, a monument to David’s tomb had migrated to the present Mount Zion. The tomb fell into ruin in 133 AD but was accidentally rediscovered in 1158 and is venerated to this day by Christians, Jews and Moslems. On the tomb are silver crowns from Torah scrolls brought to Israel from synagogues in the Diaspora which were destroyed together with their communities during the Holocaust. Jews come to pray at the Tomb of David throughout the year, but especially at Shavuot (The Feast of Weeks), the date of David’s death.
Holy Land Tour Package covers Cairo, Pyramids, Sphinx, Museum & Nile River Cruise
Your Egypt holy land tour begins with a visit to the enigmatic Sphinx and the three greatest pyramids in Egypt. At 500 feet high and 750 feet wide at its base the Great Pyramid of Khufu (Cheops) is a breath taking man-made structure, built from enormous stone blocks with a white limestone covering. Over the years, the limestone covering has been stripped away to expose the inner block structure. Along with the smaller pyramids of Khafre (Chephern) and Menkaure (Mycerinus), the inspiring sight of these huge structures looming out of the desert is an unforgettable site. You will have a chance to climb inside the pyramids if you wish, but you’re on your own, as your guide cannot accompany you (a limited number of tickets are available for the Great Pyramid). After the Pyramids we then head into downtown Cairo to explore the sprawling Egyptian Museum. The museum is home to the famous Tutankhamen exhibit and a huge number of other ancient Egyptian artifacts.
If you have ever dreamed of exploring ancient Egypt, longed to follow the footsteps of ferrars or imagine the desert sun setting over, the Emerald Nile you are ready to step aboard a Nile river cruise for over 5000 years. The Nile has been the lifeblood of Egypt and there is simply no better way to experience that wealth of the Egyptian history culture and architecture then on a Nile river cruise.