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Transformational experience to the Holy Land…

Pilgrimage with Gazelle.

Church of the Holy Sepulchre in the Old City of Jerusalem
Church of the Holy Sepulchre in the Old City of Jerusalem

Do you want a life-changing pilgrimage experience? Going to Holy Land is one of the most ever transformational trips you will ever have. You can enjoy your holy destinations to countries such as Egypt, Israel, and Jordan. During the trip, you may sense the foundation of your faith. It’s a surreal experience that one has ever dreamt of. You will visualize those sceneries that you’ve read from the Bible. This trip is indeed truly fulfilling. It is ideal for spiritual groups, family, or individuals who seek new experience to their lives on a higher level of spirituality.


EGYPT Egypt is a country connecting Africa and Middle East. Its main capital is Cairo and the official language used is Arabic. Majority of the Egyptians religion is Islam. In terms of cuisines, their dishes are mainly a combination of Mediterranean and Middle Eastern food.

The first part of the trip will be in Egypt. You will enjoy the beautiful sceneries of the ancient monuments as we go back to the time of pyramids and sphinx. The pyramids of Giza is one of the most famous in the area. It is also known as the Pyramid of Khufu or the Pyramid of Cheops. Sphinx are also well known to the land as this is acknowledged as the mythical creature that has a body of a lion and a head human person. It is believed that it symbolizes wisdom and strength. It is a mythological creature in Egypt. This was built to guard the tombs and temples.

St. Catherine Monastery, Mt. Sinai at the Sinai Peninsula of Egypt
St. Catherine Monastery, Mt. Sinai at the Sinai Peninsula of Egypt

Aside from that, you will be able to view the Egyptian Museum, where the biblical artifacts are stored. It holds collections of artifacts and ancient collection. There is also a part of the trip that will bring you to one of the oldest churches in Egypt like the Hanging Church and Abu Serga. You will also have an opportunity to enjoy dinner cruise in one of the longest river in the world, the Nile River, which flows into the Mediterranean Sea. Then, you will pass through St. Catherine Monastery as we cross over from Egypt to Israel.


ISRAEL

Israel is a small country and is the only Jewish country in this modern time. They have two seasons, cool rainy winter and dry hot summer. One trivia about Israeli are they are known to be wine lovers. Additional facts about them is they have rich heritage and culture and has many historical and religious spots. Its famous capital is known as Jerusalem. It’s a place of many museums and archeological sites.


As you go on the main part of the trip, you will walk through to the place where our Lord Jesus Christ was born and began the history of our biblical faith. Thus, our next country of destination is Israel, which is considered in the scriptures as the holy land. Let us feel the blessedness of the place as you take a step at the city of birth place of our Lord Jesus Christ which is Bethlehem. The Church of Nativity which holds a great significance to the Christian heritage and considered as one of the oldest church in the land. The place marks as the beginning of Christianity. It marks as the birthplace of Jesus and considered sacred to Christian, Jews and Muslims.

The Church of the Nativity, or Basilica of the Nativity, Bethlehem: Birthplace of Jesus
The Church of the Nativity, or Basilica of the Nativity, Bethlehem: Birthplace of Jesus

From Bethlehem, you will be moving towards Jerusalem and take a peak of the historical street called Via Dolorosa, a pathway wherein Jesus walks his way towards the final episodes of his life. A few meters from Via Dolorosa will lead you to Holy Sepulchre Church where people believed that a place where the Lord Jesus Christ rose from the dead. Located in the slope of Mt. Zion is St. Peter Church in Gallicantu, it is one of the significant place where in Peter denies Jesus Christ. From there, you will move to Mt. of Beatitudes, a small hill overlooking the Sea of Galilee. The Sea of Galilee is located at the northern part of the country. Basically, the beautiful country of Israel shows cast the life of our Lord Jesus Christ.

The Via Dolorosa or Station of the Cross:  Processional route in the Old City of Jerusalem
The Via Dolorosa or Station of the Cross: Processional route in the Old City of Jerusalem
Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Old Jerusalem, Israel
The Holy Sepulchre is one of the most Holy and Sacred places in Jerusalem

JORDAN

Jordan is formerly known as Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. The words Jordan is derived from the word “Yarden” which means like “descend.”

The last part of the trip will be in Jordan, an Arabian country which showcases ancient monuments. Its capital is Amman, one of the oldest cities in the world. The city has retained is culture and traditions despite of this modern age. Hospitality and generosity is still being practiced as of this moment. The place is famous with its architectural sites.

Petra, also known as “Rose City” is a famous archaeological site that has tombs and temples made of pink sandstone. The name Petra was derived from the Greek word “Petros” which means rocks. It was then forgotten but was rediscovered by the archaeologist. The city is also considered as one of the oldest city in the world. Another thing is that Petra is one of the tourist spot in Jordan and one of the new Seven Wonders of the World. Millions of tourists visit the place every year.

The Treasury or Al-Khazneh is one of the most elaborate temples in Petra, a city of the Nabataean Kingdom inhabited by the Arabs in ancient times
The Treasury or Al-Khazneh is one of the most elaborate temples in Petra, a city of the Nabataean Kingdom inhabited by the Arabs in ancient times

You will have a glance at Mt. Nebo which is one of the significant place in the Old Testament where Moses had a view of the Promised Land. It is a sacred mountain in Jordan. It is a top attraction with its religious and historical significance. The place is frequently visited by the travelers and become the most important pilgrimage site. Many believed that Moses was buried here but it has no specific evidence yet on this. Through Mount Nebo, you can have a nice view of Dead Sea, Jordan River and Jerusalem.

Mt. Nebo, Jordan is believed to be where Moses stood and saw the Promised Land
Mt. Nebo, Jordan is believed to be where Moses stood and saw the Promised Land

Majority of the Filipinos are Christians and considered as one of the largest Christian countries. One can say that visiting to the holy land is one of the travel goals for many. Indeed, it is the most admired destination of many pilgrims.


Join our holy land pilgrimage and strengthen your faith and have a deeper understanding of the life during those biblical times.

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