"And the most part of the multitude spread their garments in the way; and others cut branches from the trees, and spread them in the way." -- Matthew 21:8
Start your day at the picturesque village Ein Kerem, where John the Baptist was born and raised. Visit Mary’s Well, the Church of Visitation and the Church of John the Baptist.
Pass by the Knesset, Israel's parliament house, the Israel museum and stop for a lunch break on your way to the Mount of Olives, stopping along the way at Bethpage, where Jesus sent his disciples to find a donkey to ride into the city.
At the Mount of Olives, you'll join the annual Palm Sunday procession that follows the steps of Jesus down the Mountain and through the Kidron Valley to the ancient city of Jerusalem. Along the way, you'll pass the remarkable, tear-shaped Church of Dominus Flevit, the Garden of Gethsemane and Basillica of Agony.
You'll enter the Old City through the Lion's Gate, and the procession will continue along the Via Dolorosa, the route Jesus is said to have walked between his condemnation by Pontius Pilate and his Crucifixion and Burial.
The procession ends at the Church of St. Anne, at which point you'll get a chance to walk through the local oriental bazaar before returning to your hotel.
- Transportation to and from your hotel
- Licensed, English-speaking guide
What to bring
- Money for entrance fees, food and souvenirs
- Walking shoes
- Appropriate clothing for holy sites -- long pants or skirts and shoulder covering for women