Palm Sunday Tour

A brief overview of the tour

On the Sunday before Easter a procession retraces the route Jesus took on entering Jerusalem to celebrate the Jewish Passover the week before his crucifixion. We will join pilgrims walking from the Mount of Olives to Saint Anne's Church in the Old City. Accompanied by singing and prayer along the way we will visit the Chapel of Bethpage, Church of the Ascension, Church of Dominus Flaviut, passed Gethsemane and enter the Old City. Then we follow the Via Dolorosa before leaving the Old City through the Muslim Quarter to meet our return transportation.

Important and useful notes

  • Pickups will only be from major hotels in both cities.

  • Entry fees not included.

  • Entrance to churches is not guaranteed due to this holiday
  • Bring light snacks and water. No meal stop.

  • Meeting point of departure will be set by guide. Please be punctual. latecomers cannot delay the entire group
  • Changes of itinerary possible on this day. (Church closures)

  • This is mainly a walking tour. Recommended good walking shoes.

  • Stay with tour throughout.

  • Modest dress: Covered shoulders/ No shorts is required for the holy sites.

A detailed description of the tour

On the Sunday before Easter we join Christian pilgrims retracing the route Jesus took when he entered Jerusalem in c.33AD as the Messiah. When Jesus entered the city for the Jewish Passover celebrations he was greeted by crowds hailing him as the Messiah; they waved palm branches and laid palms at his feet as he entered the city. This event is recorded in all four of the Gospels (Matthew 21:1-11; Mark 11:1-11; Luke 19:28-44 and John 12:12-19). Today the Palm Sunday event is recreated with Christians bearing palm branches, playing musical instruments, waving flags, singing and praying along the route. They are led by the Catholic Patriarchate, Custos of the Holy Land, Latin Patriarch and Greek Archbishop in their ceremonial robes. The procession is uplifting and the atmosphere one of joy and brotherhood with participants from around the world.

We begin with a panoramic view over the Judean Desert and Jordan Valley, then stop at the Chapel of Bethpage where Jesus sent his disciples to find a donkey for him to ride into the city.   We transfer to the Church of the Ascension on the Mount of Olives and join the procession continuing down the Mount of Olives to the Church of Dominus Flaviut which was designed by Antonio Barluzzi and marks the place where Jesus wept before his arrest and crucifixion. We pass the Garden of Gethsemane and Basilica of the Agony going through the Kidron Valley to the Old City where we enter via the Lions Gate.

The joyous procession continues into the Old City along the Via Dolorosa, the route Jesus took to his crucifixion. At several points the procession pauses for blessings and to give praise to Christ. We stop at the Church of Saint Anne and Bethseda before leaving the Old City via the Muslim Quarter where we can enjoy some of the traditional market atmosphere. Transportation awaits us on the edge of the Old City for your return transfer.

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