Prices start from 18 thousand for a 5 day trip

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Thousands of Copts will flock to holy sites in Palestinian Jerusalem to perform the rituals and rites of sanctification, the “Christian pilgrimage,” amid strict and routine security measures and health precautions imposed by the Corona pandemic, which prevented trips for about two. years.
Sabri Yeni, a member of the Chamber of Tourism Companies and one of the tour operators for the Egyptian Copts, says about 27 companies operate on Christian pilgrimage trips, according to regulations issued by the relevant authorities, which set a minimum age for. traveler 40 years and older, provided the traveler receives the Corona vaccine in two doses, and booking through an approved travel company and traveling via the national airline “EgyptAir”.
He added that 4,000 Copts are expected to travel to perform rituals, in the absence of travel due to economic conditions and high programming prices amounting to ,000 35,000, while the length of stay in the Holy Land is 10 days, including foods, religious. shrines and travel to the city of Jerusalem.
Yeni thanked the Egyptian political leadership, which allowed Christian pilgrimages to take place normally this year, amid guidelines for maintaining public health and adhering to measures to prevent the Corona virus, noting that a number of Egyptian Copts have been issued visas. to enter Jerusalem by the responsible authorities there ranged from 350 to 4000 Egyptians, which are much lower figures than usual compared to the years before the Corona pandemic.
The drop in “Yeni” figures is attributed to two reasons, the first is the fear of the possibility of canceling the Hajj, as was the case in the last two years, and the second is the presence of fear that the number is not small. travel, with the continuation of the Corona virus, the more so that most travelers are elderly.
For his part, Wajih Rizkallah, member of the General Assembly of the Chamber of Tourism Companies, said that due to the cancellation of the Coptic pilgrimage season in Jerusalem for two consecutive years due to the Corona virus, companies delayed this year in obtaining the full value of the program from travelers to the full confirmation of his stay, explaining that he had travel checks for Jerusalem and security approvals have already been issued, which confirms the goodwill and credibility of the tour companies organizing these religious trips in front of customers. .
He continued: The journey includes a visit to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, the tomb of the Virgin Mary, Palestine, and the Jordan River, where Jesus was baptized. The program begins in Jerusalem, where the Coptic visit: Ein Karem, the Church of John the Baptist, the Shepherd’s Field, and then depart for Bethlehem to visit the Milk Cave and the Church of the Nativity. Then the city of Jericho and there climb the mountain of temptation and visit the church at the top, then head to the tree of Zacchaeus, before looking at the valley of Qumran, in which the Old Testament manuscripts were discovered. The Mount of Olives is in the schedule of the visit, so that the pilgrims have an overview of the city of Jerusalem from the top of the mountain. the prayer of God in all the languages ​​of the world.
After that, the Russian church with golden crowns is seen, then the church of tears, which is the place of Christ’s weeping, before you go down to the Garden of Gethsemane to visit the Church of All Nations, and then the tomb of the Virgin Mary, Church of the Resurrection, Coptic Church and Monastery of the Sultan.
Pilgrims then go to the city of Nazareth to visit the churches of the Gospel, Qana al-Galilee and Tobaga or Ain al-Sabaa, which is the church of the miracle of the five loaves and the two fish.
Climbing Mount Tabor is to visit the Church of the Transfiguration. At the end of the journey, pilgrims should visit Mount Zion, where King David’s tomb is, and the two Rooster Churches and the Assumption of the Virgin Mary. , then walk in the footsteps of Jesus on the path of suffering through 14 stages and go to the house of Caiaphas, where Christ was imprisoned, passing through the churches of St. Hannah, Beer Siloam and Skin, until you reach the Church. of the Holy Sepulcher, which contains Golgotha, namely the place of Christ’s crucifixion, the pillar of skin, the place of the shroud, and the holy tomb, and the conclusion is with the presence of the Holy Light coming from the tomb of Christ.
The Church of the Holy Sepulcher confirmed in a statement on behalf of Adib Judeh, the church’s main proponent, that most residents of Bethlehem and Jerusalem had been vaccinated against the Corona virus, and the church also imposed some measures. to ensure easy entry and exit, with believers forced to wear face masks and continued disinfection work in all holy sites. He showed the readiness of the Palestinian Authority to provide all facilities for believers until their return to their place.
All Egyptian Copts will stay in Palestinian-owned hotels in Jerusalem and Bethlehem, and all drivers and escorts are from Palestine, and return journeys for pilgrims will begin at dawn on April 28, with the final return journey at 5 May, for those who want a full visit to all the holy places and churches.
In collaboration with one of the approved tour companies and in a precedent of unusual official capacity, St. Mark’s Church in Shubra launched the details of its trips to Jerusalem, from April 17 to 28, with prices starting at $ 990 up to $ 1150 in addition to the price includes insurance International health travel, visas, all safety certificates, health insurance against the crown and housing.

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