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Follow the footsteps of John the Baptist in Ein Kerem, Jerusalem

Two churches - Visitation Church where Mary learned that she's bearing child, and St. John Ba Harim Church where the immerser, John the Baptist was born - two churches that commemorate two events that gave Christianity two of the most ancient hymns - The Magnificat and Benedictus.

From Ein Kerem
Online Experience
1 Hour
Middle East
Upto 10 people
English, Hebrew
  • Visit places associated with John the Baptist's life
  • See the places related to the Magnificat and Benedictus
  • Learn about the life of John the Baptist and how experiences here as a child shaped his adult life

Ein Kerem is the birthplace of John the Baptist and where he spent his childhood. We will visit the sites commemorating John's events, such as the Church of Visitation, Mary's Spring, John Beharim Church and the Convent of the Sisters of Zion. Over the centuries, the rulers destroyed and rebuilt many of these locations- we can see the different sections over time. We will also see where Mary met her cousin Elizabeth and praised the Lord in a Song of Mary or the Magnificat. We will actually see the places out of which the Magnificat and Benedictus came to be.

Seeing these sites and the surrounding view will give you an understanding of how it was for John growing up as a child and how his experiences here may have contributed to what he did as an adult and his role in Christianity.

  • Please have a good internet connection and Zoom app installed on your phone or laptop
  • Please sign in to the Zoom app five minutes prior to the beginning of the experience
  • The instructions to join the meeting will be sent via email shortly after the booking
Know before you go
  • You can book this tour for 75 USD for a group of 3 or as a private tour for 150 USD and invite up to 10 friends and family to join this activity with you from all over the world. You will see the option to book this experience as a private tour on the checkout page if it is available for that time slot
  • This tour involves travelling to various places, at times the internet connection may be weak. However, we will attempt to minimise such disruptions (only for outdoor tours)
  • Since these are live tours, they may be subject to last minute cancellation due to inclement weather, Internet disruptions or other unforeseen circumstances.
Meet your Host
tourHQ Experiences

Raanan Boral has been a tour guide on and off since the early 1980s. When off, he worked in nature conservation and environmental administration. Raanan, in his tours, combines a variety of disciplines – history, politics, art, and music – to make the tour a unique experience.

Meir More served as a combat medic in the Nachal Infantry Brigade and later in an elite medical teaching unit. Meir studied Biology at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and received his MBA from Leicester University. He received his tour guide license from the Israel Ministry of Tourism after an intensive 2-year program with the Israel School of Tourism, and then he started his second and most fascinating career – being Tour Guide.

From USD 75 / Group
Important Information
  • Fully refundable in case of any cancellation upto 2 days before the tour.