Holy Land Catholic Tour
DAY 1 Departure - flight from your airport
Board the transatlantic flight to Tel Aviv, Israel. Meals served on the board of the plane.
DAY 2 Arrivals to Israel, Tel Aviv – Jerusalem/Bethlehem
Upon arrival to Israel, the group will meet with their guide, board the bus and head to church for the opening Holy Mass celebrated by your priest in the group. Time permitting group will make a visit to Caesarea Maritima, city built by Herod the Great and dedicated to Roman Emperor Caesar Augustus; it is an impressive archeological site. The same day we will visit Mt. Carmel overlooking Haifa with the prophet Elijah's cave!
DAY 3 Bethlehem
In the morning after breakfast, we drive to Bethlehem (house of bread in Hebrew). First is the visit to the Shepherd’s Field where Angels appeared to the shepherds (Luke 2), to announce the Birth of Jesus. Later to visit the church of Nativity built over the tomb of St. Jerome, In the Grotto under the central altar we will walk by the Holy Manger, and the Silver Star with the Latin inscription "Hic de Maria Virgine Jesus Christus Natus est."
The second part of the day we will be visiting village En Karem; you will visit the Church of Visitation the site of the Blessed Virgin Mary's visit with her cousin Elizabeth. This is the place where Our Lady said Her "Magnificat." Visit here will also include the birthplace of St. John the Baptist. Return to hotel for dinner and overnight.
DAY 4 Bethlehem – Nazareth – Cana
In the morning after breakfast you will leave for Nazareth, here upon arrival group will celebrate Holy Mass and visit Nazareth, the boyhood home of Jesus and the place where He spent the first 30 years of His life. We will pray in the churches of St. Joseph and the Annunciation where the Angel Gabriel announced to Mary that She would be the Mother of God. A walk through old Nazareth brings us to see the Well where Mary went for water, visit Orthodox church there. After lunch, break tour will continue to Cana the site of Jesus' first miracle. In this little town, we will have the Renewal of the Marriage Vows. Back to hotel.
DAY 5 Nazareth – River Jordan – Capernaum – Tabgha
This morning pilgrimage "In the Footsteps of Jesus" continues with the visit to Capernaum, where Jesus lived; new church built at the site of the Home of St. Peter, ruins of the synagogue where Jesus preached, here we will get to know more of the Life of Jesus in Capernaum. The same day you will enjoy a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee before going to Tabgha, the site of the Multiplication of the loaves and fishes and the church of St. Peter's Primacy & to Mt. Of Beatitudes where the Lord Jesus preached Sermon on the Mountain. For the end of the day we are on river Jordan, the same river Jesus was baptized in by St. John, to renew our baptismal vows.
DAY 6 Mt. Tabor – Jericho
This morning to beat the afternoon crowd we will drive to Mt Tabor. We will take a short taxi drive up to the mountain to visit the Church of Transfiguration and celebrate holy mass here. After the visit, we will head south through the Jordan Valley to Jericho, the oldest known continuously inhabited city in the world. After a stop to tell the story of Zacchaeus and renew ourselves “The Parable of Good Samaritan” we will have a stop for lunch. Later you will drive through the Judean Desert, passing by the Mt. of Temptation. Same late morning tour continues to Qumran. Here are found Dead Sea Scrolls, more than 900 pieces in 30 caves. Stop for “Dead sea” experience float on the surface of the Dead Sea – bring your swim suits. The long and inspiring day ends with the dinner at the hotel in Jericho.
DAY 7 Jericho – Jerusalem – Mount of Olives
Arriving in Jerusalem, we will head to Mt. of Olives to visit the Ascension Chapel – we believe that it was here Jesus ascended to heaven 40 days after the Resurrection. Next on the schedule is the Pater Noster – site of where Jesus taught his disciples the Our Father – “Pater Noster”. Enjoy the view of the Holy City from atop the Mount of Olives. We then walk down the Palm Sunday Road, the road Jesus followed on His way to Jerusalem. We stop at the chapel of Dominus Flevit where our Lord wept and shed a tear for the city of Jerusalem (Luke 19: 37- 42). We then proceed to the Garden of Gethsemane and pray at the Church of All Nations(Church of Gethsemane), where Jesus prayed: "Father if you are willing, take this cup from me. Nevertheless, not my will but yours will be done". At the end of the day you will visit the church of St. Peter Gallicantu, the church built on the site of the house of high priest Caiaphas. This is where the Jesus spent the night in the dungeon after his arrest. On this site, Peter denied Jesus, three times and the cock crowed (Gallicantu).
DAY 8 – The Old City of Jerusalem and “Via Crucis.”
As Jerusalem is our destiny, today you will enter the Old City and begin with the Church of St Anne one of the rare churches spared from the destruction by Moslems was built over the house of Joachim and Anne. Here we also visit and pray at the pool of Bethesda where Jesus Christ healed a man who was crippled for 38 years. After the tour here we will follow & pray the Stations of the Cross, the Via Dolorosa, from Pilate’s fortress and Flagellation Chapel to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, site of Crucifixion and Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. From here at the open market of Jerusalem, the area made for “bargaining and shopping” - free and on our own for the rest of the day.
DAY 9 Jerusalem Old City
This morning, we will visit the Holocaust Museum in the morning and then in the afternoon group will stop to see the model of Jerusalem from the time of Jesus in the Israel Museum. After the lunch break, we are back to Jerusalem, first on to Mount Zion Church of Dormition, where Mary fell into Eternal sleep and the Room of the Last Supper. Then, we will go to the Temple Mount area with the Cardo Maximus (the street from Roman times) and then end at the Western Wall of Solomon's Temple, with the Al-Aqsa Mosque and the Dome of the Rock mosque above it (no entrance there). Tonight is the final and farewell dinner at the hotel in Jerusalem.
DAY 10 Jerusalem – Tel Aviv – the USA
Today we will fly back home, depending on the flight arrangements your arrival back home will be same day! From the hotel in Jerusalem transfer to Tel Aviv Ben Gurion Airport!
- Round trip flights USA - Israel
- Airport taxes, fuel surcharge - SUBJECT TO CHANGE BY THE AIRLINES UNTIL TICKETS ISSUED
- Dinner and breakfast daily
- 2 nights in Bethlehem – first class 4* Manger Hotel or similar
- 2 nights Galilee – first class 4* Nazareth Golden Plaza / Ron Beach/Gai Beach or similar
- 1 night Jericho – first class 4* formerly Intercontinental Hotel, now Oasis Hotel
- 3 nights Jerusalem – first class 4* hotels Grand Court, Olive Tree or similar
- Lunch at the Sea Of Galilee, St. Peter’s fish + drinks (only on Day 5)
- All transfers according to the itinerary, free WI-FI on the Israel buses
- Daily private group mass arrangements
- Christian, licensed guide in Israel
- Third meal, lunch daily, except one DAY 5 when lunch by the Sea of Galilee is included
- Group Travel Insurance - strongly recommended
- Tips for guide and drivers and hotel staff (can be included – $ 110.00 per person)
- Any personal expenses, additional transfers, visa costs for non-US passport holders
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