Pilgrimage in the Holy Land

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Pilgrimage in the Holy Land

 

 

01 Day USA - Tel Aviv
Begin your spiritual journey as you will depart for the overnight flights to Tel Aviv.

02 Day Tel Aviv - Mediterranean Coast
Arrival at Ben Gurion Airport. Exit terminal at the sign marked "groups" and meet Paolo who will escort you to your hotel on the coast.  Dinner and overnight.

03 Day Sea of Galilee:  Caesarea, Mt Carmel, Stella Maris, Cana, Nazareth, Basilica of the Annunciation
We travel via the coast to Caesarea, where the Romans held Paul prisoner. Visit the Roman and Crusader ruins. Drive through the Carmel Mountains heading for the Galilee. In Haifa, visit Stella Maris, a Carmelite Monastery with the Madonna of Mt Carmel. Continue to Mukhraka where Elijah confronted the false prophets of Baal and where the Carmelite Order was started. Drive to Cana, the village of Jesus' first miracle of changing water into wine; here couples may renew their wedding vows. Continue to the Basilica of Annunciation in Nazareth where you will sing for Mass .Visit Mary's Well and the Church of the Angel Gabriel. Dinner and overnight in the Galilee.

04 Day The Ministry of Christ in the Galilee: Tiberias, Boat ride on Sea of Galilee, Capernaum, Mt. Beatitudes, Caesarea Philippi.
Some of today's highlights are a boat ride across the Sea of Galilee to Capernaum to see the synagogue and St Peter's house,a visit to the Mount of the Beatitudes where the Sermon on the Mount was given, to Tabgha to see the splendid mosaic about the miracle of the loaves and fishes, and to the nearby Church of Peter's Primacy where Peter was told " Feed my lambs, feed my sheep." There will be an unforgettable Mass near the shores of the Sea of Galilee at the Primacy or Mt Beatitudes. In the afternoon we visit Caesarea Philippi, location of the testimony of St. Peter and where Jesus answered him "You are the Rock and upon this rock I will build my Church."
Dinner and overnight at your hotel in the Galilee.

05 Day Jordan River & Mt Tabor
We start the day by going remembering our Baptism at the Jordan River.  Ascend to Mount Tabor to celebrate Mass at the site of the  Transfiguration. Drive down the Jordan Valley and head towards Jerusalem.  Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Jerusalem.

06 Day Jerusalem and Bethlehem: Mt Olives, Church of Visitation, Shepherd's Fields, Church of the Nativity.
On the first day in Jerusalem we present an overview for a better understanding of its geography and some of the key sites surrounding the area. This includes a dramatic view of the Old City from the Mount of Olives, revealing a city with 4000 years of history. From this vantage point see much of what makes Jerusalem such a unique city to the three major religions - Judaism, Christianity and Islam. We then head to the village of Ein Karem, the birthplace of St John the Baptist and location of the Church of Visitation where the Blessed Virgin Mary visited Elizabeth and proclaimed the 'Magnificat'. In the afternoon you will reach  Bethlehem , with a visit of the Shepherd's Fields where the angels announced the birth of Jesus. Then we visit the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem that stands upon the site where Jesus was born.  Mass at St.Catherine Church.
Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Jerusalem.

07 Day - Jerusalem, The Passion of Jesus' Last Hours: Mt Olives,Palm Sunday,Dominus Flevit,Gethsemane, Cave of Betrayal, Cave of Assumption, Pater Noster
The day will begin following Jesus' Palm Sunday route along Hosanna Road to the Garden of Gethsemane and the Rock of Agony.
Pray at the site of the Last Supper and the Western Wall.
Sing an evening concert at Dormition Abbey or St.George Cathedral
Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Jerusalem.

08 Day- The Way of the Cross:  Via della Rosa, St Anne's Church, Ecce Homo, Church of the Holy Sepulcher, Wailing Wall, Upper Room, Dormition
Early in the morning we retrace the last steps of Jesus. As we walk along the Via Dolorosa (Way of Sorrow), through the markets of the Old City praying the Stations of the Cross, we reflect on the greatness of His sacrifice. Finally we arrive at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre for Mass.  After breakfast at our hotel we return to the Old City of Jerusalem to visit St. Anne's Church, the home of the Virgin Mary and her parents Saints Joachim and Anne. We pass the Ecce Homo where Pilate proclaimed "Behold the man"; then the Wailing Wall, the most holy place for Jews.  Nearby is the Dome of the Rock and the Haram al Sharif or Temple Mount.  We exit at Mt Zion. At the Cenacle we visit the Upper Room of the Last Supper. Next we go to Dormition Abbey where we believe the Blessed Mary died. We end the day at St. Peter in Gallicantu where Peter denied Him thrice.  Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Jerusalem.

09 Day - The Wilderness: Bethany, Jericho, Mt Temptation, Dead Sea
We begin our day with a visit to Bethany where Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead. The desert east of Jerusalem is rich in Christian tradition. Further east, just off the Roman road that Jesus 'walked', is Wadi Qelt gorge, site of the Monastery of St George. At the oasis town of Jericho, visit the excavations of the oldest city in the world and view Mt. Temptation where Jesus fasted and was tempted by Satan. On the way back there is time for a swim (or rather a float!) in the mineral-rich waters of the Dead Sea, renowned for its healing properties. In the afternoon, there will be time for you to revisit some of your favorite sites and time for last minute buying of gifts for your loved ones.  Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Jerusalem.

10 Day - Via Dolorosa - Emmaus
Pray the Stations of the Cross as you will retrace the footsteps of Jesus on the via Dolorosa in Jerusalem.  Enter through the sacred space surrounding the mysteries of Jesus' death and resurrection at the church of the Holy Sepulchre.
Travel the road to Emmaus, where Jesus first appeared after the Resurrection.
Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Jerusalem.

11 Day Tel Aviv - USA
Today we depart from the Holy Land for our flight  the USA.

Our rates are based on:

1 night at Kibbutz Nes Amim  ( http://www.nesammim.com/)

2 nights  Hotel Royal Plaza Tiberias ( http://www.royal-plaza.co.il/)

6 nights  Hotel Grand Court Jerusalem ( http://www.grandcourt.co.il/)

( near old city of Jerusalem )

The rates include:

- Group transfer upon arrival and departure including assistance and porterage

- Porterage at hotels

- 9 nights on half board basis ( buffet breakfast+ dinner)

- Sightseeing in modern air-conditioned bus as per your itinerary

- Services of an English speaking Government licensed guide

- Entrance fees according to your itinerary

- Boat ride on the Sea of Galilee

-Not included:

- Lunches en route   ( approx $ 18- $ 20 per person)

- beverages with meals, Tips for guide , driver, restaurant and hotel personnel,

- any insurance