8 Days Catholic Program to the Holy Land

Daily Itinerary

DAY 01: TEL AVIV/MEDITERRANEAN COAST

Upon arrival into Tel Aviv you are met by your local guide and taken to your hotel for dinner and overnight. (D)

DAY 02: CAESAREA/CANA/NAZARETH/ TIBERIAS

Travel via the coast to Caesarea where the Romans held Paul prisoner to visit the Roman and Crusader ruins. In Haifa visit Stella Maris, a Carmelite Monastery containing the Madonna of Mt Carmel. Drive to Cana, the village of Jesus' first miracle of changing water into wine and visit the Wedding Church where couples may renew their wedding vows. Next we visit Nazareth to celebrate Mass in the Basilica of Annunciation, visit Mary's Well and the Church of St. Joseph. End the day at your hotel for dinner and overnight.  (B, D)

DAY 03: SEA OF GALILEE/CAPERNAUM/ MT. BEATITUDES

Today's highlights include 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 is remembered and where we celebrate Mass at one of the outdoor chapels. Continue 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." Return to your hotel for dinner and overnight.  (B, D)

DAY 04: MT. TABOR/JORDAN RIVER/ JERUSALEM

Begin the day at Mount Tabor, site of the Transfiguration, where we will celebrate Mass . Continue to Yardenit for a renewal of your baptismal vows in the Jordan River.  Drive through the Jordan Valley to our hotel in Jerusalem for dinner and overnight. (B, D)

DAY 05: JERUSALEM/EIN KAREM

On the first day in Jerusalem we enjoy 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. Walk the Palm Sunday route stopping at Dominus Flevit, where Jesus wept over Jerusalem. Continue to the Garden of Gethsemane and visit the Church of All Nations. Visit the Cave of Betrayal and the Cave of Assumption of Mary into heaven. Visit the Church of Pater Noster containing the Lord’s Prayer in many languages before departing to the village of Ein Karem, the birthplace of St. John the Baptist and to the Church of the Visitation. Return to your hotel in Jerusalem for dinner and overnight.  (B, D)

DAY 06: OLD CITY OF JERUSALEM/ BETHANY

Early this 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. Finally we arrive at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre and celebrate Mass . After breakfast at our hotel we return to the Old City of Jerusalem to visit St. Anne’s Church, pass the Ecce Homo Arch, visit the Wailing Wall, and see the nearby Dome of the Rock and the Temple Mount. We exit at Mt Zion and continue to visit the Dormition Abbey and the Upper Room. Continue to Bethany to see the Tomb of Lazarus before returning to your hotel for dinner and overnight. (B, D)

DAY 07: BETHLEHEM/JERICHO/DEAD SEA

Drive to Bethlehem to visit the Shepherd's Field and the Church of the Nativity, the traditional birthplace of Jesus where we celebrate Mass . Continue to the oasis town of Jericho where we visit the excavations of the oldest city in the world and view the Mt. of Temptation where Jesus fasted and was tempted by Satan. Next we visit Qumran where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered. On the way back to Jerusalem 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 shopping for your loved ones. End the day at your hotel for dinner and overnight.  (B, D)

DAY 08: JERUSALEM/TEL AVIV/HOME

Transfer to the Tel Aviv airport for your flight home. (B)

 

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