Holy Land Catholic Pilgrimage

Trip Duration: 10 Days / 9 Nights

1
Day

Departure – Flight from your airport

Board the transatlantic flight to Tel Aviv, Holy Land

Overnight in Jerusalem | Breakfast, Dinner

2
Day

Arrive at Ben Gurion Airport – 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, the 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!

Overnight in Jerusalem | Breakfast, Dinner

 

3
Day

Bethlehem

In the morning after breakfast, we drive to Bethlehem (house of bread in Hebrew). First is the visit to 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 the 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.

Overnight in Jerusalem | Breakfast, Dinner

4
Day

Bethlehem – Nazareth – Cana

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.

Overnight in Jerusalem | Breakfast, Dinner

5
Day

Nazareth – River Jordan – Capernaum – Tabgha

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Overnight in Jerusalem | Breakfast, Dinner

6
Day

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 Zacchaeusand 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 swimsuits. The long and inspiring day ends with the dinner at the hotel in Jericho.

Overnight in Jerusalem | Breakfast, Dinner

7
Day

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).

Overnight in Jerusalem | Breakfast, Dinner

8
Day

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.

Overnight in Jerusalem | Breakfast, Dinner

9
Day

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.

Overnight in Jerusalem | Breakfast, Dinner

10
Day

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!

What is Included
  • Hotel accommodation on twin sharing
  • Meals on half board basis (B: Breakfast; D: Dinner)
  • Services of a local tour guide
  • Roundtrip airport transfers
  • Transportation by deluxe air-conditioned motor coach
  • Entrances fees as specified in the itinerary
  • Porterage of one (1) piece of luggage at hotels
not Included
  • Daily lunch
  • Group Travel Insurance – strongly recommended
  • Tips for guide and drivers and hotel staff
  • Any personal expenses, additional transfers, visa costs for non-US passport holders
Local Information
  • Currency: Shekel
  • Local time: GMT +2 hours
  • Airports: Tel Aviv – Ben Gurion Airport (TLV)
  • Languages: Arabic and Hebrew are the official languages; many people speak English
  • Climate: Mediterranean climate with long, hot and dry summers followed by short, cool to warm, wet winters; snow is possible inland on high ground at the height of winter
  • Voltage: 230V A/C. The standard for H plugs (local incompatible plug with 3 flat Y-shaped pins) and sockets was recently modified to use round pins, so most modern sockets accept both type C (Europlug with 2 round pins) and type H plugs; type M sockets are used for air conditioners; identical plugs and sockets also used in the Palestinian National Authority areas
  • Visa: Some nationalities do not require entry visa such as USA, Ireland & UK citizens; nationals of other countries are advised to check with the relevant authorities
  • Passport: All travelers must have an up-to-date passport valid for travel six months beyond the date of return.

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