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Old City Jerusalem

The Word Was Made Flesh, Here

The Holy Land

$3595(estimated)

10 days

Itinerary

Day 1 - Tel Aviv

Upon arrival to Ben Gurion Airport, you will be met and greeted by your tour guide. You will drive to your Hotel for dinner and overnight in Nazareth 

Day 2 - Nazareth, Cana, Mt Tabor

After breakfast, we will visit the Basilica of Annunciation, then visit the holy cave where Mary lived, St. Joseph’s workshop and Mary’s well. We will drive to Cana, where Jesus performed his first miracle and changed water into wine at the wedding feast. Here we will have the renewal of marriage vows and the blessing of families. After lunch we will ascend Mount Tabor, the place of Jesus’ Transfiguration, where we celebrate Mass, and have some time for meditation and pray while enjoying the view of the valley of Armageddon. Dinner and overnight in Nazareth.

Day 3 - Haifa, Acre

After breakfast, we will drive to Haifa, where we will visit Mount Carmel, home of the prophets Elijah and Elisha, for a scenic view of the city and the port. We will visit Stella Maris, a Carmelite monastery that houses the shrine of our lady of Mount Carmel where we will celebrate mass, see Muhraka, where Elijah confronted the false prophets of Baal and where the Carmelite order began. Drive north to the port city of Acre UNESCO World Heritage Site, Acre became the capital of the Crusader kingdom after its conquest by Richard the Lionheart. Marvel at the forbidding Ottoman fortress and tour the excavated part of the immense underground CRUSADER CITY with its secret passageways and the vaulted crypt of the Knights of St. John. Dinner and Overnight in Nazareth. 

Day 4 - Capernaum, Tabgha, Mount of Beatitudes

Today’s sites focus on the ministry of Christ during his time in Galilee. After breakfast, we will drive to Capernaum, home of Jesus during his public ministry, where he performed miracles and healings. There we will see the ruins of the local synagogue and St. Peter's house where Jesus would have stayed while ministering in the area. Nearby, we will visit the Church of the Primacy of St. Peter, where Jesus appeared to the apostles after his resurrection and instructed Peter to feed His sheep.

There will be an unforgettable Mass on the shores of the Sea of Galilee, after which we will enjoy a peaceful boat ride across the Sea where Christ walked on water. We will visit the Church of the Multiplication of the Loaves and Fishes in Tabgha, then ascend to the Mount of Beatitudes, the site of the Sermon on the Mount, where we will have time for readings and meditation. Dinner and Overnight in Nazareth.

Day 5 - Jericho, Jordan River, Tiberias

Today we will depart Tiberias and head towards Jerusalem, on our way we will visit the Oasis town of Jericho, see the excavations of the oldest continuously inhabited city in the world. Visit Elijah’s Fountain, Tel Jericho, The sycamore tree, view Mount of Temptations where Jesus was tempted for 40 days by Satan. After lunch, we will drive via the Jordan Valley till we reach the Baptismal site on the Jordan River, here we will celebrate Mass outdoors and renew our baptismal vows. Drive to Bethlehem for Dinner and overnight. 

Day 6 - Mount of Olives, Mount Zion

After breakfast, we will drive to the Mount of Olives for a breathtaking panoramic view of the old city of Jerusalem, from this vantage point; see much of what makes Jerusalem such a unique city to the three major religions: Christianity, Judaism, and Islam. Start with a distinctive olive harvest experience. Find fulfillment through an act of kindness – the money raised from the olive oil will go toward helping the poor!  (October)

We will visit the Chapel of the Ascension and the Pater Noster church commemorating the Lord’s Prayer, then walk the Palm Sunday road to the Dominus Flevit church, where Jesus wept over Jerusalem. From there, we will proceed to the Garden of Gethsemane to visit the Church of all Nations for Mass on the Rock of Agony where Jesus prayed on Holy Thursday before his betrayal. After lunch, we will drive to Mount Zion to visit Dormition Abbey, the site of the death of Mary, and the Cenacle, the site of the Last Supper and the Pentecost. Nearby is the church of St. Peter in Gallicantu, which commemorates the evening of Holy Thursday, where Jesus was imprisoned for the night and, where Peter denied Jesus three times, the site of the high priest Caiaphas. Return to our hotel for dinner and overnight.

Day 7 - Bethany, Qumran, Dead Sea

This day after breakfast, we will drive to Bethany, where we will visit the Tomb of Lazarus, a dear friend whom Jesus raised from the dead, here we will celebrate mass. Afterwards, we will journey to Qumran for lunch, after which we will see the caves where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered and learn more about the culture that created them. We will also enjoy a float in the nearby Dead Sea, the lowest place on earth and a fascinating natural phenomenon known for its healing properties offering one of the most unique experiences on earth. Dinner and Overnight in Bethlehem

Day 8 Ein Karem, Beit Sahour, Bethlehem 

This morning after breakfast, we will head to the Village of Ein Karem, the site of the birthplace of St. John the Baptist, then visit the Church of the Visitation, where the Virgin Mary, visited her cousin Elizabeth, pregnant with St. John the Baptist, and proclaimed the Magnificat. Drive to the Shepherd’s Fields in Beit Sahour, where the heavenly host of angels announced the birth of Jesus. After lunch, we drive to Bethlehem to visit the place of our Lord’s birth in the Basilica of the Nativity the oldest continually operating church in the world, dating back to the year 327 A.D. See the chapel of St. Jerome and the Church of St. Catherine where mass will be celebrated followed by time to shop for authentic olive wood products, mother-of-pearl and religious souvenirs at one of the local Christian stores in Bethlehem. Later in the afternoon a visit to the Cremisan Monastery to enjoy amazing views and discover the unique wine-tasting experience as you taste wine from the fruits of the Holy Land. Back to Hotel for dinner and overnight

 

Day 9 - Jerusalem, Old City

The Passion of Jesus´ Last Hours. We start the day very early in the morning with Holy Mass at the Basilica of the Holy Sepulcher. Afterward enjoy unforgettable views of the old city via an exciting Rampart walk on most of the ancient city walls. Get ready to have an interesting meeting with the Latin Patriarch and discover the Christian presence in the Holy Land. Proceed to the Temple area where we see the Western Wall, the Dome of the Rock and the Al-Aqsa Mosque, and then St. Anne’s Church, the birthplace of the Blessed Mother. Also on the site is the Pool of Bethesda, where Jesus cured the lame man. After lunch, we will proceed along the Via Dolorosa to the Chapel of the Flagellation where our Lord was scourged, and visit the Ecce Homo church. We will continue along the Via Dolorosa, praying at the Stations of the Cross, remembering the last steps of Jesus through Jerusalem on Good Friday and reflecting on the greatness of his sacrifice. We will finish at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, where Jesus was crucified and buried. We will visit his empty tomb and reflect on the fact that our Lord is indeed risen. We have free time at the church for prayers and reflection. Tonight a special dinner in Bethlehem with ‘Dabke’ a Palestinian folklore show. We will return to our hotel for overnight. 

 

Day 10 - Tel Aviv, Depart home

Board your flight from Tel Aviv to USA. Take time to reflect on all you have seen during your visit to the Holy Land.

Price Inclusions

Based on 40-47 paying guests

Flights + airport taxes

Meeting upon arrival and departure. -Accommodations- Double-Occupancy in 4-star hotels in Bethlehem and Nazareth

Meals: breakfast-lunch-dinner

Professional English-speaking guide

Airport transfer

Transportation in an Air-Conditioned motor coach with WIFI throughout the tour

All entrance fees to all sights mentioned in the itinerary are included.

Bus parking

Dabke Folklore show

Cremisan local wine tasting experience

Boat ride at the Sea of Galilee

Olive picking on Mount of Olives

Daily mass

Hats and Maps

Tips for guide, driver, hotels and restaurants

Exclusions

Beverages & Drinks 

Any services not mentioned in the program

Travel medical insurance (link sent separately)

Pricing options

With 2 nights in 4 star hotel Jerusalem and 2 nights 4 star hotel in Tiberias = $3895

Single supplement =+420 or +$500 with Jerusalem Tiberias hotels option

 

35 paying = +$90

30 paying = +$160

25 paying = +$250

20 paying = +$350

 

Optional extensions to Jordan and/or Egypt available - pricing ready upon request

Price confirmed upon booking - Itinerary subject to availability

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