Celebrating our 32nd Year Providing Superior Catholic Pilgrimages
Providing Superior Catholic Pilgrimages to Rome, Italy, Fatima, Lourdes, Medjugorje, Pope John Paul II, Steps of Paul, the Holy Land, World Youth Day, the Passion Play & more!
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Day 1: USA - Tel Aviv. Tour members gather at the ticket counter at the airport three hours prior to their departure to Tel Aviv. Dinner and breakfast are served in-flight.
Day 2: Tel Aviv - Galilee. Arrival at Ben-Gurion Airport. Exit the terminal and meet our guide. Transfer to our hotel in Nazareth or Tiberias with a stop on the way at Caesarea Maritima, if time permits (depending on our flight arrival time). Dinner and lodging at our hotel.
Day 3: In Mary’s Footsteps. This morning, we drive to Cana to visit the Church commemorating the place where Jesus transformed water into wine. Then, on to Nazareth to visit the Basilica of Annunciation (Holy Mass at the Basilica of the Annunciation), Mary's Well and the Synagogue. In the afternoon, we travel on to Haifa and Carmel. Ascending the Carmel Mountains we visit the Stella Maris Convent and the Prophet Elijah's Grotto before returning for dinner and lodging at our hotel.
Day 4: In Jesus’ and the Disciples’ Footsteps. We start the day with a boat ride across the Sea of Galilee to Capernaum to see St. Peters' Memorial, St. Peters' House and the Synagogue. Then, on to Mt. of Beatitudes where our Lord gave the Sermon on the Mount. Continue to Tabgha - the site of multiplication of fish and loaves - returning to celebrate Holy Mass at St. Peter’s Church in Capernaum. We then drive to the Jordan River at the southern end of the Sea of Galilee to renew our Baptismal Vows. We finish the day with a visit to Mt. Tabor and the Church of the Transfiguration. Then, drive back to the hotel for dinner and lodging.
Day 5: Tiberias – Masada - Dead Sea – Qumran. We leave Tiberias via the Jordan Valley to visit Masada, the Dead Sea, and on to Qumran to see the excavations of the Essene Monastery and the Caves of the Scrolls. Moving on to Jericho, we visit the ancient city, Elisha's spring, the Sycamore Tree that Zacchaeus climbed in order to see Jesus, the New City and a view of the Mount of Temptation. Heading towards Jerusalem, we stop off at Bethany, the village of Mary, Martha and Lazarus, where we celebrate Holy Mass and visit the tomb of Lazarus. This is followed by a short drive to our hotel in Jerusalem for dinner and lodging.
Day 6: Bethlehem – Ein Karem. This morning, we drive to Bethlehem to visit the place of our Lord’s birth in the Basilica of the Nativity, where we celebrate Mass. We also see the Chapel of St. Jerome, the Milk Grotto and the Shepherds Fields. In the afternoon we drive to the nearby village of Ein Karem to visit the birth-place of St. John the Baptist and the Church of the Visitation. If time permits, we stop to visit the Holy Land Model before returning to our hotel for dinner and lodging.
Day 7: Jerusalem, The Passion of Jesus´ Last Hours. We start the day with Holy Mass at the Basilica of the Holy Sepulcher. After Mass, we return to the hotel to have breakfast before leaving to visit the Old City of Jerusalem. We’ll start at 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 and the Pools of Bethesda. From there, we trace the final footsteps of Jesus along the Via Dolorosa—from the Church of Flagellation, Ecce Homo and on to the Holy Sepulcher. There, we visit Calvary, the empty Tomb of our Lord and the different sections of the church. We have free time at the church for prayers and reflection before going back to the hotel for dinner and lodging.
Day 8: Mount of Olives – Mount Zion Church of Pater Noster. After breakfast, we drive to the top of the Mt. of Olives to visit the Church of Pater Noster where Jesus taught his disciples how to pray, and then proceed down the Palm Sunday route to the Church of Dominus Flevit, where our Lord wept over the city. We continue our walk on the Palm Sunday route to the Garden of Gethsemane, where we find the Rock of Agony where Jesus prayed before his betrayal. We celebrate Holy Mass in the Church of All Nations there in the Garden of Gethsemane. In the afternoon, we go on Mount Zion to visit the Church of the Dormition Abbey, where our Blessed Mother fell asleep. Next, we go to the Cenacle, the place of the Last Supper and Pentecost. Today, we also visit the Church of Saint Peter in Gallicantu, which commemorates the house of Caiphas (the high priest of the Jews) where Jesus was imprisoned for the night and where Peter denied our Lord. After this, we return to our hotel for dinner and lodging.
Day 9: Jerusalem, Going Around. In the morning, we celebrate Holy Mass on Mount Calvary after which we return to the hotel for breakfast. We leave again to visit Mini Israel where we can see miniature models of some of the sites we visited on this pilgrimage. After this, we return to the hotel for a special lunch meal. In the afternoon, we drive to Emmaus, returning to our hotel for dinner and lodging.
Day 10: Jerusalem. Today is a day at our leisure to revisit Holy Sites or do some shopping. Dinner and overnight at our hotel.
Day 11: Jerusalem - USA. Departure from Jerusalem to the Tel Aviv airport for return to North America. The end of a most enjoyable Pilgrimage.
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