10 Day Holy Land with 3 Days Tiberias
DAY 01: BEGINNING OUR PILGRIMAGE. Depart North America via jet service. Dinner and breakfast will be served on board.
DAY 02: INTO THE LAND OF THE BIBLE. Upon arrival in the afternoon, you will be met by our representative who will assist you with formalities. A luxury motor coach will transfer you to your hotel in a suburb of Tel Aviv—situated on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea. Dinner will be served at our hotel. Weather permitting, we suggest a walk on the beach after dinner.
DAY 03: ALL THE PAST YEARS WITH HISTORY. Morning departure to Caesarea Martima in the Plains of Sharon to visit the ruins of the Crusader's City, surrounded by a moat and a city wall enclosing the ruins of the Roman City. Visit the Roman Theater and proceed along the shores of the Mediterranean to Haifa. Visit Mount Carmel and the Shrine of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel. Visit the Cave of the Prophet Elijah. Proceed to Nazareth where we visit the Basilica of the Annunciation that houses the remains of the House of Joachim and Ann, and the site where the Angel Gabriel appeared to the Virgin Mary to announce that she was to become the Mother of God. Mass is celebrated here followed by a visit to the Home of the Holy Family, St. Joseph's workshop, Mary's Well and the Synagogue where Jesus preached. Proceed to our hotel in Tiberias.
DAY 04: THE SEA OF GALILEE AND UPPER GALILEE. In the morning, we cross the Sea of Galilee by boat from Tiberias to Capernaum, now in ruins but once a thriving town where Peter lived and where much of the public ministry of Christ took place. See the Church of the Primacy of Peter, where Christ taught the Eight Beatitudes to his Disciples. Mass will be celebrated at the Mount of Beatitudes. Continue to the ruins of Magdala where Mary Magdalen lived. In the afternoon, drive to the Golan Heights, overlooking Upper Galilee. Cross the River Jordan via Jacob's Daughters Bridge and return to your hotel.
DAY 05: ALONG THE JORDAN VALLEY. After breakfast, we leave Tiberias for Cana, where Christ performed his first miracle, the Transformation of Water into Wine, and where any married couples can renew their marriage vows. Then drive to the top of Mt. Tabor, the site of the Transfiguration where Mass will be celebrated. Driving through the Jezreel Valley, we will visit Megiddo and continue to the fields of Armageddon (Revelation 16:16). Continue to the beautiful Pilgrims Park at the Jordan River for a visit. Return to our hotel in Tiberias for dinner and overnight.
DAY 06: TIBERIAS / JERUSALEM. This morning we depart Tiberias and proceed through the Jordan Valley / Judean Wilderness to Jericho stopping at the site of Inn of the Good Samaritan. Visit Elijah's Fountain and the ancient city of Jericho from which you can view the Mount of Temptation, where Jesus fasted for forty days and forty nights. Continue along the shores of the Dead Sea to Masada a truly remarkable piece of history. Ascending by cable car, we see the magnificent ruins of the fortress where, from 70-73 A.D, the Jewish defendersmade their last stand of the Judean Revolt against Rome and where the remains of the storehouses, cisterns and the sixth century Byzantine church are still on view. Return along the road to Qumran where the dead sea scrolls were discovered. Time permitting, stop for a swim at the Dead Sea. Dinner and overnight at our hotel in Jerusalem.
DAY 07: JERUSALEM AND BETHLEHEM. Drive to Bethlehem. Visit the Basilica of the Nativity, built over the site of the birthplace of Christ where Mass will be celebrated. Visit the Cave where Christ was born and it is the occasion to sing the traditional Christmas Hymns. A visit is made to the Chapel of St. Jerome, who lived here for many years and translated the Bible into Latin. The nearby Church of St. Catherine is the venue for the midnight Mass which is broadcast all over the World from Bethlehem on Christmas Eve. Continue to the Shepherds field, recalling the "great throng of the heavenly hosts" who appeared to the Shepherds and told them of the birth of the Savior. In the afternoon, visit Ein Karem, the place of the Visitation where Our Lady came to visit her cousin Elizabeth. View the plaques with the Magnificat inmost languages of the World. Visit the parish church of St. John the Baptist, and the Grotto of his birth. This evening we request a meeting with his Beatitude, Michel Sabbah, the Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem (if available). Return to your hotel for dinner.
DAY 08: MOUNTAINS OF JERUSALEM. This morning tour the Old City of Jerusalem, visiting the Chapel of Flagellation, the chapel of Condemnation and the Lithostrotos, the site of the Antonia Fortress where Julius Caesar resided at the time of Christ and where Christ was tried and condemned to death. Beginning the way of the Cross here, join the walk along the Via Dolorosa led by the Franciscans - ending at the Basilica of the Holy Sepulcher, built over the site of the Crucifixion and the Tomb. Mass at the Basilica on the Holy Sepulcher. Visit Calvary and the Tomb of Our Lord followed by a short tour of the Basilica. This afternoon, we drive to the Mount of Olives and visit the Church of the Ascension, the spot where Christ ascended into Heaven; the Pater Noster Church commemorating Christ's teaching of the Our Father to his disciples; Dominus Flevit, the spot where Christ wept over Jerusalem and onwards to the Church of All Nations. Visit the Cave of the betrayal of Jesus and the Tomb of Our Lady. We return to our hotel for dinner and rest. This evening, we will have the opportunity for meditation in the Garden Gethsemane where Jesus prayed the night before he was crucified. Return to our hotel for overnight.
DAY 09: JERUSALEM / NETHANYA. This morning, we visit the Church of St. Anne, built on the site of birthplace of Anne (Hanna), the mother of Our Lady where Mass will be celebrated. Continue to the Pool of Bethesda, where Christ healed the paralytic. Visit the Temple area, the spot where the original temple was built and which was the scene of many episodes from the life of Christ, such as the expulsion of the money changers. Here now stands the Dome of the Rock, the third holiest spot in the world for the Moslem faith. Visit the El Aksa Mosque and then the Wailing Wall which is the most sacred spot in the world for the Jews. In the afternoon proceed to the Shrine of the Book, enclosing the Dead Sea Scrolls. Continue to Mount Zion, visiting the room of the Last Supper, Church of the Dormition and then visit the Church of St. Peter in Gallicantu built on the site of the house of Caiphas which encloses the dungeon where Christ was kept on Holy Thursday night and where Peter denied Christ thrice. Continue to our hotel in Nethanya for dinner and overnight.
DAY 10: NETHANYA / TEL AVIV. Early this morning we transfer back to the airport for our flight home - the end of a memorable journey.