DAY 1: ARRIVEL TO THE HOLY LAND

  • Afternoon arrival at Ben Gurion Airport in Tel-Aviv, you will be met by your guide, then drive to jaffa to visit the church of Saint Peter and the Old City. Dinner and overnight in Tiberias.

DAY 2: THE GALILEE

  • MASS ON THE MOUNT OF BEATITUDES.

   “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven”.

  • Take a boat on the Sea of Galilee from Tiberias to Kibbutz Ginossar. Take a look at the perfectly intact 2000 years old boat recently uncovered on its shores. Next to Capernaum, home of Our Lord during His ministry. After visiting the synagogue where he taught, drive on to tabgha. This was the site of the multiplication of the loaves and fishes. Next the church of St. Peter’s Primacy. Here Jesus said to peter, “Feed my lambs, and feed my sheep”. Motor up to the Mt. Beatitudes for Mass at the site of the Sermon of the Mount where Jesus preached to the people. The beautiful view of the Sea of Galilee and entire Galilee is spectacular. Dinner and overnight in Galilee.

DAY 3: NAZARETH - MOUNT TABOR - BETHLEHEM

  • MASS AT THE BASILICA OF ANNUNCIATION.

   “And Mary said, behold I am the handmaid of the lord; let it be to me according to your word”.

  • After breakfast, drive to Cana of Galilee where the newly baptized Jesus performed the first miracle, turning water into wine at the wedding feast. Next to Nazareth.  His boyhood home. Following Mass at the basilica of the Annunciation visit Joseph’s workshop, the cave of the Annunciation and Mary’s well. There is ample time to walk in the streets of Our Lord’s boyhood town. Continue to Mount Tabor to visit the site of the transfiguration of Jesus and the beautiful scenery of the jezreel valley. Drive down the Jordan Valley to Jerusalem, your home for the next three days. “And Jesus was transfigured before them; and his face did shine as the sun’. Dinner and overnight in Bethlehem.

DAY 4: BETHELEHEM – EIN KAREM

  • MASS AT THE CHURCH OF THE NATIVITY.

   “The world become flesh and dwelt among us”.

  • Drive to Bethlehem for mass and visit the birthplace of Jesus and one of the most revered sites, the church of nativity, the manger, and St. Catherin church, the grotto of St. Jerome, the milk Grotto, and the shepherd’s fields. “O mountain of God, receive me, a mother, with May child”. This afternoon, drive to Hebron to view Abraham mosque and the old city. Then to Ein karem birthplace of St. John the Baptist, to visit the visitation church where Mary proclaimed her famous magnificent. Dinner and overnight in Bethlehem.

DAY 5: MOUNT OF OLIVES – OLD CITY OF JERUSALEM

  • MASS AT THE GARDEN OF GETHSEMANE.

   “My father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as thou wilt”.

  • This morning, stand atop the Mt. of olives as Jesus did and enjoy the spectacular view of the holy city of Jerusalem. Visit the church of pater noster, commemorating the lord’s prayer (our father), the chapel of ascension and then walk the “palm Sunday road” to the garden of gethsemane where jesus prayed for god’s eill to be done and the church of all nations for mass on the rock of agony. This afternoon, enter the old city of Jerusalem where everyday life and winding cobblestone streets have remained much the same over the centuries. Sing a hymn in the church of St. Anne and view the pool of Bethesda. Visit the chapel of flagellation, lithostrotos and the arch of the “ecce homo.” Follow the Via Dolorosa (way of the cross) through the narrow alleys and bazaars to the holiest shrine in Christendom, church of the holy sepulcher to visit Golgotha and the tomb of our lord. Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem.

DAY 6: BETHANY – DEAD SEA AREA – JERICHO

  • MASS AT BETHANY.

  “Man shall not live by bread alone”.

  • Drive around the walls of the old city to Bethany for mass. Visit the site of the house of Mary, Martha and Lazarus; where you’ll visit tomb of Lazarus. Continue to the Dead Sea to swim in the salty and mineral laden waters of the Dead Sea. The sea high concentration of various healing chemical salts that one cannot sink in. proceed to Qumran to see the caves where the dead sea scrolls, the oldest known biblical manuscripts ever found, then to ancient Jericho to visit the ruins of the ancient city. From the top of the ancient “tel”, you’ll have an excellent view of Elisha’s fountain and the Mt. of temptation. A drive through the winding mountain roads take you back to Jerusalem. Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem.

DAY 7: JERUSALEM - MOUNT ZION

  • MASS AT THE CHAPEL OF FLAGELLATION.

   “The lord turned and looked at peter. And he went out and wept bitterly”.

  • After mass at the chapel of flagellation, visit the Haram Esh-Sharif area; the beautiful dome of the rock, el aqsa mosque, Islam’s third holiest place; and then to the western wall, holiest shrine in the world for Jews. Next stand in the upper room, revered as the site of the last supper. Then survey the Dormition abbey, St. Peter in Gallicantu where Peter denied Jesus three times, and king David’s tomb. This afternoon will be free to discover this fascinating city on your own. Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem.

DAY 8: DEAPARTURE

  • After breakfast, we bid farewell to the Holy Land as we drive to the airport to board our departure flight back home.
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