THE HOLY LAND
Back to the Beginning
Day 1: Departure Day (B,L,D)
Overnight flight to Tel Aviv.
Day 2: Tel Aviv – Netania (B,D)
Upon arrival at Ben Gurion airport, we`ll be transferred to our resort hotel in Netania. Tonight we`ll get acquainted with the rest of the tour members over dinner.
Day 3: Caesarea – Mt. Carmel – Mt. Tabor – Nazareth (B,D)
After breakfast we visit Herod`s Caesarea where St. Paul was kept prisoner for 2 years. We visit the Roman aqueduct, the amphitheater, and King Herod`s Palace. Next we continue north to Haifa. We ride up to Mount Carmel while enjoying spectacular views of Haifa harbor and the golden domed Baha’I Temple. We visit the Carmelite Monastery which contains the chapel of the Holy Family and Elijah’s Cave. Next we motor past the village of Nain where Jesus raised the widow’s son to the foot of Mt. Tabor. Our ascent opens up magnificent vistas of the Upper Galilee. We explore the beautiful gardens where Jesus transfigured in the presence of Peter, James, and John. We celebrate Mass at the Transfiguration Church adorned with splendid mosaic art. Next we stop at Cana where Jesus performed his first miracle. Afterwards we continue to Nazareth and the Basilica of the Annunciation, decorated with gifts from around the world. We visit the House of Mary and Joseph, Joseph’s carpentry shop and Mary’s Well where local women draw water as they did 2000 years ago. Dinner and overnight.
Day 4: Sea of Galilee – Mount of Beatitudes – Tabgha – Boat Ride (B,L,D)
Today we explore the region where Jesus spent most of his public life. At Capernaum we walk amidst the ruins of the ancient synagogue where he preached and the House of Peter. Next we visit the Mount of Beatitudes, site of the sermon on the Mount, and the chapel of Tabgha, dedicated to the miracle of the Loaves and Fishes. From the Nof Ginosar Kibbutz we cross the Sea of Galilee. A St. Peter’s fish lunch with a selection of delicious local appetizers awaits us at a lakeside restaurant. Afterwards we commemorate the baptism of Jesus by John the Baptist in the Jordan River. On to Tiberias for dinner and overnight.
Day 5: Dead Sea – Jericho – Qumran – Jerusalem (B,D)
We are leaving Tiberias to head south to Jericho where we visit Elias Wall, the ancient ruins of Jericho, and the Mount of Temptations. Next we motor to the Dead Sea, lowest point on earth. Take the opportunity to take a dip in the mineral-laden waters! Afterwards we visit Qumran, site of the Dead Sea Scrolls discovery. On to Jerusalem for dinner and overnight.
Day 6: Jerusalem – Mount of Olives (B,D)
We ascend the Mount of Olives for a panoramic view of Jerusalem. Visits here include Ascension Chapel, Pater Noster Church and the Garden of Gethsemane. Afterwards we follow the footsteps of Jesus on the Via Dolorosa to the Holy Sepulchre where we celebrate Mass. Enroute we visit St. Anne`s Church, Ecce Homo Arch, the Pool of Bethseda, and Pilate’s Judgment Hall and the Flagellation Chapel. Dinner and overnight.
Day 7: Jerusalem – Old Town (B,D)
We enter the Old City through Damascus Gate. We arrive at the Al-Aqsa Mosque and the Dome of the Rock, third holiest site for Muslims. Next we visit the Wailing Wall, the holy site for Jews. In the afternoon we visit Mt. Zion, the Room of the Last Supper and St. peter in Gallicantu, where Peter wept at the crowing of the rooster. We also climb the the ancient stairs, very likely climbed by Jesus after his arrest. Remainder of the day free for shopping. Dinner and overnight.
Day 8: Jerusalem – Bethlehem (B,D)
We motor to Bethlehem where we celebrate Mass at the Church of the Nativity, birthplace of Christ. We take time to view nearby Shepherd`s Field and to shop for hand-carved, native olivewood rosaries and artifacts before returning to Jerusalem. Remainder of the day free for souvenir shopping. Dinner and overnight.
Day 9: Return Flight (B)
We hate to leave the Holy Land, but our flight is waiting to take us back home.
Tour #700 — 9 Days
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