Day 1 -USA/ISRAEL
-Depart from JFK International Airport on a super
jet to Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv. Dinner and breakfast will be served
Day 2 -TEL AVIV/TIBERIAS
-Upon arrival in Tel Aviv, we will transfer
to our hotel for dinner and overnight. Already we can feel the heart of this
land enchanting us, as we visit the sites of the Bible and share the experience
of walking in the footsteps of Jesus. Transfer to the Tiberias for dinner and
Day 3 -TIBERIAS
-Drive along the Mediterranean coast to Caesarea where
Peter baptized Cornelius (Acts 10:24). Visit the Roman theater, the aqueduct,
and Herodion Port. Continue on to Haifa. see the magnifi cent panoramic view
from the top of the mountain at Mukraka, the location of Elijah's altar. Here
Elijah confronted the priests of Baal (1 Kings 18). Continue to the Sea of
Galilee via the Valley of Armageddon. Continue up the mountains to Nazareth.
boyhood town of Jesus. Visit the Church of Annunciation (Luke 2:46) where
Mass will be celebrated. Visit the Church of Mary's Well. Then on to Cana, site
of Jesus' first miracle (John 2:1). Here couples can renew their marriage vows.
Afterwards drive to Tiberias on the Sea of Galilee for dinner and overnight.
Day 4 -TIBERIAS
-Take a boat ride from Tiberias across the Sea of Galilee
to the village of Capernaum. Visit the ruins of St. Peter's House where Jesus
stayed while He was preaching in the local synagogue. Visit the second century
synagogue and from proceed to Tabgha. Here we will visit the Church of St.
Peter's Primacy (John 21:15) where Jesus appeared to the disciples after his
resurrection. Next we visit the Church of the Multiplication of the Loaves
and Fishes Mark 6:44). Proceed to the Mt. of Beatitudes, overlooking the Sea
of Galilee, where Jesus gave the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5:1). Mass
will be celebrated there. Then travel to Caesarea Phillip where St. Peter proclaimed
Jesus as the Messiah (Matthew 16:13). Jesus replied that Peter was the
rock on which the church would be built, As we drive back to our hotel, we
pass Magdala, home of Mary Magdalene. Dinner and overnight. (B,D)
Day 5 -TIBERIAS/JERUSALEM
-This morning we leave the Sea of Galilee
for Yardenit, baptismal site on the Jordan River. Here you can renew your
Baptismal Covenant. Proceeding on to Mt. Tabor, site of the Transfiguration
(Matthew 17:2), we will ascend the mountain to the Church of the Transfiguration
where Mass will be celebrated. Continue to the old Roman city of Beit
Shean to visit the impressive ruins. Drive along the Gilboa mountain range to
Prophet Gideon's Spring and onto the Tel of Jezreel, the location of queen Jezebel
summer palace where we hear about the site's intimate connection with
Old Testament events. From here we venture south towards the holy city of
Jerusalem. Dinner & overnight in Jerusalem. (B,D)
Day 6 -JERUSALEM/BETHLEHEM
-Visit the Model of Ancient Jerusalem
to see how it was in the Lord's day, then on to the Old city. We will enter
through St. Stephen's Gate to St. Ann's Church, birthplace of our Blessed Lady.
See the Pool of Bethesda, where Jesus healed the lame man (John 5:2). We
will continue onto the Via Dolorosa ‘The Way of the Cross” (Luke 23:1). We
will process carrying a wooden cross (starting at Pilate's Judgment Hall and
stopping to pray at each station) all the way “to Calvary and the Tomb” at
the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. We will celebrate Mass. We will stand at
the Western Wall, ascend Temple Mount to the Dome of the Rock and the
Al Aksa Mosque, winding our way through the ancient cobblestone alleyways
amidst the colorful bazaars. Time permitting. In the afternoon, drive to nearby
Bethlehem of Judea (The House of Bread), birthplace of Jesus (Matthew 2:1).
Visit the Church of the Nativity, on the site of the Manger where Joseph came
with Mary and where the Wisemen came to worship the King of Kings. We will
see the Milk Grotto and the Cave of St. Jerome, where the 3rd century saint
translated the Latin Vulgate. Celebrate Mass. Afterwards we will stand on Shepherds
Field, where the Angel proclaimed the Good News ‘Jesus Is Born” (Luke
2:8). As we depart we will visit the Tomb of the Matriarch Rachel — mother of
Joseph of the Old Testament. Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem. (B,D)
Day 7 -BETHANY/MASADA/QUMRAN CAVES
-Leave Jerusa1em via
Bethany to visit Lazarus Tomb (John 11:43) where we will celebrate Mass.
Continue to the Dead Sea (deepest point on earth), to visit the Qumran Caves
where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found and on to Masada. Ascend to the top
for a magnifi cent view of the desert. We will have time for a swim in the Dead
Sea, visit Ein Gedi, and return to Jerusalem via the Judean Wilderness.
Day 8 -TEL AVIV/USA
-Today our journey ends with good spirit filled
memories as we head home. Arrival the same day.
(B,L,D) = Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner