|10 days and 9 nights
Holy Land in Ten Days and Nine Nights
Day 1: Home - Tel Aviv - Galilee
Begin yourspiritual journey with
|Landing at Ben Gurion Airport|
an evening departure from your hometown, on the overnight flight
to Tel Aviv.
Arrival at Ben-Gurion Airport. Exit the
terminal and meet your guide. Transfer to your hotel in
Nazareth or Tiberias, with a stop on the way at
Caesarea Maritima, if time permits (this depends on your flight
arrival time). Dinner and lodging at your hotel.
2: 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, Mary´s Well and the Synagogue.
|Stella Maris Convent|
In the afternoon, we travel
on to Haifa and Carmel. Ascending the Carmel Mountains we
will visit the Stella Maris Convent, and the Prophet Elijah´s
Grotto, before returning for dinner and lodging at your hotel.
Day 3: In Jesus’ and the Disciples’ Footsteps
We start the day
with a boat ride across the Sea of Galilee to
Capernaum to see St. Peter´s Memorial, St. Peter´s 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.
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 4: 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
|Mount of Temptation|
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 the view of the Mount of Temptation. Heading
towards Jerusalem, we stop off at Bethany, the village of
Mary, Martha and Lazarus and visit the tomb of Lazarus. This
is followed by a short drive to your hotel in
Jerusalem for dinner and lodging.
Day 5: Bethlehem
– Ein Karem
morning we drive to Bethlehem to visit the place of
our Lord’s birth in the Basilica of the Nativity. We
will 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 will stop to
visit the Holy Land Model, before returning to your hotel
for dinner and lodging.
Day 6: Jerusalem, The
Passion of Jesus´ last hours
Our tour this
morning will be dedicated to the Old City of Jerusalem. We’ll
start at the Temple area, where we will see the
Western Wall, the Dome of the Rock and the Al-Aqsa
Mosque, and then St. Anne’s Church and the Pools of
|Church of the Flagellation|
From there we trace
the final footsteps of Jesus along the Vía Dolorosa,
from the Church of Flagellation, Ecce Homo and on ot the
Holy Sepulchre. There we will visit Calvary and the empty
Tomb of our Lord, and the different sections of the
church. We will have free time at the church for
prayers and reflection before going back to the hotel for
dinner and lodging.
Day 7: Mount of Olives
– Mount Zion
|Church of Pater Noster|
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.
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.
Jerusalem, going around
we will visit Mini Israel where you can see miniture
models of some of the sites you visited on this
pilgrimage. After this we will return to the hotel for a
special lunch meal.
In the afternoon we drive to Emmaus,
returning to our hotel for dinner and lodging.
9: Free Day.
Enjoy this day on your
own to re-visit the Holy Sites and do some shopping.
Return to our hotel for dinner and lodging.
10: Tel Aviv - Home
Transfer to the
airport, filled with cherished memories, for your return flight home.