DAY 1: DEPART U.S.A.
You’ll leave this evening on an overnight flight to Tel Aviv.
DAY 2: WELCOME TO THE HOLY LAND
You will be met by your tour guide and transferred to the hotel in the coastal resort town of Netanya. The peaceful shores of the Mediterranean provide you the opportunity to become acclimated to a new time zone. Overnight Netanya. (D.)
DAY 3: CAESAREA-HAIFA-MT. CARMEL
After a delicious Israeli breakfast you travel up the coastline to the ancient Roman city of Caesarea. Continue on to the third largest city in Israel, Haifa. Visit the Carmelite Monastery “ Stella Maris“, here is Elijah’s Grotto and home of Our Lady of Mount Carmel. Celebrate Mass in this peaceful spot. Enjoy the breathtaking view from atop Mt. Carmel before you proceed to Nazareth, one of the holiest towns in Christendom and see Mary’s Well where the Angel Gabriel told Mary she will give birth to Our Lord Jesus Christ. See St. Joseph’s church and the Church of Annunciation. Continue to Cana to visit the Wedding Church, site of Jesus’ first miracle. There will be an opportunity for couples to renew their marriage vows. Overnight in Nazareth or Tiberias. (B.D.)
DAY 4: GALILEE
Today spend the day literally in His Footsteps. Sail across the Sea of Galilee. See the “ Jesus boat “ uncovered in 1986 from the mud at the seashore. Visit the Church of St. Peter’s Primacy. Explore Capernaum and see the new church built on St. Peter’s house and visit Chorazim, which was cursed by Our Lord because the people did not follow his teaching. Drive to the Mount of Beatitudes where Our Lord preached the Sermon on the Mount. You will celebrate Mass and enjoy lunch at the Franciscan Convent. Proceed to Tabgha, Greek for Seven Springs, and the Church of the Multiplication of Fishes and Loaves. Overnight. (B.D.)
DAY 5: SAMARIA
The day starts with Mass at Mt. Tabor and the Church of Transfiguration, before proceeding through Samaria to Jacob’s Well, where Jesus met the Samarian Women. Today you are in the center of the land as described by the Old Testament. Stop for lunch in a typical Arab restaurant, and enjoy local delicacies as you soak up the beauty of the spot. Have a meeting with a priest from a local Christian Village and listen to his stories of their everyday life. Overnight Jerusalem. (B.D.)
DAY 6: JERUSALEM :THE HOLY CITY
Enjoy the unforgettable view from atop the Mount of Olives, as the 4000-year-old city spreads like a jewel before you. See the place where Our Lord taught the Apostles to pray the Our Father. Visit the church of Pater Noster and the Chapel of Ascension. Walk down the Palm Sunday road, stopping at the Chapel of Dominus Flevit (the teardrop) where you celebrate Mass. Continue to the Church of All Nations in the tranquil Garden of Gethsemane. Descend across the Kidron Valley, to the Church of St. Peter in Gallicantu where the Apostle denied Christ three times. Continue on to Mt. Zion, to visit the room of the Last Supper, King David’s Tomb and the Church of the Dormition. Here the Holy Mother fell into eternal sleep. Conditions permitting, visit Bethany, site of the house of Mary and Lazarus. Overnight Jerusalem. (B.D.)
DAY 7: BETHLEHEM-EIN KAREM-NEW CITY
Start the day by visiting Bethlehem, Shepherd’s Field and Grotto. See the Church of Nativity built over the birthplace of Our Lord and St. Catherine’s built over the tomb of St. Jerome. Here you celebrate Mass. On the way back to Jerusalem stop at the village of Ein Karem the birthplace of St. John the Baptist, and see the Church of Visitation where Mary visited her cousin Elisabeth. Overnight Jerusalem. (B.D.)
DAY 8: JERUSALEM: OLD CITY
Enter the old city via Zion Gate, see the Wailing Wall and the Temple Mount, the Pool of Bethesda, St. Anne’s Church (birthplace of Mary), the Chapel of Flagellation and Condemnation, the Prison, Ecco Home Arch and onto the Via Dolorosa, to retrace the final hours of His life as you pray the Stations of the Cross. Celebrate Mass at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the site of Our Lord’s death and resurrection. Overnight Jerusalem (B.D.)
DAY 9: JERUSALEM
Enjoy a free day in Jerusalem and the opportunity to see the Dead Sea Scrolls, visit the Bible Land Museum, Yad Vashem Memorial, and shop in the old town bazaar or take a tour to Masada (optional). Overnight Jerusalem. (B.D.)
DAY 10: RETURN TO THE U.S.A.
This morning transfer to the airport for your flight back home. (B.)