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Holy Land Pilgrimage - 8 D & 7 N
- Duration 8 Days -

Day 1: Ben Gurion Airport – Tiberias

Once you land in the airport, you will be met by your guide and driver, and taken north to Tiberias. Your first stop will be the ancient port city of Caesarea Maritime, and onwards a visit of the panoramic city of Haifa.

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Day 2: On Mary’s Footsteps

In the morning after breakfast, you will head to Nazareth and en route you will first stop the small township of Cana. There you will visit the Church of Marriage, where our Lord transformed water into wine in the miracle to be considered his first public miracle. Onwards you will reach Nazareth and by a short walking tour around the city of Nazareth, you will first start by visiting the Basilica of Annunciation and then continue to Mary’s Well and the nearby Synagogue where it is believed that Christ to have preached.
 
Before heading back to the hotel in Tiberias you will stop by Mt. Tabor, where you will be able to visit the Church of Transfiguration, and from the top of the mountain you can view the Valley of Jezreel; the prophesized final battleground between Good and Evil.
 
Dinner and overnight at your hotel in Tiberias.

Day 3: On Jesus’ and the Disciples’ Footsteps

After breakfast you will be taken to the Galilee Lake, where you will enjoy a ride across the Sea of Galilee. Following your boat ride, you will be taken to visit Capernaum, St. Peter’s Memorial and House, as well as the nearby synagogue believed to be one of the oldest churches in the history of Christianity.
 
Later you will be taken to visit Tabgha, the site of multiplication of fish and loaves, and the nearby Primacy Church; soon after you will be taken to visit the Mt. of Beatitudes, the site of the sermon on the mountain. Onwards you will be taken to the baptismal site on the Jordan River. If you wish the Magdala site of the Legionnaires of Christ can be visited.  
 
Dinner and overnight at your hotel in Tiberias.
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Day 4: Bethlehem – Ein Karem

After your breakfast you will head south and visit the city of Bethlehem; the birthplace of our Lord. There you will visit the Basilica of Nativity, built by St. Helena on top of the grotto where our Lord was born. Nearby you will visit the Milk Grotto, famed by the unique color of the cave attributed by a drop of milk from the Holy Mother. A short drive away you will visit the nearby Shepherds Field.

In the early afternoon, you will head on to the township of Ein Karem, birthplace of St. John the Baptist. There you will visit the Church of Visitation, commemorating the visit of the Holy Mother to her kinswoman Elizabeth. Also at Ein Karem you will visit the Church of St. John the Baptist.

Dinner and overnight in your hotel in Jerusalem

 

Day 5: Jerusalem: The Passion of Jesus' last hours

Early this morning, you attend Mass at the church of Holy Sepulcher in the Holy Tomb.  After mass you return to the hotel to have breakfast. 

After Breakfast, you leave again to enter the Old City of Jerusalem and visit the Dome of the Rock, Al-Aqsa Mosque, and the Western Wall as well as St. Anne’s Church and the Pools of Bethesda.  From there, you continue to the Judgment Hall known as the Antonia Fortress, where Jesus was led to be condemned to death by Pontius Pilate.   At that place you start walking the Via Dolorosa through the markets of the Old City praying the Stations of the Cross; you reflect on the greatness of his sacrifice, stopping at each of the fourteen Stations of the Cross until you reach the church of Holy Sepulcher.  Visit Calvary and the empty Tomb of our Lord and the different sections of the church. 

Free afternoon – Time at the church for prayers and reflection.

Dinner and overnight in your hotel in Jerusalem.

 

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Day 6: Introduction to Jerusalem

After breakfast, you leave to the top of Mt. Olives for a panoramic view of Jerusalem for a better understanding of its geography and some of the key sites surrounding the area. Visit the Church of Pater Noster, where Jesus taught his disciples how to pray, and then youwalk on the Palm Sunday road to the church of Dominus Flevit, where the Lord wept over the city.  Continue our walk on the Palm Sunday road to the Garden of Gethsemane.  At Gethsemane, there is the Rock of Agony, where Jesus uttered his last prayer. Spend some time in reflection and meditation in side the dim church. 

In the afternoon, you go on Mount Zion to visit the Church of the Dormition Abbey.  Next you go to visit the Cenacle, the place of the Last Supper and Pentecost. You will also visit the Church of Saint Peter in Gallicantu, the house of the high priest of the Jews Caiphas, where Jesus was imprisoned for the night and where Peter denied our Lord.

Dinner and overnight in your hotel in Jerusalem.

Day 7: The Wilderness: Bethany – Qumran – Jericho – Masada – Dead Sea

Today you have a rather different experience.  You will drive to near-by Bethany to visit the church and the Tomb of St. Lazarus.

From here, You drive to the Dead Sea area to see the caves at Qumran, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were hidden.  Visit the archeological site and see three-dimensional movie about the place. 

Continue your drive to Jericho, where you view Mt. Temptation and the Sycamore tree that Zacheus climbed to see Jesus. 

In the afternoon, we will continue our drive to Masada to visit the fortress palace of Herod the Great and the last strong hold of the Jewish Zealots.  Finally you stop at a place for a swim in the mineral-rich waters of the Dead Sea, renowned for its healing properties.

Dinner and overnight in your hotel in Jerusalem.

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Day 8: Jerusalem – Home

Transfer to the airport, filled with cherished memories, for your return flight home.

General Info & Recommendations

A simple and straight forward basic itinerary for your consideration that spans eight days and seven nights suitable for all pilgrims. All our tours can be adjusted to accomodate your needs. 

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