The Holy Land in the Footsteps of Our Lord

A 12-Day Pilgrimage to the Holy Land
With: Fr. Nicholas Ho
April 14-25, 2015

Day 1 – Tuesday, April 14: USA – Tel Aviv

Depart today towards the Holy Land.

 

Day 2 – Wednesday, April 15: Arrival – Bethlehem

Upon arrival into Tel Aviv, meet your guide and driver. Then drive to Bethlehem, the town where Our Lord was born. Overnight in Bethlehem.

 

Day 3 – Thursday, April 16: Bethlehem: Excursion to Ein Karem

This morning travel into the “hill country of Judea” to the city of Ein Karem, the birthplace of St. John the Baptist. Visit Mary’s well and the Church of the Visitation, built over the home of Zacharias. Continue to “Shepherds’ Field,” also the site of Boaz’s field, to visit the cave of the Shepherds, where the angels appeared and announced the birth of Christ. Afterwards, embark on a sightseeing of Bethlehem, the royal city of David, to pray at the Cave of the Nativity, the birthplace of the Savior. Tonight enjoy dinner at Bedouin Tent with special Middle Eastern food – just 300 feet away from Shepherds’ Field. Overnight in Bethlehem. (B, WD)

 

Day 4 – Friday, April 17: Bethlehem – Jericho – Baptismal Site – Mt. Carmel – Tiberias

Travel to Jericho, the oldest city in the world. Take a cable car to the Mt. of Temptation for a visit to the Greek Orthodox Monastery; enjoy great views over Jericho, the Dead Sea, Mt. Moab and Mt. Nebo in Jordan. Afterwards, stop at the site on the Jordan River, where it is claimed that St. John baptized Our Lord. Continue to Mt. Carmel and visit the Carmelite Monastery of St. Elijah where this holy prophet triumphed over the false prophets of Baal. Afterwards, visit Stella Maris Carmelite Monastery, built in an area that for centuries was frequented by hermits, and where the Carmelite Order was founded.  Arrive into Tiberias for dinner and overnight. (B, D)

 

Day 5 – Saturday, April 18: Tiberias: Excursion to Mt. Tabor, Cana, & Nazareth

Drive to Mt. Tabor and enjoy beautiful views of the Jezreel Valley and the Plain of Esdraelon. Visit the Church of the Transfiguration, built on the site of Our Lord’s Transfiguration. Next, visit Cana in Galilee, where Our Lord performed His first miracle by turning water into wine. Then travel to Nazareth and visit Mary’s Well in the Church of St. Gabriel and stroll through Nazareth’s colorful bazaar as you walk Mary’s road to her home and the site of the Annunciation, as well as the Church of St. Joseph. Return to Tiberias for dinner and overnight. (B, D)

 

Day 6 – Sunday, April 19: Tiberias: Galilee, Mt. of Beatitudes, Church of the Twelve Apostles, Capernaum

The Sea of Galilee is rich in memories of the three years of Our Lord’s Ministry. The day opens with a visit to the Mt. of Beatitudes, the scene of the Sermon on the Mount, followed by a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee and a visit to the Church of the Twelve Apostles. Next, explore the ruins of Capernaum, including the ancient Jewish synagogue and St. Peter’s house. Visit the Chapel of the Primacy at Tabgha, at the Sea of Galilee. Overnight in Tiberias. (B, D)

 

Day 7 – Monday, April 20: Tiberias – Jordan Valley, Bethany, Jerusalem

Today, drive through the Jordan Valley to Bethany and the place of Lazarus’ tomb. Continue to Jerusalem for a walk down Mt. Olivet, visiting the Church of Dominus Flevit, where Our Lord wept over the city of Jerusalem. Continue on the Palm Sunday road into the Kidron Valley to the Garden of Gethsemane, where Our Lord began the way of His Passion. Continue to Mt. Zion to visit the Church of St. Peter in Gallicantu and the Palace of Caiaphas, where Our Lord was imprisoned. Overnight in Jerusalem. (B, D)

 

Day 8 – Tuesday, April 21: Jerusalem

Very early, walk the path of Our Lord’s Passion to Calvary and end with the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. Then, enjoy an in-depth tour of this church, including a visit to the tomb of our forefather Adam and the tombs of Nicodemus and Joseph of Arimathea. Continue to Mt. Zion for a visit to the Church of the Dormition, the Upper Room, and the tomb of King David. The rest of the day is free. Overnight in Jerusalem. (B, D)

 

Day 9 – Wednesday, April 22: Jerusalem

Today visit the Chapel of the Ascension and the Church of Pater Noster, where Our Lord taught His disciples how to pray. Continue to the Tomb of the Mother of God, one of the holiest places in Jerusalem. Finally, visit Judaism’s holiest site, the Wailing Wall, and the Temple Mount, traditionally the site of Salomon’s Temple, and since 691 AD an Islamic site. (B, D)

 

Day 10 – Thursday, April 23: Jerusalem: Excursion to Qumran, Masada, Dead Sea

Today visit the Caves of Qumran, the site where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found, and enjoy a spectacular view of the Dead Sea. Continue to visit Masada, the isolated mountain-top fortress, the last Jewish stronghold held by less than 1,000 defenders, before the walls were breached in 73 AD by the Roman army. On your return to Jerusalem, have an opportunity to wade and bathe in the Dead Sea. Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem. (B, D)

 

Day 11 – Friday, April 24: Jerusalem

Today is a free day. You may visit the Armenian quarter, or walk along the walls of the ancient city of Jerusalem, or visit St. Anne’s Church and the Pool of Bethesda. Your day concludes with a special farewell dinner. Overnight in Jerusalem. (B, FD)

 

Day 12 – Saturday, April 25: Tel Aviv – USA

Transfer to Tel Aviv airport for your return flight to the USA. (B)

 

Breakfast (B), Dinner (D), Welcome Dinner (WD), Farewell Dinner (FD)

 

* This itinerary is subject to change.

 

For more information on this pilgrimage or to register, please contact Catholic Heritage Tours or Kimberly Murin, Group Coordinator, at (916) 790-0723 or at kimberlytheresa@hotmail.com. 

 

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