The Holy Land in the Footsteps of Our Lord

A 12-Day Pilgrimage to the Holy Land
With: Fr. Tim Church
October 22 - November 2, 2015

Day 1. Thursday October 22: USA – Tel Aviv

Depart today towards the Holy Land.

 

Day 2. Friday October 23: Arrival – Bethlehem

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

 

Day 3. Saturday October 24: 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. Sunday October 25: 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 to 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. Monday October 26: 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 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, built where the carpentry workshop of St. Joseph used to be. Return to Tiberias for dinner and overnight. (B, D)

 

Day 6. Tuesday October 27: 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. Enjoy a lunch of St. Peter’s Fish. Next, explore the ruins of Capernaum, including the ancient Jewish synagogue and St. Peter’s house. Visit the Chapel of the Primacy at Tabgha, on the Sea of Galilee. Overnight in Tiberias. (B, L, D)

 

Day 7. Wednesday October 28: 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 and the Church of All Nations, 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. Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem. (B, D)

 

Day 8. Thursday October 29: 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. Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem. (B, D)

 

Day 9. Friday October 30: 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 10. Saturday October 31: 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. Sunday November 1: Jerusalem – Tel Aviv

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. Tonight transfer to Tel Aviv airport for your midnight return flight to the USA. (B, FD)

 

Day 12. Monday November 2: Tel Aviv – USA

This morning your connecting flight takes you to your final destination.

 

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

 

* In case of unforeseen events, this itinerary is subject to change.

 

 

For more information, please contact Catholic Heritage Tours or Mary Boyle, Group Coordinator, at (972) 727-1177 ext. 2213 or at mboyle@stjudeparish.com

 

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