Religious Travel in Israel
Combine religious travel with religious history. Visit the Holy Land and immerse yourself in the sites related to Our Lord Jesus Christ.
Day 1: Flight to Tel Aviv
Travel to Tel Aviv from the US.
Day 2: Arrive in Tel Aviv, Carmel – Tiberias
Upon arrival in Tel Aviv meet your tour escort and proceed to Stella Maris Carmelite Monastery in Mount Carmel. Built in an area that for centuries was frequented by hermits, this was a place of worship where the Carmelite order was founded. Continue to Tiberias for a welcome dinner, which will provide a pleasant opportunity to meet your fellow pilgrims. (WD)
Day 3: Tiberias: Sea of Galilee, Capernaum and Mount of Beatitudes
This morning begin with a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee, where Our Lord Jesus Christ did much of His preaching and where many of His Apostles were fishermen. Then in Capernaum, visit the church built over the ruins of St. Peter’s house. Continue to the Church of the Primacy of Peter, where Our Lord appeared to the Apostles after His Resurrection. Then visit the Church of the Multiplication of the Loaves and the Fishes to commemorate this stunning miracle. Ascend by motor coach to the Mt. of Beatitudes to gain a panoramic vista of the Sea of Galilee. This is the place of Our Lord’s Sermon on the Mount. Return to Tiberias for the balance of the day. (BB, D)
Day 4: Tiberias – Cana – Mount tabor – Nazareth – Jerusalem
Depart to Cana, site of Our Lord’s first miracle at the wedding feast. Then to Mount Tabor, the site of the Transfiguration. Continue to Nazareth to visit the Basilica of the Annunciation, where the Archangel Gabriel announced to the Blessed Virgin Mary that she would become the Mother of God. Then to St. Joseph’s Shop a small church built on the site of St. Joseph’s home and workshop. Finally, visit the Church of Mary’s Well, built over Nazareth’s only fresh water spring used by the Holy Family. Arrive into Jerusalem for dinner and overnight. (BB, D)
Day 5: Jerusalem
Begin today entering through Stephen’s Gate, with a visit to the Church of St. Anne, marking the birthplace of the Blessed Virgin Mary, visiting as well the nearby Pools of Bethesda, where Our Lord cured an invalid. Proceed to the Chapel of the Flagellation, where Our Lord was scourged. Then carry the cross and follow the Via Dolorosa, the Way of the Cross. Afterwards, return to the Ecce Homo Arch, the site where Pontius Pilate presented Our Lord to the crowds. This afternoon ride to the Mount of Olives, for a panoramic view of the Old City of Jerusalem. Visit the Ascension Mosque, where the footprints of Our Lord, left when He ascended into Heaven, are venerated; the Paternoster Church, commissioned by Emperor Constantine to commemorate the place where Our Lord taught His Disciples the “Our Father”; the Dominus Flevit Chapel, where Our Lord wept over the faith of Jerusalem; and the Church of All Nations built over the rock in the Garden of Gethsemane, on which Our Lord prayed the night before He was crucified. After lunch on your own, continue onto the Church of St. Peter in Gallicanctu, where St. Peter denied Our Lord; the Church of the Dormition of Our Lady, where she passed from this earthly life, and finally the Hall of the Last Supper. (BB, D)
Day 6: Jerusalem: Excursion to Bethlehem and Ein Kerem
Begin this morning with a visit to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, which was built over the site of Christ’s Crucifixion and the cave where he was buried and then resurrected. Afterwards, depart to Bethlehem; visiting first Shepherds’ Field, the site commemorating the appearance of the angels on the first Christmas night. Then, visit the Church of the Nativity, built on the site where Our Lord was born. Connected to the Church of the Nativity, visit St. Catherine’s Church; descend to the grottoes of the Holy Innocents, St. Joseph and St. Jerome. Next, visit St. Jerome’s Chapel, where the saint wrote the Vulgate. Returning to Jerusalem, stop at Ein Kerem to visit the Church of St. John the Baptist, built over the Grotto of the Nativity of St. John and the Church of the Visitation that commemorates the Virgin Mary’s visit to St. Elizabeth. The rest of the day is at leisure to browse in the local markets, or simply for relaxation or meditation. (BB, D)
Day 7: Jerusalem: Excursion to Jericho, Qumran, Masada, and Bethany
Depart early this morning for Masada. En route, visit Jericho, one of the world’s oldest cities for a distant view of the Mount of Temptations, where the Devil appeared to tempt Our Lord during His forty days of fast. In Jericho, Our Lord healed Bartimaeus, the blind beggar, and dined with Zaccheus, the rich tax collector. Our Lord also chose the road to Jericho as the setting for the parable of the Good Samaritan. Afterwards travel to Qumran, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found. Continue to the waterfalls of Ein Gedi National Park and the Dead Sea. Upon arrival into Masada, ascend by cable car to view the 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, stop at Bethany, the town where the resurrection of St. Lazarus took place. Tonight, celebrate the end of a wonderful trip with a farewell dinner. (BB, FD)
Day 8: Return flight to the US
This morning, transfer to Tel Aviv airport for your return flight to the USA. (BB)
*(BB) Buffet Breakfast * (D) Dinner * (WD) Welcome dinner * (FD) Farewell dinner
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