The Holy Land & Italy

A 13-Day Fully Escorted Pilgrimage
With: Fr. Manny Gelido
November 9-21, 2019

Trip Itinerary:*

 

Day 1. Saturday, November 9: Transatlantic flight to Tel Aviv

 

Day 2. Sunday, November 10: Tel Aviv – Mt. Carmel – Tiberias

Upon arrival in Tel Aviv airport, transfer to Mt. Carmel to visit the Carmelite Monastery of St. Elias, where this holy prophet triumphed over the false prophets of Baal. Next to it, visit Stella Maris Carmelite Monastery, built in an area that for centuries was frequented by hermits, and where the Carmelite Order was founded. Continue to Tiberias for a welcome dinner with fellow travelers. (WD)

 

Day 3. Monday, November 11: Tiberias: Sea of Galilee

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 Mount of Beatitudes, the scene of the Sermon on the Mount. Next, visit the Church of the Loaves and Fishes situated in the place of the miracle of the Feeding of Five Thousand. Close by, visit the Chapel of the Primacy situated at the shores of the Sea of Galilee, where Our Lord appeared to His disciples after His resurrection. Then into Capernaum, to visit the church built over the ruins of St. Peter’s house and the synagogue where Our Lord used to preach. Enjoy lunch with the traditional dish “St. Peter’s Fish” at a typical restaurant. Visit the nearby Valley of the Doves, the path where Our Lord walked from Nazareth to Galilee. Close by is Magdala the town where St. Mary Magdalene was born. Visit the recently discovered ruins of Magdala’s synagogue and market. End your day with a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee. (BB, L, D)

 

Day 4. Tuesday, November 12: Tiberias – Nazareth – Cana – Mt. Tabor – Jerusalem

This morning, travel to Nazareth and stroll through its 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. Next, visit Cana, where Our Lord performed His first miracle by turning water into wine. 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. Continue to Jerusalem for dinner and overnight. (BB, D)

 

Day 5. Wednesday, November 13: Jerusalem: Excursion to Bethany, Jericho, Baptismal site, Dead Sea, and Desert views

Start your day with a visit to Bethany the home of Lazarus, Martha, and Mary Magdalene. Continue to Jericho, the oldest city in the world, where Our Lord healed Bartimaeus, the blind beggar, and dined with Zacchaeus, the rich tax collector. Afterwards, stop at the site on the Jordan River where it is claimed that St. John baptized Our Lord. Next, travel to the Dead Sea where you may take the opportunity to wade and bathe. On your way to Jerusalem, stop for views of the Judean Desert and St. George Monastery to remind us of the story of the Good Samaritan. Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem. (BB, D)

 

Day 6. Thursday, November 14: Jerusalem: St Anne’s Church & Pools of Bethesda, Mount Zion, and Mount of Olives

This morning start your sightseeing at St. Stephen Gate, the site where the saint was stoned to death. Walk to the Church of St. Anne, erected over the traditional site of the birthplace of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Adjacent is the Pool of Bethesda excavations, identified as the scene of the healing of the paralytic. Continue to Mt. Zion to visit the Upper Room where the Last Supper took place, the Church of the Dormition where Our Lady was assumed into heaven, and the Church of St. Peter in Gallicantu and the Palace of Caiaphas, where Our Lord was imprisoned. Afterwards, continue to Mt. of Olives to visit the Chapel of the Ascension, the Church of Pater Noster, where Our Lord taught His disciples how to pray, and the Church of Dominus Flevit, where Our Lord wept over the city of Jerusalem. Arrive into the Kidron Valley to the Garden of Gethsemane and the Church of All Nations, where Our Lord began the way of His Passion. (BB, D)

 

Day 7. Friday, November 15: Jerusalem: Holy Sepulcher & Excursion to Ein Karem, Shepherds’ Field, and Bethlehem

Very early, walk the path of Our Lord’s Passion to Calvary and end at 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. Afterwards, travel into the “hill country of Judea” to the city of Ein Karem, the birthplace of St. John the Baptist. Visit the Church of St. John the Baptist 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. Later, embark on a sightseeing tour of Bethlehem, the royal city of David, to pray at the Cave of the Nativity, the birthplace of our Savior. Return to Jerusalem for dinner and overnight. (BB, D)

 

Day 8. Saturday, November 16: Rome – Amalfi Coast (Salerno)

Transfer to Tel Aviv airport for your flight to RomeUpon arrival, head to the Amalfi Coast. Time permitting, stop to visit Montecassino Abbey, the mother church of the Benedictine order and a center of medieval art, founded in 529 by St. Benedict. Continue to Salerno to visit its Cathedral that houses the remains of St. Matthew the Apostle and of Pope Gregory VII, a great defender of the Catholic faith. Tonight, dinner and overnight is in Salerno. (BB, D)

 

Day 9. Sunday, November 17: Amalfi Coast

This morning, board the ferry to Amalfi to visit its splendid Cathedral that houses the remains of St. Andrew the Apostle. Continue to Ravello to visit the Cathedral, which houses the blood of St. Pantaleon; and Villa Cimbrone, with spectacular views of the Amalfi Coast. On your return to Salerno, stop at Vietri sul Mare for dinner and time on your own. This quaint town, considered to be the gateway to the Amalfi Coast, is known for its polychrome ceramics, a tradition since at least the 15th century. (BB, D)

 

Day 10. Monday, November 18: Amalfi Coast – San Giovanni Rotondo

This morning travel to San Giovanni Rotondo. Upon arrival have a guided sightseeing of the shrine. Pray before St. Padre Pio, whose incorrupt body is exposed for veneration. Visit the old church and pray before the crucifix from which he received the stigmata in 1918. See the confessional where St. Padre Pio spent hours with multitudes of pilgrims. Dinner and overnight in San Giovanni. (BB, D)

 

Day 11. Tuesday, November 19: San Giovanni Rotondo – Rome

Depart this morning for Rome. In the afternoon, enjoy a panoramic view of Rome, followed by a visit to the Coliseum. Enjoy free time for the rest of the day, with dinner on your own. Overnight in Rome. (BB)

 

Day 12. Wednesday, November 20: Rome

This morning transfer to St. Peter’s Piazza for the weekly Papal Audience. Rest of the day at leisure in the Eternal City. This evening, take part in a farewell dinner with fellow travelers. (BB, FD)

 

Day 13. Thursday, November 21: Homebound flight

Transfer to Rome Fiumicino airport for your return flight to the USA. (BB)

 

 

Buffet Breakfast (BB); Lunch (L); Dinner (D); Welcome Dinner (WD); Farewell Dinner (FD)

 

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

 

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