The Holy Land in the Footsteps of Our Lord

A 13-Day Pilgrimage to the Holy Land
With: Deacon Sabatino Carnazzo
August 13-25, 2015



Thursday, August 13: USA – Tel Aviv

Depart today towards the Holy Land.


Friday, August 14: Tel Aviv – Jerusalem

In Tel Aviv, meet your tour escort and drive to Jerusalem to enjoy a panoramic view of Jerusalem from Mt. Scopus. (D)


Saturday, August 15: Jerusalem – Ein Karem – Shepherds’ Field – Bethlehem – Jerusalem

Before leaving Jerusalem, we will have a panoramic view and Bible study from the Mount of Olives, a most hallowed place for Christians. Afterwards, travel into the “hill country of Judea” to the city of Ein Karem, visiting Mary’s well, the Church of the Visitation, and the Church of St. John the Baptist. We then continue to “Boaz’s Field,” to visit the cave of the Shepherds, where the angels appeared and announced the birth of Christ. Continue to Bethlehem, the royal city of David, to pray at the Cave of the Nativity, the birthplace of the Savior. Free time for shopping before returning to Jerusalem for dinner and overnight. (BB, D)


Sunday, August 16: Qasr Al-Yahud – Jericho – Nazareth – Tabgha

Following Divine Liturgy, we will journey to the Jordan River to visit the ancient baptismal site of the Lord.  Afterwards, we will continue to Jericho, the city where Joshua and the Israelites began their conquest of the Promised Land, to view the Mountain of the Temptation. Then, we travel to Nazareth where we will visit Mary’s Well in the Orthodox Church of St. Gabriel and stroll through Nazareth’s colorful bazaar as we walk Mary’s road to her home, the site of the Annunciation, followed by a visit to the Church of St. Joseph and the Melkite Church built over the ancient synagogue of Nazareth.  Before leaving Nazareth we will visit Mount Precipice. Dinner and overnight at Pilgerhaus Hotel. (BB, D)


Monday, August 17: Mt. Arbel – Valley of Doves – Sea of Galilee – Tabgha

We start our day with a visit of Mt. Arbel for a view of the Sea of Galilee and the Valley of the Doves; this valley is the route Jesus would have taken from Nazareth to the Sea of Galilee. Next, will explore the ruins of Capernaum, including the ancient Jewish synagogue and Peter’s house. Continue to the Mount of Beatitudes, the scene of the Sermon on the Mount. Finally, visit the Church of the Multiplication of the Loaves and Fishes. Dinner and overnight at Pilgerhaus. (BB, D)


Tuesday, August 18: Capernaum – Corazin – Tabgha

This morning we start with a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee. Afterwards, return to Capernaum for a Bible study on the Bread of Life (Jn 6), followed by a visit to Corazin to admire its synagogue that is probably one of the most beautiful lesser-known ancient synagogues in Galilee. The town and the synagogue appear to have been destroyed in the latter part of the 4th century and were rebuilt in the 5th century. Continue for a visit to the Orthodox Church of the 12 Apostles. Then enjoy a free afternoon on the Sea of Galilee and conclude the day with a walk to the Church of Mensa Christi where Christ appeared to the Apostles after the Resurrection. Return to the Pilgerhaus for dinner and overnight. (BB, D)


Wednesday, August 19: Jerusalem

Leaving the Sea of Galilee, we will begin our day with a drive to Mt. Tabor to enjoy beautiful views of the Plain of Esdraelon. Mount Tabor is the site of the Transfiguration of Our Lord Jesus Christ, during which He began to radiate light and was seen conversing with Moses and Elijah. Here we will visit the Orthodox Monastery of the Transfiguration and a Bible study from the terrace overlooking the Jezreel Valley. Next, we will journey to Jericho to visit the Orthodox Church of Zacchaeus and see the sycamore tree which Zacchaeus climbed so that he might see Jesus. Our last stop will be at the Dead Sea for a dip into its salty waters. Dinner and overnight at Notre Dame Hotel in Jerusalem. (BB, D)


Thursday, August 20: St. Anne – Pool of Bethsaida & Siloam – Western Wall Excavations – Hezekiah’s Tunnel

Begin the morning by visiting the Church of St. Anne, erected over the traditional site of the birthplace of the Theotokos. After enjoying a Bible study at the Pool of Bethsaida excavations, identified as the scene of the healing of the paralytic, we will visit the Western Wall where we will enter to the Temple Mount area and enjoy a tour through the southern excavations where Jesus met the woman caught in adultery.  Continue to Hezekiah’s Tunnel that was dug underneath the City of David in Jerusalem in ancient times. From there, visit the Pool of Siloam, where Jesus cured a blind man. Dinner and overnight at Notre Dame. (BB, D)


Friday, August 21: Bethany – Pater Noster Church – Dominus Flevit – Gethsemane – Caiphas’ House – Way of Christ’s Passion

Today we leave Jerusalem and drive through the Jordan Valley to Bethany, the place of Lazarus’ tomb and the Orthodox Church of the Raising of Lazarus. Walking the Palm Sunday road, we will visiting the cave of Pater Noster, where Our Lord taught his disciples the Lord’s Prayer. Then the Church of Dominus Flevit, where Our Lord wept over the city of Jerusalem. Continuing down the Mount of Olives into the Kidron Valley, we will make our way to the Garden of Gethsemane, where Our Lord began the way of His Passion. From Gethsemane, we will continue to Mount Zion to visit the Church of St. Peter in Gallicantu and the place of Our Lord’s imprisonment in the palace of Caiaphas. We will conclude the day by walking the path of Our Lord’s Passion to Golgotha and the Church of the Resurrection. Dinner and overnight at Notre Dame. (BB, D)


Saturday, August 22: Anastasis Jerusalem

Today we will rise early and make our way to the tomb of Christ where we celebrate Orthros.  Following Orthros, we will enjoy a tour of the Church’s complex, including a visit to the tomb of our forefather Adam and the tombs of Nicodemus and Joseph of Arimathea. The rest of the day is at leisure. Dinner and overnight at Notre Dame. (BB, D)


Sunday, August 23: Upper Room – Dormition 

Our day will begin with the celebration of Divine Liturgy. Then, we will make our way to Mount Zion for a visit to the Upper Room where the Holy Spirit descended upon the Apostles at Pentecost. Continue to the Catholic church of the Dormition of the Mother of God. Next, we will make our way to the Kidron Valley and visit the Orthodox church of the Dormition, where tradition reveals that the Theotokos was laid in the tomb before her body was taken into heaven. Dinner and overnight at Notre Dame. (BB, D)


Monday, August 24: Jerusalem

Full day at leisure. Dinner and overnight at Notre Dame. (BB, D)


Tuesday, August 25: Flight back to the USA

Early departure to Tel Aviv for your flight back to the USA.


(BB) Buffet Breakfast; (D) Dinner


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



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