Pilgrimage to the Holy Land

An 11-Day Pilgrimage to the Holy Land
With: Fr. Kyle Dave
November 4-14, 2015

Day 1 – Wednesday, November 4:  USA – Tel Aviv

Depart today towards the Holy Land.


Day 2 – Thursday, November 5:  Arrival in Tel Aviv

Welcome to Tel Aviv! Meet your pilgrimage guide and transfer to your hotel in Netanya for Mass, welcome dinner, and overnight. (WD)


Day 3 – Friday, November 6:  Caesarea – Mount Carmel – Tiberias 

This morning, travel to Caesarea, where St. Peter converted the centurion Cornelius, the first pagan to become a Christian, and where St. Paul was imprisoned before his trial in Rome; visit the Crusader walled city and the Roman ruins. Continue to Mount Carmel and visit the Carmelite Monastery built in an area that for centuries was frequented by hermits; and where the Carmelite Order was founded. Below the monastery is St. Elijah Cave, where this holy prophet lived and meditated before defeating the pagan prophets of Baal. Afterwards, drive towards Tiberias for dinner and overnight. (BB, D)


Day 4 – Saturday, November 7: Tiberias: Sea of Galilee

The Sea of Galilee is rich in memories of the three years of Our Lord’s Ministry around its shores. The day opens with a visit to the Mount of Beatitudes, the scene of the Sermon on the Mount, followed by a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee. Next, explore the ruins of Capernaum, including the ancient Jewish synagogue and St. Peter’s house. Last stop today includes the Church of the Multiplication of the Loaves and Fishes and the Chapel of the Primacy at Tabgha, both on the Sea of Galilee. Overnight in Tiberias. (BB, D)


Day 5 – Sunday, November 8: Tiberias: Excursion to Mt. Tabor, Cana, & Nazareth

Begin this day with a drive to Mt. Tabor; enjoy beautiful views of the Jezreel Valley and the Plain of Esdraelon. Visit the Church of the Transfiguration. Next, visit Cana in Galilee, where Our Lord performed His first miracle by turning water into wine. After the ceremony to renew your wedding vows, travel to Nazareth and visit the Basilica of the Annunciation. Its crypt includes the Cave of the Annunciation where the Archangel St. Gabriel appeared to the Blessed Virgin Mary. A peaceful garden leads to St. Joseph’s Church built on the site of St. Joseph’s home and workshop. Return to your hotel in Tiberias for dinner and overnight. (BB, D)


Day 6 – Monday, November 9:  Tiberias – Jerusalem

This morning, travel to Jerusalem. Stop at the Israeli Museum to see the Model of Ancient Jerusalem that displays a layout of the city about the year 66 BC. Continue to Mount Olivet, visiting the Church of Dominus Flevit, where Our Lord wept over the city of Jerusalem. Follow the Palm Sunday road into the Kidron Valley to the Garden of Gethsemane, where Our Lord began the way of His Passion. Visit the Church of All Nations, known as the Church of the Agony, built on the rock in the Garden of Gethsemane on which Our Lord prayed the night before His arrest. From Gethsemane, 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. Dinner and lodging in Jerusalem. (BB, D)


Day 7 – Tuesday, November 10: Jerusalem: Excursion to Bethany, Jericho, Jordan River, Qumran, and the Dead Sea

Today leave Jerusalem for a visit to Bethany and the place of Lazarus’ tomb. Continue to Jericho, the oldest city in the world, where Our Lord healed two blind men and lodged at the house of Zacchaeus, the tax collector. Afterwards, stop at the site on the Jordan River where it is claimed that St. John baptized Our Lord. Nearby, visit the Caves of Qumran, where the scrolls of the Dead Sea were found. Finally, take advantage of the opportunity to wade and bathe in the Dead Sea. Return to Jerusalem for dinner and overnight. (BB, D)


Day 8 – Wednesday, November 11: Jerusalem: Excursion to Ein Karem and Bethlehem

This morning travel into the “hill country of Judea” to the city of Ein Karem, the birthplace of St. John the Baptist, visiting the Grotto, where the nativity of St. John took place and the Church of the Visitation, built over the home of Zacharias. Continue to “Shepherds’ Field,” to visit the cave of the Shepherds, where the angels appeared and announced the birth of Christ. Afterwards, have a sightseeing of Bethlehem, the royal city of David, to pray at the Cave of the Nativity, the birthplace of Our Savior.  Tonight enjoy a farewell dinner with your fellow travelers. (BB, FD)


Day 9 – Thursday, November 12: Jerusalem: Old City

Morning visit to the Temple Mount, the site of Salomon’s Temple where Our Lord used to preach. Continue to the Wailing Wall, the most sacred Jewish place of worship. Then, visit St. Anne’s Church that stands on the spot where Sts. Anne and Joachim, the parents of the Blessed Virgin Mary, lived. Next to the church, is the Pool of Bethesda, where Our Lord cured a paralyzed man. Afterwards, visit to the Chapel of the Ascension and the Church of Pater Noster, where Our Lord taught His disciples how to pray.  Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem. (BB, D)


Day 10 – Friday, November 13: Jerusalem: Holy Sepulcher – Mount Zion

Very early, walk the path of Our Lord’s Passion to Calvary and have Mass at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. Afterwards, enjoy an in-depth 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. Continue to Mount Zion for a visit to the Church of the Dormition and the Hall of the Last Supper. The rest of the day is at leisure; dinner before your transfer to Tel Aviv airport for your flight back home. (BB, D)


Day 11 – Saturday, November 14:  Tel Aviv – USA

Arrive today to your final destination in the USA.


Buffet Breakfast (BB), Dinner (D), Welcome Dinner (WD), Farewell Dinner (FD)


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



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