Day 1 :
Travel from home to Israel
Day 2 :
Welcome to Israel!
- Arrive in Tel Aviv:
After Passport Control, be greeted by our guide and driver. Drive north along the Mediterranean Seacoast to Stella Maris on Mount Carmel
- Celebrate mass:
Day 3 :
Sea of Galilee and Magdala
- Sea of Galilee:
Recalling when Jesus calmed the storm and called Peter to walk on water to Him, take a boat across the lake to Capernaum where Jesus called St. Peter and many of the other apostles. Visit the Synagogue where He healed and taught and see Peter's House. Afterwards, go to the Primacy where He confirmed St. Peter’s mandate after His resurrection, and to Tabgha where he fed the 5000.
- Stop in Magdala:
Visit the newly revealed first century synagogue. Worship on the banks of the lake in the new chapel in the city of Mary Magdalene.
Day 4 :
Discover the Church of the Annunciation where Father will celebrate Mass at the place where The Word Became Flesh and dwelt among us. During a visit to the museum built over the village of Nazareth learn about the many churches that have been built over the House of Mary. Stop at Joseph's Carpenter Shop, and then walk through the town where Jesus grew up. Continue up to the Synagogue Church to read scripture and pray before walking to Mary’s Well where the Angel Gabriel came to Mary.
Drive to Cana to renew the vows of our couples at the site of Jesus’ first miracle when he changed water in wine at the wedding feast.
Day 5 :
Caesarea Philippi-Banyas-Mount Tabor
- Caesarea Philippi:
Drive north onto the Golan Heights to Banyas to visit Caesarea Philippi where Jesus asks, “Who do people say I am?” and tells Peter, “On this rock, I will build my Church and the gates of Hell will not conquer it.
- Travel to Mount Tabor:
Visit Antonio Barlucci's magnificent church and have time to mediate on the Transfiguration where Jesus revealed His Glory.
Day 6 :
- Continue Journey:
Drive south thru Samaria stopping at Jacob’s Well. Continue to Bethlehem for included lunch and then visit the Nativity Church where Our Lord was born.
- Shepherd’s Field:
Visit Shepherd’s Field where Father will celebrate Mass. Have time in one of the big Christian olivewood stores famous for its traditional art crafts.
Day 7 :
Mt. Olives-Gethsemane-Jerusalem-Israel Museum
- Mt Olives:
Drive up on the Mt Olives and walk down from the place of the Ascension to the Carmelite Convent where we remember Jesus teaching the Our Father and continue down to Dominus Flevit where He wept over the city, and finally arriving to Gethsemane.
- Explore Jerusalem:
You’ll go to to Ein Karem to visit the birthplace of St. John the Baptist and then climb to the Church of the Visitation where Mary went to help her cousin Elizabeth.
- Israel Museum:
See a 1/50th scale model of the city of Jerusalem in the year 70AD. You’ll understand the walls and Old City after observing this impressive site.
Day 8 :
Mt Zion- Saint Peter in Gallicantu- Jerusalem-Holy Sepulcher- Temple Mount
- Mt Zion:
You'll drive around the Old City to Mt Zion to visit Dormition Abbey where Mary slept and the Upper Room.
- Saint Peter in Gallicantu:
Visit the place where our Lord was held by the high priest when he was arrested.
- Old City of Jerusalem:
Pray the Via Dolorosa, carrying a cross up through the Old City to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, the location of the last five Stations of the Cross and the holiest Christian site in Jerusalem. The church is built over the location of Jesus' crucifixion, burial, and resurrection. The site was picked out by Emperor Constantine' mother Helena in the 4th century and much of the current structure dates to the era of the Crusades. You'll view the Temple Mount, home to the Dome of the Rock, where the prophet Muhammed ascended to heaven.
Day 9 :
Tomb of Our Lord-Western Wall-Temple Mount
- Western Wall:
Drive around the Old City to visit the Western Wall. Many Jewish boys will come to celebrate their Bar Mitzvah here today and we can pray at and leave our petitions in the Wall.
- Temple Mount:
Get to know the location where Jesus taught and prayed; where he was presented by his parents after birth; where he was tempted by the Devil to throw himself down; and, where he was angered by the money changers. Today on this Moslem property we find the Al-Aqsa Mosque and the Dome of the Rock. We pass the closed Golden Gate as we leave and enter the Crusader church of St. Ann’s and the Pools of Bethesda.
- Free time:
Leave the city by St. Stephen’s Gate, enjoy your afternoon and keep exploring
Day 10 :
Jordan River-Mount of Temptations-Qumran-Jerusalem
- Continue Journey:
Drive down to the Jordan River to renew our Baptismal promises, then visit Jericho to see the Mount of Temptations and the Sycamore Tree.
- Continue South to Qumran:
Visit the excavations where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found. Before returning to Jerusalem, have an incredible opportunity to float in the Dead Sea.
Day 11 :
Departure from Tel Aviv to United States
- Flight back home:
Our enjoyable and rewarding tour will come to an end as our guide accompanies us to the airport for our return flight home.