Day 1 – Dec 30, 2018
Afternoon departure from Toronto directly to Tel Aviv.
Day 2 – Dec 31, 2018
Noon arrival in Tel Aviv. Upon meeting our guide we embark on a panoramic view of Jaffa and are transferred to our hotel in Tiberias in Galilee. Time for rest, dinner and overnight.
Day 3 – Jan 1, 2019
After breakfast we embark on a boat tour on the Sea of Galilee, visit Capernaum, home of St. Peter and the site of Jesus’ preaching, on to Tabgha to see the Church of the Multiplication with its beautiful 5th century fish mosaic. We also visit the Church of the Primacy and celebrate Mass on the Mount of the Beatitudes. On our way back to the hotel (time permitting) we visit the archeological site of Magdala, the town of Maria Magdalena. Return to our hotel for dinner and overnight.
Day 4 – Jan 2, 2019
This morning we start our tour in Cana – the site of Jesus’ first miracle. Here we celebrate a marriage renewal ceremony. We move on to Nazareth where we celebrate Mass at the Basilica of the Annunciation and we visit Mary’s Well and St. Joseph’s Carpentry Shop. In the afternoon we ascend Mount Tabor – the Mount of the Transfiguration. Return to our hotel for dinner and overnight.
Day 5 – Jan 3, 2019
This morning we depart Galilee for Judea. En route we visit Haifa and Mt. Carmel, the “burning place” where Elijah called fire down to confound the prophets of Baal. Here we celebrate Mass. We continue via Cesarea by the Sea to Judea for our dinner and overnight.
Day 6 – Jan 4, 2019
This morning we leave for a full day excursion to Masada, the Dead Sea and Qumran, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered in 1947. Time for swimming and relaxation. After Mass in Jericho we stop at the Jordan River in Qasr al-Yahud, where Jesus was baptized. Transfer to our hotel for dinner and overnight.
Day 7 – Jan 5, 2019
Today we visit Bethlehem – where Jesus was born, celebrating Christmas Mass in one of the grottos. We visit the Manger, the Crusaders’ Cloister and the Grotto of St. Jerome – Shepherd’s field. In the afternoon we move to Jerusalem and visit Mount Zion with the Upper Room (Room of the Last Supper) and the Church of St. Peter’s in Gallicantu. Transfer to our hotel in Jerusalem for dinner and overnight.
Day 8 – Jan 6, 2019
This morning our journey takes us to the ancient city of Jerusalem: St. Ann’s Church, Pool of Bethesda, Pilate’s Judgment Hall, the Chapel of the Flagellation and the Arch of Ecce Homo, the convent of the sisters of Zion. We continue with the Stations of the Cross – Via Dolorosa to the Holy Sepulchre. Mass will be celebrated in one of the many churches of Jerusalem. In the afternoon we visit the Western Wall, also called the “Wailing Wall”. We see the place of the Mosque of Omar and El Aksar. Return to our hotel for dinner and overnight.
Day 9 – Jan 7, 2019
We continue our tour of sacred places in Jerusalem. We visit the Olive Mountain: the Church of all Nations, the Church of Maria Magdalene, Dominus Flevit Church, Chapel of the Ascension, Garden of Gethsemane, Basilica of Agony, Mary’s Tomb, Church of the Pater Noster. In the afternoon we continue to Ein Karem, the city of St. John the Baptist. Farewell dinner in Jaffa before transfer to the airport for an overnight flight to Toronto.
Day 10 – Jan 8, 2019
Morning arrival in Toronto.
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