Morning arrival in Tel Aviv. Upon meeting our guide we embark on a panoramic view of Jaffa and are transferred to our hotel in Judea. Time for rest, dinner and overnight.
In the morning we depart to Mount of Olives in Jerusalem where we visit the Church of all Nations, the Church of Maria Magdalene, Dominus Flevit Church, Chapel of the Ascension, Garden of Gethsemane, Mary's Tomb, Church of the Pater Noster. We continue to the village of Bethany with the tomb of Lazarus (time permitting). In the afternoon we visit Mount Zion with the Upper Room (Room of the Last Supper) and the Church of St. Peter's in Gallicantu. Return to our hotel for dinner and overnight.
Today's 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. Transfer to our hotel for dinner and overnight.
Bethlehem - Ein Karem
After breakfast 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 travel to Ein Karem, the city of St. John. Return to our hotel for dinner and overnight.
Jericho / Qumran - Dead Sea -
This morning we visit the ancient city of Jericho and then leave for an excursion to the Dead Sea and Qumran, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered in 1947. Time for floating in the Dead Sea before visiting Qasr El Yehud, the place where Jesus was baptized. Return to hotel for dinner and overnight.
Caesarea by the Sea - Haifa, Nazareth
After breakfast we depart for Galilee. En route we visit Caesarea, Haifa and Mt. Carmel, the “burning place” where Elijah called fire down to confound the prophets of Baal. Here we celebrate Mass. Continue to Nazareth for dinner and overnight.
Tiberias - Capernaum - Tabha, Mount of Beatitudes - Magdala
After breakfast we depart for Tiberias and then travel by boat 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 we visit Magdala, the town of Maria Magdalena. Dinner and overnight.
Cana - Nazareth - Mount Tabor
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.
Return to Canada
After breakfast we are transferred to the airport in Tel Aviv for a flight to Toronto. Evening arrival
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