Afternoon departure on a direct Air Canada flight from Toronto to Tel Aviv.
Morning arrival in Tel Aviv. Upon meeting our guide we are transferred to our hotel in Nazareth. Time for rest, visit to the church of Annunciation, Mass, dinner and overnight
Cana - Tiberias
After breakfast we visit Cana – the site of Jesus' first miracle where we celebrate a marriage renewal ceremony. Continue to Tiberias. We 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. Continue to Cesarea Philippi, where Jesus revealed to His disciples for the first time that He was indeed Messiah. Return to our hotel for dinner and overnight.
Haifa - Mt Carmel - Megiddo
Today we visit Haifa and Mt. Carmel, the “burning place” where Elijah called fire down to confound the prophets of Baal. Here we celebrate Mass. Continue to Megiddo, archeological site at the place of the battle of Armageddon. Return to our hotel for dinner and overnight.
Mount Tabor - Beit Shean, Qasr El Yehud - Jericho
This morning we ascend Mount Tabor – the Mount of the Transfiguration, where we celebrate Mass. Continue to Beit Shean and visit the Archaeological National Park, the remains of cities from Canaanite, Egyptian and Roman times. We stop at Qasr El Yehud, the place where Jesus was baptized. Continue to our hotel in Jericho for dinner and overnight.
Dead Sea - Qumran
After breakfast we take a cable car ride to the Mount of Temptation overlooking Jericho. Continue to the Dead Sea. We visit Qumran, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered in 1947. Time to relax and for float in the Dead Sea before returning to hotel for dinner and overnight.
Jericho - Village of Bethany, Bethlehem - Jerusalem
This morning we have a short tour of Jericho, the oldest inhabited city in the world. Continue to the village of Bethany with the tomb of Lazarus and then on to Bethlehem – where Jesus was born. We visit the Manger, Crusaders' Cloister, the Grotto of St. Jerome – Shepherd’s field and Milk Grotto. Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem.
Mount of Olives - Mount Zion
Today we visit the Mount of Olives: 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. 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 before returning to our hotel for dinner and overnight
Return to Canada
After breakfast we are transferred to the airport in Tel Aviv for a direct Air Canada flight to Toronto. Evening arrival.
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LISTED COST $4050.00 INCLUDES:
air transportation from Toronto (unless specified otherwise), incl. all taxes and surcharges
hotel accommodation first class or superior tourist class based on double occupancy – single room supplement is $950.00
2 meals daily (breakfast and dinner)
all sightseeing as per itinerary with English speaking guide
all tips for bus drivers, guides, in restaurants and hotels
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meals not specified, insurance, documentation.
**THE ITINERARY IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE AND MAY VARY IN THE ORDER YOU VISIT**