Late afternoon departure from Toronto to Tel Aviv.
Morning arrival in Tel Aviv. Upon meeting our guide, we are transferred to our hotel in Nazareth. Dinner and overnight.
Tiberias, Sea of Galilee
After breakfast we depart for 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. On our way back to the hotel we stop at the Jordan River where Jesus was baptized. Return to our hotel for dinner and overnight.
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 & we visit Mary's Well & St. Joseph's Carpentry Shop. In the afternoon we ascend Mount Tabor– the Mount of the Transfiguration. Return to hotel for dinner and overnight.
Galilee, Mt. Carmel, Cesarea
Today we depart Galilee for Judea and the area of Jerusalem. 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.
Jerusalem, Western Wall
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 and move on to the Church of Pater Noster and the Garden of Gethsemane.
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 continue our visit of Jerusalem's Mount Zion with the Upper Room (Room of the Last Supper) and the Church of St. Peter's in Gallicantu. Dinner and overnight.
This morning we leave for a full day excursion to the Dead Sea, Qumran, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered in 1947, and Jericho. Time for swimming before our return to hotel for dinner and overnight.
This morning we are transferred to the airport for a flight to Venice. Upon arrival full day in Venice. We relish the sights and sounds of this serene city including canal cruise by motor launch to St. Mark’s Square. We view the Bridge of Sighs, Doge’s Palace and St. Mark’s Basilica. Mass, some free time for shopping before our return to the hotel for dinner and overnight.
Morning departure for Padua where we visit Basilica of St. Anthony and his tomb. Continue to Florence for the cradle of Renaissance. Upon arrival some free time for shopping dinner and overnight in Florence.
Early morning Mass and then guided tour of Florence. The tour takes us to the church of Santa Croce, a visit to the basilica of Santa Maria del Fiore, Piazza Della Signoria and Ponte Vecchio. Some free time for shopping and after dinner and overnight.
Morning departure to Rome, short sightseeing tour in Rome. Views of the Coliseum and Forum Romanum and visits to the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore and St. John Lateran. Transfer to hotel for dinner and overnight.
In the morning we visit the Vatican Museum and St. Peter’s basilica. In the afternoon free time for leisure. Dinner and overnight.
Return to Canada
After breakfast we are transferred to the airport for a flight to Toronto.
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