Morning arrival in Venice. We are transferred to Padua where we visit Basilica of St. Anthony and his tomb and celebrate Mass. Continue to our hotel for rest, dinner and overnight.
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.
Early morning Mass and departure to Florence, the cradle of Renaissance. Upon arrival some free time for shopping dinner and overnight in Florence.
Morning 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. Continue to Rome short sightseeing tour in Rome. Transfer to hotel for dinner and overnight.
Today we attend an audience with the Holy Father. After lunch our tour of Rome will include views of the Coliseum and Forum Romanum and visits to the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore and St. John Lateran. Return to our 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.
After breakfast we are transferred to the airport for a flight to Tel Aviv. Afternoon arrival in Tel Aviv. Upon meeting our guide, we are transferred to our hotel in Nazareth. Dinner and overnight.
Sea of Galilee, Tabgha, Mount of Beatitudes - Jordan R
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.
Cana - 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 & 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.
Haifa - Cesarea by the Sea
Today we depart Galilee for Bethlehem. En route we visit Haifa and Stella Maris. Here we celebrate Mass. We continue via Cesarea by the Sea to Bethlehem for dinner and overnight.
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.
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.
Return to Canada
After breakfast we are transferred to the airport for a flight to Toronto.
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