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Experience the Gospels ● Walk where Jesus walked ● Bring the Bible to life
Fr. Miguel Marie, MFVA – Spiritual Director
$4,895 (pp double occupancy)
Departing from Philadelphia, PA (connecting air available)
R/T Air from Philadelphia, PA
- 4* Religious Houses
- Breakfast & Dinner Daily, 1 Lunch
- R/T Airport Transfers in Tel Aviv
- Private Deluxe Motor Coach
- Sightseeing/Entrance Fees per Itinerary
- Tips to Hotel Staff, Guide & Driver
- Licensed English Speaking Guide
- Daily Mass
- Holy Hours (optional but highly recommended)
- Retreat Talks in Galilee
- Pilgrim Booklet
- Travel Bag
- Luggage Tags
- Ticket Case
- Map of Holy Land
Day 1 ~ October 24, 2014 ~ Depart USA
Today depart Philadelphia, PA for our transatlantic flight to Tel Aviv. Enjoy dinner, movie, and breakfast during the flight.
Day 2 ~ October 25 ~ Tel Aviv ~ Galilee
Shalom! Arrive Ben-Gurion Airport and meet our tour escort. Enjoy a scenic drive to Galilee and arrive Mt. Beatitude where Mass will be celebrate. Dinner and overnight at the guest house on Mt. Beatitude.
Day 3 ~ October 26 ~ Cana ~ Nazareth
After breakfast depart for Cana and visit the Church built over the wedding house. Celebrate Mass followed by renewal of vows for married couples. Continue to Nazareth to visit the Basilica of the Annunciation and the Grotto where the Archangel Gabriel appeared to Mary. Visit St. Joseph’s Church built over the house of the Holy Family. We’ll also visit the synagogue church where Jesus preached. After lunch we will visit the Mt. of Precipitation and the village of Nain. Dinner, Holy Hour, and overnight on Mt. Beatitude.
Day 4 ~ October 27 ~ Mt. Tabor ~ Galilee
This morning we’ll visit Mt. Tabor and take a scenic drive to the top via taxi. Visit the beautiful Basilica of the Transfiguration and celebrate Mass. We’ll then proceed to Kursi before we stop for a St. Peter’s fish lunch by the Sea of Galilee. After lunch we’ll take a relaxing boat ride across the Sea of Galilee. Return to Mt. Beatitude for dinner, Holy Hour, and overnight.
Day 5 ~ October 28 ~ Galilee
After breakfast walk down Mt. Beatitude or ride the bus to Tabgha, the site of the multiplication of the loaves and fish. Walk to the Church of Peter’s Primacy where Jesus met His disciples after the resurrection and celebrate Mass. We continue onto Capernaum, Jesus’ home city during His ministry, and visit the ancient synagogue and St. Peter’s house. Proceed to Bethsaida, one of the towns where Jesus preached, and enjoy a picnic lunch. End the afternoon with an optional walk along the Millennium path by the Sea of Galilee. Dinner, Holy Hour, and overnight on Mt. Beatitude.
Day 6 ~ October 29 ~ Jordan: Mt. Nebo ~ Madaba ~ Petra
Today we depart for Jordan. Our first stop is Mt. Nebo, where Moses was laid to rest. We’ll celebrate Mass on Mt. Nebo. After lunch we’ll visit Madaba to view the ancient 6th century Byzantine mosaic of the Holy Land. We continue onto Petra for dinner and overnight.
Day 7 ~ October 30 ~ Jordan: Petra ~ Israel: Dead Sea
This morning we’ll visit the spectacular site of Petra and see the massive structures of natural red sandstone carved out by the Nabateans. Take an optional chariot ride or horse ride through the streets. Enjoy lunch before we depart for the Israeli border and continue to the Dead Sea. Dinner and overnight by the Dead Sea.
Day 8 ~ October 31 ~ Masada ~ Ein Gedi ~ Jerusalem
After breakfast enjoy the experience of floating in the Dead Sea. We then depart our hotel for Masada, the palace of Herod, which became famous by the Jewish Zealots. Take a cable car ride to the top and visit the ruins. After lunch we depart for Ein Gedi National Park and take a walk to the place where David confronted King Saul. As we continue onto Jerusalem, we’ll pass by Qumran, the site of where the Dead Sea scrolls were found. Mass, dinner, overnight at Notre Dame in Jerusalem.
Day 9 ~ November 1 (All Saints Day) ~ Bethlehem ~ Abu Gosh
Enjoy breakfast before we depart to Bethlehem and visit the Milk Grotto, Manger Square, and the Grotto of the Nativity and touch the birthplace of Jesus. Then visit the Grotto of St. Joseph, the Grotto of St. Jerome, the Basilica of St. Catherine, and Shepherd’s Field. Time for lunch
before we depart for Abu Gosh, where Jesus met the disciples on their way to Emmaus. Return to Notre Dame for dinner, Holy Hour, and overnight.
Day 10 ~ November 2 ~ (All Souls Day) ~ Mt. of Olives ~ Ein Karem
Morning departure to the Mt. of Olives and enjoy a panoramic view of the old city of Jerusalem. Walk the Palm Sunday Path from the Chapel of the Ascension down to Gethsemane. Along the way we’ll stop and visit Dominos Flevit, where Jesus wept over Jerusalem, and celebrate Mass. After Mass visit the beautiful Russian Orthodox Church of Mary Magdalene with its golden domes. Take a lunch break before we visit the Cave of the Betrayal where Judas betrayed Jesus. Then we depart for Ein Karem and visit the place where Mary met Elizabeth and proclaimed the Magnificat. Walk to the Church of St. John the Baptist and visit the grotto of his birth. Return to Notre Dame for dinner, Holy Hour, and overnight.
Day 11 ~ November 3 ~ Old City of Jerusalem
This morning we begin by visiting the Pretorium site and the Flagellation Chapel where we’ll celebrate Mass. We then begin to walk the Via Dolorosa and carry the cross in the footsteps of Jesus. We arrive at Calvary in the Holy Sepulchre. After a lunch break we’ll visit the Wailing Wall before we go to Mt. Zion and the Room of the Last Supper and the Abbey or Dormition. Our final visit for the day is St. Peter in Galicantu, the site where Peter denied Jesus three times and where Jesus was imprisoned. Return to Notre Dame for dinner, Holy Hour, and overnight.
Day 12 ~ November 4 ~ Jericho ~ Jerusalem
Early Mass in the Holy Sepulchre and then return to Notre Dame for breakfast. Depart for the traditional site of Jesus’ Baptism by John the Baptist. Renew our Baptismal Promises. Continue to Jericho, the world’s old inhabited city. Take a cable car to the Mt. of Temptation and visit the cave where Jesus fasted for forty days. After lunch visit a Sycamore tree, like the one Zacheaus climbed. Return to Jerusalem and visit the Pater Noster Church where Jesus gave the Our Father prayer. Our final stop is St. Ann’s Church, the birthplace of Mary, and the pools of Bethseda. Retun to Notre Dame for dinner, Holy Hour, overnight.
Day 13 ~ November 5 ~ Jerusalem
Today is free for personal devotions, exploring the old city and shopping, packing, etc. Mass T.B.A. After dinner depart to Tel Aviv for our flight home.
Day 14 ~ November 6 ~ USA
A fond farewell to our pilgrim family.