We will depart in transit to Tel Aviv.
Upon arrival in Tel Aviv we will be met by our Spiritual Journey representative and will proceed to our hotel in Herzlia, which is on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea. We will conclude our day of travel with dinner at our hotel.
We will depart Herzlia to Caesarea, where St. Peter baptized the first Gentile convert (Cornelius) and where St. Paul was imprisoned. Later we will continue to Muhraqa, where the Carmelite Monastery of St. Elijah marks the place where the prophet Elijah set up his altar and triumphed over the false prophets of Ba’al. Here we will celebrate Mass. Then we will proceed to Mt. Carmel and the Chapel of Stella Mares. Tonight we will arrive in Tiberias where we will close our day with dinner.
In the morning we will begin with a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee, then visit Capernaum, the Heptagon (Peter’s Primacy), followed by a visit to Tabgha to commemorate the multiplication of the loaves and the fishes. We will ascend to the Mt. of Beatitudes to gain a panoramic vista of the Sea of Galilee. Once we reach the top we will celebrate Mass before continuing to the Baptismal Site at the Jordan River to renew our baptismal vows. Then we will return to Tiberias for the remainder of the day. Our evening will end with dinner at our hotel.
We will depart to Cana, site of Jesus’ first miracle at the wedding feast. Here we will celebrate Mass and invite couples to renew their marriage vows. Then we will make our way to Mt. Tabor, the site of the Transfiguration. After we will continue to Nazareth where we will visit the Basilica of the Annunciation for Mass at the Grotto, then continue to St. Joseph’s Workshop, Mary’s Well, and, just down the street, the Chapel of Charles de Foucauld at the Little Sisters of the Poor and the Convent of the Sisters of Nazareth. We will arrive in Jerusalem and end our day with a traditional meal at the hotel.
We will begin this morning with Mass at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, followed by a ride to Mt. Scopus and to the Mt. of Olives. Here we will get a panoramic view of the old City of Jerusalem. We visit the Ascension Mosque, Pater Noster, commemorating the “Our Father,” Dominus Flavit, where Jesus wept over Jerusalem, and the Church of All Nations in the Garden of Gethsemane. You will have the chance to enjoy your own lunch before we continue onto the Church of St. Peter in Gallicanctu, which is where Peter denied Christ, the House of Caiphas, the Church of the Dormition of Our Lady, and the Upper Room, commemorating the Last Supper. You may wish to include a group visit to the Yad Vashem Memorial Museum. This museum tells the story of the Holocaust and serves as a sober reminder of man’s inhumanity to man. Tonight we will close our day with dinner at the hotel.
We will depart Jerusalem for Bethlehem, where we will celebrate Mass at Shepherds’ Field. After Mass we will visit the Church of the Nativity, St. Jerome’s Chapel, and finally St. Catherine’s Church. On our return journey, we will stop in Ein Karem where we will visit the Church of St. John the Baptist and the Church of the Visitation. The remainder of the day you will be at leisure to browse in the local markets or wander the streets. In the evening we will request a meeting with His Beatitude, Fouad Twal, the Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem. Our day will conclude with dinner in our hotel.
We will start our day by entering through Stephen’s Gate, with a visit to the Church of St. Anne, marking the birthplace of the Blessed Mother. In addition we will visit the nearby Pools of Bethesda. We will then proceed to the Chapel of the Flagellation, where Our Lord was scourged, then will carry the cross as we follow the Via Dolorosa (Stations of the Cross). After the Stations, we will return to the Ecce Homo Arch and Lithostrotos, where we will celebrate Mass. The remainder of the day will be in the Old City, where you will have time to visit the Dome of the Rock & Temple Mount (conditions permitting). We will complete our day back at the hotel where we will reflect over dinner.
We will depart early this morning for Masada. On our way, we will visit Jericho to view the Mt. of Temptations from a distance and to see the traditional Zaccheus site. This city was the site of Joshua’s first dramatic conquest. From a distance, we will view the Mt. of Temptation, which is now home to a Greek Orthodox Monastery. We will also visit Qumran, the site of the Dead Sea Scrolls, the waterfalls of Ein Gedi, and the Dead Sea. We recommend you bring your swimsuit if you are interested in taking a swim in the Dead Sea. After arriving in Masada, we will ascend by cable car to view the site. We will then return to Jerusalem where we will gather for a farewell dinner at a local restaurant to close our trip.
In the morning we will transfer to Tel Aviv airport for our return flight.
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