Catholic 10 Day Itinerary

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Day 1
Upon arrival in Tel Aviv you will find your luggage and exit the baggage claim into the arrivals hall where we will be greeted by your tour escort and/or driver. After a warm welcome to Israel, we will be escorted to your transportation to our hotel on the beautiful Mediterranean coast. We enjoy a delicious buffet dinner at our hotel before retiring for the evening.
Overnight in Tel Aviv.

Day 2
After breakfast we travel to Jaffa where St. Peter had his vision on the rooftop of the House of Simon the tanner (Acts 10:32), raised Tabitha from the dead (Acts 9:36); Jonah set sail to Tarshish (Jonah 1:3) and King Solomon built his port (2 Chron. 2:16) on the Mediterranean. We head north along the coast to Caesarea ((Acts 10:24).) We will visit the Roman and Crusader ruins, where Paul was held prisoner by the Romans. We continue our journey into the Carmel Mountains, heading for the Galilee. We stop in Haifa where we will visit Stella Maris, a Carmelite Monastery which houses the Madonna of Mt. Carmel. After time for prayer we continue on to Mukhraka where Elijah confronted the false prophets of Baal and where the Carmelite Order began. On to Acre: Acre was of major significance during the Crusader period in the Holy Land. Because of its position, located on a peninsula encompassing a natural bay, the city gained international significance from 1104 to 1291 as the capital of the Crusader kingdom of Jerusalem. See the Crusaders Halls.
Overnight in Nazareth or Tiberius.

Day 3
Today we will focus on the Ministry of Christ during his time in Galilee. We will enjoy a peaceful boat ride across the Sea of Galilee where Christ walked on water. We also visit the holy site Capernaum to see the synagogue and St. Peter’s house, where Jesus would have stayed while ministering in the area. Visit the breathtaking Mt. of Beatitudes where the Sermon on the Mount was given (Matt. 5). There will be an unforgettable Mass near the shores of the Sea of Galilee at the Primacy of Mt. Beatitudes. We continue on to Tabgha where we will see the splendid mosaic commemorating the miracle of the loaves and fishes, and to the nearby Church of Peter’s Primacy where Peter was told "Feed my lambs, feed my sheep." We visit the 2000 years ancient boat. We end our day with a stop in Yadenit at the Jordan River where we will renew our Baptismal Vows.
Overnight in Nazareth or Tiberius.

Day 4
After breakfast drive to Mt. Tabor, scene of the Transfiguration, where we will have Mass in the beautiful small church atop the mountain. Continue to Nazareth – beautiful churches now grace Jesus’ boyhood home, including Mensa Christi in an old residential quarter, the Synagogue Church in the market, St. Gabriel’s Church over the ancient spring, the Church of St. Joseph, and the jewel in the crown, the Basilica of the Annunciation, with its magnificent representations of Mary from around the world.  After lunch we head on to Cana – on the outskirts of Nazareth, where Jesus performed the first miracle, changing water into wine (John 2:1-11). Visit Wedding Church and the Church of Nathanael (John 21:2). Our pilgrim couples will have a special opportunity to renew their wedding vows during Mass.

Day 5
After breakfast drive to visit Beth Shean, one of the ten Decapolis. See the Roman theater, the amphitheater where gladiators once fought, the Byzantine bathhouse, and the main colonnaded Paladius Street. We will then drive down the Jordan Valley and head towards Jerusalem. En route we visit the traditional site of Baptism at Qasr El Yahud, the area of the first baptism on Jordan River.
We continue on to Jerusalem for dinner and overnight.

Day 6
After breakfast we begin our day driving to Bethlehem to visit the Church of the Nativity, which stands upon the site where Jesus was born. Visit the Milk Grotto.  Holy mass in the church of Nativity. We drive to Shepherd’s Fields where the angels announced the birth of Jesus and visit the church. We then head to the village of Ein Karem, the birthplace of St. John the Baptist and to the Church of Visitation where the Blessed Virgin Mary visited her cousin, Elizabeth, and proclaimed the ’Magnificat’.

Day 7
We begin our day with a visit to the Mt. of Olives to walk the Palm Sunday route stopping at Dominus Flevit (Luke 19:41), where Jesus wept over Jerusalem. Our journey takes us to the garden of Gethsemane (John 18:1-12), with its ancient olive trees, where we will visit the Rock of Agony where Jesus prayed his last prayer before being arrested. We continue on to the Cave of Betrayal and the Cave of Assumption of Mary to Heaven. We visit Pater Noster, where the universality of the Catholic Church is evident in the tiled mosaics of the Lord’s Prayer in many languages. Visit the Chapel of the Ascension from where Jesus ascended to Heaven. End the day at the newly renovated Israel museum and shrine of the book to see the Dead Sea scrolls.
We return to our hotel for dinner and overnight

Day 8
We begin our day with a visit to Bethany where Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead. Our next stop is Jericho, the ancient Canaanite city destroyed by the power of God (Josh. 5-6). It is the oldest known inhabited city in the world.  Ascend by cable car to Mt. Temptation and visit the monastery. It was in Jericho that Jesus encountered Zacchaeus (Lk. 19).  We will visit Qumeran the site where the dead sea scrolls were unearthed. Before returning to Jerusalem we stop at the Dead Sea where we will have time for a swim (or rather a float) in the mineral-rich waters. The Dead Sea is renowned for its healing properties and various skin products. Due to the geographic position it is warm enough to swim year round! As we return to Jerusalem, there will be time for us to revisit some of our favorite sites, finish your last minute shopping, and rest. We gather for dinner at our hotel.

Day 9
This morning we wake very early for one of the highlights of our trip. As the sun rises we retrace the last steps of Jesus on Good Friday. As we walk along the Via Dolorosa (Way of Sorrow), through the Old City we will pray along the Stations of the Cross as we walk the same path Jesus took. We visit St. Anne’s Church, the home of the Virgin Mary and her parents Saints Joachim and Anne. We will see the Ecce Homo where Pilate proclaimed "Behold the man…". We reflect on the greatness of His sacrifice as we arrive at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher for Mass.  We continue to the Wailing Wall (the most holy place for Jews). We exit at Mt. Zion gate to visit the Upper Room the location of the Last Supper and the Dormition Abbey where we believe the blessed Mary died. We end the day at St. Peter in Gallicantu ((Matt. 26:57),) where Peter denied Christ three times. This afternoon you will have free time to rest or explore Jerusalem. Return to our hotel for dinner and a restful overnight.

Day 10
Transfer to Tel Aviv’s airport for your return flight back home.



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