Day 01  ARRIVE TEL AVIV / TRANSFER TO HOTEL

On arrival in Tel Aviv we will be met by OTB representative and proceed to your hotel on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea. Dinner is at our hotel this evening. (D)

Day 02 Nethannya/ CAESAREA / MUHRAQA / CARMEL / TIBERIAS


Mount of BeatitudesWe depart Nethannya  to Caesarea, where St. Peter baptized the first Gentile convert (Cornelius) and where St. Paul was imprisoned. 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. Then we proceed to Mt. Carmel and the Chapel of Stella Mares Here we celebrate Mass. . We arrive in Tiberias for dinner and the evening. (B, D)

DAY 03  TIBERIAS: SEA OF GALILEE, CAPERNAUM & BEATITUDES

This morning we begin with a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee, then visit Capernaum, the Heptagagon (Peter's Primacy), followed by a visit to Tabgha to commemorate the multiplication of the loaves and the fishes. We ascend by motor coach to the Mt. of Beatitudes to gain a panoramic vista of the Sea of Galilee. Here we celebrate Mass. We continue to the Baptismal Site at the Jordan River to renew our baptismal vows, then return to Tiberias for the balance of the day. Dinner and overnight. (B, D)

DAY 04 TIBERIAS / CANA / MT. TABOR / NAZARETH / JERUSALEM
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We depart to Cana, site of Jesus’ first miracle at the wedding feast. Here we invite couples to renew their marriage vows. We continue to Nazareth where we visit the Basilica of the Annunciation for Mass at the Grotto, then continue to St. Joseph's Workshop and Mary's Well. On our way to Jerusalem we stop at  Mt. Tabor, the site of the Transfiguration. We ascend to the top of Mt. via taxis, we drive to Jerusalem for dinner and the evening. (B, D)

Day 05 JERUSALEM: BETHLEHEM, EIN KAREM & CHURCH OF VISITATION

We depart Jerusalem for Bethlehem, visiting Shepherds’ Field and the Church of the Nativity, St. Jerome's Chapel, and St. Catherine's Church. We celebrate Mass in Bethlehem, the town of Jesus’ birth. Returning, we stop in Ein Karem where we visit the Church of St. John the Baptist and the Church of the Visitation. Dinner is served at our hotel. (B, D)

Day 06  JERUSALEM: MT. SCOPUS & MT. OF OLIVES
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Early this morning we carry the cross as we follow the Via Dolorosa (Stations of the Cross), later we celebrate Mass at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, followed by a ride to Mt. Scopus and to the Mt. of Olives, where we gain 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. After lunch on our own, we continue onto the Church of St. Peter in Gallicanctu (where Peter denied Christ), the House of Caiphas, the Church of the Dormition of Our Lady, and the Upper Room, commemorating the Last Supper. We also visit the Franciscan Chapel of the Cenacle. Dinner and overnight. (B, D)

Day 07  JERUSALEM: THE OLD CITY
We begin today entering through the Dung Gate, with a visit to the Western Wall (Wailing Wall), the Dome of the Rock & Temple Mount. We visit the Church of St. Anne, marking the place of birth of the Blessed Mother, visiting as well the nearby Pools of Bethesda. We visit the Ecce Homo Arch and Lithostrotos, where we celebrate Mass. The balance of the day is at leisure in the Old City. Back to hotel for dinner and the evening. (B, D)

 Day 08 JERUSALEM / QUMRAN / JERUSALEMmountofolives
We depart early this morning for Qumran. On our way, we visit Jericho to view the Mt. of Temptations from a distance and to see the traditional Zaccheus site home to a Greek . we stop of mass in the wilderness of the Judean desert  We visit Qumran (site of the Dead Sea Scrolls), and the Dead Sea for an optional swim (bring your swimsuit).  Back to Jerusalem for dinner and overnight (B, D)

 Day 09 JERUSALEM / TEL AVIV / RETURN
We transfer to the Tel Aviv airport for our return flight.

 

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