Holy Land Pilgrimage with Jordan Extension
12 Days | 11 Nights
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ARRIVAL IN THE HOLY LAND
“show me your ways o Lord” Pslam 25:4-5
Welcome to the land of our Savior’s birth! Here you will walk where Jesus walked and visit the holy sites sacred to all of Christianity. Upon landing in Tel Aviv, you will be met by your guide and transferred to you first overnight in the Holy Land
JOPPA – CAESAREA – HAIFA – TIBERIAS
Checkout. We start our journey at the biblical town of Joppa known today as Jaffa. Peter came to Joppa from Lydda to raise Tabitha (Dorcas) from the dead (Acts 9:36-42). While in Joppa, the apostle stayed at the house of Simon the Tanner. When Peter was praying on the roof, he had a vision of a large sheet filled with animals being lowered from heaven (Acts 9:43–10:23), signaling to him to go with the messengers from Cornelius, a centurion in the Roman army. The Church of St. Peter marks the traditional site of Peter’s vision of the great sheet. Here, we celebrate our opening mass of the Pilgrimage. Thereafter we arrive in Caesarea Maritima (“by the sea”). Caesarea, a port founded by Herod the Great, is one of the most important cities in the Roman World. Here, Peter baptized the first recorded gentile convert to Christianity — Cornelius. Here is also where St. Paul the apostle was jailed for two years, and from Caesarea, he made his way to Rome spreading the gospel to the heart of the Roman world. We continue our way north to Mt. Carmel in Haifa. We enjoy panoramic view of the bay and visit the Chapel of Stella Mares (Star of the Sea).
Finally, we arrive in Tiberias for check in, dinner and the evening.
TIBERIAS: SEA OF GALILEE – BOAT RIDE & MAGDALA
This morning we begin with a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee. We will visit a replica of a fishing boat from the time of Christ. Our visit continues to the Mt. of Beatitudes to gain a panoramic view of the Sea of Galilee. From there we will visit Capernaum where Jesus began his Galilean ministry, visiting the synagogue which dates to the time of Jesus and the site of Peter’s home. In the afternoon, we stop at the Magdala Center in the home village of Mary Magdalene, where we see the excavation of the ancient synagogue of her time. We return to our hotel for dinner and overnight.
BANIAS/CAESAREA PHILIPPI; TABGHA
Our bus first takes us to the northern limits of Galilee, to Banias National Park, biblical Caesarea Philippi, where Jesus told Simon: “You are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my Church” (Matt 16:13). Afterward, we return to Tabgha, where we visit the Church of the Loaves and the Fishes, commemorating Jesus’ feeding of the 5,000 (Matt 14:15-21). We visit the nearby Church of Peter’s Primacy, on the Sea of Galilee near the area traditionally associated with Jesus’ post-resurrection appearance to Peter & the disciples (John 21). We return to our accommodation for dinner and overnight.
TIBERIAS, CANA ,MT. TABOR , NAZARETH & JERUSALEM
Checkout. We depart to Cana, site of Jesus’ first miracle at the wedding feast. Here we invite couples to renew their marriage vows. Proceed to Nazareth the home town of Jesus, where we visit the Basilica of the Annunciation for Mass, then continue to the Church of St Joseph built over the carpentry workshop of St Joseph. We visit Mary’s Well a spring is located in the center of downtown Nazareth. On our way to Jerusalem we stop at Mt. Tabor, the site of the Transfiguration. We drive to Jerusalem for dinner and overnight.
JERUSALEM: BETHLEHEM, EIN KAREM & CHURCH OF VISITATION
Our first stop is one of the oldest churches in the world, where it all began; The Church of the Nativity, the birthplace of Jesus. We will explore the Basilica mosaics and the grotto of the Nativity. “Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel” Matthew 1:23 Our final visit for the day in this ancient city is to Shepherd’s fields on the outskirts of the city. Upon our return to Jerusalem we stop we stop in Ein Karem where we visit the Church of St. John the Baptist and the Church of the Visitation. Back to Jerusalem for dinner and overnight.
JERUSALEM: MT. OF OLIVES, & MT. ZION
We enjoy today a ride 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. Later we stop by Mt. Zion to visit 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. Our last stop of the day is at the Western Wall (Wailing Wall). the Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem
JERUSALEM: THE OLD CITY
We enter the Old City of Jerusalem through St. Stephen’s Gate to visit the Crusader Church of St. Anne, the best-preserved Crusader church in Jerusalem, marking the traditional site of the home of Jesus’ maternal grandparents, Anne and Joachim, and the birthplace of the Virgin Mary. We observe the nearby The Ecco Homo (“Behold the Man”) Arch, located at the beginning of the Via Dolorosa. Tradition holds that this was where Pilate pronounced judgment on Jesus. Then we gather at the Antonia Palace to walk the Via Dolorosa, the Way of the Cross or the Way of Suffering, where nearly 2000 years ago Jesus of Nazareth carried his cross to his crucifixion. We conclude the Via Dolorosa at the site of Calvary in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. We take a moment here to reflect about the sorrows of Jesus and to repent our own sins. And he said to him, “Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise.” We enjoy a guided tour of the Holy Sepulcher and the Empty Tomb. The rest of the day is free to explore on your own. Back to our hotel for dinner and the evening
JERUSALEM: BETHANY – JERICHO – DEAD SEA – ARAVA BORDER – PETRA
Check out, we stop at the little village of Bethany, on the eastern slope of the Mount of Olives about 3km from Jerusalem it was a favorite place of rest and refuge for Jesus. Here he knew the friendship of his friends Martha, Mary and Lazarus. And here, in the cemetery just below the village, he raised Lazarus from the dead. We leave Bethany and arrive in Jericho, being the normal route from Galilee to Jerusalem, Jesus passed through it several times. We will see the traditional sycamore tree of Zacchaeus & view the Mt Temptation. Thereafter we continue to the Baptism site beside the Jordan River. We will have an opportunity to float in the saline waters of the lowest Sea on earth. Finally, we cross ARAVA BORDER to Jordan. Welcome to Jordan! We proceed to our hotel in Petra after a long day for dinner & overnight. (Note this is a long drive about 3 ½ hours from Jerusalem to Arava Border and then about 2 hours from Arava to Petra)
We drive to Petra and enjoy a walking tour that begins with a visit to the Siq to the Treasury. Continue through the main street with magnificent structures on each side carved into the mountains, to the colonnaded street, ending at the Petra Museum. Lose yourself in the history of the Nabateans who meticulously carved Massive structures out of the rose-colored sandstone. See the influence of the people that followed, including the architecture of the mighty Romans and a beautiful Byzantine chapel decorated with ancient, stunning mosaics that have been carefully preserved. Enjoy a free afternoon to exploration, or rest, until dinner at our hotel in Petra
PETRA – MADABA – NEBO – AMMAN OVERNIGHT
Check out. We visit Madaba, “The City of Mosaics,” to see St. George Church where there is a clear map of the Holy Land. Later on, we drive to Mount Nebo, one of the most revered holy sites of Jordan. Here is where Moses was laid to rest, and where the late St. Pope John Paul II visited on his first pilgrimage of the millennium. We will explore the Sanctuary at Nebo: the memorial of Moses, the presumed site of his death and burial place, and a center for pilgrimages since early Christian times. Finally, we drive to Amman and check in to your hotel for dinner & overnight.
We transfer to QUEEN ALIA AIRPORT for our return flight.
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