1st Day: Tel-Aviv airport / Arrival

We arrive Tel-Aviv airport where we will be met, assisted and transferred to our hotel in Jerusalem for dinner and overnight.

2nd Day: Ein Karem / Shepherds Field / Bethlehem

We drive this morning to Ein Karem to visit the Church of Visitation and the Church of St. John the Baptist. We continue heading towards Bethlehem for a stop at the Shepherds’ Field.

In the afternoon, we visit the Grotto and the Chapel of St. Gerome at the Basilica of the Nativity. Our final stop will be at the Milk Grotto before we return to our hotel in Jerusalem for dinner and overnight.

3rd Day: Mt. Olives / Gethsemane / Mt. Zion

We ascend this morning to the Mt. of Olives for a unique view of the Old City of Jerusalem. We visit Pater Noster Church and the Chapel of the Ascension. We then walk the traditional Palm Sunday road to Dominus Flevit to visit the Rock of Agony at the Church of Gethsemane and the  nearby Mary’s Tomb.

In the afternoon we drive through the Kedron Valley to Mt. Zion to visit the Cenacle, the Dormition Abbey and the Church of St. Peter in Galicantu. We return back to our hotel for dinner and overnight.

4th Day: Old City of Jerusalem

Our walking tour starts with a view of the the Western Wall and the Temple Mount where we see Al – Aqsa Mosque and the Dome of the Rock. We then pass by St. Stephen’s Gate  to visit St. Anne Church and the Pool of Bethesda. 

As we walk the Via Dolorosa, we visit the  Church of FlagellationEcce Homo Arch, and the Stations of the Cross that take us along the final steps of Jesus to Calvary and the Holy Tomb at the  Church of the Holy Sepulchre.

Our tour ends this day as we walk out through  the bazaars and gates of the Old City to our hotel where we will have dinner and overnight.

5th Day: Caesarea / Muhraka / Mt. Carmel  / Galilee

We leave Jerusalem this morning and head up north along Mediterranean Sea to visit awesome ruins of Caesarea. We continue northward along the coastal highway to visit Muhraka, We drive on the coast; highway takes us to  Mt. Carmel where we visit Stella Maris Convent and Prophet Elija’s Grotto. We proceed to Kursi and Beth Saida before we head to our hotel in the Galilee for dinner and overnight.

6th Day:  River Jordan / Mt. Tabor /  Nazareth / Cana

Our day begins with a stop at River Jordan. We proceed to Mt. Tabor to visit the Church of Transfiguration and continue from there to Nazareth to the Basilica of the Annunciation in Nazareth to visit Home of Mary, Church of St. Joseph and Mary’s Well. We drive afterwards to make a stop in Cana before we return back to our hotel for dinner and overnight.

7th Day. Mt. of Beatitudes / Around the Lake / Magdala

We make a first stop today  at the Mt. Beatitudes where Jesus delivered His famous “Sermon of the Mount”.  We drive around the Lake of Galilee and visit Capernaum, 

Tabgha – the chapel dedicated to the multiplication of the loaves and fishes, and the nearby St. Peter’s Primacy. In the afternoon we take an inspiring  boat ride on the Sea of Galilee and  proceed to the newly excavated site of Magdala, home town of Mary Magdalene, where we will visit the 1st century synagogue and  the newly erected Spirituality Centre. We head on to our hotel for dinner and overnight.

8th Day:  Jericho / Qumran / Massada /Dead Sea 

Our tour this day takes us  around new Jericho to see the Sycamore Tree and Elijah’s Spring.There we will have a splendid view of  the Mt. of Temptation. We proceed to visit Qumran  and then drive past Ein Gedi to visit Massada. On our way back, we stop for a short swim in the Dead Sea. Time permitting, we include a visit to Bethany before we return to our hotel for dinner and overnight.

9th Day:  Free day 

We take this day to be on our own to do reflections, re-visit to some of the churches or to do last minute shopping.

10th Day:  Tel-Aviv airport / Departure

We conclude our pilgrimage this morning and head to Tel-Aviv airport for our return back home.

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