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  • 8 Day Classic Catholic Tour of the Holy Land

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8 Day Classic Catholic Tour of the Holy Land
8 Day Classic Catholic Tour of the Holy Land contact us for details

Tel Aviv, Jaffa, Caesarea, Haifa, Tiberias, Mount of Beatitudes, Tabgha, Capernaum, Tzippori, Nazareth, Mount Tabor, Jerusalem, Bethlehem and Masada

Your land arrangements include:

-All airport transfers and sightseeing as per the itinerary a
-Hotel accommodation based on double occupancy
-Meals as specified (B-Breakfast, L-Lunch, D-Dinner)
-English speaking local guides
-Entrance fees to the monuments
-Celebrate Mass as indicated

Your land arrangements do not include:

– Airfare to and from Tel Aviv
– Departure taxes, fuel surcharges or airport improvement fees
– Porterage at the airport or hotels
– Insurance
– Early check-in/late checkout
– Single room supplement – a limited number of single rooms available on payment of supplement
– Meals and beverages not mentioned
– Optional tours not mentioned
– Gratuities for individual services, laundry and valet service, and any other items of a purely personal nature
– Tipping to guide, driver, hotel or restaurant staff
– E. & O.E.

 

Day 1 TEL AVIV

You will be met on arrival and transferred from Ben Gurion International airport to your hotel in Tel Aviv. Once you have checked in, the balance of the day is free for relaxation and reflection.

Day 2 TEL AVIV/TIBERIAS

Following breakfast drive to Jaffa where you will see the Church of the House of Tabitha, the Artists’ Quarter and the reconstructed Egyptian Gate. Enjoy a panoramic view of Tel Aviv and Jaffa Bay. Visit the Underground Archaeological Park dating from the time of Christ and St. Peter’s Church. The Christian visitor carries special importance due to Jaffa’s connection to the New Testament.

Jaffa is primarily known as the town where the Apostle Peter is mentioned visiting Simon the Tanner and in whose house he had a vision clarifying to him that also non-Jews can be accepted into the faith. It was also the place where Peter resurrected Tabitha. Drive north to Caesarea {Acts 9 and 25} where Cornelius, the first Gentile converted and where Paul testified before Agrippa (Acts 21:8).

From here proceed to Muhraka on Mount Carmel (1Kgs.18) and ascend the roof of the monastery built on the site where the Prophet Elijah battled the Prophets of Baal. Next is the Druze village of Usafiya where we will learn about this great community that lives in Israel and serves in its Army. Stop in Haifa to celebrate Mass at the Stella Maris Monastery and pause for a panoramic view of Haifa Bay and the beautiful Baha’i Gardens. Continue across the Lower Galilee to Tiberias. Overnight Tiberias. B

Day 3 TIBERIAS

This morning start at the Mount of Beatitudes (Matt. 5-7) where  Jesus uttered the immortal words of the Beatitudes as written in the  Gospel of Matthew. Celebrate Mass at the Mount of Beatitudes before continuing on to Tabgha, the site of the Miracle of the Loaves and the Fishes. Visit the Church of the Loaves and Fishes to see the mosaic floor.

Continue around the lake stopping in Capernaum (Matt. 4:13) believed to be the home of both Jesus and Peter. Visualize how Jesus taught in Capernaum, where he healed Peter’s mother-in-law and the woman who had an issue of blood and others.

Drive up the Golan Heights to a special viewing point to learn of the importance this land holds for Israel and see the vantage point the Syrians had on the Israeli Farmers and Military. Our day concludes with a 45-minute boat ride on the tranquil waters of the Sea of Galilee. Overnight Tiberias. B

Day 4 TIBERIAS/JERUSALEM

After breakfast head to Tzippori (Sepphoris), the birthplace of Mary to see the famous mosaic known as the “Mona Lisa of the Galilee”. Continue via Cana in Galilee, the site of Jesus First Miracle transforming water into wine at the Wedding Feast and a later Miracle of Healing (John 2:1-11, 4:46-54).

Visit the Church of the Annunciation, the Holy Grotto, the ancient village of Nazareth in the days of Christ and St. Joseph’s Workshop. Celebrate Mass at the Church of the Annunciation. Drive southeast towards the Jordan Valley to Mount Tabor to visit the Church of the Transfiguration and continue southeast passing the ancient city of Beit She’an once known as Scythopolis and today one of Israel’s most prominent archaeological sites.

Pass the archaeological site of Gilgal where Joshua and the children of Israel first settled upon entering the Promised Land. Drive through the lush Jordan Valley and ascend up the Judean Mountains arriving in Jerusalem. Overnight Jerusalem. B

Day 5 JERUSALEM

This morning ascend the Mount of Olives for a breathtaking panoramic view of the Old City. Walk along the Palm Sunday Walk to Church of Pater Noster and to Dominus Flevit where Christ wept over the lost peace of the city.  “…He saw the city and wept over it saying “If you had known…the things that make for your peace! But now they are hidden from your eyes” (Luke 19:42).

Enter the Garden of Gethsemane with its ancient olive trees believed to date back to the times of Christ and see the Church of All Nations and the Gethsemane Grotto where Christ condemned violence: Jesus said … “All who take the sword will perish by the sword” (Matt. 26:52). Celebrate Mass at the Garden of Gethsemane. Enter the Old City of Jerusalem through St. Stephen’s Gate and visit the Crusader Church of St. Anne.

Walk along the Via Dolorosa to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, a complex of various chapels built on what is called the Hill of Golgotha. Overnight: Jerusalem. B

Day 6 JERUSALEM

Morning visit to Bethlehem, site of the birth of Jesus. Our visit here includes Shepherds’ Field and the Church of the Nativity. Celebrate Mass at the Church of the Nativity before returning to Jerusalem to visit Mount Zion to see King David’s Tomb* and the Upper Room, where according to tradition Christ met with the disciples before and after his death and resurrection (John 20:19-21).

* Men and Women enter separately.  To enter the tomb one must dress modestly and wear a head covering. See the Upper Room also known as the Cenacle or Room of the Last Supper. 

Walk through the Jewish Quarter and the Roman Cardo. View the Hurva Synagogue in the middle of the Jewish Quarter. Proceed to the holiest place in Judaism today, the Western Wall – “Kotel”, part of the few remaining structures of the Temple Complex built by Herod the Great. Finish the day with a walk through the colorful Arab Bazaar. Overnight: Jerusalem. B

Day 7 JERUSALEM

After breakfast travel to Yad Vashem considered the primary memorial museum dedicated to the victims of the Holocaust. Tour the new Holocaust History Museum which occupies over 4,200 square meters, mainly underground. Leaving Jerusalem behind head for the Dead Sea area and descend to the lowest land point on earth at 1388 feet (423m) below sea level. Continue to Jericho and stop at Kaser-El-Yahud, the site of the place of Baptism of Christ (Luke 3) and the Ascension of Elijah the Prophet (II Kings 2:11). Special white robes must be worn during Baptism. These can be rented or purchased on site. Costs not included. 

NOTE:
Bathing suits must be worn underneath. If required, we can assist in providing a clergy to perform the Baptism. Costs not included. There is no resident cleregy. 

Next is Masada where we ascend by cable car to visit the desert fortress of King Herod the Great to see the Western palace, the ancient synagogue and the Roman bathhouses. There will be time to enjoy a float in the Dead Sea before returning to Jerusalem. (TIME PERMITTING) Stop at Qumran where in 1947 a young Bedouin shepherd discovered what would become known as the Dead Sea Scrolls. Overnight: Jerusalem. B

Day 8 JERUSALEM/TEL AVIV

This morning we begin at the Israel Museum to see the Shrine of the Book and the Dead Sea Scrolls exhibit as well as a scale Model of Jerusalem at the time of Christ. Drive to Abu Gosh, a large Arab village on the outskirts of Jerusalem for an authentic Middle Eastern meal.  The village is known for having good relations with its Jewish neighbors and some of the best hummus in Israel. Transfer to Tel Aviv arriving at Ben Gurion International airport for return flight home. B/L

Itinerary is subject to changes pending final flight arrangements and site availability.

Tours are based on a minimum of 20 participants, but can be customized for individuals based on their specific requests.

*Site under the Palestinian Authority Jurisdiction – visit subject to situation
**Visit subject to weather conditions
***The sequence of the tour, border crossing point used, hotels used and sites visited may be amended due to circumstances
****Men must cover their head while in the prayer area and women must cover their shoulders and wear long pants or a knee-length skirt. If you forget to bring a covering, guards will provide you with a piece of fabric for that purpose before you enter. The prayer area is separated by gender. If you want to be super respectful follow Jewish custom by never turning your back on the wall.  You will see many people walking away from the wall backwards because it is simply disrespectful to turn away.

B = breakfast L= lunch D = dinner

For information and bookings, contact Janice Snider.