Our journey begins on an overnight flight from Newark or Philadelphia to Athens.
Upon arrival in Athens, we will be greeted by our Canterbury Tour Manager and brought to our hotel where we will have leisure time. Overnight Athens.
Full day in Athens. We will see many of the ancient ruins such as; the Acropolis, the Parthenon, the Erectheum, and many more. We will also see modern Greece, such as; the House of Parliament, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, the Palace, etc. Overnight Athens.
We board our beautiful cruise ship provided by Celestyal Cruises and we will sail to the sublime island of Mykonos for a day of leisure. Be sure to see the famous windmills. Aboard Cruise Ship.
Today we will visit Rhodes, also known as the Island of the Knights. We will see the impressive fortifications of the old medieval town and venture on to see the Acropolis of Lindos. Aboard Cruise Ship.
Today we will travel to Turkey to see the ancient Greek City of Ephesus, where St. Paul spent two years during his ministry. We will visit the ruins of St. John’s Basilica, where it is believed the “disciple whom Jesus loved” is buried. We will also see the Temples of Diana (Artemis), one of the seven wonders of the ancient world. We will sail to the island of Patmos, where St. John wrote the Book of Revelation. Aboard Cruise Ship.
After disembarking the ship, we will board our flight from Athens to Tel Aviv. We will visit Caesarea, the Roman capital of ancient Israel, where St. Paul was imprisoned. After that, we will make our way to Mt. Carmel where we will visit the Church of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel and Elijah’s Grotto. Next, we will visit Nazareth, the hometown of Jesus, followed by Cana, where Christ performed his first miracle. Overnight Nazareth.
We will sail the serene waters of the Sea of Galilee before we visit Capernaum, where Jesus performed most of his public ministry. We will travel to the Mount of Beatitudes, visit the Church of the Fishes and Loaves, and stop at Yardenit, the Baptismal site on the river Jordan. Overnight Nazareth.
We will visit Mt. Tabor, the site of the Transfiguration, following this we will journey to Jericho, the oldest known city. Next, we’ll continue to Jesus’ baptismal site on the Jordan River where you will have the opportunity to renew your baptismal vows. We finish out the day with a visit to Qumran, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered as we’ll as a visit to the Dead Sea. Overnight Jerusalem.
Today we will tour Jerusalem beginning with the Mount of Olives. We will visit the Church of Pater Noster and the Chapel of Ascension. Next, we will travel the Palm Sunday Road to the Garden of Gethsemane, where Christ prepared for his passion, and visit the Church of All Nations. We stop in Bethany, home of Mary, Margaret and Lazarus, and Bethlehem to see the Shepherd’s Field, Church of Nativity, and the Manger where Jesus was born. Overnight Jerusalem.
Enter old Jerusalem through St. Stephen’s Gate, and visit the Wailing Wall and the Temple Mount. We will visit the Church of St. Anne and view the Pool of Bethesda, where Jesus restored the blind man’s sight. We will walk “the Way of the Cross” concluding with a visit to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. We will see the Model City of Jerusalem as it was during the Roman occupation. Time on your own. Overnight Jerusalem.
We will visit Mt. Zion and see the Upper Room, revered as the site of the Last Supper, and the Tomb of King David. We will visit the house of High Priest Caiaphas, where Jesus was imprisoned for a night, and the Church of St. Peter in Gallicantu where the Apostle denied Jesus three times. Tonight we will enjoy a farewell dinner before departing from Tel Aviv for home.
We will arrive back in the US.
USCCB satisfaction “The itinerary conforms with the Holy Land Pilgrimage Guidelines” of the United
States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB)