Rome & The Holy Land with Fr. Brendan Hankins

March 9 – 20, 2020

Itinerary

March 9 Depart Los Angeles Airport for an overnight flight to Rome

March 10 Upon arrival we will be greeted by our guide, then we will continue by bus to the center of Rome for a panoramic tour of the Imperial Rome and Colosseum. Overnight Rome.

March 11 Rome Audience. In the early morning, we will go to the St. Peter Square to participate in the General Audience of the Holy Father (pending the Pope’s schedule). During the afternoon we will take a walk on some of the most emblematic places of Rome, Via Della Conciliazione, Castelo Sant’Angelo, Piaza Navona, Pantheon, Trevi Fountain. Overnight Rome.

March 12 Today we visit the Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls and Basilica of Mary Major. Free time for lunch. In the afternoon we will visit the Vatican Museum, Sistine Chapel and Basilica of St. Peter. Overnight in Rome.

March 13 After Breakfast we will celebrate Mass at the Norbertine College on the Aventine. We then continue to the Colosseum and we will have free time for lunch. In the afternoon after lunch we can visit Santa Maria in Via. This church has miraculous water that come from a well. It is dedicated to Mary and is called Our Lady of the Well. We can drink the water, take some with us, and pray for Mary’s intercession. Then we can go to Piazza Barberini and visit the famous Capuchin Crypt at the Church of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception. Afterwards, we can get coffee and gelato and make our way to the Spanish Steps where there is a beautiful view of the city from the top of the famous staircase.

March 14 In the morning, departure to the Holy Land. Arrival at the airport and transfer to the coastline to the ancient Roman city of Caesarea. We will visit the ancient Roman theater, the Crusader ruins and the Roman Aqueduct. We will continue towards Haifa city on Mount Carmel. Visit to the Carmelite Monastery of Stella Maris. Here is Elijah’s Grotto and home of Our Lady of Mount Carmel. Mass. Overnight Tiberias.

March 15 Today we follow the steps of Jesus on a boat trip on the Sea of Galilee, then we will visit the archaeological site of Capernaum, city that St. Marcos called; the House of Jesus. In this place find the church built on the house of St. Peter and the synagogue of the time of Jesus. We will continue to a visit to St. Peter Primacy next to the lake of Galilei. We will also visit the Mount and the church of the Beatitudes Then we will go to the Jordan River for renewal of baptismal vows. Overnight Tiberiades.

March 16 Today we will continue to Nazareth and Cana of Galilee, the place of Jesus’ first miracle, the marriage couples may renew their wedding vows. In Nazareth visit the Church of the Annunciation and the carpentry of San José. Continue to Mount Tabor to visit the Church of the Transfiguration. To Finalize the day we will go up to the Holy City of Jerusalem, joining the Jewish ceremony of breaking the bread and drink the wine with the pilgrim. Overnight in Jerusalem

March 17 This morning we will visit the Mount of Olives, we will remember the very significant moments. In The Church of the Pater Noster we will visit the small cave where Jesus taught them to pray and we will have the opportunity to pray together. We will descend the path that the Messiah made in a white burrito, remembering his triumphal entry of Palm Sunday. We will visit The Garden of Gethsemane, where we will see the oldest olive trees on earth: silent witnesses of the moment of Jesus deep prayer, before surrendering in body and passion of Christ. We will have a moment of meditation in The Church of the Agony or the Nations We will visit the Tomb of the Virgin, place of the Assumption. Panoramic view of the Valley. We will go up to Mount of Sion where we will be in the Upper Room, where the Last Supper and Pentecost were celebrated, Return to the hotel for dinner and accommodation.

March 18 In the morning solemn Via Crucis along the Via Dolorosa, from where the fortress was from Antonia to the Holy Sepulcher, passing through the fourteen stations of the Cross to El Calvary and Holy Sepulcher. Then we will visit the three most important places for monotheism; Wailing Wall, Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock that is located where the temple and the Mosque of El-Akza. We will visit the Church of St. Ana, the place of birth of Mary and we will continue to Ein Karem, birthplace of St. John the Baptist.

March 19 Today in the morning we will go to Bethlehem to visit he birthplace of Jesus; the Basilica of the Nativity and the church of St. Catalina, Grotto and Field of the Shepherds. In the afternoon we will go to the Dead Sea that is 400 meters below sea level, it is believed that these waters and their black mud, for their Many minerals, have healing properties. Possibility of bathing. At night farewell dinner and delivery of pilgrimage certificates.

March 20 With a renewed sense of pilgrimage and an invigorated love of our Catholic faith, we will board our plane for our flight home.

Amenities

  • Roundtrip flight from Los Angeles (LAX)
  • 4-star hotel accommodations
  • Private motor coach transportation
  • Breakfast & dinner served daily
  • Wine served at select dinners
  • Dedicated service from a tour manager
  • Licensed guiding
  • Admission fees
  • Tips for hotel staff, restaurant staff, bus driver & tour manager
  • Luggage assistance at trains & hotels
  • Daily Mass celebrated
  • Airport taxes & fuel surcharges
  • 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. (EST) Reservation Support
  • 24/7 Travel Emergency Support
  • Custom name badge & luggage tag

Pricing

$4,250 / person in double

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Amenities

These amenities are included on your tour.

Luggage assistance

Private bus

4-star hotels

Tour manager

Breakfasts & dinners daily

Daily Mass

Admission fees

Wine with some dinners

24/7 travel support

Name & luggage tags

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