Monday, September 28 Depart U.S. via local airport for an overnight flight to Israel.
Tuesday, September 29 Upon arrival in Tel Aviv, our professional escort will greet us and take us by deluxe motorcoach to our hotel on the beautiful Mediterranean coast. We will have an afternoon of leisure followed by dinner at our hotel. Overnight Tel Aviv
Wednesday, September 30 Following breakfast, we travel by motorcoach to Nazareth to visit to the house of the Holy Family underneath the Church of St. Joseph. We then move on to visit the Basilica of the Annunciation for Mass at the Grotto. We proceed to Cana to visit the Wedding Church where Jesus performed the first of His miracles: changing water to wine. Spouses may have the opportunity to renew their wedding vows here. We finish our day at Mount Tabor to visit the beautiful basilica and the rock under the altar where the Transfiguration took place. Dinner. Overnight Tiberias
Thursday, October 1 Today, we enjoy a boat ride across the Sea of Galilee to visit the Mount of Beatitudes, where our Lord gave the Sermon on the Mount. We then proceed to Capernaum to visit the house of St. Peter, the synagogue where our Lord preached, and the Church of St. Peter’s Primacy where our spiritual director will have the opportunity to celebrate Holy Mass. We finish our day with a visit to the Jordan River. Dinner. Overnight Tiberias
Friday, October 2 After breakfast, we visit the Old City of Acre, then proceed to Haifa to visit Stella Maris Monastery and Elijah’s Cave where our spiritual director will have the opportunity to celebrate Mass. We then continue along the coast to Caesarea to visit a Roman amphitheater and aqueduct. Dinner. Overnight Jerusalem
Saturday, October 3 Today we visit Bethlehem and the Basilica of the Nativity where our spiritual director will celebrate Mass. We also visit the Grotto of Nativity and the Church of St. Catherine as well as the Caves of St. Joseph and St. Jerome underneath the church. We then proceed to the Shepherd’s Fields, and to the village of Ein-Karem to visit the birth place of St. John the Baptist and the Church of the Visitation. Farewell dinner. Overnight Jerusalem
Sunday, October 4 Following breakfast at the hotel, we travel to Bethany to visit the Mount of Temptation and the sycamore tree that Zacchaeus climbed to view Jesus. Next, we go to the Church and the Tomb of St. Lazarus where our spiritual director will have the opportunity to celebrate Mass. We’ll continue on to the Church of the Pater Noster, where Jesus taught his disciples the Lord’s Prayer, the Garden of Gethsemane and the Rock of Agony, to pray where Jesus did the night before he was crucified. We’ll end the day with a visit to the Church of Saint Peter in Gallicantu, where Peter denied Christ three times. Dinner. Overnight Jerusalem
Monday, October 5 This morning, we will walk the Via Dolorosa through the markets of the Old City praying the Stations of the Cross. We continue our day at the Church of Holy Sepulcher, on the site of our Lord’s crucifixion and burial, where there will be time for Mass and prayer. After lunch, we’ll make our way to the Church of the Dormition Abbey, built on the site where it is believed the Mother of Jesus, Mary, assumed into heaven. We’ll end our day inside the Cenacle, the room of the Last Supper and Pentecost. Overnight Jerusalem
Tuesday, October 6 Following breakfast, we start our day with Eucharistic Adoration and Mass at the holy site of Emmaus, where Jesus appeared to the disciples and revealed himself through the act of breaking bread. Continuing, we’ll visit the Church of St Anne, the best-preserved Crusader church and site of Mary’s birthplace, and the miracle site at the Pools of Bethesda, where Jesus proclaimed to a paralyzed man “Stand up, take your mat and walk” and the man was made well. This evening we will head to the airport for our return overnight flight home.
Wednesday, October 7 Arrival back into the U.S.