September 8: Depart U.S. via local airport for an overnight flight to Israel.
September 9: Upon arrival in Tel Aviv, our professional escort will take us by deluxe motorcoach to our hotel on the beautiful Mediterranean coast. We’ll enjoy an afternoon of leisure followed by dinner at our hotel. Overnight Tel Aviv
September 10: Following breakfast, we travel by motorcoach to Mount Tabor to visit the beautiful basilica and the rock under the altar where the Transfiguration took place. Next, we visit the shrine of Mary Magdalene, then 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 then move on to visit the Basilica of the Annunciation for Mass at the Grotto. We finish our day with a visit to the house of the Holy Family underneath the Church of St. Joseph. Dinner. Overnight Tiberias
September 11: 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
September 12: After breakfast, we visit the Old City of Acre located on the Mediterranean home to the mosaic-covered Torah (Tunisian) Synagogue with 7 torah arks and the 18th-century Al-Jazzar Mosque with marble pillars and underground pools. Next, we continue on to 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
September 13: This morning, we visit the Old City of Jerusalem, starting with St. Anne’s Church and the Pools of Bethesda. Following our lunch break, we will walk the Via Dolorosa through the markets of the Old City praying the Stations of the Cross. We end our day at the Church of Holy Sepulcher. Dinner. Overnight Jerusalem
September 14: Following breakfast at the hotel, we make an excursion to the Mount of Temptation and the sycamore tree that Zacchaeus climbed to view Jesus. We then move on to the Dead Sea area to see the caves at Qumran. We finish our day with a visit to Masada, the fortress palace of “Herod the Great” and the last strong hold of the Jewish zealots. Dinner. Overnight Jerusalem
September 15: 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. A short distance from here we stop by St. Jerome’s Grotto for Mass and then onto the Milk Grotto where tradition says Mary was nursing the baby Jesus and a drop of her milk fell upon the stone and it turned white. 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
September 16: Following breakfast, we start our day with a visit to the Mount of Olives for a panoramic view of Jerusalem. We will then proceed to the Church of Pater Noster, where Jesus taught his disciples how to pray. We continue to the Garden of Gethsemane and the Rock of Agony. Mass in the Garden of Gethsemane before visiting the Church of the Dormition Abbey, the Cenacle, the place of the Last Supper and Pentecost. This evening we will head to the airport for our return overnight flight home.
September 17: Arrival back into the U.S.