Day 1 Tuesday, May 18 - Depart Boston
Depart Boston Logan airport for flight to Tel Aviv.
Day 2 Wednesday, May 19 - Arrive Tel Aviv
On Arrival in Tel Aviv meet our Marian Pilgrimages representative
and guides for a coach transfer to Nazareth. Check into the 4 star
Ramada Hotel in Nazareth for 3 nights, dinner and breakfast.
Day 3 Thursday, May 20 - Nazareth & Cana
Morning Mass in the Basilica of the Annunciation in Nazareth.
See the Cave home of the Holy Family, St Josephs workshop, and
Marys Well. Drive to Cana, and visit the church of the Wedding
Feast site of Jesus first miracle. Renewal of Marriage Vows for
married couples on the trip. Afternoon drive to Mount Tabor,
and ascend by taxi for Mass at the church of the Transfiguration.
Enjoy the view of the Valley of Armageddon Valley. Drive to the
banks of the River Jordan, and renew our Baptismal Vows in its
waters. Return to hotel for dinner.
Day 4 Friday, May 21 - Sea of Galilee
Morning Mass on the Mount of Beatitudes, overlooking the
Sea of Galilee. Hear the full reading of the great Sermon on the
Mount. Visit Capernaum where we see the old Synagogue and
the excavations of Peters house. Visit the site of the multiplication
of the Loaves & Fish at Tabgha, and the church of the Primacy
of Peter on the lake-shore. Enjoy lunch on the shore of the Sea of
Galilee then take a Boat trip on the Sea of Galilee, with relevant
Bible readings. Return by coach to the hotel and enjoy dinner.
Day 5 Saturday, May 22 - Jericho & Bethany
Morning drive along the Jordan Valley into Jericho. Here we see the Sycamore tree of Zacchaeus, and take the Cable car up the Mount of Temptation to the exact location where the Devil tempted Jesus during his forty-day fast (Luke 4:1). Cross the Allenby Bridge into Jordan and drive South to Amman for overnight in our hotel. On our journey to Amman we will take a small detour to Jerash. Nestled in a quiet valley among the mountains of Gilead, Jerash is the grandeur of Imperial Rome, being one of the largest and most well preserved sites of Roman architecture in the world, outside of Italy. To this day, its paved and colonnaded streets, soaring hilltop temples, handsome theaters, spacious public squares and plazas, baths, fountains and city walls pierced by towers and gates remain in exceptional condition.
Day 6 Sunday, May 23 - Madaba & Mount Nebo
In the morning we will take a short panorama sight seeing tour of
Amman, capital of Jordan. We will then continue on to the City
of Mosaics, Madaba. While in this city, you will visit St. Georges
Church, home to a true treasure of Christianity. This Church houses the oldest map of the Holy Land which includes Israel, Palestine, and Southern Egypt. Later, visit Mt. Nebo, the most revered holy sites of Jordan. This mountain was mentioned in Deuteronomy 34, Then Moses climbed Mount Nebo from the plains of Moab to the top of Pisgah. While here, you will tour the Holy site where Moses died and was buried. Following your visit to this Sacred place we will continue on to the lost city of Petra and check-in to the superb Petra Guest house for dinner and overnight.
Day 7 Monday, May 24 - Lost City of Petra
After breakfast we will explore lost city of Petra! This city is
located amongst rugged desert canyons and mountains. Enjoy a
walking tour of the former capital and trading center. Your first
stop will be a visit to the Siq, a mile-long gorge that contains a
number of magnificent structures that are carved into the mountains. The walk will culminate with a visit to the Petra Museum. The Museum holds numerous artifacts from the Neolithic period of the Nabataen history. The museum also contains architecture from the Romans as well as, a Byzantine chapel. Spend this afternoon at your own leisure; feel free to shop, relax or rest before transfers back up to Amman for dinner and overnight.
Day 8 Tuesday, May 25 - Amman, Dead Sea & Bethany
After Breakfast we will have some free time in Amman before
transferring back over the Allenby Bridge and continue to the
Dead Sea and enjoy a dip near Qumran, where the Dead Sea
Scrolls were found. Drive by the Inn of the Good Samaritan,
to Bethany to celebrate Mass and visit the tomb of Lazarus.
After Mass continue on to Bethlehem and check in to the 4 star
Manger Square Hotel, located just a stones throw away from the
Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem for 2 nights with breakfast
Day 9 Wednesday, May 26 - Bethlehem
After breakfast we visit the birthplace of Jesus. In Bethlehem,
you will have the opportunity to view the Shepherds Fields
(Luke 2:8). In the caves of these fields, you are still able to see
the soot marks of fires that shepherds lit to keep warm. The
tour concludes at the Manger Square, which stands in front of
the Church of the Nativity. As you enter the Church, you will
proceed down to the Grotto of the Nativity which marks the spot
of Our Saviors birth (Matthew 2:1-18). Beneath the altar, there is
a silver star and a Latin inscription that states: HIC DE VIRGINE
MARIA JESUS CHRISTUS NATUS (Here Jesus Christ was born
to the Virgin Mary). Following Mass in this Sacred space we will
take a short drive to the village of Ein Karem, the birthplace of
John the Baptist. It is known that there are two churches in Ein
Karem, representing the two homes of Zechariah and Elizabeth.
The first is in a valley where the birth of St. John the Baptist is
commemorated (Luke 1:39-80) in the Church of the Nativity
of St. John the Baptist. The second is on a hill where Elizabeth
spent five months in seclusion (Luke 1:24) at the Church of the
Visitation. You will have a chance to visit both of these churches
and have the opportunity to pray the Mystery of the Rosary as
you walk up the hill to the Church of the Visitation.
Day 10 Thursday, May 27 - Mount of Olives
After breakfast, you will make your way to the Mount of Olives,
where you will be able to take in the beautiful, panoramic view
of Jerusalem. Historically, the Mount of Olives was a mandatory
transit point for Jesus during many iconic moments. Visit
the Pater Noster Shrine where Jesus taught His disciples the
Lords Prayer (Pater Noster) (Luke 11:1-4). You will have the
opportunity to stop at Dominus Flevit which is a Church that
commemorates where Jesus wept for Jerusalem (Luke 19:41).
Continue on to Gethsemane, a garden at the foot of the Mount of
Olives. Jesus brought His disciples here to pray the night before
He was crucified (Luke 22:29-53). The Garden still contains trees
with roots that date back to the time of Jesus. Your next stop,
the Church of All Nations, is built over the Rock of Agony.
This is where Jesus prayed alone on the night of His arrest.
Throughout this time, you are invited to remain in prayer and to
reflect on Christs agony that He experienced. You will have the
opportunity to visit the Western Wall, which is the last remnant
of the Jewish Temple after it was destroyed in 70 A.D. Continue
with a visit to the house of the High Priest Caiaphas (Church of
St. Peter in Gallicantu). This Church commemorates where Jesus
was examined and eventually imprisoned before the Council in
Jerusalem. It also commemorates Peters Denial of Christ (John
18:15-18), Peters repentance, and Jesus forgiveness of Peter. You
will also visit the Upper Room on Mt. Zion. The Upper Room
is where Jesus and His disciples celebrated the Last Supper
(Matthew 26:17- 30) and where Jesus appeared to His disciples
after His Death and Resurrection (Mark 16:14). In addition,
visit the nearby Benedictine Church of the Dormition. Tradition
tells us that this Church is where Mary, the Mother of Jesus, fell
asleep. At the end of this prayerful day, we will check into the 4
St. George Hotel hotel for dinner and overnight.
Day 11 Friday, May 28 - Via Dolorosa & The Holy Sepulcher
This morning you will have a very early wake-up to begin the Via
Dolorosa (The Way of the Cross) at the Antonia Fortress. This is
the spot where Jesus was condemned to death by Pontius Pilate
(John 18:28-19:16). Following His condemnation, He was taken
(on the Road to Calvary) to His place of Crucifixion. Reflect upon
the Stations of the Cross as you travel through the markets of the
Old City to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher (Luke 23:26-33). This sacred destination is the site of Calvary (Jesus crucifixion place) and His tomb (Luke 23: 50- 55). Celebrate Mass at
the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Following Mass, we will return to the hotel to enjoy breakfast. You will continue your day with a visit to the Church of St. Annes, the home of Jesus maternal grandparents (Anne and Joachim); and the Pool of Bethesda, where Jesus healed the crippled man (John 5:1-9). This afternoon, we will visit Yad Vashem, Israels largest Holocaust memorial is set on the slopes of the Mount of Remembrance on the edge of Jerusalem. The new Yad Vashem Museum opened in 2005 and its nine chilling galleries of interactive historical displays present the Holocaust using a range of multimedia including photographs, films, documents, letters, works of art, and personal items found in the camps and ghettos. Yad Vashem is a place which is not fun to visit, but is definitely somewhere that we recommend all visitors to Israel experience. Following this visit return to the hotel for dinner and overnight at your hotel.
Day 12 Saturday, May 29 - Jaffa & Tel Aviv
After breakfast, depart for Jaffa for Mass in the Franciscan church,
and see the home of Simon the Tanner. Early check in to the lovely 4
Metropolitan Hotel in Tel Aviv to rest and refresh before our farewell
dinner. After dinner we depart to the airport for our return flight.
Day 13 Sunday, May 30 - Depart Tel Aviv
Early morning arrival into Boston airport.