13-Days: Holy Land & Jordan

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DAY 1: DEPART

Depart en route to Tel Aviv with complimentary meals and beverages served aloft.

DAY 2: TEL AVIV / CARMEL / TIBERIAS

Upon arrival in Tel Aviv we are met by our Catholic Travel Centre guide and make our way north to Mt. Carmel and the Chapel of Stella Mares (Star of the Sea), where we celebrate Mass. We arrive in Tiberias for dinner and the evening. (B, D)

DAY 3: TIBERIAS: CAPERNAUM AND SEA OF GALILEE SITES

This morning we begin with a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee. We will visit a replica of a fishing boat from the time of Christ. Our visit continues with Capernaum, the Heptapegon (Peter’s Primacy), followed by a visit to Tabgha where we celebrate Mass. We ascend by motorcoach to the Mt. of Beatitudes to gain a panoramic vista of the Sea of Galilee. We continue to the Baptismal Site at the Jordan River to renew our baptismal vows, then a visit to Bethsaida. We return to Galilee for the evening. (B, D)

DAY 4: TIBERIAS: NAZARETH, CANA & MT. TABOR

We make our way to Nazareth where we visit the Basilica of the Annunciation for Mass, then continue to St. Joseph’s Workshop and Mary’s
Well. Then to Cana, site of Jesus’ first miracle at the wedding feast. Here we invite couples to renew their wedding vows. Our next stop is the site of the Transfiguration at Mt. Tabor. We return to Tiberias for dinner and the evening. (B, D)

DAY 5: TIBERIAS / AMMAN

We begin this morning with Mass. We proceed across the border to Amman, the capital city of Jordan. We enjoy a brief orientation tour, followed by dinner at our hotel. (B, D)

DAY 6: AMMAN: EXCURSION TO JERASH & AMMAN CITY TOUR

This morning we drive to the most well-preserved Roman city of Old Jerash, with its theatre with phenomenal acoustics, Temple of Artemis, Temple of Zeus, offering a spectacular view of the Forum.
This afternoon we enjoy our city tour of Amman which includes the ruins of the ancient civilizations, including the Theatre and Forum for the Greco-Roman Empire, the Citadel, and the Roman Temple of Hercules. Our visit includes the National Archeological Museum. We return to Amman for the evening. (B,D)

DAY 7: AMMAN / MADABA / KERAK / PETRA

We depart to Madaba (biblical Medeba) to visit the Greek Orthodox Church and the 6th century mosaics. We continue to Mount Nebo, the site where Moses saw the Promised Land and died. We continue our journey along the Kings Highway to Kerak, one of the two major Crusader castles in Jordan, situated on a hilltop, giving a magnificent view in all directions, particularly over the Dead Sea. This fortress was built to protect the approach to Jerusalem. The Crusaders held it until 1189 when Salah Al Din defeated them. We continue to Petra for dinner and the evening. (B,D)

DAY 8: PETRA: VISIT OF THE SITE

We visit the Nabatean city of Petra, the Red Rock City, carved in colored sandstone and rediscovered in 1812. From the El Ji Post, we take an unforgettable journey as we continue on horseback, or walk through the famous Siq (natural gorge). We visit the Treasury, the Theater, Palace of Justice and other wonders. (Horses are included for our visit.) (B, D)

DAY 9: PETRA / JERICHO / JERUSALEM

Today we make our way back toward Jerusalem, stopping at the Jordan River baptismal site. After crossing into Israel, we visit Jericho to view the Mt. of Temptations from a distance, now home to a Greek Orthodox Monastery. This city of Jericho was the site of Joshua’s first dramatic conquest. We view Wad Qelt – at the mouth of this gorge are the ruins of the New Testament Jericho. Then, up to Jerusalem! Dinner is at our hotel. (B, D)

DAY 10: JERUSALEM: OLD CITY, MOUNT OF OLIVES & MT. ZION

We begin today entering through Stephen’s Gate, with a visit to the Church of St. Anne, marking the place of birth of the Blessed Mother, visiting as well the nearby Pools of Bethesda. We proceed to the Chapel of the Flagellation (where Our Lord was scourged), then carry the cross as we follow the Via Dolorosa (Stations of the Cross). After the Stations, we return to the Ecce Homo Arch and Lithostrotos, where we celebrate Mass.
We begin this afternoon with a ride to Mt. Scopus and to the Mt. of Olives, where we gain a panoramic view of the old City of Jerusalem. We visit the Ascension Mosque, Pater Noster (commemorating the “Our Father”), Dominus Flavit (where Jesus wept over Jerusalem), and the Church of All Nations in the Garden of Gethsemane. After lunch on our own, we continue onto the Church of St. Peter in Gallicanctu (where Peter denied Christ), the House of Caiphas, the Church of the Dormition of Our Lady, and the Upper Room, commemorating the Last Supper. We also visit the Franciscan Chapel of the Cenacle. Dinner is served at our hotel. (B, D)

DAY 11: JERUSALEM –HOLY SEPULCHRE, BETHLEHEM, EIN KAREM & VISITATION

We begin this morning with Mass at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Then we make our way to Bethlehem, visiting first Shepherds’ Field, followed by the Church of the Nativity, St. Jerome’s Chapel, and St. Catherine’s Church. We will allow extra time for shopping in Bethlehem. Returning, we stop in Ein Karem where we visit the Church of St. John the
Baptist and the Church of the Visitation. The balance of the day is at leisure to browse in the local markets. (B, D)

DAY 12: JERUSALEM: JERICHO, QUMRAN, DEAD SEA & OLD CITY

This morning we stop in Jericho to view the Mt. of Temptations from a distance and to see the traditional Zaccheus site. This city was the site of Joshua’s first dramatic conquest. From a distance, we view the Mt. of Temptation, now home to a Greek Orthodox Monastery. Our next stop is Qumran, site of the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls. We stop to view the Dead Sea, the lowest point on earth. Then it is back up to Jerusalem, stopping in Bethany, site of the resurrection of Lazarus. Here we celebrate the final Mass of our pilgrimage. We have some time at leisure in Jerusalem, then gather for our farewell dinner. (B, D)

DAY 13: JERUSALEM / TEL AVIV / RETURN

We transfer to the Tel Aviv airport for our return flight to the USA. (B)

NOTE: While no changes are anticipated, there might be occasions when certain alterations become necessary to this itinerary due to changes in airline schedules or for other reasons. All Masses are subject to final church schedules.