Day 1. Monday, September 16: Transatlantic flight
Board your flight to Amman, Jordan.
Day 2. Tuesday, September 17: Amman
Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel in Amman for a welcome dinner and overnight. (WD)
Day 3. Wednesday, September 18: Amman – Jerash – Baptismal Site – Mount Nebo – Madaba – Petra
Today visit the ancient city of Jerash, nestled in a quiet valley among the mountains of Gilead. This ancient Roman city is one of the most well-preserved sites of Roman architecture in the world. Continue to the traditional site of Our Lord’s baptism at the Jordan River. Then, see Mount Nebo, where Moses was granted a view of the Promised Land. While here, tour the holy site where Moses died and was buried. Finally, visit the Monastery of St. George in Madaba to see a 6th-century mosaic floor map of the Holy Land, which includes Israel, Palestine, and Southern Egypt. Arrive in Petra for dinner and overnight. (BB, L, D)
Day 4. Thursday, September 19: Petra
Enjoy a full day of guided sightseeing in Petra. Walk through the “Siq,” an immense crack in the Nubian sandstone, which some say could be the very “rock” that Moses split in two and from which water poured forth. Two-thousand years ago, the Nabateans carved a city out of the rose red rock. Admire the Treasury, known as Al Khazneh, one of the most elegant remains of antiquity. In the Old City of Petra one can see the ruins of an ancient pagan temple and many tombs carved into the rose red rock face. Next, visit the Monastery, for those able and willing to climb the 800 steps leading up to it. Overnight in Petra. (BB, L, D)
Day 5. Friday, September 20: Petra – Jericho – Tiberias
Leave Petra and head north for Tiberias, in the Holy Land. Cross the border into Israel and drive to Jericho, one of the world’s oldest cities, for a distant view of the Mount of Temptations. In Jericho, Our Lord healed Bartimaeus, the blind beggar, and dined with Zaccheus, the tax collector. Continue for an opportunity to wade in the Dead Sea. Arrive into Tiberias for dinner and overnight. (BB, L, D)
Day 6. Saturday, September 21: Sea of Galilee
This morning, visit the Mount of Beatitudes, the scene of Our Lord’s great Sermon on the Mount. Then, visit the Church of the Multiplication of the Loaves and Fishes to commemorate the miracle. Continue to the Church of the Primacy of St. Peter, where Our Lord appeared to the Apostles after His Resurrection. Continue to Capharnaum to visit the church built over the ruins of St. Peter’s house and the synagogue where Our Lord used to preach. For lunch, enjoy the famous St. Peter’s Fish at a local restaurant. See the Valley of Doves; this valley is the route Jesus Christ would have taken from Nazareth to the Sea of Galilee. Continue for a short visit to the fishing village of Magdala, where St. Mary Magdalene lived. Here in 2009, a chance discovery revealed a 1st-century synagogue. Finally, enjoy a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee, where Our Lord did much of His preaching and where many of His Apostles were fishermen. (BB, L, D)
Day 7. Sunday, September 22: Tiberias: Excursion to Mount Carmel, Mount Tabor, Nazareth & Cana
Begin the day with a visit to Stella Maris Carmelite Monastery in Mount Carmel. Below the monastery is Elias’ Cave, where the prophet lived and meditated before defeating the pagan prophets of Baal. Continue to visit Mount Tabor, the site of Our Lord’s Transfiguration. Then, travel to Nazareth to visit the Basilica of the Annunciation, erected over the house of the Virgin Mary. Continue to St. Joseph’s Church, a small church built on the site of St. Joseph’s home and workshop. Finally, visit Cana to see the church built where Our Lord performed His first miracle at the wedding feast. Dinner and overnight in Tiberias. (BB, D)
Day 8. Monday, September 23: Tiberias – Caesarea Maritima – Ein Karem – Bethlehem – Jerusalem
Depart from Tiberias and journey to Caesarea Maritima, where St. Peter established the church in which he baptized the centurion Cornelius. St. Paul often sojourned there, and was here imprisoned for two years before being taken to Rome. Continue to Ein Karem to visit the Church of St. John the Baptist, built over the Grotto of the Nativity of St. John, and the Church of the Visitation that commemorates the Blessed Virgin Mary’s visit to St. Elizabeth. Then, stop at Shepherds’ Field, where the angels appeared to the shepherds on the first Christmas night. Before reaching Jerusalem, travel to Bethlehem and visit the Church of the Nativity, built on the site where Our Lord was born. Connected to the Church of the Nativity, visit St. Catherine’s Church; descend to the grottoes of the Holy Innocents, St. Joseph and St. Jerome. Inside, visit St. Jerome’s Chapel, where the saint wrote the Vulgate. Opportunity to purchase handcraft items made by Christians if so wished. Arrive in Jerusalem for dinner and overnight. (BB, D)
Day 9. Tuesday, September 24: Jerusalem: Temple Mount, St. Anne’s Church & Pool of Bethsaida, Flagellation Church, Ecce Homo Church, Mount of Olives
Start this morning with a visit to the Temple Mount, traditionally the Temple of Solomon, since 691 AD an Islamic site. Then, visit the Church of St. Anne, erected over the traditional site of the birthplace of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Continue to the Pool of Bethsaida excavations, identified as the scene of the healing of the paralytic. Afterwards, visit the Flagellation Church that enshrines the spot where Our Lord was flogged. Next is the Ecce Homo Church that commemorates the place where Pontius Pilate presented Our Lord to the hostile Jewish crowd. Proceed to the Mount of Olives for a beautiful panoramic view of Jerusalem. Visit the Chapel of the Ascension and the Church of Pater Noster, where Our Lord taught His disciples how to pray. On to the Church of Dominus Flevit, where Our Lord wept over the city of Jerusalem, and the Church of All Nations, officially named the Basilica of the Agony, built over the rock on which Our Lord prayed the night before He was crucified. (BB, D)
Day 10. Wednesday, September 25: Jerusalem: Via Dolorosa – Holy Sepulcher – Mount Zion
Early this morning, carry the cross and follow the Via Dolorosa, the Way of the Cross, and end at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. Then, enjoy an in-depth tour of this church, including a visit to the tomb of our forefather Adam and the tombs of Nicodemus and Joseph of Arimathea, as well as a tour of the Holy Sepulcher chapels. In Mount Zion, see the Last Supper Room, where Our Lord shared the Last Supper with His Apostles. Afterwards, visit the Church of the Dormition, where tradition reveals that the Mother of God was laid in a tomb before her body was assumed into heaven. Your final visit is to the Church of St. Peter in Gallicanctu, where St. Peter denied Our Lord, and to the Palace of Caiaphas, where Our Lord was imprisoned. (BB, D)
Day 11. Thursday, September 26: Jerusalem – Bethany – Emmaus – Tel Aviv
Enjoy your last day of pilgrimage with a free morning in Jerusalem. In the afternoon, on the way to Tel Aviv, stop in Bethany, the town where Our Lord resurrected St. Lazarus from the dead, followed by a visit to Emmaus (Abu Ghosh), where Our Lord appeared to two of His disciples after His resurrection. Arrive in Tel Aviv for a farewell dinner and overnight. (BB, FD)
Day 12. Friday, September 27: Homebound flight
Transfer to Tel Aviv airport for your flight back to the USA.
Buffet Breakfast (BB); Lunch (L); Dinner (D); Welcome Dinner (WD); Farewell Dinner (FD)
* In case of unforeseen events, this itinerary is subject to change.
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