CATHOLIC – 8 DAYS

Day 1 – Arrival, Jaffa and Approaching Galilee

  • Head to Tel Aviv – the commercial Capital of Israel, then, it’s on to Old Jaffa the ancient seaport mentioned in the biblical narrative of Jonah and the whale, and in the story of Solomon’s import of the cedars of Lebanon. Jaffa’s fishing port, Saint Peter’s Church, home of Simon the Tanner, artists quarter, and panoramic view of Tel Aviv.​

  • Overnight: Nazareth for 3 nights

Day 2 – The City of Nazareth, the world of Jesus’ childhood

Discover the Land where Jesus spent most of His Life!

  • Basilica of the Annunciation, ”the announcement of the Angel Gabriel to the Virgin Mary” of the approaching virgin birth” (Luke 1:26-38), and the Church of Saint Joseph the Carpenter.

  • Visit the Old Market, the Synagogue Church from the time of Jesus, archaeological remains from the 1st century, and a small museum. Here you can see and touch the daily life of the Holy family.

  • Mary’s Well & Springs.

  • Drive to Cana – the village famous as the site of the first miracle the transformation of water into wine at a wedding feast (John 2:1-11).

  • Drive to scenic Mount Tabor, the Transfiguration of Jesus Christ. “And as he was praying, the appearance of his countenance was altered, and his raiment became dazzling white. And behold, two men talked with him, Moses and Elijah” (Luke 9: 29- 30).

  • Drive back to Nazareth to ascend Mount Precipice, still the same since Jesus’ story on the Mount.

Day 3 – Sea of Galilee and Jesus’ Miracles

  • The Sea of Galilee is where Jesus accomplished numerous miracles: “Then he rose and rebuked the winds and the sea and there was a great calm” (Matthew 8:26), “And in the fourth watch of the night he came to them, walking on the sea” (Matthew 14:25). He also chose his first disciples on its shores.

  • We visit: the Mount of Beatitudes is a breathtaking site overlooking the northern shores of the Sea of Galilee. where Jesus delivered the most famous Sermon the sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5:1-8) with its beautiful view of the lake and its sacred sites perfect time for devotion.

  • Capernaum is situated on the shores of the Sea of Galilee. Capernaum is mentioned several times in the Gospels, as the scene of many miracles and sermons. Known as “Jesus’ Town” Galilean ministry, is home to one of the earliest churches in the world. Capernaum where Jesus lived and healed the sick preaching in the synagogue and performing miracles (Matthew 9:1, 4:13). We will walk among the ruins of Ancient monumental Synagogue where Jesus taught and worshipped (Mark 1:21; LK 4:31). Also Saint Peter’s home town, and visit the house of Saint Peter. Fascinating pilgrimage sites.

  • Tabgha: Jesus’ Miracle of the Multiplication of the Fish and Loaves (John 6:1-14), is illustrated beautifully in an ancient mosaic of the Byzantine Church that stood here. Also at Tabgha is the Church of Saint Peter’s Primacy, honoring the memory of Jesus reappearing to his Disciples after his resurrection and instructing Peter to “feed my sheep!”.

Enjoy a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee!

Day 4 – Biblical, Romans, Crusaders, and More…

  • Visit the beautiful City of Haifa, ascend Mount Carmel is famous for its connection to the life of the Prophet Elijah, also known as Elias, to enjoy a panoramic view over the Bay, and the Hanging Gardens of the Baha’i’ Shrine, on top of the mountain the Church Stella Maris, which houses a cave associated with the prophet.

  • Mukhraka, the traditional site of Elijah’s confrontation with the prophets of Ba’al, with the Carmelite Monastery of Saint Elijah.

  • Through Megiddo, Proceed to Caesarea National Park, for a short visit to the Aqueduct.
  • Drive to Bethlehem enjoy a panoramic view of the Old City.
  • Overnight: Bethlehem for 4 nights

Day 5 – Following Jesus in Jerusalem, Bethlehem Where the Story began…

Discover Jerusalem at the Time of Jesus!

  • Begin in Jerusalem with the inspiring panoramic view of the Golden Old City from the Mount of Olives. “And when they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives” (Matthew 26:30).              Visit: the Chapel of the Ascension: “And when he had said this, as they were looking on, he was lifted up, and a cloud took him out of their sight” (Acts 1:9). The Paternoster Church, named after the prayer that Jesus taught his disciples: “Pray then like this: Our Father who art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name…” (Matthew 6:9-13). The Church of Dominus Flevit (Our Lord weeping): “And when he drew near and saw the city he wept over it…” (Luke 19:41), then a walk or drive to: the Church of Agony, also called the Church of All Nations, home to some magnificent mosaics depicting the Agony of Jesus. According to tradition, the Rock of Agony lies inside the church.                                                              The Garden of Gethsemane  (Luke 22:39-46 and Matthew 26:36-46), where Jesus spent his last hours praying before he was arrested.

  • Continue to Mount Zion is the site of some very important events in the Gospel, to visit the Church of Saint Peter in Gallicantu, where Peter denied Jesus three times (Mark 14:53-72), King David’s Tomb we climb stairs in this complex to the upper room of the Last Supper before he was captured. “… he took bread, and when he had given thanks he broke it and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me. “And likewise the cup after supper, saying, “This cup which is poured out for you is the new covenant in my blood” (Luke 22:19-20). Mount Zion is also the site of the Dormition Abbey, whereby Catholic tradition Saint Mary fell into “eternal sleep”.

  • Continue to Ein Karem, southwest of Jerusalem, picturesque village, Birth Place of Saint John the Baptist, with the Church of Saint John the Baptist, the Church of the Visitation (Luke 1:39-56), Saint Mary’s visit to Saint Elizabeth.

  • Proceed to Bethlehem, the Birth Place of Jesus has been a prime destination for Christian pilgrims for centuries. The main site in Bethlehem is the Church of Nativity on Manger Square, built over the Milk Grotto where Jesus was born. Continue to visit the famous Shepherds’ Fields Chapel located in the area of Beit Sahur south-east of Bethlehem.

Day 6 – Following the Path to the Crucifixion

  • Proceed to enter the Old City of Jerusalem, walking tour day. You will visit Saint Stephen’s Gate.

  • The Via Dolorosa, the Way of Sorrows, that according to Christian tradition Jesus route from Pilate’s Judgement Hall bearing his own cross to Golgotha. There they crucified him and with him two others, one on either side and Jesus between them.” (John 19:17-18). The high point of every pilgrimage is honoring the Passion of Christ and walking the 14 Stations along the route, each commemorating an event along Jesus’ route to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the ancient site of the site of Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection.

  • A walk through colorful bazaars steeping yourself in its sights. Wander the Old City Markets, steeping yourself in its sights, sounds, and aromas, and try your hand at hunting and bargaining for treasures.

  • View the Temple Mount, site of the first and second temples scene of Abraham’s offering of Isaac, it is certain that Jesus climbed these steps when he visited the Temple in Jerusalem, today marked by the Dome of the Rock.

  • Visit the Western Wall part of the western retaining wall of the Temple Mount, which became the focal point of the Jewish religion after the Second Temple was destroyed in 70 a.C. the site has been enlarged and renovated, and archaeological work has been conducted in the vicinity.

Day 7 – Jericho the World’s Oldest City, Dead Sea

  • Continue down to Jericho the most ancient, and view Mount of Temptation. “Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil” (Matthew 4:1).

  • Continue to the Jordan River Baptism Site.
  • Proceed to the Dead Sea the lowest spot on earth, up to 400 meters below sea level, float in the water which is full of minerals.

Day 8 – Departure to Ben Gurion Airport for international flight back home

 

Say “farewell” and remember…

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