Catholic Pilgrimage Tour / 8 days
Day 1 . Arrival
Arrival at Ben Gurion International Airport. Reception and assistance. A panoramic city tour of Tel-Aviv towards Jaffa, an ancient port, now a renowned Artist Quarter. Drive to the north and overnight in Tiberias / Nazareth.
Day 2 . Galilee
In the morning drive along the shores of the Sea of Galilee. The tour starts at Capernaum, visiting the remnants of the old Synagogue where Jesus preached and taught. On to the Mount of Beatitudes, the place of the Sermon of the Mount. Drive on to Tabgha, where the miracle of the Multiplication of the Fish and Bread took place, close to the church of Peter’s Primacy and the Miraculous Fishing. Boat trip on the waters of the Sea, as done in the times of Jesus. After lunch continue to Jordan River and Baptismal site. Back to the hotel in Tiberias, overnight.
Day 3 . Nazareth / Mt. Tabor
After breakfast driving by the Galilee hills toward Cana of Galilee, site of the first miracle of Jesus. Continue to Nazareth, where Jesus passed most of his childhood and adolescence. Visit the Basilica of the Annunciation and the nearby St. Joseph’s carpentry. Visit Mount Tabor, site of the Transfiguration of Jesus. Back to Tiberias, overnight.
Day 4 . Jericho / Qumran / Dead Sea
Depart from Tiberias through the Jordan Valley to Jericho, the world’s oldest city. Continue to Qumran where the Dead Sea scrolls were found. Then drive to the Dead Sea, with a possibility of a dip in its salty waters. Ascend to Jerusalem through the Judean desert, via the Good Samaritan Inn. Triumphal entrance to Jerusalem facing the ancient walls of the Old City. Overnight in Bethlehem / Jerusalem.
Day 5 . Jerusalem / Bethlehem
The visit of Jerusalem starts with a drive, via Mount Scopus, towards Mount of Olives to the place of the Ascension. The grotto of Pater Noster and the most beautiful panoramic view of the city. Descent by foot all the way down reaching the garden of Gethsemane, the Basilica of the Agony, the Betrayal Grotto and Mary’s tomb. Depart to Bethlehem, Jesus birthplace. Visit the Basilica with the cave of the Nativity, St. Jerome’s grotto and St. Catherine chapel. Overnight in Bethlehem.
Day 6 . Jerusalem
In the morning, visit Mount Zion, Cenaculum, site of the Last Supper of Jesus, King David’s tomb and the Dormition Abbey. Continue to the Western Wall to the Temple Mount. Tour of the Western and new section of the city. Visit the Holocaust Memorial. Continue to the Knesset (Israel Parliament) to visit the Menorah. Return to the hotel Bethlehem, overnight.
Day 7 . Jerusalem
In the morning, the tour in Jerusalem reaches its end entering through the Sheep Gate, to visit the pool of Bethesda, ST. Anne’s Church, the Chapel of the Flagellation and walk along the Via Dolorosa 14th Stations of the Cross up to the Golgotha Hill and the Basilica of the Holy Sepulcher. Afternoon free. Return to the hotel.
Day 8 . Departure
Depart to Ben Gurion International Airport. Personal assistance in embarking formalities.