Our ten-day pilgrimage in the Holy Land peels back layers of time, history, and faith, letting you glimpse the treasures cherished by three of the world’s major religions. You’ll follow Jesus’s story from the beginning, in Bethlehem, to the end, along the Via Dolorosa. You’ll see the oldest continuously inhabited city on earth, Jericho, and tour Haifa, where Arabs and Jews live side by side. You’ll listen as Jerusalem’s past whispers to you from the Wailing Wall and the tomb of King David, and answer the call of the Dead Sea when it reminds you to enjoy a peaceful float in the present.
Depart Toronto with Alitalia via Rome to Tel Aviv.
Get ready for your journey of discovery through one of the world’s oldest and most magnificent centres of faith and civilization. We are met at Ben Gurion airport and transferred to our hotel for a two night stay. (D)
After breakfast, enjoy a sightseeing tour of Tel Aviv. See all the highlights of this lively and modern city. Continue to Jaffa, one of the oldest ports in the Eastern Mediterranean. A mass will be celebrated. (B/L/D)
Leaving Tel Aviv, drive along the coastal road to Caesarea to explore the roman and crusader ruins, including the amphitheater. Continue to Haifa, Israel’s northern port, beautifully laid out on the Carmel Hills. Visit the Basilica of Mt. Carmel. Late aftenoon arrival in Tiberius on the Sea of Galilee. (B/L/D)
After breakfast we travel to Nazareth. Visit one of Christianity’s most sacred places, the Church of the Annunciation, on the site where the angel is said to have appeared to Mary. We continue visiting the village of Cana where Jesus performed his first miracle and blessed matrimony. Late afternoon return to Tiberius. (B/L/D)
This morning we travel to the Mount of Beatitudes for Holy Mass in the garden, set on lake Tiberius, sea of Galilee. We also visit Capernaum where Jesus entered the synagogue and taught. Visit the site of the multiplication of bread. We then cross lake Tiberius by ferry and have lunch at the famous St. Peter fish restaurant. Late afternoon return to Tiberius. (B/L/D)
This morning we travel south through the region of Samaria, down the Jordan Valley, before arriving in Jericho, an oasis in the desert. See the mount of Temptation. Continue through the Judean Hills to Jerusalem your home for the next four nights. (B/L/D)
Morning guided tour of Jerusalem including the old city, Mt. Zion and the tomb of King David. After lunch, we celebrate Holy Mass at the nativity Basilica in Bethlehem before returning to Jerusalem. (B/L/D)
After breakfast, travel to the Mount of Olives for a panoramic view of the city. Visit the site of “Padre Nostro.” Holy mass will take place in the Basilica of the Nations at Gethsemene. Descend to the Dead Sea, through Jericho, for a traditional dip in the water. Return to Jerusalem. (B/L/D)
This morning the group will travel the “Via Crucis”, join the procession on “Via Dolorosa” and the Stations of the Cross to the basilica of the Holy Sepulcher. After lunch, we continue the tour of the city with a visit of the Wailing Wall and Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial. Return to our hotel for our farewell dinner. (B/L/D)
Early morning transfer to the Tel Aviv homebound return.