Israel: A Journey of Faith
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Day 1 Overnight Flight
Board your overnight flight to Tel Aviv, Israel.
Day 2 Tel Aviv, Israel - Tour Begins
Your tour begins in Tel Aviv, a bustling city brimming with culture and history, situated on the Israeli Mediterranean coastline. Tonight, join your fellow travelers for a welcome dinner. (D)
Day 3 Tel Aviv - Caesarea - Nazareth - Cana - Sea of Galilee - Tiberias
Journey to the ancient port city of Caesarea, an important center for early Christians. Walk in the footsteps of Cornelius, the first Gentile convert to the new covenant (Acts 10) by St. Peter, and see where Paul was imprisoned before being taken to Rome for trial (Acts 23). Visit Nazareth, Jesus’ boyhood home (Matthew 2:23). Spend time at the place where Joseph’s home and workshop were - Church of the Annunciation - as well as the site of the fresh water spring used by the Holy Family. Your day continues with a visit to Cana, the site of Our Lord’s first miracle, where Jesus transformed water into wine (John 2:1-11). Later this afternoon, sail the Sea of Galilee aboard a boat similar to what Jesus would have sailed. Arrive in Tiberias for a 2-night stay. (B,D)
Day 4 Tiberias - Capernaum - Golan Heights - Caesarea Philippi - Tiberias
Step into another time at the Mount of Beatitudes, where Jesus preached the “Sermon on the Mount" (Matthew 5-7). Continue to nearby Tabgha to the Church of the Fish and the Loaves and pause for a moment of quiet prayer at the traditional location for the calling of the disciples and the feeding of the five thousand. Spend time in Capernaum, the center of Jesus’ ministry in Galilee, where Jesus performed many miracles, such as expelling demons and curing the sick. Visit the site where Jesus taught and reflect on his teaching and preaching of the gospel (Matthew 4:13, 23). Stand where Peter stood when he professed his devotion to the risen Christ (John 21) on 3 occasions. Take in the verdant scenery of the Golan Heights en route to Caesarea Philippi, where Jesus traveled with His disciples and near where Peter made his great confession to Jesus, “Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God” (Matthew 16:16). Stop at the River Jordan at the Yardenit Baptismal site where you may opt to renew your Baptismal vows.* Relax over dinner at a local restaurant featuring traditional Middle Eastern cuisine such as assorted appetizers and grilled meats. (B,D)
Day 5 Tiberias - Tel Megiddo - Bethlehem - Jerusalem
Visit Tel Megiddo (Armageddon), the site of the final battle before the coming of the Messiah. In Bethlehem, the birthplace of Jesus (Luke 2), enter the Church of the Nativity and pause for a moment of reflection close to the cave where Jesus was born.** Stop at Shepherds’ Field, where the angels appeared on that first Christmas night spreading good tidings of great joy for all the people. Later, arrive in one of the holiest cities in the world: Jerusalem. (B,D)
Day 6 Jerusalem - Western Wall - Old City
Your time in Jerusalem begins with a visit to the Western Wall of the Temple, Judaism’s holiest site. Traverse the Old City on foot to the Church of St. Anne and the nearby Pools of Bethesda, and pause for a moment of devotion where Jesus healed the paralytic. View Lion’s Gate where St. Stephen, the first Christian martyr, was stoned to death. Pass by the Ecce Homo Arch (Behold the Man), the site where Pontius Pilate presented Our Lord to the crowds. Travel the Way of the Cross – the Via Dolorosa – walked by Our Lord on the way to His crucifixion. (B,D)
Day 7 Jerusalem - Optional Excursion
Today you are free to explore the city on your own. Perhaps you’ll choose to take an optional excursion to the Dead Sea to discover where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found; visit Masada; and perhaps even float on the salty waters of the Dead Sea. (B,D)
Day 8 Jerusalem - Mount of Olives - Mount Zion - Garden Tomb
Your day begins with a visit to the Mount of Olives and the nearby Church of the Pater Noster – the site where, according to tradition, Christ taught the Lord’s Prayer. Pause for a moment of devotion at the Church of All Nations, built over the rock on which Jesus is believed to have prayed in agony the night before He was crucified. Take a moment to reflect among the olive trees of the Garden of Gethsemane – the site of Christ’s betrayal by Judas. Travel to Mount Zion and stand in the Upper Room, near the traditional site of the Last Supper (Mark 14). “He is not here; he has risen!” (Luke 24:6). Your day concludes with a visit to the Garden Tomb, the possible site of the garden of Joseph of Arimathea and the resurrection of Jesus where you may opt to share Holy Communion with your group.*** Celebrate the end of this unforgettable and holy journey during a farewell dinner at a local restaurant featuring ingredients inspired from the Bible. (B,D)
Day 9 Jerusalem - Tour Ends
Say goodbye to Israel as your tour comes to a close today. (B)
All This Included
Walk in the hallowed footsteps of Jesus Christ and see some of the most ancient cities in the world on this spirited sojourn to Israel. Venture on an inspirational journey that will heighten your faith and bring you closer to God. From Bethlehem and Nazareth to Cana, the site of the First Miracle, find new understanding in the life of Jesus. Visit the River Jordan at Yardenit Baptismal site. Experience the Valley of Armageddon and cross the Sea of Galilee. Along the Way of Sorrows, walk the path of the Stations of the Cross. An extensive Jerusalem tour features the Mount of Olives, the Garden Tomb, and the Western Wall. Enjoy time to explore this reverent terrain on your own. Reflect on the monumental grounds and experience an introspective journey that will strengthen your faith.
Tel Aviv: Kfar Maccabiah Hotel, Ramat Gan
Tiberias: Leonardo Tiberias Hotel
Jerusalem: Dan Jerusalem Hotel
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