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A Catholic Pilgrimage to the Holy Land

Including Tel Aviv, Caesarea Maritima, Haifa, Mount Carmel, Nazareth, Cana, Tiberias, Sea of Galilee, Mount of the Beatitudes, Tabgha, Capernaum, Mount Tabor, the Jordan River, Jericho, Bethlehem, Masada, Qumran, the Dead Sea, Bethany, Jerusalem, Emmaus, Ein Karem, Mount Zion & more.

Under the spiritual direction of Fr. James Hagerman
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May 19, 2014 - Monday
NEWARK / TEL AVIV
Today we gather for our overnight flight to the Holy Land.  Meals served on board our transatlantic flight.

May 20, 2014 - Tuesday
TEL AVIV
Today we arrive in Tel Aviv.  We are met by our Pilgrimage Tours’ tour escort and taken through customs then board our motor coach to transfer to our hotel on the Mediterranean Sea.  Dinner and overnight in Tel Aviv.
 
May 21, 2014 - Wednesday
CAESAREA / HAIFA / MOUNT CARMEL / NAZARETH / CANA / TIBERIAS
After breakfast, we begin our tour of the Holy Land.  We drive north along the sand dunes of the Mediterranean coast to Caesarea by the Sea, built by King Herod just a decade before the birth of Jesus.  The spectacular ruins were once the home of Pontius Pilate and the site of the trial of the Apostle Paul.  Next we visit Haifa, where we see the St. Peter by the Sea Shrine.  Ascending the heights Basilica of Annunciationof Mount Carmel for one Israel’s best views high above the Mediterranean we see the place where the prophet Elijah was instrumental in the defeat of the prophets of Ba’al.  Here we visit the shrine of Our Lady of Mount Carmel and see Elijah’s Cave.  Continuing on to Nazareth where Jesus grew up, we celebrate Mass at the Basilica of the Annunciation, where the archangel Gabriel told Mary that she would “bring forth a son”.  After visits to Mary’s Well and the Church of St. Joseph, site of Joseph’s carpentry shop, we proceed to Cana where for a renewal of wedding vows where Jesus performed his first miracle by turning water into wine at the wedding feast.  Dinner and overnight in Tiberias.

May 22, 2014 - Thursday
UPPER GALILEE / BEATITUDES / TABGHA / CAPERNAUM
After breakfast we depart for the Beatitudes where we retell the Sermon on the Mount while standing on the Mount of Beatitudes looking out over the Jordan Valley and the Sea of Galilee.  Here we celebrate Mass.  Following Mass, we enjoy some free time before enjoying our “St. Peter’s Lunch” on the Sea of Galilee.  Following lunch, we visit Tabgha, where the multiplication of the Caprenaumloaves and fishes is commemorated in the mosaic floors of the historic Church.  We visit the nearby Church of the Primacy on the shore of the Sea of Galilee where Peter received his commission from Jesus to “feed my lambs”.  Our next visit is to the town where Jesus’ ministry was centered, Capernaum, where we see the remains of an early Church, the ruins of Peter’s House, and the ancient synagogue where Jesus preached.  Finally, we enjoy a classic boat ride across the tranquil waters of the Sea of Galilee recalling the miracle of walking on water and calling on Peter and Andrew to become ‘fishers of men’.  Dinner and overnight at our hotel on the Sea of Galilee in Tiberias.

May 23, 2014 - Friday
MOUNT TABOR / JORDAN RIVER / JERICHO / JERUSALEM
We leave Galilee for our journey to Judea through Samaria.  En route we ascend Mount Tabor- the Mount of Transfiguration. We see the place of the transfiguration in one of the most beautiful churches in the Holy Land at the summit of the dome like mountain.  Here we celebrate Mass.  Following Mass, we descend to the Jordan River and see the place where Jesus was immersed by John the Baptist and where pilgrims renew their baptismal promises to this day.  A drive through the lush Jordan valley brings us to the oldest city in the world, Jericho, where you can still see actual remains of the famed wall that came “tumblin’ down”.  From Jericho, we enter the harshness of the Judean desert that underscores the trying moment at the Mount of Temptation where, after 40 days of fasting, Jesus was tempted by Satan and prevailed.  We return to Jerusalem for dinner and overnight.

May 24, 2014 - Saturday
JERUSALEM / BETHLEHEM
Our day begins with a dramatic view of the walled Old City of Jerusalem from the Mount of Olives where we participate in a group photo.  This is followed by a visit to the Church of Pater Noster where Jesus taught the “Our Father”, and the Chapel of the Ascension.  We enjoy the walk down the hill known as the “Palm Sunday Road”, to Dominus Flevit Chapel on the site where Jesus wept over Jerusalem.  A stop at the Church of the Assumption is the beautiful place of the Tomb of the Virgin Mary.  We continue on for a visit to the Garden of Gethsemane and the adjacent Church of All Nations.  Then we arrive at the Church of St. Peter in Gallicantu - the House of Caiaphas, we see the place of the trial of Jesus and where Peter denied Christ three times.  In the afternoon Church of Nativitywe travel the short route to the Shepherd’s Field with its caves that were typical of the stables of Jesus’ time.  It is here where the angel appeared to the shepherds and led them to Bethlehem.  We continue on to Bethlehem, birthplace of Jesus, where we will spend some time in prayer at the site of Jesus’ birth inside the Church of the Nativity, the Grotto of the Holy Family, the Cave of St. Jerome as well as the Church of St. Catherine, where we celebrate Mass.  While in Bethlehem, we have time for shopping beautiful Olive wood carvings and other Israeli crafts.  We depart Manger Square and return to Jerusalem for dinner and overnight. 

May 25, 2014 - Sunday
JERUSALEM
This morning we enter through the Dung Gate and go up to the Western Wall of the Temple, currently Judaism’s holiest site where people from around the world come to pray.  Here we visit the Temple Mount, site of the first and second Jewish temples and now the Dome of the Rock, followed by some time to pay a visit to St. Anne’s Church, where the Virgin Mary was born.  Near St. Holy SepulchreAnne’s we see the open air Pool of Bethesda where Jesus performed a miracle cure and the infirm have sought healing for centuries.  Next we recall the final hours of Jesus’ life at Pilate’s Judgment Hall.  We see the Chapel of Flagellation and the Arch of the Ecce Homo “Behold, the man”, as well as the Lithostrotos where we see the ancient carvings in the stone floor of the basement.  From here we will walk and pray along the Via Dolorosa – the “Stations of the Cross” where Jesus carried and fell beneath the weight of his cross to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.  We’ll celebrate Mass in this most holy of places followed by some time to explore this place of Jesus’ tomb.  From here we walk the “Cardo” and enter the Jewish Quarter of the Old City to explore its shops and culture.  The rest of our afternoon is at leisure for prayer and reflection.  Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem.

May 26, 2014 - Monday
MASADA / DEAD SEA / QUMRAN / BETHANY
After breakfast, we journey east into the Southern Judean Desert.  At Masada we ascend by cable car on a spectacular ride to the top of the fortress palace of Herod, which was made famous by Jewish Zealots during the Roman siege from 70-73 AD.  We see the remains of the fortifications, synagogue, storehouses, cisterns, and the 6th century Byzantine Church.  Next at Qumran you will look, literally only a stones throw away, into the cave where the original Dead Sea Scrolls were found. Interestingly, they were found when a Bedouin boy broke a clay jar by throwing a stone into the cave.  Next, its beach time at the Dead Sea – the absolute lowest point on Earth where the salty water is so buoyant that sinking is IMPOSSIBLE.  Returning towards Jerusalem, on the Eastern slope of the Mount of Olives we will see the home of Mary and Martha and the Tomb of Lazarus where Jesus “cried with a loud voice, Lazarus, come forth” and Lazarus was risen from the dead.  We celebrate Mass at the Church of St. Lazarus.  We return to our hotel in Jerusalem for dinner and overnight.

May 27 & 28, 2014 – Tuesday & Wednesday
JERUSALEM / EMMAUS / EIN KAREM / MOUNT ZION / TEL AVIV / NEWARK
This morning we will visit a couple of important museums.  First we visit the Israeli Museum and see its model of the Second Temple as it was in the time of Jesus, as well as the “Shrine of the Book”, with its Dead Sea Scrolls exhibit.  Next we arrive in the traditional location of Emmaus, in the town of Abu Ghosh where we visit its beautiful church.  Next we arrive in Ein Karem in time for lunch, followed by a visit to the birthplace of John the Baptist, and to the Church of the Visitation, where we celebrate Mass.  It is here where the Blessed Virgin Mary proclaimed her famous hymn of thanksgiving known as the Magnificat.  We return to Jerusalem to visit Mount Zion where we find The Upper Room, (Room of the Last Supper and Pentecost) a place of prayer, song Dorrmition Abbeyand praise.  One of Jerusalem’s landmarks, the Dormition Abbey represents Mary having passed into eternal life, asleep, in grand Byzantine décor.  The remainder of our afternoon is free for some final shopping prior to this evening’s “Farewell Dinner” at a local restaurant.  Following dinner, we proceed to Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion airport for our late night return flight to the United States.  We arrive back home the following morning.  Though we come to the end of our time of pilgrimage, our faith is deepened, our hearts stirred.  Reading our Bible and seeking Christ as pilgrims in this life will forever take on new meaning for every one of us.

Available
Tours in
2014

Holy Land Tour
May 19-28
$3,295 From East Coast

A 12-day Tour to Italy & Medjugorje
June 30-July 11 $3,795 From East Coast

A 12-day Tour to Greece & Turkey
Sept. 16-27
$3,895 From West Coast

Prices Include Airfare, Bookings Can Be Made From Anywhere In The United States

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Wondering about our destinations?

Italy:
Milan, Venice, Padua, Pisa, Florence, Siena, Orvieto, Assisi, Cascia, Ravenna, Loreto, Lanciano, San Giovanni Rotondo, Pompeii, Naples, Monte Cassino, Rome, The Vatican

France:
Paris, Chartres, Lisieux,
Mont St. Michel,
Nevers, Ars, Lyon, La Salette, Nice, French Riviera, Monaco, Tours, Avignon, Lourdes

Portugal, Spain: Fatima, Santarem, Santiago De Campostela, Avila, Burgos, Santo Domingo de Silos, Madrid, Zaragoza, Barcelona, Montserrat.

Holy Land: Caesarea, Nazareth, Tiberias, Galilee, Capernaum, the Dead Sea, Bethlehem, Jerusalem, Jordan and Egypt.

Greece & Turkey: Thessaloniki, Philippi, Meteora, Delphi, Athens, Corinth, Rhodes, Patmos, Ephesus.

Mexico:
Our Lady of Guadalupe and more.