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Special Pilgrimage to
The Holy Land
with Father Justin Freeman, O. de M.
October 21-30, 2019
 

 

 

Proposed Itinerary

Day 1 - USA - Tel Aviv
Begin your spiritual journey as you depart Tampa for the overnight flights to Tel Aviv. Breakfast and Dinner served aboard the Transatlantic flight.

Day 2 - Tel Aviv - Mediterranean Coast
Arrival at Ben Gurion Airport. Exit terminal at the sign marked "groups" and meet your local guide who will escort you to your hotel. There will be time to relax and freshen up before gathering for Mass, followed by dinner and overnight at your hotel along the Mediterranean Coast.

Day 3 – En route to the Galilee - Caesarea, Mt. Carmel, Stella Maris, Cana, Nazareth
Today you will travel via the coast to Caesarea, where the Romans held Paul prisoner. Visit the Roman and Crusader ruins. Drive through the Carmel Mountains heading for Galilee. In Haifa, visit Stella Maris, a Carmelite Monastery with the Madonna of Mt Carmel. Continue to Mukhraka where Elijah confronted the false prophets of Baal and where the Carmelite Order was started. Drive to Cana, the village of Jesus' first miracle of changing water into wine; here couples may renew their wedding vows. Continue to the Basilica of Annunciation in Nazareth where the group will celebrate Mass and visit Mary's Well and the Church of the Angel Gabriel. Dinner and overnight in the Galilee.

Day 4 - The Ministry of Christ in Galilee
Some of today's highlights are a boat ride across the Sea of Galilee to Capernaum to see the synagogue and St Peter's house, a visit to the Mount of the Beatitudes where the Sermon on the Mount was given, to Tabgha to see the splendid mosaic about the miracle of the loaves and fishes, and to the nearby Church of Peter's Primacy where Peter was told "Feed my lambs, feed my sheep." There will be an unforgettable Mass near the shores of the Sea of Galilee at the Primacy or Mt Beatitudes. In the afternoon visit Caesarea Philippi, location of the testimony of St. Peter and where Jesus answered him
“You are the Rock and upon this rock I will build my church.” Dinner and overnight at your hotel in the Galilee.

Day 5 - Jordan River, Mt Tabor, Sepphoris
Start the day by remembering your Baptism at the Jordan River. Continue to Mount Tabor, scene of the Transfiguration, where you will have Mass. Then proceed to Sepphoris, a regional city at the time of Jesus. Drive down the Jordan Valley and head towards Jerusalem. Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem.

Day 6 - Bethlehem - the Nativity, Ein Karem - the Visitation
On the first day in Jerusalem you will be presented with an overview for a better understanding of its geography and some of the key sites surrounding the area. This includes a dramatic view of the Old City from the Mount of Olives, revealing a city with 4000 years of history. From this vantage point see much of what makes Jerusalem such a unique city to the three major religions – Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Then head to the village of Ein Karem, the birthplace of St John the Baptist and to the Church of Visitation where the Blessed Virgin Mary visited her cousin, Elizabeth, and proclaimed the 'Magnificat'. In the afternoon we drive to the Shepherd's Fields where the angels announced the birth of Jesus. Then visit the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem that stands upon the site where Jesus was born. Mass in Bethlehem or the Shepherds Fields. Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Jerusalem.

Day 7 – Jerusalem: The Passion of Jesus' Last Hours: - Bethany, Mount of Olives
Begin our day with a visit to Bethany where Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead. Then onto the Mt. of Olives to walk the Palm Sunday route stopping at Do-minus Flevit, where Jesus wept over the city of Jerusalem. Then to Gethsemane, a garden containing the Rock of Agony where Jesus prayed His last prayer before his arrest. Visit the cave of betrayal then the cave of Assumption of Mary to heaven. Back on the Mt of Olives we visit the Pater Noster with the Lords Prayer in many languages, and the Ascension from where ascended to Heaven. Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem.

Day 8 – Stations of the Cross and the Holy Sepulchre, Western Wall, The Upper Room
Early in the morning, we will retrace the last steps of Jesus. Then walk along the Via Dolorosa (Way of Sorrow), through the markets of the Old City praying the Stations of the Cross, reflecting on the greatness of His sacrifice. Finally you arrive at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre for Mass. After breakfast at our hotel, return to the Old City of Jerusalem to visit St. Anne’s Church, the home of the Virgin Mary and her parents Saints Joachim and Anne. Pass the Ecce Homo where Pilate proclaimed “Behold the man”; then the remains of the Western Wall of the Second Temple of Jerusalem, the most holy place for those of the Jewish faith. Nearby is the Dome of the Rock and the Haram al Sharif or Temple Mount, exit at Mt Zion. At the Cenacle you will visit the Upper Room of the Last Supper. Next you’ll go to Dormition Abbey, believed to be the Blessed Mother’s final resting place. End the day at St. Peter in Gallicantu where Peter denied Him thrice. Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem.

Day 9 -
The Wilderness: Jericho, the Dead Sea The desert east of Jerusalem is rich in Christian tradition. Further east, just off the Roman road that Jesus 'walked', is Wadi Qelt gorge, site of the Monastery of St George. At the oasis town of Jericho, visit the excavations of the oldest city in the world and view Mt. Temptation where Jesus fasted and was tempted by Satan. On the way back there is time for a swim (or rather a float!) in the mineral-rich waters of the Dead Sea, renowned for its healing properties. In the afternoon, there will be time for you to revisit some of your favorite sites and time for last minute buying of gifts for your loved ones. Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Jerusalem.

Day 10 - Jerusalem - USA
After an early breakfast, transfer to the Tel Aviv airport for return flights home.
 

Tour Features Included in Price:

* Roundtrip Flights from Tampa
* 8 Nights Accommodations in First Class Hotels
* Breakfast and dinner daily
* Transfers between airport and lodging
* Porterage at Hotels
* All Sightseeing and Tours by private motor coach
* Professional, multi-lingual Tour Guides throughout
* All Entrance fees according to itinerary
* Daily Mass & spiritual activities coordinated with Fr. Justin Freeman, O. de M
 

Tour # HL19 1021-JF
Tour Price: $4,650* from Tampa

*Prices based on double occupancy
Single Rooms available for an additional $895

Optional Travel Insurance Available. Call for prices.

 

 

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