Departure from USA to Tel Aviv. Dinner and night on board
Jan 16 – Sunday
TEL AVIV / NAZARETH
Arrive Tel Aviv at Ben Gurion airport. Meeting with our representative at the airport and transfer by bus to our hotel in Nazareth. Rest of the day is at leisure Dinner and overnight.
Jan 17 – Monday
NAZARETH / GALILEE / NAZARETH
Breakfast. Visit the Mount of Beatitudes, where do our personal meditation. Visit Capernaum, celebration of Holy Mass on the ruins of the house of St. Peter, visit to the ruins of the ancient synagogue. Continue to Tabgha, the site of the multiplication of the loaves and fishes, then we embarked for a cruise through the Sea of Galilee, and in the middle of the sea, we will make the corresponding readings. Visit the Primacy of Peter where Jesus tells his disciples that they are returning from fishing, “Boys, bring some fish just caught,” there’s a rock on which Jesus had prepared the fire, and waited, then asked Peter, you love me more than these?. We will go to the Jordan River to renew our Baptismal promises. Dinner and overnight.
Jan 18 – Tuesday
NAZARETH / GALILEE / NAZARETH
Breakfast. Depart this morning to Nazareth where the Son of God became incarnate in the Blessed Lady. We will visit the Basilica, then we go to the grotto of the Holy Family, and continue to Cana of Galilee where Jesus performed his first miracle. For those who are married, opportunity to renew the Sacrament of Marriage. We will go up to Mount Carmel, to find the Grotto of the Prophet Elias and contemplate the Bahaí Temple and its beautiful Persian Gardens, from where we will obtain a unique panoramic view of the entire city. Return to hotel. Dinner and overnight.
Jan 19 – Wednesday
NAZARETH / JERUSALEM / BETHLEHEM
Breakfast. Depart to the Mount Tabor, Mount of the Transfiguration of Jesus. Traveling through the Jordan Valley we will pass through Jericho, the oldest city in the world. Upon entering Jericho, there is a sycamore that reminds us of Zacchaeus, there, we will do the corresponding reading. Continuation to Jerusalem, where we will arrive singing the psalm and in a high part of Mount Scopus, we will make a toast, as we have reached the Holy City. Arrival in Bethlehem. Visit to the Basilica of the Nativity (Holy Mass), the Church of St. Catherine, the Grotto of St. Jerome and the Grotto of the Milk. Dinner and overnight in Bethlehem.
Jan 20 – Thursday
BETHLEHEM / JERUSALEM
Breakfast. This day, we began our pilgrimage to Mount Zion, the place of the Ascension of Our Lord. To the Cave of the Our Father, to the Chapel of Dominus Flevit, where Jesus wept for Jerusalem, then we visited the Basilica of Gethsemane (Holy Mass) where Jesus was dying and a few meters from there is the Grotto of betrayal where Judas gave him up. We continue to visit the Cenacle, the place where Jesus instituted the Sacrament of the Priesthood and the Eucharist, we will visit Martha and Mary house, in Bethany We continue to Ain Karen to visit the Church of St. John the Baptist and the place where the Blessed Virgin visited her cousin St. Isabel. Return to Bethlehem. Dinner and overnight.
Jan 21 – Friday
BETHLEHEM / JERUSALEM
Breakfast. Very early today, we left for the Old City, to start the Via Crucis, reaching Golgotha, there we will celebrate Holy Mass. We went down to the Holy Sepulcher, then to the Trench of Crosses, where tradition tells that St. Helena found the Cross of the Lord. We will visit the Wailing Wall, the most important place for the Jewish religion. From here we went up to Mount Zion to visit the Church of St. Peter Gallicantu, where Peter denied Christ and where Jesus was a prisoner. Then we will go to King David’s tomb. Back to the hotel. Tonight we will have our farewell dinner and delivery of Pilgrimage certificates. Overnight.
Jan 22 – Saturday
JERUSALEM / AMMAN
Breakfast. Departure to Qumran and possibility of bathing in the waters of the Dead Sea. The Dead Sea is the lowest point on the planet, it is 400 meters below sea level and its waters, more than waters, are salts and are said to be medicinal. Continuation to the Jordanian / Israeli border, through the Allemby Bridge. After processing the corresponding border arrangements, continue to Jerash, a city of the Decapolis located 45 kms. north of Amman in the fertile heights of the Gilead. Visit the remains of the ancient Roman city with its colonnaded streets, the theater, the baths located at the top of the hill, the triumphal arch. Continuation to Amman, the capital of Jordan. Dinner and overnight.
Jan 23 – Sunday
AMMAN / PETRA / AMMAN
Breakfast and depart to Petra. Walking tour inside a Gorge penetrating in the ancient Nabataean city from the third century B.C. Visit of the impressive monuments sculpted in the pink rock, as for example, the Treasury “El Khazne” (tomb of Nabataean King), the graves, the obelisks and the altar (al Madhbah). Return to Amman. Dinner and overnight.
Jan 24 – Monday
AMMAN / Mt. NEBO / AMMAN
Breakfast. Depart to Madaba to visit the ancient Byzantine city and see the old mosaic of the map of the the Holyland and ruins of historical places. Continue towards the mount Nebo, place where Moses admired the promised land. From this point we will enjoy of a magnificent panoramic view of the Valley of the Jordan, Jericho, Dead Sea, and if the day is clear we can see part of the city of Jerusalem. Back to Amman. Dinner and overnight.
Jan 25 – Tuesday
AMMAN / USA
Breakfast and transfer by our private motorcoach to Regina Alia airport in Amman in time for departure of our flight back USA.