Arrive Istambul. Meeting with our representative at the airport and transfer by bus to our hotel. Rest of the day at leisure. Dinner and overnight.
Breakfast . Full day tour of the city. In the morning, visit Santa Sophia, the most significant monument in Istanbul. From there, visit the Topkapi Palace, where the sultans lived between 1478 and 1856. We continue with the famous Blue Mosque and the Roman Hippodrome. We end the day with free time to shop at the Gran Bazaar. Dinner and overnight.
ISTANBUL / IZMIR / KUSADASI
Breakfast . Transfer from the hotel to the airport in time to board our flight to Izmir. Arrival and departure on our bus to Ephesus, the best preserved Greco-Roman city in Asia Minor since the 1st and 2nd centuries. The Temple of Artemis – one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World -, the Temple of Hadrian, the Roman Baths, the Library of Celsus and the Odeon. Visit to the House of the Virgin Mary, and today it is a pilgrimage site. Then we will give way to Kusadasi, the “Island of the birds”, which opens us with beautiful views of the port of the bay. Dinner and overnight..
KUSADASI / IZMIR / CESME / CHIOS FERRY
Breakfast . Departure for Izmir, the third city of Turkey. We will take a short walk along its boardwalk. We continue to Cesme, a nice city by the sea where we will visit its old town, its commercial life. In the afternoon we will go up in a small boat to Chios, a Greek island near the Turkish coast. We will have free time to walk through the center of this dynamic city. In the evening we board a modern ferry to cross the Aegean, towards Athens. Accommodation on board.
Breakfast. Arrival in the morning. Meeting with our representative at the port of Athens and transfer by private bus to our hotel to leave our luggage and departure for a visit to the city that will take us to know: Constitution Square, Parliament, the National Library, the University and the Academy. We can see the Royal Palace, guarded by Evzones, continuing towards the Acropolis, we can see the famous Olympic Stadium, the Temple of Zeus and the Arch of Hadrian, the Temple of Athena Nike, the Erecteum, the Parthenon. Rest of the day free. Dinner and overnight..
ATHENS / CORINTH/MYCENAE/ ATHENS
Breakfast. Departure for Corinth. Visit to the ruins of the city. Located on the Isthmus of Corinth that links the Peloponnese with Greece, the city was one of the most prosperous in the days of Paul’s passage. The many temples, including those of Apollo, Hera and Poseidon, bear witness to this past splendor. It was to the Corinthians that Paul wrote the famous epistle of love, a completed lesson on the new Christian spirit. During the tour, there will be time for lunch. Continue to Argolis, a peninsula in the northwest of the Peloponnese to visit Mycenae – Epidaurus, a city-state known mainly for its sanctuary to Asclepius where medicine was practiced from the interpretation of dreams. Return to Athens. Dinner and overnight.
ATHENS / HYDRA / POROS / AEGINA
Breakfast. Transfer to the port. Departure by boat towards Poros. Disembark to spend about 1 hour walking and shopping. Board our boat, to savor the local delicacies from the buffet lunch while the artists give you a presentation of the music and dance of Greece. We will stop in the port on the island of Hydra, famous for its exquisitely preserved stone buildings and marble-paved streets. Finally, we sail towards Aegina, where you can stroll through the main city or choose to participate in a visit to the ruins of the Temple of Afaya. Arrival in Athens. Dinner and overnight.
ATHENS / TEL AVIV / NAZARETH
After breakfast, transfer to the airport, in time to board our flight to Tel Aviv. Meeting with our representative at BEN GURION airport and departure by bus to Nazareth. Dinner and overnight.
NAZARETH / GALILEA / NAZARETH
Breakfast. Visit to the Mount of Beatitudes, where we will do our personal meditation. Visit to Capernaum, celebration of the Holy Mass, on the ruins of the house of San. Pedro, visit the ruins of the old Synagogue. We continue to Tabgha, to the place of the multiplication of the loaves and fishes, then we embark to make a journey through the Sea of Galilee, and already out to sea, we will do the corresponding readings. We will visit the Primacy of Peter, where Jesus tells his disciples that they are returning from fishing “Boys, bring some of the fish that you just caught”, there is a rock where Jesus had prepared the fire, and he was waiting for them, he asks him there to Pedro, do you love me more than these? We will go to the Jordan River to renew our Baptismal promises. Dinner and overnight..
Breakfast. Visit of Nazareth the place where the Son of God was incarnated in the Blessed Virgin. After visiting the entire Basilica, we will go to the Sagrada Familia grotto, and continue to Cana of Galilee, where Jesus performed his first miracle. Opportunity to renew the Sacrament of Marriage, for those who are married. We continue to climb Mount Carmel, to meet the Grotto of the Prophet Elias and contemplate the Bahaí Temple and its beautiful Persian Gardens. Back to the hotel. Dinner and overnight.
NAZARETH / JERUSALEM / BETHLEHEM
Breakfast. Departure to Mt. Tabor and ascent by taxi to visit the Church of the Transfiguration. Bordering the Jordan River we will arrive at Yardenit, where the baptism commemoration site is located. Renewal of our Baptismal promises. 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. We will arrive in front of the Mount of Temptations to remember the biblical passage. We continue to Jerusalem making a stop at 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. Arrival in Jerusalem. In a high part of Mount Scopus, we will make a toast, as we have reached the Holy City. In Bethlehem, we will be very happy to thank God for allowing us to reach the place where, 2000 years ago, our Redeemer was born. We visit the Basilica of the Nativity. Dinner and overnight.
BETHLEHEM / JERUSALEM / BETHLEHEM
Breakfast. This day, we begin our pilgrimage to Mount Zion, the place of the Ascension of Mr. To the Cave of the Our Father, to the Chapel of Dominus Flevit, where Jesus wept for Jerusalem. Continuing towards the Mount of Olives we visit the Garden and the Basilica of Gethsemane where Jesus died and a few meters away is the Grotto of betrayal where Judas delivered him. We continue to visit the Cenacle, the place where Jesus instituted the Sacrament of the Priesthood and the Eucharist, we will visit the house of Martha and Mary, in Bethany. We continue to Ain Karen to visit the Church of St. John Baptist and the place where the Blessed Virgin visited her cousin St. Isabel. Dinner and overnight.
BETHLEHEM /JERUSALEM/ BETHLEHEM
Breakfast. Very early today, departure to do the 14 stations of the Way of the Cross, visiting the Church of the Flagellation, the Chapel of the Condemnation, until reaching the Holy Sepulcher. Visit to the Abbey of the Dormition of Mary and the Church of San Pedro In Galicanto. In the afternoon we continue visiting the Tomb of King David, the Wailing Wall. Tonight we will have our farewell dinner and delivery of Pilgrimage certificates. Overnight
BETHLEHEM / TEL AVIV / USA
Breakfast at the hotel and transfer by our private bus to the Ben Gurion airport in Tel Aviv to board our flight back to San Francisco.