This pilgrimage involves walking at times on cobblestones at times uphill, and requires our guests to board and disembark our vehicles several times a day making this tour unsuitable for those with reduced mobility.
Meet at Toronto Airport for your overnight flight to Tel Aviv, Israel, with complimentary meals and beverage service on board.
On arrival in Tel Aviv we are met by our local Tour Guide and transferred to the hotel on the shores of the Sea of Galilee, (or The Kineret) Israel’s largest fresh water reservoir, and most important source of drinking water. We celebrate Holy Mass at the Church of St. Peter in Tiberias before continuing to Mt. Beatitudes for check into our comfortable guest house for dinner and a restful night. (D) Overnight – Mt Beatitudes Guest House, Tiberias (or similar) - 3 Nights
This morning, we drive to Nazareth, the site of Mary’s home and the town where Jesus lived as a child. In Nazareth, we walk to the Convent of the Sisters of Nazareth where one of the resident nuns will give a tour of the fascinating excavations discovered there. Then, continue to the Basilica of the Annunciation, a short walk away. It incorporates the cave in which the Virgin Mary received the news from Gabriel that she would give birth to Jesus. Celebrate Mass here.
We visit the Byzantine Church of St. Joseph and Mary’s Wel. The new church was rebuilt by the Franciscans in 1914 on top of the earlier churches and built, according to early traditions, over the carpenter workshop of the Holy family. We then make our way to Nazareth Village for a glimpse of life during the time of Jesus. In the afternoon, continue to Cana, where Jesus performed His first miracle at the request of His mother [John 2:1-11]. There, visit the Franciscan chapel where some may wish to take the renewal of their wedding vows. Continue to Mt. Carmel to see Elijah’s Cave at the Monastery of Stella Maris and enjoy the view of the Bahai Gardens. We return to Tiberias for dinner and overnight. (B, D)
Our day starts at the Mount of Beatitudes, scene of Jesus’ great Sermon on the Mount and where we will celebrate the Beatitudes. Then we continue to Tabgha where Jesus fed the crowd of 5,000. A short distance away is the site known as “Peter’s Primacy”, the site where, after His resurrection, Jesus met with His disciples and told Peter to “feed my lambs; feed my sheep.” [John 21:9]. From here, we visit Capernaum where Jesus began His Galilean ministry. We see the synagogue which dates to the time of Jesus and the church built over the site of Peter’s home. Celebrate Mass in this special place.
Enjoy a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee. When our captain cuts the motor, surrounded by landscapes sacred for thousands of years, it’s easy to imagine life on the lake in times long past. Here, Jesus walked on the water (John 6:19-21), calmed a storm (Matt. 8:23-26), and showed the disciples miraculous catches of fish (Luke 5:1-8; John 21:1-6). Enjoy lunch of St. Peter’s fish. Finally, we travel to Caesarea Philippi (also known as Banias) where Jesus came to proclaim that He would build His Church, “You are the Rock and upon this rock I will build my Church”. Banias is also the source of the River Jordan that flows through Israel. Return to your hotel for dinner. (B, L, D)
After check out of the hotel, drive to Mount Tabor, the site of the Transfiguration, were we have time to reflect on Christ’s Humanity and Divinity; a good preparation for the journey to Jerusalem where Jesus was to suffer the crucifixion and resurrection. Mass here will be at the Basilica here designed to represent 3 tents. After our descent from Mt Tabor, head down the Jordan Valley to Jericho, the world’s oldest continuously inhabited city. View the Mt of Temptation and see an example of the famous centuries-old Sycamore Tree that recalls the incident in which the tax collector Zacchaeus, too short to see over the crowd, climbed a sycamore’s branches to see Jesus. From Jericho, we go on up to Jerusalem where we check into our hotel. Tonight, we are treated to a wine and cheese cocktail on the rooftop. (B, D)
Overnight – Notre Dame Centre, Jerusalem (or similar) - 4 Nights
We begin our day at the village of Ein Karem, birthplace of John the Baptist, where we visit the church that commemorates his memory. We go on to Beit Sahour to see the soot blackened caves at Shepherd’s Field, indentified since ancient times with the shepherd’s who saw the Star of Nativity. Continue to Bethlehem where we visit Manger Square which stands in front of one of the oldest of Christian churches, the Church of the Nativity. Bending low, we enter the Church and descend into the Grotto of the Nativity which marks the spot of the birth of Jesus. Beneath the Altar, a 14-point Silver Star with the Latin inscription: “HIC DE VIRGINE MARIA JESUS CHRISTUS NATUS” - Here Jesus Christ was born to the Virgin Mary. After Holy Mass at the Church of St. Catherine, connected to the Church of the Nativity, we are invited for a delicious, well presented lunch at the Bethlehem University an oasis of peace and a beacon of hope, that provides quality higher education preparing students for the future of Palestine. We return to Jerusalem for dinner and a well- deserved rest. (B, L, D)
After breakfast, we make our way to the Mount of Olives to take in the panoramic view of Jerusalem. We visit the Ascension Chapel, believed to mark the place where Jesus ascended into heaven. The small round church/mosque contains a stone imprinted with the very footprints of Jesus. And the Pater Noster Shrine where Jesus taught His disciples the Lord’s Prayer. Walking down the “Palm Sunday Road” we visit the beautiful little church, Dominus Flevit - “The Lord wept.” It was here that esus wept over Jerusalem [Luke 19:41] prior to His death. We have a unique opportunity to visit the cloistered convent of the Benedictine Sisters to hear about the inspiration to write an Icon. At Gethsemane, we ponder Jesus’ final night. The Garden contains trees, the roots of which go back to the time of Jesus.
We visit the Church of All Nations and pray at the “Rock of Agony”, a section of bedrock identified as the place where Jesus prayed alone in the garden on the night of His arrest. From there we take the route through the Kidron Valley along which Jesus was taken as a prisoner to the house of the High Priest Caiaphas, now called the Church of Peter in Gallicantu. Here Jesus was interrogated and imprisoned. This beautiful church also commemorates Peter’s Denial of Christ, his repentance and then forgiveness by Jesus. Visit the dungeons under the church where Jesus was held. After mass, we go up to Mt. Zion to visit the Upper Room, commemorating the Last Supper. Nearby we visit the Benedictine Church of the Dormition. (B, D)
This morning we start the Via Dolorosa (Way of the Cross) at the Antonia Fortress, where Jesus was condemned to death by Pontius Pilate. From there He was taken through the city to be crucified. The Stations of the Cross lead us through the markets of the Old City to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Here is the site of Calvary and the empty Tomb of Christ. Attend High Mass at the Tomb of Christ, an experience that will stay with you forever. We continue with a visit of the Old City. At the steps of the Southern Wall of the Temple Mount we ponder the Presentation of Jesus at the Temple, the finding of Jesus at the Temple and the healing of the blind man at the Temple.
We continue with a visit to the Western Wall (also known as the Wailing Wall). In the afternoon, we’ll walk to the Church of St. Anne, the best-preserved Crusader church in Jerusalem. It marks the traditional site of the home of Jesus’ maternal grandparents, Anne and Joachim, and the birthplace of the Virgin Mary. Here we find the Pool of Bethesda, where Jesus healed the crippled man. Walk through the Jewish Quarter to see the Roman Cardo and stroll past the Bazaars of the Moslem Quarter. We end the day with a visit to Qubeibeh, also know as Emmaus, mentioned in the Gospel of Saint Luke and is the first recorded appearance of Our Lord following His Resurrection. (B, D)
We leave Jerusalem early today, and cross the Allenby Bridge into the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. We visit the Baptismal site at Bethany Beyond the Jordan where thousands came to be baptized in the early days of the Church. The Byzantine remains are located on the site by the river where it is thought John baptised Jesus. Next, we drive up out of the Rift Valley and join the historic King's Highway to visit the Christian village of Madeba and the Greek Orthodox Basilica of Saint George.
Here we see an extraordinary 6th-century mosaic map of Jerusalem. Continue along the Desert Highway to Petra and Wadi Musa where our hotel and dinner awaits. (B, D)
Overnight – Petra / Wadi Musa – Petra Panorama Hotel (or similar) - 1 night
Although much has been written about Petra, nothing prepares you for this amazing place. It must be seen to be believed. Entrance to the city is through the Siq, a narrow gorge, over 1km in length, which is flanked on either side by soaring, 80m high cliffs. Just walking through the Siq is an experience. The colours and formations of the rocks are dazzling. As you reach the end of the Siq you will catch your first glimpse of Al-Khazneh (The Treasury). Continue to see the Roman Theatre, the Corinthian Tomb and Palace Tomb. This is truly an awe-inspiring experience. We then drive to Amman for our farewell dinner and rest before transferring to the airport for our return to Canada. (B, D)
Overnight – Amman Airport Hotel (or similar) - 1 night
We have a very early departure from Amman airport this morning for our return home. (B)
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