0222UA8 - Holy Land Pilgrimage 10 days from Atlanta

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Special Package with this Trip :
$50 Early Booking Discount Reserve by Aug 8, 2017. International departure taxes of $103 plus current fuel surcharges of $442 are included (subject to change).

Tour Code Departure Date Cost per person
UA0222BH 02/22/2018 $3999.00
This morning, we depart Atlanta to connect with our overnight flight to Tel Aviv. We enjoy in-flight movies, dinner and breakfast aloft.
We arrive at Ben Gurion Airport where we are greeted by our Unitours tour guide who will remain with us for the duration of our pilgrimage. We journey to Caesarea along the Mediterranean and visit the Roman and Crusader ruins. We continue to Stella Maris Carmelite Monastery in Haifa where we will celebrate Mass. The Carmelite Order was established in the late 12th century when Crusader-era pilgrims, inspired by the prophet Elijah, opted for a hermitic life on the slopes of Mount Carmel. As we pass through Haifa we will see the famous Bahai Temple, a UNESCO World Heritage Center. Then we head to our hotel on the shores of the Sea of Galilee. We will relax this afternoon and acclimate to the new time zone. Dinner and overnight Tiberias.
After our daily Israeli buffet breakfast, visit Nazareth and view Mary's well and stopping at Nazareth village. Following personal prayer time, we celebrate Mass at the Church of the Annunciation, where the Word became Flesh! We drive to the village of Cana, the site of Jesus' first miracle, where our married couples may choose to renew their wedding vows. We then drive to Megiddo to see the Plains of Armageddon. Return to our hotel on the shores of the Galilee for dinner and overnight.
By boat, we cross the Sea of Galilee and view the surrounding mountains and sites of Jesus' bountiful ministry. On the opposite side, we first visit Capernaum, where we see the remains of the village synagogue and the new church built atop St. Peter's house. Next we drive to the Mount of Beatitudes, where we have time for personal meditation in the beautiful gardens followed by Mass. The hardy can make the short walk down to the sea (others can take the motor coach.) Here we visit Tabgha and the Franciscan Church of St. Peter's Primacy, where Jesus made His appearance after the resurrection. Next we see the Benedictine Basilica of the Loaves and Fishes. We will stop at Magdala and see the remains of the 1st century synagogue. This afternoon, we drive to the Caesarea Philippi, where the head waters of the Jordan are found and Peter made his profound profession of faith. Before returning to our hotel for dinner and overnight, we visit the Jordan, where we renew our Baptismal promises.
This morning, we drive to Mt. Tabor, the site of the Transfiguration, where following a time of personal prayer, we celebrate the Mass of Transfiguration. We continue south through the Jordan Valley visiting Jericho and viewing the Mount of Temptation. Before our thrilling entry into Jerusalem, we will stop in Bethany and visit Lazarus' tomb and the Church of Martha and Mary. Finally, we travel along the exciting Wadi Qelt before arriving in Jerusalem for dinner and overnight.
Today after visiting the place of the Ascension and the Church of the Pater Noster, we will view the beautiful City of Jerusalem from the Mt. of Olives. We then walk down the hill to Dominus Flevit Chapel, where Jesus wept over Jerusalem and on to the Garden of Gethsemane, where we have time for personal prayer and celebrate Mass at the Church of All Nations. We continue along the Kidron Valley stopping at St. Peter in Gallicantu (The Cock Crows), where Jesus was held in the house of the High Priest Caiaphas. This afternoon, we continue to the New City passing by the Knesset and Hebrew University. We stop in Ein Karem, where John the Baptist was born and Mary visited her cousin Elizabeth to utter the words of the Magnificat. Return to the hotel for dinner and overnight.
Today we drive to Bethlehem, The House of Bread, to visit the Church of the Nativity that commemorates the birth of Christ. We visit the Manger, Crusader's Cloister, and the Grotto of St. Jerome, where we celebrate the Christmas Mass. We then drive through the wilderness of Judea to tour the excavations at Qumran, the home of the Essenes connected with John the Baptist and the Dead Sea Scrolls. Continuing on, weather permitting; we have an opportunity to swim in the clear yet salty waters of the Dead Sea, the lowest place on earth. (Lockers and showers optional. Return to our hotel in Jerusalem for dinner and overnight.
This morning, we go to Mt. Zion to visit the tomb of King David, the Church of Dormition and pray in the Upper Room. Following Mass in the beautiful Franciscan Church of the Cenacle, we enter the Old City through Zion Gate. Making our way to the Western (Wailing) Wall, we see the Cardo and the remains of Nehemiah's wall. We visit the Dome of the Rock on the Temple Mount. This afternoon, we visit the Church of St. Ann (Mary’s mother) and the Pool of Bethesda. We see Pilate’s Judgment Hall, the Chapel of Flagellation, Lithostrotos, Arch of Ecce Homo and the Convent of the Sisters of Zion. Return to the hotel for dinner and overnight.
Today we enter the Old City by Lion's Gate. We prayerfully pray the Stations of The Cross along the Via Dolorosa concluding at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, where we have a solemn Mass at the Franciscan Chapel. We have free time in the old city of Jerusalem for lunch. We then visit Yad Vashem this afternoon, the Jewish memorial to the Holocaust. We return to our hotel for our farewell dinner. Overnight at the hotel.
After breakfast, we transfer to the airport for our flight home with unforgettable memories to cherish always. Knowing we have walked in the footsteps of Jesus and the early Christians bring new meaning to our Scripture reading and celebration of Mass.