0204TK9 - Holy Land Pilgrimage 10 days from San Francisco

Weather Info

Airline Name Baggage Information
Turkish Airlines http://bit.ly/1O6Gbng

Special Package with this Trip :
$50 Early Booking Discount Reserve by March 25, 2018. International departure taxes of $100 plus current fuel surcharges of $442 are included (subject to change).

Tour Code Departure Date Cost per person
DL0204BH 02/04/2019 $3899.00
Today we depart San Francisco and start our journey to Tel Aviv. We enjoy in-flight movies, dinner, and breakfast aloft.
We arrive at Ben Gurion Airport and transfer to our hotel in Tel Aviv for dinner and overnight.
We depart for Caesarea along the Mediterranean to see the Roman and Crusader ruins. We continue to Mt. Carmel, where we visit the site of Elijah's confrontation with the priests of Baal. We then drive to Nazareth and walk through the local bazaars, arriving at the Church of the Annunciation. Following personal prayer time, we celebrate Mass here, where the Word became Flesh! Before arriving at our hotel on the shores of the Galilee for dinner and overnight, we drive to the village of Cana, the site of Jesus' first miracle, where our married couples may renew their wedding vows.
This morning we take a boat ride across the Sea of Galilee to the seaside village of Kibbutz Ginosar to view the historic archaeological discovery of “The Jesus Boat.” On to 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 celebrate Mass and explore the beautiful gardens. We also 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 and also stop at Magdala, the home town of Mary Magdalene. This afternoon we drive to Mt. Tabor, the site of the Transfiguration, where we have a time of personal prayer. Return to our hotel for dinner and overnight.
Today we visit the Jordan, where we renew our Baptismal promises. We continue south through the Jordan Valley visiting Jericho and view the Mount of Temptation. We continue further south into the Judean wilderness first visiting the excavations at Qumran, the home of the Essenes connected with John the Baptist and the Dead Sea Scrolls. Weather permitting; we have an opportunity to swim in the salty, yet clear waters of the Dead Sea, the lowest place on earth (swim lockers not included.) Finally, we make our thrilling entry into Jerusalem before arriving at our hotel for dinner and overnight.
This morning we visit the place of the Ascension, followed by a stop at the Church of the Pater Noster. We view the beautiful City of Jerusalem from the Mt. of Olives. We 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. Following lunch, we continue to the New City passing by the Knesset and Hebrew University. We visit the Shrine of the Book to view the Dead Sea Scrolls and the Model City of Jerusalem in Jesus' time. Our last stop today is Ein Karem, where John the Baptist was born and Mary visited her cousin Elizabeth to utter the words of the Magnificat. Return to our 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 will also stop at Shepherd’s Fields, and the Milk Grotto. On our return to Jerusalem, we pass by the traditional site of the Inn of the Good Samaritan. Return to our hotel for dinner and overnight.
This morning, we drive 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. We enter the Old City through Lion's Gate, and we visit the Church of St. Ann (Mary’s mother) and the Pool of Bethesda. We stop at Pilate’s Judgment Hall, the Chapel of Flagellation, Lithostrotos, Arch of Ecce Homo and the Convent of the Sisters of Zion. We prayerfully walk the Stations of The Cross along the Via Dolorosa concluding at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. We celebrate Mass in the Old City today. This afternoon is free for rest, shopping or personal adventure. Return to our hotel for dinner and overnight
Today, we journey to Mt. Zion to visit the tomb of King David, the Church of Dormition and pray in the Upper Room. We enter the Old City through Zion Gate making our way to the Western (Wailing) Wall. We also see the Cardo and the remains of Hezekiah's wall. We travel to Abu Gosh, one of the traditional sites of Emmaus, where Jesus appeared on the road on the first Easter Sunday. We celebrate our closing Holy Land Mass here. We continue to Jaffa, the city of Jonah, where Peter had his rooftop experience, and we will walk through the quaintly restored area. Afterwards we return to our hotel for our farewell dinner and overnight.
We transfer to the airport for our flight home with unforgettable memories to cherish always. Knowing that we have walked in the footsteps of Jesus and the early Christians brings new meaning to our Scripture reading and celebration of Mass.