0126UA9 - Holy Land Pilgrimage 10 days from Pittsburgh

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United Airlines http://bit.ly/yoafSS

Special Package with this Trip :
100 Early Booking Discount Reserved by June 1, 2018. International departure taxes of $105 plus current fuel surcharges of $598 are included (subject to change).

Tour Code Departure Date Cost per person
UAA0126BH 01/26/2019 $4099.00
Today we depart Pittsburgh to connect with our overnight flight to Tel Aviv. We enjoy in-flight movies, dinner, and breakfast aloft.
We arrive at Ben Gurion Airport this morning where we are greeted by our Unitours tour manager who will remain with us for the duration of our pilgrimage. We drive north to Caesarea along the Mediterranean and visit the Roman and Crusader remains. We continue to Mt. Carmel where we celebrate Mass and visit the site of Elijah's confrontation with the priests of Baal. Continue to our hotel along the shores of the Galilee in Tiberias for dinner and overnight.
This morning we visit Nazareth and celebrate Mass at the Church of the Annunciation, where the Word became Flesh! We also stop at the Church of St. Joseph and the Mary of Nazareth International Center. We continue to the nearby village of Cana, the site of Jesus' first miracle; our married couples will have the opportunity to renew their wedding vows. This afternoon we drive to Mt. Tabor, the site of the Transfiguration, where we enjoy time for personal prayer and reflection. Return to our hotel for dinner and overnight.
Today 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.” We go to Capernaum, where we view the remains of the village synagogue and the new church built atop St. Peter's house. We continue to Bethsaida, then drive to the Mount of Beatitudes to celebrate Mass and enjoy personal meditation in the beautiful gardens. 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 conclude our day with a visit to the complex at Magdala, where we see the excavations of the first synagogue. Return to our hotel for dinner and overnight.
This morning we drive south through the Jordan Valley stopping at the Jordan River where we will symbolically renew our baptismal promises and celebrate an outdoor Mass. We visit Jericho and view the Mount of Temptation then we drive a short way along the exciting Wadi Qelt to an overlook up at St. George's Monastery. We continue in the Judean wilderness to Qumran, the location where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered, then we will stop at the Dead Sea and experience the lowest place on earth. Finally, we make our thrilling entry into Jerusalem and proceed to our hotel for dinner and overnight.
Today we visit the place of the Ascension and pass by 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, celebrating Mass at the Church of All Nations. Following lunch, we continue to Ein Karem, where John the Baptist was born and Mary visited her cousin Elizabeth to utter the words of the Magnificat. We spend time contemplating the Magnificat. Return to the hotel for dinner and overnight
We drive to Bethlehem this morning, stopping first at Shepherds’ Fields, then continuing to the Church of the Nativity commemorating the birth of Our Lord. We visit the Manger, Crusader's Cloister, and the Grotto of St. Jerome, where we celebrate the Christmas Mass. We shop at some local Palestinian Christian shops before stopping for lunch on our own. Before leaving Bethlehem, we visit the famous Milk Grotto. We return to Jerusalem in the afternoon and visit Yad Vashem- the Jewish Holocaust museum. Dinner and overnight at our hotel.
We rise very early today to walk the Stations of the Cross, the Via Dolorosa arriving at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher for Mass. We continue to the Church of St. Ann (Mary’s mother) and the Pool of Bethesda. We visit Pilate’s Judgment Hall, the Chapel of Flagellation, Lithostrotos, Arch of Ecce Homo and the Convent of the Sisters of Zion. Before returning to the hotel, 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. Return to hotel for dinner and overnight.
Today we go to Mt. Zion to visit 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 then 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 ride through the quaintly restored area. We enjoy a celebratory farewell dinner. Overnight Jerusalem.
After breakfast, we head 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.