0813LY9 - Holy Land and Jordan Pilgrimage 11 days from New York, JFK

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Special Package with this Trip :
International departure taxes of $99 plus current fuel surcharges of $590 are included (subject to change).

Tour Code Departure Date Cost per person
LY0813BF 08/13/2019 $4699.00
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Trip Details

Today we depart JFK on our overnight flight to Tel Aviv.
We arrive at Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv and board our coach to the Roman and Crusader remains in Caesarea. We proceed to Mt. Carmel, where we visit the site of Elijah’s confrontation with the priests of Baal. We celebrate our Holy Land opening Mass here and then we continue 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 Magdala to view the recent archaeological discoveries. We continue 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 have time for personal meditation in the beautiful gardens. We drive to Tabgha and see the Benedictine Basilica of the Loaves and Fishes followed by the Franciscan Church of St. Peter’s Primacy, where Jesus made His appearance after the resurrection. Afterwards, we continue to Nazareth and walk through the local bazaars. Following personal prayer time, we celebrate Mass at the Church of the Annunciation, where the Word became Flesh! We renew our Baptismal promises at the Jordan River and then return to our hotel in Tiberias for dinner and overnight.
This morning, we drive to Mt Tabor, the site of the Transfiguration, where we have a time for personal prayer. We drive south to Judea and pass by Jericho, viewing the Mount of Temptation. We continue to Bethlehem, the House of Bread, to visit the Church of Nativity that commemorates the birth of Christ. We visit the Manger, Crusader’s Cloister, and the Grotto of St. Jerome and the Milk Grotto. We celebrate the Christmas Mass in one of the grottos. We also make a short visit at Shepherd’s Field, then to a Christian Gift Shop. Finally, we make our thrilling entry into Jerusalem. Transfer to our hotel for dinner and overnight.
This morning, after visiting the place of the Ascension and the Church of the Pater Noster, we 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 Gallicantu, (The Cock Crows) where Jesus was held in the house of High Priest Caiaphas. Afterwards, we continue 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 Nehemiah’s wall. Conditions permitting, we visit the Dome of the Rock on the Temple Mount. Return to the hotel for dinner and overnight.
At 6:30am, we prayerfully walk the Stations of the Cross along the via Dolorosa concluding at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher where we celebrate Mass at 7:30am. We return to the hotel and have breakfast. Later this morning, we enter the Old City through Lion’s Gate, where we visit 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. Later this afternoon we visit the Model City of Jerusalem in Jesus’ time, Ein Karem and the Church of the Visitation where Mary visited Elizabeth, the birthplace of John the Baptist. We pass by the Knesset (Israel Parliament.). Return to the hotel for dinner and overnight.
This morning we visit Lazarus Tomb (condition permitting) and celebrate Mass at the Church of Martha and Mary. We proceed to the Allenby Bridge and cross into the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. We briefly visit an archaeological site, Machaerus, Herod’s palatial fortress where Salome danced, and St John the Baptist was imprisoned and beheaded. We continue to Petra along the Kings Highway, which the Bible records as the route that Moses wished to take as he led the Israelites through the land of Edom, which today, is in southern Jordan. Dinner and overnight in Petra.
After an early breakfast, we drive to the Wadi Rum for a one-hour 4x4 ride in the desert and enjoy its soaring cliffs and sandstone and granite mountains. Lawrence of Arabia spent a significant amount of time here during the First World War. This afternoon, we spend time at the wonderful archaeological Rose City of Petra, the awesome city the Nabataean Arabs carved out of the rock during the four hundred years before Roman rule. It could be defended by a handful of men because access was limited to the narrow fissure known as the ‘Siq.’ We will travel that same way Indiana Jones entered in search of the Holy Grail in the Stephen Spielberg classic The Last Crusade, where the magnificent “Treasury” dramatically appears at the end of the gorge. We can either walk or travel part way by horseback or carriage. Dinner and overnight in Petra.
This morning we depart Petra and travel to an archaeological site, Bethany Beyond the Jordan, known as Al Maghtas, believed to be the location where Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist. Supported by the extensive work of archaeologists, scholars and church leaders, Al Maghtas was declard UNESCO heritage site in 2015. Here we see Roman and Byzantine remains of churches and chapels, caves once inhabited by hermit monks and pools in which baptisms were celebrated. We renew our Baptismal promises, then proceed to Elijah’s Hill where the prophet Elijah is said to have ascended into heaven on a chariot of fire. Afterwards, we transfer to our hotel by the Dead Sea for dinner and overnight.
After breakfast, we drive to Mt. Nebo where Moses viewed the Promised Land but was forbidden entry. We celebrate Mass here. On a clear day, Mt Nebo offers stunning views of the Jordan Valley, Dead Sea and the rooftops of Bethlehem & Jerusalem. We cross the Israeli border and journey Abu Gosh, to the Church of Notre Dame Arche d’Alliance. We continue to Jaffa, known for Jonah’s journey, Peter’s rooftop experience and Tabitha’s restoration to life. We enjoy our farewell dinner nearby, then proceed to Ben Gurion airport for our return flight to the US.
Today, we arrive in the U.S. with unforgettable memories to cherish always, knowing we have walked in the footsteps of Jesus and the early Christians.