1103LY9 - PIlgrimage to the Holy Land 10 days from Boston

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Special Package with this Trip :
International departure taxes of $140 plus current fuel surcharges of $598 are included (subject to change).

Tour Code Departure Date Cost per person
LYA1103GS 11/03/2019 $3799.00
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Trip Details

Today we depart Boston Logan airport to connect with our overnight flight to Tel Aviv. We enjoy in-flight movies and dinner and breakfast while aloft.
We arrive at Ben Gurion Airport Tel Aviv and transfer to our hotel in Jerusalem for our pilgrimage Mass before our “welcome” dinner and overnight at the hotel.
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. We continue to the Garden of Gethsemane, where we have time for personal prayer and celebrate Mass at the Church of All Nations. 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 stop for lunch on our own before 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. We see the Model City of Jerusalem in Jesus' time and Ein Karem, where John the Baptist was born, and Mary visited her cousin Elizabeth to utter the words of the Magnificat. We return to the hotel 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. Next, we enter the Old City through Zion Gate, making our way to the Western (Wailing) Wall, where we see the Cardo and the remains of Hezekiah's wall. We stop for lunch on our own before proceeding with our visit 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. We prayerfully walk the Stations of The Cross along the Via Dolorosa concluding at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, where we celebrate Mass. We 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. Before lunch on our own, we will visit an authentic olive wood shop to admire the artistry of these carvings. This afternoon, we return to Jerusalem, where the remainder of the afternoon is at leisure. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Today we drive to Bethany and visit Lazarus' tomb and the Church of Martha and Mary, where we celebrate Mass. We 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. After we enjoy lunch on our own, (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). We return to our hotel for dinner and overnight.
Following Mass in the beautiful Franciscan Church of the Cenacle, we then drive through the wilderness of Judea, visit Jericho and view the Mount of Temptation. We stop for lunch on our own before continuing north through the Jordan Rift Valley to Galilee, stopping at the newly excavated Roman ruins at Beth Shean and a stop at the Jordan River, where we renew our Baptismal promises. We continue to our hotel on the shores of the Galilee for dinner and overnight.
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 have time for personal meditation in the beautiful gardens followed by Mass. 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 enjoy lunch on our own before our drive to the village of Cana, the site of Jesus' first miracle, where our married couples renew their wedding vows. We drive to Nazareth and walk through the local bazaars. We visit the Church of the Annunciation, where the Word became Flesh before returning to our hotel for dinner and overnight.
This morning we drive to Mt. Tabor, where we celebrate the Mass of Transfiguration. We continue to Mt. Carmel, where we visit the site of Elijah's confrontation with the priests of Ba’al. We then depart for Caesarea along the Mediterranean and visit the Roman and Crusader remains. We continue to Jaffa, the city of Jonah, where Peter had his rooftop experience, where we ride through the quaintly restored area. We celebrate our “farewell” dinner nearby before returning to our hotel.
This morning we depart for Tel Aviv for our return flight home. We arrive home later today 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.