0210LY0 - Holy Land Pilgrimage 10 days from San Francisco

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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
LYA0210BH 02/10/2020 $3999.00
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Trip Details

Today we depart San Francisco aboard out non-stop flight to Tel Aviv. We enjoy in-flight movies and dinner and breakfast aloft.
We arrive at Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv and travel north a short distance to the seaside resort of Herzliya for dinner and overnight.
This morning, after our traditional Israeli breakfast, we drive north to Caesarea along the Mediterranean and visit the Roman and Crusader ruins. We continue to Mt. Carmel, where we visit the beautiful chapel, and view the site of Elijah's confrontation with the priests of Baal. Our next stop is Nazareth, the boyhood home of Our Lord. We walk through the local bazaars to the Church of the Annunciation, where the Word became Flesh. Murals and painting of the Virgin grace the walls of the church from every country in the world. We celebrate Mass here. We also visit the Church of St. Joseph and enter the Mary International Center, run by the French nuns of the Chemin Neuf community. Our last stop today is the village of Cana, the site of Jesus’ first miracle, where our couples can renew their vows, in the Wedding Chapel. Dinner and overnight in Tiberias.
This morning, after breakfast, we drive to the Mount of Beatitudes, explore the beautiful gardens and celebrate Mass. We continue to the Benedictine Basilica of the Loaves and Fishes in Tabgha and also stop at the Franciscan Church of St. Peter’s Primacy. On to Capernaum, where we see the remains of the village synagogue and the new church built atop St. Peter’s house. We stop at a local restaurant for lunch on our own, before taking our boat ride across the Sea of Galilee to the seaside village of Kibbutz Ginosar to view the historic archaeological discovery of “The Jesus Boat.” Our last stop today is Magdala, the home of Mary Magdalene, where we visit the women’s atrium honoring the women in the Bible who followed Jesus. We also see the oldest excavated synagogue in Galilee, one of only seven from the first century. A coin found in the synagogue confirmed that the building was from the time of Christ’s ministry. Dinner and overnight at our hotel in Tiberias.
We leave the Galilee area and head to the River Jordan! We renew our baptismal promises at the site known known for the baptism of Christ by John the Baptist. We journey south through the Jordan Valley, passing Jericho and viewing the Mount of Temptation. We visit Masada by cable car and see this poignant symbol of the continuing human struggle between oppression and liberty. We look out over the Dead Sea, the lowest place on earth, before heading for Jerusalem. We pass the traditional site of the Inn of the Good Samaritan, as we finally make our thrilling entry into Jerusalem. Overnight and dinner at our hotel in Jerusalem.
This morning, after breakfast, after visiting the place of the Ascension and the Church of the Pater Noster, we view the beautiful City of Jerusalem from Mt. of Olives. We walk down the hill to visit the Dominus Flevit Chapel, known as the spot where Jesus wept over Jerusalem. We continue to the Garden of Gethsemane and the Church of All Nations, where we celebrate Mass. We continue to Mt. Zion and visit the Church of Dormition, to honor the Virgin Mary. We pray in the Upper Room, also known as the Cenacle, considered by many to be the most important room in Christendom. This is the site of the Last Supper, and also Pentecost. We enter the Old City through the Zion Gate, and make our way to the Western (Wailing) Wall. Jerusalem was destroyed and rebuilt nine times, and through it all, the wall has remained intact. We also see the Cardo and the remains of Hezekiah's wall. Return to the hotel for dinner and overnight.
This morning we drive to Bethlehem, The House of Bread, to visit the Church of the Nativity commemorating the birth of Christ. We visit the Manger, Crusader's Cloister, and the Grotto of St. Jerome. We celebrate the Christmas Mass. We visit the chapel of the Milk Grotto and the International Center of Prayer in the Holy Land, where we witness the Sisters of Perpetual Adoration praying for peace. Today, we have lunch on our own in Bethlehem. We return to Jerusalem, where we enter the Old City through the Zion Gate, and make our way to the Western (Wailing) Wall. Jerusalem was destroyed and rebuilt nine times, and has remained intact. We also see the Cardo and the remains of Hezekiah's wall. Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem.
Today, after breakfast, we venture again into the Old City of Jerusalem via St. Stephen's Gate and visit the Church of St. Ann (Mary’s mother) and the Pool of Bethesda. We prayerfully follow the Stations of The Cross along the Via Dolorosa concluding at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, which contains the last stations within its very walls. We celebrate Mass here. We enjoy some free time for lunch and browsing the market. This afternoon we visit Yad Vashem, the holocaust museum, where we pay homage to the many Jewish people who lost their lives during WWII. Dinner and overnight at our hotel in Jerusalem.
This morning, after breakfast, we drive along the Kidron Valley stopping at St. Peter in Gallicantu church (The Cock Crows), where Jesus was held in the house of the High Priest Caiaphas. Before we leave the city, we visit the Israel Museum, to see the model of Jerusalem, at the time of Our Lord and the Dead Sea scrolls. We then head for Abu Gosh, one of the traditional sites of Emmaus, where Jesus appeared on the road on the first Easter Sunday and celebrate Mass. Afterwards we journey to Jaffa, the city of Jonah, where Peter had his rooftop experience, and ride through the quaintly restored area. We celebrate our farewell dinner nearby before we head to Ben Gurion Airport for our overnight flight home.
Early this morning we arrive in San Francisco with unforgettable memories to cherish always.