1108LY0 - Pilgrimage to the Holy Land 10 days from Boston

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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
LYA1108RG 11/08/2020 $4059.00
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Trip Details

Today, we depart Boston for our overnight flight to Tel Aviv. We enjoy in-flight movies, dinner and breakfast aloft.
We arrive at Ben Gurion Airport Tel Aviv and we proceed to our hotel in Tiberias. Dinner and overnight.
First thing this morning we visit Mt. Tabor, the site of the Transfiguration, where we celebrate Mass. We drive to Nazareth to visit Joseph’s house and the Church of the Annunciation, where the Word became Flesh! On to the village of Cana, the site of Jesus' first miracle, where our married couples will renew their wedding vows. We enjoy a lovely dinner at the Decks overlooking the Galilee - overnight at our hotel.
By boat, we cross the Sea of Galilee and view the surrounding mountains and sites of Jesus' bountiful ministry. On the opposite side, we view the first century boat from Jesus’ time, known as the “Jesus Boat.” On to visit Capernaum, where we see the remains of the village synagogue and the new church built atop St. Peter's house. Next we drive to Tabgha, where we visit: the Mount of Beatitudes, The Chapel of the Primacy, where, tradition has it Jesus appeared to his disciples the third time and confirmed the spiritual Primacy of the Apostle Peter; and The Church of the Multiplication of the Loaves and Fishes. We end the day at Magdala, the site of an ancient fishing village with a Second Temple-era synagogue, which is believed to have been in use during Jesus’ lifetime. We will celebrate Mass at Duc In Altum. Duc In Altum draws its name from Luke 5:4 where Jesus instructs Simon Peter to “launch into the deep” or “put out into deep water”. Dinner and overnight at our hotel.
Before we make our drive south through the Jordan Valley, we stop at Yardenit Baptismal site where we renew our Baptismal vows. On to Jericho to view the Mt. of Temptation. We make our thrilling entry into Jerusalem. We stop and bless Jerusalem on our way in, with bread and wine. On to Bethlehem (we stop for shopping at The Arches) where we visit The House of Bread and the Church of the Nativity that commemorates the birth of Christ. We visit the Manger, St. Catherine’s Church and the Crusader's Cloister. We take a short walk around the corner to visit the Milk Grotto, where we celebrate Mass. Legend recalls how Mary spilt some milk while breast feeding baby Jesus, and this is the reason for the "white" stone of the cave. A tradition going back to the VII century, located at this site the burial place of the innocent victims killed by Herod the Great after the birth of Jesus. Eucharistic Adoration continues all day long and it is possible for all the pilgrims to stop there in silent prayer. Dinner and overnight at our hotel.
Early this morning, 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 visit the Church of St. Ann (Mary’s mother) and the Pool of Bethesda, Lithostrotos, the Ecce Homo Arch built by the Romans in A.D. 70 and the Convent of the Sisters of Zion. After free time for shopping and lunch in the Christian Quarter, we tour the Jewish Quarter, making our way to the Western (Wailing) Wall. Dinner and overnight at our hotel.
This morning we visit the Garden of Gethsemane and visit the Church of All Nations. On to the Church of the Pater Noster and view the beautiful City of Jerusalem from Mt. of Olives. We then walk down the hill to Dominus Flevit Chapel, where Jesus wept over Jerusalem. Following lunch, we proceed to Mt Zion, stopping at St. Peter in Gallicantu (The Cock Crows), where Jesus was held in the house of the High Priest Caiaphas, to celebrate Mass in the lower church. We visit the Church of Dormition, then on to the Upper Room. Return to the hotel for dinner and overnight.
After Mass this morning in the beautiful Franciscan Church of the Cenacle, we drive through the wilderness of Judea to ascend Masada by cable car. This was the mountaintop fortress of King Herod where from 70-73 AD, the Jewish defenders made the last stand of the Jewish revolt against Rome. Continuing, we tour the excavations at Qumran, the home of the Essenes connected with John the Baptist and the Dead Sea Scrolls. We stop at a Dead Sea beach where those wishing can experience the clear yet salty waters of the Dead Sea, the lowest place on earth. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
This morning we visit Yad Vashem (the Holocaust Museum); and Ein Karem, where John the Baptist was born, and Mary visited her cousin Elizabeth to utter the words of the Magnificat. We leave Jerusalem and travel to Abu Gosh where Jesus appeared on the road on the first Easter Sunday. We celebrate Mass at Our Lady of the Ark of the Covenant Church. Built in 1924, this church is said to be on the site where the Ark of the Covenant remained for 20 years in the ancient Kiryat Yearim. A statue of Mary holding Jesus in her arms towers above the church and can be seen across the village. From here we head west to Jaffa, where we enjoy a farewell dinner in a local restaurant overlooking the Mediterranean. Later we transfer to the airport for our flight home.
We arrive back home with unforgettable memories to cherish always. Knowing we have walked in the footsteps of Jesus and the early Christians will bring new meaning to our Scripture reading and celebration of Mass.