1018AA0 - Pilgrimage to the Holy Land 10 days from El Paso

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Special Package with this Trip :
International departure taxes of $106 plus current fuel surcharges of $590 are included (subject to change).

Tour Code Departure Date Cost per person
AA1018KM 10/18/2020 $4299.00
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Trip Details

Today we depart our home airport to connect with our overnight flight to Tel Aviv. We enjoy in-flight movies and dinner and breakfast aloft.
We arrive at Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv and transfer to our hotel for dinner and overnight.
We depart our hotel for Caesarea along the Mediterranean and visit the Roman and Crusader remains. We then drive to the city of Nazareth. Following personal prayer time, we celebrate Mass at the Church of the Annunciation, where the Word became Flesh! Following Mass, we visit the Church of St. Joseph. From here we drive to the village of Cana, the site of Jesus’ first miracle, where our married couples renew their wedding vows. Dinner and overnight at our hotel in Tiberias, along the Sea of Galilee.
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.” Next, we drive to the Mount of Beatitudes, where we have time for personal meditation in the beautiful gardens followed by Mass. Following a Peter’s Lunch on our own, we travel to Capernaum, where we see the remains of the village synagogue and the new church built atop St. Peter’s house. Moving on, we visit Tabgha and the Franciscan Church of St. Peter’s Primacy, where Jesus made His appearance after the resurrection. We then see the Benedictine Basilica of the Loaves and Fishes. Our final stop takes us to the village of Magdalena, home of Mary Magdalene, where a recent archaeological dig discovered the ruins of a synagogue dating back to the time of Jesus what is widely believed to be where Jesus preached during his time in Galilee. Return to our hotel for dinner and overnight.
Following breakfast, we make our way to Mt. Tabor, the site of the Transfiguration, where we have time for personal prayer before we celebrate Mass. We continue south through the Jordan Valley visiting Jericho and view the Mount of Temptation. Following lunch, we travel to Bethany and visit Lazarus’ tomb and the Church of Martha and Mary. Finally, we make our thrilling entry into Jerusalem before arriving at our hotel in Jerusalem for dinner and overnight.
We start our morning with a visit to the Shrine of the Book and visit the Dead Sea Scrolls and view the Model City of Jerusalem in Jesus’s time. Moving on to Bethlehem, we visit Shepard’s Field and the Franciscan’s Church of the Shepard and view the Shepard’s cave. Following lunch on our own, we enter the Church of the Nativity where we view the sites of Jesus’s birth and location of the manger, touching the hearts of all who experience this. Later we celebrate a Christmas Mass in the Grotto of St. Jerome. We return to our hotel for a brief rest before attending the Light Show at the Tower of David. Following the presentation, we have dinner at the Eucalyptus Restaurant followed by returning to our hotel for overnight.
Today we travel to the Dead Sea area (also known as the Salt Sea) where we stop at Qumran, where Bedouin and archaeologist discovered cavers containing hundreds of scrolls from the Second Temple period. These scrolls are best known as the Dead Sea Scrolls. From here we travel to Masada which stands atop a mountain in the Judean Desert overlooking the Dead Sea. We ascend the mountain via cable car for an amazing view and visit the well-preserved fortress. Following Lunch on our own, we make our way to the Dead Sea where we have the opportunity to swim(float) at 1,290 feet below sea level in its high mineral content and where almost no vegetation or animal life occurs. Returning to our hotel for dinner and overnight.
This morning we will have a very early start to our day. At 5am we depart our hotel and head to the Old City where we walk the Via Dolorosa (Way of Sorrows) and proclaim the Stations of the Cross as we take turns carrying a replica of the cross Jesus carried. The final 5 stations are located inside the Church of the Holy Sepulcher where we celebrate Mass and visit the Tomb of Jesus and site of His Crucifixion. After returning to our hotel for breakfast, we again depart to the Old City and experience the Western Wall (Wailing Wall) where we join the faithful in prayer and offer our petitions by placing them in the cracks of the wall along with thousands of other requests. After lunch on our own in the Old City, we stop by the Church of St. Ann (Mary’s mother) and see the Pools of Bethesda. We then make our way to the Temple Mount (conditions permitting) and view the golden dome at the shrine where Jewish tradition believes that the stone where Abraham prepared to sacrifice his son Isaac is located and where Muslims believe the Prophet Mohammad ascended to heaven. Dinner and overnight at our hotel.
This morning 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 then walk the Passion walking down the hill to the Dominus Flevit Chapel, where Jesus wept over Jerusalem and on to the Garden of Gethsemane, where we have time for personal prayer. Mass will be celebrated at either the Dominus Flavit Chapel or the Church of All Nations. Following lunch on our own, we travel to Ein Karem, where John the Baptist was born and stop at the Church of the Visitation where Mary visited her cousin Elizabeth to utter the Magnificat. We drive along the Kidron Valley stopping at Peter in Gallicanto (The Cock Crows) where Jesus was held in the house of the High Priest Caiaphas. Afterwards we celebrate our farewell dinner nearby before we head to Ben Gurion Airport for our overnight flight home. We arrive home today with unforgettable memories to cherish always, knowing we have walked in the footsteps of Jesus and the early Christians bringing new meaning to our Scripture reading and celebration of Mass.
Today we return home from our life changing experience with wonderful memories and a greater understanding of the scriptures and their meanings as we celebrate Mass for many years to come.