0114UA2 - Holy Land Pilgrimage with Optional Jordan Extension 11 days from Pittsburgh

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United Airlines http://bit.ly/yoafSS

$50 Early Booking Discount if Reserved by July 16, 2021

Special Package with this Trip :
International departure taxes of $108 plus current fuel surcharges of $598 are included (subject to change).

Tour Code Departure Date Cost per person
UAC0114BH 01/14/2022 $3899.00
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Trip Details

Today we depart Pittsburgh connecting to our overnight flight to Tel Aviv. We enjoy in-flight movies, dinner and breakfast aloft.
We arrive at Ben Gurion Airport Tel Aviv where we are greeted by our guide who will remain with us for the duration of our pilgrimage. We transfer to our hotel for dinner and overnight.
We depart for Caesarea along the Mediterranean and visit the Roman and Crusader historical ruins. We continue to Mt. Carmel, where we visit the site of Elijah's confrontation with the priests of Baal. We drive on to Nazareth and walk through the local bazaars. We celebrate Mass at the Church of the Annunciation, where the Word became Flesh! Our last stop today is the village of Cana, the site of Jesus’ first miracle. Our married couples may renew their wedding vows. Dinner and overnight at our hotel on the shores of the Sea of Galilee.
This morning we take a wonderful boat ride across the Sea of Galilee to the seaside village of Kibbutz Ginosar to view the historic archaeological discovery “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 to celebrate Mass in the beautiful gardens and remember the significance of each of the Beatitudes. We stop close by at Tabgha and the Franciscan Church of St. Peter's Primacy, where Jesus made His appearance after the resurrection, we also stop at the Benedictine Basilica of the Loaves and Fishes. We end this beautiful day by visiting Mt. Tabor, the site of the Transfiguration. Return to our hotel for dinner and overnight.
Today we visit the Jordan River, where we enjoy a special renew of our Baptismal promises. On route to Judea, we stop at the newly excavated Roman ruins at Beth Shean. We continue south through the Jordan Valley visiting Jericho and view the Mount of Temptation. We travel to Bethany and visit Lazarus' tomb and the Church of Martha and Mary where we celebrate Mass. Finally, we make our thrilling entry into Jerusalem before arriving at our hotel for dinner and overnight.
This morning, we drive to Bethlehem, 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. We honor and help the Christians of the Holy Land by stopping a local olive wood, jewelry, and souvenir shop. We also stop at Shepherd’s Field and the Milk Grotto – where the cloistered nuns pray 24 hours a day for World Peace. Upon our return to Jerusalem we stop at Ein Karem, where John the Baptist was born, and Mary visited her cousin Elizabeth to utter the words of the Magnificat. Return to our hotel for dinner and overnight.
We start our day at the site of the Ascension and then we enter the Church of Pater Noster, where the disciples were taught the Our Father. We view the beautiful City of Jerusalem from the Mt. of Olives, then walk down the Easter Sunday hill to Dominus Flevit Chapel, where Jesus wept over Jerusalem and on to the Garden of Gethsemane, where we celebrate Mass. 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 Hezekiah's wall. Return to our hotel for dinner and overnight.
After breakfast, we return to the Judean wilderness first visiting 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; we see the remains of storehouses, cisterns and a royal palace. We also visit the excavations at Qumran, the home of the Essenes connected with John the Baptist and the Dead Sea Scrolls. Weather permitting; we have an opportunity to swim in the salty, yet clear waters of the Dead Sea, the lowest place. On our return to Jerusalem, we pass by the traditional site of the Inn of the Good Samaritan. Dinner and overnight at our hotel.
This morning, 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 enter the Old City through the Lion's Gate, visiting St. Anne’s church- and venerating at the tomb of St. Anne- the mother of Mary. We also 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. After lunch we continue to Yad Vashem, the holocaust museum and pay homage to all who died. Dinner and overnight at our hotel.
Today is our last day in the Holy Land. We travel to Abu Gosh, one of the traditional sites of Emmaus, where Jesus appeared on the road on the first Easter Sunday. We celebrate our last Mass together here before we continue to Jaffa, the city of Jonah, where Peter had his rooftop experience. We enjoy this quaintly restored area, visiting the Church of St. Peter. Afterwards we enjoy a farewell dinner with wine 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 bring new meaning to our Scripture reading and celebration of Mass.