0310LH3 - Cuaresma en Tierra Santa 11 days from Austin

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Lufthansa http://bit.ly/yUhPx7

Special Package with this Trip :
International departure taxes of $194 plus current fuel surcharges of $598 are included (subject to change).

Tour Code Departure Date Cost per person
LH0310BF 03/10/2023 $4999.00
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Trip Details

Today we depart Austin 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 Tel Aviv and transfer to our hotel near Tel Aviv for dinner and overnight.
We depart our hotel for Caesarea along the Mediterranean and visit the Roman and Crusader remains. We continue to Mt. Carmel, where we visit the site of Elijah's confrontation with the priests of Baal. We continue to Nazareth and walk through the local bazaars. Following personal prayer time, we celebrate Mass at the Church of the Annunciation, where the Word became Flesh! Before checking in to our hotel on the shores of the Galilee for dinner and overnight, we go to the village of Cana, the site of Jesus' first miracle, where our married couples renew their wedding vows.
This morning we enjoy 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. We go to the Mount of Beatitudes, where we have time for personal meditation in the beautiful gardens. We visit Tabgha and the Franciscan Church of St. Peter's Primacy, where Jesus made His appearance after the resurrection. We celebrate Mass at the Benedictine Basilica of the Loaves and Fishes. This afternoon we drive to Mt. Tabor, the site of the Transfiguration, where we have a time of personal prayer, then return to our hotel for dinner and overnight.
This morning we visit the Jordan, where we renew our Baptismal promises. On route to Judea, we stop at the newly excavated Roman ruins at Beth Shean, then along 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 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 walk down the hill to Dominus Flevit Chapel, where Jesus wept over Jerusalem and on to the Garden of Gethsemane, where we have time for personal prayer and celebrate Mass at the Church of All Nations. Following lunch, we continue to the New City passing by the Knesset and Hebrew University. We return to the hotel for dinner and overnight.
This morning, we drive to nearby Abu Gosh where we visit the newly opened Saxum Visitor Center where we can learn a great deal about the history of Jerusalem and using interactive technology, we can better understand what we have and will see during our pilgrimage. This afternoon, following lunch on our own, 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. We continue to Shepherd’s Field where we celebrate the Christmas Mass. Return to our hotel for dinner and overnight.
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 celebrate Mass here. 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 the Zion Gate making our way to the Western (Wailing) Wall. We also see the Cardo and the remains of Hezekiah's wall. We return to the Judean wilderness first visiting the excavations at Qumran, the home of the Essenes connected with John the Baptist and the Dead Sea Scrolls. Weather permitting; we enjoy an opportunity to swim in the salty, yet clear waters of the Dead Sea, the lowest place. (Swim lockers not included.) On our return to Jerusalem, we pass by the traditional site of the Inn of the Good Samaritan. We return to the hotel for dinner and overnight.
This morning, we enter the Old City through Lion's Gate, where we prayerfully walk the Stations of The Cross along the Via Dolorosa concluding at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, and if possible, celebrate Mass. Afterwards, we visit Pilate’s Judgment Hall, the Chapel of Flagellation, Lithostrotos, Arch of Ecce Homo, and the Convent of the Sisters of Zion. We conclude at the Church of St. Ann (Mary’s mother) and the Pool of Bethesda. Following lunch on our own, we are free this afternoon for shopping and personal adventure. Afterwards we return to our hotel for dinner and overnight.
This morning we celebrate Mass and then drive to the Israel Museum where a Model of Jerusalem as it was in the time of Jesus ministry is found and where the Dead Sea Scrolls are housed. Our last visit here is to Yad Vashem – The Holocaust Memorial. Following lunch on our own, we continue to Ein Karem, where John the Baptist was born, and Mary visited her cousin Elizabeth to utter the words of the Magnificat. Overnight at our hotel.
Early this morning, we head to Ben Gurion Airport to board our flight home arriving 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.