Created: 14.06.2015

Day 1 - DEPART - This afternoon, we depart Providence or Boston Airport to connect with our overnight flight to Tel Aviv. We enjoy in-flight movies, dinner and breakfast aloft. Day 2 - TEL AVIV - We arrive at Ben Gurion Airport Tel Aviv and transfer to our hotel in Tel Aviv for dinner and overnight. Day 3 - TEL AVIV/TIBERIAS - We depart our hotel for Caesarea along the Mediterranean and visit the Roman and Crusader remains. We drive on to Nazareth visiting Mary's well 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 going to Tiberias and our hotel on the shores of the Galilee for dinner and overnight, we visit the Jordan, where we renew our Baptismal promises. Day 4 - TIBERIAS/JERUSALEM - By boat, we cross the Sea of Galilee and view the surrounding mountains and sites of Jesus' bountiful ministry. On the opposite side, we first 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 the Mount of Beatitudes, where we have time for personal meditation in the beautiful gardens. The hardy can make the short walk down to the sea (others can take the motorcoach.) Here we visit Tabgha and the Franciscan Church of St. Peter's Primacy, where Jesus made His appearance after the resurrection. Next we see the Benedictine Basilica of the Loaves and Fishes. This afternoon, we drive to Mt. Tabor, the site of the Transfiguration, where we celebrate the Mass of Transfiguration. We continue south through the Jordan Valley traveling along the exciting Wadi Qelt to make our thrilling entry into Jerusalem before arriving at our hotel for dinner and overnight. Day 5 - JERUSALEM - This morning 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 then 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. We then continue 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. This afternoon, we continue to the New City passing by the Knesset and Hebrew University. We visit the Shrine of the Book to view the Dead Sea Scrolls. We visit the Model City of Jerusalem in Jesus' time and Ein Karem, where John the Baptist was born and Mary visited her cousin Elizabeth to utter the words of the Magnificat. Return to the hotel for dinner and overnight. Day 6 - BETHLEHEM/DEAD SEA - Today 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, where we celebrate the Christmas Mass. Following a short time for shopping, we then 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. Continuing on, we have an opportunity to swim in the clear yet salty waters of the Dead Sea, the lowest place on earth. (Lockers and showers optional) On route to the hotel for dinner and overnight, we pass by the traditional site of the Inn of the Good Samaritan. Day 7 - JERUSALEM - This morning, we enter the Old City through Lion's Gate, where we visit the Church of St. Ann (Mary�s mother) and the Pool of Bethesda. We 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. We celebrate Mass in the Old City today. This afternoon is free for rest, shopping or personal adventure. Return to the hotel for dinner and overnight. Day 8 - JERUSALEM/EMMAUS/JAFFA - Following a morning at leisure, we go 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 Nehemiah's wall. We visit the Dome of the Rock on the Temple Mount. This afternoon, 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 closing Holy Land Mass here. Afterward, we continue to Jaffa, the city of Jonah, where Peter had his rooftop experience, where we ride through the quaintly restored area. Afterwards, we return to our hotel for dinner and overnight. Day 9 - USA � Today we arrive home 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.

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