St Clare Montefalco
10 Day Pilgrimage - Oct 18-27
Day 1 October 18, 2017 | Depart USA
Departs USA for overnight flight to Tel Aviv, Israel.
Day 2 October 19, 2017 | Arrive Tel Aviv | Tiberias
Arrival in Tel Aviv, you will met by our professional tour escort, who will escort by motor coach and transfer to Galilee to check into our hotel for dinner and overnight in Tiberius.
Day 3 October 20, 2017| Mount Tabor | Cana | Nazareth
This morning we will make our trip to Cana of Galilee to visit the wedding church where Jesus performed his first miracle of changing water to wine. Here, married couples can renew their wedding vows. Continue to Nazareth to visit the church of the annunciation and pray Mass there.
This afternoon we drive to Mount Tabor, the mount of transfiguration, to visit the place where Jesus was transfigured before his three beloved disciples Peter, James, and John. At the end of the day we drive back to our hotel for dinner and overnight.
Day 4 October 21, 2017| Banias | Tabgha | Mount of Beatitudes
Early departure to the Mount of Beatitudes to celebrate mass where Jesus gave the Sermon on the Mount. We continue to Golan Heights and Caesarea Philippi. Here, Jesus asked his disciples "Who do people say I am?" We return to the Sea of Galilee and visit Capernaum, the town where Jesus was a guest at the house of St. Peter. We will also visit the church of the multiplication of loaves and fish, and the nearby church of Primacy of St. Peter. Close the day with a boat ride on the sea of Galilee before we go back to the hotel for dinner and overnight.
Day 5 October 22, 2017 | Capernaum | Sea of Galilee
This morning we drive to the beautiful city of Haifa and go on Mount Carmel to celebrate mass at the church of Stella Morris. Continue to Caesarea. We will visit the Roman and Crusader ruins, where the Romans held Paul prisoner. In the afternoon, we drive to Samaria and come to the city of Nablus where we visit Jacob's Well where Jesus encounters the Samaritan woman. Close the day with the tour drive-through Samaria to arrive in Jerusalem in the afternoon and check into our hotel for the dinner and overnight.
Day 6 October 23, 2017 | Bethlehem | Ein Kerem
This morning we visit the Yad Vashem Holocaust museum. We then make our excursion to Bethlehem to visit the Church of the Nativity where our Lord was born. We will also visit the nearby St. Catherine's church built over the Grotto of St. Jerome who translated the Bible. We will have the chance to visit the Shepherd's field where the Angel appeared to the Shepherds while keeping watch over the flocks.
Day 7 October 24, 2017 | Jerusalem
We will open the day with a mass at the Garden of Gethsemane around the Rock of Agony. We will drive to the top of Mount of Olives and visit the church of Peter Noster where Jesus taught the Lords Prayer.
This afternoon we will visit the church of the Domition on Mt. Zion where Mary "fell asleep." Nearby, we will visit the upper room, the place of the Last Supper. We will also visit the church of St. Peter in Gallicantu where Peter denied Jesus three times. Back to our hotel for dinner and overnight.
Day 8 October 25, 2017 | Mt. Olives | Garden of Gethsemane
This morning we will get up early and go to the Old City to pray the Stations of the Cross ending at the church of the Holy Sepulcher where we will celebrate mass at the Empty Tomb of our Lord. After mass, we will visit the Basilica of the Holy Sepulcher. Go back to our hotel for breakfast and some time to freshen up. Later that morning, we will go in the old city again to visit the church of St. Anne and the Pools of Bethesda. We will also visit the Wailing Wall before we go back to the hotel and allow a free afternoon. Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem.
Day 9 October 26, 2017 | Masada | Qumran | Jericho
Depart the hotel at 7am and drive to visit Masada; the site of King Herod's desert mountain get-away palace and scene of the zealots last stand against the Roman Legion. Ascend with a cable car and explore the ancient excavation of Herod's Palaces the bathhouse, storerooms, the ramp, and one of the oldest synagogues in the world. Visit Qumran and talk about the Dead Sea Scrolls. Enjoy a float on the Dead Sea before continue to the Jordan River where John baptized our Lord and to renew our baptismal vows.
Drive to nearby Jericho and celebrate mass at the church of the Good Shepherd. View the Sycamore tree in Jericho to recall the story of Zacchaeus. We will also view the Mount of Temptation where the devil tempted our Lord. Return to hotel in Jerusalem.
Day 10 October 27, 2017 | Return to USA
Return home after a spiritual journey to the Holy Land.