From Nov 1-15, 2020 celebrate the life and times of Jesus, by exploring the Mount of the beatitudes, the Sea of Galilee, Tabgha, Capernaum, Caesarea Philippi, the village of Cana, to the Red City of Petra, Jerusalem, Bethlehem and more.
Day 1 – Sunday, Nov 1
Evening flight to Tel Aviv with El-Al Israel Airlines. Nonstop flight. Arrive at Ben-Gurion Airport in the afternoon.
Day 2 – Monday, Nov 2
On arrival at Ben Gurion Airport we meet our English-speaking guide. Enroute to the city of Jaffa to celebrate Mass at St. Peter’s Church. We drive to our hotel for dinner and overnight.
Day 3 – Tuesday, Nov 3
After a good night’s rest and delicious breakfast, we drive back to Jaffa for Mass and half a day of sightseeing of Jaffa and Tel Aviv. The ancient port village famous for its association with the biblical stories of Jonah, King Solomon and Saint Peter. Then a tour of a tour of the modern city of Tel Aviv. The Fashion streets, Rabin Square and the Port of Tel Aviv. Afternoon free for leisure. Enjoy a cup of coffee at one of the many café’s in the area. Dinner and overnight at our hotel.
Day 4 – Wednesday, Nov 4
We depart Tel Aviv today and drive north up the Mediterranean coast to the ancient Roman city of Caesarea Maritima. It was here that St. Peter baptized Cornelius and was visited several times by St. Paul who ended up being held captive by the Romans before being sent to Rome. Continue north to Mount Carmel where Elijah challenged the false God’s of Baal. Here we celebrate Mass at the beautiful Carmelite Monastery of Our Lady of Mount Carmel. North again to the Crusader city of Acre where we visit the old city with the ancient Crusader Fortress. Lunch at the Arab market. After lunch we drive east across the country through the Galilee mountains to the Galilean city of Tiberius. Dinner and overnight.
Day 5 – Thursday, Nov 5
Today we truly begin our walk in the Footsteps of Jesus. We begin with a visit to the Mount of Beatitudes where Jesus delivered the Sermon on the Mount. Here we celebrate Mass outdoors overlooking the Sea of Galilee. We then journey around the lake to Tabgha where Jesus peformed the miracle of the Multiplication of Fish and Loaves. Capernaum the town that Jesus lived in at the home of Simon Peter and where he worshipped in the Synagogue. Lunch (included) will be at a seaside restaurant that features St. Peter’s Fish. After lunch continue to the ancient villages of Bethsaida, Corazim and the Yardnit where the Jordan river begins its journey to the Dead Sea. Back to our hotel for dinner and overnight.
Day 6 – Friday, Nov 6
We begin the day with a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee where we celebrate Mass. We continue north to Caesarea Philippi originally built as a city dedicated to the Greek god Pan but later where Simon Peter endorsed Jesus as the Son of God and Jesus handed Peter the Keys to the Kingdom. Continue up the Golan and visit to Tel Dan who was one of the twelve tribes of Israel, and the Dan River which is one of the three sources that form the Jordan River. We stop for lunch at one of the Druze restaurants and visit a Druze village. After lunch, we make our way back with a stop at a winery, heading east to Golan to the Valley of Tears the site of a major battle in the Yom Kippur war in 1973. Back to our hotel for dinner and overnight.
Day 7 – Saturday, Nov 7
Today we depart the north and drive south to the lower Galilee to the village of Cana which according to John’s Gospel Jesus performed his first miracle, the miracle of changing water into wine. Continue to Nazareth – the hometown of the Holy Family. Visit the Basilica of the Annunciation where we celebrate Mass, see the Grotto, it is here that the angel Gabriel appeared to Mary asking her to bear the Christ Child. Notice the sign under the alter that in Latin says: “Verbum Caro Factum Est” – the word has become flesh here. Stop for lunch in one of the restaurants in Nazareth. Depart the north and driving south via the Jordan Valley to Jerusalem. Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem.
Day 8 – Sunday, Nov 8
We start the day with once again walking in the Footsteps of Jesus in Jerusalem. We start at Mount of Olives and walk down the same path taken by Jesus on his triumphal entry into the Holy City. Stop at ascension of Jesus into Heaven which is now a part of a Mosque complex. Then walk down the Mt. of Olives to the Chapel of Dominus Flevit where Jesus wept over Jerusalem. We keep going down then enter the Garden of Gethsemane where Jesus prayed while his Apostles slept. We can stand at the edge of the garden and view what Jesus saw as he prayed to his Father and he was arrested. We cross the street and enter the Old City through the Lions Gate viewing the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock which stands where the Temple once stood. From here we will begin walking the Via Dolorosa as we pray the stations of the Cross, stopping at the Pilate’s Judgment Hall, also called the Antonia fortress where Pilate condemned Jesus to death. We conclude the “Way of the Cross” inside the magnificent Church of the Holy Sepulcher. Here we will celebrate Mass. From here we go to the Upper room where Jesus celebrated the last supper – the Passover night – and the tomb of King David, Dormition Abbey and the Church of Peter Gallicantu, better known as the House of Caiphas. Return to our hotel for dinner and overnight.
Day 9 – Monday, Nov 9
Today we travel to the border between Israel and the Palestinian Territories to Bethlehem the birthplace of Jesus. We celebrate Mass at the Church of the Nativity, and a visit to Sheppard’s Field. Lunch (include) at a typical Palestinian restaurant and time for shopping at a Christian store. Return to Jerusalem and walk through an underground tunnel along the Western Wall. Visit the City of David with the new discoveries. Return to our hotel for Dinner and overnight.
Day 10 – Tuesday, Nov 10
A fun day begins. We drive to the Jordan River to the baptism place where John baptized Jesus to Kasar El-Yahud where we celebrate Mass. From there through the desert to Qumran, the village where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered. Continue to Masada the last stronghold of the Jewish Zealots in their war against the Romans. Continue to Eilat the southern resort city in Israel. Dinner and overnight.
Day 11 – Wednesday, Nov 11
Early morning transfer to the border with Jordan. From here a Jordanian guide will take us to the Red City of Petra, about 2 hours drive. Visit this magnificent Nabataean city in the Moab Mountains, a city that was built in the Red Rocks which the people just disappear one day. We walk down the Canyon but return on a donkey or horse and buggy. Return to Eilat for dinner and overnight.
Day 12 – Thursday, Nov 12
We leave Eilat and drive north to the Dead Sea for a few hours of leisure. Will stop on one of the beaches for a swim and Mud Bath. Return to Jerusalem for Dinner and overnight.
Day 13 – Friday, Nov 13
A free day for leisure. Go back to the Old City and visit your favorite places. Take one more walk on the Via Dolorosa and the churches, the marketplace, or just relax at the hotel. Dinner and overnight at our hotel.
Day 14 – Saturday, Nov 14
This morning will celebrate Mass at the Notre Dame Church, will view the Shrine of Turin and the small exhibit. Continue to Ein Karem, the birthplace of John the Baptist and the place of the visitation of Mary with her cousin Elizabeth. We will celebrate Mass. From here a short distance to Yad Vashem – the Holocaust Museum. Return to the City for a walk in the famous Machne Yehuda Market. Try the local food and enjoy life in this beautiful city. Back to our hotel for a farewell dinner and overnight.
Day 15 – Sunday, Nov 15
The tour is over… morning transfer to the airport for our flight back home.
$2870.00 USD per person based on double occupancy for Land tour
$125.00 USD per person for border crossing and visa tax to Jordan
$970.00 CAD per person for flights
$200.00 USD per person for tips
• Return flight Toronto to Ben Gurion airport with El-Al Israel Airlines
• 4 stars hotel accommodation based on double occupancy
• Breakfast and dinner daily
• One St. Peter’s Fish lunch
• Second lunch at a restaurant in Bethlehem
• All entrance fees to attractions specified in the itinerary
• Boat ride on the Sea of Galilee
• Farewell dinner
• English speaking guide in the Holy Land and in Jordan
• Tour to Petra in Jordan including lunch
• Transportation by air-conditional motor coach
TOUR DOESN’T INCLUDE:
• Personal insurance
• Tip to Guides, drivers, hotels and restaurants – 200.00 USD per person