MON, MAR 19 — NEWARK/ACROSS THE ATLANTIC
Begin your exciting journey as you depart Newark on board your overnight transatlantic flight to the Holy Land.
TUE, MAR 20 — ARRIVE TEL AVIV/NETANYA
Arrive Tel Aviv today where you will be met and escorted to your waiting motorcoach. Your exciting journey to the Land of the Bible begins. Stop briefly in Lidda to visit the Greek Orthodox church of St. George. Time permitting, continue to Joppa to celebrate mass at St. Peter’s Church. Also, if time permits, visit the ancient harbor, archeological excavations of the city and the light house mosque on the site of Simon the Tanner’s house. On to Netanya for the night.
WED, MAR 21 — NETANYA/CAESAREA/ HAIFA/AKKO/TIBERIAS
Drive north today to Caesarea to view the ruins of the Crusader’s fortress and moat and sit in the great Roman amphitheatre. Continuing along the coast, you will see the aqueduct that carried water from Mt. Carmel to Caesarea. Continue to Haifa where you will ascend Mt. Carmel to celebrate mass and enjoy a magnificent view of the sea and harbor. See the Carmelite Monastery and Elijah’s Cave as well as the Bahai Temple with its lovely Persian Gardens. Proceed to the city of Akko for a brief visit. Continue on to Tiberias for the night.
THU, MAR 22 — TIBERIAS
Drive this morning to Nazareth, the boyhood home of Jesus. Here you will visit St. Joseph’s Church and workshop. Then on to the Basilica and the Grotto of the Annunciation, the Synagogue of Nazareth, Mary’s Well and the Chapel of the poor Clares. Mass will be celebrated at the Basilica or Church of St. Joseph. Continue to Cana of Galilee for a renewal of marriage vows and then to the Jordan River for a renewal of baptismal vows. Return to Tiberias for overnight.
FRI, MAR 23 — TIBERIAS
Today, cross the Sea of Galilee to Capernaum, center of Jesus’ Ministry in the Galilee. Visit the ruins of the Second Century Synagogue, House of Peter. Continue to Tabgha, site of the Miracle of the Loaves and Fishes. Celebrate mass at the Tabgha Church of the Primacy. Visit the Church of the Multiplication of the Bread. Then on to the Mount of Beatitudes where Jesus preached the famous Sermon on the Mount and chose the Twelve Apostles. Drive north and view Mt. Hermon. Time permitting stop at the ruins of Corozaim before you return to Tiberias for the night.
SAT, MAR 24 — TIBERIAS/JERICHO/DEAD SEA/JERUSALEM
Depart for Mt. Tabor, traditional site of the transfiguration, where you will celebrate mass. Proceed via the Jezreel Valley and Janin to Joseph’s well. Continue via Samaria to Jacob’s well in Shechem. Drive through the Samarian hills and their picturesque Arab villages; past the ancient cities of Shiloh and Bethel, to Jericho, believed to be the oldest city in the world. View Elisha’s Spring and the Mount of Temptations. Continue to the Dead Sea, 1288 feet below sea level, site of ancient Sodom and Gomorrah. On the east side of the Dead Sea are the Moab Mountains and Mt. Nebo where Moses viewed the Promised Land. Stop at the Good Samaritan hostel before continuing on to Jerusalem and your hotel.
SUN, MAR 25 — JERUSALEM
Today you will visit Ein Karim and the Church of the birth of St. John the Baptist and the Basilica of the Visitation where we celebrate mass. Continue on to the Armenian Quarter for a visit to St. James Church. Ascend Mount Zion to see the Basilica of the Dormition, Cenaculum, House of Caiaphas and St. Peter’s in Gallicantu. Proceed to the Herodian Estates in the Jewish quarters and then the Western Wall.
MON, MAR 26 — JERUSALEM/BETHLEHEM/JERUSALEM
Drive to the top of the Mount of Olives for a panoramic view of Jerusalem. Visit the Chapel of the Ascension, the Church of Pater Noster, Dominus Flevit (celebration of mass), Basilica of the Agony, Grotto of the betrayal and the tomb of Mary. Descend Mt. Olivet to the Garden of Gethsemane and walk along the ancient olive trees, viewing the Kidron Valley. Then drive to Bethany to visit the Church of Lazarus and Lazarus’ Tomb. Continue to Bethlehem to visit the Church of the Nativity. See the Manger where Jesus was born, the Greek Orthodox basilica and Shepherds Fields.
TUE, MAR 27 — JERUSALEM
This morning enter Herod’s Gate and go on a walking tour of the Old City of Jeruaslem starting at the Roman Praetorium, beneath the Sisters of Zion Convent, and the Ecce Homo Arch. Mass will be celebrated in Lythostrotos at Ecce Homo Convent. Stop at the Franciscan Convent at the Via Cruicis. Follow in the footsteps of Jesus as you walk the Via Dolorosa, the traditional way of the Cross to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Also visit the Chapel of the Apparition to Mary Magdalen and St. Helen’s Chapel of the Holy Cross. Via St. Stephen’s Gate continue to St. Anne’s Church and the Pool of Bethesda where Jesus healed the crippled man. Then on to the Temple Area. See the Dome of the Rock, the El Aqsa Mosque and the Wailing Wall. Leave the Old City through the Damascus Gate. End your inspiring visit at the Garden Tomb, believed by many to be Golgotha.
WED, MAR 28 — JERUSALEM/EILAT
This morning celebrate mass at the Basilica of the Holy Sepulchre. Then depart Jerusalem and drive south to the resort town of Eilat located on the Red Sea. Visit the park at Eilat. Overnight in Eilat.
THU, MAR 29 — EILAT/ST. CATHERINE
Drive today through the Sinai Desert to St. Catherine’s Monastery at the foot of Mt. Sinai. Visit the library with its rare manuscripts and the Chamber of Skulls. Enjoy the hospitality of the monks in this monastery-fortress. Overnight at a nearby hotel
FRI, MAR 30 — ST. CATHERINE/EILAT
Today you will ride two-thirds of the way up Mount Moses. You will have to walk the last third of the way. Spend some time at the top of the mountain Moses climbed to receive the Ten Commandments from God. You will see the valley where the children of Israel camped and the promontory where Aaron placed the golden calf. Descend the mountain and depart for Eilat and your hotel.
SAT, MAR 31 — EILAT/PETRA/EILAT
Depart Eilat and cross the bridge to Jordan. Continue on to Petra, the “rose-red city half as old as time.” Petra, a city lost to the. world until just this last century, was the capital of the Nabateans and is alleged to be the city from which Herod the Great came and where St. Paul studied for several years. Designed to discourage its enemies, the only way one entered or left this fortress was through a narrow, twisting canyon known as the Siq. Ride a docile horse the 1-1/2 miles to the entrance of the city. Visit the imposing and dazzling Treasury imbedded in the face of the mountain. Wander through the temples and amphitheaters of this ancient city carved out of rose-colored rocks. Cross back into Israel and return to Eilat and your hotel.
SUN, APR 1 — EILAT/TEL AVIV/ALOFT
Your exciting adventure in the Holy Land is over as you depart Eilat for Tel Aviv and the airport to board your evening flight bound for Newark.
MON, APR 2 — ARRIVE NEWARK
Arrive home in Newark early this morning