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The resurrection of Lazarus, Qumram, Dead Sea

(10 days/9 nights)

Arrival at Ben Gurion International Airport Terminal 3 and assistance upon arrival by a local representative.

Drive to Galilee, check-in in Galilee for three nights.

After breakfast, we will visit the Church of the Multiplication of the Loaves and Fish, located in Tabgha, on the northwest shore of the sea of Galilee (the ancient Heptapegon). The church is modern but stands on the site of 4th and 5th century churches. It preserves a splendid early Christian mosaic as well as the traditional stone on which the miraculous meal was laid.

Later on visit to the Mount of Beatitudes, the so-called « Sermon on the Mount », recorded in Matthew 5 and Luke 6.

Continue to visit St Peter’s Primacy church. The church is a modest Franciscan chapel that incorporates part of a 4th century church. It commemorates Jesus’s confirming Peter as the head of His church, after a breakfast at the shore.

After Tabgha, we will head to visit Capernaum, which is frequently mentioned in the gospels and was Jesus’s main base during his Galilean ministry. It is referred to as Jesus’s « own city » (Mt 9 :1; Mk 2 :1).

In the afternoon we take a boat ride on the lake.

Holy Mass during the day.

Back to the hotel.

Dinner and overnight.

After breakfast, we drive to Nazareth, which was the hometown of Jesus and is one of the most important Christian sites in the Holy Land.

Visit to the Basilica of the Annunciation. The Basilica is a modern Catholic church built over the remains of byzantine crusader churches. It incorporates the cave in which the Virgin Mary received the news from the Archangel Gabriel that she would give birth to Jesus. The site has been a pilgrimage destination since earliest times and remains an important stop for Holy Land pilgrims.

Visit of the town of Nazareth as well as the center of Mary of Nazareth which presents the life of the Holy Family.

Stop at Cana to visit the church: this is the place where the first miracle of Jesus happened.

Time for payer.

Holy Mass during the day.

Dinner and overnight.

After breakfast we drive towards the mountain of the Transfiguration, Mount Tabor. It is a hill rising at 500 m above the Jezreel Valley. Due to its strategic location it has been an important fortress since ancient times. The Christian tradition has identified this mountain as the place of the Transfiguration of Christ.

We continue towards the town of Jericho, which is one of the oldest cities in the world. We stop at the eastern part of Jericho, next to the Jordan River, at the site called «Kaser el Yahoud» where according to tradition Jesus was baptized. Afterwards, visit of Tell el Sultan, the old Jericho: we will stop next to a sycamore tree to mention the conversion of Zacchaeus, a chief tax collector.

Then we continue to Bethlehem, the birth place of our Lord. Perched on a hill at the edge of the Judean desert just 8 kilometers south of Jerusalem, Bethlehem is the childhood home of king David.

Holy Mass during the day.

Check-in in Bethlehem for two nights.

Dinner and overnight.

Visit of the Nativity church, which enshrines the birthplace of Jesus. Later on, we continue to the nearby village of Beit Sahour.

Visit of the Franciscan chapel at Shepherds’ field. Christian tradition has identified this place as the one where angels appeared to the shepherds, and announced to them the birth of Christ our Saviour.

We drive through the city to reach Ein Karem which is said to be built over the hometown of John the Baptist’s parents. The Church of the Visitation stands high up on the hillside of Ein Karem.

Holy Mass during the day.

Back to the hotel, dinner and overnight.

After breakfast we drive to the top of Mount of Olives to visit the Pater Noster church, built on the site of the ancient Eleona church, which is believed to be the place where Jesus taught his disciples the prayer of the Our Father.

We continue going down the mountain and visit the Franciscan church of Dominus Flevit where Jesus wept over Jerusalem. Then we visit the Garden of Olives, with the Church of All Nations, which was designed by the Italian architect Antonio Barluzzi in 1924.

Officially named the Basilica of the Agony, the church is located at the foot of the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem next to the Garden of Gethsemane. The church enshrines a section of a rock that is believed to be where Jesus prayed on the night of His arrest.

Then we drive to Mount Zion and visit the Dormition Abbey, which commemorates the falling asleep of Virgin Mary before Her Assumption. The church was dedicated by the German Benedictines in 1910.

Later on we proceed to visit the Upper Room, the Cenacle. The chapel was originally built by the crusaders.

Next, a visit to St. Peter in Gallicantu church, where the congregation of the Assumptionist has revealed the remnants of the prison at the house of Caiaphas in which our Lord spent the night prior to His trial before Pontius Pilate.

Holy Mass during the day.

Check-in in Jerusalem for three nights, dinner and overnight.

We will start the day by following the traditional path of the Way of the Cross, known as «Via Dolorosa », which is a procession of 14 stations, starting next to the Flagellation Chapel, and ending at the Holy Sepulcher, at the empty tomb of our Lord Jesus.

Then visit of the church of the Holy Sepulcher. The church, which is also known as the church of the Resurrection (Anastasis), is the holiest Christian site in the world. This Basilica encompasses the Golgotha or Calvary, where Jesus was crucified, and the Holy Tomb (sepulcher) where He was buried.

Time for prayer.

Later on we visit St. Anne’ s church, which is a beautiful 12th century crusader church, erected over the traditional site of the birthplace of Virgin Mary. It is an excellent example of Romanesque architecture.

The church is right next to the Bethesda Pool, believed to be the site where Jesus healed a paralytic (John 5 :1-15). Here we can see ruins of a roman temple to the god of medicine, as well as remains of a Byzantine church built over the temple and the pool.

Then we will pass through the Jewish quarter to get to the Wailing Wall, an impressive heritage and the holiest site for the Jews, which was built by Herod the Great, in around 19 BC. Herod the Great extended the mount’s natural plateau by enclosing the area with four massive retaining walls and filling the voids.

Holy Mass during the day.

Back to the hotel.

Dinner and overnight.

After breakfast we will visit the Jerusalem Second Temple period model, which helps to better understand the topography of the city two thousand years ago as well as to localize the main buildings such as the Temple.

We will then drive to Kiryat Yearim to have a presentation at Saxum Center. Visit of its multimedia center.

Stop at Emmaus and visit of the Crusader Church.

Holy mass during the day.

Dinner and overnight.

After breakfast we will travel to the eastern part of Israel and the Judean desert, the Dead Sea.

We stop at Qumran, that is made up of 2,000-year-old ruins from the days of the Second Temple, and also at the site where the Dead Sea Scrolls were written and discovered. These writings have contributed to a better understanding of Jewish background in Christianity.

Then we stop in the Dead Sea area, the lowest place on Earth.

The day of touring culminates with the visit of Masada that is one of the most exciting and frequently-toured places in Israel, and it relates a story of perseverance and power, faith and surrender, ambitions, and a tragic end. The fortress was built more than two thousand years ago by Herod the Great.

Holy Mass during the day.

Dinner and overnight.

In the morning, free time in the Old City of Jerusalem, then transfer to Ben Gurion airport for departure formalities (3 hours are required by the Israeli security).