Tel Aviv, Caesarea, Nazareth, Cana, Tiberias, Sea of Galilee, Jordan River, Mt. Tabor, Jerusalem, Gethsemane, Ein Karem, Bethlehem, Qumran, Jericho, Dead Sea, Mt. of Olives, Gethsemane, Mt. Zion, Holy Sepulchre, Lisbon, Santarem (Eucharistic Miracle), Fatima, Salamanca, Alba de Tormes, Burgos, Loyola (St. Ignatius), Lourdes
night: Marques de Pombal or Hotel Mundial, Lisbon, Portugal
~ 2 nights: Santa Maria Jardim, Fatima, Portugal
1 night: Hotel Abba
Fonseca, Salamanca, Spain
~ 1 night: Hotel
Abba, Burgos, Spain
~ 3 nights: Hotel Moderne or Chapelle et Parc, Lourdes † Transfers as per itinerary † Breakfast, LUNCH, and Dinner daily in The Holy Land † Breakfast and Dinner daily
† Wine with
dinners † Transportation by air-conditioned
Wi-Fi on motor coach in The Holy Land † Assistance of a professional local
guide throughout † Sightseeing and admissions fees as
per itinerary † Catholic Priest available for
Spiritual Direction † Mass daily & Spiritual
activities † Luggage handling (1 piece per
person) † Flight bag & portfolio
of all travel documents
*Renew Wedding Vows in Cana - Couples will have a special opportunity to renew their wedding vows during a ceremony led by their Spiritual Director on Day 3, (Each couple will receive a commemorative Certificate following the ceremony)
*Special Clergy Discount
*Discount is offered to ordained clergy in the Roman Catholic Church: deacons, priests, or bishops belonging to the diaconate, the presbyterate, or the episcopate, respectively as well, as Catholic Sisters.
Day 1: Depart
Board your flight for the start of your journey to Tel Aviv,
with complimentary meals and beverages served on board.
Day 2: Arrive Tel Aviv
Arrival in Tel Aviv, you will be met by the 206 Tours
representative and transfer to your hotel in the Tel Aviv area. Dinner will
be served at the hotel.
Day 3: Caesarea - Stella Maris - Nazareth - Tiberias Theme: The Annunciation
Following breakfast at your hotel, your group will head to Caesarea, the former capital of Judea. You will have the opportunity to visit the archaeological remains of this ancient port, which aided as base for the Herodian navy. Shortly after the time of Jesus Christ, it was revealed to Peter, in Caesarea, that the Good News (to repent) is not only intended for Jewish people but also, the entire world. This is also the place which officially ended the tradition of adhering to the Jewish ceremonial laws. As a result, Peter baptized a group of gentiles, the Roman Centurion, Cornelius, and his family. Your tour continues as you travel North to Haifa. In Haifa, you will find Stella Maris, a Carmelite Monastery. The monastery is located above the cave where Elijah, the prophet, once lived. A colorful painting of this “wonder-worker” can be found on the ceiling of the Church. Following this visit, your group will depart Stella Maris and enjoy the scenic drive (with view of the bay of Acco) to Nazareth. In Nazareth, you will experience the town where Mary once lived and where Jesus lived as a child (Matthew 2:23). During the visit to Nazareth, your group will visit the Byzantine Church of St. Joseph, to which tradition identifies as the workshop and home of the Holy Family. Then make a stop at the Church of the Annunciation, which stands over the cave that tradition holds to be the home of the Virgin Mary. The cupola, which dominates modern-day Nazareth, is surmounted by a lantern which symbolizes “the Light of the World” Also, your group will visit Mary’s Well where the angel Gabriel announced to the Virgin Mary that she will bear the Son of God (Luke 1:30-34). Your first day culminates with a transfer to Tiberias. Upon arrival in Tiberias, you will check-in to your hotel for dinner and overnight.
Day 4: Tiberias: Sea of
Galilee Theme: The Ministry of Christ
in the Galilee
After breakfast we start with a boat ride on the Sea of
Galilee. After this, see the remains of a boat that dates back to the time
of Jesus, found buried in mud. Continue to the Mount of Beatitudes, scene
of Jesus’ great Sermon on the Mount. Nearby is Tabgha, where Jesus
fed the crowd of 5,000 and onto the site known as “Peter’s
Primacy”. Here, after His resurrection, Jesus met with His disciples
and told Peter to “feed my lambs; feed my sheep.” [John 21:9].
A short drive away is Capernaum, from where Jesus launched his Ministry;
see the synagogue which dates to the time of Jesus and the church built
over the site of Peter’s home. In the late afternoon visit Cana,
where Jesus performed His first miracle at the request of His mother [John
2:1-11]. Here visit the Franciscan chapel where those who wish to may renew
their wedding vows. Dinner and overnight at your hotel.
Day 5: Jordan River - Mt. Tabor – Jericho –
Jordan River - Jerusalem Theme: The
Today, after breakfast, drive to Mount Tabor, the site of the
Transfiguration, with time to reflect on Christ’s Humanity and
Divinity. Mass here will be a good preparation for the journey to Jerusalem
where Jesus was to suffer the crucifixion and resurrection. Drive down the
Jordan Valley to Jericho, the oldest continuously inhabited city in the
world, where we view Mt Temptation and an example of a Sycamore Tree. Visit
the Baptismal site on the Jordan River then to Jerusalem, where you check-
in to your hotel for dinner and overnight.
Day 6: Jerusalem: Temple
Model - Ein Karem - Bethlehem Theme: The Visitation and
Begin the day with a visit to the Second Temple scale model for
an overview of Jerusalem as it was at the time of Jesus. A short drive
takes us to the village of Ein Karem, birthplace of John the Baptist, to
visit the church that commemorates his memory. Pray the Mystery of the
Rosary on the walk up the hill to the Church of the Visitation. In the
afternoon visit Bethlehem to see the cave at the Shepherds’ Field.
The caves have soot marks of the fires that shepherd’s lit to keep
warm while watching over their flocks. In the afternoon we will depart to
Bethlehem, beginning at Manger Square, which stands in front of one of the
oldest of Christian churches, the Church of the Nativity. Enter the Church
and down to the Grotto of the Nativity which marks the spot of Jesus’
birth. Beneath the Altar, there is a silver star with the Latin
inscription: HIC DE VIRGINE MARIA JESUS CHRISTUS NATUS (Here Jesus Christ
was born to the Virgin Mary.) After Mass we will return to the hotel in
Jerusalem. Dinner and overnight.
Day 7: Bethany - Dead Sea Theme: Early Years in Jerusalem &
This morning drive down the Jordan Valley to Qumran where the Dead Sea
Scrolls were found. Afterwards there may be time for a dip in the Dead Sea
for those who want to. Drive through the Judean Wilderness where Jesus
spent 40 days fasting, and it is in this area that John the Baptist lived
and baptized Christ. Then to Bethany where He raised Lazarus from the dead.
Celebrate Mass here before returning to the hotel. Dinner and
Day 8: Jerusalem: Mt. Of
Olives - Gethsemane - Mt. Zion - Western Wall Theme: Palm Sunday and the
Agony in the Garden
From the Mount of Olives take in the panoramic view of
Jerusalem. Then to the Pater Noster shrine, where Jesus taught His
disciples the Pater Noster — The Lord’s Prayer (Luke 11:1-4).
Walking down the Palm Sunday Road stop at the beautiful little church,
Dominus Flevit - “The Lord wept.” It was here that Jesus wept
over Jerusalem [Luke 19:41]. At Gethsemane reflect on Jesus’ final
night. The Garden contains trees, the roots of which go back to the time of
Jesus. Visit the Church of All Nations to pray at the “Rock of
Agony,” a section of bedrock identified as the place where Jesus
prayed alone in the garden on the night of His arrest. Visit the Western
Wall, to see all that remains of the Temple compound that dates to the time
of Jesus. From here we will continue to the house of the High Priest
Caiaphas where He was interrogated and imprisoned. Now called Peter in
Gallicantu (“crowing rooster”), this beautiful Church also
commemorates Peter’s Denial of Christ, his repentance and then being
forgiven by Jesus. After Mass we will go up to Mt. Zion to visit the Upper
Room, which commemorates the Last Supper. Nearby is the Benedictine Church
of the Dormition. Dinner and overnight at your hotel.
Day 9: Jerusalem: Via Dolorosa - Holy Sepulchre Theme: The Way of the Cross,
The Crucifixion, The Resurrection
This morning we start the Via Dolorosa (The Way of the Cross)
at the Antonia Fortress, where Jesus was condemned to death by Pontius
Pilate. From there He was taken through the city to be crucified. The
Stations of the Cross lead, through the markets of the Old City to the
Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Here is the site of Calvary and the Tomb of
Christ. Mass will be in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. After breakfast
visit the Church of St Anne’s, the Pool of Bethesda and the Sisters
of Zion. This afternoon there will be time to revisit the Old City. Dinner
Day 10 -
Jerusalem - Lisbon
Early morning departure for Tel Aviv Airport for flights to
Lisbon. Upon arrival in Lisbon you will find your luggage and exit the
baggage claim into the arrivals hall where you will be greeted by a tour
guide and/or driver. You will be escorted to the vehicle which will then
take you on a sightseeing tour of this beautiful Portuguese city. We will
visit the Cathedral, St. Jerome's Monastery, Saint Anthony's Church (the
patron saint of lost objects), Belem Quarter, the Belem Tower, 25 April
Bridge, and Discoveries Monument. Our drive will also take us through the
Basilica of the Star, Rossio Square, Commerce Square and Marquee of Pomba
Square. We arrive at our hotel in time for dinner.
Day 11 - Lisbon - Santarem - Fatima
After breakfast depart for Santarem, one of the oldest cities
in the world. We
will walk through its narrow streets to the Church of St.
Stephen, containing the oldest recorded Eucharistic miracle. This miracle
has been on continuous display since 1269 A.D. We will celebrate Mass at
this holy site. We then continue on to Fatima, where the Blessed Mother
appeared in 1917 to three simple shepherd children and exhorted mankind to
pray for world peace. We arrive in time for dinner and retire for a restful
Day 12 - Fatima
After breakfast, we begin our day celebrating Mass at the
Little Chapel of the Apparitions. After Mass we begin our tour of Fatima
where we will experience the beauty of this spiritual town. We will see the
Basilica, the site of Francesco and Jacinta's graves, the Hamlet of
Aljustrel, where the children lived, and Valinhos, the site of Our Lady's
appearance after the children's return from prison. Experience Christ's
love as you walk and follow the Stations of the Cross along the Via Sacra
(The Sacred Way) culminating in the Chapel of Calvary, which overlooks all
Join your prayers with those of pilgrims from around the world
as you pray for the sick, drink water from the miraculous well. Attend the
blessing of the sick and participate in nightly candlelight processions
requested by Our Lady. Time for private devotions before dinner and a
restful night's sleep.
Day 13 - Fatima - Salamanca
After a filling breakfast we depart towards the
city of Salamanca. Salamanca is the most graceful city in Spain and for
four centuries it was the seat of one of the most prestigious universities
in the world. We will have a chance to see many oft he city's sights
including the grand Plaza Mayor, the hub of Salmantine life; the vast
Baroque church of La Clerecía; the Casa de las Conchas (House of
Shells), named after the rows of carved scallop shells symbol of the
pilgrimage to Santiago which decorate its façade; the University;
the cathedrals; the Roman Bridge; San Marcos and San Martin churchesBridge;
San Marcos and San Martin churches, and more. We will enjoy a delicious
dinner in a local restaurant before continuing to our hotel for a restful
Day 14 -
Salamanca - Alba de Tormes - Ávila - Burgos
After breakfast, we will depart to the quaint village of Alba
de Tormes. Here we will visit and celebrate Mass at the Carmelite
Monastery, where Saint Teresa died in 1582 A.D. and is buried. In the
little museum of the Carmelite Monastery we will be able to see the
incorrupt heart and left arm of the St. Teresa. We enjoy free time for
lunch before we continue our journey to Ávila. Two things
distinguish Ávila; the perfectly preserved eleventhcentury walls
which surround the old town, and the mystic writer Santa Teresa, who was
born here and whose shrines are a must see for all Catholic pilgrims!
Ávila's atmosphere has changed very little since the days of Santa
Teresa, the first woman to be named a Doctor of the Church, to whom the
city is dedicated. During our tour of Ávila we will see the
Cathedral and San Vicente church. We will visit the Incarnation Convent,
where St. Teresa became a nun and home to the most comprehensive museum
dedicated to her life. We also visit La Santa Monastery, built on the site
of the house where she was born, and San José Convent, the first
monastery founded by the Saint. After walking in the footsteps of St.
Teresa we depart for Burgos, the historic capital of Old Castile. After
dinner you will have free time to explore Burgos, and admire the
magnificent limestone Cathedral.
Day 15 -
Burgos - Loyola - Lourdes
After breakfast, we depart Burgos for Loyola, the birthplace of
St. Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Jesuits. Here, we will see the
17th-century Basilica dedicated to St. Ignatius. We will visit his family
home which is behind the sanctuary. We will have time to pray at the most
venerated room where Ignatius at age 30, was brought following his serious
wounding at the Battle of Pamplona. After free time for lunch we motor
through the spectacular Pyrenees Mountains. Nestled in the mountains stands
picturesque Lourdes, the birthplace of St. Bernadette to whom Our Lady
appeared in 1858 near the Grotto of Massabielle. We arrive in time for
dinner at our hotel before retiring for a restful night's sleep.
Day 16 & 17
During the next two days in Lourdes you will have time to pray
with your fellow pilgrims from around the world.
During your trip you will have an opportunity to:
Attend Mass at the Grotto, watch a video presentation telling
the story of Lourdes, and walk in the footsteps of St. Bernadette.
See Boly Mill where St. Bernadette was born, and the
"Cachot," an abandoned prison where Bernadette's impoverished
Join your prayers with those of pilgrims from around the world
as you pray for the sick, drink water from the miraculous spring or
submerge yourself in the healing baths.
Experience Christ's love as you walk the lifesized Stations of
the Cross overlooking the holy Grotto.
Kneel in the chapel built on the very rock of the Grotto, in
obedience to the request of the "Immaculate Conception."
Evenings are free for optional Blessed Sacrament Procession before
dinner. Your role in the universal church will have new meaning as you join
the candlelight procession and group rosary. (candle light procession and
group rosary April through October only).
Day 18 -
Lourdes - USA
Early morning transfer back to Toulouse, Pau or Lourdes airport
for your return flights to the United States. During the course of your
flights lunch and a snack will be served onboard.
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