Israel, a Holy Land Pilgrimage
7 Days of Spiritual Awakening
Day 1 Depart home’s airport on your way to the Holy Land;
After arrival at Ben-Gurion Airport, our staff and bus will meet and assist you all along the arrival procedures, to include COVID-19 testing. Travel to Tel Aviv-Joppa where Prophet Jonah attempted to flee from God’s given mission, and where Apostle Peter Resurrected Tabita and had the Rooftop Vision while in the house of Simon the Tanner. Crossing the main arteries and avenues of Tel Aviv, the “White City”, travel to the shore city of Natanya where we shall have our dinner and overnight.
Day 2 Joppa, Caesarea, Mt. Carmel, Mt. Tabor, Sea of Galilee
Breakfast in the hotel; departing our hotel, drive to Caesarea Maritima with its impressive Roman Theatre and Aqueduct, commemorating Cornelius becoming the first gentile who’s baptized into Christianity. Continue to Mt. Carmel and the harbor city of Haifa, beautifully crowned by the Bahai Temple and Gardens. Visit Stella Maris, the Carmelite Monastery, with the cave marking Prophet Elias seeking refuge from Queen Isabel’s wrath. Our exploration continues on top of Mount Carmel reaching the handsome chapel of the Mukhraka, the place where Prophet Elias has his confrontation with the Prophets of Baal. Proceed via the valley of Armageddon and ascend Mount Tabor, the site of Jesus’ Transfiguration. From here, you will enjoy a breathtaking panoramic view of the Jezreel Valley (Armageddon) as well as many other geographic regions repeatedly mentioned in the Biblical Texts. Continue to the Sea of Galilee, Jesus’ main base of operations during the years of His public ministry. Dinner and overnight Tiberias
Day 3 Around the Sea of Galilee, Cana of Galilee, Nazareth
Breakfast in the hotel; our morning activities begins with a cruise on the Sea of Galilee, using a wooden boat resembling those used during the days of Jesus. Proceed to Mágdala, home town of Mary Magdalene; on to the Mount of Beatitudes where the Sermon of the Mount is taught, and then to Tabgha, were the Multiplication of the Loaves and Fish took place as well as Peter’s Primacy and the Holy Fishing; continue to Capernaum, Peter’s home town and, possibly, the place where Jesus marked his “base” during the years of His ministry. In the afternoon travel to the Galilean Heartland, visiting Cana, the place where Jesus performs His first Miracle, during the Wedding in Cana of Galilee. On to Nazareth, Jesus city of infancy, childhood and manhood, visiting Mary’s Well; on to the Basilica of the Annunciation and Joseph’s Workshop, proceeding to the Mount of the Precipice. Dinner and overnight Tiberias
Day 4 River Jordan, Jericho, Masada, Dead Sea, Jerusalem
Breakfast in the hotel; after visiting the Baptismal Site on the River Jordan, were pilgrims may renovate their own baptismal promises, travel along the Jordan Valley via Jericho, seeing the Mt. of Temptation, which rises behind today’s ancient ruins; Proceed to the Dead Sea, in front of the caves of Qumeran, where the Dead Sea Scrolls where discovered. Travel along the western coast of the Dead Sea, close to the Oasis of Ein Gedi, where David seeks refuge from King Saul’s wrath. Climb by cable car to the Table hill of Masada, formidable fortress and magnificent palace of King Herods, the last stronghold of the Jewish Zealots, during their epic struggle against the Romans, from 69 to 72 AC. After completing the visit, enjoy a “float” on the Dead Sea’s salty waters before, following the path of Jesus, travel up to Jerusalem seeing the Good Samaritan Inn and Bethany, home of Martha, Mary and Lazarus. Arrive at Mount Scopus, already in Jerusalem, celebrating in our own Triumphal Entrance ceremony in front of the Old City Walls. Dinner and overnight Jerusalem
Day 5 Jerusalem and Bethlehem;
Breakfast in the hotel; Begin todays’ visits on the Mt. of Olives starting in the Place of Jesus’ Ascension before proceeding to the grotto of Pater Noster. Walk down the Palm Sunday Path visiting the place where Jesus wept over Jerusalem before arriving to the Garden of Gethsemane. On to the Betrayal Grotto and Virgin Mary’s Asuncion. Cross the Kidron valley up to Mount Zion entering the House of Caiaphas where Jesus Prison is located in today’s church of St. Peter in Gallicantu. On to King David Tomb and the Last Supper Room. In the afternoon visit Bethlehem’s Shepherd’s Fields and the Grotto of the Nativity located in the ancient Byzantine basilica. Continue to the Crypts commemorating St. Joseph and St. Hieronymus, located under the church of St. Catherine. Continuing to the Milk Grotto. Dinner and overnight Jerusalem
Day 6 Mount Zion, Via Dolorosa, Basilica of the Holy Sepulcher;
Breakfast in the hotel; entering the Old City via Zion Gate, walk the Armenian, Jewish and Arab Quarters to the Wailing Wall. Cross the Temple Mount to reach the Pools of Bethesda and the Santana. Gathered in the chapel of the Flagellation, walk along the “Way of the Cross” reaching the Basilica of the Holy Sepulcher and, inside, visit Mount Golgotha and the Holy Calvary, the place of Jesus Crucifixion, Burial and Resurrection, where we pause for reflection and communion. Continue to the handsome village of Ein Karem, the place marking the birthplace of St. John the Baptist and the Chapel of the Visitation (Magnificát). Dinner and overnight Jerusalem
Day 7 If I forget Thee, Oh Jerusalem…
Breakfast in the hotel; Transfer to the airport with assistance.