Daily Itinerary*

B = Included Breakfast L = Included Lunch D = Included Dinner

June 1 (Sun):
Depart for Israel.

Jun 2 (Mon):
Arrive in Tel Aviv. Board motorcoach for our first sights of Israel. Arrive and check-in at our hotel, followed by dinner and a good evening’s rest.


Jun 3 (Tues):
Travel to Ein Kerem, the birthplace of John the Baptist,
and location of the Church of the Visitation, where Elizabeth greeted
Mary. View the Lower Palace remains of the Herodian, the ancient
palace/fortress of Herod the Great, where his tomb was found. Drive
on to Bethlehem. Visit St. Catherine’s in Bethlehem where the Bethlehem
Christmas Mass is broadcast every year. Visit the Church of the
Nativity, the site of the cave where Christ was born and the manger in
which he was laid. Visit the Grotto of St. Jerome, the place where St.
Jerome translated the Scriptures into Latin (the Vulgate) and wrote his
Scripture commentaries. Continue on to the Shepherds’ Fields near
Bethlehem, followed by an opportunity for some shopping. BLD

Jun 4 (Wed):
Visit the Davidson Center (an archaeological park for the Temple Mount), the Southern Steps of the Temple, and the Western
Wall. Visit the Church of St. Anne’s and the Pool of Bethesda. Visit the Israeli Museum and its model of the Herodian Temple and
Old City of Jerusalem as it would have appeared in Jesus’ time. BLD

Jun 5 (Thurs):
Travel to the Jordan River and the traditional site of Jesus’ baptism. Continue north to Sebaste where once the Omri dynasty
and King Ahab had his capital. Herod the Great later expanded and renovated the city, building a palace for himself, as well as a Roman temple, hippodrome and theater, and renamed the city in honor of Caesar. Continue on to the site of Jacob’s Well, and visit the beautiful Greek Orthodox church built over the ancient well. BLD

Jun 6 (Fri):
Drive to the Mt of Olives and descend the Mt of Olives as
Jesus did on his Palm Sunday procession. Continue on to the Dominus
Flevit Chapel, from where we can overlook the Old City of Jerusalem
and the Temple Mount. It is from this overlook that Jesus wept
over Jerusalem. Proceed on to the Garden of Gethsemane and visit
the cave of betrayal. Visit the Basilica of the Agony (also called the
Church of All Nations), the location of the rock of Jesus’ agony. Visit
St. Peter Gallicantu, (gallicantu is translated “the cock crows”), recalling
St. Peter’s denial of Jesus, and see the place where Jesus was imprisoned
and the steps he would have walked on the way to Gethsemane
on his last night. Visit the Cenacle (the Upper Room) where
Jesus celebrated the Last Supper. After dinner at our hotel, we will
return to the Basilica of the Agony for a Holy Hour and Eucharistic
Benediction. BLD

Jun 7 (Sat): Rise early to walk the Via Dolorosa, the Way of Sorrows, to Calvary and visit the Church of the Holy Sepulcher and the Tomb where Jesus was buried and the site of the Resurrection. Return to our hotel for a late breakfast and then check-out of the Jerusalem hotel. Visit one of the possible sites of the city of Emmaus, to which Jesus walked with two disciples on Easter Sunday, opening the Scriptures to them. Travel north to Galilee. BLD


Jun 8 (Pentecost Sunday):
Travel to Capernaum, where Peter lived and which Jesus made his base of operations for his Galilean ministry. Visit Peter’s house and the synagogue where Jesus healed and taught. Enjoy an extended boat ride on the Sea of Galilee. From the sea, view the nearby Church of St. Peter’s Primacy. Visit the unearthed ancient fishing boat at Kibbutz Nof Ginosar, which was dated back to the time of Christ. Visit Bethsaida, the home town of several apostles. Visit Taghba, the location of the miracle of the multiplication of the loaves and fishes. BLD

Jun 9 (Mon):
Travel to Mt Tabor, the site of the Transfiguration. Travel to Jesus’ hometown of Nazareth. Visit the Church of the Annunciation and the Church of St Joseph. Proceed to Cana, where Jesus performed his first miracle. Here couples may renew their wedding vows in the place where Jesus changed the water into wine at the wedding in Cana. BLD

Jun 10 (Tues):
Check out of our Galilee hotel. Travel to Mt Carmel to visit the location where Elijah called down fire from heaven. Travel along the beautiful Via Maris toward Caesarea, and visit Caesarea Maritime where St. Paul was imprisoned, tried, and sent from this
Mediterranean harbor to Rome. Visit the ruins of Herod the Great’s seaside palace, as well as the ancient hippodrome and amphitheater
along the coast of the Mediterranean Sea. Enjoy a farewell dinner at a local restaurant before heading to the airport for our return flight. BLD

Jun 11 (Wed):
Arrive back in the US.

* Itinerary subject to change.