Holy Land in Five Days and Four Nights

Holy Land in Five Days and Four Nights

(Recommended for pilgrims and visitors from Europe)

The Itinerary could suffer changes, which do not depend on our organization.

The impact between land and Bible is possible to experience even for groups with limited time

 

Day 1: Arrival to Tel Aviv, transport to Galilee

After meeting your guide in Arrivals at Ben Gurion Airport, you begin your spiritual journey by exploring Caesarea Maritima, where the Roman link to the East eventually became the Christian catalyst to the West.  (This, however, depends on your flight arrival time)

Dinner and lodging await you either in Nazareth or Tiberius.

 

Day 2: The ministry of Christ in the Galilee

AM:

We begin your spiritual journey by driving along the picturesque Sea of Galilee to the Mount of Beatitudes, where Jesus delivered the Sermon on the Mount.  We continue to Tabgha to view the mosaics representing the miracle of the multiplication of the loaves and fishes (Mark 6:30-46) and to visit the Church of St. Peter’s Primacy, which honors Jesus reinstatement of Peter as Chief among the Apostles.  Our route then takes us to Capernaum, the synagogue and place where early Christians remembered Peter’s house.   In order to absorb the main sites of Jesus’ ministry, we take a boat ride across the Sea of Galilee.

PM:

The afternoon brings us to Nazareth, the childhood home of Jesus.  We visit May’s Well (The spring of the Virgin Mary) and the Basilica of the Annunciation, where the angel Gabriel announced to the Virgin Mary that she would conceive and become the mother of Jesus, Son of God.  We make our way through the Nazareth suk (old market) to the Synagogue where Jesus studied and prayed, and more importantly where one Sabbath day Jesus delivered his famous sermon (Matthew 13, Mark 6,   Luke 4) based on Isaiah 61 declaring himself as the Messiah.

We visit Cana to the church where Jesus performed his first miracle of  transforming a large quantity of water into wine at a wedding feast (John 2:1-11).   Here couples can renew their wedding vows.                                    

 PM:

We end the day with a drive to Jerusalem or Bethlehem for dinner and lodging at your hotel.                                                                                                                                                 

 

Day 3: Bethlehem – Mount Zion – Ein Karem

AM:

We enter Bethlehem, the birthplace of Jesus of Nazareth.  We visit the Grotto of the Nativity, which the oldest continuously operating Christian church (Church of the Nativity) sits atop. We continue to the Church of St. Catherine, where the Patriarch of Jerusalem celebrates Midnight Mass on Christmas Eve and we see St. Jerome’s two-room cave, where for 30 years he translated the Scriptures from Hebrew and Greek into Latin.  Nearby, we visit St. Joseph’s Church.

Before the morning break, we go to Shepherds’ Field identified as the place where the Angel of the Lord visited the shepherds and informed them of Jesus’ birth.

PM:

Ascending the highest point of Mount Zion, we go to the Abbey of Dormition of Our Lady which is identified in Christian tradition as the place where the Virgin Mary died, and the Cenacle (Upper Room) known as the site of The Last Supper and Pentecost. 

On the Eastern slope of Mount Zion, we visit the Church of St. Peter in Gallicantu (meaning cock’s crow).  This is in remembrance of Peter’s triple rejection of  Jesus “…..before the cock crows thrice.”  (Mark 14:30).   The spot is also believed to be the location of the High Priest Caiaphas palace (high priest of the Jews), where Jesus was imprisoned for the night.

In an ancient village of the Jerusalem District, we explore Ein Karem (Spring of the Vineyard), birthplace of St. John the Baptist  (Church of the Birth of St. John the Baptist).  We honor Mary’s (Jesus’ mother) visit and proclaimed “Magnificat” to Elizabeth (John the Baptist’s mother) at the Church of the Visitation.

 

Day 4: Jerusalem, the Last hours of Jesus' Passion

AM:

We explore the Old City of Jerusalem.

We begin in the Jewish Quarter and the Western Wall, the site for Jewish prayer and pilgrimage for centuries.  We then ascend the Temple Mount and view the Dome of the Rock, Al Aksa Mosque, and the site where the Temple stood.  We visit the Church of St. Anne where the parents of the Virgin Mary lived, and the Pool of Bethesda described in St. John’s account of Jesus curing a paralyzed man.

We make our way to Pilate’s Judgment Hall “Antonia Fortress” where Jesus was condemned to death by Pontius Pilate.  “Then delivered he him therefore unto them to be crucified” (John 19:16).  From there, we retrace Jesus’ final footsteps on the path of Via Dolorosa (“Way of Grief” in Latin) where Jesus was lead in agony, carrying the crucifixion cross towards the Holy Sepulcher.  There are a total of 14 stations along this path through the market of the Old City.  We pray at each of the fourteen Stations, reflecting on the greatness of his sacrifice until we reach the Basilica of the Holy Sepulcher (Church of the Resurrection).  We honor the Calvary “Golgotha” and the empty Tomb or our Lord.  We then explore the different sections of the church.

PM:

We drive to the top of Mount Olives for a panoramic view of Jerusalem and observe the key sites surrounding the area.  We go to the Church of Pater Noster where Jesus taught his disciples how to pray.  We follow the Palm Sunday route to the Church of Dominus Flevit, where our Lord wept over the city.  We continue our walk on the Palm Sunday route to the Garden of Gethsemane where we see the rock of Agony where Jesus prayed before his crucifixion.  Prior to our return to your hotel, we will have time at the dimly lit church for prayer and reflection.

 

Day 5: Jerusalem – Return Home

After a memorable journey in this historic region, it is time to say farewell.