Holy Land & Egypt
Moderate – High
Join Fr. G on a pilgrimage to the Holy Land & Egypt!
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Arrival in the Holy Land
We travel along the coast to Caesarea, where the Romans held Paul prisoner. VIsit the ROman and Crusader ruins. Drive through the Carmel Mountains heading for Galilee. In Haifa, visit Stella Maris, a Carmelite Monastery with the Madonna of Mt Carmel. Continue to Mubarak where Elijah confronted the false prophets of Baal and where the Carmelite Order was started. Drive to Cana, the village of Jesus’s first miracle of changing water into wine. Here, couples may renew their wedding views. Continue to the Basilica of Annunciation in Nazareth where we will celebrate Mass and visit Mary’s well and the Church of the Angel Gabriel. Overnight: Nazareth (B, D)
The Ministry of Christ in the Galilee
Some of today;s highlights are a boat ride across the Sea of Galilee to Capernaum to see the synagogue and St. Peter’s house, a visit to the Mount of the Beatitudes where the Sermon on the Mount was given, to Tabgha to see the splendid mosaic about the miracle of the loaves and fishes, and to the nearby Church of Peter’s Primacy where Peter was told “feed my lambs, feed my sheep.” There will be an unforgettable Mass near the shores of the Sea of Galilee at the Primacy or Mt. Beatitudes. In the afternoon we continue to Mount Tabor, scene of the Transfiguration. Later we will visit the Jordan River, remembering our Baptism. Overnight: Nazareth (B, D)
Jerusalem and Bethlehem
On the first day in Jerusalem we present an overview for a better understanding of its geography and some of the key sites surrounding the area. This includes a dramatic view of the Old City from the Mount of Olives, revealing a city with 4000 years of history. From this vantage point see much of what makes Jerusalem such a unique city to the three major religions – Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. We then head to the village of Erin Karen, the birthplace of St. John the Baptist and to the Church of VIsitation where the Blessed Virgin Mary visited her cousin, Elizabeth, and proclaimed the “Magnificat”. In the afternoon we drive to the Shepherd’s Fields where the angels announced the birth of Jesus. Then we visit the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem that stands upon the site where Jesus was born. Overnight: Bethlehem (B, D)
Jerusalem the Passion of Jesus’ Last Hours
We begin our day with a visit to the Mt of Olives to walk the Palm Sunday route stopping at Dominus Flevit, where Jesus wept over Jerusalem. Then to Gethsemane, the Rock of Agony where Jesus prayed His last prayer before his arrest. Visit the Cave of Betrayal then the Cave of Assumption of Mary to heaven. Back on the Mt. of Olives we visit the Pater Noster with the Lord’s Prayer in any languages, and the ascension from where Jresus ascended to heaven. Overnight: Bethlehem (B, D)
The Way of the Cross
Early in the morning we retrace the last steps of Jesus. As we walk along the Via Dolorosa (Way of Sorrow), through the markers of the Old City praying the Stations of the Cross, we reflect on the greatness of His sacrifice. Finally, we arrive at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher for Mass. After breakfast at our hotel we return to the Old City of Jerusalem to visit St. Anne’s Church, home of the Virgin Mary and her parents Saints Joachim and Anne. We pass the Eccentric Homo where Pilate proclaimed “Behold the man”’ then the Wailing wall, the most holy place for Jews. We then visit the nearby Hezekiah Tunnels followed by the Dome of the Rock and the Haram al Sharif or Temple Mount. We exit at Mt. Zion. At the Cenacle we visit the Upper Room of the Last Supper. Next we visit the Dormition Abbey where we believe the Blessed Mary died. We end the day at St. Peter in Gallicantu where Peter denied Him thrice. Overnight: Bethlehem (B, D)
We begin our day with a visit to Bethany where Jesus raised Lazarus from the dad. Further East, just off the Roman road that Jesus “walked”, is Wadi Qelt gorge, site of the Monastery of St. George. At the oasis town of Jericho, visit the excavations of the oldest city in the world and view Mt. Temptation where Jesus fasted and was tempted by Satan. We then head to the ancient fortress of Masada before we go for a swim (or rather, a float!) in the mineral-rich waters of the Dead Sea, renowned for its healing properties. Later we cross the Egyptian border overnight. Overnight: Taba (B, D)
Today we visit the Egyptian Museum. This is a place of true discovery and without a doubt one of the greatest collections of all time. Over 250,000 genuine artifacts are presented, including an exhibit dedicated to the Tut-Ankh-Amon collection of treasures, gold, and jewelry, as it was enclosed in his tomb for over 3,5000 years before it was discovered in the 1920s when his tomb was excavated. We then visit the great Pyramids – Cheops, Chephren, & Mykerions. Cheops is the most colossal pyramid ever built. Next is a close-up look at the Sphinx – a huge funeral complex guarded by the legendary lion body with the face of king Chephren. Later we will visit Khan el Khalili Bazaars. Overnight: Cairo (B, D)
This morning we fly to Aswan for our Nile cruise. Upon Arrival, we are welcomed by our local representatives and transfer to the cruise ship. Embarkation, lunch on board. VIsit the High Dam and the Philae Temple. Sail to Kim Ombo. Afternoon tea followed by a visit to the temple shared by the two Gods Sobek and Haroeris. Sail to Edfu. Dinner on board accompanied by a disco party. Overnight: Cruise Ship (B, D)
Breakfast on board. Visit the Temple of Horus in Edfu. Cross the lock. Sail to Luxor. Afternoon tea. Tonight we gather for dinner on board and a Galabya party. Overnight: Cruise Ship (B, D)
Breakfast on board. Visit the Temple of Karnak and the Temple of Luxor. Afternoon tea as always. Tonight we gather again for dinner on board and a belly dance show. Overnight: Cruise Ship (B, D)
Breakfast on board. Cross to the West Bank to visit the Necropolis of Thebes, Valley of the Kings, the Temple of Hatshepsut and the Colossi of Memnon. Disembark and fly back to Cairo. Overnight: Cairo (B, D)
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