Holy Land, Rome, and Assisi Pilgrimage
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Please join us on this amazing opportunity for us to grow closer in our Faith! Let us make unforgettable, priceless memories as we travel through the Holy Land, Rome, and Assisi. You will not want to miss out on this!
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Arrival in the Holy Land
Upon arrival into Tel Aviv, we will be greeted by our Holy Land Travel Center representative and tour guide who will be accompanying us during the pilgrimage. We will immediately transfer to our hotel in Bethlehem. Overnight: Bethlehem (Dinner)
On our first day in the Holy Land, we present an overview for a better understanding of its geography and some of the key sites surrounding the area and what makes it such a unique area to the three major religions – Judaism, Christianity and Islam. We then head to the village of Ein Karem, 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 (Breakfast, Dinner)
After breakfast, we will depart for Haifa. Here we will visit Stella Maris, a Carmelite Monastery with the Madonna of Mt Carmel. Next, we stop at the Baha’i Gardens, which includes a staircase of nineteen terraces extending all the way up the northern slope of Mount Carmel. We continue to Nazareth and the Basilica of Annunciation where we will celebrate Mass. We enjoy a visit to Joseph’s carpentry shop before we continue Cana, where couples will have the opportunity to renew wedding vows. We continue to Tiberias where we check into our hotel before dinner and overnight. Overnight: Tiberias (Breakfast, Dinner)
Tiberias, Boat Ride On Sea Of Galilee, Capernaum, Mt. Beatitudes, Magdala Center: 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. Next, we head the Magdala Center, the village of Mary Magdalene, where we visit the newly built church on site and the newly excavated ruins. Overnight: Tiberias (Breakfast, Dinner)
Mount Tabor, Jericho, Dead Sea, Bethany: This morning we head to Mount Tabor, the site of the Transfiguration where we celebrate Mass. Continue to the river Jordan where we remember Christ’s Baptism. Afterwards, we proceed to 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. On the way back there is time for a swim (or rather a float!) in the mineral-rich waters of the Dead Sea. Continue to Bethlehem for dinner and overnight. Overnight: Bethlehem (Breakfast, Dinner)
Mt Olives, Palm Sunday, Dominus Flevit, Gethsemane, Cave of Assumption, Last Supper, Davids Tomb, Pater Noster, Palace of Caiaphas: We begin our day with a visit to the Mount of Olives where Jesus prayed, continue to the Chapel of Ascension where Jesus ascended into heaven. Next, we visit the church of Pater Noster where Jesus taught the disciples the Lord’s Prayer. Next, we walk the Palm Sunday Road, 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. Next, we head to Mount Zion, visiting the cave of Assumption (Dormition Abbey) of Mary to heaven. We visit the room of the Last Supper, King David’s Tomb, and the Church of St. Peter Gallicantu, where Peter denied Jesus three times. We end our day visiting the Palace of Caiaphas, home of the corrupt Jewish high priest. We enjoy dinner and overnight at our hotel. Overnight: Bethlehem (Breakfast, Dinner)
Via Dolorosa, St Anne’s Church, Ecce Homo, Church of The Holy Sepulcher, Notre Dame Center: After breakfast we head to Jerusalem and start our visit with St Anne Church (the traditional birthplace of the Virgin Mary). Continue to view the Sisters of Zion, Ecco Homo where Pilate proclaimed “Behold the man.” Next, we retrace the last steps of Jesus as we walk along the Via Dolorosa (Way of Sorrow), through the markets of the Old City praying the Stations of the Cross at each station shrine, we reflect on the greatness of His sacrifice. Finally, we arrive at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre for Mass. We visit the Notre Dame Center in Vatican property, where we visit the Museum of the Shroud of the Man (three-dimension replica of the Shroud of Jesus). Dinner and overnight at our hotel. Overnight: Bethlehem (Breakfast, Dinner)
Tel Aviv / Rome
After breakfast we head to the airport for our flight to Rome. After visa formalities, we immediately continue our pilgrimage by visiting the Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls, which houses the remains of St. Paul under its main altar. Next, we enjoy a walking tour of Rome, featuring a stroll to the Trevi Fountain, the Pantheon, and Piazza Navona. Continue on to our hotel for overnight. Overnight: Rome (Breakfast, Dinner)
After an early breakfast we depart for Vatican City, the spiritual capital for all Catholics around the world. Vatican City is its own city-state nestled within Rome, and it even has its own currency and postage! We make our way to St. Peter’s Basilica where we will attend the Papal Audience given by His Holiness Pope Francis. We then continue to visit the remaining major Basilicas of Rome. We start by visiting to the Basilica of St. Mary Major, the most important and the oldest church dedicated to Our Lady, which contains relic from the manger of the infant Jesus. Continue to the Basilica of St. John the Lateran, the Pope’s Cathedral church where relics of both Peter and Paul remain under the main altar. See the Holy Staircase which is believed to be from Pilate’s palace in Jerusalem and brought to Rome by St. Helen in the 4th century. Time permitting, climb the steps on your knees in memory of Christ’s Passion. Overnight: Rome (Breakfast, Dinner)
This morning we head to the magnificent Basilica of St. peter, where we will celebrate Mass. Continue on to the Vatican Museums, an astonishing series of galleries which contain the most impressive spiritual and art treasures. You will see awe-inspiring relics and works of art donated throughout centuries as tributes of faith. We will visit the Tapestry Gallery, the Raphael Rooms and the breathtaking Sistine Chapel where we will see Michelangelo’s masterpiece the Last Judgment. Continue to our hotel for dinner and overnight. Overnight: Rome (Breakfast, Dinner)
Today we leave Rome and head to Assisi in the Umbria’s region. Upon arrival we visit the sites of Assisi, birthplace of St. Francis, including the Basilica of Santa Maria Degli Angeli (Our Lady of Angels). Inside this Basilica, we explore the Portiuncola, the Chapel of the Transitus, and the Rose Garden. We continue to the Basilica of St. Clare, the Town Hall Square, and the Basilica of St Francis. We enjoy an afternoon at leisure to explore the lovely town with its quaint streets and alleys. Overnight: Assisi (Breakfast, Dinner)
Orvieto / Rome
Your visit will include the extraordinary Duomo of Orvieto, which was inspired by the Miracle of Bolsena, where in 1263 a consecrated host began to bleed onto the corporal (the small cloth upon which the hose and chalice rest during Mass). With its remarkable façade, the Duomo of Orvieto is truly among Italy’s greatest Romanesque Gothic cathedrals. Free time on our own before we continue to Rome for dinner and overnight. Overnight: Rome (Breakfast, Dinner)
Today we make our way for a visit to the Catacombs of San Callisto, a vast underground cemetary for the earliest Christians. We’ll explore the sprawling subterranean caverns and then emerge into the sunlight for a short ride to our campus. The evening is free to explore before heading back to the hotel for dinner and overnight. Overnight: Rome (Breakfast, Dinner)
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