Holy Land & Rome Pilgrimage
Moderate – High
Join us on a pilgrimage to the Holy Land and Rome! During this pilgrimage we will travel to the home of the Catholic Church before we continue on to the Holy Land to follow in the footsteps of Christ!
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Upon arrival at the airport, meet your HLTC representative and immediately transfer to San Paul Outside the Walls where we will celebrate Mass before transferring to your hotel in Rome. Dinner and overnight at our hotel. Overnight: Rome (D)
After breakfast, the group will attend one of the highlights of the trip, the Papal Audience (if available). Continue with a visit of the Basilica of St. John Lateran and the Holy Stairs, and the Basilica of St. Mary Major. Overnight: Rome (B, D)
Today we make our way for a visit to the Catacombs of San Callisto, a vast underground cemetery for the earliest Christians. We’ll explore the sprawling subterranean caverns and then emerge into the sunlight for a short ride to our campus. This afternoon we will have time to spend at Campo De Fiori Market before heading back to the hotel for dinner and overnight. Overnight: Rome (B, D)
St. Peter’s Basilica
Today is our visit to the heart of Vatican State, St. Peter’s Basilica, and underground burial stones with the tomb of St. Peter, and Square dedicated to same Saint. After a lunch at leisure, continue on a tour of Rome, featuring a stroll to the Trevi Fountain, the Pantheon, a Christian church since the 7th century, and Piazza Navona. Overnight: Rome (B, D)
This morning we head to Rome international airport for our flights to Tel Aviv. Upon arrival we are met by our HLTC representative before we continue to our hotel for dinner and overnight. Overnight: Bethlehem (B, D)
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 (B, D)
After breakfast, we head to Caesarea by the Sea to visit the Roman Crusader remains before we continue to Haifa. Upon arrival in Haifa, 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 then continue to our hotel in Nazareth. 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. 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. In the afternoon we visit Caesarea Philippi, the location of the testimony of St. Peter and where Jesus answered him “You are the Rock and upon this rock I will build my Church.” Overnight: Nazareth (B, D)
After breakfast, we drive to Cana, where couples will have the opportunity to renew wedding vows. We continue to the Basilica of Annunciation where we will celebrate Mass. Next, we enjoy a visit to Joseph’s carpentry shop. This afternoon, we head to Mount Tabor, the site of the Transfiguration. Continue to Bethlehem. Overnight: Bethlehem (B, D)
Jerusalem, The Passion of Jesus' Last Hours
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 (B, D)
The Way of The Cross
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). Time and schedule permitting, we will have special time for Adoration in the Garden of Gethsemane. Dinner and overnight at our hotel. Overnight: Bethlehem (B, D)