11 DAY TOUR / EASTER PROGRAM
________________________________________SUNDAY DAY 1 – AIRPORT / JERUSALEM: Arrival at Ben Gurion Airport. You will be met at airport and transfer to Jerusalem. Dinner and overnight at hotel.
PALM SUNDAY DAY 2 – PALM SUNDAY IN JERUSALEM: Early morning Palm Sunday Mass at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher at 06:30AM. This afternoon transfer to Beit Fage to join the procession of Palm Sunday that starts at 02:30 PM ends at the church of St. Ann. Sinner and overnight at hotel.
HOLY MONDAY DAY 3 – BETHANY / JERICHO / QUMRAN / NAZARETH / CANA / TIBERIAS: After breakfast, drive to Bethany visit the Tomb of Lazarus, the house of Mary and Martha, continue to visit the Inn of the Good Samaritan. Proceed to Qumran where the Scrolls of the Dead Sea were found by a shepherd boy. Continue to Jericho visit Elishah’s Fountain, view the Mt. of Temptation, visit Tel El sultan. Continue to Nazareth visit the Basilica of the Annunciation, mass. Then visit Mary’s Well and the synagogue. Then visit St. Joseph’s workshop, home of the Holy family. Drive to Cana where Christ performed his first miracle any married couple can renew their vows. Continue to your hotel in Tiberias. Dinner and overnight at hotel.
HOLY TUESDAY DAY 4 – TIBERIAS / CAPHERNAUM / TABGHA / MT. BEATITUDES / MAGDALA: Start you r day by a boat ride across the Sea of Galilee. From Tiberias to Ginossar. Visit Capernaum, the site where Jesus started His Ministry, the House of Peter. Proceed to Tabgha; the site of the Multiplication of Loaves and Fish. Proceed to Mt. Beatitudes for an outstanding view of the Sea of Galilee and the area.
It was here that Christ taught the Eight Beatitudes to His Disciples. Mass. Continue to the ruins of Magdala where Mary Magdalen lived. Drive to Jordan River then back to your hotel in Tiberias. Dinner and overnight at hotel.
HOLY WEDNESDAY DAY 5 – MEGIDDO / HAIFA / BAH’AI TEMPLE / CAESAREA / JERUSALEM: Morning departure from Tiberias to Megiddo visit then drive to Haifa visit Mt. Carmel and the Shrine of Our Lady and the cave of the Prophet Elijah. Mass. Visit the Bahai Temple. Continue to Caesarea Maritime visit the Roman Theater proceed to Jerusalem. Dinner and overnight at hotel.
HOLY THURSDAY DAY 6 – MT. OF OLIVES / GETHSEMANE / EIN KAREM / NEW CITY / MT. ZION: Dive to Mt. of Olives with its outstanding view of the city. Visit the Church of the Ascension, the Pater Noster Church and Dominus Flevit. Onwards to Gethsemane, visit the Church of All Nations. In the afternoon, proceed to Ein Karem, visit the place of the visitation, view the plaques with the Magnificat in most languages of the world, visit the parish church of St. John the Baptist and the Grotto of his birth. Drive to Mt. Zion visiting the Room of the Last Supper, Church of the Dormition and the then visit the Church of St. Peter in Gallicantu. The Holy Hour at the Church of All Nations at 8:00 PM. Dinner and overnight at hotel.
GOOD FRIDAY DAY 7 – OLD CITY “CHRISTIAN SHRINES”: This morning visit St. Ann’s Church, the Pool of Bethesda, visit the Chapel of Flagellation, Lithostrotos, Pilate’s Judgment Hall. Walk along the Via Dolorosa, ending at the Holy Sepulcher. Funeral Procession at Holy Sepulcher at 8:10 PM. Dinner at overnight at hotel
HOLY SATURDAY DAY 8 – BETHLEHEM / OLD CITY MOSLEM AND JEWISH SHRINES: Drive to Bethlehem, visit the Basilica of the Nativity, Chapel of St. Jerome, Church of St. Catherine. Continue to the Shepherd’s Fields then visit the Fields of Boaz and Ruth. In the afternoon, drive to visit the Temple Mount, Dome of the Rock and Al Aksa Mosque, then the Wailing Wall. Dinner and overnight at hotel.
EASTER SUNDAY DAY 9: Participation at the resurrection Mass at 8:45 Am. Rest of the day at leisure. Dinner and overnight at hotel.
EASTER MONDAY DAY 10 – EMMAUS AND LATROUN: This morning drive north passing by Tel El Foul to Emmaus, one of the traditional sites where Jesus appeared to his disciples. Mass at 10:00 AM. In the afternoon, drive to visit Latroun and Abu Ghosh. Dinner and overnight at hotel.
TUESDAY DAY 11 – JERUSALEM / AIRPORT: This morning drive to airport for departure.