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11 Days In the footsteps of Jesus to the Holy Land from Denver - November 14-24, 2019 - Fr. Rev. Lawrence Solan

Day 1: Departure from Denver.

• Depart for your overnight flights to the Holy Land.

Day 2: Arrive Tel Aviv, Transfer to Nazareth.

• Arrive at Ben Gurion Airport, Tel Aviv. Meet an Assist by your Guide, then transfer to your hotel in Tiberius or Nazareth, approximately two hours’ drive.
• Dinner and overnight in the hotel in Tiberias or Nazareth.

Day 3: Nazareth, Mount TaborCana

• Begin the day with a visit to Nazareth, the town where Jesus grew up. Visit the Basilica of Annunciation (Celebrate Mass), marking the annunciation by the Angel Gabriel of the birth of Jesus. See Mary’s well and the grotto, believed to have been the home of the Virgin Mary; the centuries-old Church of St. Gabriel. Continue to Cana of Galilee, where Jesus performed His first miracle of turning water into wine during a wedding feast. See the Wedding Church. End the day going to Mt. Tabor and visit the beautiful two-level Basilica of the Transfiguration, marking the Transfiguration of Jesus before Peter and James and talking with Moses and Elias. Enjoy the breathtaking view of the valley below.

Day 4: Banias, Sea of Galilee

• After breakfast we drive to Golan Height to visit Caesarea Philippi which became an important Christian pilgrimage destination as the place where Jesus asked the disciples “Who do people say I am?". Drive back to Tiberius to Follow the footsteps of Jesus’ ministry in the villages around the Sea of Galilee, begin with a visit to Capernaum, often called the hometown of Christ. Capernaum is where Jesus healed a centurion’s servant, Peter’s mother-in-law, and many others who were brought to Him. See the church marking St. Peter’s house. Continue to Tabgha and visit the church of Multiplication of the Loaves and Fish, commemorating Jesus’ miracle of feeding 5,000 men. See the Church of St. Peter’s Primacy (Celebrate Mass), where Jesus appeared to the disciples after the resurrection. The next stop is Mt. of Beatitudes, the hill where He preached the Sermon on the Mount to the multitudes that stood below. The journey continues as you are welcome to take a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee and remember the events which took place in the area.
• Dinner and overnight in the hotel in Tiberias or Nazareth.

Day 5: Mount Carmel, Coastal Plains

• Drive to Mt. Carmel, visit Carmelites’ monastery Stella Maris Church (Celebrate Mass). It was Mt. Carmel that Prophet Elias chose for gathering together all the people with the prophets of Baal to prove who the True God is. Proceed to the Hanging Gardens of Haifa, also known as the Terraces of Baha’i Faith. These garden terraces form the Shrine of the Baal on Mount Carmel. Described as the Eighth Wonder of the World, they are one of the most visited tourist attractions in the country. Drive to Caesarea Maritima, a city and harbor built by Herod the Great about XXV-XIII BC. Today, its ruins lie on the Mediterranean coast of the Holy Land about halfway between the cities of Tel Aviv and Haifa. It is here that Apostle Peter baptized Cornelius the Centurion and following it established there a church. Drive to Bethlehem through Jerusalem.
• Dinner and overnight at hotel in Bethlehem.

Day 6: BethlehemShepherd’s field

• We start our day of visiting Beth Sahour to visit the Shepherds’ Fields, identified with shepherds who saw the star of Nativity. Continue to Bethlehem visit the Nativity Church, Chapel of the Innocents, Church of St. Katherine, and the Manger Square. See the Milk Grotto, where, according to tradition, the Holy Family took refuge during the Slaughter of the innocents, before their flight into Egypt. Tradition has it that while Mary was nursing Jesus there, a drop of her divine milk felt to the ground, turning it white.
• Dinner and overnight at hotel in Bethlehem.

Day 7: Dead SeaJerichoBethany

• We start our day with a visit to Bethany which was the home of Lazarus, whom Jesus raised from the dead and his sisters Mary and Martha. (Celebrate Mass). Drive to Jericho which has been the cradle of civilization as far back as 7,000 to 10,000 B.C. It was the first city taken by the oldest cities in the world. It was the first city taken by the tribes of Israel after they crossed the River Jordan. In Jericho, Christ cured a blind man It was here that the chief tax collector Zacchaeus, who was short of stature, climbed a sycamore tree so that he could see Jesus, View Mount of Temptation situated in the northwest of Jericho over-looking the world’s most ancient city. After Lunch in Jericho we drive to Qumran where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered. Visit the remains of the Community Center of the Essences and the Caves of the Scrolls. From there we drive to a private beach on the Dead Sea for a dip in the salt and mineral laden. Finally, we visit the Yardaneet, the traditional baptismal site on the river Jordan. Dinner and overnight at hotel in Bethlehem.

Day 8: Mount of OlivesMount Zion.

• Begin your visit with one of the most magnificent views in the world: ancient Jerusalem as seen from the top of the Mt. of Olives. Visit the Pater Noster Church, where the Prayer “Our Father” in inscribed in dozens of languages, Church of Ascension, marking the place where Jesus ascended to Heaven. Then down the Mt. of Olives in the footsteps of Jesus take the Palm Sunday Walk. Stop at Dominus Flevit (‘the Lord Wept’). Continue to the Garden of Gethsemane (Mass), see the Rock of Agony where Jesus prayed for God’s will to be done. Take the time for prayer and contemplation. From there we drive to Mt. Zion to visit the church of St. Peter’s in Gallicantu the church of the Dormition, King David’s Tomb, and Room of the Last Supper.
• Dinner and overnight at hotel in Bethlehem.

Day 9: Via DolorosaHoly Sepulcher.

• Begin the day with a walk in the Old City of Jerusalem. Among others today we shall see the Holy Sepulcher (Mass), the Western Wall, the Dome of the Rock, “Ecce Homo” Arch, Pilate’s Judgment Hall, chapel of the Flagellation, Via Dolorosa, St. Anne’s Church and Bethesda. In the afternoon enjoy a free time in the old city of Jerusalem.
• Dinner and overnight in Bethlehem.

Day 10: Ein Karem

• Continue to Ein Karem (spring of the Vineyard), according to tradition, the place of birth of John the Baptist. There are two churches by his name in the place. See the Church of the Visitation, built on the place where the pregnant Mary visited her pregnant cousin Elizabeth and stayed for three months. Continue driving to Emmaus Nicapolis, the Christian Holy place, where Jesus broke the bread after his Resurrection (Gospel of Luke, chapter 24, 13-35).The ruins of two Byzantine Basilicas and of a Crusader Church can be seen here, as well as the ancient Jewish tombs from the time of Jesus. Our last visit will be to Shroud of Turin Exhibition in Jerusalem A permanent exhibition at the “Notre Dame” Jerusalem center, devoted to the “Shroud of Turin”. The exhibition presents studies and possible reconstructions of crucifixion and the use of the shroud.
• Dinner and overnight in Bethlehem.

Day 11: Departure

• Depart for airport.




Trip Date: November 14-24, 2019
Departure City: Denver, CO (Other cities available)
Package Price: $3690.00 

Package Price includes the following:

  1. Round trip from Denver.
  2. Meet & Assist at Ben Gurion Airport upon arrivals and departures.
  3. Four nights’ accommodation in Tiberius in double occupancy with breakfast & dinner.
  4. Five night’s accommodation in Bethlehem in double occupancy with breakfast & dinner.
  5. Ten days sightseeing in modern air-conditioned private bus.
  6. English speaking government licensed Christian guide on duty.
  7. Entrance fees to places of interests whilst on tour in the Holy Land.
  8. Special dinner at oriental restaurant

Package Price Does not include the following:

  1. Tips for Guide, Driver and
  2. Lunches
  3. Drinks at hotels and restaurants
  4. All Personal
  5. Insurance