Day 1 - Arrive Tel Aviv
Make your way to Dublin airport and check-in for Direct flight to Tel Aviv with El Al departing at 9pm.
Day 2 – Sea Of Galiee
On Arrival in Tel Aviv you will be met by our Marian Pilgrimages representative and guide in the arrival hall before boarding your tour coach. Get acquainted with the group on your transfer to Tiberias on the shore of the Sea Of Galilee, where we check into Restal Hotel for 4 nights with dinner and breakfast. On check in at 6am, we will have breakfast and have the rooms ready for a rest. After lunch we will make our way to the Mount of Beatitudes which overlooks the Sea of Galilee, Capernaum and Tabgha. Here we celebrate Mass in the Church of the Beatitudes and hear the reading of the great Sermon on the Mount.Return to the hotel for dinner.
Day 3 – Capernaum & Magdala
This morning we travel to Capernaum where we see the old Synagogue the site of many of Jesus’ teachings and the excavations of Peters house where Jesus stayed when visiting Capernaum. Visit the site of the multiplication of the Loaves & Fish at Tabgha, and the church of the Primacy of Peter. Continue to Magdala, the home of Mary Magdalene, a prosperous fishing village at the time of Jesus. After lunch we take a Boat trip on the Sea of Galilee, with relevant Bible readings. On docking of the boat, you have the opportunity to see the “boat of Jesus” a fishing boat from the time of Christ. Before retuning to the hotel for dinner.
Day 4 – Nazareth & Cana
After breakfast we will drive to Nazareth the city where Jesus lived as a child. Here we will celebrate Mass in the Basilica of the Annunciation. Visiting the lower level of the Basilica we see the remains of Mary’s house and where the Angel Gabriel visited her. Here inscribed on the alter are the Latin words of “Here the Word was made flesh”. Adjacent to the Basilica is the St. Joseph Church, we visit the site of Joseph’s work shop and the house of the Holy Family. A short walk from the Basilica is Mary’s Well here you have the opportunity to draw water from the same well as the Virgin Mary.
After some time for lunch we take the short coach journey to Cana. Here we visit the Wedding Church, the site of Jesus’ first miracle, turning the water to wine. Couples on the pilgrimage can take part in the special ceremony to renew their Wedding Vows. In the lower level of the church we see artifacts from the site before having an opportunity to taste and purchase some wine from this sacred site. Return to our hotel for dinner.
Day 5 – Mount Tabor and River Jordan
After breakfast we drive to Mount Tabor and ascend by taxi for Mass at the church of the Transfiguration where Jesus is transfigured and speaks to Moses and Elijah. Enjoy the view of the Valley of Armageddon before driving to Yardinet - Baptism site on the River Jordan, here we can renew our Baptismal Vows. Return to the hotel for some free time to relax before dinner.
Day 6 - Jericho & Bethany
This morning we leave Galiee and drive south along the Jordan Valley into Jericho. Here we can see the Mount of Temptation where Jesus was tempted by the devil, and the Sycamore tree of Zacchaeus. Continue to the Dead Sea – the lowest place on Earth and enjoy a “dip” near Qumran, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found. Drive by the Inn of the Good Samaritan, to Bethany to celebrate Mass and visit the tomb of Lazarus. Continue on to Bethlehem where we check-in to the 4 star Manger Square Hotel, located just a stone’s throw from the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem for 4 nights, with breakfast and dinner.
Day 7 – Bethlehem
After breakfast we take the short walk to the Church of the Nativity where we spend the morning and celebrate Mass. Here you can visit the birthplace of Jesus, and the Holy Manger as well as the Chapels of St. Joseph, St. Jerome, the Holy Innocents and the Church of St. Catherine. Leaving the Church of the Nativity you can make your way to the Milk Grotto before joining our coach and taking the short drive to the Shepherds Fields. After lunch we continue to Ein Karem and visit the Churches of the Visitation (where Mary met Elizabeth) & St. John the Baptist. Return to the hotel for Dinner.
Day 8 – Jerusalem
We drive to Jerusalem and enter the Old City to the Church of St Anne and nearby, see the Pool of Bethesda. Close by we begin the Via Dolorosa and follow the stations of the cross through the markets and narrow streets of the Old City to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, the site of Calvary where Jesus was crucified and His tomb. Here we will celebrate Mass at 11.00 and take some time to reflect at this sacred site. Enjoy some free time in Jerusalem for lunch before visiting the Western Wall. We will then drive to Taybeh – a town where Jesus stayed before going to Jerusalem to endure the Passion. It is the last all-Christian town in the West Bank and here we will hear about efforts to keep the local Christian community vibrant, including local wine-making before returning to the hotel in Bethlehem for dinner.
Day 9 - Mount of Olives
Drive to the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem where we take our group photo and enjoy the view of the Old City below. We make our way to the highest point on the Mount of Olives to the Ascension Dome. Continue to visit the Pater Noster Church, Dominus Flevit, the Church of the Assumption and grotto and the Garden of Gethsemane. In the afternoon we celebrate Mass at 15.00 in the Church of St Peter in Gallicantu or ‘cock’s crow’, where St Peter denied Jesus three times and see the dungeon where Jesus was held the night of Holy Thursday. We walk around Mount Zion and visit the church of the Dormition of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Tomb of King David and the Room of the Last Supper.
Return to the hotel for dinner.
Day 10 – Emmaus
After breakfast at the hotel, we have some free time in Bethlehem before boarding the coach for the journey to Emmaus where we will have Mass and lunch before proceeding to the airport for the direct flight back to Dublin.
*It is our intention to follow the itinerary as outlined above, however due to many factors like local holidays, traffic or weather conditions it may be necessary to make changes to the order of events or even the cancelation of certain events.