Day 1 - Arrive Tel Aviv
Make your way to Dublin airport and check-in for Turkish Airlines flight to Tel Aviv via Istanbul, with onboard catering and personal entertainment on one of Europe’s best Airlines. 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 Nazareth where we check into the 4 star Legacy Hotel for 4 nights with dinner and breakfast.
Day 2 - Mount Tabor & Cana
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. 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 Nazareth for dinner in our hotel.
Day 3 - Sea of Galilee
This morning we 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. Continue 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. Enjoy lunch on the shore of the Sea of Galilee before taking a Boat trip on the lake, 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 we visit the Magdala, the home of Mary Magdalene, a prosperous fishing village at the time of Jesus.
Day 4 - Nazareth
After breakfast we will spend our morning exploring the city where Jesus lived as a child. We make our way to the Basilica of the Annunciation to celebrate Mass. 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. Take the after noon for some free time in Nazareth before dinner at the hotel.
Day 5 - Jericho & Bethany
This morning we leave Bethlehem and visit Bethany for Mass. Drive via the Inn of the Good Samaritan to the Dead Sea. Take some time to relax and float on the water near Qumran, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found. Continue to Jericho to see the Mount of Temptation where Jesus was tempted by the devil, and the Sycamore tree of Zacchaeus. Drive along the Jordan Valley to Nazareth and check into the Holy Land Hotel in Jerusalem opposite Herod’s Gate for 4 nights, dinner and breakfast.
Day 6 - Mount of Olives
Drive to summit of Mount of Olives in Jerusalem. Celebrate Mass in Dominus Flevit. Church where Jesus wept over Jerusalem. Visit Garden of Gethsemane and Church of All Nations and Western Wall. Visit Abu Ghosh or El Qubeibah (Emmaus)
Day 7 - Bethlehem
Visit Bethlehem, Basilica of the Nativity, birthplace of Jesus, Mass in Crypt. Coach to Shepherd’s Field Cave & Church where the angels sang their hymn of glory on the first Christmas night. Visit Bethany Church of Martha and Mary time permitting.
Day 8 - Via Dolorosa
Early Mass on Calvary and visit Tomb of Christ. After breakfast visit St. Anne’ Church, birthplace of Mary and Pool of Bethesda. Tour of Lithostrotos in Ecce Homo, where Jesus stood before Pilate, Begin the Way of the Cross as we walk in the footsteps of Jesus along the Via Dolorosa ending in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.
Day 9 - Depart Tel Aviv
Early breakfast before taking our coach to Tel Aviv airport for return flights to Dublin via Istanbul.
*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.