Day 1 - Wednesday 10 October - Arrive Tel Aviv
Morning check-in at Dublin airport for Turkish Airlines flight to Tel Aviv via Istanbul. On Arrival in Tel Aviv meet our Marian Pilgrimages representative and guides for a coach transfer to Nazareth. Check into the 4 star Legacy Hotel in Nazareth for 4 nights, dinner and breakfast.
Day 2 - Thursday 11 October - Nazareth & Cana
Morning Mass in the Basilica of the Annunciation in Nazareth. See the Cave home of the Holy Family, St Joseph’s workshop, and Mary’s Well. Drive to Cana, and visit the church of the Wedding Feast – site of Jesus’ first miracle. Renewal of Marriage Vows for married couples on the trip. Afternoon drive to Caesarea, see the Aqueduct, and visit the Roman Amphitheatre. Return to hotel for dinner.
Day 3 - Friday 12 October - Sea of Galilee
Morning Mass on the Mount of Beatitudes, overlooking the Sea of Galilee. Hear the full reading of the great Sermon on the Mount. Visit Capernaum – where we see the old Synagogue and the excavations of Peters house. Visit the site of the multiplication of the Loaves & Fish at Tabgha, and the church of the Primacy of Peter on the lake-shore. Enjoy lunch on the shore of the Sea of Galilee then take a Boat trip on the Sea of Galilee, with relevant Bible readings. Return by coach to the hotel and enjoy dinner.
Day 4 - Saturday 13 October - Mount Tabor & River Jordan
Morning drive to Mount Tabor, and ascend by taxi for Mass at the church of the Transfiguration. Enjoy the view of the Valley of Armageddon Valley. Drive to the banks of the River Jordan, and renew our Baptismal Vows in its waters. Afternoon free in Nazareth. Dinner at hotel.
Day 5 - Sunday 14 October - Jericho & Bethany
Drive along the Jordan Valley into Jericho. Here we can see the Mount of Temptation, 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 for our Mass and visit the tomb of Lazarus. Continue on to Bethlehem and check in to the 4 star Manger Square Hotel, located just a stone’s throw away from the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem for 4 nights with breakfast and dinner.
Day 6 - Monday 15 October - Bethlehem
Morning visit to the church of the Nativity for Mass. See the birthplace of Jesus, and the Holy Manger. See also the churches of St Jerome, St. Helen and the Holy Innocents. Afternoon visit the Milk Grotto and the Shepherds Fields. Drive to Ein Karem, and visit the churches of the Visitation & St John the Baptist. Return to the hotel for Dinner.
Day 7 - Tuesday 16 October - Mount of Olives
Drive to Jerusalem to the Mount of Olives, group photo, and view the Old City. Visit the Ascension Dome, Pater Noster church, Dominus Flevit, Assumption church and Grotto, and the Garden of Gethsemane. Afternoon Mass in the church of St Peter in Gallicantu – church of the Cock-Crow. See the dungeon where Jesus was held on Holy Thursday night. Walk around Mount Zion and visit the church of the Dormition, Tomb of David, and the Room of the Last Supper. Dinner at hotel.
Day 8 - Wednesday 17 October - Jerusalem
Drive to the Old City of Jerusalem, for Mass on Calvary, and see the Holy Tomb in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Visit the Church of St Anne and the Pool of Bethesda. Follow in the footsteps of Jesus and walk the Via Dolorosa, stop for prayer and reflection at the Stations of the Cross as you travel through the narrow streets of the Old City to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher the site of Calvary and the tomb of Jesus. Visit the Western Wall and enjoy some free time in Jerusalem. Return to the hotel for our final dinner.
Day 9 - Thursday 18 October - Depart Tel Aviv
Early breakfast. Drive to Tel Aviv airport for return flights to Dublin via Istanbul.
*There will be quite a bit of walking on this pilgrimage. Please talk to the tour leader or call the Marian Pilgrimage office for advice if you are at all concerned.