The Holy Land & Petra
Walk Where Jesus Walked!
Spiritual Director: Fr. Stephen Vrazel
November 17 - 27, 2018
Your trip includes
- Round-trip airfare from Mobile, MOB
- Airport taxes & fuel surcharges
- Accommodations at centrally located first class hotels as follows: (or similar)
- ~ 3 nights | Nov 18 – 21: Rimonim Galei Kinneret, Tiberias
- ~ 1 night | Nov 21 – 22: The Old Village, Petra
- ~ 1 night | Nov 22 – 23: Holiday Inn Resort Dead Sea, Jordan
- Transfers as per itinerary
- Breakfast and dinner daily
- Transportation by air-conditioned motor coach
- Wi-Fi on bus
- Wireless headsets where needed
- Assistance of a professional local Catholic guide(s)
- Sightseeing and admissions fees as per itinerary
- Mass daily & spiritual activities
- Flight bag & portfolio of all travel documents
- Lunches, beverages, tips to your guide & driver.
Sat, Nov 17: Depart for the Holy Land
Make your way to Mobile airport where you will board your over-night flight. Your meals are served on board.
Sun, Nov 18: Tel Aviv – Tiberias
Arrival at Ben Gurion Airport. Exit the terminal and meet your guide. Transfer to your hotel in Tiberias, with a stop on the way at Caesarea Maritima, if time permits (this depends on your flight arrival time). Dinner and overnight.
Mon, Nov 19: In Mary's Footsteps - Cana of Galilee
This morning we drive to Cana to visit the Church commemorating the place where Jesus transformed water into wine. Then on to Nazareth to visit the Basilica of Annunciation (Holy Mass at the Basilica of the Annunciation), Mary´s Well and the Synagogue. In the afternoon, we travel on to Haifa and Carmel. Ascending the Carmel Mountains we will visit the Stella Maris Convent, and the Prophet Elijah´s Grotto, before returning for dinner and lodging at your hotel.
Tue, Nov 20: In Jesus' & the Disciples' Footsteps
We start the day with a boat ride across the Sea of Galilee to Capernaum to see St. Peter´s Memorial, St. Peter´s House and the Synagogue. Then on to Mt. of Beatitudes where our Lord gave the Sermon on the Mount. We proceed to Tabgha, the site of multiplication of fish and loaves, returning to celebrate Holy Mass at St. Peter's Primacy for Mass. We then drive to the Jordan River at the southern end of the Sea of Galilee to renew our Baptismal Vows. We finish the day with a visit to Mt.Tabor and the church of the Transfiguration. Then drive back to the hotel for dinner and lodging.
Wed, Nov 21: Visiting Ancient Cultures – Petra
We leave Tiberias to cross over to Jordan by the Sheikh Hussein Bridge where we will be met and assisted in a visit to the Roman city of Jerash, including the Cardo Maximus, the street lined by columns and flanked by temples, churches, theaters and innumerable mosaics. From there we will transfer to the “City of Mosaics,” Madaba (approximately one hour and forty minutes). While in this city, you will visit St. George’s Church that is home to a true treasure of Christianity. This Church houses the oldest map of the Holy Land which includes Israel, Palestine, and Southern Egypt. Later, you will visit Mt. Nebo, the most revered holy sites of Jordan. This mountain was mentioned in Deuteronomy 34, “Then Moses climbed Mount Nebo from the plains of Moab to the top of Pisgah…” While here, you will tour the Holy site of where Moses died and was buried. Following your visit to this Sacred place, we end the day with the journey to our hotel in Petra, where have dinner and overnight lodging.
Thu, Nov 22: Petra
In the early morning we start our visit to Petra, the Rose Red City. The visit will include the main sites such as the "Siq", a long winding fissure between two walls of overhanging cliffs, the "Khazneh" referred to as the Treasury, the Street of Facades, the Court House and the Amphitheater. Time permitting we will visit the High Place of Sacrifice and the Monastery. Dinner and overnight in Petra.
Fri, Nov 23: Petra - Crossing the Jordan River into the Promised Land
The Wilderness: Qumran - Dead Sea
Early this morning, we will cross back to Israel by the Allenby Bridge. We will travel through the Judean Desert on our way to Jericho, to visit the ancient city, Elisha's spring, the Sycamore tree, the new city, where we will have a view of the Mount of Temptation. From here we drive to the Dead Sea, the lowest place on earth, to see the excavation of the Essene Monastery and the caves where the Dead Sea Scrolls were hidden. If you are so inclined, we’ll take some time to swim in the Dead Sea. Afterwards we will head to Jerusalem. Check in to Notre Dame Hotel. Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem.
Sat, Nov 24: Bethlehem - Ein Karem
This morning we drive to Bethlehem to visit the place of our Lord's birth in the Basilica of the Nativity. We will celebrate Mass in the nearby Chapel of St, Jerome, and then go on to see the Milk Grotto and the Shepherds Fields. In the afternoon we drive to the nearby village of Ein Karem to visit the Church of St. John the Baptist and the Church of the Visitation. Return to Notre Dame in Jerusalem for dinner and overnight.
Sun, Nov 25: Jerusalem, the Passion of Jesus´ last hours Ecce Homo
We start the day with Holy Mass at the Holy Sepulchre. After Mass we return to the hotel to have breakfast, before leaving on foot to visit the Old City of Jerusalem. We'll start at the Temple area, where we will see the Western Wall, the Dome of the Rock and the Al Aqsa Mosque, and then St. Anne's Church and the Pools of Bethesda. From there we trace the final footsteps of Jesus along the Vía Dolorosa, from the Church of Flagellation, the Ecce Homo Arch and on to the Holy Sepulchre. There we will visit Calvary and the empty Tomb of our Lord, and the different sections of the church. We will have free time at the church for prayers and reflection before going back to the hotel for dinner and lodging.
Mon, Nov 26: Bethany - Mount of Olives - Mount Zion
After breakfast we will drive to Bethany, the village of Mary, Martha and Lazarus, and visit Lazarus' Tomb. Next, we will head to the top of the Mt. of Olives to visit the Chapel of the Ascension, the Church of Pater Noster where Jesus taught his disciples how to pray, and then proceed down the Palm Sunday route to the Church of Dominus Flevit, where our Lord wept over the city, and then to the Garden of Gethsemane, where we will celebrate Holy Mass in the Church of All Nations. In the afternoon we go on Mount Zion to visit the Church of the Dormition Abbey, the Cenacle, and the Church of Saint Peter In Gallicantu. Afterwards, we return to our hotel for dinner and overnight.
Tue, Nov 27: Jerusalem
In the morning we celebrate Holy Mass on Mount Calvary, after which we return to the hotel for breakfast. Enjoy the rest of the morning to revisit the Holy Sites and do some shopping. We’ll later drive to Emmaus for dinner in a local restaurant before transferring to the airport for a late evening flight.
Wed, Nov 28: Arrival in the U.S.
You will arrive home on this day.