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CATHOLIC HOLY LAND PILGRIMAGE - 10 DAYS
Holy Land Pilgrimage sample itinerary for Catholic groups, customizable to fit the group's needs and preferences.
1 Day Arrival Jerusalem
Arrival in Ben Gurion International Airport, assistance and meeting with Noah Tours representative. Transfer to the hotel in Jerusalem for dinner and overnight.
2 Day Church of the Visitation - Bethlehem - Basilica of the Nativity
Visit Ein Karem and the Church of Visitation. This is the place where Our Lady visited her cousin Elizabeth and the birthplace of St. John the Baptist. In the afternoon visit Bethlehem including the Basilica of the Nativity, the Shepherd’s Field, the Milk Grotto under the central altar we will walk by the Holy Manger, and the Silver Star with the Latin inscription "Hic de Maria Virgine Jesus Christus Natus est". There will be time for your own prayers and for shopping before you return to hotel in Jerusalem overnight.
3 Day Nazareth – Basilica of the Annunciation - Cana
Visit Nazareth and celebrate Holy mass. We will pray in the Church of St. Joseph and the Basilica of the Annunciation. A walk through old Nazareth. We will continue to Cana the site of Jesus' first miracle. In this little town we will have the Renewal of the Marriage Vows and blessing of families. Check in at hotel in Nazareth or Tiberias for dinner and overnight.
4 Day River Jordan – Capernaum – Tabgha
Visit the Jordan River, the same river that Jesus was baptized by Saint John the Baptist. You will have an opportunity to renew your baptismal vows. Then we will visit Capernaum, where Jesus lived. We can see the ruins of the synagogue where Jesus preached. Same day you will enjoy a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee before going to Tabgha, the site of the Multiplication of the loaves and fishes and the church of St. Peter's Primacy. Return to the hotel in Nazareth or Tiberias for dinner and overnight.
5 Day Mount of Beatitudes – Caesarea Philippi
Visit the Mount of Beatitudes where we will celebrate the mass and continue to Upper Galilee and Caesarea Philippi (Banias). Then we will continue to Caesarea Philippi which is also the site of Peter’s Confession, located on the southern slopes of Mount Hermon near the ancient city of Dan. It lies in the Wadi Banias, a beautiful area near the Jordan River. Return to the hotel in Nazareth / or Tiberias for dinner and overnight.
6 Day Mount Tabor – Qumran – Dead Sea - Jerusalem
Visit Mount Tabor. We will take a short taxi drive up to the mountain to visit the Church of Transfiguration. Later you will drive through Judean Desert, passing by the Mount of Temptation. We will continue to Qumran, the place where Dead Sea Scrolls were found. Stop for “Dead sea” experience – float in the Dead Sea. Drive to Jerusalem hotel for dinner and overnight.
7 Day Jerusalem – Mount of Olives
Start the day on the Mount of Olives to visit the Ascension Chapel and the Pater Noster. View the Holy City from atop the Mount of Olives. Then we will walk down the Palm Sunday Road, the road Jesus followed on His way to Jerusalem. We stop at the Chapel of Dominus Flevit. We will continue to the Garden of Gethsemane and pray at the church of All Nations. At the end of the day you will visit the Church of Saint Peter Gallicantu, the church built on the site of the house of high priest Caiaphas. Return to Jerusalem hotel for dinner and overnight.
8 Day Via Dolorosa - Pool of Bethesda - Holy Sepulcure
We will go to the Old City and follow the Stations of the Cross the Via Dolorosa, from Pilate’s fortress and Flagellation Chapel to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, site of Crucifixion and Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. Same day you make The Way Of The Cross we will visit and pray at the Pool of Bethesda and the Church of Saint Anne. In the afternoon some free time for shopping in the Old Jerusalem market. Return to Jerusalem hotel for dinner and overnight.
9 Day Upper Room - Church of Dormition - Western Wall
Visit the Upper Room where the Last Supper took place, and the church of Dormition where the Blessed Virgin Mary fell into Eternal Sleep. You will then go to the Temple Mount area with the Cardo Maximus, street from the Roman times and then end by the Western Wall of Solomon's Temple, with the Al Aqsa and the Dome of the Rock mosque above it. Final and farewell dinner at the hotel in Jerusalem.
10 Day Departure
Transfer to Tel Aviv airport for departure.
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