Itinerary and Inclusions
10 Days In His Footsteps Holy Land Tour
DAY 1: Check-in at NAIA Airport
DAY 2: TEL AVIV / NAZARETH / CANA / MT. TABOR / TIBERIAS (LD)
Arrival to Tel Aviv, meet and then proceed for a drive to Nazareth, the hometown of Mary and Joseph. It was here that Mary was visited by the angel Gabriel and told she would conceive a child by the Holy Spirit. Lk 1:26-38. Visit the Church of Annunciation which stands on the traditional site of Gabriel’s announcement to Mary. Also visit Mary’s Well, where it is believed to be where Mary may have fetched water regularly and St. Gabriel’s Orthodox Church. Then proceed to Cana, the most popular tradition identifies it with the modern village of Kefr’ Kenna, about 7 km northeast of Nazareth. The Franciscan “Wedding Church” celebrates the miracle of Cana. Here a lot of couples choose to renew their marriage vows as part of their Holyland Pilgrimage. Continue to Mt. Tabor, a hill rising above the Jezreel Valley has been identified as the Mount of Transfiguration. There are Franciscan and Greek Orthodox churches at the top. Drive to Tiberias Hotel for check-in, dinner and overnight.
DAY 3: MT. BEATITUDES / CAPERNAUM / TABGHA / YARDENIT / SEA OF GALILEE (BLD)
Breakfast at hotel. Start your day with a drive to Mt. of Beatitudes which is the place where Jesus gave his important sermon on the mountain (Mt 5, Lk 6:20) to the multitude that assembled to see and hear him. Continue to Capernaum, a spaceship-like modern Franciscan church stands on the site of the House of St. Peter in Capernaum, where Jesus lived, healed a paralytic, and healed Peter’s mother-in-law. Then onto Tagbha, where the famous miracle of multiplication is commemorated by the Church of the Loaves and Fishes. The church features 5th-century mosaics, including one basket of bread with two fishes. Drive to nearby Church of the Primacy of Peter (Mensa Christi), a modest Franciscan chapel that incorporates part of a 4th-century church. It commemorates Jesus’ reinstatement of Peter after a fish breakfast on the shore. Continue to Yardenit where Jesus was baptized by his cousin, John the Baptist on the shores of the Jordan River. Here John identified Jesus as the Lamb of God, and a dove was seen to land on Jesus as he came up out of the water. Late afternoon, have a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee. It was here that Jesus met Simon Peter, James and John, His first disciples, and it was here that He performed many miracles: like when He stilled the raging storm, that was about to swamp their boat, when He walked on the stormy water and many others. Return to hotel for dinner and overnight.
DAY 4: HAIFA / EIN KAREM (BLD)
Check-out from Tiberias Hotel. Morning drive to Haifa for a visit to The Stella Maris Monastery or Monastery of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, a 19th-century Carmelite nunnery located on the slopes of Mount Carmel. Colorful paintings on the dome depict episodes from the Old Testament, the most dramatic being the scene of Elijah swept up in a chariot of fire. The statue of the Virgin Mary, carved from cedar of Lebanon, is also notable. The cave situated below the altar, which you can walk down into, is “Elijah’s Cave,” where the Old Testament prophet is believed to have lived. Next will be a view of the Bahai Shrine, a place of worship of the Bahai Faith before you leave Haifa. Drive to Ein Karem in Jerusalem to visit The Church of the Visitation which honors the visit paid by Mary, Jesus’ mother, to Elizabeth, John the Baptist’s mother. (Luke 1:39-56). This is the site where tradition tells us that Mary recited her song of praise, the Magnificat, one of the most ancient hymns to Mary. Nearby, also visit St. John the Baptist Church, contains the grotto in which the birth of St. John is believed to have taken place. Transfer to hotel for check-in, dinner and overnight.
DAY 5: BETHLEHEM / JERUSALEM NEW CITY (BLD)
Breakfast at hotel. Morning drive to Bethlehem, the birthplace of Jesus. Visit the Church of Nativity, one of the oldest continuously operating churches in the world. The structure is built over the cave that tradition marks as the birthplace of Jesus. Also see St. Jerome’s Cave and Milk Grotto. Continue to Shepherd’s Fields, spoken of in the Bible where an angel of the Lord appeared and said to the Shepherds: “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.’” In the afternoon, drive to Mt. of Olives from which Jesus ascended to heaven after his resurrection. From the top of the Mount there is a magnificent view over all of ancient and modern Jerusalem, the center of the biblical world. We visit the holy shrines including the Chapel of Dominus Flevit (where Jesus wept) enroute to the Garden of Gethsemane and the Church of All Nations where Christ prayed on the night of his betrayal. Also visit Pater Noster Church where Jesus have taught the Lord’s Prayer and where it is written in 64 different languages. On the way down, visit Church of Dominus Flevit which recalls the Gospel incident in which Jesus wept over the future fate of Jerusalem. Return to hotel for dinner and overnight.
DAY 6: JERUSALEM NEW CITY (BLD)
Breakfast at hotel. Drive to Mt. Zion the highest point in ancient Jerusalem. Visit Church of the Dormition. The location is identified in Christian tradition as the place where the Virgin Mary died or “fell asleep”. Continue to Upper Room which according to tradition is the place where Jesus and his disciples held the Passover feast- the Last supper , before he was taken away to be tried. Also visit Tomb of King David, the site has traditionally been viewed as the burial place of King David, the second king of Israel. Continue to Church of Galicantu, the place of the palace of high priest Caiaphas, where Jesus was brought to jail after his arrest. Return to your hotel for dinner and overnight in the hotel.
DAY 7: JERUSALEM OLD CITY (BLD)
Breakfast at hotel. Start your day with a visit to Jerusalem’s Old City from St. Stephen’s Gate (The Lion’s Gate) stopping at St. Anne’s Church, regarded as the birthplace of the Virgin Mary and the Home ofSt. Anne and Joachin. Continue to the Pool of Bethesda, where Jesus told the lame man to take up his bed and walk. Have the chance to carry a cross while meditating as you go through the 14 Stations of the Cross (Via Dolorosa) starting at the Ecce Homo where Pontius Pilate washed his hands. Proceed to the Flagellation until the Church of Holy Sepulchre the burial place and resurrection of Jesus. It was built over the site of the place called Golgotha, which means “a place of skull”. Also visit the alternative site of Holy Sepulchre called the Garden Tomb outside the walls, which has less claims to authenticity but is popular especially with Protestant pilgrims.
DAY 8: JERICHO / QUMRAN / DEAD SEA / YAD VASHEM (BLD)
Continue to Jericho to view Mt. of Temptation. Continue to Qumran for a short stop and visit. Lastly, spend your time leisurely at the Dead Sea, the lowest point on Earth for an afternoon dip and experience of floating in the water as well as feeling its therapeutic mud. Continue to Yad Vashem for a visit to the Memorial of the Holocaust. Return to your hotel for dinner and overnight in the hotel
DAY 9: TEMPLE MOUNT / JAFFA / TEL AVIV DEPARTURE (BL)
Breakfast and check out at the hotel. Proceed to Temple Mount Area, one of the most important religious sites in the Old City of Jerusalem. At least four religions are known to have used the Temple. From outside see Dome of The Rock and El-Aqsa Mosque. Visit Western Wailing Wall, the retaining wall of Herod’s Temple, this is the focus of an open-air synagogue and is the holiest Jewish site in the world. We will then proceed for a walking tour around the area and see from a distance House of Simon the Tanner. Visit St. Peter’s Church which was built to honor St. Peter who according to Acts 9 performed the miracle of the resurrection of Tabitha. Drive to Tel Aviv Airport to catch your flight back home
Day 10 : ARRIVAL MANILA
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