Itinerary and Inclusions
DEC 07-18 2016
MINIMUM OF 30 PAX TRAVELING TOGETHER
DAY 01: DEC 07 – DEPARTURE MANIL,A
Departure from Ninoy Aquino International Airport.
DAY 02: DEC 08 – ARRIVAL TEL AVIV – (LD)
Arrive Tel Aviv Airport and Drive to the Galilee and Nazareth. If time permits visit e n route the archaeological excavations at Tel Megiddo, the important ancient city from the times of the Canaanites and the kings of Israel, and the prophesied site of Armageddon. On entering Nazareth, stop at the Chapel of the Virgin Mary’s Fright to enjoy the view of the town and the Jezreel Valley to the east overnight in Nazareth.
DAY 03: DEC 09 – NAZARETH – (BLD)
Tour Nazareth, the town of the Holy Family, where Jesus was raised. Visit the main sites that commemorate the central events in the life of Mary-the Basilica of Annunciation, where according to the Gospel of Luke the Angel Gabriel appeared to her. St.Joseph’s Church, the traditional site of the carpentry workshop; the nearby Franciscan Museum; the Spring of the Virgin Mary (Mary’s Well) from which Mary drew water (and the nearby St. Gabriel Church, actual source of the spring); and the Synagogue Church where Jesus is believed to have preached. Overnight in Nazareth
DAY 04:DEC 10– SEPPHORIS – CANA – GALILEE – (BLD)
Drive to Sepphoris, the site of the ancient city that may have been the childhood home of Mary. Visit the Church of Sts. Anne and Joachim, and then tour the excavations and the ancient mosaics in the adjacent National Archaeological Park. Continue to Cana of Galilee to visit the Church of the First Miracle. Overnight: Near the Sea of Galilee.
DAY 05: DEC 11 – GALILEE – (BLD)
Visit of Capernaum, the fishing village where Jesus called seven of his Disciples the site includes the Church of the House of St. Peter and the ancient Synagogue. Visit the nearby Greek Orthodox Church of the Twelve Apostle, and then proceed to Tabgha, the Church of the Multiplication, where Jesus fed the multitudes; the Mount of the Beatitudes; and Kibbutz Ginnosar to see the “Jesus Boat” a 1st-century sea of Galilee fishing boat similar to the craft that have may been used by Jesus and the Disciple. If time Permits, visit other Christian sites in the area; and/or take a cruise of the Sea of Galilee (arrangements can be made for boarding and disembarkation at any of several places along the lakeshore). Overnight Near the Sea of Galilee.
DAY 06: DEC 12 – GALILEE – HAIFA – (BLD)
Drive to the top Mt. Tabor for view of the battlefield of Deborah the Prophetess Yael and Barak, then visit the hilltop Church of the Transfiguration (Catholic) and the Church of Elijah (Greek Orthodox). If possible walk around the summit of the mountain, seeing traces of the defensive wall built at the time of Jewish Revolt against Rome. Then drive to Mount Carmel to visit the Monastery of Prophet Elijah at Muhraka, which commemorates the struggle of Elijah against the priests of Ba’al.
Overnight In Haifa
DAY 07: DEC 13 – HAIFA – CAESAREA – JERUSALEM – (BLD)
Visit the Monastery of Stella Maris, dedicated to Our Lady, Star of the Sea. And the nearby Elijah’s Cave where the Holy Family is said to have rested on their way home for Egypt. Then continue south along the coast of the Mediterranean Sea to the ancient Herodian city of Caesara, where saint Paul was arrested and first tried. Drive up to Jerusalem, stopping at Deir Rafat, the Shrine of the Virgin Mary
Overnight In Jerusalem.
DAY 08: DEC 14 – JERUSALEM – (BLD)
View Jerusalem from top of Mount of Olives. Walk down to the Garden of Gethsemane (with the Church of all Nations) and the nearby Church of the Tomb of the Virgin Mary (where, according to Eastern Church traditional, Mary was laid to rest before the Assumption0. Then drive up to Mount Zion to visit The Cenacle (the “Upper Room”) which marks the place where Mary and the Disciples experienced Pentecost (and by another tradition is also the location of the Last Supper). Leaving the Cenacle, descend to the Tomb of the King David (also a “traditional” site). Then proceed to the Hagia Maria Sion Abbey, (the Dormition of Mary. Enter the Old City through the Zion and continue to the Western Wall, the remnant of the ancient training wall of the Temple Mount. Overnight in Jerusalem
DAY 09: DEC 15 – JERUSALEM – BETHLEHEM (BLD)
To better understand the physical layout of the city of Jerusalem in the time of Jesus and the Virgin Mary, see the large outdoor Model of Jerusalem during the Second Temple Period on display at the Israel Museum. The visit can included the Shrine of the Book which displays the Dead Sea Scrolls. Then drive to Bethlehem * to visit the Basilica of the Nativity and the Milk Grotto. Return to Jerusalem, visiting en route the Tomb of Rachel.
Overnight in Jerusalem.
DAY 10: DEC 16 – JERUSALEM – (BLD)
Early visit to the Archaeological Park along the Southern base of the Temple Mount platform. The site includes a portion of an ancient flight of stairs upon which Jesus, his Mother and Disciples actually may have walked. Visit the Temple Mount (entering through the Mizrahi Gate). Continue to St. Anne’s Church which commemorates the birth of Mary (and the home of her parents, Sts. Anne and Joachim) and the Pools of Bethesda. Then walk along the Via Dolorosa, paying special attention to the stations relating to the Virgin Mary. Tour to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher traditional site of the crucifixion and burial of Jesus. At the nearby (German Lutheran) Church of the Redeemer one can see the remains of the Crusader Church of Santa Maria Latina.
Continue to St. Mark’s Church. Overnight in Jerusalem
DAY 11: DEC 17 – EIN KAREM – DEP TEL AVIV – (BL)
Drive to Ein Karem, where Mary visited her cousin Elizabeth , mother of St. John the Baptist. The village contains several religious site including Mary’s Spring where she drank from the water; the Church of the Visitation, traditional site of the home of Sts. Elizabeth and Zachariah; and the Church of St. John the Baptist (which is built over a cave believed to his birthplace). Continue on out of Jerusalem to Abu Ghosh to visit the 12th-century church of the Abbey of St. Mary of the Resurrection with its important medieval frescoes. [If they have not been previously visited, the itinerary could also include the monastery and convent at Beit Jamal, just south of Beit Shemesh; and/or the Shrine of the Virgin Mary at Deir Rafat, west of Beit Shemesh.
DAY 12: DEC 18 – ARRIVAL MANILA HOME SWEET HOME…
Roundtrip International Airfare in Economy Class
9 Days Hotel Accommodations
Daily Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Sight Seeing as per itinerary including entrance fees
Professionals Licensed English speaking tour guide
Modern A/C Bus with WiFi
Porterage at Hotel (1 piece per person)
Accompanied by a tour coordinator from the Philippines
Airline Taxes including PH Tax
Tip to guide and driver
Any meals not mentioned in the itinerary
Beverages during meals & sightseeing
Any personal extras
Others which are not mentioned in the inclusions
Visa for restricted Nationals
Non Refundable / Non Transferable deposit of USD 500.00 pp upon booking
Full Cancellation will be applied to any cancellation made 3 weeks before departure.
If the group fall below 30 your travel Agent has the right to cancel or reschedule the tour, otherwise a supplement may apply.
Minimum 30 pax to run this tour
Minimum 20 pax – USD 2629.00 pp
Minimum 15 pax – USD 2689.00 pp
*THERE IS NO REFUND FOR UNUSED SERVICES*
*RATES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE W/O PRIOR NOTICE*