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YOUR TRIP INCLUDES:
† Flight bag & portfolio of all travel documents
† Round-trip airfare from Washington
† All Airline FUEL SURCHARGES & AIRPORT TAXES INCLUDED
† 9 night accommodations at centrally located first class hotels: (or similar)
~1 night: March 15-16: Seasons Hotel, Netanya
~2 nights: March 16-18: Caesar Hotel, Tiberias
~1 night: March 18-19: St Gabriel, Bethlehem
~5 nights: March 19-24: Olive Tree Hotel, Jerusalem
† Transfers as per itinerary
† Breakfast, lunch and Dinner daily
† Local wine and mineral water with all diners
† Transportation by air-conditioned motor coach
† Wireless headsets where needed
† Assistance of a professional local Catholic guide(s)
† Sightseeing and admissions fees as per itinerary
† Mass daily & Spiritual activities
† Luggage handling (1 piece per person)
† Tips to hotel staff, restaurants, luggage handlers
Travel Insurance (www.206tours.com/insurance)
Extended Cancellation Protection Plan @ $299
Tips to your guide & driver, Items of personal nature, and anything not mentioned.
*Sample Day-by-Day Itinerary:
Day 1 | March 14: Depart USA
Board your overnight transatlantic flights from your home town. Meals are served on board.
Day 2 | March 15: Arrive Tel Aviv
On arrival in Tel Aviv you will be met by the 206 Tours representative and stop at Jaffa for Mass at St Peter Church (if time permits). Then proceed to your hotel in the Netanya. Dinner will be served at the hotel.
Day 3 | March 16: Caesarea - Stella Maris - Nazareth - Cana
Theme: The Annunciation
This morning after breakfast leave for Caesarea, which was once the ancient capital of the Roman province. Here you view the impressive archaeological remains of the Roman and Byzantine city that once dominated the region. It was at Caesarea that Peter came to understand that the Good News was not for Jews only, but for the whole world. Here he baptized the Roman Centurion, Cornelius, and his family. It was from Caesarea that Paul set sail for Rome, an event that eventually brought Christianity to the World. Continue north to Haifa to visit Stella Maris, a Carmelite Monastery with the Madonna of Mt Carmel. Then visit Eliza’s Cave. After enjoying the view of the bay of Acco, drive to Nazareth, the site of Mary’s home and the town where Jesus lived as a child. At Nazareth visit the Byzantine Church of St. Joseph and Mary’s Well. In the late afternoon visit Cana, where Jesus performed His first miracle at the request of His mother [John 2:1-11]. There visit the Franciscan chapel where those who wish to can perform the renewal of their wedding vows. Continue to Tiberias to check – in to your hotel. Dinner and overnight.
Day 4 | March 17: Tiberias - Sea of Galilee
Theme: The Ministry of Christ in the Galilee
The day starts with aboat ride on the Sea of Galilee. We then drive to the Mount of Beatitudes, scene of Jesus’ great Sermon on the Mount. Then to Tabgha where Jesus fed the crowd of 5,000 and onto the site known as “Peter’s Primacy”. Here, after His resurrection, Jesus met with His disciples and told Peter to “feed my lambs; feed my sheep.” [John 21:9]. A short drive away is Capernaum, from where Jesus launched his Ministry; see the synagogue which dates to the time of Jesus and the church built over the site of Peter’s home. In the afternoon drive up to Caesarea Philippi, where Jesus told St. Peter “You are the Rock, and upon this rock I will build my Church.” Dinner and overnight at your hotel.
Day 5 | March 18: Jordan River - Mt. Tabor - Bethlehem
Theme: The Transfiguration
Today, after breakfast, start the day by remembering the Baptism at the Jordan River. Then drive to Mount Tabor, the site of the Transfiguration, with time to reflect on Christ’s Humanity and Divinity. Mass here will be a good preparation for the journey to Jerusalem where Jesus was to suffer the crucifixion and resurrection. On arrival in Bethlehem, check-in to your hotel for dinner and overnight.
Day 6 | March 19: Bethlehem - Temple Model - Ein karem - Jerusalem
Theme: The Visitation and Nativity
Begin the day with a visit to the Second Temple scale model for an overview of Jerusalem as it was at the time of Jesus. A short drive takes us to the village of Ein Karem, birthplace of John the Baptist, to visit the church that commemorates his memory. Pray the Mystery of the Rosary on the walk up the hill to the Church of the Visitation. After a break for lunch on our own drive to Bethlehem to see the cave at the Shepherds’ Field. The caves have soot marks of the fires that shepherd’s lit to keep warm while watching over their flocks. In the afternoon we will depart to Bethlehem, beginning at Manger Square which stands in front of one of the oldest of Christian churches, the Church of the Nativity. Enter the Church and down to the Grotto of the Nativity which marks the spot of Jesus’ birth. Beneath the Altar, there is a silver star with the Latin inscription: HIC DE VIRGINE MARIA JESUS CHRISTUS NATUS (Here Jesus Christ was born to the Virgin Mary.) After Mass, visit the Milk Grotto and then check in at your hotel in Jerusalem. Dinner and overnight.
Day 7 | March 20: Bethany - Jordan Valley - Jericho - Dead Sea
Theme: Early Years in Jerusalem & the Wilderness
This morning drive down the Jordan Valley to Qumran where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found. Here there will time for a dip in the Dead Sea for those who want to. Then to Jericho, the oldest continuously inhabited city in the world, where we view Mt Temptation and the Sycamore Tree. Drive through the Judean Wilderness where Jesus spent 40 days fasting, and it is in this area that John the Baptist lived and baptized Christ. Then to Bethany where He raised Lazarus from the dead. Celebrate Mass here before returning to the hotel. Dinner and overnight.
Day 8 | March 21: Jerusalem - Mt. Of Olives - Gethsemane - Western Wall
Theme: Palm Sunday and the Agony in the Garden - St Peter in Galicantu
From the Mount of Olives take in the panoramic view of Jerusalem. Then to the Pater Noster shrine, where Jesus taught His disciples the Pater Noster — The Lord’s Prayer (Luke 11:1-4). Walking down the Palm Sunday Road stop at the beautiful little church, Dominus Flevit - “The Lord wept.” It was here that Jesus wept over Jerusalem [Luke 19:41]. At Gethsemane reflect on Jesus’ final night. The Garden contains trees, the roots of which go back to the time of Jesus. Visit the Church of All Nations to pray at the “Rock of Agony,” a section of bedrock identified as the place where Jesus prayed alone in the garden on the night of His arrest. From here take the route through the Kidron Valley along which Jesus was taken as a prisoner to the house of the High Priest Caiaphas where He was interrogated and imprisoned. Now called Peter in Gallicantu (“crowing rooster”), this beautiful Church also commemorates Peter’s Denial of Christ, his repentance and then being forgiven by Jesus. Dinner and overnight at your hotel.
Day 9 | March 22: Jerusalem - Via Dolorosa - Holy Sepulchre
Theme: The Way of the Cross, The Crucifixion, The Resurrection
This morning we start the Via Dolorosa (The Way of the Cross) at the Antonia Fortress, where Jesus was condemned to death by Pontius Pilate. From there He was taken through the city to be crucified. The Stations of the Cross lead, through the markets of the Old City to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Here is the site of Calvary and the Tomb of Christ. Mass in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. After lunch, you will have a choice of visiting the Old City on your own or going to see the Ecole Biblique (to be arranged by Fr. Luke Clark). Dinner and Overnight.
Day 10 | March 23: Jerusalem - Mt Zion - Emmaus
Today breakfast we drive to Mt. Zion to visit the Upper Room, which commemorates the Last Supper. Nearby is the Benedictine Church of the Dormition. We then visit Abu Ghosh, thought by some to be the site of Emmaus, where Christ appeared to the two disciples and gave the first Eucharist after the Resurrection. We celebrate the closing Mass of the Pilgrimage. Return to Jerusalem. Dinner and overnight at your hotel.
Day 11 | March 24: Depart Tel Aviv
Today breakfast will be served at your hotel. Check-out is at 12:00pm and your luggage will be stored at the hotel until departure. Lunch will be arranged at your hotel after check-out. You will have the afternoon free to explore on your own. This evening you will have dinner and then be transferred to the airport for your return flights home.
Day 12 | March 25: Arrive USA
Today you arrive back home.
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The Holy Land: In the footsteps of Jesus:
If you desire to draw closer to Jesus of Nazareth, come, as we follow in His footsteps. Each day of your pilgrimage you will have time to renew and affirm your faith; to pray and reflect. The Scriptures will come alive as you visit Our Lord's homeland. You will be inspired by the natural beauty of the landscape, in addition to its rich historical heritage It is an encounter that has changed the lives of many pilgrims, an act of faith and prayer. Pilgrims have been traveling to the Holy Land for hundreds of years, and as part of your pilgrimage, we include many of the rich traditions that have evolved over time. The maxim at the entrance to the Church of the Nativity says: “We are hoping that:
If you enter here as a tourist, you would exit as a pilgrim.
If you enter here as a pilgrim, you would exit as a holier one.” We pray that same will occur when you join 206 Tours pilgrimage.
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