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10-Day Catholic Highlights

Experience a spiritual journey as you trace the life of Jesus and His blessed mother, Mary, in the Biblical lands of Israel.

Itinerary

Day 1
Depart USA for Israel
Day 2
Tel Aviv – Overnight on the Mediterranean Coast
Arrive in Tel Aviv. Tour group will be met at airport and assisted with arrival procedures. Dinner and overnight beside the beautiful Mediterranean Sea. (D)
Day 3
The Ministry of Christ in the Galilee-Tiberias, Sea of Galilee, Capernaum, Mt. Beatitudes, Caesarea Philippi
We depart via the coast to Caesarea Maritima, ancient center of Roman governors including Pontias Pilate, where St. Peter baptized the first Gentile convert (Cornelius) and where the Romans held Paul prisoner. Visit the Roman and Crusader ruins, the Crusader City, the well-preserved Theatre, the Harbour, and the Roman Aqueduct. Heading towards Haifa through the Carmel Mountains, we will visit the Carmelite Monastery Stella Maris and Muhraqa that is located on the spot where Elijah confronted the false priests of Ba’al (1 Kings 18:17-40). We continue our drive to Cana of Galilee where Jesus performed his first miracle at the request of his mother (John 2:1-11). In Cana we will visit the Franciscan chapel for a renewal of wedding vows then continue to the Basilica of Annunciation in Nazareth where we will celebrate Mass. Additionally we will visit Mary’s Well and the Church of the Angel Gabriel. We arrive in Tiberias for dinner and overnight. (B,D)
Day 4
The Ministry of Christ in the Galilee: Tiberias, Sea of Galilee, Capernaum, Mt. Beatitudes, Caesarea Philippi
This morning we begin with a boat ride across the beautiful Sea of Galilee. Our first stop will be on the shore of Capernaum where Peter lived and where Jesus began his public ministry (Matt. 4:13). There he began teaching in its Synagogue, healed a man who had the spirit of an unclean devil and healed a fever in Simon Peter’s mother-in-law (Luke 4:31-41). We enjoy a quiet time of reflection and meditation on the Mount of the Beatitudes while enjoying the panoramic vista of the Sea of Galilee and where one of Jesus’ famous teaching episodes Sermon on the Mount was given (Matthew 5-7). At Tabgha, the fruitful garden where Jesus fed five thousand people with five loaves of bread and two fish (Mark 6:30-46), we shall see the magnificent mosaic commemorating the miracle of this multiplication in the nearby Chapel of St. Peter Primacy. Dinner and overnight Tiberias. (B,D)
Day 5
Jordan River, Mt Tabor, Beit She’an, Jericho, and Jerusalem
We begin our day with a visit to the Jordan River to renew our baptismal vows in the same river where Our Lord was baptized by John (Mark 1:9). We continue to Mount Tabor, the site of the Transfiguration (Matt. 17:1-8), and will celebrate a Mass on the summit of Mt Tabor. As we drive up to Jerusalem, we pass the small town of Nain, where Jesus raised the widow’s son (Luke. 7:11-17), and Jericho with a short stop at Tel Jericho, the most ancient city in the world! We also enjoy a visit to Beit She’an, one of the best-preserved Decapolis Roman cities. In Beit She’an, the bodies of King Saul and his sons were hung from the city walls (1 Samuel 31:10-12) after the Philistines defeated them. Along the way, we will stop at the Sycamore Tree it is believed that Zacchaeus had climbed, as he wanted to catch a glimpse of this wonderful savior. As we make our way through the Judean Hills towards Jerusalem, we view Mt. Temptation where Jesus spent forty days and forty nights fasting and meditating during the temptation of Satan. Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Jerusalem. (B,D)
Day 6
Jerusalem and Bethlehem
Following breakfast, we head into the hill country, to the city of Ein Karem, the birthplace of St John the Baptist, to visit the Church of Visitation where the Blessed Virgin Mary visited the home of Zachariah and Elizabeth, and proclaimed the ‘Magnificat’ (Luke 1:39-80). We enjoy a brief stop at the Shrine of the Book Museum housing the Dead Sea scrolls and a magnificent model of Jerusalem during the time of Jesus. In the afternoon, we drive to Shepherd’s Fields, where angels announced the birth of Jesus then into Bethlehem to the Church of the Nativity. We kneel in the Grotto, the birthplace of our redeemer, as we celebrate Mass. We return to Jerusalem for dinner and overnight. (B,D)
Day 7
Jerusalem- Mt. of Olives, Palm Sunday Road, Dominus Flevit, Gethsemane, Cave of Betrayal, Cave of Assumption, Pater Noster
After breakfast we start our pilgrimage in Jerusalem from the Mount of Olives, with a majestic view over Jerusalem, visiting the Convent of Pater Noster, where Jesus taught His disciples the Lord’s Prayer, now displayed in 110 languages. We will walk down the “Palm Sunday Road” stopping at Dominus Flevit, where Jesus wept over Jerusalem (Luke 19:41) and Gethsemane, where we will celebrate a Mass. We also stop at the Rock of Agony where Jesus prayed His last prayer before his arrest, “My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will.” (Matthew 26:36-39) and visit the cave of betrayal (Luke. 22:40-46). Additionally we will visit the Tombs of the Prophets. Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem. (B,D)
Day 8
Holy City: Stations of the Cross, Church of the Holy Sepulchre, St Anne’s Church, Ecce Homo, Wailing Wall, Upper Room, Dormition Abbey
It is an inspiring, full day of meditation. In the early morning we retrace the last steps of Jesus. As we walk along the Fourteen Stations of the Via Dolorosa, praying the Stations of the Cross, we reflect on the greatness of His sacrifice as he bore the burden of our sins on the Cross at Golgotha. We arrive at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre for Mass. Following our time there, we return to the St. Stephen Gate to visit St. Anne’s Church, the home of the Virgin Mary and her parents Saints Joachim and Anne. We pass the Ecce Homo where Pilate proclaimed, “Behold the man” then the Wailing Wall, the most holy shrine for Jews. Nearby is the Dome of the Rock or Temple Mount. We exit the Holy City at Mt. Zion to visit the Upper Room of the Last Supper followed by the tomb of King David then continue on to Dormition Abbey where we believe the Blessed Mary died. We end the day at St. Peter in Gallicantu where Peter denied Him three times. Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem. (B,D)
Day 9
Bethany, Wadi Qilt, Dead Sea
We begin our day with a visit to Bethany, hometown of Mary and Martha, and where Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead. Here we shall visit Lazarus’ tomb and may celebrate Mass in the Church of St. Lazarus. Further east, just off the Roman road that Jesus walked is Wadi Qilt, site of the Monastery of St George. We continue through the Judean desert and along the western shore of the Dead Sea stopping at Qumran – where the Dead Sea scrolls were written over 2000 years ago and discovered in 1947. At the end of the day we will enjoy floating in the mineral-rich waters of the Dead Sea, renowned for its minerals and healing properties. Please be sure to bring water/closed end shoes, as the bottom surface can be rough. Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Jerusalem. (B,D)
Day 10
Depart for USA

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Plan Cost*

$1 – $500

   $59

$501 – $1,000

   $85

$1,001 – $1,500

 $155

$1,501 – $2,000

 $180

$2,001 – $3,000

 $300

$3,001 – $4,000

 $280

$4,001- $5,000

 $315

$5,001- $6,000

 $360

$6,001 – $7,000

 $410

$7,001 – $8,000

 $455

$8,001 – $9,000

 $505

$9,001 – $10,000

 $540

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Plan Benefits

Maximum Coverage Per Person (up to the limits below)

Trip Cancellation

100% of Insured Trip Cost

Trip Interruption

150% of Insured Trip Cost

Trip Delay

$1,000

Missed Cruise Connection

$1,000

Baggage & Personal Effects

$1,500

Baggage Delay

$250

Emergency Medical & Dental Expenses

$50,000

Emergency Evacuation/Repatriation

$250,000

24 Hour AD&D

$25,000

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