When:Saturday, March 28, 2020 - Monday, April 6, 2020 Saturday, March 28, 2020 You’ll fly overnight from New York to Tel Aviv.
Sunday, March 29, 2020 Upon arrival in Tel Aviv, you will clear customs, claim your bags and meet Lino, Fr. Dave, and our guides, in the Arrivals Hall. We'll then get on our bus and drive to Tiberias, which sits on the Sea of Galilee. This will be your base for the next 3 nights. After check-in, and a chance to shower off those airplane germs, we'll have a welcome dinner together.
Monday, March 30, 2020 The day begins by heading to Nazareth. We will have Mass at the Church of the Annunciation, followed by a visit of the church. After lunch, we'll visit Mt. Precipice. We'll then head to Cana to see where Jesus' first miracle occurred. There will also be a special blessing of married couples at the church. At the end of a full day we'll head back to the hotel to freshen up before we have dinner at a great local restaurant.
Tuesday, March 31, 2020 This morning we'll begin the day by taking a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee. After that it's Capernaum: the hometown of Jesus during His ministry, where we will celebrate Mass. This afternoon we'll go up to the Mount of Beatitudes for a tour. We'll then visit Tabgha, where the miracle of the multiplication of the fishes and loaves took place, and then stand on the shores of the Sea of Galilee at a place called The Primacy of Peter. We'll wrap the day visiting the Valley of the Doves: one of the paths Jesus literally walked! We'll head back to the hotel for a chance to rest and freshen up before another great dinner at a local restaurant.
Lino and Tyler on the Sea of Galilee.
Wednesday, April 1, 2020 we'll check-out of the hotel, and board the bus to head to Mount Tabor, the site of the Transfiguration. We'll celebrate Mass here. We'll then head to the Baptismal Site of Jesus on the Jordan River. We will continue onto Jericho, the oldest city in the world, where we'll see the hometown of Zaccheus. There will also be time for some great shopping! We'll then head to Bethlehem to check-in to our hotel. Before dinner, Lino, Fr. Dave, Brett, and Tyler will host a "Live Show" featuring Q&A, comedy, and much more. We'll then have the chance to freshen up and go to dinner at a local restaurant.
Tyler pointing to Mount Tabor. Lino approves.
Thursday, April 2, 2020 Our first stop this morning is the Church of the Nativity - the birthplace of Jesus Christ. We will then visit Shepherd's Field and celebrate Mass there. After lunch we'll go to the Kando Store - legendary for its olive wood and antiquities - as a place not only to buy religious goods but as a way to support the Christian community in Bethlehem. Tonight we'll have another great dinner at a local restaurant in Bethlehem.
Friday, April 3, 2020 We'll check-out of our hotel and make the short journey to Jerusalem. We'll head up atop the Mount of Olives where we'll walk the Palm Sunday Road. We'll conclude the walk with Mass together at the Garden of Gethsemane. After Mass, we'll head for some lunch, floating, and fun at the Dead Sea. Bring your swimsuit! We'll then check-in to our hotel in Jerusalem and have a free night to relax.
The bus rides are always entertaining.
Saturday, April 4, 2020 This morning begins very early walking the Via Dolorosa, ending with Mass at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher: in the tomb of the resurrection. We'll then visit Golgotha and have a tour of the church, followed by time for private prayer. After returning to the hotel for some rest and breakfast, we'll go up to Mount Zion to visit Saint Peter in Gallicantu, Dormition Abbey (site of the Assumption), and the Upper Room (where Jesus celebrated the Last Supper). We'll have free time this afternoon to do last minute shopping, return to some favorite places, and for those who are interested in following in Lino's footprints: we'll stop by Razzouk Tattoos if you'd like a permanent reminder of your pilgrimage! Before dinner, Lino, Fr. Dave, Brett, and Tyler will host another "Live Show" featuring Q&A, comedy, and much more.
Lino, Brett, and Fr. Dave at the Western Wall.
Sunday, April 5, 2020 We'll begin our final day by visiting visit the Jewish Quarter of the Old City and the Western Wall. This afternoon, we'll join in the Palm Sunday Processions throughout Jerusalem. We'll have a light dinner and then we head to the airport for our overnight flight home with a lifetime of memories and new friends.
*Itinerary subject to change.
Lino & Fr. Dave processing through the Old City of Jerusalem on Palm Sunday.