When:Saturday, April 6, 2019 - Monday, April 15, 2019 Saturday, April 6, 2019 You’ll fly overnight from New York to Tel Aviv, Israel.
Sunday, April 7, 2019 Upon arrival in Tel Aviv, you will clear customs, claim your bags and meet Lino, Fr. Dave, Brett, Tom, 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 Mass and a welcome dinner together.
Monday, April 8, 2019 The day begins by heading to Nazareth. We will have Mass at the Church of the Annunciation, where the Angel Gabriel appeared to the Virgin Mary. We'll also visit St. Joseph's workshop. After lunch, we'll visit Mt. Precipice. We'll then head to Cana to see where Jesus' first sign of turning water into wine 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 dinner at a great local restaurant.
Tuesday, April 9, 2019 This morning we'll begin the day heading up on top of Mount Tabor, the site of Jesus' Transfiguration. We'll then head back to Tiberias to take 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 before another great dinner at a local restaurant.
Lino on the shores of the Sea of Galilee. You could be standing right next to him!
Wednesday, April 10, 2019 This morning, we'll check-out of the hotel, and board the bus to 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 and celebrate Mass. There will also be time for some great shopping. This afternoon we'll head for some fun at the Dead Sea! Bring your swimsuit! We'll then head to Bethlehem to check-in to our hotel, freshen up, and go to dinner at a local restaurant.
The Dead Sea never disappoints!
Thursday, April 11, 2019 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 12, 2019 We'll check-out of our hotel and make the short journey to Jerusalem. We'll explore the Old City this morning. After lunch, we'll visit the Wailing Wall, and the Davidson Centre. We'll conclude the afternoon by going 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 Mass up on Mount Zion and after returning to our hotel we'll have a free evening to relax and rest.
Lino, Brett, and Fr. Dave taking a great selfie at the Wailing Wall.
Saturday, April 13, 2019 This morning begins very early walking the Via Dolorosa (the Way of the Cross), which ends with Mass at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher: at the Tomb of the Resurrection. We'll then visit Golgotha and have a tour of the church, followed by time for private prayer. The rest of the day is at leisure: Rest, do some 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! Tonight we'll have a celebratory farewell dinner including hookah!
Lino, his first tattoo, a photo of his tattoo, and the tattoo artist himself!
Sunday, April 14, 2019 Our final day is Palm Sunday and there is no better way to celebrate it in Jerusalem than to go up the Mount of Olives where we'll walk the Palm Sunday path visiting Dominus Flevit, where the Lord wept, and end at the Garden of Gethsemane. This afternoon we'll celebrate our final Mass together. 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.