Jesus and the Saints Catholic Tour

The Best catholic holy land tours - Jesus and the Saints - For Groups Only (minimum 15 participants)
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Walk where Jesus and the early saints lived and worked. Visit the traditional sites associated with the New Testament. The trip includes Jesus tour Jerusalem - the Passion of Jesus' Last Hours. Retrace the last Footsteps of Jesus our Savior.
This special catholic tour to holy land will leave a mark in your heart.

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This is a sample itinerary. All of our group programs can be tailored to the tour leader's specifications.

Departure from the US

Arrive at Ben Gurion Airport, where we will meet our local guide. Transfer to our hotel.

Dinner and overnight, Mediterranean Coast

Travel via the coast to Caesarea, where the Romans held Paul prisoner. Visit the Roman and Crusader ruins. Drive through the Carmel Mountains heading towards the Galilee. In Haifa, visit Stella Maris, a Carmelite Monastery with the Madonna of Mt. Carmel. Continue to Mukhraka where Elijah confronted the false prophets of Baal and where the Carmelite Order was started. Drive to Cana, the village of Jesus' first miracle of changing water into wine; here couples may renew their wedding vows. Continue to the Basilica of Annunciation in Nazareth to celebrate Mass and visit Mary's Well and the Church of the Angel Gabriel.

Dinner and overnight, Tiberias

Start the day with a boat ride across the Sea of Galilee to Capernaum to see the synagogue and St. Peter's house. Visit the Mount of the Beatitudes where the Sermon on the Mount was delivered. In Tabgha we see the splendid mosaic of the miracle of the loaves and fishes. We visit the nearby Church of Peter's Primacy where St. Peter was told, "Feed my lambs, feed my sheep." There will be an unforgettable Mass near the shores of the Sea of Galilee at the Primacy or at Mt. Beatitudes. In the afternoon visit Caesarea Philippi, location of the testimony of St. Peter and where Jesus answered him, “You are the Rock and upon this rock I will build my Church.”

Dinner and overnight, Tiberias

We start the day at the traditional baptismal site at the Jordan River. Here we have the opportunity to get baptized. Continue to Mount Tabor, scene of the Transfiguration, where we will have Mass. We then leave the Galilee area and travel through the Jordan Valley to the Holy City of Jerusalem. Time permitting we stop for an overview at the traditional pilgrimage site on the Mount of Olives, and recite the blessings in honor of our arrival to this Holy City.

Dinner and overnight, Jerusalem

jesus culture tour - On the first day in Jerusalem we present an overview for a better understanding of its geography and some of the key sites surrounding the area. This includes a dramatic view of the Old City from the Mount of Olives, revealing a city with 4000 years of history. From this vantage point see much of what makes Jerusalem such a unique city to the three major religions – Judaism, Christianity and Islam. We then head to the village of Ein Karem, the birthplace of St John the Baptist and to the Church of Visitation where the Blessed Virgin Mary visited her cousin, Elizabeth, and proclaimed the "Magnificat." In the afternoon we drive to the Shepherds’ Fields where the angels announced the birth of Jesus. Then we visit the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem that stands upon the site where Jesus was born. Mass will be held in Bethlehem or at the Shepherds’ Fields.

Dinner and overnight, Jerusalem

Jesus culture tour - We begin our day with a visit to the Mount of Olives to walk the Palm Sunday route stopping at Dominus Flevit, where Jesus wept over Jerusalem. We then visit the Garden of Gethsemane, the Rock of Agony where Jesus prayed His last prayer before His arrest; the cave of betrayal; and the cave of Assumption of Mary to heaven. Back on the Mount of Olives we visit the Pater Noster housing the Lord’s Prayer in many languages, and the Ascension from where Jesus ascended to Heaven.

Dinner and overnight, Jerusalem

Today will be a very emotional day as we actually retrace the last Footsteps of Jesus our Savior. Early in the morning, as we walk along the Via Dolorosa (Way of Sorrow); through the markets of the Old City praying the Stations of the Cross, we reflect on the greatness of His sacrifice. Finally we arrive at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre for Mass. After breakfast at our hotel we return to the Old City of Jerusalem 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.” At the Western “Wailing” Wall, the most holy place for Jews, we have some time for private meditation and to add our prayers into the crevices of these ancient walls. Nearby is the Dome of the Rock and the Haram al Sharif or Temple Mount (entrance may not be possible). We exit at Mt. Zion. At the Cenacle we visit the Upper Room of the Last Supper. Next we go to Dormition Abbey where we believe the Blessed Mary died. We end the day at St. Peter in Gallicantu where Peter denied Him thrice.

Dinner and overnight, Jerusalem

We begin our day with a visit to Bethany where Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead. The desert east of Jerusalem is rich in Christian tradition. Further east, just off the Roman road that Jesus “walked,” is Wadi Qelt gorge, site of the Monastery of St George. At the oasis town of Jericho, visit the excavations of the oldest city in the world and view Mt. Temptation where Jesus fasted and was tempted by Satan. We then descend to the lowest place on earth, the Dead Sea, where we will have time for a swim (or rather a float!) in the mineral-rich waters, renowned for their healing properties. Return to Jerusalem. Before we enjoy dinner at a local restaurant, we have a closing session, where we can voice our impressions and share our feelings after this intense spiritual journey.

Dinner and overnight, Jerusalem

Today we depart from the Holy Land and fly home. Arrival is the same day.

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    I'm gradually getting over the jet-lag from our return trip from Israel, but not the let-down from the wonderful experience we had there, thanks in no small part to your efforts before and during our visit. Yesterday I had my first opportunity to speak about it from the pulpit at Old North Church, and it did not go unnoticed that my voice broke while quoting the 122nd Psalm: "I was glad when they said unto me, 'Let us go up unto the house of the Lord.' Our feet have been standing within your gates, O Jerusalem..." Visiting Israel with members of my congregation and David's certainly ranks among the high points of my 25 years of ministry. I'm not sure it would be possible to recreate the spiritual impact of a first visit to the Holy Land, but I'd be glad to try!
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