Holy Land and Rome Catholic Tour

Catholic Holy Land Tours - For Groups Only (minimum 15 participants)
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 Walk where Jesus and the early saints lived and worked in the Land they call Holy.

 Visit the traditional sites associated with the New Testament including Jerusalem and the Passion of Jesus' Last Hours where you'll retrace the last Footsteps of Jesus our Savior.

Then continue to Rome and visit of the highlights of this amazing city.

You'll learn about early Christianity in Rome and visit the Vatican from the best holy land guided tours.

This holy land tour will be life-changing for you.

 

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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 to the holy land

Arrival at Ben Gurion Airport, where we meet our local guide. Transfer to our hotel. Dinner and overnight, Mediterranean Coast Welcome to the Holy Land :)

Travel via the coast to Caesarea, where the Romans held Paul prisoner. Visit the Roman and Crusader ruins. Drive through the Carmel Mountains heading for 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. Continue Jesus culture tour 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 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 where we’ll 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 will stop for an overview at the traditional pilgrimage site on the Mount of Olives, and recite the blessings in honor of our arrival to Jerusalem.

Dinner and overnight, Jerusalem

On our first day in Jerusalem, we’ll receive 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." the next destination of Jesus culture tour In the afternoon we drive to the Shepherd's Field 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 in Bethlehem or the Shepherd's Field.

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 we walk along the Via Dolorosa (Way of Sorrow); through the markets of the Old City praying at 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 its 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 on the Holy Land.

Dinner and overnight, Jerusalem

Today we depart from the Holy Land and fly to Rome. Upon arrival to Rome early AM, after passport control meet your Italian guide. The guide will introduce the city focusing on imperial, classical and baroque Rome. Tour highlights include the Colosseum, Imperial Forums, Ara Coeli, Baths of Caracalla, the Trevi Fountain, Jewish Quarters, Lungotevere, the Vatican, Villa Borghese, Via Veneto and more.
Arrival to Hotel.

Overnight, Rome

Begin the morning with a visit to the Vatican Museum. Next we'll head to the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica to view numerous pieces of art, the Crypt of the Popes and, of course, Pope John Paul II’s burial place. After time at leisure for lunch, our guided tour will concentrate on the Four Patriarchal Basilicas and the Holy Staircase. This specific tour will introduce four of the great papal churches of Rome, which among other distinctions have a special "holy door" that opens once every 25 years and to which a visit is always prescribed as one of the conditions for gaining the "Roman Jubilee" - Redemption. In particular we will also visit the site of the Holy Staircase (Scala Santa) and Saint Cross (Santa Croce), holding relics from Jesus’s Cross.

Overnight, Rome

Our morning will start with the general Papal Audience at the Vatican. Following the Vatican, you’ll have time on your own for lunch. Afterwards, our guided tour will concentrate on the early Christians driving outside Rome to the Old Appian Way, the Domini Quo Vadis and finally, San Calixto Catacombs.

Overnight, Rome

Transfer to the Rome airport and depart for the US. Arrival is the same day.

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Read what people have discovered.
  • The best experience...

    The best experience we have ever had on a tour.

    Dr. Joel Vincent - First Assembly of God, Yucaipa, CA
  • When I read the Bible I can travel to the places I visited in my mind...

    The experience of going to Israel on that Biblical tour and connecting to those places was very meaningful to me. Now when I read the Bible I can travel to the places I visited in my mind.

    Pastor Sergii & Esfir “Esther” Bogomaziuk – Slavic Pastors Network, Sacramento, CA
  • Each day was sensational in touring God's land

    From landing to departing, each day was sensational in touring God's land. Now reliving it through memories and photos.

    Gerrie Mills – Pastoral Staff – The Ridge Church, Lincoln, CA