0124 The Anglican Holy Land Pilgrimage 2024
Day 2 January 31, Wednesday
Depart Atlanta, GA on our way to Tel Aviv, Israel.
Day 3 February 01, Thursday
Arrive at Ben-Gurion Airport where Ami Travel representatives greet us and give us an introduction about the forthcoming trip. Travel North via the Lower Galilee valleys to our hotel in the Galilee for dinner and overnight stay.
Day 4 February 02, Friday
Tour the Sea of Galilee region. Visit the newly excavated Magdala - Mass at "Duc in Altum". Visit the Mount of the Beatitudes, Tabgha - the site of the Feeding of the Multitudes, the Church of St. Peter’s Primacy. Explore Capernaum and Simon Peter's house. We shall take a boat ride across the Sea of Galilee and enjoy a lunch of St. Peter’s Fish. Join the Candlelight procession at the Basilica of the Annunciation. Dinner and overnight in the Galilee.
Day 5 February 03, Saturday
Ascend to the top of Mt. Tabor - site of the Transfiguration for our daily Eucharist ocelebration. Drive through the Valley of Armageddon to Mt. Carmel- where the Prophet Elijah confronted the pagan priests ( 1st Kings 18). Visit Caesarea where Paul was imprisoned and Cornelius baptized, see the Roman Theater, the aqueduct and the Crusader ruins. Continue to Nazareth to the Basilica of the Annunciation and to the Synagogue where Jesus stood to proclaim and preach the stirring words of Isaiah (Luke 4:16-27). Visit "the brow of the hill" known as "Mt. Precipice". Dinner and overnight in the Galilee.
Day 6 February 04, Sunday
Drive to Cana – where we shall renew marriage vows and celebrate our daily Mass. In Sephorris -" Marvel of the Galilee" - recently excavated - explore and enjoy some of the most exquisite mosaic floors and "carpets" - a neighboring town to Nazareth and the traditional home of the Virgin's parents. Continue north to ascend the Golan Heights and to Caesarea Philippi where St. Peter made his confession of Jesus as the Messiah and the "Son of the living God". Dinner and overnight in Galilee.
Day 7 February 05, Monday
Depart Galilee via the Jordan Valley to the Jordan River to renew Baptismal vows. Celebrate Mass on the shores of the Jordan River. Journey to the lowest point on Earth - the Dead Sea area. Continue to Masada, site of the Jewish zealots’ last stand against the Romans. See the Qumran Caves, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered. Enjoy a floating experience in the Dead Sea. Visit Jericho to view Zacheus’s Tree, Elisha’s spring, and the Mount of Temptation. Ascend the Holy city Jerusalem for dinner and overnight stay
Day 8 February 06, Tuesday
Begin our journey in nearby Bethlehem where we shall visit the Shepherds' Fields - celebrate Mass. Enjoy shopping in a Bethlehem bazaar. Visit the ancient Church of Nativity. and Manger Square and. Return to Jerusalem to explore Mt. Zion: David's Tomb, the Room of the Last Supper, and the Dormition Abbey - site of the Assumption of the Virgin. Dinner and overnight stay in Jerusalem.
Day 9 February 07, Wednesday
Celbrate Mass at Bethphage. Walk the Palm Sunday road from the top of Mt of Olives to view Jerusalem as Jesus did - to the Garden of Gethsemane. Walk Inside the Old City of Jerusalem. Walk the Stations of the Cross; visit the various quarters and the underground excavations. See the Temple ruins and the Western Wall amidst the buildings of old Jerusalem. End the day with a prayer service at the Garden Tomb. Dinner and overnight stay in Jerusalem.
Day 10 February 08, Thursday
Explore Ein Karem - sites of the birthplace of St John the Baptist and of the Visitation. Celebrate the Eucharist. Continue to Jafa where St Peter revived Tabitha and had the Vision on the rooftop at the house of Simon the Tanner. We shall have our farewell dinner at the port of this picturesque city and make our way to the airport for our overnight flight.
Day 11 February 09, Friday
Morning arrival back to ATL Airport.