0224 St Martin Fr. Dan Reed Holy Land Pilgrimage
Day 1 February 19, Monday
Depart CLE Airport on your way to Tel Aviv.
Day 2 February 20, Tuesday
Arrive at Ben-Gurion Airport where an Ami Travel representative greets us and give us an introduction about the forthcoming trip - Travel North via the Lower Galilee valleys to our hotel in Nazareth for dinner and overnight stay.
Day 3 February 21, Wednesday
Tour the Sea of Galilee; celebrate Mass at the newly discovered Magdala; visit the Mount of the Beatitudes, Tabgha - the site of the Feeding of the Multitudes, the Church of St. Peter’s Primacy. Visit 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. Dinner and overnight in the Galilee.
Day 4 February 22, Thursday
Drive to Cana – where we shall renew marriage vows and continue through the Valley of Armageddon to Mt. Carmel- where the Prophet Elijah confronted the pagan priests ( 1st Kings 18). Ascend to the top of Mount Tabor – the site of the Transfiguration – where we celebrate Mass. Visit "the brow of the hill" known as "Mt. Precipice". Return to Nazareth to the Synagogue where Jesus stood to proclaim and preach the stirring words of Isaiah (Luke 4:16-27). Dinner and overnight in the Galilee.
Day 5 February 23, Friday
Start the day by celebrating Mass in Nazareth at the magnificent Church of the Annunciation built on top of Virgin Mary's house. On to Caesarea where Paul was imprisoned and Cornelius baptized, see the Roman Theater, the aqueduct and the Crusader ruins. Continue via the Coast to the ancient Port City of Jaffa to see St. Peter’s Church atop the House of Simon the Tanner. Drive via “Road to Emmaus” to ascend to the Holy city Jerusalem for dinner - overnight Jerusalem/Bethlehem.
Day 6 February 24, Saturday
Begin our journey in nearby Bethlehem to visit the ancient Church of Nativity where we shall celebrate Mass. Enjoy your shopping in a Bethlehem bazaar and later visit Manger Square and the beautiful Shepherds' Fields. 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/Bethlehem.
Day 7 February 25, Sunday
Morning Mass at the Cenacle followed by our journey to the lowest point on Earth; the Dead Sea area. Renew baptismal vows at the Jordan River. Continue to Masada, site of the Jewish zealots’ last stand against the Romans. See the Qumran Caves, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered and enjoy a floating experience in the Dead Sea. Visit Jericho to view Zacheus’s Tree, Elisha’s spring next to the Mount of Temptation. Back to Jerusalem for dinner and overnight stay - Jerusalem/Bethlehem..
Day 8 February 26, Monday
Morning Mass in the Garden of Gethsemane. Continue to Mt of Olives: Chapel of Ascension and Palm Sunday Road. Walk Inside the Old City of Jerusalem to St Anne the Pool of Bethesda. 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 at St Peter in Gallicantu (cock-crowing) built over the palace of the High Priest Caiaphas. Dinner and overnight stay Jerusalem/Bethlehem.
Day 9 February 27, Tuesday
Early morning Mass inside the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. Rest of morning at leisure. We shall direct you to places you may visit at your own pace, or do your last shopping. You may join us to visit the birthplace of St John the Baptist and view the site of the Visitation. End the day with a farewell dinner on our last night in the Holy Land. Transfer to the hotel for our night flight back home.
Day 10 February 28, Wednesday
Morning arrival back to CLE Airport