Join Bluette Puchner on an unforgettable experience in Israel, the Holy Land. Flight schedule: Package price per person in a double room occupancy: * Plus all elements in the "Package price does not include" paragraph. For single room supplement, add Final payment due date: November PACKAGE PRICE INCLUDES: Roundtrip airfare ORD/TLV * All transfers in Israel Accommodation In 4-Star Hotels (in Galilee and Jerusalem) Luggage handling and hotel service charges Breakfast and dinner daily Complimentary St. Peter’s fish lunch in Tiberias Farewell dinner on last evening in Israel Sightseeing with a licensed private tour guide in a private bus Personal wireless earphones for usage during touring Entrance fees to sites per itinerary, including a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE: • * Airlines departure taxes (as of August 2023 per person). The final amount to be determined at the time of ticketing. • Gratuities to guide, driver, and hotel staff (suggested $160 per participant) • Travel / Medical Insurance. Participants are welcome to use this link to purchase insurance: https://partner.roamright.com/?agencycode=amitravel&agentid=LChung
  • Day 1 October 08, Tuesday

    Depart ORD Airport on your way to Tel Aviv.

  • Day 2 October 09, Wednesday

    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 October 10, Thursday

    Tour the Sea of Galilee. Celebrate Mass on the shores of the Sea of Galilee. Explore Capernaum and Simon Peter's house. Ascend the Mount of the Beatitudes - site of the Sermon on the Mount. Visit to Tabgha - the site of the Feeding of the Multitudes and the Church of St. Peter’s Primacy. Continue to the newly excavated Magdala. Enjoy a lunch of St. Peter’s Fish. We shall end the day sailing across the Sea of Galilee. Dinner and overnight in Nazareth.

  • Day 4 October 11, Friday

    Ascend to the top of Mount Tabor – the site of the Transfiguration – where we celebrate Mass. Continue through the Valley of Armageddon to Mt. Carmel- where the Prophet Elijah confronted the pagan priests ( 1st Kings 18). Drive to Cana – where we shall renew our marriage vows. Walk through "old town" Nazareth; the synagogue where Jesus stood to proclaim and preach the stirring words of Isaiah (Luke 4:16-27). End the day at the Basilica of the Annunciation - home of the Virgin and one of the largest churches in the Middle East. Dinner and overnight in Galilee. ( evening procession)

  • Day 5 October 12, Saturday

    Start the day by celebrating Mass in Nazareth at the magnificent Church of the Annunciation built on top of the 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 Emmaus” and ascend to the Holy City Jerusalem. Dinner and overnight stay in Jerusalem.

  • Day 6 October 13, Sunday

    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 - the site of the Assumption of the Virgin. Dinner and overnight stay in Jerusalem. (Evening Western Wall Tunnels)

  • Day 7 October 14, Monday

    Early morning Mass inside the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. 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 in Jerusalem.

  • Day 8 October 15, Tuesday

    Morning Mass in the Garden of Gethsemane followed by our journey to the lowest point on Earth; the Dead Sea area. Renew baptismal vows at the Jordan River. Continue to Masada, the 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.

  • Day 9 October 16, Wednesday

    Mass at Bethpage; on Mt of Olives visit the Chapel of Ascension and Dominus Flevit ( The Lord Wept ). Walk Palm Sunday Road. Afternoon visit to the birthplace of St John the Baptist and view the site of the Visitation. Continue to the ancient Port City of Jafa to see St. Peter’s Church atop the House of Simon the Tanner where St Peter revived Tabitha and had the vision on the rooftop. Enjoy our farewell dinner before we drive to the airport for the overnight flight.

  • Day 10 October 17, Thursday

    Morning arrival back to ORD Airport