Itinerary (Click to view event flyer)
Sunday, June 17th- Day 1: Depart from USA
Depart from and overnight flight from New York to Tel Aviv. Dinner and breakfast will be served on the flight.
Monday, June 18th- Day 2: Arrival in Tel Aviv-Tiberius
Arrival in Tel Aviv where we meet our Christian tour guide who assists us with boarding the bus. We check into our beautiful hotel on the shores of the Seas of Galilee. Open buffet dinner in a private dining room reserved for our group. Overnight Sea of Galilee area for 3 nights (Welcome dinner at the hotel wine with dinner).
Tuesday, June 19th- Day 3: Cana- Nazareth
Open buffet breakfast. We start the day with a visit to Cana of Galilee for renewal of Wedding Vows. Continue to Nazareth where we visit Mary’s Well then walk to the Church of the Annunciation, visiting the Church of St. Joseph and the Church of the Anunciation. We celebrate Mass at the Basilica of the Annunciation. Our day ends with a visit to the spice market. Dinner is at the hotel. Overnight Sea of Galilee area.
Wednesday, June 20th- Day 4: Ministry at the Sea of Galilee
Open buffet breakfast. We enjoy a boatride on the peaceful waters of the Sea of Galilee. A short drive takes us to the Mt. of Beatitudes to celebrate Mass. Our lunch today is of the traditional fried St. Peter Fish at the Pilger House (pilgrim house). In the afternoon, we visit Jesus’ hometown Capernaum and Tabha-the Church of Multiplication and Loaves. Tonight, our dinner is at the highly regarded Magdalena Restaurant considered one of the best in Israel. Overnight Sea of Galilee area.
Thursday, June 21st- Day 5: Samaria- Nablus- Jericho- Jerusalem
Visit Sebastia, where Salome danced for Herod and where John the Baptist was beheaded. We see the ruins of the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist containing his tomb. Reaching Nablus, we visit the new Orthodox Church of Jacob’s Well, seeing the well where Jesus encountered the Samaritan woman and promised her living water. Nablus is one of the West Bank’s largest’s cities, most famous for the Arabic’ sweet knafeh. A most unlikely place where we visit the local chapter of the ‘Slow Food’ network for a cooking class. Bait al Karama is the first female-run cooking school in Palestine, run and managed by disadvantaged women living in the old city of Nablus. Observe a local chef prepare some classic Palestinian dishes. Enjoy your creations over lunch and discover what life is like for women is this small Palestinian town. After lunch, visit a knafeh producer for a insight into the production of this much-loved sweet and, of course, to enjoy a taste. We pass biblical Shiloh, where the Arc of the Covenant was kept, and Bethel. Continue to Jericho where we see the Mt. of Temptation. Mass will be celebrated. Start our ascent to Jerusalem, through the magnificent Judean Hills. En route you will pass the Good Samaritan Inn. Settle into our hotel in Jerusalem. Dinner is at the hotel. Overnight in Jerusalem.
Friday, June 22nd- Day 6: Bethlehem- Shephard Field- Winery Visit
Open buffet breakfast. Our first stop this morning is to visit the Church of Nativity to see Christ’s birthplace. We celebrate Christmas mass at Church of Nativity and visit Shepherd’s Field. Today’s lunch is at the famous Bedouin Tent Restaurant in Bethlehem. Food presentation at lunch by Fr. Leo and Tent’s chefs includes local bread and za’atar. As an expression of our solidarity with the local Christian population, we shop here to help support the local Christian families. The day ends with a visit to Crimson Winery, operated by the Salesian Community, where we enjoy a wine tasting. Buffet dinner is at the hotel. Overnight in Jerusalem.
Saturday, June 23rd- Day 7: MT. of Olives- Mt. Zion- Sharing the Bread Dinner- Jerusalem
Open buffet breakfast. Start the day with a visit to Ascension chapel. Next we drive by Bethpage where our Lord Jesus Christ started his Palm Sunday walk. We continue to the Church of Peter Noster where Jesus taught the Lord’s prayer- today we can see the prayer in over 160 languages. We stop for a panoramic view from the Mt. of Olives, then walk along Palm Sunday Road stopping a Dominus Flevit from where Jesus wept over the city. Walk along the Jewish cemetary with a view over the Eastern Gate- known as the Throne of Judgment (Psalm 122). Visit the Garden of Gethsemene and the Grotto of Gethsemene. We celebrate Mass at the Basilica of Agony. After Mass, we visit the empty tomb of the Virgin at the Church of the Assumption. We visit Caiaphas Palace at the Church of St. Peter in Gallicantu (Psalm 88), the Upper Room and Dormition Abbey. Tonight we are invited into the homes of local Christian families of Bethlehem for “Sharing the Bread” home-cooked meal. Overnight in Jerusalem.
Sunday, June 24th- Day 8: Temple Mount- Mehne Yehuda Tour
Buffet breakfast is at the hotel. We explore Temple Mount, and celebrate Mass at the Cenacle Church. Our visit to the bustling Mehne Yehuda Market with local chefs introduces us to flavors and foods we have never seen before. Lunch is at the Notre Dame restaurant where the group will learn how to make falafel- have your pen ready to take the recipe of the Holy Land’s most famous dish back home. Dinner is at leisure tonight. Overnight in Jerusalem.
Monday, June 25th- Day 9: Jerusalem the Holy City: Via Dolorosa- Holy Sepulchre- Wailing Wall- Pools of Bethesda- St. Ann’s Church- Ein Karem
We begin our day early praying the Stations of the Cross along the Way of the Cross to the Church of the Holy Sepluchre, where we celebrate Mass. Continue with a visit to the Wailing Wall, the Church of St. Ann’s and Pools of Bethesda. Following lunch on our own in the Old City we drive to Ein Karem and the Church of Visitation followed by a visit to Mary’s Spring and Birthplace of St. John the Baptist. Tonight, enjoy dinner on your own. We recommend the amazing Chinese and Wine restaurant on the rooftop of the Notre Dame hotel. Overnight in Jerusalem.
Tuesday, June 26th- Day 10: Depart for Jordan- “The Other Holy Land” Madaba- Mt. Nebo- Bethany Beyond Jordan- Food of Jordan
Following our buffet breakfast, we transfer to Allenby Bridge, crossing into Jordan. You are greeted by your Christian English speaking guide at the Jordanian border, assisted to the bus with your luggage and transferred to the Dead Sea to visit Madaba where we see the famous 6th-century mosaic map of Palestine in St. George’s Church. Here we celebrate Mass. Stand atop at Mt. Nebo looking over the Promised Land just as Moses did before his death. We stop for lunch on our own at the Haret Jdoudna, an excellent local restaurant. We visit Bethany Beyond Jordan, where Joshua crossed over with the Ark of the Covenant and the authentic site where Jesus was baptized in the Jordan River. This trip puts a focus on the delicious cuisine of Jordan, a gastronomy shaped by centuries of social and political change. As these changes occurred, a variety of spices, cooking techniques, and ingredients remained in their culture. Jordan also has bragging rights as one of the largest producers of olives in the world, so its no surprise that olive oil is commonly used in their dishes. Garlic, onions, tomato sauce, lemon and za’atar (a spice blend with sumac, sesame seeds, salt and other spices) are all important ingredients. Our dinner is at Tawaheen Al Hawa considered one of the best restaurants in Jordan, where we taste the best of Jordanian food. Overnight Amman.
Wednesday, June 17th- Day 11: Amman- Petra
The ancient city of Petra, in Jordan, is on almost everyone’s life list. The so-called red-rose city, carved by the Nabataens has entranced travelers for years. Here is our opportunity to be Indiana Jones for a day and explore the great mysteries of this fantastic site. Known as one of the new ‘seven wonders of the world’, this archaeological city sits within 80 m high cliff walls- the iconic treasury, carved into the face of one of these cliffs is definitely one of the highlights of this visit. In the afternoon we return to visit wine cellars in Amman belonging to local families. The final meal of this faith and food adventure is a self prepared dinner at the Beit Sitti cooking school, known as one of the most innovative developments in Jordan’s dining scene. Visitors to the school get to cook (and eat) an authentic meal under supervision, with tonights dish being maqluba. Literally translating to, “upside down”, maqluba is a casserole with rice, vegetables, and chicken which is cooked, flipped, then served with either yogurt or Arab salad with Tahini sauce. Savour this last meal with newfound friends before the trip comes to an end tomorrow morning.
Thursday, June 18th- Day 12: Arrival Back Home
Depart for Amman Airport and our flight back home.