Take a Trip to the Holy Land with Deacon Hamlin From May 6-16, 2019
Depart USA. Depart United States for Tel Aviv.
Arrive to the Holy Land. Meet our tour Guide who will escort us throughout our pilgrimage. Drive to the Sea of Galilee. Dinner and overnight in Nazareth or Tiberias.
After breakfast start our day with a boat ride across the Sea of Galilee. Then visit Capernaum and the House of Peter, Magdala, the “Jesus Boat” at Nof Ginosar, the church of the Multiplication of the Loaves and Fish at Tabgha, and St. Peter church on the sea. Dinner and overnight in Nazareth or Tiberias.
After breakfast drive to Cana of Galilee, the place commemorates the first miracle of Jesus. After that we drive to view Mt. Carmel and then continue to Nazareth to visit the Basilica of the Annunciation, Mary’s well, St. Joseph church and the old Synagogue. Dinner and overnight in Nazareth or Tiberias.
After breakfast drive to Mt. Tabor to visit the church of the Transfiguration. Later visit the Baptismal site on the Jordan River, and then drive along the Jordan Valley to Jerusalem. Dinner and overnight in Bethlehem.
After breakfast, tour the old city of Jerusalem. Begin with St. Anne Church and the pool of Bethesda, Chapel of flagellation, and Alaqsa Mosque (if possible), continue along the Via Dolorosa to visit the church of the Holy Sepulchre, walk to the Wailing Wall and Garden Tomb. Dinner and overnight at hotel in Bethlehem.
Jordan River, Jericho, and Bethlehem. Travel to the real site of Jesus’ Baptism by the Jordan River where we will renew our baptismal vows. Afterwards, drive to Jericho via Judean desert and visit the oldest city in the world (Holy Mass* celebrated at a parish in Jericho). View the Mt. of Temptations. Onwards to Qumran where they found the Dead Sea scrolls, then we will have a dip in the Dead Sea’s bitter water.
After breakfast, we will drive to Mt. Olive to have a panoramic view of the old city of Jerusalem. Then we will visit the Ascension Chapel and the Pater Noster Church and continue walking to Dominos Flevit, the garden and the Church of Gethsemane, Mt. Zion, Dormition Abbey, David’s Tomb, the Last Supper and St. Peter in Galinganto. Dinner and overnight in Bethlehem.
Old City of Jerusalem, Christian Shrines: Start the day very early, praying the Stations of the Cross as we walk the true Way of the Cross (Via Dolorosa), ending up at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, where Jesus was crucified (Calvary) and buried, and then rose again. View the Pool of Bethesda scene of Jesus’ healing the paralytic next to the wind-ruffled pool water.
After breakfast, drive to Ein Karen to visit the Visitation Church and Church of St. John the Baptist. Then tour the west side of Jerusalem. This evening we will have a nice authentic dinner at a restaurant with the Folklore Dancing Group from the Lutheran School in the Shepherds Field.
After breakfast check out and head to the airport to fly back home with all the memories you carried from the Holy Land to share with your beloved ones.