Del 05 al 16 de Marzo 2023
Mar 05 - Sunday – USA / ISRAEL
Departure from USA to Tel Aviv. Dinner on board
Mar 06 – Monday –TEL AVIV
Arrive Tel Aviv at Ben Gurion airport. Meeting with our representative at the airport and transfer by bus to our hotel. Dinner and overnight.
Mar 07 – Tuesday - TEL AVIV / NAZARETH
Breakfast. Depart to visit the ancient city of Jaffa, the house of Simon the Tanner and the arts district. We continue our journey through the Sharon plain to Caesarea Maritime, a city built by Herod where we will visit the ancient Roman theater, the aqueduct and the crusader ruins of the city. Then we continue our trip to Haifa, to visit the church of Stella Maris and the grotto of the prophet Elijah on Mount Carmel. In the afternoon, travel to Nazareth, visiting the Basilica of the
Annunciation, the Fountain of the Virgin and the carpentry of Saint Joseph. We continue to Cana of Galilee, where the first miracle of Jesus is commemorated. Dinner and overnight.
Mar 08 – Wednesday - NAZARETH / GALILEE / NAZARETH Breakfast.
Visit the Mount of Beatitudes, where do our personal meditation. Visit Capernaum, celebration of Holy Mass on the ruins of the house of San. Peter, visit to the ruins of the ancient synagogue. Continue to Tabgha, the site of the multiplication of the loaves and fishes. Visit the Primacy of Peter where Jesus tells his disciples that they are returning from fishing, "Boys, bring some of the fish you just caught," there's a rock on which Jesus had prepared the fire, and waited, then asked Peter, you love me more than these? Then we embarked for a cruise through the Sea of Galilee, and in the middle of the sea, we will make the corresponding readings. In the afternoon we will go to the Jordan River to renew our Baptismal promises. Dinner and overnight.
Mar 09 – Thursday – NAZARETH / GALILEE / NAZARETH Breakfast.
Departure to Banias - Cesárea of Philip, where there is one of the main sources of water for the Jordan River. Travel through the Golan Heights to see ancient fortifications on the Syrian border. Then we go down to Mount Tabor to visit the Church of the Transfiguration. from where a magnificent panorama of the Lower Galilee is contemplated. Return to Nazareth. Dinner and overnight.
Mar 10 – Friday – NAZARETH /JERUSALEM
Breakfast. Traveling through the Jordan Valley we will pass through Jericho, the oldest city in the world. Just entered Jericho, there is a sycamore that reminds us of Zacchaeus, there, we will do the corresponding reading. We continue to the Mount of Temptations. Continuation to Qumran and possibility of bathing in the waters of the Dead Sea. The Dead Sea is the lowest point on the planet, it is 400 meters below sea level and its waters, more than waters, are salts and are said to be medicinal. Continuation to Jerusalem, where we will arrive singing the psalm and in a high part of Mount Scopus, we will make a toast, as we have reached the Holy City. Dinner and overnight.
Mar 11 - Saturday - JERUSALEM / BETHLEHEM Breakfast. This day, we begin our pilgrimage on the Mount of Olives. Visit the site of the Ascension of Our Lord. To the Cave of the Our Father, to the Chapel of Dominus Flevit, where Jesus wept for Jerusalem, then we visited the Basilica of Gethsemane (Holy Mass) where Jesus was dying and a few meters from there is the Grotto of betrayal where Judas gave him up. In the afternoon continue to Bethlehem. Visit to the Basilica of the Nativity (Holy Mass), the Church of St. Catherine, the Grotto of St. Jerome and the Grotto of the Milk. Dinner and overnight.
Mar 12 - Sunday - JERUSALEM
Breakfast. Very early today, we left for the Old City, to start the Via Crucis, reaching Golgotha, there we will celebrate Holy Mass. We went down to the Holy Sepulcher, then to the Trench of Crosses, where tradition tells that St. Helena found the Cross of the Lord. We will visit the Wailing Wall, the most important place for the Jewish religion. From here we went up to Mount Zion to visit the Church of St. Peter Gallicantu, where Peter denied Christ and where Jesus was a prisoner. Then we will go to King David's tomb. Back to the hotel. Tonight we will have our farewell dinner and delivery of Pilgrimage certificates. Overnight.
Mar 13 – Monday - BETHLEHEM / TEL AVIV / ISTANBUL
Breakfast. Transfer by private Bus from the hotel to Tel Aviv airport in time for departure of our flight to Istanbul. Arrival in Istanbul. Meeting with our representative at the airport and transfer by Bus to the hotel. The rest of the day will be free. Dinner and overnight.
Mar 14 - Tuesday – ISTANBUL
Breakfast. Full day tour of the city. In the morning, visit Santa Sophia, the most significant monument in Istanbul. From there, visit the Topkapi Palace, where the sultans lived between 1478 and 1856. We continue with the famous Blue Mosque and the Roman Hippodrome. Free time to shop at the Gran Bazaar. Dinner and overnight.
Mar 15 – Wednesday – ISTAMBUL / IZMIR / KUSADASI
Breakfast. Transfer from the hotel to the airport in time to board our flight to Izmir. Arrival and departure on our bus to Ephesus, the best preserved Greco-Roman city in Asia Minor since the 1st and 2nd centuries. The Temple of Artemis - one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World -, the Temple of Hadrian, the Roman Baths, the Library of Celsus and the Odeon. Visit to the House of the Virgin Mary, and today it is a pilgrimage site. Then we will give way to Kusadasi, the "Island of the birds", which opens up beautiful views of the port of the bay. Dinner and overnight.
Mar 16 – Thursday – KUSADASI / ISTANBUL / USA Breakfast and transfer by bus to the airport to board our flight back to the USA.