DAY 1, Sunday, January 10, 2021 - We depart from Newark, N.J. for our nonstop flight to flight Tel Aviv, Israel. M
DAY 2, Mon. - We arrive in Tel Aviv, clear immigration, meet our guide, and transfer to our waiting motorcoach. We drive to Netanya for dinner and overnight. D
DAY 3, Tues. - Our Pilgrimage in this Holy Land begins: Herod’s City-Caesarea; The Majesty of Carmel; Armageddon; Nazareth. . . to the Sea of Galilee. Today we travel north to Caesarea, once capital of the Roman province, where we visit the Roman and Crusader remains and the harbor from which St. Paul was taken prisoner to Rome. We continue toward Mt. Carmel (Is. 35:2), a symbol of strength, beauty and fertility for OT prophets. Traditionally, Elijah’s contest with the prophets of Baal is located at Muhraqa (‘the sacrifice’), a peak offering a spectacular view of the Jezreel Valley. This fertile valley has been the scene of horrible carnage and almost constant strife. Legend portrays this area as the stage for the final battle of history: Armageddon (Rev. 16:16). The excavations at Megiddo have uncovered a fortified city built by Solomon (1 Kgs. 9:15). Our journey continues on to Nazareth, home of the Basilica of the Annunciation. We visit Cana, site of the first miracle where Jesus turned the water into wine before continuing on to Tiberias and our accommodations on the shores of the Sea of Galilee for dinner and overnight. BD
DAY 4, Wed. - “He is going ahead of us to Galilee”(Mt. 28): The Sea; Capernaum; Tabgha; Korazin; Mount of Beatitudes. We begin at Capernaum where we walk in the ancient synagogue and see St. Peter’s house. We continue to Korazin (Mt. 11:21) before traveling to Tabgha where we see the mosaics of the Loaves and Fishes and celebrate Holy Eucharist. We journey to the Mount of Beatitudes to rehear the Sermon on the Mount, and then we hike down to the shore of the Sea of Galilee as Jesus and his disciples would have done. We enjoy dinner and overnight at the Sea of Galilee. BD
DAY 5, Thurs. - The upper Galilee: Dan; Golan Heights; Caesarea Philippi; Mt. Hermon: We travel to Dan, a beautiful nature park which has as its literal high point, the remains of the City of Dan. Here we can take a walk along the tributary of the Jordan River before we travel to Caesarea Phillipi, once the largest city in northern Israel. It is here that Jesus said to Simon, “and upon this rock I will build my church” (Mt. 16: 13-20). Near the foot of Mt. Hermon, we walk along the Jordan River to the Springs of Banias and renew our baptismal vows. We share a St. Peter’s Fish lunch and drive to Tiberias where we board a boat reminiscent of those used during Jesus’ time. We return for dinner and overnight at the Sea of Galilee. BLD
DAY 6, Fri. - From Galilee up to Jerusalem: This day finds us following the footsteps that Jesus and his family would have taken as they made their way from Galilee to Jerusalem. We begin at the Mount of Transfiguration where we visit the magnificent church and gardens. We proceed to Jericho, the oldest human settlement in the world. From the vantage point of the site in Jericho, we have a spectacular view of the “Mt. of Temptation.” We continue toward Jerusalem and stop and visit Beth Shean, the best preserved Roman-Byzantine town in Israel. Driving up to Jerusalem, we view the setting for the Parable of the Good Samaritan, and St. George’s Greek Orthodox Monastery, literally carved out of a cliff. Once in Jerusalem, we find a site high above on Mt. Zion or the Mt. of Olives in order to orient ourselves. We have dinner and overnight in Jerusalem. BD
DAY 7, Sat. - The Passion: Palm Sunday Walk; Dominus Flevit; Church of the Agony; Garden of Gethsemane; Cave of the Olive Press; Kidron Valley; Via Dolorosa and Church of the Holy Sepulchre. We begin walking, as Jesus would have done on Palm Sunday, and visit the Garden of Gethsemane and the Church of the Agony. From here, we move on to walk the Via Dolorosa, winding through the busy markets of the Old City and praying at the Stations of the Cross. We end our walk at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, scene of the Crucifixion and site of the Tomb. This evening we go to St. George’s Episcopal Cathedral for Evensong. We have dinner and overnight Jerusalem. BD
DAY 8, Sun. - The Judean Wilderness: We drive along the Dead Sea to Masada and ride the cable car to the top. We explore this vast mountain top fortress that was built as early as the 1st century AD and then expanded by Herod the Great who built two enormous palaces here. During the first Jewish Zealot revolt in 66 AD, less than 1000 Jews held the fortress for 2 years before the Romans finally breached the walls. We have the opportunity to walk down a winding path or ride the cable car back down the mountain. We drive to Ein Gedi for a walk to a spectacular oasis/waterfall where David hid from Saul; then on to the Essene Center at Qumran, overlooking the Dead Sea. It is here that the famous Dead Scrolls were discovered. We return to Jerusalem for dinner and overnight. BD
DAY 9, Mon. - Life’s Bread, Jerusalem and Bethlehem: Through St. Stephen’s Gate to the Holy City, we walk to St. Anne’s Church, standing on a property facing the Temple Mount just as it was built by the crusaders. Once inside we find ourselves singing (the acoustics are glorious). Nearby, we visit excavations which speak to us of Jesus’ healing at the “pool with the five porticos.” We walk together to the Temple Mount Dig, to the Dome of the Rock, to the Western Wailing Wall, and the Jewish Quarter. From there we go to the Church of St. Peter in Gallicantru also known as the House of Caiphas. Tradition holds this is where Christ said to Peter, “Before the cock crows twice, thou shalt deny me thrice” (Mark 14:72). Below this modern church are ancient caves where, it is said, Christ spent the night before being taken to Pontius Pilate. Next, we are off to Bethlehem for lunch at Two Mustaches (a wonderful Arab restaurant). Then, we visit the Church of the Nativity and Shepherd’s Field. We return to Jerusalem for dinner and overnight. BLD
DAY 10, Tues. - Day of reflection: After breakfast in the hotel, we enjoy a full day to revisit favorite sites in the old city, to shop, or to venture out on our own to other areas such as the Holocaust Memorial. We enjoy a gala farewell dinner together before we board our motor coach and depart for Ben Gurion Airport where we bid goodbye to our driver and guide, board our trans-Atlantic flight, and journey home with our souls nourished from walking in the footsteps of Jesus and the saints. BD
DAY 11, Wednesday, January 20, 2021 – Homeward Bound! We have an early morning arrival in the Newark, NJ, where we clear customs and journey home with a new appreciation of the Holy Land. M
B – Breakfast L – Lunch D – Dinner
M – Meals on Aircraft
*Itinerary is subject to change due to local conditions or at the discretion of the leaders.
KB21002 Mennell Israel
Price is based on double occupancy:
17 - 20 pilgrims $3,599.00*
21 – 25 pilgrims $3,499.00*
26 – 30 pilgrims $3,399.00*
Single Supplement $1,049.00* (limited space)
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