Walk where Jesus Walked with Fr. John Sims, Saint Rose of Lima Church, Murfreesboro, TN
Day 1 – Depart USA to Israel
Today we embark on our Journey to the Holy Land. Prepare ourselves for a life-changing experience. Get some rest on the overnight flight. Meals and Drinks served on board. Arrival at Tel Aviv international airport. Transfer to hotel in Nazareth. Dinner and overnight in Nazareth.
DAY 2 – Galilee
Visit Capernaum (the village of Peter), Tabgha (the place of the
Multiplication of the Loaves & Fishes), Mensa Christi (the
primacy of Peter), and Mount of Beatitudes. Visit to the “Jesus
Boat” followed by a visit to Magdala, the birthplace of Mary
Magdalene. Dinner and overnight in Nazareth.
DAY 3 – Cana, Mt. Carmel and Nazareth
Visit Cana, place of the first miracle of Jesus and Mount Carmel. Return to Nazareth to visit the Basilica of the Annunciation, St. Joseph’s Church, the old Synagogue, and Mary’s Well. Dinner and overnight in Nazareth.
DAY 4 – Caesaria Maritima, Haifa & Akko
Visit Caesarea Maritima, Carmelite convent of Stella Maris,
Bahai’ Garden overlook. Drive to Akko, visit the Old City & tour
citadel. Dinner and overnight in Nazareth.
DAY 5 – Mount Tabor and Jordan Valley
After breakfast, we drive to Mt Olive to have a panoramic view of the old city of Jerusalem. Then visit the Ascension Chapel and the Peter Noster Church and continue walking to Dominus 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.
DAY 6 – Ein Karem & Dead Sea Scroll Museum
Visit to Ein Karem, the birthplace of John the Baptist. Visit the Church of the Visitation, Church of St. John, and Mary’s spring. Visit to exhibition of the Dead Sea Scrolls and outdoor model of Jerusalem. Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem.
DAY 7 -Jericho & Dead Sea
Visit Mount of Temptation, Tel Sultan, and the Sycamore Tree of Zaccheus. Visit Qumran, place of the finding of the Dead Sea Scrolls, with the possibility of swimming in the Dead Sea.Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem.
DAY 8 – Old City of Jerusalem
Visit the Old City of Jerusalem: Church of the Holy Sepulcher, Church of St. Anne, Pool of Bethsaida, Flagellation Chapel, Haram Al-Sharif (Al Aqsa Mosque and Dome of the Rock, if possible), Via Dolorosa and Western Wall. Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem.
DAY 9 – Mount of Olives & Jerusalem
Go to Allenby Bridge, to enter JordaVisit Mount of Olives, panoramic view of the Old City of Jerusalem, Church of the Holy Sepulcher, Ascension Chapel, Pater Noster Church, Dominus Flevit, the Garden & Church of All Nations at Gethsemane, Mt. Zion, Dormition Abby, David’s Tomb, the Cenacle (place of the Last Supper), and Church of St. Peter in Galicantu. Dinner and overnight in
DAY 10 – Bethlehem & Beit Sahour:
Visit the Nativity Church, Milk Grotto and Shepherds Field. Visit to Carmelite convent to venerate relics of Saint Mariam of Jesus Crucified. Afternoon visit to Bethlehem area olive wood souvenir shop and meeting with local Catholic community leaders in Beit Sahour. Dinner with local Bethlehem Christian families and overnight in Bethlehem.
DAY 11 – Herodium & Hebron
Visit to Herodium, King Herod’s Bethlehem-area
mountaintop palace and possible burial place. Travel to
Hebron, visit the Ibrahimi Mosque and Abraham’s Oak. Visit
to Hebron glass and ceramics factory. Return to Bethlehem
for a farewell dinner and cultural performance with a
Dabkeh (traditional Palestinian folk performance) group.
Final overnight in Bethlehem and prepare for departure.
DAY 12 – FLIGHT HOME
This day schedule depends on the flight time, Drive to Airport for Departure back to the USA.
Fr. John Sims
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