Land of Jesus & the Apostolic Tradition

Nazareth • Bethlehem • Jerusalem • Rome

Countries visited: Israel, Palestine territories, Italy

Sample itinerary: 11 days/10 nights

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Land of Jesus & the Apostolic Tradition

This journey is focused on deepening the elements of  faith throughout the visit and the experience of prayer in the land where God actualized His plan of Salvation and where the Church made its first steps. Companions in this journey are the Sacraments and the word of God, gifts of the divine Grace. Our journey will conclude in Rome, site of the testimony of many saints, including Saint Peter and Saint Paul, is a city richly nourished by profound, unshakeable faith. Saint Peter’s Cathedral stands here, and the stalwart city has become guardian of the Apostolic Tradition.

Highlights

In the Holy Land: Church of the Transfiguration at Mt. Tabor, Cana wedding feast site, Shrine of the Annunciation, Lake Tiberias boat ride, Capernaum and the site of the Miracle of the Loaves and Fishes, Mount of Beatitudes, the Dead Sea, Church of the Nativity, Shepherd’s Field, Grotto of St. Jerome, village of Ein Karem, Western Wall, Mount Zion, Church of the Dormition, Knesset (Israeli Parliament), the Supreme Court, the Museum of the Book, Mount of Olives, the Garden of Gethsemane, St. Anne’s Church, the Pool of Bethesda, Church of the Holy Sepulcher

In Rome: Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, St. Peter’s Basilica, Roma Cristiana Open Bus panoramic city tour, Saint John’s Lateran, the Cloister and Holy Stairs, St. Mary the Mayor Basilica, St. Paul Outside the Walls Basilica with celebration of the Holy Mass

 

Days 1-3:     Nazareth

Days 4-6:     Bethlehem

Day 7:           Jerusalem

Days 8-11:   Rome

 

Price and Scheduling

This is a possible pilgrimage itinerary for groups.

Interested priests or pilgrimage organizers are invited to contact us to schedule the dates, to modify this current itinerary according to their group's needs, and to receive information about pricing.

Our itineraries that have dates and prices listed are open to all and are guaranteed departure if the minimum number of participants is met.

 

Day 1  •  Tel Aviv to Nazareth

Arrival at Tel Aviv Ben Gurion airport. Transfer to Galilee, the loveliest and most fertile region of the Holy Land.  Possible stop at Mount Carmel (time permitting) to visit the Stella Maris Church, revered as a holy place since antiquity and site of the altar of Elijah, who founded here the “School of the Prophets.” Arrival at Nazareth in the evening, dinner and overnight at the hotel.

Day 2   •  Nazareth

In the morning, we journey to Mt. Tabor and visit the Church of the Transfiguration. We stop to experience the sacred joy of Cana, site of the wedding feast. In the afternoon, we visit the Shrine of the Annunciation and the New Church, the Church of St. Joseph, built where the Holy Family lived, and the Synagogue. Dinner and overnight in Nazareth.

Day 3   •  Nazareth

After breakfast, we depart for the region of Lake Tiberias, one of the most renowned lakes in the Holy Land, and board a boat for a gentle cruise along the water. We visit Capernaum (synagogue and Peter’s home) and Tabga (site of the Miracle of the Loaves and Fishes).  We experience the ascent of the Mt. of Beatitudes, the holy peak where Jesus preached the Sermon on the Mount. Dinner and overnight in Nazareth.

Day 4   •  Bethlehem

We continue through the Valley of the River Jordan, stopping at the Dead Sea, whose gentle waves glitter in the desert sun. This body of saltwater is the deepest geological depression of the Earth, over a thousand feet below sea level. We journey to Jericho, known as the “City of Palm Trees” in the Old Testament, and renew our baptismal promises.  We take time to appreciate the site of Qasr El Yahud (Castle of the Jews), site of the baptism of Jesus. Arrival at Bethlehem, where King David and Jesus were born. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

Day 5  •  Bethlehem

In the morning, we visit the Church of the Nativity, the Shepherd’s Field and the Grotto of St. Jerome. In the afternoon, we visit the village of Ein Karem, birthplace of St. John the Baptist and site of the visit of Mary to St. Elizabeth, when they shared the joy of her pregnancy. We stop at the evocative Western Wall, the magnificent ruins of the Temple of Herod, a holy place in many cultures. Dinner and overnight in Bethlehem.

Day 6  •  Bethlehem

After breakfast, departure to Jerusalem, the “City of God.”  We visit Mount Zion: the room and the Church of the Last Supper, the Church of the Dormition, the Church of St. Peter Gallicantu, remembering the place where St. Peter denied Jesus. In the afternoon, we experience the contrast between ancient and new by visiting the modern side of the city: the Knesset (Israeli Parliament), the Supreme Court, the Museum of the Book, and other political buildings. Dinner and overnight in Bethlehem.

Day 7  •   Jerusalem

Departure to Jerusalem. Full day dedicated to the visit of the city sacred to the three largest monotheistic religions: Judaism, Christianity and Islam. We visit, among other wonders: the Mount of  Olives, the Garden of the Gethsemane, the Basilica of Agony, the Chapel of the Pater Noster, the chapel of the Dominus Flevit, the Virgin’s Tomb. In the afternoon, we view St. Anne’s Church, sacred to Mary’s mother, the Pool of Bethesda, the Chapel of the Flagellation and Via Crucis along the Via Dolorosa. We enter the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, containing the tomb where Jesus was buried and rose from the dead. Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem.

Day 8   •  Rome

After breakfast, check out and transfer to the airport for flight to Rome. Arrive and ride on board private coach to city center, where we take a panoramic tour of the magnificent capital. Check in at the hotel or religious house. Dinner and overnight.

Day 9   •  Rome

We board a private bus and head to ORP offices, where we meet with an ORP guide for our exclusive tour of the Vatican Museums, the glorious Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica (if open). In the afternoon, a second panoramic tour aboard the open bus Roma Cristiana and visits to Saint John’s Lateran, the Cloister and Holy Stairs, and St. Mary the Mayor Basilica. A private bus brings us back for dinner and overnight at the hotel or religious house.

Day 10   •  Rome

Breakfast and free time to explore this central city of one of the world’s greatest empires. Afterwards we meet our guide and board a private bus for the half-day guided tour of St. Paul Outside the Walls Basilica, one of the papal Basilicas. Celebration of the Holy Mass, an experience intensified by the millennia of religious history infusing every part of the city. A private coach brings us back to hotel or religious house for dinner and overnight.

Day 11   •  Departure

Early breakfast at the hotel, check out and transfer to the Fiumicino Airport for final departure. ORP assistance with check-in procedures and escort to the gate.

 

 

Price and Scheduling

This is a possible pilgrimage itinerary for groups.

Interested priests or pilgrimage organizers are invited to contact us to schedule the dates, to modify this current itinerary according to their group's needs, and to receive information about pricing.

The price includes:

 Flight Tel Aviv/Rome, economy

 Accommodations in double rooms in Holy Land

 Accommodations in double rooms, 3/4 star hotels in Rome

 Full board in Holy Land

 Half board in Rome

Transportation on private coach as per program

 Visits, excursions and entry fees as per the program

 English-speaking guide in Holy Land

 English-speaking and Whisper audio guide in Rome

ORP document kit, scarf and luggage tag

 ORP technical and pastoral assistance

 Gratuities

The price does not include:

International flights. However we will be happy to assist you with flight quotations as soon as they are available. Please let us know your departure city.

Insurance for medical assistance, loss or damage of baggage, cancellation fees. However we are able to offer medical, luggage and cancellation insurance upon request.

Beverages

Extras

Anything not specified in “the price includes” section