Catholic Church, 10 Day Tour


Catholic Church, 10 Day Tour Itineraries
Follow the footsteps of Jesus in a tour of the Holy Land: walk the Via Dolorosa, visit Nazareth and wet your feet in the Sea of Galilee. A spiritual experience to remember.


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And here is your tour schedule per day:

  • Day 1 – Arrival
  • Day 2 – From Jaffa to the Sea of Galilee
  • Day 3 – Around the Sea of Galilee
  • Day 4 – From Armageddon to Nazareth
  • Day 5 – Upper Galilee: From Bethsaida to Dan
  • Day 6 – Jerusalem – – The Mount of Olives and Mount Zion
  • Day 7 – Jerusalem – the Via Dolorosa and Ein Karem
  • Day 8 – Jerusalem – From the Old City to the New
  • Day 9 – Through the Judean Wilderness to Eilat
  • Day 10 – Departure

What are you going to see?

  • Day 1: Airport or at least your hotel
  • Day 2: Jaffa, Caesarea, The Carmelite Monastery of Mukhraka, Acre
  • Day 3: Sea of Galilee, The Ancient Galilee Boat, Mount of Beatitudes, Tabha Benedictine Monastery Multiplication of Loaves and Fishes, Church of the Primacy of Peter, Capernaum, The House of St. Peter, The Ancient Synagogue, Tiberias
  • Day 4: Megiddo, Mount Tabor, Nain, Cana, Nazareth
  • Day 5: Bethsaida, Caesarea Philippi (Banias), Dan, Domus Galilaeae
  • Day 6: Mount of Olives, Paternoster, The Dome of the Ascension, Bethphage, Dominus Flevit, The Garden of Gethsemane, Mount Zion, St. Peter in Gallicantu, The Coenaculum, Dormition AbbeyPlaces: Via Dolorosa, Pools of Bethesda, Church of St. Anne, Ein Karem, Church of the Visitation, Church of St. John
  • Day 7: Via Dolorosa, Pools of Bethesda, Church of St. Anne, Ein Karem, Church of the Visitation, Church of St. John
  • Day 8: The Maronite Catholic Church, The Convent of Akeldama, The City of David, The Pool of Siloam, Shrine of the Book, The Model of Jerusalem
  • Day 9: The Judean wilderness, Inn of the Good Samaritan, Qumran, Massada, The Dead Sea
  • The airport or your next destination of your home

Possible venues for Mass:

  • Day 2: Church of St. Peter in Jaffa, Carmelite Monastery of Mukhraka; Franciscan Church in Acre.
  • Day 3: Mount of Beatitudes; Peter’s Primacy; Memorial of St. Peter in Capernaum, St. Peter’s Church in Tiberias.
  • Day 4: the Basilica of the Annunciation, the Church of St. Joseph, Cana, Mount Tabor, Nain.
  • Day 5: Bethsaida, outdoors at Caesarea Philippi, Domus Galilaeae.
  • Day 6: Pater Noster, Dominus Flevit, Church of All Nations, or the Dormition Abbey; St. Peter in Gallicantu, Bethphage.
  • Day 7: The Franciscan Chapel in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre; the Church of the Visitation; the Church of St. John.
  • Day 8: The Maronite Catholic Church
  • Day 9: Open-air at Qumran.

Price normal tour

Price List Catholic Tour
Size group Price P.P.
10 $1,900.86
15 $1,594.84
20 $1,411.93
25 $1,389.70
30 $1,301.95
35 $1,256.36
40 $1,207.21
45 $1,182.28
50 $1,150.37

Price for Low Budget tour

Price List Catholic Tour
Size group Price P.P.
10 $1,383.46
15 $1,140.71
20 $991.38
25 $987.74
30 $913.68
35 $876.76
40 $835.09
45 $815.10
50 $787.93

General guidelines, details and customizations of the tour


Day 1 – Arrival

This is the day that you arrive in Israel. Well, it’s not the case for those who are already here or who are living in Israel.

touring bus iconFor those who are arriving in Israel, will be picked up from the airport by the guide and driver from Shalom Israel.

For those, who ordered the hotels, they will be driven by bus to their hotel and for this tour it means Tel Aviv.
During the drive to your hotel, the bus will stop multiple times if the group requires so. One stop is for stretching your legs and to be fed real food and drink. That is included in the tour! So, please don’t spend your money on that.

Day 2 – From Jaffa to the Sea of Galilee

Places: Jaffa, Caesarea, The Carmelite Monastery of Mukhraka, Acre

Old Yaffa Walled City in Tel Aviv, Israel

Old Yaffa Walled City in Tel Aviv, Israel

We are coming to your hotel or at Cana Guest House and picking you up with the bus. It’s along day ahead for us all, so we start with driving to Jaffa.

Jaffa – where St. Peter had his vision on the rooftop of the House of Simon the tanner (Acts 10:32), raised Tabitha from the dead (Acts 9:36); Jonah set sail to Tarshish (Jonah 1:3) and King Solomon built his port (2 Chron. 2:16) on the Mediterranean.

Caesarea – the magnificent ruins of Herod’s showcase port city continue the story of St. Peter, with his conversion of Cornelius’ household (Acts 10:24). Caesarea is also the scene of St. Paul’s imprisonment (Acts 23:35), his appearance before King Agrippa and his departure for Rome (Acts 25:13-26:32). It figures centrally in the history of early Christianity as home to the Church father Eusebius.

Carmelite Monastery of Mukhraka

Carmelite Monastery of Mukhraka

The Carmelite Monastery of Mukhraka – where Elijah called down fire from Heaven (1 Kings 18:19-39). After this miracle, a great drought ended with the appearance of a small cloud over the sea (1 Kings 18:44), a pre-figuring of St. Mary.

Acre – called Ptolemais when St. Paul visited it (Acts 21:7), a gem of the medieval world, with its Knights Halls, fishermen’s port, Turkish Bath Museum, bazaar and ramparts overlooking the Mediterranean Sea.

Possible venues for Mass: Church of St. Peter in Jaffa, Carmelite Monastery of Mukhraka; Franciscan Church in Acre.

For those, who ordered the hotels, they will be driven by bus to their hotel in Tiberias or Nazareth.

Day 3 – Around the Sea of Galilee

Places: Sea of Galilee, The Ancient Galilee Boat, Mount of Beatitudes, Tabha Benedictine Monastery Multiplication of Loaves and Fishes, Church of the Primacy of Peter, Capernaum, The House of St. Peter, The Ancient Synagogue, Tiberias

Sea of Galilee Worship Boats LTD

Sea of Galilee Worship Boats LTD

A boat-ride across the Sea of Galilee in a wooden vessel reminiscent of Jesus’ day with a Holy Mass.

The Ancient Galilee Boat – – a wooden vessel dating back to the days of Jesus in a fascinating display.

Mount of Beatitudes near the Sea of Galilee

Mount of Beatitudes near the Sea of Galilee

Mount of Beatitudes – where Jesus preached the Sermon on the Mount (Matt. 5), and one of many sites where Pope Paul VI and Pope John Paul II prayed.

Tabha Benedictine Monastery

Tabha Benedictine Monastery

The Tabha Benedictine Monastery Multiplication of Loaves and Fishes – the site of the feeding of the 5,000 (Matt. 14:13-21).

Church of the Primacy of St. Peter

Church of the Primacy of St. Peter

Church of the Primacy of Peter – site of the miraculous catch of fish (John 21:6), where Jesus appeared to the disciples after the Resurrection (John 21:7), and of St. Peter’s reconciliation to Jesus (John 21:15-19).

Capernaum - Saint Peter's Memorial Israel - Capernaum Synagogue

Capernaum – Saint Peter’s Memorial Israel – Capernaum Synagogue

Capernaum – scene of many miracles and teachings, and known as Jesus’ “own town” (Matt. 9:1), including:

House of St. Peter

House of St. Peter

The House of St. Peter – (Mark 1:29) and the Memorial of St. Peter.
The Ancient Synagogue – built over the site where Jesus preached (Mark 1:21).

Ancient Tiberias

Ancient Tiberias

Tiberias – built by Herod Antipas (Luke 13:31) during Jesus’ ministry, Tiberias is the contemporary capital of the Sea of Galilee, with many reminders of Bible days.

Possible venues for Mass: Mount of Beatitudes; Peter’s Primacy; Memorial of St. Peter in Capernaum, St. Peter’s Church in Tiberias.

For those, who ordered the hotels, they will be driven by bus to their hotel in Tiberias or Nazareth.

Day 4 – From Armageddon to Nazareth

Places: Megiddo, Mount Tabor, Nain, Cana, Nazareth

Megiddo

Megiddo

Megiddo – with ramparts, temples, dwellings and a water system that made it one of the greatest cities of the ancient Near East, Megiddo became a regional capital of King Solomon (1 Kings 9:15), and is the New Testament’s Armageddon (Rev. 16:16).

Orthodox Beautiful, Mt Tabor Israel

Orthodox Beautiful, Mt Tabor Israel

Mount Tabor — crowned by the magnificent Church of the Transfiguration with its brilliant mosaics, this mountain is also the scene of gathering of the forces of Barak and Deborah (Judges 4:6).

Nain

Nain

Nain – a charming church graces this picturesque village where Jesus raised the widow’s son from the dead (Luke 7:11-15).

Franciscan Wedding Church at Cana

Franciscan Wedding Church at Cana

Cana – on the outskirts of Nazareth, here Jesus performed the first miracle, changing water into wine (John 2:1-11), with the Wedding Church and the Church of Nathanael (John 21:2).

Nazareth Basilica of the Annunciation

Nazareth Basilica of the Annunciation

Nazareth – beautiful churches now grace Jesus’ boyhood home, including Mensa Christi in an old residential quarter, the Synagogue Church in the market, St. Gabriel’s Church over the ancient spring, the Church of St. Joseph, and the jewel in the crown, the Basilica of the Annunciation, with its magnificent representations of Mary from around the world.

Church of Annunciation

Church of Annunciation

Possible venues for Mass: the Basilica of the Annunciation, the Church of St. Joseph, Cana, Mount Tabor, Nain.

For those, who ordered the hotels, they will be driven by bus to their hotel in Haifa.

Day 5 – Upper Galilee: From Bethsaida to Dan

Places: Bethsaida, Caesarea Philippi (Banias), Dan, Domus Galilaeae

Bethsaida

Bethsaida

Bethsaida – home of Sts. Peter, Andrew and Philip (John 1:44), where Jesus healed a blind man (Mark 8:22), with remains of a fisherman’s house, a grape-grower’s house and a street from Jesus’ day, and the huge gateway of the biblical city of Geshur, home of David’s wife Maacah (2 Sam 3:3). A place for prayer and Mass overlooking the Sea of Galilee has been set up here for pilgrims by the Archdiocese of Omaha, Nebraska.

Banias waterfall

Banias waterfall

Caesarea Philippi (Banias) – at the headwaters of the Jordan, where Jesus asked his disciples “Who do men say that I am” (Mark 8:27) and gave St. Peter the keys to Heaven (Matt. 16:19). Banias also features the ruins of temples built by Herod and his son Philip (Luke 3:1), and a thundering waterfall.

Dan – a treasure-trove of Old Testament history dating back to Abraham (Gen. 14:14) in a magnificent natural setting that brings alive the biblical verse “a land of brooks of water, of fountains and springs” (Deut. 8:7).

Domus Galilaeae

Domus Galilaeae

Domus Galilaeae – some pilgrims may want to visit this center of the Neo-Catechumenal Way.

Possible venues for Mass: Bethsaida, outdoors at Caesarea Philippi, Domus Galilaeae.

For those, who ordered the hotels, they will be driven by bus to their hotel in Jerusalem.

Day 6 – Jerusalem – – The Mount of Olives and Mount Zion

Places: Mount of Olives, Paternoster, The Dome of the Ascension, Bethphage, Dominus Flevit, The Garden of Gethsemane, Mount Zion, St. Peter in Gallicantu, The Coenaculum, Dormition Abbey

Mount of Olives -a magnificent vantage point of the Holy City, with many important churches marking biblical sites, including:

Paternoster – where Jesus taught the Our Father prayer (Luke 11:1-4).

The Dome of the Ascension — the site where Jesus ascended to Heaven (Acts 1:11).

Bethphage – where Jesus began the triumphal entrance to Jerusalem on Palm Sunday (Luke 19:29).

Dominus Flevit – where Jesus wept over Jerusalem (Luke 19:41).

The Garden of Gethsemane – with its ancient olive trees where Jesus was arrested (John 18:1-12), next to the Church of All Nations, named for the contributions made by Catholics from around the world. The church overlooks the Kidron Valley (John 18:1), and is also known as the Basilica of the Agony, as here Jesus sweated blood in fervent prayer (Luke 22:44).

Mount Zion, including:
St. Peter in Gallicantu – with its beautiful mosaics and bronze statuary, built over the ruins of the house of Caiphas (Matt. 26:57), the stone pit where tradition says Jesus was held, and the Sacred Staircase, which for centuries has led here from the Kidron Valley.

The Coenaculum – or Room of the Last Supper, built over the site of where Jesus and the disciples celebrated the first Eucharist (Mark 14:24).

Dormition Abbey – marking the site of the Dormition of Mary, where Mary was taken up to Heaven.

Possible venues for Mass: Pater Noster, Dominus Flevit, Church of All Nations, or the Dormition Abbey; St. Peter in Gallicantu, Bethphage.

For those, who ordered the hotels, they will be driven by bus to their hotel in Jerusalem.

Day 7 – Jerusalem – the Via Dolorosa and Ein Karem

Places: Via Dolorosa, Pools of Bethesda, Church of St. Anne, Ein Karem, Church of the Visitation, Church of St. John

Via Dolorosa

Via Dolorosa

Via Dolorosa – following the Stations of the Cross from the Chapel of the Flagellation, and the Sisters of Zion Convent, through the streets of Old Jerusalem to the Judgment Gate and the Tomb of Jesus in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.

Pools of Bethesda

Pools of Bethesda

Pools of Bethesda – where Jesus healed a paralytic (John 5:2).

Church of St. AnneChurch of St. Anne – built over the home of Anne and Joachim, the parents of Mary.

Ein Karem – the “city of Judah” (Luke 1:39), which was birthplace of John the Baptist, including:

Church of the Visitation – where Mary met Elizabeth and uttered the Magnificat (Luke 1:46-55).

Church of St. John – where John the Baptist was born.

Possible venues for Mass: The Franciscan Chapel in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre; the Church of the Visitation; the Church of St. John.

For those, who ordered the hotels, they will be driven by bus to their hotel in Jerusalem.

Day 8 – Jerusalem – From the Old City to the New City

Places: The Maronite Catholic Church, The Convent of Akeldama, The City of David, The Pool of Siloam, Shrine of the Book, The Model of Jerusalem

The Maronite Catholic Church – near the Jaffa Gate, with a wonderful view of Jerusalem from the roof.

Convent of Akeldama

Convent of Akeldama

The Convent of Akeldama- where Judas died, in the Valley of Hinnom (Acts 1:18-19).

City of David

City of David

The City of David – the most ancient part of the Holy City (2 Sam. 5:7).

The Pool of Siloam – where Jesus healed a blind man (John 9:7).

Shrine of the Book – in the Israel Museum, home of the Dead Sea Scrolls.

The Model of Jerusalem – the famed 1:50 model of the way the Holy City looked in Jesus’ day.

Possible venues for Mass: The Maronite Catholic Church

For those, who ordered the hotels, they will be driven by bus to their hotel in Jerusalem.

Day 9 – Through the Judean Wilderness to Eilat

Places: The Judean wilderness, Inn of the Good Samaritan, Qumran, Massada, The Dead Sea

The Judean wilderness – where John the Baptist preached (Matt. 3:1) and where Jesus fasted for 40 days and nights (Matt. 4:2).

Inn of the Good Samaritan – traditional site of Jesus’ parable (Luke 10:30-37).

Qumran – where the Dead Sea Scrolls where discovered.

Massada – the dramatic mountain fortress built by Herod the Great where the Jews made their last stand against the Romans in the Great Revolt.

The Dead Sea – The lowest, saltiest body of water on earth; the Salt Sea, or Eastern Sea of the Bible (Josh. 15:5; Ezek. 47:18).

Possible venue for Mass: Open-air at Qumran.

For those, who ordered the hotels, they will be driven by bus to their hotel near Dead Sea

Day 12 – Departure

This is the day of the departure. We bring everyone back to the point where we picked them up.


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