Catholic Church, 8 Day Tour


Catholic Church, 8 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.


Day 1 – Arrival

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

What you see:

  • Day 1: Arrival
  • Day 2: 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 3: Megiddo, Mount Tabor, Nain, Cana, Nazareth
  • Day 4: 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
  • Day 5: Via Dolorosa, Pools of Bethesda, Church of St. Anne, Ein Karem, Church of the Visitation, Church of St. John
  • Day 6: 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 7: The Judean wilderness, Inn of the Good Samaritan, Qumran, Massada, The Dead Sea
  • Day 8: Departure

Possible venues for Mass:

  • Day 1: Arrival
  • Day 2: Mount of Beatitudes; Peter’s Primacy; Memorial of St. Peter in Capernaum, St. Peter’s Church in Tiberias.
  • Day 3: the Basilica of the Annunciation, the Church of St. Joseph, Cana, Mount Tabor, Nain.
  • Day 4: Pater Noster, Dominus Flevit, Church of All Nations, or the Dormition Abbey; St. Peter in Gallicantu, Bethphage.
  • Day 5: The Franciscan Chapel in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre; the Church of the Visitation; the Church of St. John.
  • Day 6: The Maronite Catholic Church
  • Day 7: Open-air at Qumran.
  • Day 8: Departure

Prices for normal tour

Price List Catholic Tour
Size group Price P.P.
10 $1,805.18
15 $1,547.95
20 $1,389.44
25 $1,372.80
30 $1,296.32
35 $1,258.77
40 $1,215.66
45 $1,195.42
50 $1,167.27

Prices for low budget tour

Price List Catholic Tour
Size group Price P.P.
10 $1,153.88
15 $951.25
20 $825.24
25 $823.94
30 $761.15
35 $730.41
40 $695.01
45 $678.46
50 $655.33

General guidelines, details and customizations of the tour


Day 1 – Arrival

AirplaneThis 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.

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 – 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

Inside a Jesus BoatA boat-ride across the Sea of Galilee in a wooden vessel reminiscent of Jesus’ day.

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

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 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 – 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).

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 3 – 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).

MtTabor-DistanceMount 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).

Cana Wedding Church

Cana Wedding Church

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).

St. Gabriel's church in Nazareth

St. Gabriel’s church in Nazareth

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.

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 4 – 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

Paternoster

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

Church of the Ascension

Church of the Ascension

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).

Gethsemane

Gethsemane

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

Mount Zion

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

Dormition abbey

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 5 – 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. 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 Visitation

Church of Visitation

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 6 – Jerusalem – From the Old City to the New

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).

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

Shrine of the Book

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 7 – 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

Inn of the Good Samaritan

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

Qumran caves Outside

Qumran caves Outside

Qumran – where the Dead Sea Scrolls where discovered.

Masada

Masada

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

Dead Sea

Dead Sea

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 8 – Departure

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


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