Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Pilgrims to Italy & Israel - 11 days

Arrival at Rome. Welcome at the airport by your guide and transfer to your hotel. Free time.
Dinner and accommodation in Rome.

DAY 2: ROME - Ancient and Baroque
Breakfast, visit to Ancient Rome: the Roman Forum, the Colosseum.
Lunch and visit to the Baroque Rome: The Piazza Navona, The Pantheon, The Trevi Fountain, The Piazza Di Spana (The Spanish Steps).
Mass in the Church of St. Louis of the French or The Church of the Santissima Trinità dei Monti.
Dinner, and free evening.

Breakfast. Visit to the Catacombs and The Papal Basilica of St. Paul outside the Walls. Mass in St Paul Basilica. Lunch and visit to the Basilica of St. Mary Major and The Papal Archbasilica of St. John in Lateran (with the Scala Santa and the Baptistery).
 Back to the hotel for dinner. Free evening.
DAY 4: Saturday, June 17th ROME – VATICAN - ASSISI
Breakfast. Visit to St. Peter's Basilica, the Crypt of the Popes, Angelus with the Pope.
Then we head to Assisi.
Prayer at the Tomb of St. Francis of Assisi, followed by a free visit to the Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi. Visit the old Assisi, including the Basilica of St. Clare.
Dinner and accommodation in Rome.

Transfer from Rome airport to Tel Aviv.
Dinner and accommodation at your hotel in Jerusalem.

During these days in JERUSALEM you will visit -
The Old City of Jerusalem, its hills and its surroundings, Mount Scopus, the Hebrew University and the Botanical Garden of Jerusalem.
The Mount of Olives, with its breathtaking panoramic views of the Holy City, the gardens of Gethsemane, the Mount Zion, the Cenacle (site of the Last Supper and the Pentecost), the tomb of King David.
The Western Wall – the Wailing Wall, the Temple Mount (site of the Omar Mosque and Al-Aqsa). The Tunnel of the Western Wall and discovery of the real Jerusalem, from more than 2000 years, the Via Dolorosa and the Way of the Cross/Stations of the Cross.
View of the City of David and the Kidron Valley, and the Pool of Siloam. Meditation time at the Garden of the Tomb, Galguta.
The New City of Jerusalem, Visit to the Holocaust Memorial, Yad Vashem. We will pass through the Knesset (the Israeli Parliament) and the Chandelier, symbol of the State of Israel. Visit to the Israeli Museum, where the Dead Sea Scrolls are kept in the Sanctuary of the Book. Visit to the Jerusalem replica, from the 2nd period of the Temple to the time of Jesus. Visit to Yad Hashmona, a Jewish messianic community and their biblical park.

Departure to Bethlehem, the site of the death of Rachel, the wife of Jacob who died giving birth to Benjamin, the birthplace of David and site of his anointing by Samuel, enjoy the city of King David then ... It was there that Jesus of Nazareth was born, visit to the Church of the Nativity, including covering the Grotto, then the Sheperds’ Fields, view of the Judean Desert.
QUMRAN, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered in 1947, then visit the archaeological site. Then time for bathing and relaxation at the Dead Sea. Then you will pass through Qasr El Yehud, the original place of Baptism. Night in Tiberias or Nazareth.

9e jour : Sea of Galilee
After breakfast, cruise on the Sea of Galilee, prayers and reverence.
Then panorama of the Mount of Beatitudes, an octagonal church symbolizing the eight beatitudes of the Gospel.
Then, stop at Tabgha (Luke 9: 10-17) where there is the Church of the Primacy of St Peter which commemorates the miraculous fishing and The Church of the Multiplication of the Loaves and Fish to admire its famous mosaics.
Visit to Capernaum (Matthew 4:13, Mark 3: 1, 8: 5 and 14), the adopted city of Jesus, to see the ruins of St. Peter’s house and the synagogue.
Lunch of “St Peter” fish, fresh from the Sea of Galilee. Then you will visit Yardenit, the place of Baptism. Night and accommodation in Tiberias.

Mount Tabor, visit to the Franciscan Church of The Transfiguration (Psalms 89:12).
Then to Kfar Cana or Cana of Galilee (John 2: 1-11), the place of the marriage miracle where Jesus changed water into wine, where you have the possibility of renewing marriage vows. Lunch in Nazareth. Visit Nazareth (Luke 1:26, 4: 16-29, Matthew 2:23), visit the Church of the Annunciation, also known as the Basilica of the Annunciation, including a small museum at the crypt where there are magnificent decorations of crossed capitals. CESAREA, city of the Crusaders and its Roman amphitheater and aqueduct. Then, Tel Aviv Jaffa. Night in Tel Aviv.

DAY 11  : Departure from TEL AVIV

Breakfast, free time in the morning for shopping, then visit to
Tel Aviv / Jaffa, city of St Peter. Flights from Tel Aviv.