11-Day Pilgrimage to the Holy Land
with Fr. Joe Tito
Nov 28 - Dec 8, 2022
Temple Mount, Jerusalem
Sea of Galilee
Temple Mount, Jerusalem
Day 1 - Travel to Israel from Cleveland.
Day 2 - Arrive at Ben Gurion airport in Tel Aviv and take a bus ride to Mt Carmel for a breathtaking view of Jezreel Valley, with Biblical villages of the Galilee dotting the landscape, flanked by the Mediterranean Sea and other stops as time allows before going to
Nof Ginosar (Gennesaret) on the Sea of Galilee for dinner and overnight (next four nights).
Day 3 - Begin at Mt of Beatitudes where Jesus preached the Sermon on the Mount, then to Church of the Multiplication of the Loaves and Fishes to Primacy of Peter where Jesus ate breakfast on the seashore with his disciples after the Resurrection. Explore the center of Jesus’ ministry— Capernaum—the Syngogue where Jesus taught, and Peter’s House, where Jesus lived. End at the Boat Museum to see a 1st century fisherman’s boat.
Day 4 - Visit Magdala, the village of Mary Magdalen, one of the most important archaeological finds in Israel of the last 50 years. Relax on the beautiful Sea of Galilee with a ride in a fisherman‘s boat. Head to Cana where Jesus performed his first miracle changing water into wine at a wedding. Travel to Mt Tabor, the traditional site of Jesus’ Transfiguration.
Day 5 - See Caesarea Maritima, where Paul was imprisoned for 2 years. From there he and Peter were sent to Rome. In Nazareth Village and Gardens meet villagers practicing crafts of biblical times. See replicas of a first century synagogue, olive press, watch tower; authentic 1st century stone quarry, grain fields and a vineyard. Visit Basilica of the Annunciation and Mary‘s home. Free time and lunch in Nazareth marketplace. Then to Mt Precipice, where people drove Jesus to the brow of the hill to throw him down.
Day 6 - Enjoy scenic walkway to the ancient city of Dan, see Jeroboam’s temple ruins, lookout to Lebanon, and Abraham’s Gate (through which he entered the Promised Land) and tour the impressive ruins of Dan. Then to Caesarea Philippi where Jesus asked his disciples, “Who do you say I am?” Visit Chorazin, one of the three main villages where Jesus taught and did mighty miracles.
Day 7 - Travel through Jordan River Valley to Jesus’ Baptism Site, onto Qumran where Essenes lived and wrote the Dead Sea Scrolls. Stop at lookout to Jericho. Conclude at Israel Museum to walk around the miniature model of ancient Jerusalem at time of Jesus. Dinner and overnight at Lady Stern, Jerusalem and for the remainder of our visit.
Day 8 - Visit Bethlehem, Jesus’ birthplace at the Church of the Nativity, and adjoining Shepherds Hill, where David was born and tended his flocks and the angels announced the birth of Jesus. Mt of Olives and walk the Palm Sunday Path Jesus took into Jerusalem for his Triumphal Entry; the Church of Tears where he wept over the City; his place of agony in the Garden of Gethsemane.
Day 9 – Visit Pool of Siloam where Jesus sent the blind man he cured to wash his eyes, St. Anne’s, Mary’s childhood home, and the Pools of Bethesda where Jesus healed the lame man. Follow the Passion of Jesus through the Via Dolorosa to the Church of Holy Sepulcher housing Golgotha and Resurrection Chapel. Walk to the Southern Steps that Jesus and his disciples used to walk into the Temple and where he often taught. Pray at Western (Wailing) Wall and possibly tour the tunnels within the wall.
Day 10 - Go to the Upper Room of the Last Supper & Pentecost, followed by Home of Caiaphas, St. Peter Gallicantu. Head to Elah Valley where David defeated Goliath. Pass by Ayalon Valley where Joshua battled and the sun miraculously stood still, and finally to Joppa, port city where Peter had his vision to take the Gospel to the Gentiles and from which Jonah tried to flee from the Lord instead of preaching to Ninevites. Enjoy our Celebration Meal, then off to the airport.
Day 11 - Arrive Home.
Please note: This Itinerary is subject to change based on circumstances at the time.
Join us for this unforgettable experience for only $3995/person for double occupancy if $300
nonrefundable deposit is paid by check before June 1, 2022; balance due Oct 1, 2022.
(Both deposit and balance may be paid by credit card, but charges apply.) That is a $200 savings for this length of a trip, an all-inclusive price (for dual occupancy) for airfare, hotels, breakfast, dinner, bus, guide, entrance fees to sites, and tips, with exception of lunches, pre- and post-covid testing before international flights and traveler-medical insurance. Space is limited.