A Pilgrims Prayer
Lord Jesus, your feet made this land holy,
you came as a Pilgrim to the City of Peace.
As we follow your steps
open our eyes that we may see.
May we see you not only in the stones,
but in your people and each other.
Write your Gospel in our hearts,
help us to proclaim it with our lives.
Lord, each day as we follow you
to the heavenly Jerusalem, teach us to pray
as you taught those who first followed you. Amen.
HOLY LAND ITINERARY
Day 1. DEPART
Depart from Destination Airport for our overnight flight to Tel Aviv. We have complimentary beverages, in-flight movies, dinner, and breakfast. Day
Day 2. TEL AVIV
We arrive Ben Gurion Airport, transfer to our hotel in Tel Aviv for dinner and overnight.
We begin our travels from our hotel for Caesarea along the Mediterranean Sea. We continue to Mt. Carmel, visit the site of Elijah’s confrontation with the priests of Baal. Onward to Nazareth visiting Mary’s well. Take a stroll along the local bazaars. We will celebrate Mass at the Church of Annunciation, where the Word became Flesh! Dinner and overnight.
Day 4. TIBERIAS
We cross the Sea of Galilee by boat. We visit Capernaum, see the remains of the village synagogue; and the new Church built atop of St. Peter’s house. We travel onto the Mount of Beatitudes, for personal meditation. We then visit Tabgha and the Franciscan Church of St Peter’s Primacy; where Jesus made His appearance after the resurrection. We then visit the Benedictine Basilica of the Loaves and Fishes. After lunch we visit the River Jordan where we will renew our Baptismal promises. Dinner and overnight.
Day 5. JERUSALEM
We drive to the village of Cana, the site of Jesus’ first miracle, where our married couples will renew their wedding vows. We journey to Mount Tabor the site of the Transfiguration, celebrate Mass. We continue towards the newly excavated Roman ruins at Beth Shean, where we ride through the Jordan Valley, viewing the Mount of Temptation. We make our thrilling entry into Jerusalem. Dinner and overnight.
Day 6. JERUSALEM
This morning we awake to visit the Place of Ascension and the Church of Pater Noster. We will see the beautiful view of the City of Jerusalem from Mt. of Olives. From here we will walk down to the Dominus Flevit Chapel, where Jesus wept over Jerusalem, onto the Garden of Gethsemane, for personal prayer and celebrate Mass at the Church of all Nations. In the afternoon we will visit the Shrine of the Book to view the Dead Sea Scrolls, the Model City of Jerusalem. Dinner and overnight.
Day 7. JERUSALEM
In the morning we drive to Bethlehem, The House of Bread, to visit the Church of the Nativity. We visit the Manger, Crusader’s Cloister, and the Grotto of St. Jerome, where we celebrate Christmas Mass. Afterwards, we go to Mt. Zion to visit the tomb of King David. The Church of Dormition and pray in the Upper Room. We enter the Old City through the Zion Gate, making our way to the Western (Wailing) Wall. We will see the Dome of the Rock on the Temple Mount. Dinner and overnight.
Day 8 JERUSALEM
We will visit Ein Karem , where John the Baptist was born and to visit one of the most beautiful Churches in Israel the Church of Visitation; where Mary visited her cousin Elizabeth to utter the words of the Magnificat. In the mid morning we will start our drive to the excavations of Qumran; the home of the Essenes connected with John the Baptist and the Dead Sea Scrolls. Weather permitting we will visit the lowest place on earth the Dead Sea to swim in the salty, yet clear waters. (swim lockers not included) Dinner and overnight.
Day 9 JERUSALEM/AIRPORT
Today we visit St. Peter of Gallicantu (The Cock Crows), where Jesus was held in the house of the High Priest Caiaphas. We will again enter the Old City through the Lion’s Gate to the Church of St Ann (Mary’s Mother) and the Pool of Bethesda. We visit Pilate’s Judgment Hall the Chapel of Flagellation, Lithostrotos, Arch of Ecce Home and the Convent of the Sisters of Zion. We then will prayerfully walk the Stations of the Cross along the Via Dolorosa, concluding at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher to visit the Tomb of Jesus. We will celebrate Mass in the Old City today. We will have a farewell dinner before heading to Ben Gurion Airport for our overnight flight home.
Day 10 USA
We arrive at home with memories to cherish always. We will always remember we walked in the footsteps of Jesus to bring a new meaning to the Gospels.
MARIAN SHRINES, FRANCE, SPAIN, AND PORTUGAL
Day 1 DEPART
our destination airport. We depart on our international flight to Paris. Dinner and breakfast served aboard the overnight flight.
Day 2 LOURDES
Arrive in Paris and transfer for our flight to Pau. Here we are met by our escort and deluxe motorcoach for transfer to Lourdes, where in 1858 Our Lady appeared to the 14-year-old Bernadette Soubirous. In the afternoon, participate in a walking tour of this beloved Shrine, including the three distinctive Basilicas. Later view a video presentation relating the story of Lourdes. Dinner and overnight in Lourdes. (D)
Day 3 LOURDES
After Mass this morning, we are free for personal devotions. Take the opportunity to experience the "Miraculous Baths." In the afternoon, we have a walking tour tracing the life of St. Bernadette, which includes visits to the Boly Mills where Bernadette was born; the Locale Mill, residence of her parents; the "Cachot," formerly used as a jail, where she lived at the time of the Apparitions; the Chapel where she received her First Holy Communion; and the Parish church containing the Font, where she was baptized. Dinner and overnight in Lourdes. (B, D). Day
We depart Lourdes and drive through the rugged Pyrenees Mountains and travel into neighboring Spain. We arrive in the later afternoon. After arriving in the city of Burgos, founded in the 9th century, we have an orientation tour highlighted by a visit to the imposing Gothic Basilica, one of Spain's largest and most beautiful churches. Dinner and overnight in Burgos. (B, D) Day
After Mass We depart Burgos after breakfast, enjoying the scenic ride through the Spanish countryside for Leon. We arrive in the afternoon León, the capital of the province of Leon.Leon's historical and architectural heritage, and its location on the Camino de Santiago, which is ranked as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, make it a destination of both domestic and international tourism. Some of the city's most prominent historical buildings are the Cathedral and Monastery of San Marcos, (B,D)
Day 6 LEON/PONTEVEDRA
After Mass and breakfast we drive northwest to Pontevedra. An ancient town and medieval port, Pontevedra has been described as a "definitive old Galician town". Sights include the pilgrim chapel in the Praza da Peregrina, the historic Zona Monumental (old city), the Praza de Leña, the market, and the Alameda. Pontevedra has a large pedestrian centre (the old town and surroundings) which, together with a number of parks and public squares, makes the city quite pleasant for strolling. Visit the convent where Sr. Lucia spent time as a postulant and had a vision of the Blessed Mother requesting the 5 first Saturdays Devotion as well as a visit from Jesus as a very young child reminding Sr. Lucia of this request. Continue with a visit to the 16th century church Santa Maria la Mayor. (B,D)
Day 7 PONTEVEDRA/SANTIAGO
After breakfast depart the hotel for a full day excursion to the medieval city of Santiago de Compostela. We celebrate Mass at the Cathedral of St. James and enjoy an orientation tour of the one of Europe's most spectacular basilicas. After visiting the cathedral, enjoy a stroll through the Plaza del Obradoiro (one of the most famous squares in Santiago), and explore this city's narrow streets filled with interesting shops and fascinating architecture. Return to Pontevedra for dinner and overnight. (B,D)
Day 8 PONTEVEDRA/FATIMA
After breakfast we will travel south to Fatima. Our first stop will be Braga for a visit to Bom Jesus and the “Holy Mountain of Sameiro. Continue to Coimbra for a visit to the Carmelite Monastery where Sister Lucia still lived for many years prior to her death. We will have time to go to the two churches, the classical Basilica and the modern large church. Dinner and overnight. (B,D)
Day 9 FATIMA
After Mass and breakfast we will tour the holy places at the Shrine of Fatima, including the Basilica, with the tombs of the children; the Chapel of the Apparitions (Capelinha). Continue for a visit to the original homes of the children, the Fatima Church, and cemetery. See the location of the first angelic apparition to the children and take time to view the beautiful Portuguese countryside from this spot. Enjoy a special video presentation by the Consolata Fathers on the history of Fatima this evening. Dinner and overnight in Fatima. (B,D)
Day 10 Fatima/Lisbon/DESTINATION AIRPORT
After breakfast, transfer to the ariport for our homebound flight to arrive same day, with memories to carry with us for a lifetime.