Fr. Tom Weisbecker – St James Catholic Church in Omaha
Make your way through the Holy Land to experience Him, follow in His footsteps, and see Him in the works He performed – your footsteps will become His. Celebrate votive Masses in the very places where these miraculous gifts became pages in the Gospel. See where He was back then, and feel how He is still there today!
Then continue to have opportunity to deepen one’s interior and spiritual life, and to offer a religious and cultural experience of Rome – ultimately encountering Jesus and the Catholic Church.
Make your way to your local airport where you will board your overnight flight. Your meals are served on board.
Arrive in Telaviv Airport
Upon arrival at Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv, make your way to the baggage claim area and collect your luggage. Proceed to the arrival's hall, where you will then be greeted by your tour guide. Transfer to Sea of Galilee then to your hotel in Nazareth in time to check-in. Enjoy dinner at the hotel and overnight.
Tiberius: Sea of Galilee
After breakfast, we will drive to the site of the Transfiguration, and Mount Tabor to attend a mass. Continue on to Mount of Beatitudes, Near the mount, is Tabgha, one of Jesus miracle sites. Continue on to visit Mary Magdalene in Magdala. then to Capernaum to see Synagogue Your day concludes at boat trip on Sea of Galilee. Dinner and overnight in Nazareth.
After breakfast, we will drive to Cana, to attend a mass and renewal vows in the Church of the 1st Miracle - Cana Church. Following this visit, enjoy the scenic drive to Nazareth. During the visit to Nazareth we visit the church Basilica of the Annunciation which includes the church of St. Joseph. Then visit Mary's well, and the old Synagogue. Dinner and Overnight in Nazareth.
Carmel, Caesarea and Bethlehem
Following breakfast, we will drive to Mount of Carmel where you will find a Carmelite Monastery and attend mass. Continue south, to Caesarea built by King Herod just a decade before the birth of Jesus. Continue to Bethlehem City where Jesus was born and visit the Shepherd's Field. Then in Bethlehem city, we visit one of the best Christian souvenir shop. Dinner and Overnight in Bethlehem.
Jericho - Qumran - Masada - Dead Sea
After breakfast, transfer to Church of the Good Shepherd - Jericho and attend Mass. Then, we visit Mount of Temptation which is the mountain in the Judean Desert where Jesus was tempted by the devil for 40 days and 40 nights. then we visit the Jordan River, the real place of Baptism. Then, travel down to Qumran where the Dead Sea Scrolls were written and discovered. After that, we go to visit Masada and have a chance to float in the Dead Sea. Dinner and Overnight in Bethlehem.
After breakfast, we will make our way to the Mount of Olives. Then, visit church and garden of Gethsemane and attend Mass. Your next stop will be Mosque of Ascension Chapel, Peter Noster’s Shrine walking down to Dominus Flevit. Visit mount Zion, Promotion Abbey, David tombs, last supper site and finish the day at Church of St. Peter in Gallicantu. Dinner and Overnight in Bethlehem.
Early in the morning, before breakfast, we will visit the Church of the Holy Sepulcher and attend mass. Then we will go back to the Hotel for Breakfast. Afterwards, we will move forward to visit Church of St. Anne's, and the Pool of Bethesda. Our next destination will be Via Dolorosa (The Way of the Cross). Dinner and Overnight in Bethlehem.
Bethlehem - Ein Karem
After breakfast, we visit the Nativity Church. Transfer to village of Ein Karem and visit the Church of the Nativity of St. John the Baptist and the Church of the Visitation and attend a mass. Next, we will have a visit to Yad Vashem which is Israel Official Memorial to the victims of the holocaust. Then visit the Museum of Israel. Transfer back to Beit-Sahour to have a Farewell dinner in one of the best local restaurants with a traditional dance group. Overnight in Bethlehem.
Departure to Rome
Travel to airport and depart for Rome. Arrive, board our coach bus transfer to San Paul Outside the walls. Some free time for lunch, then we meet the guide and visit the Basilica, where we also celebrate Mass. Dinner and Overnight in Rome.
Rome - Papal Audience - Vatican Museum
Attend a public papal audience. Visit Vatican-Museums to see centuries of beautiful artwork and artifacts. See the artwork of Michelangelo such as the Pieta and then visit the Sistine Chapel. We will explore St. Peter’s Basilica in its entire splendor. It is built over St. Peter’s tomb. Visit the Tomb of St. John Paul II in St. Sebastian’s Chapel. Travel to the Church of St. Peter’s Chains, which contains the statue of Moses by Michelangelo. Visit the Roman Forum, Arch of Titus, and then proceed to tour the Coliseum. Visit Tomb of St. John Paul II in St. Sebastian’s Chapel. Then we celebrate Mass. Dinner and Overnight in Rome.
Visit the catacombs of St. Callistus, then continue to Church of San Peter in Chains Roman Forum. Arch of Titus. Colosseum. Break for lunch. In the afternoon, Basilica of St. John Lateran, Scala Santa, and the Basilica of St. Mary Major. Here we celebrate Mass. Balance of the afternoon free time at the Trevi Fountain. Dinner and Overnight In Rome.
We travel to Assisi, the birth place of St. Francis and St. Clare of Assisi. Visit the Basilica of St. Mary of the Angels, site of the “Porciuncula”. The Convent of St Damian, the Basilica of St. Francis where his tomb is. The Basilica of St. Clare. Return to Rome. Dinner and Overnight in Rome.
Departure to USA
This morning we will transfer to the airport to catch our return flight home.