10 Days / 8 Nights
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Listen to the voice of Jesus as He questions our hearts: Who do YOU say that I am? We follow in His footsteps, from His birth in Bethlehem, through His ministry in Galilee. We carry the cross with Him up the Via Dolorosa and exalt in His resurrection at the Holy Sepulcher. We celebrate Mass each day in the places where He preached, performed miracles, died for our sins and rose for our salvation. We listen to the voices of Christian faithful struggling to live by His word and share in the hope for peace in the land He made holy.


Tour Itinerary

Day 1 Depart via scheduled air service. The destination is Tel Aviv

Day 2: Tel Aviv / Bethlehem Arrive at Ben Gurion Airport Meet your Faith Journeys Tour Manager who will assist the group to an awaiting chartered motorcoach for a transfer the town of David, Bethlehem Late afternoon hotel check-in Evening Welcome dinner and overnight

Day 3: Bethlehem / Hebron Breakfast at the hotel This morning we will travel to the Shepherd’s Fields to rejoice over the glad tidings of the birth of Jesus. We will return to Bethlehem to visit the Church of the Nativity and celebrate Mass in the Chapel of the Massacre of the Innocents. Visit Milk Grotto and Mamre, site of God’s promise to Abraham Lunch, on own Take an excursion to Hebron where we will visit the 2000-year old Herodian building marking the Tomb of the Patriarchs, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob and their wives. Return to Bethlehem for time at leisure to shop for famous Bethlehem crafts Meet with a prominent member of the Palestinian Catholic community, to hear the struggles of Christians to maintain their faith in difficult times Evening dinner and overnight

Day 4: Bethlehem / Nazareth / Tiberias Breakfast at the hotel Drive to the Judean Desert via Bethany to stop at Wadi Qelt for a short devotion by the road of the Good Samaritan. Continue to Jericho, the world’s oldest city, climbing the ancient Tel to view the Mount of Temptation. We then drive through the Jordan Valley to Nazareth Lunch, on own Celebrate Mass in the Church of the Annunciation and view the ruins of the ancient churches and remains of Nazareth of Jesus’ day. Continue to the Church of the Wedding at Cana where Jesus performed his first miracle of turning water into wine. Visit the baptismal site on the Jordan River Evening dinner and overnight

Day 5: Tiberias / Sea of Galilee Breakfast at the hotel Celebrate Mass at the Mount of Beatitudes then descend the hillside to Tabgha and visit the Church of Loaves and Fishes, marking Jesus’ miraculous feeding of the Five Thousand as well as the Church of the Primacy of Peter Lunch, on own Continue to the headwaters of the Jordan at Banias – Caesarea Philippi, where Peter acknowledged Jesus as the Christ. Return to the Sea of Galilee and board a wooden boat for Tiberias – sailing in the footsteps of Jesus Evening dinner and overnight

Day 6: Tiberias / Caesarea / Jerusalem Breakfast at the hotel Ascend Mount Tabor for a breathtaking view over the Valley of Jezreel, Galilee, Gilead, and Samaria. Celebrate Mass in the Church of the Transfiguration. Travel across the Valley of Jezreel to ancient Har-Megiddo or Ar-mageddon Lunch, on own Continue to Caesarea to visit the aqueduct, the ancient Herodian harbor, the remains of the seaside palace of Pontius Pilate, and the theater. Continue through the Sharon Plain to the Holy City of Jerusalem. As we catch our first glimpse of the city from Mount Scopus, your guide will welcome you with a short ceremony of bread and salt Evening dinner and overnight

Day 7: Jerusalem Breakfast at the hotel We begin our day with a birds’ eye view of the Old City from the Mount of Olives and descend the traditional Palm Sunday Road, to the Church of Dominus Flevit to Celebrate Mass. Continue to the Western (Wailing) Wall, remnant of the Temple in which Jesus preached Lunch, on own Continue to the Temple Mount, viewing the Muslim Dome of the Rock, built on the site of the Holy of Holies of the Temple. Visit the Crusader Church of St. Anne and the Pools of Bethesda, where Jesus healed the man paralyzed for 38 years. This evening we will walk through the underground tunnels to see the remnants of the Temple Mount of Jesus’ day Evening dinner and overnight

Day 8: Jerusalem Breakfast at the hotel Visit the Garden of Gethsemane to meditate the on the sorrow of Jesus the night preceding his judgement in the Church of the Agony. Drive to Mount Zion to visit the Church of St. Peter in Gallicantu, where Jesus may have been questioned before the High Priest Caiaphas and visit the Upper Room, traditional site of the Last Supper Lunch, on own View a 1:50 scale model of the City of Jerusalem of Jesus’ Day and Shrine of the Book, where the Dead Sea Scrolls are displayed. Visit the pastoral village of Ein Karem, traditional birthplace of John the Baptist. Celebrate Mass at the Church of the Visitation. This evening, we will hear from a peace activist on the current situation in the Holy Land and the prospects for peace Evening dinner and overnight

Day 9: Jerusalem Brekfast at the hotel This morning we will proceed up the Via Dolorosa and make our way past the 14 stations of the cross. We enter the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, proceeding to the Hill of Golgotha, the Chapel of the Skull of Adam, and the empty Tomb. In the chapel alongside the tomb, we conclude our pilgrimage with a celebration of Christ’s resurrection Lunch, on own Enjoy the afternoon at leisure for shopping or additional sightseeing Evening Farewell Dinner and overnight

Day 10: Emmaus / Depart for home Breakfast at the hotel Hotel check-out Time at leisure in Jerusalem to wander the Old City and explore with newfound friends Visit Emmaus for a possible worship service attendance at the site of the post-resurrection revelation of Jesus to his disciples Transfer to the airport for the late night/early morning return flight home

Day 11 Depart for Home Return Home

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A pilgrimage to the Holy Land is a rare and privileged event. Every person of faith should make such a trip a priority in one's life. However, great care is needed to make sure the experience reflects the intent of the traveler. Without careful planning, advanced preparation and attention to details while in the Holy Land, the pilgrimage can fall short of expectations. Faith Journey's is a trusted, experienced partner who can make sure your journey is a critical step towards a deeper communion with Our Savior and his people.
Deacon Bill Garrett, Archdiocese of Atlanta and President Cristo Rey Atlanta Jesuit High School