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A pilgrimage is a symbol that is acted out. Back in the Middle Ages pilgrimages were very popular. Pilgrimage was long and very dangerous - not at all like a holiday! It may have taken many years. The pilgrims would usually travel in groups, and stay in monasteries or inns overnight. People went on holy journey for many reasons - perhaps to say sorry to God for something they had done wrong (penance), or because they were ill and wanted God to heal them. Our tours can be tailored.

ISRAEL

6 Nights & 7 Days Catholic Pilgrimage in the Holy Land

Day 1: Tel-Aviv – Galilee Arrival at Ben Gurion Airport. Exit the terminal and meet with your guide. If time permits, drive to Caesarea Maritime. Continue drive to Galilee. Dinner and overnight in your hotel in Nazareth .

Day 2: Nazareth – Cana – Mt. Tabor In the morning, we visit the Basilica of the Annunciation, starting with the Grotto of the Annunciation and the Church. Then we will visit the house of the Holy Family underneath the Church of St. Joseph. We will also visit Mary’s Well and the Synagogue. In the afternoon, we will drive to Cana of Galilee to visit the wedding Church, where Jesus performed the first of his Miracles, changing water to wine. Here, there will be a Possibility of renewing Wedding Vows. Continue our drive to Mount Tabor, the Mount of Transfiguration, and visit the beautiful Basilica and the rock under the altar where the Transfiguration took place. Dinner and overnight in your hotel in Nazareth.

Day 3: the ministry of Christ in the Galilee In the morning, we will drive to the Sea of Galilee to visit Capernaum. Here we will visit the Church of St. Peter’s Memorial and the house of St. Peter and the Synagogue where our Lord preached. Continue our drive to Tabgha to see the splendid mosaic of the loaves and fishes, where Jesus fed the Five Thousand People. Continue towards Mt. of Beatitudes, where our Lord gave the Sermon on the mountain. We will also enjoy a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee. In the afternoon, visit the Jordan River to renew our Baptismal Vows. Then we continue our drive to Haifa, and climb up Mt. Carmel. We will visit Stella Maris, and Elijah's Cave. On to Jerusalem. Dinner and overnight in your hotel in Jerusalem.

Day 4: Bethany – Jericho – Qumran – Masada – Dead Sea Drive to Bethany (the village of Mary Martha and Lazarus ) to visit Lazarus Tomb. Continue our drive along the Jordan Valley to Jericho. Visit the ancient city, Elisha's Spring, the Sycamore Tree, New City and view of Mt. Temptation. Further to Qumran and visit the excavations of the Essean Monastery and the Cave of the Scrolls. Continue drive to Masada and Dead Sea. Dinner & overnight at your Hotel in Jerusalem.

Day 5: The Old City – Mt. of Olives After breakfast -full day with a walking tour of the old city of Jerusalem. Visit the Temple Area: see the Western Wall, the Dome of the Rock, Al-Aqsa Mosque, St. Anne Church and the pool of Bethesda. Trace the final footsteps of Jesus as you walk the Via Dolorosa. See the Church of Flagellation, Ecce Homo, and The Holy Sepulcher. In the afternoon, we will drive to Mount of Olives, and visit the Ascension Chapel, Pater Noster Church, Dominus Flevit, and the Church of Gethsemane. Dinner & overnight at your Hotel in Jerusalem.

Day 6: Mt. Zion – Bethlehem – Ein Karem In the morning, we will drive to Mount Zion, and visit St. Peter in Gallicantu, The Cenacle (Upper Room), and the Dormition Abbey. We then continue our drive to Bethlehem to visit the Basilica of Nativity, Chapel of St. Jerome, Milk Grotto, and the Shepherds Field. In the afternoon, we will drive to the near-by village of Ein Karem to visit the Church of Visitation and Church of St. John the Baptist. On to the Holy Land Model. Dinner & overnight at your Hotel in Jerusalem.

Day 7: Jerusalem -Home: Transfer to Ben Gurion Airport. catholic pilgrimage tour.

ITALY

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7 DAY CHRISTIAN catholic pilgrimage rome departs from Rome on a Tuesday 7 days 6 nights

 

 

 

 

DAY 1 - Tuesday: ROME ARRIVAL Arrival to Rome. Transfer to the hotel on your own. Overnight in Rome.

DAY 2 - Wednesday: Audience of Holy Father Early breakfast at a hotel. At 07:00 gathering at the Pontifical State's discretion, the audience might be celebrated in Piazza S. Pietro or in the Nervi Hall. Panoramic tour of the city: Piazza San Bernardo with Moses' Fountain, Piazza della Repubblica with Fountain of Naiadi, Via Veneto, Piazzale Flaminio, Via Fiaminia, the Olympic Village, Ponte Milvio, Lungotevere, Foro Italico, Ministry of Foreign Affairs followed by a short stop at the Stadio dei Marmi. Going along the Lungotevere towards Castel Sant'Angelo we will arrive on Via della Conciliazione and then at Piazza San Pietro. We will enter the Nervi Hall to attend to the papal audience. Return to the hotel. Afternoon at leisure. Overnight in Rome.

DAY 3 - Thursday: Basilica of St. Mary Major, Basilica of St. John in Lateran, Ancient Appian Way, The Catacombs of St. Callixtus Breakfast at a hotel. Morning at leisure. At 13:45 we will leave Piazza San Bernardo, adorned crossing Piazza della Repubblica. Drive along Via Nazionale and then a visit to the Basilica of St. Mary Major, built on the Esquiline Hill in 352 A.D. The tour will be continued visiting the Basilica of St. John in Lateran, cathedral of Rome and of the world. Hence, we will go to the Holy Stairs, climbed by Jesus Christ to reach Pilate's Palace. From here the tour will be continued by coach crossing Piazza San Giovanni and Via Latina. Skirting along the Mura Latine, the tour will pass through the Porta di San Sebastiano to arrive on the ancient Appian way, where the Chapel of "Domine Quo Vadis is located. Visit of the Catacombs of St. Callixtus (approx. 45 min. On Wednesdays the Catacombs of S. Domitilla will be visited instead). On return the bus will be passing the Caracalla Baths. Return to the hotel. Overnight in Rome.

DAY 4 - Friday: Vatican Museums - Vatican Galleries - Sistine Chapel - Vatican - Library Hall At 08:15 we are leaving Piazza San Bernardo, adorned by Moses' Fountain, heading to Piazza della Repubblica with the Fountain of Naiadi in the middle. Then the itinerary will continue, passing by Via Piemonte, the Aurelian Walls, Porta Pinciana, the Muro Torto and the Villa Borghese. After this ample view of an important part of the city, we will visit the Vatican Museums and the Vatican Galleries. You will then admire the Round Hall, the Hall of the Greek Cross, the burial site of Constantine's two daughters: Helena and Constanza. We will then stop to admire the Sistine Chapel frescoed by Michelangelo. We will continue with the Galleries of the Chandeliers, of the Tapestries and of the Geographical Maps to end up in the Vatican Library Hall. Afternoon free. Overnight in Rome.

DAY 5 - Saturday: ROME Breakfast, Day at leisure. Overnight in Rome.

DAY 6 - Sunday: Holy Father's Blessing. Early breakfast. Holy Father's Blessing in Piazza San Pietro. After the blessing - Trevi Fountain - Pantheon - Piazza Navona - St. Peter's Basilica At 08:15 pick up for the tour from Piazza San Bernardo, adorned by Moses' Fountain. We will continue towards Piazza della Republica, Via Piemonte, the Aurelian Walls, Porta Pinciana, Via Veneto, Via Nazionale. After this ample view of an important part of the city, the guided tour will lead you to the Trevi Fountain, a baroque jewel, and to the Pantheon, originally a pagan temple, which will be visited. We will head to Palazzo Madama, seat of the Senate of the Republic, to finally get to gorgeous Piazza Navona, built on the ruins of the Domitian's Circus. Then you will have the chance to admire Castel Sant'Angelo and to visit the St. Peter's Basilica. Afternoon free. Overnight in Rome.

DAY 7: ROME DEPARTURE Check out from the hotel. Transfer to the airport on your own.

 

 
   

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