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13 Days
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Journey to Easter – Holy Land Pilgrimage

You are invited to walk in Jesus' footsteps and experience first hand the living Gospel of the Holy Land with amazing value as never before.
Dead Sea (2), Madaba, Mt Nebo, Sea of Galilee (3), Nazareth, Cana, Mt Tabor, Taybeh, Bethlehem, Jerusalem (5), Optional Petra (2)

Spiritual Chaplain: Fr Anthony Dunne
Air and Land: $5490
Tour Only: $3390
Tour Code: 7HS03A

MEAL CODE:  B: Breakfast   L: Lunch   D: Dinner

DAY 1: Thursday 6 April - Depart for the Holy Land

DAY 2: Friday 7 April - Arrive Amman - Dead Sea

Arrive today into Jordan’s capital Amman and travel by coach west to our hotel on the shores of the Dead Sea.  Here we will unwind and take the optional opportunity to float in the salty waters said to have healing qualities. The experience is quite uplifting!!
Dead Sea overnight (D) 

DAY 3: Saturday 8 April - Madaba and Mt Nebo
Theme: From Old to New                

Journey south this morning to make a stop at Wadi Mujib, the ‘Jordanian Grand Canyon’. Here we will enjoy a wonderful photographic opportunity.

Continue on to visit St Georges Church in Madaba with its precious 6th century mosaic map of the Holy Land comprised of more than two million pieces. After this some free time will be afforded to explore the fascinating township of Madaba, the ‘City of Mosaics’, taking the opportunity for lunch and to browse the local crafts.

In the afternoon we ascend Biblical Mt Nebo for our spectacular Mass of thanksgiving. Here, at the site where the Old Testament opened its door to the land of the New, Moses looked over into the Promised Land and blessed Joshua who was to lead the Israelites under God’s protection (Joshua 1:6-9). It has been possible for archaeologists to identify this sanctuary, thanks to the records left by two pilgrim-visitors of the 4th & 5th centuries of their travels in this region. One of these was Egeria, the pilgrim nun.

His Holiness Benedict XVI, on his pilgrimage to the Holy Land in 2009, said this while here on Mt Nebo: “Here, on the heights of Mount Nebo, the memory of Moses invites us to ‘lift up our eyes’ to embrace with gratitude not only God's mighty works in the past, but also to look with faith and hope to the future which he holds out to us and to our world.” We too can seize this opportunity to thank God for our journey thus far and anticipate the blessings that are to come in the days that follow.

We then return to our hotel at the Dead Sea.

Dead Sea overnight (BD)

DAY 4: Sunday 9 April – Dead Sea to the Sea of Galilee
Theme: New Beginnings

We begin our day with a memorable visit to Bethany Beyond the Jordan, one of the most recent archaeological and religious discoveries. The five springs here form a tributary of the Jordan River, said to be the Baptismal site of Jesus by John the Baptist. So authentic is this site that recent Popes have chosen this as an essential place of pilgrimage when visiting the Holy Land. 
We then embark on our travel day as we cross the border into the Holy Land of Israel known as the land of the “fifth Gospel”.

Spend some time in Jericho the ‘City of Palms’ which is said to be the oldest inhabited city and most famous oasis. Across the valley we see the Mt of Temptation, the site of Jesus’ fast of 40 days and there are enough stones to illustrate Satan’s words “If you are the son of God, tell these stones to turn into loaves”.

Journey north to Tiberias on the shores of Lake Galilee … “Go to Galilee and you will find him there” (Mt 28:7).
Sea of Galilee overnight (BD)

DAY 5: Monday 10 April - Sea of Galilee
Theme: The Galilean Ministry of Jesus

Our day begins in Capernaum, the centre of Jesus’ teaching and healing and home to Peter the Apostle (Mt 4:12–20).

Travel through Sowers Bay and reflect on the parable of the sower (Mark 4:1–9) before continuing through Magdala, the town of Mary Magdalene.

Visit the Nof Ginosar Kibbutz, within which is preserved the authentic ‘Jesus boat’ as in the days of the Gospels. We then embark on a traditional sailing vessel for a memorable pilgrimage highlight – a Private Mass floating in the centre of Lake Galilee. Here we will ponder silently and recall the miracles of Jesus calming the storm and appearing to the apostles walking on this very water.

At Korazin this afternoon we relive the parables of the House built on rock and the persevering widow. Journey on to Tabgha, site of the multiplication of the loaves and fishes (Mt 14:20), and the Church of the Primacy of Peter where Jesus challenged Peter and each one of us ‘Do you really love me, feed my sheep’.
Sea of Galilee overnight (BD)

DAY 6: Tuesday 11 April - Mt Tabor / Nazareth / Cana
Theme: The Transfiguration

We travel out this morning to the foot of Mt Tabor before ascending by taxis up the narrow winding road leading to the majestic summit. Here Our Lord’s divinity shone forth in the Transfiguration (Mt 17:1-2). After a memorable Mass in this breathtaking setting we will better understand Peter’s words ‘Lord it is good for us to be here’.

Journey west towards Nazareth, the town of Jesus’ childhood. Visit Nazareth Village, a re-creation of the village life of Nazareth as in the days of Jesus. Here enjoy a traditional meal and take a parable walk back in time along the path which brings to life the environment and atmosphere which shaped Jesus’ early years and ministry.

In Nazareth township, enter inside the Basilica of the Annunciation where a traditional cave becomes the focal point as we ponder Mary’s response “Let it be done to me according to thy word” (Luke 1:38). Also see the Church of St Joseph and a traditional Jewish synagogue (Synagogue Church) similar to that in which the Holy Family would have worshipped.

Continue on to the village of Cana where Jesus, at the request of His Mother, performed his first miracle transforming the water into wine at the wedding feast (Jn 2:1-11). Here, married couples may take the opportunity to renew their wedding vows, and single and widowed pilgrims will receive a special blessing.
Sea of Galilee overnight (BLD)

DAY 7: Wednesday 12 April - Via Jacob's Well and Taybeh to Jerusalem
Theme: Living Water, Living Stones

Our day begins with Mass at the Mount of Beatitudes as we take time in this special place to ponder Jesus’ message of happiness – the Sermon on the Mount (Mt 5:1–12).
Continue south through Samaria, a land rich in Old Testament history. We see the twin peaks of Mt Gerizim and Mt Ebal, known in the Old Testament as Mt Blessing and Mt Cursing. Mt Gerizim is today the home of the few remaining Samaritans.

Soon we come to the actual site of Jacob’s Well, hewn manually out of solid rock and over 100 feet deep. The water at the bottom of the well is fed by flowing water which is why ancients gave it the name of “living water”. At this well Jesus met the Samaritan woman and said to her: “Whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” (Jn 4:13–14)

Pass by Shiloh, where the Ark of the Covenant was kept. Our afternoon brings us to Taybeh, a unique Christian village linked to Ephraim (Jn 11:54) where it is said Jesus and his disciples sought refuge after the Council of Priests asked for his execution. The village has been a Christian outpost ever since and here we will be able to see an ancient farmer’s house. In such a house farmers would have lived in and kept their animals in the manger below as in the time of Jesus’ birth. Visit the church here where still today, local Catholics practice their faith as have the generations who have gone before.
Finally we continue our journey up to Jerusalem – the City of our God!
Jerusalem overnight (BD)

DAY 8: Thursday 13 April - Holy Thursday in Jerusalem
Theme: The Passion, Death & Resurrection of Jesus

We will proceed to the Mt of Olives this morning where we will firstly visit the Church of the ‘Pater Noster’ commemorating the site where Jesus taught His disciples the Lord’s Prayer (Mt 6:7-15). We then enjoy a panoramic view over the city and a spectacular photographic opportunity. As we commence our walk down the Palm Sunday Road, we wander past the tombs of the Prophets Haggai, Malachi and Zechariah before arriving at the Dominus Flevit. This church was built on the site where Jesus wept over the city of Jerusalem (Lk 19:41-44).

We then visit the Garden of Gethsemane, where we will enter the Church of the Agony containing the bare rock upon which Jesus is said to have prayed before his arrest.  
We continue on to an orientation viewing of the Second Temple scale model of Jerusalem as it was in the time of Jesus. Then proceed to the Shrine of the Book to view the Dead Sea Scrolls with our own eyes.

Before dinner we may have an opportunity to attend Holy Mass of the Last Supper, held at Ecce Homo in the Old City, scheduled for 5pm.  We return to our hotel for dinner before continuing on (leaving at 7.30 pm) to the Holy Hour at Gethsemane which starts at 8.30pm.
Jerusalem overnight (BLD)

DAY 9: Friday 14 April – Jerusalem - Good Friday Ceremonies and Mt Zion
Theme: The Passion, Death & Resurrection of Jesus

We have an early start this morning, returning to the Old City where we commence our Stations of the Cross, beginning from the Antonia Fortress where Jesus was condemned to death. See the Lithostrotos (pavement) in the Ecce Homo convent. Visit nearby the Flagellation and Condemnation Chapels as we pray and follow in Our Lord’s footsteps along the actual Via Dolorosa to the site of Calvary in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Walk the stairway climbing to the actual site where the Cross of Jesus once stood. The glass panels reveal the natural rock below which we may come to touch with our pilgrim hands. Also enter the Edicule containing the tomb where Our Lord rose from the dead.

After breakfast back at our hotel we proceed to Mt Zion to visit the Cenacle, room of the Last Supper and the Church of Dormition where Our Lady was assumed into heaven. In the Church of St Peter in Gallicantu we will commemorate Peter’s denial of Jesus after His arrest. 

This afternoon and evening we may have an opportunity to attend the Good Friday ceremonies.
Ecce Homo: Liturgy of the Lithostrotos at 3pm
Holy Sepulchre: Service at 4pm

Holy Sepulchre: the “Funeral” Procession at 8.10pm.
Jerusalem overnight (BD)

DAY 10: Saturday 15 April – (Holy Saturday) Bethlehem and Surrounds

We begin our day of pilgrimage in Ein Karem, the birthplace of St John the Baptist and site of the Visitation of Mary to Elizabeth “Why should I be honoured with a visit from the mother of my Lord” (Lk 1:43). Pilgrims may choose to pray a mystery of the Rosary here as we walk up to this church commemorating ‘The Magnificat’.

In the afternoon we travel out to Shepherd’s Field to commemorate the appearance of the angels to the shepherds on that first Christmas night (Lk 2:8-16). In nearby Bethlehem we will visit the Church of the Nativity built over the stable where Jesus was born. Bending low, we enter the church through the Door of Humility and descend into the Grotto of the Holy Manger. A silver star in the floor marks the very spot where Christ was born. The star’s inscription reads in Latin: Hic de Virgine Maria Jesus Christus Natus Est (Here of the Virgin Mary Jesus Christ was born).
Optional - at 11.30pm we can join the Holy Sepulchre Pontifical Celebration of the Liturgy of the Hours at the altar of St. Magdalene, with the Custos of the Holy Land officiating (This is a beautiful ceremony, only half an hour long).

Jerusalem overnight (BD)

DAY 11: Sunday 16 April – Jerusalem - Easter Sunday High Mass at the Holy Sepulchre
Theme: The Resurrection of Jesus

At 10am we join the Entrance of the Latin Patriarch to the Holy Sepulchre Church and attend Pontifical Mass and Solemn Procession in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.

In the afternoon we travel to the vicinity of the Temple Mount to view the Dome of the Rock, El Aqsa Mosque and the Wailing Wall. Then we come to the Church of St Anne, said to be built over the birthplace of the Virgin Mary, and visit the Pool of Bethesda where Jesus healed the paralysed man (Jn 5:2-9).

For our final night of pilgrimage, we will enjoy a special farewell dinner.
Jerusalem overnight (BD)

DAY 12: Monday 17 April (Easter Monday) - Depart the Holy Land

DAY 13: Tuesday 18 April – Arrive Australia

Single Room Supplement: $950
NB: An additional mandatory prepaid tipping fund of $15 per day per person will be invoiced in advance by Harvest to avoid regular inconvenience to pilgrims on tour.
 
Full package based on departure from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth including all airline taxes and levies (subject to change). Tour Only costs include local internal airfares between Start/End dates. Refer to our full price inclusions and Booking Procedures for more information.

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AUD 5490
Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth
Sales Period:
5 April 2017
Travel Period:
6 - 18 April 2017
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