Description
21 Days
Package Includes:

 

21 Day Pilgrimage Journey to the Holy Land, accompanied by Fr John Adams

Highlights: Petra (2 Nights), Dead Sea (2), Sea of Galilee (6 ), Nazareth, Caesarea Philippi, Jerusalem (7), Bethlehem, Jericho

INCLUSIONS

Airfares: Economy class airfares ex Christchurch (Auckland subject to availability). (N.B. Airlines taxes are included on standard itinerary and subject to fluctuations).
Accommodation & Meals: Based on moderate standard hotel & Religious accommodation throughout with breakfast and dinner daily
Miscellaneous Inclusions: Deluxe  Air-Conditioned Motor coach with driver • Local tour escort/guide • Sightseeing and entrance fees throughout itinerary
Not Included: Passport and any other Visa Costs (if applicable) • Other meals not stated • Items of a personal nature including phone calls, laundry, beverages, etc. • Travel insurance • Prepaid Tipping

ITINERARY

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

DAY 1: Tuesday 1st May 2018 – Depart for Jordan

DAY 2: Wednesday 2nd May – Arrive Amman to Petra

Fly into Amman – travel south to Petra

Petra overnight (D)

DAY 3: Thursday 3rd May – Petra Exploration

Enjoy an unforgettable guided walking tour this morning of the ruins from ancient Petra

Walk through the Siq

See the Treasury Building (Al Khasne)

See also the Roman Theatre, Corinthian tomb along with churches, homes and many other buildings from this fascinating period.

Remainder of the afternoon at leisure

Petra overnight (BD)

DAY 4: Friday 4th May – Via Madaba to the Dead Sea

Photo opportunity at Wadi Mujib

Travel west to our hotel at the Dead Sea

Take the optional opportunity to float in the salty waters.

Dead Sea overnight (BD)

DAY 5: Saturday 5th May – Mt Nebo & Dead Sea

Ascend Mt Nebo for a spectacular Mass

Return to our Dead Sea resort for the rest of the day at leisure

Dead Sea overnight (BD)

DAY 6: Sunday 6th May – Dead Sea to the Sea of Galilee

Visit Bethany Beyond the Jordan – the Baptismal site of Jesus by John the Baptist.

Cross the border into the Holy Land of Israel and travel north through the Jordan valley to Beit She’an

See the Roman Theatre, the Tell el-Husn, and the 6th century Byzantine monastery.

Continue north to Tiberias on the Sea of Galilee.

Sea of Galilee overnight (BD)

DAY 7: Monday 7th May – Nazareth Encounter

Travel west to Nazareth

Enter the Basilica of the Annunciation for Mass.

See the Church of St Joseph, Mary’s well and a traditional Jewish synagogue (Synagogue Church).

Enter Nazareth Village – enjoy a traditional meal here.

Stop at Nain en route back to our hotel

Rest of the afternoon free

Sea of Galilee overnight (BLD)

DAY 8: Tuesday 8th May – Sea of Galilee

Visit Capernaum; travel through Sowers Bay and Magdala, the town of Mary Magdalene.

Visit the Nof Ginosar Kibbutz, within which is preserved the ‘Jesus boat’.

Celebrate Mass on a traditional sailing vessel in the centre of Lake Galilee.

Return to the shore for our special ‘St Peter’s fish’ lunch.

Tabgha – site of the multiplication of the loaves and fishes (Mt 14:20), and adjacent the Church of the Primacy of Peter.

Sea of Galilee overnight (BLD)

DAY 9: Wednesday 9th May – Mt. Tabor & Cana

Ascend by taxis up the narrow winding road to Mt Tabor for Mass.

Visit Cana where married couples may take the opportunity to renew their wedding vows, and single and widowed pilgrims will receive a special blessing.

Enjoy a free afternoon at leisure.

Sea of Galilee overnight (BD)

DAY 10: Thursday 10th May – Sea of Galilee

Retreat/Rest day

Sea of Galilee overnight (BD)

DAY 11: Friday 11th May – Sea of Galilee & Caesarea Philippi

Mass at the Mount of Beatitudes

See the ruins of Korazin.

Travel north to Caesarea Philippi for a visit and time for reflection

Return to our hotel in time for dinner.

Sea of Galilee overnight (BD)

DAY 12: Saturday 12th May – Via Jacob’s Well & Ein Karem to Jerusalem

Journey south through Samaria; see the twin peaks of Mt Gerizim and Mt Ebal.

Traditional lunch

Stand at the actual site of Jacob’s well.

Visit Ein Karem – birthplace of St John the Baptist and site of Mary’s Visitation to Elizabeth.

Continue to our hotel in Jerusalem

Jerusalem overnight (BLD)

DAY 13: Sunday 13th May – Masada / Jericho / Mt Temptation

Pass by the site of Qumran where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered.

Ascend by cable car to the summit of historical Masada and enjoy a guided tour.

Continue to Jericho the ‘City of Palms’

Enjoy a traditional Palestinian meal.

View the Mt of Temptation

Mass in Bethany at the Church of St Lazarus.

Jerusalem overnight (BLD)

DAY 14: Monday 14th May – Bethlehem & Surrounds

Travel on to Shepherd’s Field for Mass.

Continue to nearby Bethlehem; visit the Church of the Nativity built over the stable where Jesus was born.

Bethlehem University visit and lunch

Visit the Israel Museum.

Jerusalem overnight (BLD)

DAY 15: Tuesday 15th May – Jerusalem

Mt of Olives – visit the Church of the ‘Pater Noster’.

Enjoy a panoramic view over the city.

Walk down the Palm Sunday Road.

Arrive at the Dominus Flevit for Mass.

Visit the Garden of Gethsemane where we enter the Church of the Agony.

Free time

Meet with the Bereaved Parents

Jerusalem overnight (BD)

DAY 16: Wednesday 16th May – Jerusalem

Enter the Church of St Peter in Gallicantu.

Mt Zion – the Cenacle, room of the Last Supper and the Church of Dormition where Our Lady was assumed into heaven.

Free time

After dinner – unique presentation on the Shroud of Turin at the Pontifical Institute – Notre Dame Jerusalem Centre.

Jerusalem overnight (BD)

DAY 17: Thursday 17th May – Jerusalem

Commence our Stations of the Cross, beginning from the Antonia Fortress to the site of Calvary where we will celebrate Mass in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.

View the Dome of the Rock, El Aqsa Mosque and the Western Wall.

Enter the Church of St Anne and visit the Pool of Bethesda.

Travel out to Emmaus (Abu Ghosh)

Jerusalem overnight (BD)

DAY 18: Friday 18th May – Jerusalem

Final day at leisure

Enjoy a special dinner for our final night in the Holy Land.

Jerusalem overnight (BD)

DAY 19: Saturday 19th May – Depart the Holy Land

Cross the border back into Jordan – continue to Amman airport for our homebound flight connections.
(B)

DAY 20: Sunday 20th May – In transit

DAY 21: Monday 21st May – Arrive New Zealand

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Additional information
Return from
NZD 9580
Economy class airfares ex Christchurch (Auckland subject to availability)
Sales Period:
Until further notice
Travel Period:
01 May 2018
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