DAY 1 MADRID – TEL AVIV Meeting in Barajas Airport at the indicated time, to leave on regular flight to Tel Aviv. Arrival to the airport. Assitance with arrival procedures and transfer to the hotel in Tel Aviv. Dinner and lodging.
DAY 2 TEL AVIV – JAFFA – CESAREA MARITIMA – HAIFA – CANA – TIBERIAS BEGINNINGS OF THE CHRISTIANITY Breakfast. Departure for panoramic tour of the city of Tel Aviv and Jaffa (mission of Saint Peter) Church of Saint Peter (Simon the Tanner), as well as the artistic neighborhoods of Jaffa. Continuation along the Via Maris to Cesarea Maritima (baptism of the Centurion Cornelius) where we will visit the ancient Roman Theater, as well as the city aqueduct. Continuation to Haifa, on Mount Carmel, to visit the Church of Stella Maris, first and main shrine to Our Lady of Mount Carmel in the world, and the Grotto of the Prophet Elijah, as well as a beautiful panoramic view of the city. Lunch en route. We will visit Cana of Galilee where the first miracle of Jesus is commemorated. (Possibility of renewal of wedding vows in Cana). Continuation to Tiberias or Galilee. Dinner and lodging.
DAY 3 TIBERIAS OR GALILEE – NAZARETH – TIBERIAS OR GALILEE. MINISTRY IN GALILEE Breakfast. Departure for the Mount of Beatitudes, scenery of the Sermon on the Mount. Continuation to Tabgah, site of the Multiplication of the Loaves and Fishes, as well as the Church of the Primacy of Saint Peter. Later toward Capernaum, the city of Jesus, to visit the ancient synagogue and the house of Saint Peter. Boat trip on the Sea of Galilee to Tiberias. Lunch. In the afternoon, trip to Nazareth, where we will visit the Basilica of the Anunciation, the Fountain of the Virgin and the Carpintery of Saint Joseph. Before returning to the hotel, short tour of the Jordan River (possibility of renewal of baptismal vows). Dinner and lodging.
DAY 4 TIBERIAS OR GALILEE – MOUNT TABOR – DEAD SEA – JERUSALEM Breakfast. Departure for the Mount Tabor to climb to its summit and visit the Shrine of the Transfiguration, from where we will enjoy a beautiful view of the Jezreel Valley. Afterward, across the Jordan Valley, we will see the Mount of Temptation (Quarantania) and the Judean Desert. Lunch en route. Continuation to the Dead Sea. Tour of the archaeological site of Qumran. We will go up to Jerusalem via the Inn of the Good Samaritan. Arrival in the Holy City and Commemoration of the Triumphal Entrance in Jerusalem. Dinner and lodging.
DAY 5 JERUSALEM TRIUMPHAL ENTRANCE AND NATIVITY IN BETHLEHEM Breakfast. Departure for the Mount of Olives evoking the Triumphal Entrance of Jesus in Jerusalem. Visits to the Churches of Pater Noster, Ascent and Dominus Flevit, as well as the Garden of Gethsemane with its millennial olive trees, the The Basilica of the Agony, the Tomb of the Virgin and the Grotto of the Disciples. Lunch en route. Continuation to Bethlehem. We will visit the Manger and the Church of the Nativity, Church of Saint Catherine and Grottos of Saint Jerome. Returning to Jerusalem, view of the Field of the Shepherds and the Fields of Boaz. Dinner and lodging.
DAY 6 JERUSALEM PASSION AND RESURRECTION Breakfast. Departure for Mount Zion, where we will visit the Basilica of the Dormition of the Virgin, as well as the Cenacle (site of the institution of the Eucharist) and the Tomb of King David. Lunch. In the afternoon, solemn Via Crucis, from St. Stephen’s Gate, traveling through the Pool of Bethesda, Church of Saint Anne, The area of Roman flagstones (Gk., lithostratos), as well as fourteen stations of the Via Dolorosa, the Basilica of the Holy Sepulchre. Tour of the Basilica and commemoration of the Resurrection. Dinner and lodging.
DAY 7 JERUSALEM CULTURAL CITY Breakfast. Walk through New Jerusalem, Tour of the Wailing Wall, The Temple Mount and view of the Mosques. Panoramic tour of the Museum of Israel, Parliament (Knesset) and Hebrew University, Tour of the Holyland Model of Jerusalem in the times of Jesus. Lunch. Continuation to Ein Karem, birthplace of Saint John the Baptist and place of the visitation of the Virgin Mary to her cousin Elizabeth. Dinner. Lodging.
DAY 8 JERUSALEM – MADRID Breakfast and transfer to the airport at the indicated time to embark on the return flight to Madrid. Arrival and END OF TRIP