14 Days Holy Land & Rome from Denver, CO (DEN) - October 16 - 29, 2023 - With Bishop Jim Gonia , Bishop Karen Oliveto, Bishop Kym Lucas and The Rev. Quirino Cornejo

14 Days Holy Land & Rome from Denver, CO (DEN) - October 16 - 29, 2023 - With Bishop Jim Gonia , Bishop Karen Oliveto, Bishop Kym Lucas and The Rev. Quirino Cornejo

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Multicultural and Ecumenical Spiritual Journey

In the Footsteps of Jesus and Rome

October 16 - 29, 2023

Day 1:  Departure

Depart for your overnight flight to the Holy Land.  Meals will be served onboard. 

Day 2:    Arrival

Arrive, meet, assist and transfer by coach to your hotel in Tiberias, Dinner, and overnight.

Day 3:  Cana – Nazareth – Haifa

 After breakfast, leave for Cana of Galilee: the place of the first miracle of Jesus. Continue to Nazareth and start a walking tour from Mary’s Fountain to the Basilica of the Annunciation for a visit to Mary’s House, the Upper Basilica, the Museum, and the Church of the Holy Family. In the afternoon, leave for Haifa, the capital of the industry and the major port. Ascend to Mount Carmel passing by the Persian Gardens of the Bahai sect. Visit the Church of Stella Maris, the birthplace of the Carmelite Order which contains a natural grotto of the Prophet Elijah. Back to your hotel in Tiberias for dinner and overnight.

Day 4:                       Sea of Galilee – Mount Tabor – River Jordan

After breakfast, leave to Mount of Beatitudes to recall the Sermon of the Mountain. Continue to Tabgha (Heptapegon) for a visit to the Church of the Multiplication of Fish and Loaves, admiring the well-conserved Byzantine mosaic from the fifth century. Then visit the small chapel of the Primacy of St. Peter before heading to Capernaum, the Town of Jesus for a detailed visit of its ruins: the remains of the House of Peter, the “Insula Sacra” and the White Synagogue. Then, you will experience a boat ride crossing along the Sea of Galilee. In the afternoon, ascend to Mount Tabor and visit the Basilica of the Transfiguration, built of on the ruins of two earlier sanctuaries: Byzantine and Crusader. Descend and continue to River Jordan where we will have the opportunity to renew your baptismal vows. Back to your hotel in Tiberias for dinner and overnight.

Day 5:                     Tiberias – Qumran – Dead Sea – Jericho – Bethlehem

After breakfast, leave Tiberias through the Jordan Valley and travel Southwards to Qumran to visit the ruins of the Essenes Monastery and view the Caves of the Scrolls. Transfer then to the Dead Sea for a possible bath in its salty waters. Continue to Jericho, considered the oldest city in the world for a visit to Tel El-Sultan, the site of the biblical Jericho, and a view of Mount of Temptation. In the afternoon, drive through the Judaean Desert, passing by the Good Samaritan Inn to Bethlehem, the city of King David. Arrive at your selected hotel for dinner and overnight.

Day 6:                     Mount of Olives and Mount Zion

After breakfast, drive to Mount of Olives for a visit to the Ascension Chapel and then to Pater Noster Church. Walk down to the small Chapel of Dominus Flevit and enjoy a panoramic view of the Holy City with all its major shrines. Continue to the Garden of Gethsemane for a visit to the Church of Agony (called also of All Nations) and Mary’s Tomb in the Josaphat Valley.  In the afternoon, explore Mount Zion: St. Peter in Gallicantu, David’s Tomb, the Last Supper Room (The Cenacle), and the Dormition Abbey. Then entering Zion’s Gate, walk through the Cardo Maximum and the Jewish Quarter to the Wailing Wall. Back to your hotel for dinner and overnight.

Day 7:              Jerusalem New City –  Ein Karem – Bethlehem

After breakfast, an orientation tour through the New City of Jerusalem, passing by the Knesset (the Parliament) and the Hebrew University to the Israel Museum for a visit to the Model of Jerusalem from the Second Temple.  (Possible visit to the Shrine of the Book which hosts most of the Dead Sea

Scrolls and findings). Continue then to Ein Karem, the birthplace of St. John the Baptist for a visit to the Church that recalls his birth and the one of the Visitation. In the afternoon, drive to Bethlehem for a detailed visit to the Basilica of the Nativity: the Grotto of Nativity, the Manger, St. Catherine Church, St. Joseph, and St. Jerome Chapels. Continue to the village of Beit Sahour to visit the Shepherds’ Field with the natural grottos and the remains of the Byzantine churches and monasteries. Back to your hotel in Bethlehem for dinner and overnight.

Day 8:  OLD CITY OF JERUSALEM

After breakfast, transfer to the Lions’ Gate and enter the Old City for a visit to St. Anne Church and the Pool of Bethesda. Continue then walking through the Via Dolorosa (the Way of the Cross) to the Basilica of the Holy Sepulcher for a detailed visit to Mount Calvary, the Holy Tomb, and St. Helen Chapel. In the afternoon, free time for rest and/or personal activities. It could be dedicated to walking one more time through the narrow streets of the Old City of Jerusalem, Back to Bethlehem. Farewell dinner at a special Bedouin-style restaurant with the intervention of a traditional folkloric dance group, overnight at the hotel.

Day 9:  Bethlehem – Tel Aviv Airport – Rome

After breakfast and in due time, transfer to Tel Aviv Airport to board your flight to Rome, with assistance in the check-in procedures.

Arrive at Rome airport, meet, assist, and transfer to your hotel for dinner and overnight.

Day 10:    Rome

After breakfast, we’ll be transferred to the Vatican to attend the Papal audience.  In the afternoon we’ll have a guided tour into the Vatican Museums and St. Peter Basilica. Back to our hotel for dinner and overnight.

Day 11:                       Rome Classical and Ancient         

After breakfast, we’ll dedicate this day to exploring the most important churches and monuments of Rome starting with Santa Maria Maggiore, and San Giovanni in Laterano. Then we’ll visit the famous roman Coliseum with the Forum. Panoramic tour through the streets of Rome.  Passing by the monument of Vittorio Emmanuele. Then continue for a walking tour to visit the Trevi Fountain, Piazza Spagna, and the Spanish steps. Back to our hotel for dinner and overnight.

Day 12:               Rome – Assisi

After breakfast leave for Assisi (Approximately three hours), the hometown of St. Francis. Upon arrival in Assisi, your group will check-in, in and enjoy dinner, before retiring to your room for a restful night’s sleep.. Arrive, dinner, and overnight.

Day 13:                         Assisi -  Rome 

This morning, your group will enjoy breakfast followed by a full day of touring the hometown of St. Francis. St. Francis is the “Patron Saint of Animals and the Environment.” you will become captivated as the atmosphere has not changed since St. Francis began his ministry, in the early 13th century. During the tour, your group will have the opportunity to visit the tomb of St. Francis in his Basilica. After visiting this beautiful Basilica, your group will enjoy some free time on own. Lastly, your group will transfer to Rome. Return to the Hotel for dinner and overnight.

Day 14:  Rome – USA

After breakfast and in due time, transfer to Rome Airport to board your flight back home.

 

Trip date:  October 16 - 29, 2023

Price:     $4590.00 From Denver, CO (DEN)        
                                                                                                                                      
Single supplement: $950.00 (Private Room)

The package price includes the following:

  • Flight tickets.
  • Meet & Assist at Rome and Ben Gurion Airport upon arrival and departure.
  • Three nights’ accommodation in Tiberius in double occupancy with breakfast and dinner.
  • Four night’s accommodation in Bethlehem in double occupancy with breakfast and dinner
  • Four nights’ accommodation in Rome in double occupancy with breakfast and dinner.
  • One night’s accommodation in Assisi in double occupancy with breakfast and dinner.
  • Thirteen days sightseeing in a modern air-conditioned private bus.
  • Bilingual speaking government licensed Christian guide on duty.
  • Entrance fees to places of interest whilst on tour in the Holy Land.
  • Special dinner at oriental restaurant with folklore show.

The package price does not include the following:

  • Lunches and soft drinks.
  • Tips for Guide, Driver, and hotels.
  • All Personal Expenses.
  • Travel Insurance.

Notes: All prices are in US Dollars based on per person in a double room, Pax rooming alone is subject to a single supplement, and the maximum capacity of the bus is 50Pax.  All prices are VAT inclusive.