12 Days Holy Land Pilgrimage & Medjugourje from El Paso, TX - Oct. 24 - Nov. 04, 2020 - Fr. Jose Emilio Flores Lira
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SATURDAY – (Day 1) – DEPART FROM El Paso
today we will depart for our overnight flight to the Holy Land. Meals will be served on board.
SUNDAY – (Day 2) – Arrival Tel Aviv – Tiberias
We will arrive at Tel Aviv via Ben Gurion Airport. Where we will meet our tour guide and transfer with our bus to our hotel in Tiberias for dinner and overnight.
MONDAY WEDNESDAY – (Day 3) – Cana – Nazareth – Haifa- Tiberias
After breakfast, leave to Cana of Galilee: the place of the first miracle of Jesus. Continue to Nazareth and start a walking tour from Mary’s Fountain till the Basilica of the Annunciation for a visit to Mary’s House celebrate mass, the Upper Basilica, the Museum and the Church of the Holy Family. In the afternoon, leave to Haifa, capital of the industry and the major port. Ascend to Mount Carmel (included) passing by the Persian Gardens of the Bah. 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.
TUESDAY THURSDAY – (Day 4) – Sea of Galilee – Mount Tabor – Jordan River
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 (included), the Town of Jesus for a detailed visit of its ruins: the remains of the House of Peter, the and the White Synagogue Then, you will experience a boat ride (included) crossing along the Sea of Galilee. In the afternoon, ascend to Mount Tabor (included) and visit the Basilica of the Transfiguration celebrate mass, 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.
WEDNSDAY – (Day 5) – Tiberias – Qumran – Dead Sea – Jericho – Bethlehem
After breakfast, leave Tiberias through the Jordan Valley and travel South wards to Qumran (included) 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 as the oldest city in the world for a visit to Tel El- Sultan (included) the site of the biblical Jericho and view of Mount of Temptation. In the afternoon, drive through the Judean Desert, passing by the Good Samaritan Inn to Bethlehem, the city of King David. Arrive to your selected hotel for dinner and overnight.
THURSDAY – (Day 6) – Gethsemane - Mount of Olives – Mt. Zion
After breakfast, start our day with a visit to Gethsemane for a visit to the Church of Agony. Then we drive to Mount of Olives for a visit to the Ascension Chapel (included) and then to Pater Noster Church (included). Walk down to the small Chapel of Dominus Flevit and enjoy a panoramic view of the Holy City with all its major shrines. In the afternoon, explore Mount of Zion: St. Peter in Galicantu (included), 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 in Bethlehem for dinner and overnight.
FRIDAY SUNDAY – (Day 7) – Jerusalem New City – Israel Museum – 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 (included) for a visit 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 celebrate mass. Continue to the village of Beit Sahour to visit the Shepherd’s Field with the natural grottos and the remains of the Byzantine churches and monasteries. Back to your hotel in Bethlehem for dinner and overnight
SATURDAY MONDAY – (Day 8) – Old City of Jerusalem – St. Anne’s – Farewell dinner
After breakfast, transfer to the Lion’s Gate and enter the Old City for a visit to St. Anne Church and the Pool Of Bethesda (included). 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 celebrates masses. In the afternoon free time for rest and/or personal activities. It could be dedicated to walk one more time through the narrow streets of the Old City of Jerusalem, Back to Bethlehem. Farewell dinner (included) at a special Bedouin style restaurant with the intervention of a traditional folkloric dance group, overnight at the hotel
SUNDAY – (Day 9) – Bethlehem – Tel Aviv - Sarajevo
After breakfast, we will leave for Ben Gurion Airport for our flights to Sarajevo. Arrive at the hotel, check in for dinner and overnight.
MONDAY – (Day 10) – SARAJEVO/ MEDJUGORIE
We will meet our tour guide and transfer with our bus A and drive approx. 2 1/2 hours to reach Medjugorje, During our stay in peaceful Medjugorje, we will meet and share our faith with thousands of pilgrims from all over the world. Today we will follow our local guide we will climb up the Apparition Hill. At 05:00 pm join the villagers and pilgrims from all over the world to pray the joyful and sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary. Dinner at the hotel and overnight
MONDAY – (Day 11) – MEDJUGORJE / SARAJEVO / DEPARTURE
After breakfast, we will have time to climb the Cross Mountain (Krizevac). There we will pray the Stations of the Cross as we make our way to the summit- Return to the hotel for lunch. Check out and drive to Split (1 1/2 hours’ drive) Time permitting we can enjoy a panoramic tour of the city, diner and overnight
MONDAY – (Day 12) –DEPARTURE
Breakfast and check out – Drive to the airport and embark on our flight home
Trip Date: Oct. 24 - Nov. 04, 2020
Departure City: El Paso, TX (other cities available)
Package price includes the following:
- Hotels on HB Basis: 9 nights (open buffet breakfast, open buffet dinner)
- Air conditioned bus in Israel
- English speaking guide
- Flight tickets
- Entrance fees as per program
Israel: Qumran National Park – Capernaum – Tel Jericho – Asencion Chapel - Pater Noster - St. Peter in Galicantu - St. Anne & Pool of Bethesda - Ecce homo – Boat Ride - Taxi Mt. Tabor – Muhraqa – Tel Jericho – Israel Museum
- Meeting and assistance at Arrival – Ben Gurion Airport
- Porterage Included in all hotels
- Parking fees where applicable
- Whispers during the whole trip
- Porterage at airport
Package price does not include the following:
- Personal expenses
- Medical Insurance
- Anything not mentioned above
- Gratuities for guide / driver (please look at the list that we recommend)
We recommend 5-7 $ pp per day for Guide/ 4-5 $$ per day for driver.