13 Days In the Footsteps of Jesus from Chicago, IL - October 14 - 26, 2018 - V. Rev. Fr. Elias Issa
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13 Days In the Footsteps of Jesus - October 14 - 26, 2018
(Day 1) SUNDAY Departure from USA.
Depart Chicago for your overnight flight to Holy Land. Meals served on board.
(Day 2) MONDAY Arrival Tel Aviv – Nazareth
Arrive Tel Aviv, we will meet our guide & driver, and then we will drive to our hotel in Nazareth for dinner & overnight.
(Day 3) TUESDAY Caesarea – Nazareth – Cana
After breakfast, we will leave hotel and start our day with a visit to Caesarea. You will have the opportunity to visit the archaeological remains of this ancient port, then we will go to Nazareth, there we will visit the Mary’s Well, and the Greek Orthodox Church of Annunciation, Dinner and overnight in Nazareth.
(Day 4) WEDNESDAY Sea of Galilee – Mt. Beatitudes
On this day, we will start our day with a visit to Mount of Beatitudes, where Jesus preached the Sermon on the Mount. Then we will visit the Tabgha, the Greek for seven springs and the Church of the multiplication of fishes & loaves, and then we will continue to Capernaum, the headquarters of Jesus ministry in Galilee, the St. Peter’s house, we will visit the Greek Orthodox Church of the Holy Apostles, we then have lunch we will try St. Peter’s Fish. We will visit Korazin, which was cursed by Jesus because the people did not follow his teaching, we then have a boat ride across the Sea of Galilee. Dinner and overnight in Nazareth.
(Day 5) THURSDAY Mt. Tabor – Cana – Caesarea Philippi
After breakfast we will start our day with a visit to Mt Tabor, there we will visit the Church of Transfiguration. after that the group will visit Cana of Galilee, there we will visit the Greek Orthodox Church site of Jesus first miracle. “When Jesus came into the region of Caesarea Philippi, He asked His disciples, saying, 'Who do men say that I am?' 'Some say. John the Baptist, some Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.' He said to them, 'But who do you say that I am?' Dinner and overnight in Nazareth
(Day 6) FRIDAY Nablus - Samaria – Jacob’s Well
After breakfast we will check out from our hotel Then we will leave the Galilee area and head to the Old City of Nablus Samaria at Mount Gerizim, we will also visit Jacob’s Well. We then drive to Taybeh for dinner and overnight.
(Day 7) SATURDAY Jericho – Dead Sea – Jordan River
We will start our day with a visit to the monastery of St. George, built in a rock Ravine in the Judean desert. We then visit the Mount of Temptation; we will try there the Jericho Cable Car, where we will visit the Orthodox Monastery. We then visit the Baptismal site in the Jordan where the group may renew their baptismal vows. We then visit the Dead Sea where we can have a float in the Dead Sea in the Salty water. Dinner and overnight in Bethlehem.
(Day 8) SUNDAY Jerusalem – Mt. Olives – Mt Zion – Bethany – Bethlehem
On this day we will start our day with a visit to Mount of Olives, we will have a panoramic overlook to Jerusalem, then we will visit the church of Pater Noster, and then continue to the Chapel of Ascension. We will walk down the Palm Sunday road stopping at the beautiful Russian Orthodox Church of Mary Magdalene. We then continue to visit the Tomb of Holy Mother and continue to the Church of all Nations in the Garden of Gethsemane. Later on, we will visit St. Peter in Galicantu. End of the day will be at Bethany, to visit the site of the House of Mary and Lazarus. Dinner and overnight in Bethlehem.
(Day 9) MONDAY Ein Karem – Bethlehem
After breakfast, we start our day with a visit to Ein Karem, the birthplace of St. John the Baptist and see the Russian and the Greek Orthodox Church, and then we continue to Monastery of St. Theodosius and Mar Saba. We then continue to Shepherd’s Field and Grotto, to see the place where the Shepherd’s saw the star of the Nativity. We then visit the Church of the Nativity. Sometime will be given for shopping. Dinner and overnight in Bethlehem.
(Day 10) TUESDAY Jerusalem – Old City – Via Dolorosa
We start our day with a visit to the Wailing Wall and Temple Mount. Then we continue to St. Anne Church and Pool of Bethesda. We will walk the Via Dolorosa this is the spot where Jesus was condemned to death by Pontius Pilate there we will visit the Ecce Homo. Our next destination will be the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, after that we will visit the St. Jacob’s Church and the St. James Cathedral in the Armenian Orthodox quarter. Dinner and overnight in Bethlehem.
(Day 11) WEDNESDAY Jerusalem – Greek Orthodox Church
After breakfast we will leave to visit the Greek Orthodox Church, and the Orthodox monasteries, we will also visit the Holy Cross Monastery and St. Simon the church in Katamon. Dinner and overnight in Bethlehem.
(Day 12) THURSDAY Free time in Jerusalem – Farewell dinner
We will have a free time in Jerusalem for some shopping time and visits on our own. This afternoon we will have a farewell dinner in a local restaurant in Bethlehem.
(Day 13) Friday DEPARTURE
Free time and return flights home, transfers to Tel Aviv airport, we will arrive back in the USA the same day.
Trip Date: October 14 - 26, 2018
Departure City: Chicago, IL
Package price includes the following:
- Hotels on HB Basis: 9 nights (open buffet breakfast, open buffet dinner)
- 1 Lunch (St. Peter’s Fish)
- Farewell dinner at Local restaurant
- Air conditioned bus in Holy Land
- English speaking guide
- Entrance fees as per program
- Donation to the New Church $ 200.00 per every paying person
- 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
- Lunches (Except for St. Peter’s fish)