Day 01 CHECK-IN AT NAIA TERMINAL 1 AT 1800HRS / DEPARTURE FROM MANILA TO TEL AVIV, ISRAEL VIA ISTANBUL
Day 02 TEL-AVIV / CAESAREA / HAIFA / NAZARETH
Morning arrival in Ben Gurion Airport, Tel Aviv. Meet and assist. Then proceed to Caesarea, which was built by Herod the Great to catch sight of the Aqueducts and the Roman Theater. This is where St. Paul was imprisoned. Enroute to Haifa to visit Stella Maris Church where one can enjoy a panoramic view of the Mediterranean. Transfer to hotel in Nazareth for check-in, dinner and overnight.
Day 03 TIBERIAS
Breakfast at hotel. Have a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee. Drive to Capernaum, the town where Jesus made His home after leaving Nazareth. View the remains of the ancient Synagogue in which He taught, and on to Tabgha, where the Miracle of the Multiplication of Loaves and Fishes took place. Drive to Mount of Beatitudes; this is the site of the Sermon on the Mount and St. Peter’s Primacy Church. Then proceed to Mt. Tabor to see Basilica of Transfiguration. Return to hotel for dinner and overnight.
Day 04 NAZARETH / CANA / BETHLEHEM
Breakfast at hotel and check-out. Visit Nazareth to see the Basilica of Annunciation where the Archangel Gabriel announced to Virgin Mary the birth of Jesus Christ. See also St. Joseph’s workshop and Home of the Holy Family. Then proceed to Cana, where Jesus performed His first miracle. He turned the water into wine at the Wedding in Cana. Transfer to hotel in Bethlehem for check-in, dinner and overnight.
Day 05 JERUSALEM / BETHLEHEM
Breakfast at hotel. Start the full day tour at the Pool of Bethesda and Church of St. Anne. Then proceed to Via Dolorosa starting at Ecce Homo where Pontius Pilate washed his hands. Proceed to the Flagellation until you reach the Church of the Holy Sepulchre where Jesus was crucified, died and rose from the dead. Then continue to the Wailing Wall. Visit the Shepherds Field, the site where the star appeared to the shepherds which lead them to the manger where baby Jesus was born. Proceed to Milk Grotto. Visit also the Basilica and Grotto of the Nativity and the Church of Nativity, the traditional birthplace of Jesus, and the Manger Square. Return to the hotel for dinner and overnight.
Day 06 JERUSALEM / EIN KAREM
Breakfast at hotel. Visit the Mount Zion area to see the Dormition Abbey. Then visit the Upper Room where Jesus and his disciples had their last supper. See also King David’s tomb. Proceed to the Church of St. Peter in Gallicantu. Proceed to the Shrine of the Book and see the scale model of Jerusalem. Continue on to Ein Karem to visit St. John the Baptist Church and Church of Visitation (Magnificat) where the Blessed Virgin Mary visited Elizabeth. Return to hotel in Bethlehem for dinner and overnight.
Day 07 JERUSALEM
Breakfast at the hotel. Drive to the Mount of Olives to visit the Ascension Chapel where Jesus ascended into Heaven. Visit the Church of Pater Noster to see the “Lord’s Prayer” written in several languages. Proceed to the Church of Dominus Flevit (God Wept) where God wept over Jerusalem. Move on and continue by walking down the Palm Sunday road to the Church of All Nations and the Garden of Gethsemane to see the Rock of Agony, the place where Jesus prayed before the Roman soldiers came for Him. Return to hotel for dinner and overnight.
Day 08 BETHANY/ JERICHO / DEAD SEA
Breakfast and check-out at hotel. Drive to Bethany to visit the Church of Lazarus. Then drive on to Jericho, pass by to see the “Sycamore Tree”, where Zaccheus, the tax collector climbed the tree to see Jesus who was passing by. After lunch, view the Mount of Temptation. It is a high mountain west of Jericho where satan tempted Jesus. Proceed to Dead Sea hotel for check-in. You may spend the rest of the time for your dip in the lowest and saltiest sea on earth. Have dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Day 09 QUMRAN / MASSADA / AL MAGTAS / TEL AVIV
Breakfast and check-out at the hotel. Drive to Qumran, the caves of the Essenes where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found by a wandering shepherd boy. Continue on to Massada. Experience the cable car ride going to the peak of the ancient fortress, overlooking the Dead Sea. Proceed to the Baptismal Site, Israel side of Al Magtas for the renewal of baptismal vows. Proceed to Tel Aviv. Visit the diamond store Caprice in Tel Aviv. Transfer to hotel for check-in, dinner and overnight.
Day 10 RISHON LEZION / TEL AVIV / MANILA
Breakfast and check-out at the hotel. Have a quick visit to Rishon Lezion Municipality. We will see the “Open Doors” Monument which was built in honor of President Manuel L. Quezon and the Philippine Nation. Have a short drive around Jaffa and the Tel Aviv port. Proceed to Tel Aviv Airport to catch flight back to Manila.
Day 11 MANILA
HOME SWEET HOME!!!