Israel & Jordan Pilgrimage with Rev. Fr. Dave T. Concepcion
FEB 06 CHECK-IN AT NAIA TERMINAL 3 AT 1930HRS / DEPARTURE FROM MANILA to TEL AVIV, ISRAEL
FEB 07 TEL AVIV / NAZARETH
Arrival in Ben Gurion Airport, Tel Aviv, Israel. Meet and assist by the local guide. Proceed to Nazareth to visit the Basilica of Annunciation where the Archangel Gabriel announced to Virgin Mary the birth of Jesus Christ. Celebrate private Mass. Visit also St. Joseph’s workshop and Home of the Holy Family. Transfer to the hotel check-in, for dinner and overnight.
FEB 08 NAZARETH / MT. TABOR / CANA
Breakfast at the hotel. Go up to Mt. Tabor to see the Basilica of Transfiguration. Have a short visit to the diamond factory. Then proceed to Cana (celebrate private Mass), where Jesus performed His first miracle. He turned the water into wine at the Wedding in Cana. (Those who wish may renew their Wedding vows at the Church). Drive to Mt. Precipice. Return to your hotel in Nazareth for dinner and overnight.
FEB 09 TIBERIAS / CAPERNAUM / HAIFA
Breakfast and check-out at the hotel. Drive to Mount of Beatitudes; this is the site of the Sermon on the Mount. Proceed to Tabgha, where the Miracle of the Multiplication of Loaves and Fishes took place. Visit to Dalmanuta in Tabgha (celebrate private Mass). Then continue on to St. Peter’s Primacy Church. Proceed to Capernaum, the town where Jesus made His home after leaving Nazareth. View the remains of the ancient Synagogue in which He taught. Have a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee. Drive to Haifa. Transfer to the hotel for dinner and overnight.
FEB 10 HAIFA / CAESAREA / BETHLEHEM
Breakfast and check-out at the hotel. Drive to Deir Mukhraqa Carmelite Monastery (celebrate private Mass). Continue to Mt. Carmel to visit Stella Maris Church and pass by Haifa where one can enjoy a panoramic view of the Bahai Gardens. Proceed to Caesarea, a city which was built by Herod the Great, to catch sight of the Aqueducts and the Roman Theater. Transfer to your hotel in Bethlehem for check-in, dinner and overnight.
FEB 11 JERUSALEM / BETHLEHEM
Breakfast at the hotel. Start the full day tour at the Dome of the Rock. Continue to the Pool of Bethesda and Church of St. Anne. Then proceed to Via Dolorosa starting at Ecce Homo where Pontius Pilate washed his hands. Walk 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. Proceed to the Shrine of the Book and see the scale model of Jerusalem. Then move on to Bethlehem to visit the Shepherds Field, the site where the star appeared to the shepherds which lead them to the manger where baby Jesus was born. Visit also the Milk Grotto (celebrate private Mass), 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.
FEB 12 JERUSALEM / EIN KAREM
Breakfast at the 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. Visit the Church of St. Peter in Gallicantu. See also King David’s tomb. Proceed to the Church of St. Peter in Gallicantu (celebrate private Mass). Drive to Ein Karem for a visit to St. John the Baptist Church and Church of Visitation (Magnificat) where the Blessed Virgin Mary visited Elizabeth. Return to the hotel for dinner and overnight.
FEB 13 JERUSALEM
Breakfast at the hotel. Drive to Bethpage (celebrate private Mass). Proceed to the Mount of Olives to visit the Ascension Chapel where Jesus ascended into Heaven. Visit the Church of Pater Noster to witness 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 the hotel for dinner and overnight.
FEB 14 BETHANY / JERICHO / QUMRAN / DEAD SEA
Breakfast and check-out at the hotel. Drive to the town of Bethany and visit the Church of Lazarus (celebrate private Mass). Continue 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. Then go to Qumran, the caves of the Essenes where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found by a wandering shepherd boy. Continue transfer to your hotel in Dead Sea for check-in. You may spend the rest of the time at the Dead Sea and experience a quick dip in the lowest and saltiest sea on earth. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
FEB 15 DEAD SEA / AMMAN (border cross) / MT. NEBO / PETRA
Breakfast and check-out at the hotel. Then proceed for BORDER crossing into Jordan. Meet and assist by a local guide. We will journey to Mount Nebo, where Moses viewed the Promised Land before he died. Celebrate private Mass. Have a long distance drive to your hotel in Petra for check-in, dinner and overnight.
FEB 16 PETRA / MADABA / AMMAN
Breakfast and check-out at the hotel. Visit the lost city of Petra with optional horseback ride through the picturesque SIQ, and visit the Treasury. Then shop at Holy Land gifts. Drive to Madaba to visit the Monastery of St. George, which hosts the unique mosaic Map of Egypt, Jordan and Holy Land. The map is believed to be the first one for this area. It was built in the 6th century A.D. Visit also the Church of the Beheading of John the Baptist (celebrate private Mass). Drive to Amman hotel for check-in, dinner and overnight.
FEB 17 AMMAN / MANILA
Breakfast at the hotel and check-out. Visit Al Magtas “Jordan River” for Baptismal Renewal. Celebrate private Mass. This place was proclaimed by the late Pope John Paul II as the original site of Jesus’ Baptism. Then transfer to Amman airport catch the flight back to Manila.
FEB 18 MANILA
HOME SWEET HOME!!!