Pilgrimage to Jordan-Israel-Egypt with Rev. Fr. Aidan Zaballero
FEB 08 Check-in at NAIA Terminal 3 at
2000hrs / DEPARTURE FROM MANILA TO AMMAN, JORDAN
FEB 09 ARRIVAL IN AMMAN, JORDAN /
- NEBO / MADABA
Arrival in Amman airport. Meet and assist by a local guide. Drive to Mount Nebo, where Moses viewed the Promised Land before he died. Then pass by 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, as it was built in the 6th century A.D. Transfer to the hotel in Amman for check-in, dinner and overnight.
FEB 10 AMMAN / PETRA / AMMAN
Breakfast at the hotel. Today you will visit the fabled “Red Rose City” of Petra, the 2000 year old Nabatean capital, now one of the world’s wonders. Take an optional horseback ride to the SIQ. Then walk to the Treasury, a rose colored monumental building artfully carved out of sheer rock. Visit the other temples and tombs carved into the mountainside. Return to the hotel in Amman for dinner and overnight.
FEB 11 AMMAN / CANA / NAZARETH
Breakfast at the hotel. Check out for border crossing into Israel. Meet and assist at the border then proceed to Cana, 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). Then proceed to Nazareth to visit the Basilica of Annunciation where the Archangel Gabriel announced to Virgin Mary the birth of Jesus Christ. Visit also St. Joseph’s workshop and Home of the Holy Family. Then proceed to the hotel for check-in, dinner and overnight.
FEB 12 TIBERIAS
Breakfast at the 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. Then continue to visit the St. Peter’s Primacy Church. Then proceed to Mt. Tabor to see Basilica of Transfiguration. Return to the hotel for dinner and overnight.
FEB 13 CAESAREA / EIN KAREM /
Breakfast at the hotel and check-out. Enroute to Haifa to visit Stella Maris Church where one can enjoy a panoramic view of the Mediterranean. Drive down 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. Drive to Ein Karem to visit St. John the Baptist Church and Church of Visitation (Magnificat) where the Blessed Virgin Mary visited Elizabeth. Transfer to the hotel for check-in, dinner and overnight.
FEB 14 JERUSALEM
Breakfast at the hotel. Start the full day tour at 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. Visit the Mount Zion area to see the Upper Room where Jesus and His disciples had their last supper. See also King David’s tomb, the Dormition Abbey and the Church of St. Peter in Gallicantu, Return to the hotel for dinner and overnight.
FEB 15 JERUSALEM / BETHLEHEM
Breakfast at the hotel. Visit the Church of St. Anne, and the Pool of Bethesda. Then continue to the Via Dolorosa starting at the Ecce Homo, where Pontius Pilate washed his hands. Proceed to the Flagellation and go through all the Stations of the Cross until you reach the Church of the Holy Sepulcher where Jesus was crucified, died and rose from the dead. Visit the Wailing Wall. Move on to Bethlehem to visit the Church of Nativity, the traditional birthplace of Jesus. Visit also the Basilica and Grotto of the Nativity and the Manger Square. Return via 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. Then back to the hotel for dinner and overnight.
FEB 16 JERUSALEM / JERICHO /
QUMRAN / DEAD SEA / ST. CATHERINE
Breakfast at the hotel and check-out. Visit Qasr El Yahud for the Renewal of Baptismal Vows. Drive to Jericho to view the Mount of Temptation where Jesus Christ spent 40 days fasting, and where he was tempted by the devil. Visit to the Dead Sea to experience a quick dip at the lowest and saltiest sea on earth. Then visit to Qumran, the caves of the Essenes where Dead Sea Scrolls were found by a wandering shepherd boy. Cross Eilat border for crossing into Egypt. We’ll be met and assisted at the border. Drive to the hotel for check-in, dinner and overnight.
FEB 17 ST. CATHERINE / CAIRO
Early morning (optional) climb to Mount Sinai. Have breakfast and check-out at the hotel. Visit the St. Catherine Monastery. Have a long distance drive to Cairo. Check-in at the hotel for dinner and overnight.
FEB 18 CAIRO
Breakfast at the hotel. Have a visit to the Egyptian Museum, one of the richest museums in the world. Proceed to The Pyramids and Sphinx. Stop at the Papyrus factory and the perfumery. In the evening, we will have a Dinner Cruise at the Nile River before returning to the hotel for overnight.
FEB 19 CAIRO / MANILA
Breakfast and check-out at the hotel. Visit the Hanging Church and the Crypt of the Holy Family. After lunch, have some free time before transfer to Cairo airport to catch your flight back to Manila. (Dinner will be on own passenger’s account at the Cairo Airport).
FEB 20 MANILA
“HOME SWEET HOME!!!”