Catholic Tours 8 Days
Catholic Tour to Israel
8 Day Tour
Day 1. Arrival at Ben Gurion Airport
Your Christian Holyland Tour representative will meet you at the airport and take you to your hotel for the night.
Overnight in Tel Aviv.
Day 2. Tel Aviv / Caesarea / Acre / Galilee
After you enjoy your breakfast, you’ll drive north to Caesarea Maritima where you will visit multiple sites including the Roman Theater, Herod’s Palace, Palace of the Roman Procurator (Apostles 23: 23 and Apostles 26: 23 – Paul; Apostles 10: 20-48 – Peter and Cornelius), the Amphitheater, the Crusaders’ City and the Harbor. From there you’ll continue to Nazareth and visit the Church of Annunciation (Luke 26: 28) and Mary’s Well (in the Greek Orthodox Church). You’ll end the day with a drive to Cana in the Galilee to see the site of the First Miracle (John 2: 1-11 and John 4: 46-54) and then back to Tiberias for the night.
Day 3. Galilee
Following breakfast, you’ll embark on a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee where Jesus walked on the water (Matthew 14: 22-23). The ride ends at Ginnosar, where you can see the Ancient Boat, found nearby, that dates from the time of Jesus. From there you’ll drive to the Mount of Beatitudes (Matthew 5: 7) to visit the beautiful heptagonal church built by the Italian architect Berluzzi. Next on our itinerary is Tabgha, where you’ll visit the Church of the Loaves and the Fish (Matthew 14: 14-34) and the Church of Mensa Christi, where Jesus elected Peter as His Representative on Earth (John 21). From Tabgha, you’ll drive along the north shores of the Sea of Galilee to Capernaum, where Jesus lived in the house of Peter and performed his miracles and healings (Matthew 4: 13, Matthew 8: 14-15).
You’ll close out the day by returning to your hotel for the night.
Day 4. Mount Tabor / Megiddo / Jaffa / Jerusalem
After breakfast, you’ll drive to Mount Tabor known as the site of Transfiguration. There you’ll visit the Catholic Church (Matthew 17: 1-8) and enjoy a spectacular view of the Lower Galilee and the Plain of Jezreel from the rooftop. You’ll then drive through the town of Afula, to Megiddo which is also called Armageddon as it’s the place where the last battle of mankind is due to take place (the Apocalypse of St. John). While in Megiddo, you’ll visit the Museum and tour the 5,000 year old city whose Gates date from the times of King Solomon, plus the old Canaanite temples and the water tunnel from the time of King Ahab. Next you’ll journey through Wadi Ara, the ancient road (Via Maris) that connected the old Egypt to Mesopotamia, to Tel Aviv where you’ll visit ancient Yope (Jaffa). It was here in Yope that the house of Simon the Tanner (Apostles 10: 9-16) and the place of the Miracle of the resurrection of Tabita (Apostles 9: 36-43) took place.
You’ll wrap up the day with a drive through the Hills of Judea to Jerusalem to spend the night.
Day 5. Jerusalem-the Old City
Day 6. Jerusalem – the New City / Bethlehem*
Enjoy breakfast and then you’ll embark on a drive to Mount Zion to visit the Room of the Last Supper (Cenacle) and the Tomb of King David. You’ll walk through the Jewish Quarter to the Wailing Wall – the holiest place for the Jews – and the Dung Gate, and then drive through the New City of Jerusalem to Ein Kerem to visit the Church of St. John (Luke 1: 1-25). You’ll continue the drive to Yad Vashem to see the Memorial to the victims of the Holocaust. From there you’ll continue on to Bethlehem* to visit the Church of the Nativity (Luke 2: 1-7), Shepherd’s Field (Luke 2: 8-20) and then back to the hotel for the night.
Day 7. Masada / Dead Sea
First breakfast, then you’ll drive via the Good Samaritan Inn (Luke 8: 25-37) to the mountain fortress of Massada, the stronghold of the Jews in the war against the Romans. You’ll take the cable car to the fortress to visit the palaces of Herod the Great with its Roman baths and pools. Next you’ll descend for a possible “dip” and “float” in the salty water of the Dead Sea, the worlds lowest place. On the way back to Jerusalem, you’ll stop in Qumran -t he city of the Essens – where the Dead Sea scrolls were found in a cave by a shepherd.
You’ll end the day back in Jerusalem at your hotel for the night.
Transfer to Ben Gurion Airport for departure flight