DAY 1 Dublin-Nazareth
Depart Dublin via Istanbul to Tel Aviv. On arrival in Tel-Aviv we proceed through security and immigration before collecting our luggage and meeting our guide Mary and bus driver to transfer to Nazareth for check in at hotel Legacy for 4 nights.
DAY 2 Nazareth-Cana
Breakfast at hotel. Drive to Annunciation Church for Mass, followed by walk to Mary’s Well and on to visit to Mount Precipice. After lunch we drive to Cana- site of the wedding feast of Cana, before returning to hotel for dinner and overnight in Nazareth.
DAY 3 Sea of Galilee-Mount of Beatitudes-Caesarea Philippi-Golan heights
After breakfast we drive to the Sea of Galilee for our boat ride, followed by a visit to Capernaum -home town of Jesus.
From Capernaum we drive to Mount of Beatitudes for Mass – site of the Sermon of the Mount. After lunch, drive to Caesarea Philippi where we will see Herod’s Temple of Augustus, Herod’s Palace, Roman bridge and Palace.
En route back to Nazareth we drive via the Golan heights to view Mt Hermon and a panoramic view of Damascus. Dinner and overnight in Nazareth.
DAY 4 Tabor-Caesarea-Mount Carmel
After breakfast we drive to Mount Tabor, visit the Transfiguration Church. Continue to the Church of the Multiplication. Continue to Caesarea and visit the excavations of the ancient port city featuring the Roman theater, hippodrome and aqueduct, as well as ruins from the Byzantine and Crusader periods.
Drive north along the Mediterranean Coast towards the port city of Haifa. Ascend to the top of Mount Carmel to enjoy the panoramic overview of Haifa from the top. Dinner and overnight in Nazareth.
DAY 5 River Jordan-Jericho-Bethlehem-Shepherd’s Field
After breakast we leave Nazareth and make our way to Bethlehem. En route we vist the River Jordan Baptismal site and renew our Baptismal vows, before driving to Jericho. After lunch, we continue our journey to Bethlehem, to visit the Church of the Nativity for Mass, followed by a visit to the Shepherds field. Dinner and overnight in St Gabriel hotel where accommodation has been reserved for 4 nights.
DAY 6 Bethany-Masada-Qumran-Dead Sea
After breakfast we drive to Bethany to visit the Church of Lazarus, Martha & Mary where we will have Mass. After Mass we continue to Qumran where the Dead Sea scrolls were discovered. Stop at the Dead Sea for an opportunity to swim in its unique waters. Dinner and overnight in Bethlehem.
DAY 7 Mount of Olives-Mount Zion
After breakfast we start the day by driving along the southern slopes of the Mt of Olives to the Ascension Chapel, and the Church of Pater Noster – where Jesus thought the Lord’s prayer. We continue towards Jerusalem stopping at Dominus Flevit from where Jesus wept over the city. We visit the Garden of Gethsemane and have Mass in the Basilica of the Agony.
After lunch, we drive to Mt Sion, to visit Caiphas Palace at the Church of St Peter in Galicantu, we see the Upper room, Davids Tomb and the Dormition Abbey. Dinner and overnight in Bethlehem.
DAY 8 Old City-Eim Karem
After breakfast we start the day by walking along the via Dolorosa. We have Mass at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. We also visit the Church of St Anne and pools of Bethesda before going to see the Wailing Wall. After lunch we drive to Eim Kerem – birth place of John the Baptist. Return to hotel. Dinner and overnight in Bethlehem.
DAY 9 Bethlehem-Dublin
After breakfast we transfer to Tel Aviv for our flight home to Dublin.