Holy Land & Jordan - Fr. Ron Wearsch (# 2010)

Walking in the Footsteps of Jesus, Mary & Joseph

April 26 - May 8, 2020

Must be Physically Able to Travel

Magi Travel tours require participants to be able to do a considerable amount of walking (3-5 miles per day), sometimes on uneven, rough or hilly terrain. If you have mobility issues, you must travel with someone who is physically able to assist you and they will also need to register for the trip. Magi Travel Tour Coordinators, Hosts and Tour Guides are unable to assist individual passengers with mobility issues. Please note that scooters cannot be accommodated on this tour.

Daily Itinerary

Sunday, April 26: USA to Tel Aviv

Optional overnight flight. Dinner and breakfast served on board.

Monday, April 27: Arrival, Tel Aviv Airport

After clearing Immigration and Customs, go to the public Arrivals Hall where you will be met and transferred to your hotel in Tel Aviv. Dinner and overnight in Tel Aviv. (D)

Tuesday, April 28Caesarea, Nazareth, Cana, Tiberias

Basilica of AnnunciationLeave Tel Aviv and drive to Caesarea, once capital of the Roman province, and see Roman and Crusader remains and the harbor from which St. Paul was taken prisoner to Rome. 

Continue to Nazareth, the boyhood town of Jesus, to visit Mary’s Well, the Basilica of Annunciation and the Church of St. Joseph. Drive to Cana, the village of Jesus’ first miracle. Couples will have an opportunity to renew their wedding vows here.

Dinner and overnight in Tiberias. (B,D)

Wednesday, April 29The Ministry of Christ in the Galilee: Boat Ride, Capernaum, Beatitudes, Tabgha

Mt. BeatitudesTake a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee. Stop at Capernaum and see the synagogue and St. Peter’s house.

Drive to Mt. Beatitudes where the Sermon on the Mount was given. Continue to Tabgha to see the mosaic of the Loaves and Fishes, and the nearby Church of Peter’s Primacy where Peter was told “Feed my lambs. Feed my sheep.”

Dinner and overnight in Tiberias. (B,D)

Thursday, April 30Mt. Tabor, Samaria, Jacob's Well, Jerusalem

Church of the TransfigurationThis morning, head to the top of Mt. Tabor to enjoy the lovely view and visit the Church of the Transfiguration. Continue south through Samaria, a land rich in Old Testament history. We see the twin peaks of Mt. Gerizim and Mt. Ebal, known in the Old Testament as Mt. Blessing and Mt. Cursing. Today, Mt. Gerizim is the home of the few remaining Samaritans.

Soon we come to the actual site of Jacob’s Well, hewn manually out of solid rock and over 100 feet deep. The water at the bottom of the well is fed by flowing water which is why ancients gave it the name of “living water.” It is at this well that Jesus met the Samaritan woman and said to her: “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” (Jn 4:13-14)

Drive to Jerusalem for dinner and overnight. (B,D)

Friday, May 1: Bethlehem, Ein Karem, Emmaus

Church of St. JohnStart the day with a visit to Bethlehem to see the Church of the Nativity. Continue to the Shepherd’s Field. In the afternoon, stop at the village of Ein Karem, birthplace of John the Baptist, and visit the Church of St. John.

Leave Jerusalem for a short trip to Emmaus, the site of the meeting of the two disciples with Jesus after the Resurrection. They invited him to join them in their simple meal and recognized him only when He blessed the Bread.

Drive back to Jerusalem for dinner and overnight. (B,D)

Saturday, May 2: Mt. Olives, Gethsemane, Mt. Zion, Holy Hour

Garden of GethsemaneAfter breakfast, drive to the Mount of Olives for a wonderful view of Jerusalem. Walk down the hill to Dominus Flevit where Christ wept over Jerusalem. At the foot of the hill see the Garden of Gethsemane with its ancient olive trees.

Drive through the Kidron Valley and see St. Peter in Gallicantu built over the palace of the High Priest Caiaphas. From His prison here, Jesus was taken to Judgement Hall. He was led through the city to be crucified. Also visit Mt. Zion to see the Upper Room, scene of the Last Supper.

In the evening, spend Holy Hour at the church next to the Garden of Gethsemane which contains the bedrock where Jesus prayed before his arrest. A time of reflection and prayer remembering Christ's Agony on His final night.

Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem. (B,D)

QumranSunday, May 3: Bethany, Qumran, Jericho

Drive to Bethany, home of Martha, Mary and Lazarus. 

Visit Qumran where the Essene enclave was and see the caves where the Dead Sea Scrolls were hidden.

Drive through the Wilderness of Judea to Jericho. Visit the excavation of the oldest city in the world.

Return to Jerusalem for dinner and overnight. (B,D)

Monday, May 4: Via Dolorosa, Old City of Jerusalem

Via DolorosaEarly morning, walk the Via Dolorosa through the markets of the Old City, with time to meditate and pray the Stations of the Cross. Finally arrive at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Continue the tour of the Old City of Jerusalem by visiting St. Anne’s Church which commemorates the site of Mary’s birth and the Pool of Bethesda, scene of Jesus’ healing miracle. Stop at the Western Wall and the Jewish Quarter. The remainder of the afternoon is free for personal activities. 

Enjoy a cocktail reception at the Notre Dame of Jerusalem Center with breathtaking views of the Jerusalem skyline.

Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem. (B,D)

Tuesday, May 5: Allenby, Baptismal Site, Mt. Nebo, Madaba, Dead Sea

Bethany Beyond the JordanCross Allenby Bridge into Jordan. Visit Bethany Beyond the Jordan and the Baptismal site. Drive to Mount Nebo where Moses viewed the Promised Land. You can see the Jordan Valley, Jericho and the Judean hills beyond. Also see the remains of a Byzantine church with mosaic floors. 

Proceed to the Christian village of Madaba to see the ancient mosaic map of the Holy Land. 

Dinner and overnight at the Dead Sea. (B,D)

Wednesday, May 6Petra

The Treasury at PetraDepart for a full-day excursion to the Red Rose City of Petra.

See the Treasury, carved in the pink stone, and continue past the Roman theatre, the Corinthian Tomb and Palace Tomb to the Roman road.

Return to the Dead Sea for dinner and overnight. (B,D) 

Thursday, May 7: Swim at the Dead Sea, Allenby, Jaffa, Transfer to Airport for Departure

Morning free to swim at the Dead Sea. Check out of the hotel and cross the Allenby Bridge into Israel. Visit Jaffa. Dinner is at your own expense this evening.

Transfer to Tel Aviv Airport for departure. (B)

Friday, May 8: Arrival in USA

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Group Meals: (B) = Breakfast, (D) = Dinner

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