Holy Land - Fr. Dennis Backer & Fr. James Peterson

Church of St. Luke & Immaculate Conception 

November 9-20, 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

Monday, November 9, 2020: USA to Tel Aviv

Optional overnight flight. Dinner and breakfast served on board.

Tuesday, November 10: Arrival, Tel Aviv Airport, Tiberias

After clearing Immigration and Customs, go to the public Arrivals Hall where you will be met and transferred to your hotel on the Sea of Galilee.

Dinner and overnight at your hotel. (D)

Wednesday, November 11: Caesarea, Stella Maris, Mt. Carmel

Travel 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 on to Stella Maris, a Carmelite Monastery with the Madonna of Mt. Carmel.

Drive through the Jezreel Valley and return for dinner and overnight. (B,D)

Caesarea Theater

Thursday, November 12: The Ministry of Christ in Galilee: Boat Ride, Capernaum, Beatitudes, Tabgha 

Take 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 at the hotel. (B,D)

Mt. Beatitudes

Friday, November 13: Cana, Nazareth

We start the day with a visit to Cana, the village of Jesus’s first miracle of changing water into wine. Couples may renew their wedding vows. Continue to the Basilica of Annunciation in Nazareth and visit Mary's Well and the Church of the Angel Gabriel.

Return to the hotel where you will have the remainder of the afternoon free. Dinner and overnight at the hotel. (B,D)

Basilica of Annunciation

Saturday, November 14: Mt. Tabor, Samaria, Jacob's Well, Jerusalem

This 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)

Church of the Transfiguration

Sunday, November 15: Bethlehem, Ein Karem, Emmaus

Start 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. Make a short trip to Emmaus, the site of the meeting of the two disciples with Jesus after the Resurrection.

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

Church of the Nativity

Monday, November 16: Bethany, Jericho, Baptismal Site, Qumran

Drive to Bethany, home of Martha, Mary and Lazarus. Continue through the Wilderness of Judea to Jericho. Visit the excavation of the oldest city in the world.
Continue to the Jordan River where Jesus was baptized. Visit Qumran where the Essene enclave was and see the caves where the Dead Sea Scrolls were hidden. We will have an opportunity to float in the Dead Sea, the lowest point on earth. 

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


Tuesday, November 17: Mt. Olives, Gethsemane, Holy Hour

After 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.

The remainder of the afternoon is at leisure.

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)

Dominus Flevit

Wednesday, November 18: St. Peter in Gallicantu, Mt. Zion, Upper Room 

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. Enjoy a wine and cheese reception at the Notre Dame of Jerusalem Center with breathtaking views of the Jerusalem skyline.

Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem. (B,D)

St. Peter in Gallicantu

Thursday, November 19: Via Dolorosa, Old City of Jerusalem, Departure

Early 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.

After dinner at the hotel, check out and transfer to Tel Aviv Airport for departure. (B,D)

Via Dolorosa

Friday, November 20: Return Home

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

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