10 days tour program for Catholics

Day 1
Arrival to the Ben Gurion International airport, Welcome to Israel! Upon arrival into Ben Gurion International Airport, you are met and assisted by Isra Home Tours airport representative. Transfer to your hotel.
Overnight in Tel Aviv

Day 2
After breakfast, visit the ancient Joppa (Jaffa): here was the house of Simon the Tanner and the place of the Miracle of Tabita's resurrection. After the visit drive North to Caesarea Maritima. Visit the spectacular Roman Amphitheater and port, Herod's Palace, the Palace of the Roman Procurator, the Crusaders' City and Harbor. Proceed to Mount Carmel where Elijah confronted the prophets of Baal. From the Mount we will have a beautiful view of the Jezreel Plain, site of many Biblical events.
Through the Galilee proceed to Tiberias for dinner and overnight.

Day 3
After breakfast, boat ride on the Sea of Galilee, where Jesus walked on the water. The ride will end at Ginnosar, and we'll visit the Ancient Boat from the time of Jesus that was found nearby. Drive to the Mount of Beatitudes where the Sermon on the Mount was held. Proceed to Tabgha, for a visit of the Church of the Loaves and the Fish. Next we proceed to Capernaum, the town of Jesus, where he lived performing from there his miracles and healings. We'll stop at the site of a synagogue where Jesus had preached to the local community. By the end of the day we will come to the Southern part of the Sea of Galilee to visit the Yardenit Baptismal site.
Return to the hotel for dinner and overnight.

Day 4
After breakfast, drive through the Golan Heights where the crucial battles of the Six Day War were fought in 1967. Drive along Israel’s border with Syria and stop at the Kuneitra overlook. We then proceed to the ancient Caesarea Philippi, now known as Banias. Open your Bible among the ruins of pagan temples to consider the words Jesus spoke here: “Who do people say the Son of Man is?” (Matt. 16:13). As at Dan, you’ll also enjoy the natural beauty of Banias nestled on the flourishing banks of one the Jordan’s main tributaries. Stop for an overview of Gamla, also known as “Masada of the north” where you’ll hear a heroic story of the few against the many, as the raptors that are protected here soar overhead in these magnificent natural surroundings. Continue to Katsrin and visit its ancient Talmudic Village to understand aspects of daily life at the time of Jesus as they are reflected in Gospel stories.
Return to the hotel for dinner and overnight.

Day 5
After breakfast, drive to Cana and visit the church that stands on the spot where Jesus performed his first miracle. Then we continue to Nazareth to visit the Church of Annunciation and Church Synagogue. The Synagogue Church - tradition says this is the spot, one memorable Sabbath day, where Jesus stood to proclaim and preach the stirring words of Isaiah. The last stop in Nazareth area is Mount of Precipice. Cross the Jezreel Valley, sometimes called “the battlefield of the Bible” and now Israel’s breadbasket, to Mt. Tabor to hear the account of the prophetess Deborah gathering her forces here in the time of the Judges to battle against Sisera. Jesus came to Tabor with Peter and James, was transfigured before them, and met with Moses and Elijah. After a breathtaking view of the valley below, visit the beautiful two-level Church of the Transfiguration. Drive south to Jerusalem for dinner and overnight.

Day 6
After breakfast we will begin our day from Mount of Olives and observe the panoramic view of Jerusalem. Proceed to Pater Noster shrine, where Jesus taught His disciples — The Lord’s Prayer. Walking down the Palm Sunday Road, stop at the beautiful little church, Dominus Flevit. It was here that Jesus wept over Jerusalem. At Gethsemane reflect on Jesus’ final night. The Garden contains trees, the roots of which go back to the time of Jesus. Visit the Church of all Nations in the garden of Gethsemane. Walk along the Via Dolorosa passing the Stations of the Cross to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. Return to the hotel for dinner and overnight in Jerusalem.

Day 7
After breakfast, drive to Bethlehem, visiting first Shepherds' Field, followed by the Church of the Nativity. We come back to Jerusalem and visit the Church of St. Peter in Gallicantu, the church built on the site of the house of high priest Caiaphas, the Church of the Dormition of Our Lady, and the Upper Room, commemorating the Last Supper. Continue to the Western Wall, the last remnant of the second temple.
Return to the hotel for dinner and overnight in Jerusalem.

Day 8
After breakfast drive south to the Judean desert via the Good Samaritan Inn to the mountain fortress of Masada, stronghold of the Jews in the war against the Romans. Ascend to the fortress by cable car to visit the palaces of Herod the Great with its Roman baths and pools. We will be overlooking the Dead Sea. We descend down the side of the fortress for a possible "dip" and "float" in the salty water of the Dead Sea, the world's lowest place. On the way back to Jerusalem, stop in Qumran, the place where the Dead Sea scrolls were found in a cave by a shepherd in 1948.
Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem.

Day 9
After breakfast, we will visit Ein Karem, birthplace of John the Baptist. Proceed to Latrun monastery and visit to the church that is dedicated to Regina Palestina (Queen of Palestine), meaning Mary, mother of Jesus. Next we proceed to Abu Ghosh, the biblical Kiryat Ye'arim, from where King David brought the Holy Shrine back to Jerusalem.
Return to the hotel for dinner and overnight.

Day 10
Transfer to Ben Gurion Airport for departure flight.

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