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The Holy Land - Classic Tour

Day 1, London or Manchester/Bethlehem

Depart UK on our direct flight to Tel Aviv. Upon arrival at Ben Gurion airport, your guide and coach will be waiting to transfer you to your hotel. Occupy rooms and dinner at the hotel.

Day 2, Bethlehem/Shepherd's Field

Depart for Manger Square about 8.30 am, (to avoid huge crowds), visit the Grotto of the Nativity - where Jesus was born. Mass in St Joseph’s Grotto, Franciscan Church of the Nativity and afterwards the Milk Grotto - and visit the Museum of the Miracles. Local bus to Shepherd’s field, visit Grottos there, and visit Chapel above - where the angels first sang the ‘Gloria in excelcis Deo’ on the night of the first Christmas. Shopping in Bethlehem. Return to our hotel.

A short note to say a big thank you to All Saints Travel for a very professionally organised pilgrimage to The Holy Land. We had a wonderful time in the capable hands of our Spiritual Leader and our superb guide. In addition we would like to thank you personally for being present at our renewal of Marriage Vows and obtaining the certificates on our behalf. The cross we were each given at the end of our Pilgrimage is beautiful and much appreciated. God Bless.

N Monteiro, December 2013

Day 3, Jerusalem

Early departure to Jerusalem for Mass on Mt Calvary, in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Tour of the Basilica and visit the Holy Tomb of the Resurrection where Jesus rose from the dead. This is the holiest place on earth. We then walk to Mt Zion and visit the Church of St Mark, Franciscan Church of the Upper room, Upper room Last Supper and Dormition Abbey. We also visit the beautiful Church of St Peter in Gallicantu, which is built on the site of the House of Caiphus. We see the dungeon where Our Lord was held overnight before his Passion and Crucifixion. There will be time for prayer and meditation here.

Day 4, Jerusalem, Old City/Ein Karem

We depart for Jerusalem, visiting the Western (‘Wailing’) Wall, which is part of the remaining wall around the temple that was destroyed in AD70. We may be able to walk through the grounds of the mosque - The Dome of the Rock - to the Church of St Anne, where Our Lady was born, and to the Pool of Bethesda. Walk to the Church of Ecce Homo, built on the site of the Palace of Pilate. We celebrate Mass here. We will make the Stations of the Cross following the route Our Lord walked on the first Good Friday. Proceed to Ein Karem for the place of the Visitation of Our Lady to St Elizabeth then visit St John the Baptist’s birthplace. Return to hotel.

Day 5, Mt of Olives/Dead Sea/Bethany

We depart for Mt of Olives (the place of Ascension), Pater Noster Grotto where Our Lord taught His prayer Our Father. We visit Dominus Flevit where Jesus wept when He foresaw the Destruction of the City of Jerusalem and Gethsemane where the Agony in the Garden took place. Mass in the Grotto of Betrayal. We will then travel north for the unique experience of floating in the Dead Sea. Proceed to Bethany and visit St Lazurus's Church and the Shrine. Return to hotel.

Day 6, Cana/Nazareth

Depart for Galilee area to Cana where you can renew your marriage vows. Here you can purchase Cana wine to take home with you. Then on to Nazareth and visit the Church of Annunciation, the site of the home of Our Lady and St Joseph and tour here. We also visit St Joseph’s Workshop and the Synagogue of Jesus. Check-in to our hotel in Nazareth or Tiberias.

Day 7, Mt Beatitudes/Capernaum/St Peter's Primacy/Tabgha

Depart for Mt Beatitudes, where the Sermon on the Mount took place. We then sail in a boat on the Sea of Galilee from Capernaum to Tiberias. Mass will be at the Church of St Peter’s Primacy which is on the shore of the lake. Then proceed to the Church of the Multiplication of the loaves and fishes, then on to Capernaum (the town of Jesus) and tour here. Proceed to River Jordan for renewal of Baptismal vows. Return to hotel.

Day 8, Nazareth/Mt Tabor/London or Manchester

On our last day we travel to Mt Tabor and then continue to the summit by taxis, to the Church of Transfiguration. We tour this beautiful basilica and celebrate Mass. Lunch in a nearby restaurant then proceed to the airport for our flight back to the UK.