Holy Land & Italy Pilgrimage
June 15 to July 1 2019
Saturday, June 15: LOS ANGELES TO ROME, ITALY:
Depart from Los Angeles International Airport; direct flight to Rome, Norwegian DY7116, 10:00pm
Sunday, June 16: ROME
Arrive 6:50pm, Fiumicino Airport. Go directly to Villa Fatima. Welcome Mass, dinner and overnight.
Monday, June 17: ROME
Breakfast followed by visits to the basilicas of St. John Lateran including the Holy Stairs, St. Paul Outside the Walls, and St. Mary Major, where a reliquary containing part of the Holy Crib of Bethlehem rests.
In the afternoon, we travel back in time with a historic tour of Ancient Rome. Making our way along centuries-old cobblestone streets, we arrive at the triumphal Arch of Constantine, built in 315 AD. Nearby stands Ancient Rome’s monumental Colosseum, an amphitheater once used for gladiatorial games. We will continue on to the Roman Forum and the Pantheon. A former Roman temple now converted into a Catholic Church, the Pantheon boasts the largest dome of its kind in the world. We continue to the Piazza Navona, accented with Bernini’s famous “Fountain of the Four Rivers” triumphantly marking its center, followed by a walk to the spectacular Trevi Fountain, one of the oldest water sources in Ancient Rome. Dinnerand overnight at Villa Fatima.
Tuesday, June 18: ROME
After breakfast, we head to the Catacombs of St. Callixtus. In the afternoon, we will walk the Borgo Pio neighborhood and have an opportunity to purchase religious articles for blessing by Pope Francis on Wednesday. Dinner and overnight at Villa Fatima.
Wednesday, June 19: ROME – PAPAL AUDIENCE
After breakfast, we head to St. Peter’s Square to attend the weekly audience with our Holy Father. In the afternoon, we will visit the Vatican Museum, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica, all built on the site where Saint Peter, the chief apostle, died a martyr and was buried in 64 AD. We will celebrate Mass in one of the Basilica’s chapels. After Mass, we enjoy a tour of the Scavi, the excavations beneath the Basilica of St. Peter (subject to final confirmation by the Vatican 48 hours prior to the tour). Dinner and overnight at Villa Fatima.
Thursday, June 20: ROME – ASSISI
Following breakfast, we drive to the hilltop village of Assisi, the birthplace of Saint Francis of Assisi and a UNESCO world heritage site known for its magnificent medieval architecture. We will tour the Basilica of St. Francis and view the saint’s few possessions and the many frescoes depicting his life. We will continue to the Basilica of Saint Clare. Here, we will pray and reflect among the remains of Saint Clare, a follower of Saint Francis and founder of the Order of Poor Ladies. We will have some free time in the afternoon to walk and enjoy this beautiful town. Dinner and overnight in Assisi.
Friday, June 21: ASSISI – CASCIA – ORVIETO – ROME
After breakfast, we will travel to Cascia, the town of St. Rita of Cascia, well known as the Patroness of impossible cases and of parenthood. We will visit her incorrupt body in the main Church. Afterwards, we will make our way back to Rome, stopping off in Orvieto to visit the Eucharistic Miracle of Orvieto and to celebrate Mass. Dinner and overnight at Villa Fatima.
Saturday, June 22: ROME – TEL AVIV – NAZARETH
Early Mass followed by breakfast and early departure to Tel Aviv, Israel. Arrival at the Ben Gurion Airport in the afternoon. Meet our private bus and tour guide to travel directly to Nazareth. Dinner and overnight in Nazareth.
Sunday, June 23: NAZARETH
Following breakfast, we visit the church of the Annunciation and the church of St Joseph, which tradition identifies it with the workshop of Joseph and the house of the Holy family. We will continue with a visit of the Church of the Incarnation, viewing at Grotto the remains of the house of the Blessed Virgin where the Angel appeared and announced the good news. Following Pilgrims path, we visit Mary’s well, where often the Virgin Mary would have walked to draw water from the spring. Vigil at the Basilica of the Annunciation. Dinner and overnight in Nazareth.
Monday, June 24: CANA – HAIFA – MOUNT TABOR
After breakfast, we will travel to Cana in Galilee, where Jesus performed the miracle of transforming water into wine. Couples will have the opportunity to participate in a ceremony to renew thier wedding vows . After Cana, we will travel to the beautiful city of Haifa to visit Mount Carmel, where the prophet Elijah challenges the prophets of Baal, and where the Church of “Stella Maris” holds the Scapulary of the Virgin Mary of Mount Carmel. In the afternoon, we drive to the site of the Transfiguration, Mount Tabor. Celebrate Mass at the Basilica of the Transfiguration. Dinner and overnight in Nazareth.
Tuesday, June 25: THE MINISTRY OF CHRIST IN GALILEE
Breakfast and then visit the Mount of the Beatitudes, where Jesus proclaimed His great Sermon on the Mount. Nearby is Tabgha, where Jesus fed the crowd of 5,000 people from five loaves of bread and two fish. We’ll also visit St. Peter’s Primacy where Jesus bestowed church leadership upon Peter. We will visit the birthplace of Mary Magdalene in Magdala, and Capernaum, the launching place of Jesus’ ministry. In Capernaum, we will visit the Synagogue where Jesus taught and gave His sermon on the Bread of Life. After lunch, we will have the opportunity to view the remains of a boat that dates back to the time of Jesus, found on the shores of the lake at the height of the ancient city of Magdala. At dusk, we will take a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee and celebrate Mass at sunset. Dinner and sleep in Tiberias.
Wednesday, June 26: BETHLEHEM – EIN KAREM – JERUSALEM
After breakfast, travel to Bethlehem, the birthplace of Jesus. We will view the Shepherd’s Fields, where the angels appeared to the shepherds to announce the birth of Jesus, and tour the Manger Square, which stands in front of the Church of the Nativity, and proceed down to the Grotto of the Nativity, which marks the spot of Our Savior’s birth. We will celebrate Mass in this Sacred space.
In the afternoon, we travel to the nearby town of Ein Karem, the birthplace of St. John the Baptist. There are two churches in Ein Karem, the two homes of Zechariah and Elizabeth. The first is in a valley, the Church of the Nativity of St. John the Baptist. The second is on a hill where Elizabeth spent five months in seclusion at the Church of the Visitation, a reminder of the place where Mary came to visit Elizabeth and proclaimed the “Magnificat” . Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem.
Thursday, June 27: INTRODUCTION TO JERUSALEM
After breakfast, travel to the Mount of Olives to take in the beautiful, panoramic view of Jerusalem. Historically, the Mount of Olives was a mandatory transit point for Jesus during many iconic moments. Visit the Pater Noster Shrine where Jesus taught His disciples the Lord’s Prayer. Stop at Dominus Flevit, which is a Church that commemorates where Jesus wept for Jerusalem. Continue on to Gethsemane, a garden at the foot of the Mount of Olives. Jesus broughtHis disciples here to pray the night before He was crucified. The Garden still contains trees with roots that date back to the time of Jesus. Next we’ll stop at the Church of All Nations, built over the “Rock of Agony”. This is where Jesus prayed alone on the night of His arrest. Throughout this time, pilgrims are invited to remain in prayer and to reflect on Christ’s agony that He experienced. Next we’ll visit the Upper Room on Mount Zion where Jesus and His disciples celebrated the Last Supper and where Jesus appeared to His disciples after His Death and Resurrection. In addition, we will visit the nearby Benedictine Church of the Dormition. Tradition tells us that this Church is where Mary, the Mother of Jesus, “fell asleep.” We will also visit the Church of St. Peter in Gallicantu, which commemorates where Saint Peter denies Jesus three times. Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem.
Friday, June 28: JERUSALEM, THE LAST HOURS OF THE PASSION OF JESUS
Rise early for early Mass in the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. Return to the hotel to eat breakfast and begin a tour of the ancient city of Jerusalem, including a visit to the Western Wall. Continue with a visit to the Church of St. Anne, the home of Jesus’ maternal grandparents (Anne and Joachim), and the pool of Bethesda, where Jesus cured the crippled man. Begin the Via Dolorosa at the Antonia Fortress, where Jesus was condemned to death by Pontius Pilate. Walk the Via Dolorosa through the narrow streets and markets of the Old City, stopping to pray at the Stations of the Cross. Visit to Calvary and the empty Tomb of Our Lord. Free time for prayer and accompanying Mary at night in the Holy Sepulcher. Night Vigil.
Saturday, June 29: THE DESERT – BETHANY – QUMRAN – JORDAN RIVER – DEAD SEA
After breakfast, we will travel to Jesus’ baptismal site on the Jordan River where we will have the opportunity to renew our baptismal vows. After some time at the Jordan River, we will make our way to Bethany to visit the Tomb of Lazarus, the site where Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead; celebrate Mass here. Continue south to the oldest inhabited city in the world, Jericho; view the Mount of Temptation, where the Devil tempted Jesus. Travel down the Jordan Valley to Qumran. Qumran is made up of 2,000 year old ruins from the days of the Second Temple and also the site where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered. Time and weather permitting, we will have the opportunity to take a float in the Dead Sea, the lowest spot on earth.
Sunday, June 30: JERUSALEM – ROME
After breakfast, Mass at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. Head to the airport in the afternoon for our flight to Rome. Dinner and overnight in Rome.
Monday, July 1: ROME – LOS ANGELES, CA
After breakfast, travel to the airport for our flight home!
DOUBLE ROOM: $3,900.00 p/person
TRIPLE ROOM: $3,800.00 p/person
QUADRUPLE ROOM: $3,700.00 p/person
- Flights from LAX to Rome, Rome to Tel Aviv, Tel Aviv to Rome and Rome to LAX
- 3 meals in Israel
- 2 meals in Italy
- English speaking tour guides (radios included)
- Entrance fees to Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel (radios included), Catacombs of St Callixtus, St. Francis of Assisi entrance and radios, tram to Orvieto.
- Private bus
- Tips and city taxes
- Personal expenses
- Travel insurance
- Alcoholic drinks in any meal
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