A Catholic group from the USA travelled to the Holy Land to spend 6 days touring, exploring the fascinating biblical sites and holding Mass at the religious sites along the way.
Upon arrival, the group was driven to their hotel in the Galilee where their exploration of the Holy Land began. The magnificent Church of Transfiguration on Mount Tabor, the Mount of Beatitudes and Tabgha were just a few of the unforgettable sites they spent time at. The next two days were spent visiting the sites in the area. There was also time for a cruise on the Sea of Galilee as well as a visit to Magdala Center and Archeological Park.
The group visited Nazareth, Cana and the Carmelite Monastery at the Muhraka before continuing on to Jerusalem.
A day was spent exploring the fortress at Masada where Jewish Zealots held off the armies of the Roman Empire before choosing death over surrender, followed by a visit to Ein Gedi, a swim or rather “float” in the Dead Sea and on the way back to Jerusalem a view of the caves of Qumran where, in 1947, the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered.
The group spent two days appreciating the extraordinary city of Jerusalem. In the Old city the group visited St. Anne’s Church, the Pool of Bethesda, the Chapel of the Flagellation and the Ecce Homo Arch. Continuing along the Via Dolorosa which winds through the streets of Old Jerusalem and commemorates the path that Jesus walked on his way to the crucifixion to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher.
While in Jerusalem, amongst other sites, the group also visited the Israel Museum where they saw a model of Jerusalem during the Second Temple period as well as the Shrine of the Book, with the famous Dead Sea Scrolls. They also had time to drive to the village of Ein Kerem, birthplace of St. John the Baptist and then enjoyed a group farewell dinner before departing for home.