Holy Land in the footsteps of Christ
March 09 – 17, 2018
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Fr. Gary M. Dailey
Phone: 413-549-0300, ext. 101
Fr. Gary is the director of the Newman Center. He came to Newman in the summer of 2010. He is also the Vocations Director for the Diocese of Springfield, so if you’re interested in vocations check out the diocesan website here.
John 4:14 “whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst; the water that I shall give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”
Friday, March 09 | USA -Tel Aviv
Depart the USA for Tel Aviv. Dinner and breakfast will be served during your transatlantic flight.
Saturday, March 10 | Tel Aviv – Nazareth
Today we arrive in Tel Aviv and travel north to Galilee. We will drive the Mediterranean coast past Caesarea. Tonight we stay in Nazareth. Enjoy our first Middle Eastern dinner together before retiring to our rooms to rest after a long day’s journey. (B, D)
Sunday, March 11 | Haifa – Cana – Nazareth
Today we visit the Stella Maris Carmelite Monastery on the slopes of Mt. Carmel in Haifa, and the ‘Wedding Church’ at Cana where we reflect on Christ’s first miracle. Later, visit the Basilica of the Annunciation, Mary’s Well, and the Chapel of St. Joseph in Nazareth. Overnight in Nazareth. (B, D)
Monday, March 12 | Nazareth – Mt. Tabor – Tiberias – Capernaum – Tabgha – Jericho
After a filling breakfast, ascend to the top of Mt. Tabor, the mount of Transfiguration for Mass. The road up the mountain is so winding we must leave the coach at the base and take little mini-busses up! Our guide and Spiritual Director will tell us about the Transfiguration of Jesus. Later we drive to Tiberius and sail across the Sea of Galilee to Capernaum.
Visit Capernaum, the home town of Jesus, then the beautiful Mount of Beatitudes, and on to Tabgha – to view the mosaics in the Church of the Loaves and Fishes. Check in this evening at an oasis-like resort in Jericho. Don’t forget your bathing suit! (B, D)
Tuesday, March 13 | Jericho – Jordan River – Dead Sea
Christ was baptized by John in the Jordan River. This morning we beat the crowds by getting to the Jordan River early. On the banks of the Jordan we will celebrate Mass and Fr. Gary Dailey will renew our baptisms here. Drive past the excavations of the oldest city in history, Jericho, at the base of the Mount of Temptation. Depending on the energy level of the group, we may ascend the Mount of Temptation by foot. Continue to the Dead Sea, the lowest spot on earth and spend the afternoon relaxing and floating in the Dead Sea. This evening we head west to Jerusalem. Tomorrow is a busy day so rest up! (B, D)
Wednesday, March 14 | Jerusalem
Start the day from the top of the Mount of Olives with a breathtaking panoramic view of the Old City. Visit the Chapels of Pater Noster, the Ascension, Dominus Flevit and the Church of All Nations in the Garden of Gethsemane. From the chapels of the Flagellation and Lithostrotos, follow the 14 Stations of the Cross along the Way of the Cross (Via Dolorosa) through the Old City to Calvary and Holy Sepulchre in the Basilica of the Resurrection. In the afternoon we visit the Wailing Wall, the holiest site of Judaism; the Mosque of Al Aksa and the Dome of the Rock- the Islamic presence in the Holy City; the Crusader Church of St. Anne and the Pool of Bethesda. Overnight in Jerusalem. (B, D)
Thursday, March 15 | Bethlehem – Ein Karem
Today we visit Bethlehem, the Basilica of the Nativity, the Grotto and the Manger. Visit the Shepherd’s Field where, the Gospel of Luke tells us an angel announced the birth of Jesus. After lunch, we continue to Ein Karem, the valley of the Visitation, the Magnificat and the birthplace of John the Baptist. Then we take a panoramic drive through the city of Jerusalem, viewing the Knesset building and the Menorah. Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem. (B, D)
Friday, March 16 | Jerusalem
Early this morning make another visit to the Basilica of the Holy Sepulchre to pray at Christ’s tomb. Visit Mount of Zion, St. Peter in Gallicantu (House of Caiphas), the Room of the Last Supper (Cenacle) and Dormition Abbey. Enjoy one last dinner and night together in Jerusalem. Spend some time enjoying the view of Old Jerusalem from the rooftop terrace at our hotel. (B, D)
Saturday, March 17 | Jerusalem – Tel Aviv Departure to USA
After breakfast transfer to the airport in Tel Aviv for your flight home. (B)
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- Student Package Cost: $2,800 per person
- Round Trip Air Transportation from BOS/NYC
- Private Motor Coach between UMASS and US Airport on departure and arrival
- Comprehensive Sightseeing as per itinerary in a Private Deluxe Motor coach overseas, with Guide/Escort
- 3-4 star US equivalent hotel accommodations double occupancy with bath or shower (single supplement +$300)
- Buffet breakfast in hotel, dinners at hotels and at local restaurants. As indicated (B, D)
- Hotel service charges and tax (at current rate)
- US Airport Taxes, Fuel surcharges**
- TIPS ARE INCLUDED! $200 value!
NOT INCLUDED IN PACKAGE: Passport fees, lunches and other meals not indicated in itinerary, beverages with meals unless specified, items of personal nature, optional tours, tips for JPPT escort, etc. See Terms
**Fuel Surcharges /airline taxes subject to change until ticketed
$500 Deposit + optional travel protection due at registration
Tour ID: 18-03.09 HL UMASS
Full Payment Deadline: January 12, 2018