TWELVE DAY PILGRIMAGE TO THE LANDS OF THE BOOK-ISRAEL and ROME, ITALY.
SPACE IS LIMITED...SO RESERVE EARLY
DAY 1. DEPART THE U.S.A. Group assembles at the JFK AIRPORT, New York, for trans-Atlantic flight to Israel.
DAY 2. ISRAEL. Upon arrival the Tel Aviv Airport, we are met, assisted with luggage and taken by private, deluxe motor coach to the hotel for dinner and overnight.
DAY 3. GALILEE. Breakfast at the hotel. Our guide delights in showing us the sights along the Mediterranean Ocean to Caesarea on the Plains of Sharon for a visit to the Crusaders’ City. Here, a visit to the Roman Theatre. Our sightseeing excursion continues to Haifa, visiting Mt. Carmel and Shrine of Our Lady. We celebrate Mass. A visit to the Bah’ai Temple and then it’s off to Megiddo (the Biblical site of the Battle of Armageddon). Dinner and overnight Tiberias on the Shores of the Sea of Galilee.
DAY 4. GALILEE. Breakfast at the hotel. We cross, by boat, the Sea of Galilee to Capernaum where Peter lived and much of Christ’s Ministry took place. We visit the Church of the Primacy; proceed to Tabgha, the place of the Multiplication of the Loaves and Fish; stand atop the Mount of Beatitudes; and celebrate Mass. Return to Tiberias for dinner and overnight.
DAY 5. JERUSALEM. Breakfast at the hotel. Our excursion today takes us to Nazareth, the boyhood home of Jesus, and to the Church of the Annunciation. Mass is celebrated here followed by a visit to the Home of the Holy Family. Drive to the top of Mt. Tabor, the site of the Transfiguration, continuing to Beit She’an, along the Jordan Valley to Jerusalem for dinner and overnight.
DAY 6. JERUSALEM/ BETHLEHEM. Breakfast at the hotel. This morning a drive to the “Little Town of Bethlehem” for a visit to the Church of the Nativity. Mass is celebrated here. We visit the Chapel of Jerome and the nearby Church of St. Catherine. Continue to the Shepherd’s Field. Afternoon sightseeing to the Church of St. Ann, built on the site of the birth place of Our Lady where Mass will be celebrated. We continue to the Pool of Bethesda; the Temple Area; and the Wailing Wall. Dinner and overnight Jerusalem.
DAY 7. JERUSALEM. Breakfast at the hotel. Drive to the top of the Mt. of Olives for a panoramic view of the Old Walled City. Then,
we walk down the Palm Sunday Road to the Church of the Ascension; Dominus Fievit; Garden of Gethesame; the Church of All Nations (Mass is celebrated). We visit the Cave of Betrayal of Jesus and the Tomb of Our Lady. Afternoon visit the Chapel of Flagellation; the Chapel of Condemnation; and the Lithostrotos; and Antonio Fortress. Following the Way of the Cross, we reach the Basilica of the Holy Sepulchre. A visit to Calvary and the Tomb of Our Lord. Dinner and overnight Jerusalem.
DAY 8. WILDERNESS OF JUDEA. Breakfast at the hotel. We drive to Bethany for a visit to the New Church built over the site of the House of Mary and Martha where Mass shall be celebrated. A visit to the Tomb of Lazarus. We continue to Jericho, stopping at the Inn of the Good Samaritan. A visit to Elisha’s Fountain and the ruins and excavations of the Old Walled City of Jericho. Continue to Qumran and then to Massada, taking the cable car to the top. Return to Jerusalem for dinner and overnight.
DAY 9. JERUSALEM/ ROME. Breakfast at the hotel. Private transfer to the Tel Aviv Airport for our flight to Rome, Italy, where we are met, assisted with luggage and taken by private deluxe motor coach to our hotel. Afternoon sightseeing is the Colosseum, where gladiators fought each other and with wild animals. It is said that Christians were thrown into the arena to defend themselves against the gladiators and wild animals. Next, you visit the Forum, the Circo Maximus and St. Paul’s (out side the wall). Dinner and overnight Rome.
DAY 10. ROME/PAPAL AUDIENCE. After a delicious breakfast, we have a PAPAL AUDIENCE before beginning our sightseeing of St. Peter’s Basilica, the Vatican Museum and the Sistine Chapel. Dinner and overnight Rome.
DAY 11. CATACOMBS. Breakfast at the hotel. Mass at the Catacombs. Early Christians met in secret in the Catacombs as well as buried their dead. Afternoon free. Dinner and overnight Rome.
DAY 12. ROME/ HOME. Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to the Rome Airport for flight home.
TOUR TERMS AND CONDITIONS
AIR TRANSPORTATION: Roundtrip economy class out of New York via any IATA/ARC carrier is included based on applicable low season APEX fares. Current airfares used and subject to change. Once airline tickets are issued they are non-refundable. Please note that fuel surcharges are implemented by the airlines and are subject to increases. Any such increases shall be borne by the passenger.
HOTELS: Superior first class hotels and are priced on the basis of two persons sharing twin-bedded room with private bath and shower.
MEALS: Breakfast and dinner daily.
SIGHTSEEING: As per program with fully licensed, English speaking guides. The right is reserved to vary the sequence of the tour or to make substitutions, if necessary. All transfers and sightseeing by private, deluxe motor coach.
TAXES/TIPPING: Hotel taxes/ departure taxes, fuel surcharges and tipping included. Note. Presently the departure taxes and fuel surcharges are $425 per person. In the event these taxes and surcharges increase, such increase shall be borne by the passenger.
TRANSFERS/BAGGAGE: Included is the transfer of passenger baggage allowance limited by the airlines and hotels. Excess baggage must be the responsibility of the passenger. Delivery of the baggage by the passenger to the airline or motor coach shall be deemed a release of the tour operator from any liability whatsoever, resulting in loss, damage, theft, weather, delay in transit to any baggage, luggage, hand piece, etc. of the tour participant during any and all portions of this tour. Baggage insurance is highly recommended.
PASSPORT. It is the responsibility of the tour participant to have a current passport.
NOT INCLUDED: Lunches; or items of a personal nature such as in-room service, laundry, telephone, special food or drink (after dinner coffee, Coke, etc);
CANCELLATION POLICY: No cancellation fee if cancelled up to 60 days of departure, except an administrative fee of $250 per person; 59 - 45 days of departure, a cancellation fee of $600 per person; 44 - day of departure, a cancellation fee of 100% of the tour cost per person. TRIP CANCELLATION INSURANCE IS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
RESPONSIBILITY: World Pilgrim Tours act as agents and are responsible to the tour participant in making arrangements for all services and accommodations offered. No person, other than World Pilgrim Tours has the authority to vary, add, amplify, or waive any description, representation, term or condition set forth in this offer. In the event the accommodations or services herein cannot be supplied, or there are changes in the itinerary due to delays, political situations, or other causes beyond the control of World Pilgrim Tours, it shall supply comparable services and accommodations. Additional expenses, if any, shall be borne by the participant. The participant waives any claim against World Pilgrim Tours for any damage to or loss of property, injury or death, due to any act of negligence on the part of the airline, hotel, bus or any person rendering any of the services or accommodations included in any portion of the tour. World Pilgrim Tours shall not be responsible for any delays, substitutions of equipment, or any act or omission whatsoever by the air carrier, its agents, servants or employees. The right of the participant is reserved to claim against the carrier. In the event the tour is cancelled by the tour operator, it shall have no responsibility beyond the refund of all monies paid to it by the tour participants, except an administrative fee of $250 per person. These conditions shall be deemed a part of this tour program and agreement between World Pilgrim Tours and the tour participants.