Visit Rome and four Papa's Basilicas of Rome. Holly Mass in St. Peters Basilica and Popes Audience (based on approval). The just a short flight to Holy Land to visit the main sites including Via Dolorosa, Western Wall, Betlehem, Nazareth and Tiberias.
Sunday, October 7th. 2018. departure
Day-1. CANADA TO ROME:
Day-2. ROME: Arrival Rome and transfer to the city for panoramic tour to see the main sites of the Eternal City. like the Colosseum, Arch of Constantine, Roman Forum, Traian Forum and Capitoline Hill. Then start with tour of three Papal Basilicas of Rome. Visit Basilica of Saint Paul outside the Walls, the burial place of St. Paul, after his execution. Then we visit the Church of St. John Lateran to admire Escala Santa. This Basilica is where Pope Francis was installed as Bishop of Rome, and where he officiates as the Bishop of Rome. Later we visit Santa Croce in Jerusalem, one of seven pilgrimage church of Rome. At the time of opening, the floor of the church was covered with the soil from Jerusalem. Then of check in at your centrally located hotel. B. D.
Day-3. ROME: After breakfast, join your guide on short walk to Santa Maria maggiore, one of the greatest churches of Rome. Then metro @ walk tour to the sites of Baroque Rome. First visit world famous Trevi Fountain, once the main water supply for Rome and today one of the most famous sites of the city. Then just a short walk to Pantheon, to see this unique structure built in 2nd AD the only building without the windows. Later have some free time along via Corso, and Avenue of the Emperors. Rest of the day is projected for audience with former Pope Benedict (based on approval related to his health condition). Based on the fact that Benedict reside in Vatican, his Mass could be also held next day after the Popes Audience. B. D.
Day-4. VATICAN - POPES AUDIENCE: Great day in Rome. Transfer to vatican for Holy mass at St. Peters Basilica, one of the four Papal basilicas in Rome. You will attend the Hearing or Audience with Pope Francis* which will start at 11 am. After the audience or hearing you will attend the Holy Mass in St. Peters Basilica, led by Pop Francis or one of the high ranked priests. Later lunch on your own in Vatican and free time for individual activities. B.D
Day-5. ROME - TEL-AVIV-JERUSALEM: Morning departure Rome. Transfer to the airport for your short flight to Tel Aviv. Upon arrival, clear the custom and board the Motor coach for ride to Jerusalem. Check in at your centrally located hotel and refreshment. Late afternoon join your local guide to Western Wall, known as “the Wailing Wall, the sacred place for Jewish People, destroyed by the Romans in 70th AD. known as the second Temple of Jerusalem. In the evening dinner in local restaurant. B.D.
Day-6. JERUSALEM: Visit he Church of St. Ann, built on the site of birthplace of Our Lady, and proceed to the Pool of Bethesda, where Christ healed the paralytic before we visit the Dome of the Rock, the third holiest spot in the world for the Moslem faith. Visit the El Aksa Mosque and then the Wailing Wall, the most sacred spot in Jewish history. in the world for the Jews. In the afternoon proceed to Mount Zion, visiting the room of the Last Supper, Church of the Dormition and the Church of St. Peter in Gallicantu built on the sire of the house of Caiaphas, where Christ was kept. B.D.
Day-7. JERUSALEM & BETHLEHEM: Drive to Bethlehem to visit the Basilica of the Nativity, built over the site of the birthplace of Christ where Mass is celebrated. Visit the Cave where Christ was born and the Chapel of St. Jerome, who lived here for many years and translated the Bible into Latin. Later visit the Church of St. Catherine, place of the traditional Christmas Eve Mass. Later visit the Shepherds field, and the church of St. John the Baptist, and the Grotto of his birth, before we return to your hotel. B. D.
Day-8. JERUSALEM: Visit the main sites of Old Jerusalem. First visit the Chapel of Flagellation and the site of the Antonia Fortress where Christ was tried and condemned to death. Then start with walk along the Via Dolorosa ending at the Basilica of the Holy Sepulchre, built over the site of the Crucifixion and the Tomb. Mass at the Basilica on the Holy Sepulchre. Visit Calvary and the Tomb of Our Lord. Later in the afternoon, ride to the Mount of Olives and visit the Church of the Ascension, the spot where Christ ascended into Heaven. B.D.
Day-9: MASADA-DEAD SEA: Drive to Dead Sea the lowest point on Earth (440 m. bellow the sea level). Some time for bath and sun tanning, before we continue to Masada, You will board the the cable car for exciting ride up to the ancient fortress where the Zealots made their last stand against the Romans in AD. 73. B. D.
Day-10. GALILEE-NAZARETH-TEL AVIV: Ride through central Israel. Arrival Nazareth and visit the Church of Annunciation, and then to Tiberias. VisitCapernaum to see the ruins of famous octagonal church of St. Peter. Then continue to Tel Aviv for dinner and overnight. Evening walking tour. B.D.
Day-11. DEPARTURE: Morning transfer to the airport for your return
Our Tour hotels are never far from where you need to go. We choose only the best hotels in centralized locations so you can get on with your tour.
With every group tour we provide you will see all the best attractions and some you might not even know. These attractions are just steps away from your hotel:
-Pool of Bethesda
-Church of St. Ann
-El Aksa Mosque
-Basilica of the Nativity
-Church of St. Catherine
-Church of Anuncation
-Basilica St. Paul
-St. John of Lateran Church
-St. Peteres Basilica
-Holly Mass in St. peters Basilica
-Pope's Audience (based on approval and his schedule)
-Mariden tour director
Your tour is important to us and we provide the most inclusive tour possible. This student group tour includes the following:
-airport taxes based on present fees
additional flight between Tel Aviv and Rome
-all transfers as per program
-9 nights accommodation in 3 or 4 star hotels
-9 open buffet breakfasts
-9 dinners or lunches
-entrance fees as per program
-multilingual tour director through the whole trip