Pilgrimage to the Holy Land, Israel – April 2013

2013 Tours

TOUR, “ISRAEL, The Holy Land”

April 5 – 14, 2013 (10 Days)

FIRST COME , FIRST SERVED!! SEATS ARE LIMITED. Please send REGISTRATION and DEPOSIT A. S. A. P. to reserve your seat.

With optional PETRA, JORDAN ONE DAY TOUR WALK WHERE JESUS WALKED!

Package Price: $2,460 based on double occupancy (plus airport/security tax, fuel surcharge it varies-currently $595)

Departing: Newark, NJ (BWI, Baltimore departure: +$160)

Price includes: Round trip airfare (other departure cities can be arranged), 1 monastery (Stella Maris, Carmel) and 4-star hotel accommodations, breakfast and dinner, professional tour guide, air conditioned motor coach, baggage handling.

Itinerary

DAY 1 – April 5, Fri: Depart  from  Newark , NJ / Washington DC / Los Angeles.

DAY 2 – April 6, Sat: Arrive at Ben Gurion airport where the group will be met by the tour guide.  If time permits, will go thru Tel Aviv and Jaffa.  Drive north and visit  Ceasaria, a historic town along the Mediterranean Sea.  Visit the Bahai Gardens. Proceed to the Shrine of Mt Carmel and enter the cave of Elijah/ Dinner and overnight,  Haifa, at Stella Maris Monastery.

DAY 3 – April 7, Sun: After breakfast., proceed  to the Mount of Beatitudes where Jesus proclaimed His sermon of the Mount, then visit Capernaum, the town of Jesus, and visit the House of St. Peter and the ruins of the ancient Synagogue where Jesus preached.  Proceed to Tabgha to visit the Church of the Miracle of the Loaves and Fishes.  A memorable boat ride on the Lake of Galilee with song and meditative prayer.  DINNER/OVERNIGHT TIBERIAS.

DAY 4 – April 8, Mon: After breakfast, proceed to Cana where Jesus performed His first miracle.  Couples can renew marriage vows.  Proceed to Nazareth  to visit the Basilica of the Annunciation and view the Blessed Cave where the Angel Gabriel appeared to Mary.  Visit the site of the carpentry shop and Jesus’ home for 30 years.  Visit Church of the Transfiguration on Mount Tabor where Jesus was transfigured in the presence of Peter, James and John. Vist the baptismal site at Jordan River. Proceed to Jerusalem.  Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem.

DAY 5 – April 9, Tues:  Full day tour of Jerusalem.  Follow the Stations of the Cross along the via Dolorosa to the church of the Holy Sepulchre, site of Mount Calvary, where Jesus was crucified and the nearby tomb where He was buried (mass if available).  Visit the Jewish, Christian and Armenian quarters, the Byzantine Kardo and the Wailing Wall which is the retaining wall of  the original temple.  Visit the Church of Dormition from which site our Blessed Mother assumed into heaven.  Proceed to the Upper Room, place of the Last Supper Proceed to Mount of Olives to visit the Chapel of the Ascension. Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem.

DAY 6 – April 10, Wed: After  breakfast.  Visit the Church of St. Peter, the Gallicantu, the site where Peter denied Christ three times. visit  the Church of Pater Noster, down to Dominus Flevit, Kidron Valley and to the  Garden of Gethsemane.  Proceed to BETHLEHEM, the town where  Jesus was born. Visit Ein Karem, the place where John the Baptist was born Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem.

DAY 7 – April 11, Thurs: After breakfast, start journey from Jerusalem and descend on the winding road through the Judean Desert to the Dead Sea, the lowest spot on earth, 400 meters below sea level.  Drive along the shores of the Dead Sea via Qumran where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered.  Proceed to Masada.  Here the Zealots withstood the Roman forces for years, 70—73 AD.  Ascend by cable car to the summit of this mountaintop fortress and visit Herod’s Palaces, the baths, and synagogues.  After descending by cable car, enjoy the experience of a “swim” in the Dead Sea . After lunch, proceed to Eilat.  Dinner and overnight in Eilat.

DAY 8 – April 12, Fri: Eilat, Free day.  Explore this beautiful resort. Or join an optional one day  tour to Petra, Jordan.  Eilat is on  the coast of  the Red Sea , with spectacular beach and view of the Red Mountains at sunset.

DAY 9 – April 13, Sat: Explore Eilat  resort.   In the afternoon, travel to TLV for the flight at 11:50 pm. ARRIVAL THE NEXT DAY.

DAY 10 – April 15, Sun: ARRIVAL USA.

***NOTE on PETRA OPTIONAL TOUR:  A one day tour on DAY 8.  Please register/reserve at least 3 months before departure. Requirement: Passport information to be submitted. Cost of the one day tour:  $240, plus visa/border tax , $40– to be processed by the Tour operator in Israel.  Includes tour guide, motor coach and  lunch in Jordan.

Price does not include: airport tax and fuel surcharges, tips / gratuities, lunch, pocket money and snacks.

Please click HERE or on the Reserve link above to reserve for this tour. Please specify Tour: Israel, the Holy Land for April 5-14, 2013.

PILGRIMAGE arranged by UNIVERSAL TOURS, INC. and Israel’s top operator: IGT, International Grp Travel.

Contact

UNIVERSAL TOURS, INC.
444 RIVENDELL LANE
SEVERNA PARK, MD 21146
Phone: (410) 544-3499
Fax: (410) 518-6530

COORDINATORS:

Mila Javellana: (410) 544-3499, mobile: (410) 703-0428
Cecilia Paviera: (410)5 44-0970

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