CHRISTMAS in the Heart of the Holy Land
Living Christmas in the Holy Land is a unique experience: this is where it all happened! Nazareth, Bethlehem and Jerusalem are all transformed with a festive spirit, and even the Muslim community participates in some way in the celebrations of the Christian community. Jesus was born in Bethlehem, the city of David, from whence came Joseph, so as to fulfill the prophecies of old that the Messiah would be born in Bethlehem. While the Catholics of the Holy Land celebrate Christmas on December 25th, the Orthodox Christians celebrate Christmas on January 6th, the day of Epiphany: thus the Christmas celebrations last quite some time!
In the outskirts of Bethlehem, you can almost relive the angels appearing to the shepherds in their field and singing "Glory to God in the highest! And on earth peace to people of good will". And together with the shepherds we also can say: "Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about."
day by day
Departure on a direct flight from Rome to Tel Aviv. Arrival in Ben Gurion airport. Continue to Nazareth, in the green region of Galilee in a private coach. Check in to our hotel in Nazareth.
In the morning we'll ascend Mount Tabor to visit the Shrine of the Transfiguration, where Jesus gave a glimpse of his divinity to a few chosen apostles, as an anticipation of his Resurrection on Easter Sunday. We'll stop at Cana where married couples can renew their marriage promises. In the afternoon we'll visit Nazareth: the Basilica of the Annunciation with the archeological Museum; the Church of Saint Joseph, home to the Most Holy Family; the orthodox church of Saint Gabriel, where “Mary's Fountain” can be found. Together we'll read the gospel account of the Annunciation.
Departure for Lake Tiberias, where Jesus began his work of evangelization, calling his first disciples and healing the ill and the lame: ascent to the Mount of Beatitudes, memorial of the “Sermon on the Mount”; visit to Capernaum, with the house of Peter and the synagogue; to Tabgha with the benedictine church of the Multiplication of the loaves, and the franciscan site of the Primacy of Peter. We will cross the lake on a boat. Then in the afternoon, we will commemorate Mary Magdalen, a disciple of Jesus, in the site of her hometown Magdala. From here we will continue towards Bethlehem where we'll check in to our hotel.
In the morning, in the Basilica of the Nativity we will visit the grotto where Jesus was born, and participate in the Solemn Christmas Mass with the local community. We will visit the Shepherds' Field, and then continue towards Ain Karem. Here we will visit the Church of the birth of Saint John the Baptist and the Shrine of the Visitation, where Mary pronounced the prayer of the Magnificat. Visit to the Garden of the Righteous (Yad Vashem). Return to Bethlehem.
Departure in the early morning for Masada, a high plateau in Judean desert which King Herod the Great turned into a fortress. Here the zealots strongly resisted the roman army between the years 70 and 74 A.D. Ascent by cablecar to the archeological site, where we will visit the royal palace and the bizantine church. We will pass through Jericho and we will renew our baptismal promises at Qasr el Yahud, where Jesus was baptized in the Jordan river by John the Baptist. We'll also stop by the Dead Sea. Return to Bethlehem.
In the morning we'll head over to Jerusalem to visit Mount Zion: the church of Saint Peter "in Gallicantu", where Peter thrice denied knowing Jesus; the Upper Room, where we will read the gospel account of the Last Supper and of the Pentecost; the Church of the Dormition of Mary. We will stroll through the Jewish neighborhood to the Kotel, the Western Wall of the Temple. In the afternoon we will visit the Church of Saint Anne and the Pool of Bethesda. We will then continue along the Via Dolorosa, from the Church of the Flagellation to the Basilica of the Holy Sepulchre, stopping by the Stations of the Way of the Cross. Return to Bethlehem.
In the morning we will ascend the Temple Mount (if security conditions allow) and we will continue to the Mount of Olives, where we will descend on foot from the panoramic view at the top to the Basilica of Gethsemane at the bottom, passing by the church of Dominus Flevit. We will read the gospel account of the Passion of Jesus in the Garden of Olives and in the Basilica of the Agony, commemorating Jesus' prayer before his passion. We will visit the orthodox crypt of the Tomb of Mary. In the afternoon we will visit the Basilica of the Holy Sepulchre and read the gospel account of the Resurrection. Return to Bethlehem.
Travel by private coach to Ben Gurion airport in Tel Aviv, passing through Emmaus Nicopolis (if compatible with the flight schedule). Departure on a direct flight for Rome.
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La quota comprende
- Quota di iscrizione
- Viaggio aereo Roma/Tel Aviv - Tel Aviv/Roma (classe economica)***
- 1 bagaglio in stiva di 20 Kg
- Trasporti in pullman GT per tutto il pellegrinaggio
- Visite come da programma, inclusi gli ingressi e i servizi
- sistemazione 2 notti Nazareth - 3 notti Betlemme - 2 notti Gerusalemme, in alberghi di seconda categoria (in camera a due letti con servizi privati)
- Pensione completa dalla cena del primo giorno alla prima colazione dell’ultimo giorno - esclusi i pranzi a Gerusalemme e le bevande
- Guida biblica italiana abilitata dalla Commissione Episcopale dei Pellegrinaggi Cristiani in Terra Santa
- Libro del Vangelo
- Libro guida di Terra Santa e preghiere
- Assicurazione comprensiva della garanzia COVID-19: Assistenza e spese mediche in viaggio, Bagaglio, Annullamento viaggio, Interruzione viaggio, Cover stay
La quota non comprende
- ***Eventuale adeguamento del costo dei voli, che sarà preventivamente comunicato
- Pranzi a Gerusalemme
- Bevande ai pasti
- Tasse di soggiorno (se previste, da versare direttamente in albergo)
- Extra in generale
- Tutto quanto non espressamente indicato in programma e/o alla voce “La quota comprende”
Per i cittadini italiani è richiesto il passaporto firmato con validità di almeno 6 mesi dalla data di rientro del viaggio.
Per le procedure antiCovid19 previste in Israele è necessario inviare all’ORP, contestualmente all’iscrizione:
- la fotocopia del passaporto
- eventuale Green Pass Europeo in formato pdf attestante il completo ciclo vaccinale antiCovid o la guarigione
- l’indicazione di ciascuna dose di vaccino antiCovid ricevuta, con la tipologia e la data di somministrazione
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