13 Day Catholic Holy Land and Rome Tour

Visita Roma
from Washington
Air included

Tour itinerary day by day

The best of Israel (Day 1)
Tour day #1


  • We depart from the international airport nearest to your city, on an overnight flight to Tel Aviv.

Overnight:Dinner and Breakfast will be served on the flight.

Tour day #2

Arrival in Tel Aviv

  • Afternoon arrival to Tel Aviv.
  • Upon arrival, we will be met and transferred to our hotel.
  • Check-in and accommodations in the hotel.
  • Dinner at the hotel.

Overnight: Netanya

Tour day #3

Caesarea - Stella Maris - Nazareth - Tiberias

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Check-out of the hotel.
  • We begin our journey northward by motor-coach along the Mediterranean Sea to Caesarea. This ancient city was built in honor of Caesar by Herod the great, and was the capital of the Romans in the Holy Land for nearly 500 years.
  • You will see the Crusader City, and the fantastic aquaduct before continuing to Haifa, one of the most beautiful cities in the world.
  • In Haifa, you will visit Stella Maris, a Carmelite Monastery that is located above the cave that the prophet Elijah lived.
  • After visiting Stella Maris, you will enjoy a scenic drive to Nazareth.
  • In Nazareth, you will visit the Byzantine Church of St. Joseph, which tradition states it is the workshop and home of the Holy Family.
  • You will visit Mary's Well, the site where the angel Gabriel voiced to the Virgin Mary that she will bear the Son of God.
  • Continue to Tiberias and to our hotel for check in and dinner.

Overnight: Tiberias

Tour day #4

Tiberias - Sea of Galilee

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • After breakfast, enjoy a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee [on a boat similar to those used in biblical times].
  • Visit the Mount of Beatitudes, traditional site of the Sermon on the Mount.
  • Visit Tabgha, the Chapel dedicated to the multiplication of the loaves and fishes, as well as St. Peter’s Primacy.
  • Continue on to Magdala, the birthplace of Mary Magdalene, and onto Capernaum, where you will see the Synagogue where Jesus taught.
  • Return back to our hotel for dinner.

Overnight: Tiberias

The best of Israel (Day 5)

Tour day #5

Mt. Tabor - Jericho - Jordan River - Jerusalem

  • Breakfast at the hotel and check out
  • Travel to Mount Tabor, the site of the Transfiguration, where you have the opportunity to celebrate Mass at the Basilica of the Transfiguration.
  • Continue South on the Jordan Valley to Jericho, where you will view the Mount of Temptation, the site of where the Devil tempted Jesus during his forty-five day fast.
  • Visit the Jordan River, Jesus’ baptismal site.
  • Travel to Jerusalem for check-in and dinner.

Overnight: Jerusalem

Tour day #6

Jerusalem - TempleModel - EinKarem - Bethlehem

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Travel through Jerusalem, visiting a biblical times model of the Second Temple.
  • Continue to the village of EinKarem, the birthplace of John the Baptist.
  • In EinKarem, you will visit both churches that represent the two homes of Zechariah and Elizabeth, and have the opportunity to pray the Mystery of the Rosary while walking uphill to the Church of the Visitation.
  • Travel to Bethlehem, the birthplace of Jesus, where you will view the Shepherd's Fields.
  • Continue to Manger Square, sitting in front of the Church of Nativity. You will proceed to the Grotto of the Nativity and celebrate Mass in one of the most sacred places.
  • Return back to the hotel for dinner.

Overnight: Jerusalem

Tour day #7

Dead Sea - Bethany

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Travel down the Jordan Valley to Qumran, the site of where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found.
  • Dependent on weather conditions, experience the Dead Sea by floating in it.
  • Continue through the Judean Wilderness, where Jesus spent his forty days of fasting.
  • Travel to Bethany, where Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead.
  • Celebrate Mass and then return to the hotel for dinner.

Overnight: Jerusalem

The best of Israel (Day 8)
Tour day #8

Jerusalem - Mount of Olives - Gethsemane - Mount Zion - WesternWall

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Travel to the Mount of Olives, where you will be able to see a stunning, panoramic view of Jerusalem.
  • Visit the Pater Noster Shrine, and stop at Dominus Flevit, a Church that memorializes where Jesus wept for Jerusalem.
  • Continue to the Garden of Gethsemane, still containing trees with roots dating back to biblical times.
  • Visit the Church of All Nations, which is positioned beside the Garden of Gethsemane, and is the site where Jesus prayed alone, the night of his arrest.
  • Travel to the Western Wall, also known as the “Wailing Wall” which is the only remaining portion of the original temple built by Solomon.
  • Continue to the Church of St. Peter in Gallicantu, the house of the High Priest Caiaphas, which commemorates the site of Jesus’ imprisonment, as well as Peter’s Denial, his Repentance, and Jesus’ forgiveness of Peter.
  • Visit the Upper Room on Mt. Zion, where the Last Supper was celebrated.
  • Travel to the nearby Benedictine Church of the Dormition, where Mary “fell asleep.”
  • Return to the hotel for dinner.

Overnight: Jerusalem

The best of Israel (Day 9)
Tour day #9

Jerusalem - ViaDolorosa - HolySepulchre

  • Early morning visit to the Via Dolorosa at the Antonia Fortress, where Jesus was condemned to death by Pontius Pilate.
  • Travel through the markets of the Old City to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, site of Jesus’ crucifixion and tomb.
  • Celebrate Mass at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.
  • Return back to the hotel for breakfast.
  • Travel to the Church of St. Anne’s and to the Pool of Bethesda.
  • Revisit the Old City
  • Return back to the hotel for dinner.

Overnight: Jerusalem

Tour day #10

Jerusalem - Tel Aviv - Rome

  • Breakfast at the hotel and check out
  • Travel to the Tel Aviv airport for our flight(s) to Rome.
  • Upon our arrival, we will be met and transferred to the hotel to check in.
  • Once checked in, we'll gather for Mass, and then enjoy a Welcome Dinner.
  • After dinner, there will be an evening walk to St. Peter's Square for Rosary [Optional]

Overnight: Rome

Israel & Athens tour (Day 11)
Tour day #11

Papal Audience - Trevi Fountain / Piazza Navona - Basilica of St. John the Lateran and St. Mary Major - Holy Steps

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Walk to St. Peter’s Square to attend Papal Audience, led by His Holiness, Pope Francis.
  • Following Papal Audience, we will walk to the Trevi Fountain/Piazza Navona.
  • Visit the Basilica of St. John the Lateran, where relics of both Peter and Paul remain under the main alter.
  • We’ll make our way to the Holy Staircase, believed to be a staircase from Pilate’s palace in Jerusalem.
  • Continuing on to the Basilica of St. Mary Major, the oldest and most important church dedicated to Our Lady, where we will celebrate Mass.
  • Return to hotel for dinner

Overnight: Rome

Israel & Athens tour (Day 12)
Tour day #12

Vatican Museum - Basilica of St. Paul - Catacombs

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Following breakfast, we will depart to celebrate Mass in the largest church in Christendom, St Peter's Basilica.
  • Visit the Vatican Museums, through The Tapestry Gallery, The Raphael Rooms, Sistine Chapel, Michelangelo's Masterpiece, and the restored mural of the Last Judgment.
  • Continue to the tomb of St. John Paul II, located at the Vatican, and then on to visit St. Paul Outside the Walls.
  • Travel on the Appian Way, the oldest road from Roman Times, and visit the famous Domino Quo Vadis Chapel.
  • See the ancient Baths of Caracalla, Arch of Drusus, Tomb of CeliliaMetella, and the Catacombs of St Callixtus
  • Dinner at a local restaurant in Rome, and then back to our hotel.

Israel & Athens tour (Day 12)
Tour day #13

Return Home

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Travel to the airport for a return flight home

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