DAY 00 (Sun – 24 February) DEPART MANILA
Depart Manila at 8:55 PM on February 24 and arrive on Tel Aviv on February 25.
DAY 1 (Mon – 25 February) WELCOME TO ISRAEL
Upon arrival at Ben Gurion International Airport, meet and greet then drive to Tel Aviv, Israel's "playground-on-the-sea". Get acquainted with the city on the panoramic tour that begins on bustling Ibn Gvirol Street and travels to Yitzhak Rabin Square with its memorial to the late Israeli Prime Minister. Continue past the Mann Auditorium and Habima, Israel's national theatre to tree-lined Rothschild Avenue known for its distinctive Bauhaus architecture dating back to the 1930s. Visit the old Jaffa and enjoy lunch at an authentic restaurant. Proceed to Jerusalem for check in. After lunch peruse the numerous markets scattered throughout the vibrant city, Levinsky Market and Sarona Market. Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Tel Aviv.
DAY 2 (Tue – 26 February) TEL AVIV - HAIFA - NAZARETH - TIBERIAS
Breakfast at hotel. Travel onwards to Haifa, Israel's largest port city, built on the slopes of Mt. Carmel. Make a brief halt at the Elijah cave at Stella Marris and then continue to Muhraqa, the place of sacrifice and the site where Prophet Elijah defeated the False Prophets of Ba'al. Driving on to Mt. Tabor, the Mount of the Transfiguration (Matth. 17:1-8), for the wonderful panoramic view. Continue to Nazareth to visit the basilica of the Annunciation and the nearby Church of St. Joseph with the traditional Home of the Holy Family. Visit Mary's Well then next is a drive through the beautiful landscape of Lower Galilee, the home of many Jesus' disciples. Visit to Mt. Precipice where the wrathful inhabitants of Nazareth wanted to cast Jesus down headlong. Proceed to Cana and visit the wedding Church. Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Tiberias.
DAY 3 (Wed – 27 February) SEA OF GALILEE - CAPERNAUM
Breakfast at hotel. Start this day with a boat trip across the Sea of Galilee before continuing to have a St. Peter's Fish lunch. Drive around the western shores to visit the pilgrim shrines of the NW shores. Visit the Mt. of Beatitudes, the scene of the Sermon on the Mount. Continue to Tabgha to visit the Church of the Multiplication of the Loves and Fishes and the nearby Chapel of the Primacy. This is followed by a visit to the ruins of the ancient town of Capernaum which in Jesus' days was a flourishing border town, also known as "his own city" (Matth. 4:13). See the ancient synagogue and the "House of Peter". Drive to the Golan Heights to visit a former Syrian fortification. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
DAY 4 (Thu – 28 February) JERICHO - QUMRAN - DEAD SEA - MASADA
Breakfast at hotel. Start this day with a drive to the Yardenit Baptism Site located on the banks of the Jordan River. Drive to Jericho the most ancient city in the world, we drive on, stopping in the shade of sycamore tree of the kind which Zacchaeus climbed in order to see Jesus (Lk. 19:1-10). (view only, no cable car). Drive to pass Qumran where the Dead Sea Scrolls where found (no entrance). Then towards the shores of the Dead Sea. Visit Masada then enjoy the opportunity to swim at the unique water of Dead Sea. Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Jerusalem.
DAY 5 (Fri – 01 March) JERUSALEM - BETHLEHEM
Breakfast at hotel. Proceed to Bethlehem. Visit the Basilica of the Nativity where there will be the opportunity to kneel at the birthplace of Christ in the Grotto of the Nativity. Before leaving Bethlehem, visit the Fields of the Shepherds where the Angel of the Lord proclaimed the birth of the Messiah, the Savior of the World. Drive to Ein Karem where John Baptist was born, Church of St. John the Baptist and Church of the Visitation. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
DAY 6 (Sat – 02 March) JERUSALEM
Breakfast at hotel. Start this eventful day with visiting the Garden Tomb. Drive to Mt. Zion to visit the Upper Room and the Church of St. Peter in Gallicantu, which is built over the ruins of the Palace of Caiaphas, the High Priest before whom Jesus was brought for trial (Mark 14: 53-65). Drive to the top of the Mount of Olives from which Jesus ascended to heaven after his resurrection. From the Mount there is a magnificent view over all ancient and modern Jerusalem, the center of the biblical world. We visit the holy shrines on the Mount and walk on down the "Palm Sunday Road" visiting the Chapel of Dominus Flevit (Jesus wept) en route to the Garden of Gethsemane and the Church of all Nations where Christ prayed. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
DAY 7 (Sun – 03 March) JERUSALEM - OLD CITY
Breakfast at hotel. Enter the walls of the Old City of Jerusalem and walk in the footsteps of our Lord as he bore the burden of our sins to the Cross at Golgotha. Visit the Pools of Bethesda where Jesus healed the man who had been crippled for 38 years (Joh. 5:1-9) and walk on following the 14 stations of the Cross from Pilate's Judgment Hall to the empty tomb in the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. Visit the Western Wall (Wailing Wall) then to Machane Yehuda Market to savor best Israeli delicacies. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Hotel: St George Hotel
Meals: Buffet Breakfast, Lunch at Local Restaurant and Hotel Dinner
DAY 8 (Mon – 04 March) JERUSALEM - DEPARTURE FROM TEL AVIV
Breakfast at hotel. Transfer to Ben Gurion Airport for your return flight departing at 12:45 PM to arrive in Manila at 9:55 AM on March 05.