Day 1, Tuesday, June 5: Depart Chicago on your way to Tel-Aviv.
Day 2, Wednesday, June 6: Arrive at Ben-Gurion Airport where an Ami Travel representative greets us and give us an introduction about the forthcoming trip - Travel North via the Lower Galilee valleys to our hotel in Nazareth for dinner and overnight stay.
Day 3, Thursday, June 7: Morning Mass at the Grotto of the Annunciation. Today we tour the Sea of Galilee region; The Mount of the Beatitudes - site of the Sermon on the Mount and Tabgha - site of the feeding of the multitudes. Visit Capernaum- simon Peter's House. Take a boat ride across the Sea of Galilee and enjoy a St. Peter's fish lunch on its shores. In the Afternoon you may renew of baptismal vows in the Jordan River. Back to our hotel for the overnight stay.
Day 4, Friday, June 8: On to Cana – where we shall renew our marriage vows and continue through the Valley of Armageddon to Mt. Carmel- where the Prophet Elijah confronted the pagan priests (1st Kings 18) for Mass celebration. Visit "the brow of the hill" known as "Mt. Precipice". Return to Nazareth to the Synagogue where Jesus stood to proclaim and preach the stirring words of Isaiah (Luke 4:16-27). Dinner and overnight in the Galilee.
Day 5, Saturday, June 9: Ascend to the top of Mount Tabor - the site of the Transfiguration - where we celebrate Mass. Continue via Meggido - Armagedon and Mt Carmel to Caesarea Maritima where St. Paul was imprisoned and Cornelius baptized to see the Roman theatre, the aqueduct and the Crusader ruins. Continue via tel Aviv and Jaffa and ascend to Jerusalem - the Holy city for dinner and overnight stay.
Day 6, Sunday, June 10: Morning Mass inside the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. Continue to Mt of Olives: Chapel of Ascension and Palm Sunday Road. Walk the Stations of the Cross; visit the various quarters of the Old City and the underground excavations. See the Temple ruins and the Western Wall. End the day at St Peter in Gallicantu (cock-crowing), built over the palace of the high priest Caiaphas. Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem.
Day 7, Monday, June 11: Begin our journey in nearby Bethlehem to visit the ancient Church of Nativity where we shall celebrate Mass
Enjoy your shopping in a Bethlehem bazaar and later visit Manger Square and the beautiful Shepherds' Fields. Return to Jerusalem to explore Mt. Zion: David's Tomb, the Room of the Last Supper and the Dormition Abbey - site of the Assumption of the Virgin. Dinner and overnight stay in Jerusalem.
Day 8, Tuesday, June 12: Early start... with Mass celebration at the Garden of Gethsemane. Continue our journey to the lowest point on Earth; the Dead Sea area. Drive to Masada, site of the Jewish zealots' last stand against the Romans. See the Qumran Caves, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered and enjoy a floating experience in the Dead Sea. Visit Jericho to view Zacheus's Tree, Elisha's spring and the Mount of Temptation. Back to Jerusalem for an overnight stay.
Day 9, Wednesday, June 13: Morning at leisure. Your guide directs you to places you may visit at your own pace, or do your last shopping. Celebrate Mass. Enjoy our farewell dinner. Overnight in Jerusalem.
Day 10, Thursday, June 14: Morning transfer to the airport for our flight to Istanbul, Turkey. Meet our local tour guide and start our full day sightseeing to include the Topkapı Palace: The legendary palace of Ottoman Sultans from the 15th-19th centuries. Later visit the Haghia Sophia Church: Built in the 5th century, one of the greatest architectural creations of the world, the Church contains beautifully preserved Byzantine mosaics. The Blue Mosque: Built in the 17th century, it’s the most famous Mosque in the city. On to the covered Grand Bazaar. Free time in the historic Bazaar dating back to the 15th century. Shops include leather, jewelry, antiques, textiles and porcelain. Dinner and accommodation at the hotel.
Day 11, Friday, June 15: Morning transfer to Istanbul Airport for our flight back to Chicago.
Package price per person: $3,308 + 467* =$3775.
*The departure taxes and fuel surcharge is a separate charge, and as of now it is $467 per person.
This element is subject to change and to be finalized at ticketing time.
Single room supplement: add $750
PACKAGE PRICE INCLUDES;
Round-trip airfare ORD / TLV with a stop over in IST
All transfers in Israel and Istanbul
Accommodation in 1st class hotels
Luggage handling and hotel service charges
Daily breakfast and dinner
Farewell dinner on last evening in Israel
Sightseeing with a private guide in air conditioned private transportation
Personal earphone for usage during touring (in Israel)
Entrance fees to sites per itinerary in Israel and Istanbul, including- A boat ride on the Sea of Galilee,
St. Peter's fish lunch in Tiberias, cable ride to Massada, Hagia Sophia Church and more
PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE;
· Entry visa to Turkey: to be obtained online before arrival www.evisa.gov.tr
Please print the visa page with barcode to present it to the customs upon arrival.
· Gratuities to guide, driver and hotel staff in Israel and Turkey (suggested $150 per participant for both countries)
· Free will honorarium to spiritual guides: Fr Johnpaul and Fr.Brian
· Optional Travel Insurance (highly recommended)
All credit card charges are subject to 4% surcharge.
Package price is based on minimum number of participants.
Full and final payment due by Mar 12, 2018.
Last day to purchase travel protection by final payment due.
*Final amount of group airfare is released by the airlines 11 months prior to departure date.
Contact: AMI Travel (773) 777-4900
Friday, August 06
Chicago Departure: We will depart from Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport
Saturday, August 07
Munich/Salzburg: Arrive at the Munich Airport. After clearing Immigration and Passport Control, we will be greeted by our professional tour manager and motor coach driver. We’ll motor into Munich passing the Olympic Stadium, and visit the Marienplatz with its famous Glockenspiel. Later, we’ll continue to Austria.
Dinner will be served at our hotel this evening. Overnight in Salzburg. (D)
Sunday, August 08
Salzburg: The highlights of our morning walking tour will include the Cathedral where Mozart was baptized and the 12th century St. Peter’s Church. The remainder of the afternoon is at leisure. Tonight’s special dinner will be served at the restaurant at the Salzburg Fortress with spectacular views over the city.
Overnight in Salzburg. (B, SD)
Monday, August 09
Salzburg/Sound of Music Tour/Innsbruck: Our morning tour follows the trail of the Sound of Music. Driving into the Salzkammergut, Austria’s lake district, we’ll visit the beautiful lakeside resort of St. Wolfgang, famous for its White Horse Inn. In Mondsee, we’ll visit the village church where the wedding scene of the Sound of Music was filmed. Later, we continue through the Tirol which brings to mind Alpine valleys, rushing rivers and villages of flower-covered chalets. In Innsbruck, our walking tour of the old city will include the historic and architecturally beautiful Maria-Theresienstrasse to see the Goldenes Dachl (the Golden Roof of Maximilian’s Balcony). Dinner will be served at our hotel this evening. Overnight in Innsbruck. (B,D)
Tuesday, August 10
Bulzano Excursion/St. Ulrich/Innsbruck: Our excursion this morning takes us over the famous Brenner Pass into northern Italy where we visit Bolzano. The city’s Italian-Austrian character gives it the unique flavor of a city at the crossroads between Italian and Austrian cultures. Later, we pass through the Dolomites and see their sheer pink and yellow limestone pinnacles that tower over quaint villages flowery meadows, wooded valleys, and sun-soaked trails. Italian, Austrian and ancient Ladin cultures intermingle peacefully in the small, scattered villages in this mountainous corner of Italy. We will have some free time to explore the quiet village of St. Ulrich, also known by its Ladin name of Ortisei. The residents of this charming village, in the heart of very traditional Val Gardena, Display their talents in the town’s boutiques and artist studios. Dinner is on your own this evening. Overnight in Innsbruck. (B)
Wednesday, August 11
Innsbruck/the Island of Mainau/Lucerne: This morning will depart Austria and cross the Arlberg Pass en
route to beautiful Lake Constance. Here, we’ll visit the island of Mainu, known as “the Island of Flowers.” It is a unique experience for senses, with its thousands of colors, shapes and scents. In the spring, tulips,
narcissus and orchids bloom; in May, rhododendrons; in summer; roses, and in the autumn dahlias, as far as the eye can see. Palms, citrus fruits and butterflies spread a tropical flair. Later we continue to Lucerne, the jewel of Swiss resorts, our home for two nights. Dinner will be served at our hotel this evening (B, D)
Thursday, August 12
Lucerne: The highlights of our morning walking tour will include the Lion Monument, commemorating the death of the brave Swiss guards; the old covered wooden bridge across the Reuss River; and the charming architecture of the old city. The afternoon is free to shop for Swiss watches or cuckoo clocks, or to take an optional tour to Mt. Pilatus. Dinner is on your own this evening. Overnight Lucerne. (B)
Friday, August 13
Lucerne/Hohenschwangau. This afternoon we motor through the spectacular Swiss and Bavarian
countryside en route to Hohenschwangau. This afternoon we’ll visit King Ludwig. It’s most famous castle,
Neuschwantein. While being a formidable fortress, it was designed by a theatrical decorator, not an
architect, which explains its dream-like atmosphere. Our hotel is located in lovely Hohenschwangau,
overlooking Neuschwanstein and Hohenschwangau Castles. Dinner will be served at our hotel this evening.(B, D)
Saturday, August 14
Oberammergau/Passion Play: The morning will be free for shopping or just strolling along the streets of this charming village. This afternoon and evening, we’ll attend the Passion Play. Lunch and dinner will be served at our hotel today. Overnight in Oberammergau. (B, L, D)
Sunday, August 15
Oberammergau/Munich Airport/Chicago: This morning we will be transferred from our hotel to the Munich Airport. Same day arrival back to Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport. (B
Friar Brian Guadalupe Walker, OP