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Day 1 - Friday
  Afternoon Departure from New York City on overnight flight.

Day 2 - Saturday

Afternoon

Arrival at Tel-Aviv.
Transfer to Mount of Olives Hotel in Jerusalem.
Supper and rest.


Day 3 - Sunday

7:00 am Liturgy at the Mount of Olives Convent.
Breakfast at Convent.
Tour of Convent: Mosaic floors, Chapel of St John the Baptist, Belltower.
Rest.
1:00 pm Lunch at hotel.
2:00 pm Walking tour of Mount of Olives: Site of Ascension, Cave of St Pelagia, "Pater Noster" (where Christ taught the Lord's Prayer), "Dominus Flevis" (site where Our Lord wept, looking at Jerusalem), Bethpage (from where Our Lord began His triumphant entry into Jerusalem), "Little Galilee" (where Our Lord appeared to His desciples after His Resurrection).
6:00 pm Supper at hotel and rest.

Day 4 - Monday
8:00 am Breakfast.
9:00 am Drive to St Stephan's Gates. Church of the Nativity of the Theotokos. Bethesda. Via Dolorosa (walking): Lithostroton, "Prison of Christ", Russian Excavations and Threshold of Judgement Gate.
11:30 am Reception at the Patriarchate.
12:30 pm Lunch at hotel and rest.
4:00 pm Vespers at Mount of Olives Convent and confessions.
6:00 pm Supper at hotel and rest.
11:00 pm Depart for Night Liturgy at the Holy Sepulchre.
Tour of Church: Stone of Annointment, Golgotha, Cistern where the Cross was found, the Holy Sepulchre.

Day 5 - Tuesday
Midnight Matins at Church of Resurrection followed by Liturgy at the Holy Sepulchre.
3:00 am Return to hotel and rest.
Noon Lunch at hotel.
3:00 pm Bethany: Tomb of Lazarus, Greek Monastery, Russian School.
7:00 pm Supper at hotel and rest.

Day 6 - Wednesday
6:00 am Breakfast and departure for Jericho.
Monastery of St George the Hozebite in Wadi-Kelt.
Jericho: Mount of Temptations, Russian Garden, Greek Church.
Monastery of St Gerasim.
Ruins of Monastery of St Euthemius the Great.
Return to Jerusalem.
Afternoon Lunch at hotel.
Remainder of day at leisure.
7:00 pm Supper at hotel.

Day 7 - Thursday
6:00 am Departure to Bethlehem.
6:30 am Matins and Liturgy in Bethlehem.
Breakfast in Bethlehem.
Beit-Sahour - Sheppard's Field.
Afternoon Lunch at Hotel.
3:00 pm Mount Zion: Galikantou - site of Caiapha's palace, Abbey of Dormition, Last Supper Room, Greek Seminary - relics of Fr Philoumen.
7:00 pm Supper at hotel.

Day 8 - Friday
8:00 am Breakfast.
9:00 am Ein-Karem ("the hill country" - Luke 1;39).
Katamon (tomb of St Simeon).
Monastery of the Cross.
Lunch at hotel.
3:00 pm Skete of St Chariton at Fara.
7:00 pm Supper at hotel.

Day 9 - Saturday
6:00 am Gethsemane. Liturgy at the Tomb of the Virgin Mary.
Cave of the Apostles. St Stephan's Church. Catholic Basilica and Garden of Gethsemane.
Early lunch at hotel. Rest.
4:30 am Vigil at Gethsemane Convent.
8:00 pm Supper at hotel.

Day 10 - Sunday
7:00 am Liturgy at Gethsemane Convent.
Breakfast at Convent.
Tour of Convent.
Lunch at hotel.

2:00 am Excursion to Mar-Saba - optional (Only men allowed inside the monastery).

7:00 pm Supper at hotel.

Day 11 - Monday
6:00 am Breakfast and departure for three day trip to Galilee.
Lidda: Tomb of the Great-martyr George.
Jaffa: Russian church of St Peter and Tomb of Tabitha.

Afternoon

Lunch at Caesaria and tour of Roman ruins.
Haifa: Mount Carmel and Cave of Prophet Elias.

Evening

Supper and overnight in Nazareth.

Day 12 - Tuesday
7:00 am Breakfast.
8:00 am Singing of the Akathist at Mary's Well.
Catholic Basilica of Annunciation.
11:30 am Lunch in Nazareth.
Cana in Galilee.
Mount Tabor.
Evening Supper and overnight in Tiberias.

Day 13 - Wednesday
7:00 am Great Blessing of Waters.
Box breakfast at Yardenit.
Russian church at Magdala. Mount Beatitudes. Tabgha (where Christ multiplied five loaves and two fishes). Capernaum: Greek church, ruins of city: synogogue, St Peter's house.
Boat ride.
2:00 pm Lunch in Ein-Gev.
Return to Jerusalem via the Jordan Valley.
Evening Supper at hotel.

Day 14 - Thursday
7:00 am Breakfast.
8:00 am Departure to Hebron.
Monastery of the Forefathers and Oak of Mambre.
Return to Jerusalem.
Afternoon Lunch at hotel..
Remainder of day at leisure.
7:00 pm Farewell dinner at hotel.

Day 15 - Friday
  1:00 am Departure to Tel-Aviv and early morning flight to New York City. Late afternoon arrival in New York City. 

Optional - not included in the price of the pilgrimage.

Excursion to Mount Sinai and Monastery of St Catherine (requires an extra four days)


Day 15 - Friday
  5:00 am Breakfast and departure to Egypt.
  Afternoon Lunch at Nuweiba (Egypt).
  Evening Early supper and overnight at hotel near Mount Sinai.

Day 16 - Saturday
2:00 am Begin ascend of Mount Sinai (3 hour walk).
Return to hotel, breakfast and rest.
Afternoon Late lunch.
3:00 pm Vespers at St Catherine's Monastery.
Tour of Monastery.
Evening Supper at hotel.

Day 17 - Sunday

5:00 am Matins and Liturgy at Monastery.
Breakfast at hotel and departure.
Afternoon Late lunch in Eilat (Israel).
Evening Late supper at hotel in Jerusalem.

Day 18 - Monday
  Entire day Leisure.

Day 19 - Tuesday
  1:00 am Departure to Tel-Aviv and early morning flight to New York City. Late afternoon arrival in New York City. 

The guesthouse in the Mount of Olives Convent can accommodate a few individual pilgrims.

Some suggestions what pilgrims can see or do on their own:

    Jerusalem area:
        Rumanian Ecclesiastical Mission
        Monastery of St Onuphrios (Potter's Field)
        Pool of Siloam (site where vision was restored by Christ to man born blind)
        Armenian Patriarchate (Tomb of Apostle James, the brother of Our Lord)
        Ethiopean Church
        Walk along the city walls
        Tower of David - "The Citadel" (Jerusalem City Museum)
        Holy Land Hotel (model of Jerusalem during time of Christ)
        Western (or Wailing) Wall
        Dome of the Rock and El-Aqsa Mosque (closed on Fridays to non-Muslims)
        Shrine of the Book (Dead Sea Scrolls)
        Rockefeller Archaelogical Museum
        Tombs of the Prophets
        Valley of Kidron (Absalom's Pillar and Zacharias's Tomb)
        Biblical Zoo
      
    Area North and West of Jerusalem:
        Mediterranean Sea (beach) - 1 hour by taxi
        Ruins of Caesaria - 2 hours
        Akko (Acre) - 3 hours

    East and South of Jerusalem:
        Dead Sea and Qumran - 30 minutes by taxi
        Masada - 2 hours
        Petra (Jordan) - 2 or 3 days needed

Contact Information:

                Hotel Mt. of Olives:
                tel: 972-2 / 628-4877;
                fax: 972-2 / 626-4427;
                website: http://www.mtolives.com/

Russian Ecclesiastical Mission, P.O. Box 20164, Jerusalem 91200, Israel, info@jerusalem-mission.org
 
 
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