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Pilgrimage to The Holy Land
 

Proposed Itinerary

Day 1 -USA - Tel Aviv
Begin your spiritual journey as we depart for the overnight flight to Tel Aviv.

Day 2 - Tel Aviv - Overnight on the Mediterranean Coast
Arrival at Ben Gurion Airport. Exit terminal at the sign marked "groups" and meet your local guide who will escort you to our hotel in on the coast.  Dinner and overnight.

Day 3 – En route to the Galilee - Caesarea, Mt Carmel, Stella Maris, Carmelites, Cana, Nazareth, Basilica of the Annunciation
Today you will travel via the coast to Caesarea, where the Romans held Paul prisoner. Visit the Roman and Crusader ruins. Drive through the Carmel Mountains heading for Galilee. In Haifa, visit Stella Maris, a Carmelite Monastery with the Madonna of Mt Carmel. Continue to Mukhraka where Elijah confronted the false prophets of Baal and where the Carmelite Order was started. Drive to Cana, the village of Jesus' first miracle of changing water into wine; here couples may renew their wedding vows. Continue to the Basilica of Annunciation in Nazareth where the group will celebrate Mass and visit Mary's Well and the Church of the Angel Gabriel. Dinner and overnight in the Galilee.

Day 4 - The Ministry of Christ in the Galilee: Tiberias, Boat ride, Sea of Galilee, Capernaum, Mt. Beatitudes, Caesarea Philippi
Some of today's highlights are a boat ride across the Sea of Galilee to Capernaum to see the synagogue and St Peter's house, a visit to the Mount of the Beatitudes where the Sermon on the Mount was given, to Tabgha to see the splendid mosaic about the miracle of the loaves and fishes, and to the nearby Church of Peter's Primacy where Peter was told "Feed my lambs, feed my sheep." There will be an unforgettable Mass near the shores of the Sea of Galilee at the Primacy or Mt Beatitudes. In the afternoon visit Caesarea Philippi, location of the testimony of St. Peter and where Jesus answered him “You are the Rock and upon this rock I will build my Church.”  Dinner and overnight at your hotel in the Galilee.

Day 5 – Jordan River, Mt Tabor, Sepphoris
Start the day by going remembering our Baptism at the Jordan River.  Continue to Mount Tabor, scene of the Transfiguration, where you will have Mass. Then proceed to Sepphoris, a regional city at the time of Jesus.  Drive down the Jordan Valley and head towards Jerusalem.  Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Jerusalem.

Day 6 – Jerusalem, the Holy City and Bethlehem the Nativity - Mt Olives, Church of Visitation, Shepherd’s Fields, Church of the Nativity
On the first day in Jerusalem you will be presented with an overview for a better understanding of its geography and some of the key sites surrounding the area. This includes a dramatic view of the Old City from the Mount of Olives, revealing a city with 4000 years of history. From this vantage point see much of what makes Jerusalem such a unique city to the three major religions – Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Then head to the village of Ein Karem, the birthplace of St John the Baptist and to the Church of Visitation where the Blessed Virgin Mary visited her cousin, Elizabeth, and proclaimed the 'Magnificat'. In the afternoon we drive to the Shepherd's Fields where the angels announced the birth of Jesus. Then visit the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem that stands upon the site where Jesus was born.  Mass in Bethlehem or the Shepherds Fields.  Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Jerusalem.

Day 7 – Jerusalem: The Passion of Jesus' Last Hours: - Bethany, Mt Olives, Palm Sunday, Dominus Flevit, Gethsemane, Cave of Betrayal, Cave of Assumption, Pater Noster
Begin our day with a visit to Bethany where Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead. Then onto the Mt. of Olives to walk the Palm Sunday route stopping at Dominus Flevit, where Jesus wept over Jerusalem.  Then to Gethsemane, the Rock of Agony where Jesus prayed His last prayer before his arrest. Visit the cave of betrayal then the cave of Assumption of Mary to heaven.  Back on the Mt of Olives we visit the Pater Noster with the Lords Prayer in many languages, and the Ascension from where ascended to Heaven.  Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Jerusalem.

Day 8 – Stations of the Cross, Church of the Holy Sepulchre, St Anne’s Church. Ecce Homo, Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Wailing Wall, Upper Room, Dormition
Early in the morning the group will retrace the last steps of Jesus. Then walk along the Via Dolorosa (Way of Sorrow), through the markets of the Old City praying the Stations of the Cross, reflecting on the greatness of His sacrifice. Finally we arrive at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre for Mass.  After breakfast at our hotel, return to the Old City of Jerusalem to visit St. Anne’s Church, the home of the Virgin Mary and her parents Saints Joachim and Anne. Pass the Ecce Homo where Pilate proclaimed “Behold the man”; then the Wailing Wall, the most holy place for those of the Jewish faith.  Nearby is the Dome of the Rock and the Haram al Sharif or Temple Mount, exit at Mt Zion. At the Cenacle visit the Upper Room of the Last Supper. Next go to Dormition Abbey where it is believed that the Blessed Mary died, end the day at St. Peter in Gallicantu where Peter denied Him thrice.  Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Jerusalem.

Day 9 - The Wilderness: Bethany, Jericho, Mt Temptation, Dead Sea
The desert east of Jerusalem is rich in Christian tradition. Further east, just off the Roman road that Jesus 'walked', is Wadi Qelt gorge, site of the Monastery of St George. At the oasis town of Jericho, visit the excavations of the oldest city in the world and view Mt. Temptation where Jesus fasted and was tempted by Satan. On the way back there is time for a swim (or rather a float!) in the mineral-rich waters of the Dead Sea, renowned for its healing properties. In the afternoon, there will be time for you to revisit some of your favorite sites and time for last minute buying of gifts for your loved ones.  Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Jerusalem.

Day 10 - Jerusalem - USA - Return to the USA.

Tour Features

  • Round trip airfare from New York (Includes ALL Airport Taxes & Fuel Surcharges)
  • Accommodations in Superior Tourist and/or First Class Hotel, twin-bedded rooms with private facilities
  • Breakfast and dinner daily
  • Transfers between airport and lodging with porterage at hotels
  • Multi-lingual Tour Guide
  • Sightseeing as specified in itinerary
  • Welcome Packet / Document Portfolio
  • Daily Mass and all spiritual activities coordinated

Pricing

2017 Pilgrimage Dates
HL17 0618 June 18 - 27, 2017 $4,099
HL17 0709 July 9 - 18, 2017 $4,099
HL17 0718 July 18 - 27, 2017 $4,099
HL17 0812 August 12 - 21, 2017 $3,999
HL17 0901 September 1 - September 10, 2017 $3999
HL17 1029 October 29 - November 7, 2017 $3,999
HL17 1203 December 3 - 12, 2017 $4,099
2018 Pilgrimage Dates
HL18 0108 January 8 -17, 2018 $3,999
HL18 0204 February 4 - 13, 2018 $3,999
HL18 0304 March 4 - 13, 2018 $3999
HL18 0408 April 8 - 17, 2018 $3,999
HL18 0416 April 16 - 25, 2018 $4,099
HL18 0506 May 6 - 15, 2018 $4,099
HL18 0617 June 17 - 26, 2018 $4,099
HL18 0729 July 29 - August 7, 2018 $4,099
HL18 0831 August 31 - September 9, 2018 $4,099
HL18 0923 September 23 - October 3, 2018 $3,999
HL18 1028 October 28 - November 6, 2018 $3999
     

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