10 Days

Holy Land Pilgrimage

Walk Where Jesus Walked

Spiritual Director: Fr. Robert Hughes

February 15 - 24, 2018    |    Optional Post Tour to Rome & Assisi   -   February 24 - March 02, 2018

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Tel Aviv · Caesarea · Stella Maris · Nazareth · Tiberias · Sea of Galilee · Mt. Tabor · Jericho · Jordan River · Jerusalem · Temple Model · Ein Karem · Bethlehem · Bethany · Dead Sea · Mt. Of Olives · Gethsemane · Mt. Zion · Western Wall · Via Dolorosa · Holy Sepulchre

Make your way through the Holy Land to experience Him, follow in His footsteps, and see Him in the works He performed - your footsteps will become His. Celebrate votive Masses in the very places where these miraculous gifts became pages in the Gospel. See where He was back then, and feel how He is still there today!

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Your trip includes

  • Round-trip air from Philadelphia
  • Leave from your desired airport
  • Airport Taxes and Fuel Surcharges
  • Accommodations at centrally located hotels: (or similar)
      ~ 3 nights | February 16-19: Nof Ginosar, Tiberias
      ~ 5 nights | February 19-24: Dan Jerusalem, Jerusalem
  • Optional Post Tour to Rome & Assisi
      ~ 2 nights | February 24-26: Hotel Dal Moro or Hotel Giotto, Assisi,
      ~ 4 nights | February 26-March 02: Hotel De La Conciliazione, Rome
  • Tour Escort throughout
  • Transfers as per itinerary
  • Breakfast and Dinner Daily, Wine/Water included with dinners
  • Mass daily & Spiritual activities
  • Sightseeing and visits as per itinerary
  • Flight bag & portfolio of all travel documents
Centrally located hotels or similar
hotel
Nof Ginosar
Tiberias

3 Nights

hotel
Dan Jerusalem
Jerusalem

5 Nights

Not included
  • Lunches, Beverages, Tips to your guide & driver.
Optional
Travel Insurance

Providing you coverage, both Pre-Existing Conditions and throughout your trip. From Medical and Dental Emergencies, Loss of Luggage, Trip Delay, and so much more.

Supplemental Cancellation Protection

A Cancellation Waiver - allowing you to cancel your trip and receive a refund anytime - up until 24 hours prior to departure. The “Waiver” expires once you are within 24 hours of departure.

Itinerary

Day1
February 15: Depart Philadelphia

Board your flight for the start of your journey to Tel Aviv, with complimentary meals and beverages served on board.

Day2
February 16: Arrive Tel Aviv

Upon arrival in Tel Aviv, you will be met by the 206 Tours representative and transfer to your hotel in the Tiberias area. Dinner will be served at the hotel.

Day3
February 17: Caesarea - Stella Maris - Nazareth - Tiberias
Theme: The Annunciation

This morning after breakfast leave for Caesarea, which was once the ancient capital of the Roman province. Here you view the impressive archaeological remains of the Roman and Byzantine city that once dominated the region. It was at Caesarea that Peter came to understand that the Good News was not for Jews only, but for the whole world. Here he baptized the Roman Centurion, Cornelius, and his family. It was from Caesarea that Paul set sail for Rome, an event that eventually brought Christianity to the World. Continue north to Haifa to visit Stella Maris, a Carmelite Monastery dedicated to Our Lady of Mt Carmel and located over the cave where Elijah lived. After enjoying the view of the bay of Acco, drive to Nazareth, the site of Mary's home and the town where Jesus lived as a child. At Nazareth visit the Byzantine Church of St. Joseph and Mary's Well. Continue to Tiberias to check - in to your hotel. Dinner and overnight.

Day4
February 18: Tiberias: Sea of Galilee
Theme: The Ministry of Christ in the Galilee

After breakfast we start with a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee. After this, see the remains of a boat that dates back to the time of Jesus, found buried in mud. Continue to the Mount of Beatitudes, scene of Jesus' great Sermon on the Mount. Nearby is Tabgha, where Jesus fed the crowd of 5,000 and onto the site known as "Peter's Primacy". Here, after His resurrection, Jesus met with His disciples and told Peter to "feed my lambs; feed my sheep." [John 21:9]. A short drive away is Capernaum, from where Jesus launched his Ministry; see the synagogue which dates to the time of Jesus and the church built over the site of Peter's home. In the late afternoon visit Cana, where Jesus performed His first miracle at the request of His mother [John 2:1-11]. Here visit the Franciscan chapel where those who wish to may renew their wed-ding vows. Dinner and overnight at your hotel.

Day5
February 19: Jordan River - Mt. Tabor - Jericho - Jordan River - Jerusalem
Theme: The Transfiguration

Today, after breakfast, drive to Mount Tabor, the site of the Transfiguration, with time to reflect on Christ's Humanity and Divinity. Mass here will be a good preparation for the journey to Jerusalem where Jesus was to suffer the crucifixion and resurrection. Drive down the Jordan Valley to Jericho, the oldest continuously inhabited city in the world, where we view Mt Temptation and an example of a Sycamore Tree. Visit the Baptismal site on the Jordan River then to Jerusalem, where you check-in to your hotel for dinner and overnight.

Day6
February 20: Jerusalem: Temple Model - Ein Karem - Bethlehem
Theme: The Visitation and Nativity

Begin the day with a visit to the Second Temple scale model for an overview of Jerusalem as it was at the time of Jesus. A short drive takes us to the village of Ein Karem, birthplace of John the Baptist, to visit the church that commemorates his memory. Pray the Mystery of the Rosary on the walk up the hill to the Church of the Visitation. In the afternoon visit Bethlehem to see the cave at the Shepherds' Field. The caves have soot marks of the fires that shepherd's lit to keep warm while watching over their flocks. In the afternoon we will depart to Bethlehem, beginning at Manger Square, which stands in front of one of the oldest of Christian churches, the Church of the Nativity. Enter the Church and down to the Grotto of the Nativity which marks the spot of Jesus' birth. Beneath the Altar, there is a silver star with the Latin inscription: HIC DE VIRGINE MARIA JESUS CHRISTUS NATUS (Here Jesus Christ was born to the Virgin Mary.) After Mass we will return to the hotel in Jerusalem. Dinner and overnight.

Day7
February 21: Bethany - Dead Sea
Theme: Early Years in Jerusalem & the Wilderness

This morning drive down the Jordan Valley to Qumran where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found. Afterwards there may be time for a dip in the Dead Sea for those who want to. Drive through the Judean Wilderness where Jesus spent 40 days fasting, and it is in this area that John the Baptist lived and baptized Christ. Then to Bethany where He raised Lazarus from the dead. Celebrate Mass here before returning to the hotel. Dinner and overnight.

Day8
February 22: Jerusalem: Mt. Of Olives - Gethsemane - Mt. Zion - Western Wall
Theme: Palm Sunday and the Agony in the Garden

From the Mount of Olives take in the panoramic view of Jerusalem. Then to the Pater Noster shrine, where Jesus taught His disciples the Pater Noster - The Lord's Prayer (Luke 11:1-4). Walking down the Palm Sunday Road stop at the beautiful little church, Dominus Flevit - "The Lord wept." It was here that Jesus wept over Jerusalem [Luke 19:41]. At Gethsemane reflect on Jesus' final night. The Garden contains trees, the roots of which go back to the time of Jesus. Visit the Church of All Nations to pray at the "Rock of Agony," a section of bedrock identified as the place where Jesus prayed alone in the garden on the night of His arrest. Visit the Western Wall, to see all that remains of the Temple compound that dates to the time of Jesus. From here we will continue to the house of the High Priest Caiaphas where He was interrogated and imprisoned. Now called Peter in Gallicantu ("crowing rooster"), this beautiful Church also commemorates Peter's Denial of Christ, his repentance and then being forgiven by Jesus. After Mass we will go up to Mt. Zion to visit the Upper Room, which commemorates the Last Supper. Nearby is the Benedictine Church of the Dormition. Dinner and overnight at your hotel.

Day9
February 23: Jerusalem: Via Dolorosa - Holy Sepulchre
Theme: The Way of the Cross, The Crucifixion, The Resurrection

This morning we start the Via Dolorosa (The Way of the Cross) at the Antonia Fortress, where Jesus was condemned to death by Pontius Pilate. From there He was taken through the city to be crucified. The Stations of the Cross lead, through the markets of the Old City to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Here is the site of Calvary and the Tomb of Christ. Mass will be in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. After breakfast visit the Church of St Anne's, the Pool of Bethesda and the Sisters of Zion. This afternoon there will be time to revisit the Old City. Dinner and Overnight.

Day10
February 24: Jerusalem - Tel Aviv - Return to USA

Today we depart from Tel Aviv airport for either our return flights home *OR* for our flight to Rome. Upon arrival in Rome you will be met by your driver and transfer to Assisi, the hometown of St. Francis, the patron saint of animals and the environment, and the founder of the Franciscan Order. We arrive in time for dinner at our hotel.


*206 Tours Disclaimer: Though every effort will be made to follow the itinerary, it should be considered as an indication, rather than a contract of places to be visited. Occasionally local religious holidays, national days, weather, traffic conditions and other events may necessitate changes in the sequence of visits or the missing of certain visits.

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2018 Dates & Prices

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Feb 15Thursday
Feb 24, 2018Saturday
Feb 16Friday
Feb 24, 2018Saturday
Options & Upgrades

*All pricing is per person

Single Supplement / Private Room $799.00 (USD)

Business Class Trans-Atlantic (One-Way) $1,850.00 (USD)

Business Class Trans-Atlantic (Round-Trip) $3,700.00 (USD)

Optional Post Tour to Rome & Assisi

*All pricing is per person

Fr. Robert Hughes' Post Tour to Rome & Assisi February 24-March 2 $1,579.00 (USD)

Single Private room-Fr. Robert Hughes' Post Tour to Rome & Assisi February 24-March 2 $529.00 (USD)

Pre Stay - Overnight Hotel & Breakfast

*All pricing is per person, per night

Tel Aviv Pre Stay - Double Room $175.00 (USD)

Tel Aviv Pre Stay - Single Room $309.00 (USD)

Optional Post Tour to Rome & Assisi

February 24 - March 02, 2018
$1,579.00 Per Person   |   Private Room: $529

Itinerary
Day11
February 25: Assisi - The Life of a Saint

Today is a very special day, as we will spend a full day touring the home of the Saint that inspired our Holy Father. Pope Francis chose his name in admiration of the Saint of Nature and Servant to the Poor. Known for being a humble man himself, Pope Francis spent most of his life denying the luxuries of life, and preferring to live in simplic-ity and humility. Following breakfast, we will begin a tour of Assisi. Visit the tomb of St Francis. Explore the quaint hilltop birthplace of St Francis that still retains something of the atmosphere of the early 1200s, the period when St Francis began his ministry. Contained within the huge 13th-century Basilica are many of the saint's possessions and a series of frescoes depicting his life. You may kneel before the crucifix from which Jesus spoke to St Francis, asking him to rebuild His church. It was in St Mary of the Angels Basilica where St Francis spent most of his life. Here we visit the Chapel, Portiuncola, the rose bush, and the cave where the saint retired for prayer. Stroll the medieval streets of the compact little town. You will have some free time to shop or eat lunch at an outdoor cafe with a view of an ancient Roman temple, we go to the Church of St. Clare to view the relics of St. Clare. The foundress of the Order of Poor Clares followed the teachings of St Francis by living a life of poverty and humility. We will visit these two saints' tombs before dinner and retiring for the evening.

Day12
February 26: Assisi - Rome

We'll depart Assisi and travel to Rome. We will make our way to Mass, followed by a welcome dinner with wine. This evening we will walk to St. Peter's Square for Rosary (optional).

Day13
February 27: Rome: Vatican Museum - Basilica of St. Paul Out-side the Walls - Catacombs

Following breakfast, we will depart to celebrate Mass in the largest church in Christen-dom, St Peter's Basilica, built on the site where St Peter was martyred. Unsurpassed in beauty, a monument to the long history of the Catholic Church, to which pilgrims come from around the world, St Peter's is the grandest of the world's churches. Marvel Pieta and Bernini's amazing bronze canopy. Following Mass, we will visit of the Vati-can Museums, containing a group of the most impressive edifices with hundreds of galleries filled with art treasures. See awe-inspiring relics, and works of art donated throughout centuries as tributes of faith. We'll cover The Tapestry Gallery, The Raphael Rooms and the most overwhelming Sistine Chapel, Michelangelo's Masterpiece, restored mural of the Last Judgment. The tour ends as we make our way back into St. Peter's Basilica. Pope Francis visited the tomb of St. Peter, following his elevation, for a visit of devotion that lasted 45 minutes. He is the first Pontiff to visit the necropolis since extensive archaeological excavations were conducted at the ancient site decades ago. We will also visit the tomb of St. John Paul II located at the Vatican. There will be free time for lunch, and then we will continue on to visit St Paul. Outside the Walls. Continue our tour via the Appian Way -- the oldest road from Roman times--plus the famous Domino Quo Vadis Chapel; see the ancient Baths of Caracalla, Arch of Dru-sus; Tomb of Celilia Metella, and the catacombs of St Callixtus where the early Chris-tians hid themselves to escape persecution. We will conclude our day and wonderful stay in Rome with dinner at a local restaurant in Rome.

Day14
February 28: Rome: Papal Audience - Trevi Fountain / Piazza Navona - Basili-ca of St. John the Lateran and St. Mary Major - Holy Steps

Following breakfast, we will make our way to St. Peter's Square to attend the Papal Audience, led by His Holiness, Pope Francis. (Papal Audience: Is scheduled to take place every Wednesday, pending the schedule of Pope Francis.) Following the audi-ence, we will make our way to the Trevi Fountain built in the 15th Century to mark the ending destination of the Aqua Virgo - a man-made channel erected in 19 B.C or Piazza Navona where at the center: Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi "Fountain of the Four Rivers. After free time for lunch we will visit the Basilica of St. John the Lateran, the Pope's cathedral church where relics of both Peter and Paul remain under the main altar. It was here that Pope Francis was formally installed as Bishop of Rome. Next we cross the street to see the Holy Staircase which is believed to be a staircase from Pilate's palace in Jerusalem and brought to Rome by St. Helen in the 4th century. Time permitting we may climb the steps on our knees in memory of Christ's Passion. Continue to the Basilica of St. Mary Major, the most important and the oldest church dedicated to Our Lady. St. Mary Major contains a relic from the Manger of the infant Jesus. We will celebrate Mass, and then make our way to dinner and overnight.

Day15
March 01: Rome on your own - Free Day

Enjoy a free day or optional tours that your guide will be happy to assist you with!

Day16
March 02: Depart Rome - Return Philadelphia

Following breakfast, we will transfer to Rome Airport for our return flights home. We will bid farewell to our new friends and to a Pilgrimage which will be in our memories and hearts for a long time to come. We fondly say, Arrivederci Italia!

Would like to stop over in Europe?

Let us know at time of registration, we can adjust your airline reservation pending availability to add a pre or post stay of your choosing. Simply Contact Amanda or Gelsey:  800-206-TOUR (8687)  or  amanda@206tours.com or gelsey@206tours.com

Options and upgrades

*All pricing is per person

Single Supplement / Private Room $799.00 (USD)

Business Class Trans-Atlantic (One-Way) $1,850.00 (USD)

Business Class Trans-Atlantic (Round-Trip) $3,700.00 (USD)

Optional Post Tour to Rome & Assisi

*All pricing is per person

Fr. Robert Hughes' Post Tour to Rome & Assisi February 24-March 2 $1,579.00 (USD)

Single Private room-Fr. Robert Hughes' Post Tour to Rome & Assisi February 24-March 2 $529.00 (USD)

Pre Stay - Overnight Hotel & Breakfast

*All pricing is per person, per night

Tel Aviv Pre Stay - Double Room $175.00 (USD)

Tel Aviv Pre Stay - Single Room $309.00 (USD)

Optional Post Tour to Rome & Assisi

February 24 - March 02, 2018
$1,579.00 Per Person   |   Private Room: $529

Iternary

Day11
February 25: Assisi - The Life of a Saint

Today is a very special day, as we will spend a full day touring the home of the Saint that inspired our Holy Father. Pope Francis chose his name in admiration of the Saint of Nature and Servant to the Poor. Known for being a humble man himself, Pope Francis spent most of his life denying the luxuries of life, and preferring to live in simplic-ity and humility. Following breakfast, we will begin a tour of Assisi. Visit the tomb of St Francis. Explore the quaint hilltop birthplace of St Francis that still retains something of the atmosphere of the early 1200s, the period when St Francis began his ministry. Contained within the huge 13th-century Basilica are many of the saint's possessions and a series of frescoes depicting his life. You may kneel before the crucifix from which Jesus spoke to St Francis, asking him to rebuild His church. It was in St Mary of the Angels Basilica where St Francis spent most of his life. Here we visit the Chapel, Portiuncola, the rose bush, and the cave where the saint retired for prayer. Stroll the medieval streets of the compact little town. You will have some free time to shop or eat lunch at an outdoor cafe with a view of an ancient Roman temple, we go to the Church of St. Clare to view the relics of St. Clare. The foundress of the Order of Poor Clares followed the teachings of St Francis by living a life of poverty and humility. We will visit these two saints' tombs before dinner and retiring for the evening.

Day12
February 26: Assisi - Rome

We'll depart Assisi and travel to Rome. We will make our way to Mass, followed by a welcome dinner with wine. This evening we will walk to St. Peter's Square for Rosary (optional).

Day13
February 27: Rome: Vatican Museum - Basilica of St. Paul Out-side the Walls - Catacombs

Following breakfast, we will depart to celebrate Mass in the largest church in Christen-dom, St Peter's Basilica, built on the site where St Peter was martyred. Unsurpassed in beauty, a monument to the long history of the Catholic Church, to which pilgrims come from around the world, St Peter's is the grandest of the world's churches. Marvel Pieta and Bernini's amazing bronze canopy. Following Mass, we will visit of the Vati-can Museums, containing a group of the most impressive edifices with hundreds of galleries filled with art treasures. See awe-inspiring relics, and works of art donated throughout centuries as tributes of faith. We'll cover The Tapestry Gallery, The Raphael Rooms and the most overwhelming Sistine Chapel, Michelangelo's Masterpiece, restored mural of the Last Judgment. The tour ends as we make our way back into St. Peter's Basilica. Pope Francis visited the tomb of St. Peter, following his elevation, for a visit of devotion that lasted 45 minutes. He is the first Pontiff to visit the necropolis since extensive archaeological excavations were conducted at the ancient site decades ago. We will also visit the tomb of St. John Paul II located at the Vatican. There will be free time for lunch, and then we will continue on to visit St Paul. Outside the Walls. Continue our tour via the Appian Way -- the oldest road from Roman times--plus the famous Domino Quo Vadis Chapel; see the ancient Baths of Caracalla, Arch of Dru-sus; Tomb of Celilia Metella, and the catacombs of St Callixtus where the early Chris-tians hid themselves to escape persecution. We will conclude our day and wonderful stay in Rome with dinner at a local restaurant in Rome.

Day14
February 28: Rome: Papal Audience - Trevi Fountain / Piazza Navona - Basili-ca of St. John the Lateran and St. Mary Major - Holy Steps

Following breakfast, we will make our way to St. Peter's Square to attend the Papal Audience, led by His Holiness, Pope Francis. (Papal Audience: Is scheduled to take place every Wednesday, pending the schedule of Pope Francis.) Following the audi-ence, we will make our way to the Trevi Fountain built in the 15th Century to mark the ending destination of the Aqua Virgo - a man-made channel erected in 19 B.C or Piazza Navona where at the center: Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi "Fountain of the Four Rivers. After free time for lunch we will visit the Basilica of St. John the Lateran, the Pope's cathedral church where relics of both Peter and Paul remain under the main altar. It was here that Pope Francis was formally installed as Bishop of Rome. Next we cross the street to see the Holy Staircase which is believed to be a staircase from Pilate's palace in Jerusalem and brought to Rome by St. Helen in the 4th century. Time permitting we may climb the steps on our knees in memory of Christ's Passion. Continue to the Basilica of St. Mary Major, the most important and the oldest church dedicated to Our Lady. St. Mary Major contains a relic from the Manger of the infant Jesus. We will celebrate Mass, and then make our way to dinner and overnight.

Day15
March 01: Rome on your own - Free Day

Enjoy a free day or optional tours that your guide will be happy to assist you with!

Day16
March 02: Depart Rome - Return Philadelphia

Following breakfast, we will transfer to Rome Airport for our return flights home. We will bid farewell to our new friends and to a Pilgrimage which will be in our memories and hearts for a long time to come. We fondly say, Arrivederci Italia!

Would like to stop over in Europe?

Let us know at time of registration, we will reschedule your airline reservations pending availability at no additional fee (these options will be available to you when you register online). Let us know if you need assistance with pre or post stay at hotel.
Simply Contact 206 Tours  800-206-TOUR (8687)  or  Sales@206tours.com

About your trip

pilgrimage map
  • Tel Aviv
  • Mt. of Beatitudes
  • Cana
  • Nazareth
  • Caesarea Maritima
  • Haifa
  • Sea of Galilee
  • Tiberias
  • Mt. Tabor
  • Jordan River
  • Jericho
  • Jerusalem
  • Bethany
  • Masada
  • Qumran
  • Dead Sea
  • Bethlehem
  • Church of Holy Sepulchre
  • Ein Karem
About The Holy Land - In the footsteps of Jesus:

If you desire to draw closer to Jesus of Nazareth, come, as we follow in His footsteps. Each day of your pilgrimage you will have time to renew and affirm your faith; to pray and reflect. The Scriptures will come alive as you visit Our Lord's homeland. You will be inspired by the natural beauty of the landscape, in addition to its rich historical heritage It is an encounter that has changed the lives of many pilgrims, an act of faith and prayer. Pilgrims have been traveling to the Holy Land for hundreds of years, and as part of your pilgrimage, we include many of the rich traditions that have evolved over time. The maxim at the entrance to the Church of the Nativity says: "We are hoping that: If you enter here as a tourist, you would exit as a pilgrim. If you enter here as a pilgrim, you would exit as a holier one." We pray that same will occur when you join 206 Tours pilgrimage.

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