*This Pilgrimage has been rescheduled*
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YOUR TRIP INCLUDES:
† Flight bag & portfolio of all travel documents
† Round Trip Airfare from New York
*Fares from other US or Canada Airports
† All Airport Taxes and Fuel Surcharges
† 10 Nights at a 1st Class Hotels: (or similar)
~ Jan 16 - 20 | 4 nights: Nof Ginosar - Tiberias
~ Jan 20 - 26 | 6 nights: Dan Jerusalem - Jerusalem
† Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner daily
† Wine and Water with all dinners
† Transportation by air-conditioned motor coach
† Assistance of a professional local guide throughout
† Sightseeing and admissions fees as per itinerary
† Arrangements for Mass Daily & Spiritual activities
† Tips to Hotel Staff, Restaurants, and Luggage Handlers
(1 bag Per Person)
*Renew Wedding Vows in Cana - Couples will have a special opportunity to renew wedding vows on Day 3 during Mass
Travel Insurance (www.206tours.com/insurance), Extended Cancellation Protection Plan @ $299
(www.206tours.com/cancellationprotection), Tips to your guide and Driver. Items of personal nature.
Sample Day-by-Day Itinerary:
Day 1, Jan 15: DEPART USA
Board your flight at JFK Airport for the start of your journey to Tel Aviv, with complimentary meals and beverages served on board.
Day 2, Jan 16: ARRIVE TEL AVIV AIRPORT - TIBERIAS
On arrival in Tel Aviv you will be met and transferred to your hotel in Tiberias. Dinner will be served at the hotel, and then the group will meet in the Conference Room before returning to your room for overnight.
Day 3, Jan 17: CAESAREA, MUKHRAKA & THE JORDAN RIVER
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 with the Madonna of Mt Carmel. After enjoying the view of the bay of Acco, drive to Mukhraka; the Monastery here commemorates Elijah confronting the prophets of Baal. End the day at the spot where the Jordan river flows from the Sea of Galilee with time to reflect on the Baptism at the Jordan River. Check-in to your hotel by the lake in time for dinner, a meeting in the conference room following dinner, and overnight.
Mass: Celebrated at Stella Maris
Day 4, Jan 18: NAZARETH, CANA, SEPHORRIS
Theme: The Annunciation
Drive to Nazareth, the site of Mary’s home and the town where Jesus lived as a child. At Nazareth, celebrate Mass in the Basilica of the Annunciation, and visit the Byzantine Church of St. Joseph and Mary’s Well. In the afternoon visit Cana, where Jesus performed His first miracle at the request of His mother [John 2:1-11]. There visit the Franciscan chapel where those who wish to can perform the renewal of their wedding vows. End the day with a visit to the remains of Sephorris, which was the main town of the region in the time of Christ. Continue to Tiberias to check – in to your hotel, dinner, meeting in the Conference Room, and overnight.
Mass: Celebrated at Church of Annunciation
Day 5, Jan 19: TIBERIAS: SEA OF GALILEE
Theme: The Ministry of Christ in the Galilee
The day starts at the Mount of Beatitudes, scene of Jesus’ great Sermon on the Mount. Then to 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. Enjoy a lunch of St Peter Fish, and visit the 1st century boat found near Magdala. Dinner, meeting in the conference room, and overnight at your hotel.
Mass: St. Peter's Primacy
Day 6, Jan 20: MT. TABOR / JORDAN VALLEY / JERUSALEM
Theme: The Transfiguration
Today, after breakfast, start the day by hen drive to Mount Tabor, the site of the Transfiguration, with time to reflect on Christ’s Humanity and Divinity, good preparation for the journey to Jerusalem where Jesus was to suffer the crucifixion and resurrection. Mass here will be at the Basilica here designed to represent 3 tents. After descending visit nearby Nain, where Jesus raised the son of the widow from the dead. Drive down the Jordan Valley with a stop at Jericho, the world’s oldest continuously inhabited city, to view the Mt of Temptation and see an example of a Sycamore Tree. Drive up to Jerusalem, check-in to your hotel for dinner, a meeting in the conference room, and overnight.
Mass: Mt. Tabor
Day 7, Jan 21: 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. After a break for lunch on our own drive to 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.
Then we make our way 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.).
Mass: St. Catherine’s Church (adjoining to Church of
Day 8, Jan 22: BETHANY / JERICHO / QUMRAN/ DEAD SEA, SODOM
Theme: the Wilderness
Drive through the Judean Wilderness where Jesus spent 40 days fasting. Drive along the Dead Sea to the desolate region of Sodom & Gommorah. Also visit Qumran, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found and Jericho, to see Mt Temptation and view an example of a Sycamore Tree. Then to Bethany where He raised Lazarus from the dead. Celebrate Mass here before returning to the hotel for dinner, meeting in .
Day 9, Jan 23: JERUSALEM: MT. OF OLIVES, GETHSEMANE MT. ZION
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.
From there, take the route through the Kidron Valley along which Jesus was taken as a prisoner 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. Here we celebrate Mass. After Mass go up to Mt. Zion to visit the Upper Room, commemorating the Last Supper. Return to Hotel for dinner, meeting in Conference Room, and overnight.
Mass: St. Peter in Gallicantu
Day 10, Jan 24: JERUSALEM: VIA DOLOROSA, HOLY SEPULCHRE, St Anne
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 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 will be free on your own. Dinner, Conference Room for a meeting, and overnight.
Mass: Church of Holy Sepelchre
Day 11, Jan 25: JERUSALEM: WESTERN & SOUTHERN WALL / EMMAUS
At the steps of the Southern Wall of the Temple Mount we ponder the Presentation of Jesus at the Temple, the finding of Jesus at the Temple and the healing of the blind man at the Temple. Visit the Western Wall (also known as the Wailing Wall). You may also want to revisit some of the sites inside the Old City.
In the afternoon visit Abou Ghosh, probably site of Emmaus, where Jesus appeared to the two Disciples after the Resurrection. Here visit the lovely Crusader church and meditate in the beautiful gardens tended by the nuns. This will be the ideal place to reflect on your pilgrimage. Return to hotel. Dinner is served at the hotel, have our final meeting in the Conference Room, and overnight.
Mass: Emaus/Abu Ghosh
Day 12, Jan 26: Final day in Jerusalem
Today you will have the remainder of the day free until your transfer to the airport in the evening transfer for the early morning flight home to New York. (Return flight home departs at 12:40 A.M. on Jan 19th)
Day 13, Jan 27: Return Flight to New York
Breakfast will be served onboard your flight. Arrive home from your Pilgrimage with friends and memories that you will cherish for a lifetime.
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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.
Additional Information & Travel Tips: Israel
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The Old City, Jerusalem, Israel
|Mount of Beatitudes,
||Rock of Agony, Church of All Nations, Israel