Chris Stefanick Holy Land Pilgrimage with Real Life Catholic and 206 Tours - Catholic Pilgrimages and Spiritual Journeys


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Real Life Catholic

Holy Land Pilgrimage

with Chris Stefanick

June 14 - 24, 2020

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Tel Aviv · Caesarea · Stella Maris · Nazareth · Kfar Kedem · Tiberias · Sea of Galilee · Mt. Tabor · Bet She'an · Jericho · Jordan River · Jerusalem · Ein Karem · Temple Model · Bethlehem · Mt. Of Olives · Mt. Zion · Western Wall (Southern Steps & Kotel Tunnels) · City of David (Hezekiah Tunnel)· Bethany · Qumran · Ein Gedi · Masada · Dead Sea · Via Dolorosa · Holy Sepulchre · Gethsemane ·

2020 Dates & Prices

Dates

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Booking

Jun 14
Sunday
Jun 24, 2020
Wednesday
Jun 15
Monday
Jun 24, 2020
Wednesday
             

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! Learn more about Chris here.


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Chris Stefanick

Chris speaks to over 50,000 teens, young adults, and parents every year. This youth ministry veteran served at a parish in the East Los Angeles area and as director of Youth and Young Adult Ministry for the Archdiocese of Denver. He is the founder and president of Real Life Catholic, a nonprofit organization dedicated to reengaging a generation. Chris is a syndicated columnist, has authored or co-authored several books, and is a regular on Catholic TV. He is most proud of his wife and six children.


Chris Stefanick

Chris speaks to over 50,000 teens, young adults, and parents every year. This youth ministry veteran served at a parish in the East Los Angeles area and as director of Youth and Young Adult Ministry for the Archdiocese of Denver. He is the founder and president of Real Life Catholic, a nonprofit organization dedicated to reengaging a generation. Chris is a syndicated columnist, has authored or co-authored several books, and is a regular on Catholic TV. He is most proud of his wife and six children.


Your trip includes

  • Roundtrip Airfare
         *
  • Airport taxes & fuel surcharges
  • Accommodations at centrally located first class hotels: (or similar)
         ~ 1 night: June 15 - 16: Herods Tel Aviv or Ramada, Netanya
         ~ 2 nights: June 16 - 18: Ein Gev or Sea of Galilee, Tiberias
         ~ 5 nights: June 18 - 23: Olive Tree or Grand Court, Jerusalem
  • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner daily (Starting with Dinner on day of Arrival, to Breakfast on morning of Departure)
  • Wine and mineral water with dinners
  • Transportation, as per itinerary, by air-conditioned motor coach
  • Free Wi-Fi on motor coach
  • Unlimited Water Bottles on the Bus during sightseeing
  • Assistance of a professional local Christian Guide
  • Sightseeing and admissions fees as per itinerary
  • Wireless Headsets throughout
  • Luggage handling (at Hotels - 1 piece per person)
  • Tips to Hotel Staff, Restaurants, and Luggage Handlers
  • Arrangements for Mass daily & Spiritual activities
  • Flight bag & portfolio of all travel documents
Centrally Located Hotels
hotel
Herods
Tel Aviv

1 Night

hotel
Ein Gev
Tiberias

2 Nights

hotel
Olive Tree
Jerusalem

5 Nights

Not Included
  • Tips to your Guide & Driver.
Optional
Travel Insurance

Providing you coverage for both pre-existing conditions and those that may arise during your trip, including 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
Sunday - June 14th: Depart for the Holy Land

Make your way to your local Airport, where you will board your overnight flight. Your meals are served on board.

Day2
Monday - June 15th: Arrive in Tel Aviv

Upon arrival in Tel Aviv, you will collect your luggage in the baggage claim area, and continue to the Arrival's Hall where you will be greeted by a tour guide and/or driver. Your group will transfer to your hotel in Tel Aviv in time to check-in. Enjoy dinner at the hotel before retiring for the evening.

Day3
Tuesday - June 16th: Caesarea - Stella Maris - Nazareth - Tiberias
Theme: The Annunciation

Following breakfast at your hotel, your group will head to Caesarea, the former capital of Judea. You will have the opportunity to visit the archaeological remains of this ancient port, which aided as base for the Herodian navy. Shortly after the time of Jesus Christ, it was revealed to Peter, in Caesarea, that the Good News (to repent) is not only intended for Jewish people but also, the entire world. This is also the place which officially ended the tradition of adhering to the Jewish ceremonial laws. As a result, Peter baptized a group of gentiles, the Roman Centurion, Cornelius, and his family. Your tour continues as you travel North to Haifa. In Haifa, you will find Stella Maris, a Carmelite Monastery. The monastery is located above the cave where Elijah, the prophet, once lived. A colorful painting of this "wonder-worker" can be found on the ceiling of the Church. Following this visit, your group will depart Stella Maris and enjoy the scenic drive (with view of the bay of Acco) to Nazareth. In Nazareth, you will experience the town where Mary once lived and where Jesus lived as a child (Matthew 2:23). During the visit to Nazareth, your group will visit the Byzantine Church of St. Joseph, to which tradition identifies as the workshop and home of the Holy Family. Also, your group will visit Mary's Well where the angel Gabriel announced to the Virgin Mary that she will bear the Son of God (Luke 1:30-34). Your first day culminates with a transfer to Tiberias. Upon arrival in Tiberias, you will check-in to your hotel for dinner and overnight.

Day4
Wednesday - June 17th: Tiberias: Sea of Galilee
Theme: The Ministry of Christ in the Galilee

Your group will begin this day with breakfast at the hotel, followed by a boat ride on the beautiful and scenic, Sea of Galilee (Luke 5:1). During this ride, your group will also view the remains of a boat that dates back to the time of Jesus. Following the Sea of Galilee, your group will continue on to the Mount of Beatitudes, where Jesus proclaimed His great Sermon on the Mount (Luke 6:20-49). Near the mount is Tabgha, one of Jesus' miracle sites. At Tabgha, Jesus fed the crowd of 5,000 people from five loaves of bread, and two fish (Luke 9:10-17). Also, in Tabgha is St. Peter's Primacy where Jesus bestowed church leadership upon Peter (John 21:9).Your tour continues as you visit the birthplace of Mary Magdalena, in Magdala. During the time of Jesus, this village was a prosperous fishing village that exported fish and garum (a fish sauce reduction; popular in Roman cooking). Your day concludes at Capernaum, the launching place of Jesus' ministry. In Capernaum, your group will have the opportunity to see the Synagogue of where Jesus taught (Mark 1:21-29), and gave His sermon on the Bread of Life. Your group will enjoy dinner and overnight at your hotel.

Day5
Thursday - June 18th: Mt. Tabor - Jericho - Jordan River - Jerusalem
Theme: The Transfiguration

Following breakfast, your group will drive to the site of the Transfiguration, Mount Tabor (Matthew 17:1-50). At this site, you will have some time to reflect on Christ's Humanity and Divinity. Your group will also have the opportunity to celebrate Mass at the Basilica of the Transfiguration. From there, we head South on the Jordan Valley, to the oldest inhabited city in the world, Jericho (Joshua 6:12-25). In Jericho, you will have the opportunity to view the exact location, the Mount of Temptation, of where the Devil tempted Jesus during his forty-day fast (Luke 4:1). Following the visit to this mountain, your group will continue to Jesus' baptismal site on the River Jordan (Matthew 3:13-17). After some time at the Jordan River, your group will end their day with a transfer to Jerusalem. In Jerusalem, your group will check-in to your hotel for dinner and overnight.

Day6
Friday - June 19th: Jerusalem: Ein Karem - Temple Model - Bethlehem
Theme: The Visitation and Nativity

This morning, you will have breakfast and then depart for a day in Jerusalem, which houses the temple to which Jesus was Presented (Luke 2:22). Your group will visit a model of the Second Temple, as it was in the time of Jesus. Following this visit, your group will take a short drive to the village of Ein Karem, the birthplace of John the Baptist. It is known that there are two churches in Ein Karem, both representing the two homes of Zechariah and Elizabeth. The first is in a valley where the birth of St. John the Baptist is commemorated (Luke 1:39-80) in the Church of the Nativity of St. John the Baptist. The second is on a hill where Elizabeth spent five months in seclusion (Luke 1:24) at the Church of the Visitation. Your group will visit both of these churches and have the opportunity to pray the Mystery of the Rosary as you walk up the hill to the Church of the Visitation. In the afternoon, your group will transfer to Bethlehem, the birthplace of Jesus. In Bethlehem, you will have the opportunity to view the Shepherd's Fields (Luke 2:8). In the caves of these fields, you are still able to see the soot marks of fires that shepherds lit to keep warm. The tour concludes at the Manger Square, which stands in front of the Church of the Nativity. As you enter the Church, you will proceed down to the Grotto of the Nativity, which marks the spot of Our Savior's birth (Matthew 2:1-18). Beneath the Altar, there is a silver star and a Latin inscription that states: HIC DE VIRGINE MARIA JESUS CHRISTUS NATUS (Here Jesus Christ was born to the Virgin Mary). Following Mass in this Sacred space, your group will return to the hotel for dinner and overnight.

Day7
Saturday - June 20th: Jerusalem: Mt. Of Olives - Gethsemane - Mt. Zion - Western Wall
Theme: Palm Sunday and the Agony in the Garden

After breakfast, we will make our way to the Mount of Olives, where you will be able to take in the beautiful, panoramic view of Jerusalem. Historically, the Mount of Olives was a mandatory transit point for Jesus during many iconic moments. Your group will visit the Pater Noster Shrine, where Jesus taught His disciples the Lord's Prayer (Pater Noster) (Luke 11:1-4). You will have the opportunity to stop at Dominus Flevit, which is a Church that commemorates where Jesus wept for Jerusalem (Luke 19:41). The tour continues on to Gethsemane, a garden at the foot of the Mount of Olives. Jesus brought His disciples here to pray the night before He was crucified (Luke 22:29-53). The Garden still contains trees with roots that date back to the time of Jesus. Beside the Garden is your next stop, the Church of All Nations, built over the "Rock of Agony". This is where Jesus prayed alone on the night of His arrest. Throughout this time, you are invited to remain in prayer and to reflect on Christ's agony that he experienced. Your group will have the opportunity to visit the Western Wall (which is the last remnant of the Jewish Temple after it was destroyed in 70 C.E.) The tour continues as you will visit the house of the High Priest Caiaphas (Church of St. Peter in Gallicantu). This Church commemorates where Jesus was examined and eventually imprisoned before the Council in Jerusalem. It also commemorates Peter's Denial of Christ (John 18:15-18), Peters' repentance, and Jesus' forgiveness of Peter. You will also visit the Upper Room on Mt. Zion. The Upper Room is where Jesus and His disciples celebrated the Last Supper (Matthew 26:17-30) and, where Jesus appeared to His disciples after His Death and Resurrection (Mark 16:14). In addition, your group will visit the nearby Benedictine Church of the Dormition. Tradition tells us that this Church is where Mary, the Mother of Jesus, "fell asleep." At the end of this prayerful day, your group will return to your hotel for dinner and overnight.

Day8
Sunday - June 21st: Bethany - Qumran - Dead Sea
Theme: Early Years in Jerusalem & the Wilderness

Following breakfast at your hotel, your group will travel down the Jordan Valley to Qumran. Qumran is made up of 2,000 year old ruins from the days of the Second Temple, and also the site where the Dead Sea Scrolls were written and discovered (Ezekial 47:8-10). These writings have helped further the understanding of Jewish background in Christianity. Time and weather permitting, your group will have the opportunity to take a float in the Dead Sea, the lowest and saltiest spot on Earth. Your tour will continue as you travel through the Judean Wilderness, the site where Jesus spent His 40 days of fasting. The day of touring culminates with a transfer to Bethany. Bethany is the site where Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead, which foreshadows His own Resurrection (John 11:38-44). Your group will celebrate Mass and return to the hotel for dinner and overnight.

Day9
Monday - June 22nd: Jerusalem: Via Dolorosa - Holy Sepulchre
Theme: The Way of the Cross, The Crucifixion, The Resurrection

Your group will have a very early morning wake-up, which will begin the Via Dolorosa (The Way of the Cross) at the Antonia Fortress. This is the spot where Jesus was condemned to death by Pontius Pilate (John 18:28-19:16). Following His condemnation, He was taken (on the Road to Calvary) to His place of Crucifixion. Your group will reflect upon the Stations of the Cross as you travel through the markets of the Old City to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher (Luke 23:26-33). This Sacred destination is the site of Calvary (Jesus' crucifixion place) and, His tomb (Luke 23: 50-55). Your group will celebrate Mass at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Following Mass, your group will return to the Hotel to enjoy breakfast. We will continue our day with a visit to the Church of St. Anne's, the home of Jesus' maternal grandparents (Anne and Joachim); and the Pool of Bethesda, where Jesus healed the crippled man (John 5:1-9). This afternoon, your group will enjoy a revisit to the Old City. Following this visit, your group will enjoy dinner and overnight at your hotel.

Day10
Tuesday - June 23rd: Return Flights Home

This morning, you will have breakfast, and then you will have a free day to spend at your own leisure. In the evening, you will gather in the Hotel Lobby, and your group will leave by motor coach and transfer to the Tel Aviv airport for return flight(s) home. *Flights returning to the US depart between 11:30 P.M. and 12:40 A.M. (on the morning of June 24th)

Day11
Wednesday - June 24th: Arrive Home

You will arrive back home today.

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


The benefit of buying airfare with 206 Tours?

  • Your transfers are always secured, even if your flights are delayed - round trip transfers to/from the hotel and airport are included no matter what!
  • If you purchase your airline ticket on your own, you have to pay in full at the time of booking, and most of the time it is non-refundable. If you book with 206 Tours, full payment is due 60 days prior.
  • In the very rare event that a tour is cancelled, you would get all your money back, which would most likely not be the case if you purchased it directly from the airline.
  • Your flight arrangement will be followed up on and reconfirmed by 206 Tours.
  • 206 Tours can arrange for you to travel before the tour, make a stop-over, or stay later!

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$400 Deposit is due at the time of Registration

2020 Dates & Prices

Dates

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Booking

Jun 14
Sunday
Jun 24, 2020
Wednesday
Jun 15
Monday
Jun 24, 2020
Wednesday
             
Options & Upgrades

*All pricing is per person

Private Room / Single Supplement $893.00 (USD)

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

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

Pre / Post Stay in the Holy Land Information
Arrive a Day Earlier in Tel Aviv!
  • - Get a good nights sleep!
  • - Breakfast overlooking the Mediterranean Sea
  • - Walk along the beautiful Boardwalk
  • - Take a day trip to Haifa, visit the Haifa Museum, local shopping.. and much more

Additional $269 Per Person
Includes:
Transfer, Overnight, and Breakfast in the Morning

Spend another day in Jerusalem!
  • - Return to the Holy Sites for Prayer, and reflection
  • - Attend a local Mass
  • - Enjoy some more shopping in the Old City
  • - Visit the City of David Exhibit, The Yad Vashem Museum, ..and so much more

Additional $279 Per Person

Includes:
Transfer, Overnight, and Breakfast in the Morning

Would you like to arrive earlier or stay later?

Let us know at the time of registration if you would like to arrive earlier, or stay later, than the scheduled tour dates, and pending availability, we will book your airline reservations accordingly, at no additional cost. Pre- and/or post-stays at the hotel will cost an additional fee. These options should be available to you when registering online, or simply contact us at: 800-206-TOUR (8687) or sales@206tours.com

Options and upgrades

Options & Upgrades

*All pricing is per person

Private Room / Single Supplement $893.00 (USD)

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

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


Would you like to arrive
earlier or stay later?

Let us know at the time of registration if you would like to arrive earlier, or stay later, than the scheduled tour dates, and pending availability, we will book your airline reservations accordingly, at no additional cost. Pre- and/or post-stays at the hotel will cost an additional fee. These options should be available to you when registering online, or simply contact us at: 800-206-TOUR (8687) or sales@206tours.com

About your trip

pilgrimage map
  • Tel Aviv
  • Caesarea
  • Stella Maris
  • Nazareth
  • Kfar Kedem
  • Tiberias
  • Sea of Galilee
  • Mt. Tabor
  • Bet She'an
  • Jericho
  • Jordan River
  • Jerusalem
  • Ein Karem
  • Temple Model
  • Bethlehem
  • Mt. Of Olives
  • Mt. Zion
  • Western Wall (Southern Steps & Kotel Tunnels)
  • City of David Hezekiah Tunnel)
  • Bethany
  • Qumran
  • Ein Gedi
  • Masada
  • Dead Sea
  • Via Dolorosa
  • Holy Sepulchre
  • Gethsemane
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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