11 Days

Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre

of Jerusalem - Eastern Lieutenancy

Holy Land Pilgrimage

Spiritual Director: H.E. Bishop Paul Bootkoski (sp) Emeritus

September 9 - 19, 2019

*Optional Pre Tour to Jordan   |   September 6 - 10, 2019

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2019 Dates & Prices

Dates

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Booking

Sep 9
Monday
Sep 19, 2019
Thursday
Sep 10
Tuesday
Sep 19, 2019
Thursday

Tel Aviv · Tiberias · Nazareth · Cana · Sea of Galilee · Mt. Tabor · Jordan River · Jericho · Jerusalem · Dome of the Rock · Temple Mount · St. Anne's Church · Church of Nativity · Ein Karem · Israel Museum · Bethlehem · Shepherds Fields · Church of the Holy Sepulchre · Bethany · Mt. Of Olives · Mt. Zion · Via Dolorosa · Der Rafat

"Christians are to the world, what the soul is to the body" an anonymous second-century author wrote. The function of the soul is to support the body, to be its conscience and its historical memory. Almost a Millennium links the works of Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre and the Holy Land.

The time has come to embark on a once in a lifetime pilgrimage to the Holy Land! Let us go to the city of peace and see the symbol of God's love for his people. Come to the land where He came, and where He acted with us in this world. During your pilgrimage, you will visit some of the most significant places, cities of universal importance. Persevere and quietly witness faith and hope in the service of reconciliation and forgiveness, and follow the teaching and example of the Lord Jesus. Return home as a leaven of reconciliation, a witness to charity, and bringing hope to others.

After you walk where Jesus walked, you will never be the same.

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Her Excellency, Vicki Downey, DGCHS
Lieutenant of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre - Eastern Lieutenancy


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H.E. Bishop Paul Bootkoski
(sp) Emeritus

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Your trip includes

  • Round-trip airfare from New York or
  • All airport taxes & fuel surcharges
  • Centrally located hotels: (or similar)
      ~ 3 nights: September 10 – 13: Hotel Magdala, Tiberias
      ~ 5 nights: September 13 – 19: Notre Dame, Jerusalem
  • Transfers as per itinerary
  • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner daily
  • Wine and Mineral Water with all Dinners
  • Unlimited Bottles of Water on the Bus
  • Transportation by air-conditioned motor coach
  • Free Wi-Fi and bottles of Water on the Motor Coach
  • Wireless headsets while sightseeing throughout
  • Assistance of a professional local Christian guide throughout
  • Sightseeing and admissions fees as per itinerary
  • Votive Masses daily & Spiritual activities
  • Special Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre Traditions
  • Ceremony in Cana: Wedding Vow Renewals
  • Luggage handling (at Hotels – 1 piece per person)
  • Tips to the Hotel Staff, Restaurants, and Luggage Handlers
  • Flight bag & portfolio of all travel documents
Centrally located hotels or similar
hotel
Hotel Magdala
Tiberias

3 Nights

hotel
Notre Dame
Jerusalem

5 Nights

Not included
  • Items and visits not mentioned above.
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
Monday – September 9th: Depart for the Holy Land

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
Tuesday – September 10th: Arrive in Tel Aviv - Sea of Galilee

Upon arrival in Tel Aviv, you will be met by the 206 Tours representative and transfer to your hotel at the Sea of Galilee. In the evening, you will make your way for the “Welcome Drink Reception”, followed by dinner. Return to your room for a restful nights sleep.

Day3
Wednesday – September 11th: Cana - Nazareth - Caesarea - Haifa - Sea of Galilee
Theme: The Annunciation

This morning, after breakfast, you will start the day by visiting Cana where you will visit the Franciscan Wedding Church. Couples will have the opportunity participate in the ceremony of renewing their Wedding Vows, led by your Spiritual Director. Your next visit will be to Nazareth, where you will visit the Byzantine Church of St. Joseph and Mary's Well. From there, you will walk the pilgrimage train into the Church of the Annunciation to celebrate the Liturgy, and then a quick tour, including the Archeological Garden where you will see 1st century remains of houses from the time of Christ. You will also visit the Museum where we see inscriptions left by pilgrims venerating the Virgin Mary, including the 2nd century A.D. inscription showing Xeria Maria 'Ave Maria', considered to be the oldest venerating signs of the Blessed Virgin. From there, it is on to Caesarea, which was once the ancient capital of the Roman province. Lunch, and then tour starting with 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. Return to the Sea of Galilee for dinner and overnight. 

*Wedding Vows in Cana: Wedding Vows in Cana: Each couple will receive a "Special" Certificate to commemorate the ceremony.

Day4
Thursday – September 12th: Tiberias: Banias - Sea of Galilee
Theme: The Ministry of Christ in the Galilee

After breakfast, we will begin the day 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. Travel north to visit Caesarea Philippi, also known as Banias, where Peter recognized Jesus as the Messiah and where Jesus told St. Peter, "You are the Rock, and upon this rock I will build my Church." Banias is also the source of the River Jordan. Continue to 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. Lunch, and then celebrate the Liturgy at the Mt. of Beatitude, the 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." Then we will see the Sower Cove, located midway between Tabgha and Capernaum, where Jesus was pushed out on a boat by the crowd and taught from the parable of sower. Our last visit will be remains of the fishing village of Magdala (Aramaic for "elegant"). During the time of Jesus it was a thriving place that exported dried fish and garum (a fish sauce reduction popular in Roman cooking). Excavations done by the Franciscans in the 1970s revealed the residential area of the village and the docks where the fishing boats would unload the fish caught in the Sea of Galilee. In 2009 a chance discovery revealed a 1st Century synagogue at the entrance to the village from West. It is also assumed that Mary Magdalene was born here. Then walk to the nearby Valley of the Doves, to see the Jesus Trail, and the ancient road that was walked by our Lord. Dinner and overnight at your hotel.

Day5
Friday – September 13th: Mt. Tabor – Jericho – Jordan River – Bethany - 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. Celebrating 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, and on our way to Jerusalem, where you will check-in to your hotel in time for dinner and overnight.

Day6
Saturday – September 14th: Jerusalem: Via Dolorosa - Church of the Holy Sepulchre (Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross) – and Our Lady of Palestine
Theme: The Way of the Cross, the Crucifixion, and the Resurrection

Today will be an early morning, as we will depart the Hotel at 5:30 A.M. and make our way to 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. 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 Sepulchre. This Sacred destination is the site of Calvary (Jesus' crucifixion place) and, His tomb. The Liturgy your group will be celebrating this morning is Mass* in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Continue to the Western Wall, the holiest site to Jews. Return to Notre Dame for breakfast, and then you will have some free time to relax. We will then meet at the Pontifical Mission with their representative, lunch, and then travel along the Valley of Elah, where the famous encounter between David and Goliath has taken place, reaching Deir Rafat Monastery. This Monastery is dedicated to Our Lady of Palestine. The Latin Patriarchate, Luigi Barlassina, established this Monastery in 1927. The facade in the Convent Church bears the Latin inscription "Reginae Palaestinae", meaning "to the Queen of Palestine". It carries a six (6) meter statue of the Virgin Mary. The Church ceiling is decorated with a painting showing angels carrying banners with the first words of the "Hail Mary" prayer in 280 languages. Return to the Notre Dame for your dinner and overnight.

*Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross: Church of the Holy Sepulchre:
Location – 8:45 AM: Solemn Entry, 9:00 AM: Solemn Mass on Calvary

Day7
Sunday – September 15th: Jerusalem: Temple Model - Ein Karem

Today we will begin with a visit to the Israel Museum which houses the temple to which Jesus was Presented. Your group will visit a model of the Second Temple, as it was in the time of Jesus, as well as viewing the Shrine of the Book (where the Dead Sea Scrolls are on display). After lunch we will make a short drive taking us to the village of Ein Karem, birthplace of John the Baptist, to visit the church. This will be followed by a return drive back to Notre Dame for dinner & overnight.

Day8
Monday – September 16th: Jerusalem: Temple Mount - St. Anne’s Church – Mount of Olives – and Mt. Zion
Theme: The Visitationr

Following breakfast at your hotel, your group will visit the Temple Mount, and continue to visit to the Church of St. Anne’s, the home of Jesus’ maternal grandparents (Anne and Joachim). Nearby, we head to see the Pool of Bethesda, which supplied the water for the Temple, and where Jesus healed the crippled man. Next, 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). You will have the opportunity to stop at Dominus Flevit, which is a Church that commemorates where Jesus wept for Jerusalem. 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 . 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. 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 , Peters’ repentance, and Jesus’ forgiveness of Peter. Your group will see the Pilgrim Cross in the lower chapel, and also visit the Upper Room on Mt. Zion. The Upper Room is where Jesus and His disciples celebrated the Last Supper and, where Jesus appeared to His disciples after His Death and Resurrection. 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.

Day9
Tuesday – September 17th: Jerusalem: Church of the Nativity - Bethlehem University - Shepherds Fields – Meeting with the Latin Patriarchate
Theme: The Nativity

After breakfast, we will depart to Bethlehem, beginning at the Manger Square, which stands in front of one of the oldest of Christian churches, the Church of the Nativity. Enter the Church and make your way 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.) We will celebrate Mass in the Church of Nativity, and then continue to visit Bethlehem University to visit the Campus, and meet with its students and faculty. We have prepared a special lunch for your group at the University. From there, we will head to our final stop of the day, the Shepherds Fields. The caves have soot marks of the fires that shepherds lit to keep warm while watching over their flocks. In the afternoon, we will visit the Office of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem, where all Knights and Ladies will receive the Pilgrim Shell (TBC). Return to our hotel for dinner and overnight.

Day10
Wednesday – September 18th: Free Day

Breakfast in the morning, followed by free time to spend at your own leisure before you meet back at the Hotel. With heartfelt farewells to your fellow pilgrims, you will board our evening transfers to Tel Aviv Airport for our return flights home.

*Flights returning to the US, from Israel, depart between 11:30 P.M. on September 18th, and 12:40 A.M. on September 19th.

Day11
Thursday – September 19th: Arrive Home
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We promise to do all within our power to assist you with any questions or concerns you may have. Please feel free to contact us, please note should any problems arise during your trip you should first contact your local emergency contact in your destination country or the 206 Tours.

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EOHS Members: Invitation for Friends and Family

If you wish to invite Friends and Family to join you on this pilgrimage, please contact us with their information. That way, we can ensure they are booked from the correct departure city, and that we can make note in their registration so that you can be roomed near one another.

2019 Dates & Prices

Dates

Select airport

Booking

Sep 9
Monday
Sep 19, 2019
Thursday
Sep 10
Tuesday
Sep 19, 2019
Thursday
Options & Upgrades

*All pricing is per person

Single Supplement / Private Room $899.00 (USD)

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

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

Pre Tour to Jordan

*All pricing is per person

Private Room $238.00 (USD)

Pre Tour to Jordan $795.00 (USD)































Optional Pre Tour to Jordan:

September 6 - 10, 2019
$795 per person   |   Private Room: $238
  • Centrally located Hotels: (or similar)
      ~ 1 night | Sep 7 - 8: Holiday Inn, Amman
      ~ 1 night | Sep 8 - 9: Movenipick, Petra
      ~ 1 night | Sep 9 - 10: Holiday Inn, Amman
  • Breakfast and Dinner daily
  • Transfers in an air conditioned motor coach
  • Transfers & sightseeing as per itinerary
  • 3 Lunches
  • Jordanian Departure Tax
  • Jordan Visa (only necessary for Jordan)
  • Professional local Christian guide throughout
  • Entrance fees as per Itinerary
  • Luggage handling






















Itinerary
Day1
Friday - September 6 - Depart for Amman, Jordan

Make your way to the airport for your overnight flight to Amman.

Day2
Saturday - September 7 - Arrive Amman

Afternoon or evening arrival in Amman. Collect your luggage in the baggage claim area, and continue to the Arrival's Hall where you will be greeted by a tour guide. Your group will transfer to your hotel in Amman for dinner and overnight.

Day3
Sunday - September 8 - Petra

Today, we transfer to the "lost" city of Petra, with a stop at the Christian Town of Ader or Smakieh for Mass. On to Petra, lunch, and then a walking tour. Visit to the Siq, a mile-long gorge that contains a number of magnificent structures that are carved into the mountains. Visit the Petra Museum, which holds artifacts from the Neolithic period of the Nabataen history, architecture from the Romans as well as a Byzantine Chapel. Check into your hotel for dinner and overnight.

Day4
Monday – September 9 - Petra - Karak - Madaba - Mt. Nebo - Amman

First stop is the Castle of Karak, the largest castle among Mountain-top crusaders. On to the "City of Mosaics," Madaba, to visit St. George's Church which houses the oldest map of the Holy Land which includes Israel, Palestine, and Southern Egypt. Lunch, then visit Mt. Nebo, the most revered Holy sites of Jordan. This mountain was mentioned in Deuteronomy 34, "Then Moses climbed Mount Nebo from the plains of Moab to the top of Pisgah". While here, you will tour the Holy site of where Moses died and was buried. Return to Amman for dinner and an overnight.

Day5
Tuesday - September 10 - Amman - Baptismal Site "Bethany beyond the Jordan" - Mt. of Beatitudes
*Crossing the Jordanian Border into Israel*

Depart for Bethany beyond the Jordan visiting the Baptismal Site where Jesus was Baptized, and the place where the Israelites crossed into the promised Land and from where Elijah the prophet was taken into heaven. Crossing the border at Allenby bridge into Israel meeting your guide/driver. Lunch, and Tiberias for dinner and overnight.

Customize Your Pilgrimage

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

Customize your Trip!

Upgrades are available everywhere - from the comforts of the seats on your flights, to the room you are staying in! This is YOUR pilgrimage, so let us know how we can make the most of it, for you!

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

Options and upgrades

*All pricing is per person

Single Supplement / Private Room $899.00 (USD)

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

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

Pre Tour to Jordan

*All pricing is per person

Private Room $238.00 (USD)

Pre Tour to Jordan $795.00 (USD)







Optional Pre Tour to Jordan:

September 6 - 10, 2019
$795 per person   |   Private Room: $238
  • Centrally located Hotels: (or similar)
      ~ 1 night | Sep 7 - 8: Holiday Inn, Amman
      ~ 1 night | Sep 8 - 9: Movenipick, Petra
      ~ 1 night | Sep 9 - 10: Holiday Inn, Amman
  • Breakfast and Dinner daily
  • Transfers in an air conditioned motor coach
  • Transfers & sightseeing as per itinerary
  • 3 Lunches
  • Jordanian Departure Tax
  • Jordan Visa (only necessary for Jordan)
  • Professional local Christian guide throughout
  • Entrance fees as per Itinerary
  • Luggage handling

Itinerary

Day1
Friday - September 6 - Depart for Amman, Jordan

Make your way to the airport for your overnight flight to Amman.

Day2
Saturday - September 7 - Arrive Amman

Afternoon or evening arrival in Amman. Collect your luggage in the baggage claim area, and continue to the Arrival's Hall where you will be greeted by a tour guide. Your group will transfer to your hotel in Amman for dinner and overnight.

Day3
Sunday - September 8 - Petra

Today, we transfer to the "lost" city of Petra, with a stop at the Christian Town of Ader or Smakieh for Mass. On to Petra, lunch, and then a walking tour. Visit to the Siq, a mile-long gorge that contains a number of magnificent structures that are carved into the mountains. Visit the Petra Museum, which holds artifacts from the Neolithic period of the Nabataen history, architecture from the Romans as well as a Byzantine Chapel. Check into your hotel for dinner and overnight.

Day4
Monday – September 9 - Petra - Karak - Madaba - Mt. Nebo - Amman

First stop is the Castle of Karak, the largest castle among Mountain-top crusaders. On to the "City of Mosaics," Madaba, to visit St. George's Church which houses the oldest map of the Holy Land which includes Israel, Palestine, and Southern Egypt. Lunch, then visit Mt. Nebo, the most revered Holy sites of Jordan. This mountain was mentioned in Deuteronomy 34, "Then Moses climbed Mount Nebo from the plains of Moab to the top of Pisgah". While here, you will tour the Holy site of where Moses died and was buried. Return to Amman for dinner and an overnight.

Day5
Tuesday - September 10 - Amman - Baptismal Site "Bethany beyond the Jordan" - Mt. of Beatitudes
*Crossing the Jordanian Border into Israel*

Depart for Bethany beyond the Jordan visiting the Baptismal Site where Jesus was Baptized, and the place where the Israelites crossed into the promised Land and from where Elijah the prophet was taken into heaven. Crossing the border at Allenby bridge into Israel meeting your guide/driver. Lunch, and Tiberias for dinner and overnight.

Customize your Trip!

Upgrades are available everywhere - from the comforts of the seats on your flights, to the room you are staying in! This is YOUR pilgrimage, so let us know how we can make the most of it, for you!

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
  • Tiberias
  • Nazareth
  • Cana
  • Sea of Galilee
  • Mt. Tabor
  • Jordan River
  • Jericho
  • Jerusalem
  • Dome of the Rock
  • Temple Mount
  • St. Anne's Church
  • Ein Karem
  • Israel Museum
  • Bethlehem
  • Church of Nativity
  • Shepherds Fields
  • Church of the Holy Sepulchre
  • Bethany
  • Mt. Of Olives
  • Mt. Zion
  • Via Dolorosa
  • Our Lady of Palestine
  • Caesarea
  • Haifa
  • Jaffa
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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Know Before You Go

We promise to do all within our power to assist you with any questions or concerns you may have. Please feel free to contact us, please note should any problems arise during your trip you should first contact your local emergency contact in your destination country or the 206 Tours.

Read more

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