Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem
Holy Land Pilgrimage
Spiritual Director: Msgr. Jamie Gigantiello
Spiritual Director: Msgr. David Cassato
Group Leader: Her Excellency, Vicki Downey, DGCHS
October 23 - 31, 2022
Tel Aviv · Jerusalem · Our Lady of Palestine · Temple Model · Ein Karem · Bethlehem · Holy Child Program · Church of the Nativity · Audience with the Latin Patriarchate · Pilgrim Shell Ceremony · Mount Tabor · Nazareth · Cana · Mount of Olives · Gethsemane · Mt. Zion · St. Peter in Gallicantu · Tiberias · Sea of Galilee · Tabgha · Mount of Beatitudes · Capernaum · Via Dolorosa · Church of the Holy Sepulchre · Old City Tour of Christian Quarters · Church of St. Anne · Pool of Bethesda · Western Wall and Jewish Quarters · Jericho · Jordan River · Bethany · Dead Sea · Emmaus · Stella Maris (Haifa)· Caesarea
Your trip includes
- Round-trip airfare from New York or
- All airport taxes & fuel surcharges
- Hotel accommodations (or similar) in double occupancy
- ~ 6 nights: October 24 – 30: David Citadel, Jerusalem
- ~ 1 night: October 30 – 31: Dan Jerusalem, Tel Aviv
- Transfers as per itinerary
- Breakfast and Lunch Daily
- Five (5) Dinners
- Lunches daily with Soda/Juice (Seated at local Restaurants)
- Wine and mineral water with dinners
- Unlimited bottled water on the Bus
- Wi-Fi on the Bus in Holy Land
- Transportation by air-conditioned motor coach
- Whisper headsets where needed
- Assistance of a professional local Christian guide(s)
- Sightseeing and admissions fees as per itinerary
- Mass daily & Spiritual activities
- Flight bag & Portfolio of all travel documents
- Beverages not mentioned, Tips to your Guide & Driver
Day 1: Sunday Oct 23: 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.
Day 2: Monday Oct 24 Arrive in Tel Aviv - Jerusalem
Upon arrival in Tel Aviv, you will follow the signs to “Baggage Claim” where you will collect your luggage, and then continue on to the Arrival’s Hall where you will be greeted by a Tour Guide and/or 206 Tours Rep. They will escort you out to the Bus, where your checked-bag will be placed underneath the Bus – and you will board the Group Bus and transfer to your Five Star Hotel in Jerusalem. Upon arrival, the Porters will collect your luggage and send them up to your room. You will exit the Bus, into the Lobby of the Hotel, where you will receive your Room Key and Welcome Letter. There will be free time to relax and unpack before we make our way to celebrate Mass in the evening, followed by dinner and a restful nights sleep.
Day 3: Tuesday Oct 25: Temple Model – Ein Karem – Bethlehem – Holy Child Program - Jerusalem
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). You will start the day with a visit 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. From there, we will make a short drive to visit a model of the Second Temple, as it was in the time of Jesus. We will stop for lunch, and then make your way 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. We will stop for lunch, and then continue on the tour 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 visit the Holy Child Program – a school for children that the Order has directly funded. After meeting the Franciscan Sister’s who run the school, we will take a tour, followed by a meeting with the students. From there we depart. Then return to the Hotel for dinner and overnight.
Day 4: Wednesday Oct 26 Mount Tabor – Nazareth – Cana - Jerusalem
After breakfast, we will board the bus and head 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. We will stop for lunch at the famous restaurant – Tishreen (Arabic for “October”), and then your group will drive to Nazareth. Upon arrival, 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 tour continues to Cana of Galilee, where Jesus preformed his first miracle changing water to wine, visit the wedding church where married couples will renew wedding vows. After, we will return to the Hotel where you will have a free evening to enjoy dinner on your own at a local restaurant. Return to the hotel for a restful nights sleep.
Day 5: Oct 27: Mount of Olives – Gethsemane – Mt. Zion – St. Peter in Gallicantu - Jerusalem
Wake up and enjoy breakfast, and then 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. Then start the day with a tour 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. 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). and then 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.” 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. Return to the Hotel in time to freshen up before we make our way to dinner at the popular restaurant –Return to the Hotel for a restful nights sleep.
Day 6: Oct 28: Jerusalem – Tiberias: Sea of Galilee – Tabgha – Mount of Beatitudes – Capernaum - Jerusalem
Your group will begin this day with breakfast at the hotel, and then board your bus and make your way towards Tiberias. Upon arrival, you will enjoy 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, we 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). From there we will stop for lunch, and then continue to the Mount of Beatitudes, where Jesus proclaimed His great Sermon on the Mount (Luke 6:20-49). Then we will visit the birthplace of Mary Magdalene 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, see the Synagogue where Jesus taught (Mark 1:21-29) and gave His sermon on the Bread of Life. Return to the Hotel where you will have a free evening to enjoy dinner on your own at a local restaurant. Return to the hotel for a restful nights sleep.
*Your Guide will be available for restaurant suggestions, reservations, or arrange transfers (if needed)
Day 7: Oct 29: Jerusalem: Via Dolorosa – Church of the Holy Sepulchre – Old City Tour of Christian Quarters – Church of St. Anne – Pool of Bethesda
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 a late breakfast. The tour continues through the Christian Quarters, and then 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). Return to the Hotel where we will have some free time before dinner and overnight.
Day 8: Oct 30: Western Wall - Emmaus – Tel Aviv
Gather for breakfast, and then board your bus to visit the Western Wall. From there, we visit the site of Emmaus, the town mentioned in the Gospel of Luke from the New Testament, where Luke reports that Jesus appeared after his death and resurrection. Continue to Tel Aviv where we arrive in time for lunch, and the remainder of the day free to spend at your own leisure. Gather in the evening for dinner, and overnight.
Day 9: Oct 31 Thursday Nov 10: Depart for return flights Home.
Following breakfast, you will have the remainder of the day free to spend as you like. Transfers will be set up based on the departure time of your flight returning home. For those with flights in the evening, you will have a late check-out, and the bags will be left at the Front Desk until your transfer to the Airport.
*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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- 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!
About your trip
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.