Holy Land Pilgrimage
Walk Where Jesus Walked!
November 16 - 25, 2019
Tel Aviv · Herzelia · Stella Maris · Nazareth · Cana · Tiberias · Sea of Galilee · Banias · Mt. Tabor · Jericho · Qumran · Jerusalem · Ein Karem · Bethlehem · Emmaus · Caesarea
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!
Your trip includes
- Round-trip airfare from Charlotte CLT
- All Airport taxes & fuel surcharges
- Accommodations at centrally located First Class Hotels: (or similar)
- ~ 1 night: Nov 17 - 18: Daniel Hotel, Herzelia
- All tours and transfers in an air-conditioned deluxe motor coach
- Group Transfers and sightseeing as per program
- Christian English speaking licensed Tour Escort/Guide
- 1 Lunch (St. Peter's Fish)
- 6 Dinners with mineral water
- 1 Dinner at Magdalena Restaurant in Tiberias including wine
- Whispers as required for touring
- Entrance fees as per program
- Porterage at all hotels & tips to hotel staff
- Mass Daily - Including Votive Masses at Holy Sites
- Flight bag & portfolio of all travel documents
- Meals and Beverages not mentioned, Tips to your guide & driver, Items of a personal nature.
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.
A Cancellation Waiver - allowing you to cancel your trip and receive a refund anytime - up until 24 hours prior to departure. The Cancel for Any Reason Protection Plan expires once you are within 24 hours of departure.
Nov 16, Sat, Depart Charlotte for the Holy Land
Make your way to your local airport where you will board your overnight flight. Your meals are served on board.
Nov 17, Sun, Arrive in Tel Aviv - Herzelia
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 Herzelia in time to check-in. Enjoy dinner at the hotel before retiring for the evening.
Nov 18, Mon, Stella Maris - Nazareth - Cana - Tiberias
Following breakfast at your hotel, your group will head to Haifa. In Haifa, you will find Stella Maris, a Carmelite Monastery. Mass at Stella Maris pending confirmation. 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). On the way to Tiberias we will stop at Cana to renew your wedding vows. Arrive to Tiberias. Enjoy a Welcome Dinner at Magdalena Restaurant (specializing in Galilean & Lebanese cuisine) and overnight at your hotel.
Nov 19, Tue, Sea of Galilee - Banias
Your group will begin this day with breakfast at the hotel, followed by a visit to the Mount of Beatitudes, where Jesus proclaimed His great Sermon on the Mount (Luke 6:20-49). Continue to 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. There we celebrate Mass (10:00 AM). Near Capernaum 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). On for a boat ride on the beautiful and scenic, Sea of Galilee (Luke 5:1). Lunch of St. Peter's Fish. We will then driver to Banias, where Peter made his confession on Jesus and the Messiah. Your group will enjoy dinner and overnight at your hotel.
Nov 20, Wed, Mt. Tabor - Jericho - Qumran - Jerusalem
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. The tour continues as your group heads South via 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). Drive then 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. Your tour will continue as you travel through the Judean Wilderness, the site where Jesus spent His 40 days of fasting to Jerusalem. In Jerusalem, your group will check-in to your hotel for dinner and overnight.
Nov 21, Thu, Jerusalem: Ein Karem - Bethlehem
This morning, you will have breakfast and then depart for 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. Then 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), where we will celebrate Mass at 11:00 AM. 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). Your group will return then to the hotel for dinner and overnight.
Nov 22, Fri, Jerusalem: Mount of Olives
Following breakfast at your hotel, your group will make their 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. You will have the opportunity to stop and celebrate Mass (subject to availability) at Dominus Flevit, which is a Church that commemorates where Jesus wept for Jerusalem (Luke 19:41). Return to the hotel for the remainder of the afternoon where you can take this time to explore Jerusalem or get some rest. Dinner at the hotel. The tour continues (subject to availability) with an evening in 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 in 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. Return to the hotel for overnight.
Nov 23, Sat, Jerusalem: Pater Noster - Mt. Zion - Caiaphas House
After breakfast 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 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." 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. DINNER IS ON YOUR OWN THIS EVENING. . At the end of this prayerful day, your group will return to your hotel.
Nov 24 Sun, Jerusalem: Via Dolorosa - Holy Sepulchre - Wailing Wall
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 Sepulchre (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). 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. 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.
Nov 25, Mon, Emmaus - Caesarea - Jerusalem
After breakfast drive to Emmaus, where Jesus met His disciples after the Resurrection. We will celebrate Mass at Resurrection Church and continue towards Mediterranean coast 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. Dinner at a local restaurant prior to transfer to the airport for your return flights home. Arrival USA the morning of Day 11.
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About Your Trip
- Tel Aviv
- Sea of Galilee
- Jordan River
- Mt. Tabor
- Ein Karem
- Dead Sea
- Mt. Zion
- Holy Sepulchre
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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