A PILGRIMAGE TO THE HOLY LAND
10 DAYS JUNE 10-19, 2019 - SPECIAL DISCOUNT PRICE - $2799
WITH OPTIONAL EXTENSION TO EGYPT

Dear Friends,

It is a joy to invite you to join us on a pilgrimage to the Holy Land. Since our youth we have been hearing the gospel stories about Jesus walking and teaching in Jerusalem, Capernaum, and Galilee.  He worked miracles around the Sea of Tiberius, Jericho and Cana.  He was born in Bethlehem, grew up in Nazareth, and was crucified at Golgotha.  We will be seeing those places and much more.  Our visit will give us an opportunity of walking in the footsteps of Jesus, our Blessed Mother and the first disciples.

Each day we will celebrate Mass and reflect on the gospel text appropriate to the place we visit.  This will be a pilgrimage of a lifetime and it will forever change the way you read and understand the Scriptures.  We hope you will be able to join us on what promises to be a grace-filled journey to the land from which has come our salvation.

Sincerely yours in Christ,
Fr. Juan Mendez and Fr. Nathan Libaire
 

JUNE 10 DAY 1 DEPARTURE: Depart for your overnight flights to Tel Aviv. Dinner on-board, relax, and anticipate your arrival tomorrow morning.          

JUNE 11 DAY 2 ARRIVAL IN THE HOLY LAND: Upon arrival into Tel Aviv, we will be greeted by our Holy Land Travel Center representative and tour guide who will be accompanying us during the pilgrimage. We will immediately transfer to our hotel in Tiberias.

Overnight: Tiberias (D)

JUNE 12  DAY 3 THE MINISTRY OF CHRIST IN THE GALILEE: TIBERIAS, BOAT RIDE ON SEA OF GALILEE, CAPERNAUM, MT. BEATITUDES, MAGDALA CENTER, CAESAREA PHILIPPI: Some of today's highlights are a boat ride across the Sea of Galilee to Capernaum to see the synagogue and St Peter's house, a visit to the Mount of the Beatitudes where the Sermon on the Mount was given, to Tabgha to see the splendid mosaic about the miracle of the loaves and fishes, and to the nearby Church of Peter's Primacy where Peter was told " Feed my lambs, feed my sheep." There will be an unforgettable Mass near the shores of the Sea of Galilee at the Primacy or Mt Beatitudes. Next, we head the Magdala Center, the village of Mary Magdalene, where we visit the newly built church on site and the newly excavated ruins. In the afternoon we visit Caesarea Philippi, the location of the testimony of St. Peter and where Jesus answered him “You are the Rock and upon this rock I will build my Church.”      

Overnight: Tiberias (B, D)      

JUNE 13 DAY 4 GALILEE: CANA, NAZARETH, BASILICA OF THE ANNUNCIATION, MOUNT TABOR: After breakfast, we drive to Cana, where couples will have the opportunity to renew wedding vows. We continue to the Basilica of Annunciation where we will celebrate Mass. Next, we enjoy a visit to Joseph’s carpentry shop. This afternoon, we head to Mount Tabor, the site of the Transfiguration.     

Overnight: Tiberias (B, D)

JUNE 14 DAY 5 ARRIVAL: CAESAREA, HAIFA, STELLA MARIS, BAHAI GARDENS: After breakfast, we head to Haifa! Upon arrival in Haifa, we will visit Stella Maris, a Carmelite Monastery with the Madonna of Mt Carmel. Next we stop at the Baha’i Gardens, which includes a staircase of nineteen terraces extending all the way up the northern slope of Mount Carmel. We then continue to Caesarea by the Sea to visit the Roman Crusader remains before we continue to our hotel in Bethlehem.               

Overnight: Bethlehem (B, D)

JUNE 15 DAY 6 JERUSALEM & BETHLEHEM: MT OLIVES, CHURCH OF THE VISITATION, SHEPHERD’S FIELDS, CHURCH OF THE NATIVITY: On our first day in Jerusalem we present an overview for a better understanding of its geography and some of the key sites surrounding the area. This includes a dramatic view of the Old City from the Mount of Olives, revealing a city with 4000 years of history. From this vantage point see much of what makes Jerusalem such a unique city to the three major religions – Judaism, Christianity and Islam. We then head to the village of Ein Karem, the birthplace of St John the Baptist and to the Church of Visitation where the Blessed Virgin Mary visited her cousin, Elizabeth, and proclaimed the 'Magnificat'. In the afternoon we drive to the Shepherd's Fields where the angels announced the birth of Jesus. Then we visit the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem that stands upon the site where Jesus was born.                   

Overnight: Bethlehem (B, D) 

JUNE 16 DAY 7 JERUSALEM, THE PASSION OF JESUS' LAST HOURS: MT OLIVES, PALM SUNDAY, DOMINUS FLEVIT, GETHSEMANE, CAVE OF ASSUMPTION, LAST SUPPER, DAVIDS TOMB, PATER NOSTER, PALACE OF CAIAPHAS: We begin our day with a visit to the Mount of Olives where Jesus prayed, continue to the Chapel of Ascension where Jesus ascended into heaven. Next, we visit the church of Pater Noster where Jesus taught the disciples the Lord’s Prayer. Next, we walk the Palm Sunday road, stopping at Dominus Flevit, where Jesus wept over Jerusalem. Then to Gethsemane, the Rock of Agony where Jesus prayed His last prayer before his arrest. Next, we head to Mount Zion, visiting the cave of Assumption (Dormition Abbey) of Mary to heaven. We visit the room of the Last Supper, King David’s Tomb, and the Church of St. Peter Gallicantu, where Peter denied Jesus three times. We end our day visiting the Palace of Caiaphas, home of the corrupt Jewish high priest. We enjoy dinner and overnight at our hotel.         

Overnight: Bethlehem (B, D)

JUNE 17 DAY 8 THE WILDERNESS: BETHANY, JERICHO, MT TEMPTATION, AND THE DEAD SEA: We begin our day with a visit to Bethany where Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead. The desert east of Jerusalem is rich in Christian tradition. At the oasis town of Jericho, visit the excavations of the oldest city in the world and view Mt. Temptation where Jesus fasted and was tempted by Satan. On the way back there is time for a swim (or rather a float!) in the mineral-rich waters of the Dead Sea, renowned for its healing properties. In the afternoon, there will be time for you to revisit some of your favorite sites and time for last minute buying of gifts for your loved ones.

Overnight: Bethlehem (B, D)

JUNE 18 DAY 9 THE WAY OF THE CROSS: VIA DOLOROSA, ST ANNE’S CHURCH, ECCE HOMO, CHURCH OF THE HOLY SEPULCHER, NOTRE DAME CENTER: After breakfast we head to Jerusalem and start our visit with St Anne Church (the traditional birthplace of the Virgin Mary). Continue to view the Sisters of Zion, Ecco Homo where Pilate proclaimed “Behold the man.” Next we retrace the last steps of Jesus as we walk along the Via Dolorosa (Way of Sorrow), through the markets of the Old City praying the Stations of the Cross at each station shrine, we reflect on the greatness of His sacrifice. Finally we arrive at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre for Mass. We visit the Notre Dame Center in Vatican property, where we visit the Museum of the Shroud of the Man (three dimension replica of the Shroud of Jesus). Time and schedule permitting, we will have special time for Adoration in the Garden of Gethsemane. Dinner and overnight at our hotel.      

Overnight: Bethlehem (B, D)

JUNE 19 DAY 10 RETURN TO THE US: Today we bid farewell to the Holy Land and will remember our pilgrimage for a lifetime.

OPTIONAL EXTENSION TO EGYPT

June 19-24, 2019 $899 PER PERSON

JUNE 19 DAY 10 EGYPT, ST CATHERINE: After breakfast we continue our pilgrimage by heading south to cross the Israeli-Egyptian border. After visa formalities, we continue to St. Catherine for dinner and overnight.       

Overnight: St. Catherine (B, D)              

Optional: Early this morning we have the option to climb Mount Sinai, the mountain where Moses received the tablets of the law of god. The main route to the summit is known as the path of Moses and is lined with remains of various chapels.

JUNE 20 DAY 11 ST. CATHERINE, TRANSFER TO SHARM: After breakfast we visit St. Catherine Monastery. Set beneath the mountain where Moses is said to have received the Ten Commandments. Saint Catherine Monastery has been one of the world’s great centers of religious pilgrimage for over fifteen centuries. Among its treasures is a library of ancient manuscripts and icons second only to the Vatican. Continue to Sharm El-Sheikh for a full relaxing day at the shores of the Red Sea.  

Overnight: Sharm El Sheikh (B, D)

JUNE 21 DAY 12: SHARM, TRANSFER TO CAIRO: Free day to enjoy the waters of the Red Sea.      

Overnight: Sharm El Sheikh (B, D)

JUNE 22 DAY 13: SHARM, TRANSFER TO CAIRO: This morning, we take our flight from Sharm to Cairo. Upon arrival, we check into our hotel in Cairo for dinner and overnight. We start our day by visiting the Citadel and Mohamed Ali mosque. We then visit Abu Sergha Church. Later we travel to Khan Bazaars. The Khan El-Khalili is one of the most interesting bazaars, not only in Egypt, but also in the whole Middle East. Overnight: Cairo (B, D)

JUNE 23 DAY 14: CAIRO, MUSEUM, PYRAMIDS, SPHINX: Today we visit the Egyptian Museum. This is a place of true discovery and without doubts one of the greatest collections of all time. We then visit the great Pyramids – Cheops, Chephren & Mykerions. Next is a close-up look at the Sphinx. At night we gather for a Nile Cruise Dinner with belly dancing.              

Overnight: Cairo (B, D)          

 

JUNE 24 DAY 15: RETURN TO USA: Today we leave Egypt and arrive home with unforgettable memories.