A PILGRIMAGE TO THE HOLY LAND
10 DAYS: MARCH 26 - APRIL 4, 2019 - SPECIAL DISCOUNT PRICE - $3150

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,

Lori & Doug Tozel

 

 

 

MARCH 26 DAY 1 DEPARTURE: Depart for your overnight flights to Tel Aviv. Dinner on-board, relax, and anticipate your arrival tomorrow morning.

MARCH 27 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)

MARCH 28 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)  

 

MARCH 29 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)
 
MARCH 30 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)
 
MARCH 31 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)
 
APRIL 1 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)
 
APRIL 2 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)
 
APRIL 3 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)
 
APRIL 4 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 JORDAN
 
APRIL 4 - 7, 2019 $600 PER PERSON
 
APRIL 4 DAY 3 Cross Israeli – Jordanian Boarder - MT NEBO: After breakfast we cross the Israeli Jordanian Border and continue to Mt. Nebo. Mt Nebo is the site where Moses was laid to rest, and where the late Pope John Paul II tread on his first pilgrimage of the millennium. Visit the Sanctuary at Nebo: the memorial of Moses, the presumed site of his death and burial place, and a center for the pilgrimages since early Christian times. You’ll be inspired by the biblical feel from start to finish as you experience this divine tour. Mount Nebo is one of the most revered holy sites of Jordan, for this is where Moses was buried. The site’s association with the last days of Moses is described in moving words in Deuteronomy. The site’s other name is Pisgah: “And Moses went up from the plains of Moab to Mount Nebo, to the top of Pisgah which is opposite Jericho.” Continue to Petra for dinner and overnight.   
 
Overnight: Petra (B, D)
 
APRIL 5 DAY 4 PETRA:  This morning, we enjoy a walking tour of Petra. It begins with a walk through the Siq to the Treasury. Continue through the main street with the magnificent structures on each side carved into the mountains, to the colonnaded street, ending at the Petra museum. Lose yourself in the history of the Nabateans who meticulously carved massive structures out of the rose-colored sandstone. See the influence of the people that followed including the architecture of the mighty Romans and a beautiful Byzantine chapel decorated with ancient, stunning mosaics that have been carefully preserved. Later we head back to Amman for Dinner and overnight.
 
Overnight: Amman (B, D)
 
April 6 Day 3 Amman: After breakfast we head for a city tour of Amman. Discover the highlights of Jordan’s capital, See the antiquities Amman Citadel and Archaeological Museum, Visit the 2nd- Century Roman Theater, and explore the Jabal Amman quarter and traditional market.
 
Overnight Amman (B,D)
 
APRIL 7 DAY 4: RETURN HOME:  We bid farewell to the Holy Land to return home as we will remember this pilgrimage for a lifetime.