A PILGRIMAGE TO SPAIN & THE HOLY LAND
14 DAYS: MARCH 6 - 19, 2017 - SPECIAL DISCOUNT PRICE $3899 ROUND TRIP FROM LOS ANGELES

It is with excitement in our hearts that we invite you to join us on a pilgrimage to the Holy Land and Spain. This will be a once in a lifetime experience.  In Spain, we will visit Madrid, Toledo, Zaragosa, and Barcelona. We will see Gaudi’s La Segrada Familia chuch, and have the chance to see Toledo, where Saint John of the Cross was in prison by the Inquisition. We end our pilgrimage of Spain with a Flight to Tel Aviv, where our pilgrimage of the Holy Land will begin.  

In the Holy Land, will walk where Jesus walked, touch the holy ground, see the holy sites which are so important to us as Christians, bask in the spirit and the glory of God in sacred places that will bring to life the holy scripture we all know so well.    

Each new day will bring with it a new experience of Jesus in our midst.  We will offer daily Mass for you, your spirit will be renewed by the presence of God in the Eucharist, and your soul will find rest.  Come, join us and renew your faith as we journey into the desert, where we can open our hearts to the presence of the Holy Spirit and the love of God, in the land where God sent his only son, Jesus Christ as Savior of the world, out of love for us all.             

Sincerely Yours in Christ,

Father Adrian Ochoa

 

 

 

DAY 1: DEPART USA: Today we board our flights to Madrid, with meals and beverages are served in aloft.


DAY 2: MADRID: VISIT OF THE CITY: Upon arrival in Madrid this morning, we begin our sightseeing tour, which will take us to some of the major tourist sites in Madrid, including the Royal Palace and the Prado Museum, housing one of the world’s premier art collections. We have free time for lunch before returning to our hotel for an evening at leisure. Those wishing to do so are free to browse at the Plaza Mayor or Plaza del Sol, a prime shopping area. Or perhaps you prefer to stroll in the famous park – Parco de Buen Retiro. (D)


DAY 3: MADRID/TOLEDO: After breakfast, we depart Madrid for Toledo. Upon arrival, we will visit the Imperial City of Toledo where Saint John of the Cross was in prison by the Inquisition. Toledo sits on a rocky mound isolated on three sides by a looping gorge of the Río Tajo. Every available inch of this outcrop has been built upon: churches, synagogues, mosques and houses are heaped upon one another in a haphazard spiral which the cobbled lanes infiltrate as best they can. Toledo is known as the City of the Three Religions or Cultures, because for many centuries the Christians, the Moors and the Jews lived together in relative equality and peace. The city, surrounded by walls, hides great treasures: its awesome Cathedral, a robust Gothic construction which took over 250 years (1227 – 1493) to complete; the church of Santo Tomé, where the Greco’s masterpiece is located: The Burial of Mr. Orgaz; the Tránsito Synagogue, actually it holds the Museo Sefardita; Santa María La Blanca Synagogue, the superb church of  San Juan de los Reyes, which exterior bizarrely festooned with the chains worn by the Christians prisoners from Granada released on the reconquest of the city; the different doors that keep the city safe: Puerta de Bisagras, Puerta del Cambrón, Puerta del Sol, etc. We return to our hotel for dinner and overnight. (B, D)


DAY 4: MADRID / ZARAGOSA / BARCELONA: This morning we begin our drive from Madrid to Barcelona, stopping in Zaragosa for lunch and a short visit of the Shrine of Our Lady of the Pillar. The altar was built in the site where the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared to the Apostle St. James before her assumption into heaven. We continue  to Barcelona in time for dinner and overnight. (B, D)


DAY 5: BARCELONA: EXCURSION TO MONTSERRAT & MANRESA: This morning we make our way to Montserrat, home to the dramatically set Benedictine monastery. This Marian shrine has attracted pilgrims for over 700 years, much as it did Ignatius in March of 1522. We pause here to visit the Black Madonna of Montserrat, before whom Ignatius put his sword and exchanged his fancy clothes for those of a beggar. Then make our way to Manresa, a place of profound conversion for Ignatius. Here, in a cave on the banks of the Cardoner River, Ignatius received a vision that provided him with deep insights into the spiritual life and altered the course of his own life. From the initial insights he received here, Ignatius went on to pen the “Spiritual Exercises.” Ignatius remained in Manresa for about a year and a half. We enjoy a presentation and tour of the museum at Manresa, then celebrate Eucharist in the nearby cave. We return to Barcelona for the evening. (B, D) 


DAY 6: BARCELONA: VISIT OF THE CITY: We begin with Mass at the Basilica of Santa Maria del Mar, where Ignatius would often beg for alms. Then we continue by motor coach to view the major sites of Barcelona including Gaudi’s Basilica of the Sagrada Familia (Holy Family). We will have some time to shop and roam in the lovely gothic quarter of the city.  This evening we board our flight to Tel Aviv, where we will have dinner and overnight. (B, D)


DAY 7: BARCELONA / TEL AVIV: This morning we board our fight to Tel Aviv. Upon arrival, we are met by our guide and transfer to our hotel for dinner and overnight. (B) Final flight time to be confirmed closer to departure.


DAY 8 GALILEE: CAESAREA, MT CARMEL, STELLA MARIS, CANA, NAZARETH, BASILICA OF THE ANNUNCIATION: We travel via the coast to Caesarea, where the Romans held Paul prisoner. Visit the Roman and Crusader ruins. Drive through the Carmel Mountains heading for the Galilee. In Haifa, visit Stella Maris, a Carmelite Monastery with the Madonna of Mt Carmel. Continue to Mukhraka where Elijah confronted the false prophets of Baal and where the Carmelite Order was started. Drive to Cana, the village of Jesus' first miracle of changing water into wine; here couples may renew their wedding vows. Continue to the Basilica of Annunciation in Nazareth where we will celebrate Mass and visit Mary's well and the Church of the Angel Gabriel. (B, D)  


DAY 9 THE MINISTRY OF CHRIST IN THE GALILEE: TIBERIAS, BOAT RIDE ON SEA OF GALILEE, CAPERNAUM, MT. BEATITUDES, 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. This afternoon we visit Mount Tabor, scene of the Transfiguration. (B, D)  


DAY 10 THE WILDERNESS: BETHANY, JERICHO, MT TEMPTATION, DEAD SEA:   We start our day visiting the Jordan River, remembering our Baptism. We continue to 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.  We continue to Bethany where Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead. 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.  (B, D)


DAY 11 JERUSALEM, THE PASSION OF JESUS' LAST HOURS: MT OLIVES, PALM SUNDAY, DOMINUS FLEVIT, GETHSEMANE, CAVE OF BETRAYAL, CAVE OF ASSUMPTION, PATER NOSTER: We begin our day with a visit to the Mt. of Olives to walk the Palm Sunday route 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. Visit the cave of betrayal then the cave of Assumption of Mary to heaven. Back on the Mt of Olives we visit the Pater Noster with the Lord’s Prayer in many languages, and the Ascension from where ascended to Heaven. (B, D)  


DAY 12 THE WAY OF THE CROSS: VIA DELLA ROSA, ST ANNE’S CHURCH, ECCE HOMO, CHURCH OF THE HOLY SEPULCHER, WAILING WALL, UPPER ROOM, DORMITION: Early in the morning 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, we reflect on the greatness of His sacrifice. Finally we arrive at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre for Mass. After break-fast at our hotel we return to the Old City of Jerusalem to visit St. Anne’s Church, the home of the Virgin Mary and her parents Saints Joachim and Anne. We pass the Ecce Homo where Pilate proclaimed “Behold the man”; then the Wailing Wall, the most holy place for Jews. Nearby is the Dome of the Rock and the Haram al Sharif or Temple Mount. We exit at Mt Zion. At the Cenacle we visit the Upper Room of the Last Supper. Next we visit the Dormition Abbey where we believe the Blessed Mary died. We end the day at St. Peter in Gallicantu where Peter denied Him thrice. (B, D)


DAY 13 JERUSALEM AND BETHLEHEM: MT OLIVES, CHURCH OF VISITATION, SHEPHERD’S FIELDS, CHURCH OF THE NATIVITY: On the 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. (B, D)  


DAY 14 RETURN TO THE US: Today we bid farewell to the Holy Land and will remember our pilgrimage for a lifetime.