Holy Land Pilgrimage

Under The Spiritual Direction Of Fr. Matt McGinness
12 DAYS
FROM $4,299

Date

April 16 - 27, 2023

Activity Level

Moderate – High

Book By

12 / 17 / 2022

Group Limit

30

Pilgrimage Overview

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 the Lord 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 Blesses Mother Mary and the very first disciples. Each day we will celebrate Mass at one of the holy places 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 where it at all started.

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Itinerary

Itinerary

DAY 1
Depart USA

Our Pilgrimage begins today as we depart on our flight to the Holy Land. Meals and drinks served aloft.

DAY 2
Arrive Tel Aviv

Upon arrival in Tel Aviv, we are welcomed by our Representative then transferred to our hotel for dinner and overnight. Overnight: Bethlehem (Dinner)

DAY 3
Tiberias

After breakfast at the hotel, we will depart for a visit of Magdala, home of Mary of Magdala. Later we will continue to Mount of Beatitudes Father will celebrate Holy Mass at an outdoor altar overlooking the Sea of Galilee. Next, we visit Tabgha, where the multiplication of fish and loaves occurred and the Primacy of Peter where Jesus appeared to his disciples after the Resurrection and appointed Simon Peter to the office of the Primacy with the words “Feed my sheep”. It is here, that Father will read from the scriptures near the shore of the Sea of Galilee. After lunch, we will sail across the Sea of Galilee to Capernaum, just imagine spending with Our Lord listening to the very waters that he walked upon. Capernaum is where Jesus began his public ministry. Visit the synagogue which dates to the time of Jesus and the site of Peter’s home…. and stand just a short distance from the excavated doorway that Jesus stood in when he cured Peter’s mother-in-law. Continue with the visit of Ginnosar where a 2000-year fishermen boat was discovered, probably the same type boat used by the disciples. Overnight: Tiberias (Breakfast, Dinner)

DAY 4
Tiberias

After breakfast at the hotel, we will leave Magdala on our way to Mount Tabor, the site of the Transfiguration of Jesus before Peter, John, and James. Celebrate Mass at the Basilica of the Transfiguration and then continue to the lower Galilee with our visit in Nazareth. where Visit the Basilica of the Annunciation where the Angel Gabriel visited Mary in the solitude of silence. Very close by, we will visit the Church of St. Joseph built over the cave which served as his workshop where he taught the child Jesus his trade. More beautiful sites in Nazareth not to be missed are the Synagogue Church, Mary’s well Church and Mount Precipice. Our final stop for the day will be to Cana, where our Lord performed his first miracle – changing water into wine at the wedding feast. Here we will invite couples to renew their wedding vows. Then return to our hotel in Magdala. Overnight: Tiberias (Breakfast, Dinner)

DAY 5
Tiberias

This morning we drive West to Acre for the visit of the Old City Visitors center. Visit of the Templars Tunnels. Continue withe visit of the Arab “shuk” (open market) Drive to Kibbutz “Lohamei Haget’ao” for the visit of the museum of the Jewish Resistance. Return to our hotel for overnight. Overnight: Tiberias (Breakfast, Dinner)

DAY 6
Tiberias / Jerusalem

After breakfast, we board our motor coach and venture north to Golan Heights. We will visit Biblical Dan and see the Alter and King Jeroboam shrine and be reminded of the Biblical lesson of the Golden calf. Continue to Caesarea Philippi. Here you will see one of the main springs of the Jordan River. Caesarea Philippi, also called “Banias”, is 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.” Next, drive through the Golan and get to Mount Bental to view the “Road to Damescus”. We will return to our hotel and have time for teaching and meditation by the Sea of Galilee. Following this, continue to Bethsaida here Jesus spoke but found lack of faith with the locals. In contrast, at least three of its native sons — Peter, Andrew, and Philip — responded to his call and gave up everything to follow him. Our last visit today will be the site of Kursi or Biblical Gedera or Gederin, the site of the miracle of demons and swine. Here we will see the 1400 years old Byzantine Church that was built to commemorate the event. Overnight: Tiberias (Breakfast, Dinner)

DAY 7
Haifa, Stella Maris

This morning we will leave the Galilee and drive to the beautiful town of Haifa located on the summit of Mount Carmel. Visit the Stella Maris, the Carmelite Monastery dedicated to Our Lady of Mount Carmel where we will also celebrate Mass. Here, each pilgrim will have an opportunity to be invested with the brown scapular of Our Lady of Mount Carmel. Later we will travel to nearby Horn of Carmel where we will visit “Muchraka” the site of the burning. This is the place where prophet Elijah had a contest with the 400 false Baal prophets as written in 1 Kgs 18, we will visit the Carmelite Monastery built over the Biblical site. Continue to Caesarea Maritime an ancient Mediterranean Port town built by King Herod the Great, this is where Gentiles first heard the Good News from Peter and were baptized here. We will see the Roman theatre and aqueduct. Continue to our hotel in Jerusalem for dinner and overnight. Overnight: Jerusalem (Breakfast, Dinner)

DAY 8
Jerusalem

We begin our day by visiting the Mount of Olives and Dominus Flevis where Jesus wept over Jerusalem and the Chapel of the Ascension. Then we visit the Church of Pater Noster. Later we walk down the Palm Sunday Road and visit the Church in the Garden of Gethsemane where you can kneel and pray at the very stone where Christ wept the night before he died. Then, head to Ein Karem, the “city of Judah” associated with the life of St. John the Baptist. Here we will visit the Church of John the Baptist (built over the site of his birth) and the Church of the Visitation, where Elizabeth first greeted Mary, the Mother of her Lord, and Our Lady first prayed the Magnificat. Here we will celebrate Mass and then end our day with a visit to the Saxum Visitor Center. Overnight: Jerusalem (Breakfast, Dinner)

DAY 9
Bethlehem/Jerusalem

After breakfast, we head to Bethlehem where we will have an opportunity to visit the Church of the Nativity and celebrate Mass. Here you can kneel and reverence the very spot where the Christ Child was born. Afterwards, we can walk to the Grotto of the Lady Mary where tradition holds that Mary and Joseph stopped during the flight to Egypt. We will also visit Shepherd’s Field where the angels announced the birth of the Christ Child to the shepherds. Head back to Jerusalem to visit Mount Zion visit Mount with the Church of the Dormition of Mary, the Cenacle (Upper Room), the Church of St. Peter in Gallicantu where Peter denied Jesus three times and King David’ s Tomb. Later we will travel to Bethany where Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead. Overnight: Jerusalem (Breakfast, Dinner)

DAY 10
Jerusalem

We will start out our day and walk the Via Dolorosa (Way of the Cross) then visit the Church of the Holy Sepulcher where Father will celebrate Holy Mass at the altar next to the site of the Crucifixion of Christ. Here, you will have an opportunity to kneel in reverence and place your hand in the very hole where Christ’s cross was placed in the ground on Good Friday. You may also want to touch the stone where Christ was anointed before his burial. We will also enter the tomb where Christ was buried… it is from this same spot that he was resurrected that first Easter morn. After lunch, we will visit the Wailing Wall, the only remaining remnant of the Temple in Jesus’ time. Later we will visit the Church of St. Anne and the Pool of Bethesda. Continue to Notre dame where we will have a tour of the display of a replica of the Shroud of Turin. Overnight: Jerusalem (Breakfast, Dinner)

DAY 11
Jerusalem

This morning we depart for Masada, an ancient fortification, a top of an isolated large rock plateau overlooking the Dead Sea, and a symbol of great national pride. Once we arrive, we will ascend Masada via cable car to the top of the rock plateau more than 1,300 feet high, and experience one of the most amazing panoramic views of the Judean Desert, and the Dead Sea with its bright aquamarine color tones. Next, we will visit the site of Qumran, this is where the Dead Sea scrolls were written 2000 years ago and were later found in 1947! After lunch We will arrive to the shores of the Dead Sea and then enjoy a ‘float’ in the salty waters… you may even choose to cover your body with the mud from the bottom of the Dead Sea. From here we go to Qasr El Yahud the site where the Children of Israel had crossed the Jordan River on their way to the promised land. Continue to Jericho the first town conquered by Joshua. We will ascend the by cable car to the site of the temptation during Christ’s 40 days in the dessert. You can enjoy the panoramic view from the rest stop, or you may choose to walk up to the monastery built in the side of the mountain. From there, we will return to Jericho, visiting the sycamore tree where Christ spoke with Zacchaeus the tax collector, see Elisha’s spring. On our way back to Jerusalem we drive by the site of the Inn of the Good Samaritan. Tonight enjoy a farewell dinner together. Overnight: Jerusalem (Breakfast, Dinner)

DAY 12
Knesset, Return to USA
After breakfast, visit of Jerusalem new city. Visit of the model of Jerusalem based on the Second Temple period (the era Jesus lived in the land), followed by a visit to the Shrine of the Book Museum housing the Dead Sea Scrolls. Drive to the Knesset, the Israeli Parliament and view of the Menorah, symbol of Israel State. Return to the hotel. Rest and refresh. Lunch on your own. Check out and drive to Tel Aviv airport where we board our flight to return to the U.S.

WHAT'S INCLUDED

  • 4-5 Star Hotels
  • Roundtrip Flights
  • One Checked Bag
  • Air-conditioned Motor Coach
  • Professional Licensed Tour Guide
  • Accommodations (based on double occupancy)
  • Entrance Fees as per itinerary
  • Meals (per itinerary)

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  • Gratuities

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