Pilgrimage to The Holy Land

Under The Spiritual Direction Of Fr. Alec J. Sasse
FROM $4,229


March 7-16, 2024

Activity Level

Moderate – High

Book By

12 / 8 / 2023

Group Limit


Pilgrimage Overview

Holy Land Travel Center is delighted to organize this special pilgrimage the Holy Land on behalf of the students and staff of the UNL Newman Center!

To participate, you will need to submit an application by following this link: https://forms.gle/1aVfi1czWodCt31E9 

Once your application has been approved, you will be invited to officially register for the trip. If you register for this trip without first having your application approved then your deposit will be refunded minus any application/processing fees incurred during the registration process and you will be removed from the trip manifest. 

Please contact our Omaha office for questions on the above at 402-315-1435.

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Book With Confidence

All new travel bookings automatically come with our Book with Confidence Travel Plan*—free of charge. This plan gives pilgrims the ability to move their booking to another destination or simply a different available departure date in our vast travel portfolio, no questions asked. They just need to let us know 120 days* before departure and we’ll waive all penalties and get them booked on a new pilgrimage.

*The Book with Confidence Travel Plan allows for any new booking made with Holy Land Travel Center to be changed to a different destination or to another available departure date. Notice of change in travel plans must be given 120 days before departure; standard cancellation penalties will apply for full cancellation without rebooking or changes made within 120 days to departure. Applicable price and eligible promotions for the new tour will apply; if new trip is less expensive, a future travel credit will be issued for the difference in price. Cannot be applied to Passion Play Pilgrimages. No cash value. Credit is fully transferable. Offer reliant on space availability. Effective 10.7.2020. May be withdrawn at any time. Additional restrictions may apply; see Travel Terms & Conditions for details.



Depart USA

Depart for your flights to Tel Aviv. Dinner on-board, relax, and anticipate your arrival the next day

Arrive Tel Aviv

We are greeted upon arrival by our Holy Land Travel Center Representative who will accompany us throughout the pilgrimage. We then transfer to our hotel in Bethlehem to check in for our two-night stay. We will then make the short journey to celebrate Mass at a nearby church before returning to our hotel for a welcome dinner and overnight. 


On our first day in the Holy Land, we present an overview for a better understanding of its geography and some of the key sites surrounding the area and what makes it such a unique area 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’. There, we will enjoy time for prayer and reflection before continuing our journey. In the afternoon we drive to the Shepherd’s Fields where the angels announced the birth of Jesus. We then discover the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem that stands upon the site where Jesus was born. After celebrating a special Mass we will return to our hotel for dinner and overnight.


After breakfast, we head to Haifa. Upon our arrival, we will visit Stella Maris, a Carmelite Monastery with the Madonna of Mt Carmel. After our tour and an hour of prayer and reflection we will proceed to the Basilica of the Annunciation where we will celebrate Mass. In the afternoon, we will continue East to explore the House of the Holy Family and, time permitting, enjoy a visit to Joseph’s carpentry shop. We end the day by checking in to our hotel in Tiberias before sharing a delicious dinner as we look out over the Sea of Galilee.


 Today we will take 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 we will experience 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. Here, we will also enjoy an hour for prayer and reflection to close this amazing day. We then continue to our hotel for dinner and overnight.


After breakfast, we drive to Cana, the place where, according to the Fourth Gospel, Jesus performed “the first of his signs”, his first public miracle, the turning of a large quantity of water into wine at a wedding feast (John 2, John 2:1–11). We then head to Mount Tabor, the site of the Transfiguration. Here we will celebrate a special Mass together followed by Holy Hour atop the mountain. After descending the mountain, we will proceed on our journey with a stop at the Jordan River to remember our Lord’s baptism before continuing to a visit (or rather, a float!) in the Dead Sea. We end the day by checking in to our hotel in the Holy City of Jerusalem where we will enjoy dinner and some deserved rest.


 We begin our day with a visit to Bethany where Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead. Afterwards, we proceed to the Mount of Olives where Jesus prayed and then to 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. Together, we will pray the Lamentations of Jeremiah before continuing 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, and the Church of St. Peter Gallicantu, where Peter denied Jesus three times. After dinner at our hotel, we will have the chance to pray a Holy Hour in the Garden of Gethsemane.

**Optional Activity**

Tonight is the first of two opportunities for a very limited number of your group to stay overnight in the Holy Sepulchre.


 To avoid the crowds, we start our day early with a view of the Sisters of Zion and Ecce 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 followed by an afternoon of free time in the Old City of Jerusalem for individual prayers and exploration. Dinner and overnight at our hotel.

**Optional Activity**

Tonight is the second of two opportunities for a very limited number of your group to stay overnight in the Holy Sepulchre.


 We begin our day with a visit to the Wailing Wall – the most sacred place in the world for Jews. We then take a short walk over the Church of the Assumption to celebrate Mass and afterwards view the Tomb of Mary. Our journey together through Jerusalem culminates in a visit to St Anne Church (the traditional birthplace of the Virgin Mary). The rest of our time in the Holy City is reserved for individual exploration and prayer. This evening, we will enjoy a farewell dinner at a local restaurant before returning to our hotel for a night of rest to prepare for our flights home.

DAY 10
Depart Tel Aviv

 Today we bid farewell to the Holy Land and will return with memories and keepsakes that will last a lifetime.


  • 4-5 Star Hotels
  • Roundtrip Flights
  • Professional Catholic Tour Guide
  • 8 - Nights Accommodations
  • Excursions as per itinerary
  • All Meals per Itinerary
  • Spiritual Director
  • Luxury Motorcoach
  • Daily Mass
  • Gratuities for Guide & Driver
  • Transportation to and from (OMA) from UNL


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