Catholic Pilgrimage to Holy Land

Holy Land Pilgrimage May 8 - 18, 2019

Walk through the timeline story of the life of Jesus Christ.... from the Annunciation to Resurrection…..from the Church of Visitation to Holy Sepulcher Basilica…with expert Catholic guide it will be an educational and inspirational journey to the times when the Son of God walked the earth! Join our pilgrimage tour in May 2019!

 

Emmaus - Ein Karem - Bethlehem - Nazareth - Sea Of Galilee - Capernaum - Tabgha - Mount Of Beatitudes 

                               River Jordan - Caesarea Phillippi     - Qumran - Jericho - Jerusalem   

 

                                                                               Holy Land Pilgrimage
                                                                          May 8 - 18, 2019 - Chicago
                                                                                                              

 

 


 

DAY 1 - Departure from the USA 

Departure will be from your gateway city & International airport. Flight is overnight to Israel to Tel Aviv. Meals served on board the plane.

 

DAY 2 - Arrival to Israel, Tel Aviv – Jerusalem/Bethlehem 

Upon arrival in Israel, groups will meet with their guide, board the bus and head to the hotel, breakfast and rest. Today in the afternoon group will celebrate opening Holy mass in Emmaus; it is here where we may upon arrival to Holy land recognize and understand better the Resurrection of Jesus Christ, the same way it happened to two disciples on the Road to Emmaus. Late in the afternoon group will check in to a hotel, rest before dinner and overnight.

 

Day 3 - Bethlehem 

In the morning after breakfast, we drive to Bethlehem (house of bread in Hebrew). First is the visit to Shepherd’s Field where Angels appeared to the shepherds (Luke 2), to announce the Birth of Jesus. Later to visit the church of Nativity built over the tomb of St. Jerome, In the Grotto under the central altar we will walk by the Holy Manger, and the Silver Star with the Latin inscription "Hic de Maria Virgine Jesus Christus Natus est." In the afternoon we will leave Bethlehem, we will visit Ein Karem village near Jerusalem with the Church of Visitation the site of the Blessed Virgin Mary’s visit with her cousin Elizabeth. This is the place where Our Lady said her “Magnificat.” Visit here will also include the birthplace of St. John the Baptist. Late in the afternoon, we will return to the hotel, rest before dinner and overnight.

 

Day 4 - Bethlehem – Nazareth – Cana

In the morning after breakfast, you will leave for Nazareth, here upon arrival group will celebrate Holy mass and visit Nazareth, the boyhood home of Jesus and the place where He spent the first 30 years of His life. We will pray in the churches of St. Joseph and the Annunciation where the Angel Gabriel announced to Mary that She would be the Mother of God. A walk-through old Nazareth brings us to see the Well where Mary went for water, visit the Orthodox church there. After lunch break tour will continue to Cana the site of Jesus' first miracle. In this little town, we will have the Renewal of the Marriage Vows and blessing of families. Check in to a hotel for dinner and overnight.

 

Day 5 - Nazareth – River Jordan – Capernaum – Tabgha 

This morning pilgrimage In the Footsteps of Jesus continues with a visit to river Jordan, same river Jesus was baptized in by St. John. Here you will have a chance to renew your baptismal vows. Next on your route is a visit to Capernaum, where Jesus lived; new church built at the site of the Home of St. Peter, ruins of the synagogue where Jesus preached, one that had being constructed in the time of Jesus. Through the story of our guide, we will get to know more about the Life of Jesus in Capernaum. The same day you will enjoy a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee before going to Tabgha, the site of the Multiplication of the loaves and fishes and the church of St. Peter's Primacy. Today’s pilgrimage is over, and we return to our hotel.

 

DAY 6 - Mt. of Beatitudes – Dan & Caesarea Philippi

This morning you will drive to Mt. Of Beatitudes where the Lord Jesus preached Sermon on the Mountain celebrate the mass here and continue to Upper Galilee and Caesarea Philippi (Banias) to the Dan city lying at the southern base of Mount Hermon and was the northernmost point of the ancient Israelite kingdom:  “from Dan to Beersheba” (2 Samuel 3:10).  Dan was a Phoenician city, named initially Leshem (Joshua 19:47) or Laish (Judges 18:7), which was conquered by Dan’s tribe when it migrated northward. 

Caesarea Philippi is also the site of Peter’s Confession.  “Who do they say I Am”….Mathew 16:13, 16…and “You are Peter….” Mathew 16: 18, 19. Located on the southern slopes of Mount Hermon near the ancient city of Dan, this city is found at the northern extremity of Palestine.  It lies in the Wadi Banias, a beautiful area near the Jordan River. Return to hotel, rest before dinner and overnight.

 

Day 7 - Mt. Tabor – Jericho 

This morning to beat the afternoon crowd we will drive to Mt Tabor.  We will take a short taxi drive up to the mountain to visit the Church of Transfiguration and celebrate holy mass here. After the visit, we will head south through the Jordan Valley to Jericho, the oldest known continuously inhabited city in the world.  After a stop to tell the story of Zacchaeus and renew ourselves “The Parable of Good Samaritan” we will have a stop for lunch. Later you will drive through the Judean Desert, passing by the Mt of Temptation. Same late morning continues to Qumran, the place where Dead Sea Scrolls were found, more than 900 pieces in 30 caves.
Stop for “Dead sea” experience float on the surface of the Dead Sea. The day ends in Jericho for dinner and overnight.

 

DAY 8 - Jerusalem – Mount of Olives

Arriving in Jerusalem, we will head to Mt. of Olives to visit the Ascension chapel – we believe that it was here Jesus ascended to heaven 40 days after the Resurrection. Next on the schedule is the Pater Noster – a site where Jesus taught his disciples the Our Father – “Pater Noster”. Enjoy the view of the Holy City from atop the Mount of Olives.  We then walk down the Palm Sunday Road, the road Jesus followed on His way to Jerusalem. We stop at the chapel of Dominus Flevit where our Lord wept and shed a tear for the city of Jerusalem (Luke 19: 37- 42). We then proceed to the Garden of Gethsemane and pray at the church of All Nations (Church of Gethsemane), where Jesus prayed: "Father if you are willing, take this cup from me; nevertheless, not my will but you're will be done."  You will visit the church of St. Peter Gallicantu, the church built on the site of the house of high priest Caiaphas. This is where Jesus spent a night in the dungeon after his arrest. On this site, Peter denied Jesus three times, and the cock crowed (Gallicantu).

 

Day 9 - The Old City of Jerusalem and “Via Crucis”

As Jerusalem is our destiny, today you will enter the Old City and follow the Stations of the Cross the Via Dolorosa, from Pilate’s fortress and Flagellation Chapel to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, site of Crucifixion and Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. The same day you make The Way Of The Cross we will visit and pray at the pool of Bethesda where Jesus Christ healed a man who was crippled for 38 years. The Church of St Anne one of the rare churches that were spared from the destruction of Moslems was built over the house of Joachim and Anne. In the afternoon group will leave for a visit to the Israel Museum with the model of Jerusalem from the time of Jesus.   Return to our hotel for dinner and overnight.

 

DAY 10 - Mt. Zion - Western Wall 

This morning, we will visit the Holocaust Museum in the morning and then on to Mount Zion Church of Dormition, where Mary fell into Eternal sleep, and the Room of the Last Supper.  Then, we will go to the Temple Mount area with the Cardo Maximus (the street from Roman times) and then end at the Western Wall of Solomon's Temple, with the Al Aqsa Mosque and the Dome of the Rock mosque above it. Tonight is the final and farewell dinner at the hotel in Jerusalem.

 

DAY 11 - Jerusalem - flight home 

Group has transfer to Tel Aviv Airport for flight back home to the US, arrival same day.

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RATES & DATES:

May  8 -  18, 2019 - Chicago Group, Mrs. Garcia Olivia Marzan   
Land and air..........Chicago.......................................US$  3445.00
Single room supplement...........................................US$    460.00
 

November  14 -  24, 2019 
Land and air..........New York....................................US$   3395.00
Land and air..........Toronto........................................US$  3345.00
Single room supplement...........................................US$    460.00
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March  9 -  19, 2020 
Land and air..........Chicago/New York......................US$  3395.00
Single room supplement...........................................US$    460.00

 

For price from your departure city - please email us or fill in the registration form!
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INCLUSIVE:

  • Round trip airfares the USA to Tel Aviv, tax included- SUBJECT TO CHANGE BY AIRLINE
  • 2 nights in Bethlehem – first class 4*
  • 3 nights Galilee – first class 4*
  • 1 night Jericho – first class 4*
  • 3 nights Jerusalem – first class 4*
  • Full buffet breakfast and dinner daily
  • All entrance fees
  • Lunch, St. Peter’s fish by the Sea of Galilee
  • Transportation by deluxe air-conditioned motor coach, WI-FI on board
  • Full sightseeing with professional Catholic guide
  • Porterage in/out the hotel of one piece of luggage

 

NOT INCLUDED:

  • Daily lunch - except on the day we have lunch at the Sea of Galilee included
  • Tips for guide & driver 
  • Personal items and beverages, visa or passport costs
  • Travel insurance strongly recommended and available

 


FOR GROUPS:

 - TRAVEL ON YOUR DATE - 
 - PRIEST & PILGRIMAGE COORDINATOR TRAVEL FREE OF CHARGE -  
 - UPON CONFIRMATION 150 HOLY LAND BROCHURES ON YOUR HOME/CHURCH ADDRESS - 

 

Groups of 10 or more are welcomed
Customized Holy land itinerary 
Extensions to Rome, Medjugorje, Lourdes, Fatima or Poland with Divine Mercy


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Catholic Pilgrimage to Holy Land