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Special Pilgrimage to the Holy Land Fr. Shoury July 2022

Special Pilgrimage to the Holy Land

July 3 – 12, 2022

with Fr. Shouriah

Fr-Shoury

 

 

 

 

 

Itinerary for Holy Land & Jerusalem Pilgrimage Tour

Day 1 – Arrive in Tel Aviv

Begin your spiritual journey as we depart for the overnight flight to Tel Aviv.

Day 2 – Tel Aviv – Overnight on the Mediterranean Coast

Arrival at Ben Gurion Airport. Exit terminal at the sign marked “groups” and meet your local guide who will escort you to your hotel on the coast.  Dinner and overnight.

Day 3 – En route to the Galilee – Caesarea, Mt Carmel, Stella Maris, Carmelites, Cana, Nazareth, Basilica of the Annunciation

Today you will 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 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 the group will celebrate Mass and visit Mary’s Well and the Church of the Angel Gabriel. Dinner and overnight in Galilee.

Day 4 – The Ministry of Christ in the Galilee: Tiberias, Boat ride, 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. In the afternoon 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.”  Dinner and overnight at your hotel in Galilee.

Day 5 – Jordan River, Mt Tabor, Sepphoris

Start the day by going remembering our Baptism at the Jordan River.  Continue to Mount Tabor, the scene of the Transfiguration, where you will have Mass. Then proceed to Sepphoris, a regional city at the time of Jesus.  Drive down the Jordan Valley and head towards Jerusalem.  Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Jerusalem.

Day 6 – Jerusalem, the Holy City and Bethlehem the Nativity – Mt Olives, Church of Visitation, Shepherd’s Fields, Church of the Nativity

On the first day in Jerusalem, you will be presented with 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. 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 Shepherd’s Fields where the angels announced the birth of Jesus. Then visit the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem that stands upon the site where Jesus was born. Mass in Bethlehem or the Shepherds Fields. Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Jerusalem.

Day 7 – Jerusalem: The Passion of Jesus’ Last Hours: – Bethany, Mt Olives, Palm Sunday, Dominus Flevit, Gethsemane, Cave of Betrayal, Cave of Assumption, Pater Noster

Begin our day with a visit to Bethany where Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead. Then onto 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.  Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Jerusalem.

Day 8 – Stations of the Cross, Church of the Holy Sepulchre, St Anne’s Church. Ecce Homo, Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Wailing Wall, Upper Room, Dormition

Early in the morning, the group will retrace the last steps of Jesus. Then walk along the Via Dolorosa (Way of Sorrow), through the markets of the Old City praying the Stations of the Cross, reflecting on the greatness of His sacrifice. Finally, we arrive at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre for Mass.  After breakfast at our hotel, 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. Pass the Ecce Homo where Pilate proclaimed “Behold the man”; then the Wailing Wall, the holiest place for those of the Jewish faith.  Nearby is the Dome of the Rock and the Haram al-Sharif or Temple Mount, exit at Mt Zion. At the Cenacle visit the Upper Room of the Last Supper. Next, go to Dormition Abbey where it is believed that the Blessed Mary died, end the day at St. Peter in Gallicantu where Peter denied Him thrice.  Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Jerusalem.

Day 9 – The Wilderness: Bethany, Jericho, Mt Temptation, Dead Sea

The desert east of Jerusalem is rich in Christian tradition. Further east, just off the Roman road that Jesus ‘walked’, is Wadi Qelt gorge, the site of the Monastery of St George. 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 the last-minute buying of gifts for your loved ones.  Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Jerusalem.

Day 10 – Jerusalem – USA – Return to the USA

Price Includes

  • Airfares – Round trip airfare from New York  (Add-on Airfare available from Other Cities)
  • Hotel Accommodations – First Class Hotels with Porterage
  • Meals – Breakfast and Dinner Daily
    Wine & mineral water with dinners
  • All transportation in destination location Air-conditioned Motor Coach with Bottled Water and WiFi available onboard
  • Tour Guide – Professional English Speaking Guides
  • Entrance Fees – Sightseeing and admissions fees as per itinerary
    Whisper Headsets where needed
  • Daily Mass and Spiritual Activities Coordinated

Price Excludes

  • Optional Travel Insurance
  • Gratuities for Guides and Drivers
  • Excess Baggage Fees, if applicable
  • Fees for Seat Assignments or upgrades, if applicable
  • Any Personal Expenses

Complementaries

  • Name and Luggage tags
  • Neck Wallet
  • Travel Bag

The price is $4,469. Add New Orleans departure of $298 for a total of $4,777.  Anyone can join from any of these airports.

You can make a $500 deposit and reserve your spot today by clicking the book here link above.  Or call us at (800) 715-6670.

Single Rooms available for an additional $950.

Optional Travel Insurance Available– highly recommended

 

 

 

 

 

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