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Holy Land & Jerusalem Pilgrimage Tour 2023

(8 Reviews)

Nothing brings the Gospels to life like a Catholic Holy Land Pilgrimage Tour to the Holy Land and Jerusalem. During the course of the pilgrimage tour, you will walk in the Footsteps of Jesus, the Virgin Mary, and the Apostles, visiting and celebrating daily Mass in the most important Shrines and Basilicas of Christianity. You will visit the Basilica of the Annunciation, where the Angel of the Lord appeared to the Virgin Mary, and she professed her Magnificat. You will visit Bethlehem and celebrate the birth of Christ at the Church of the Nativity.  During this Holy Land Pilgrimage tour, you will have the opportunity to renew your baptismal vows at the Jordon River and your wedding vows in Cana, where Jesus performed His first Miracle. You will spend two days around the Sea of Galilee where Jesus began His ministry, preaching to thousands as He gave His sermon on the Mount of Beatitudes, and miraculously fed the multitudes with fish and loaves of bread. The highlight of the Holy Land Pilgrimage Tour will be in Jerusalem where you will pray in the Garden of Gethsemane and experience the Lord’s Passion along the Via Dolorosa, (the Way of the Cross) on the way to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre which marks the place where Jesus was put to death on Calvary, and was buried and rose again! Visits to Mount Tabor,  Sepphoris, Bethany, and Jericho are just some of the other places that you will visit on this Holy Land Pilgrimage Tour. For a wonderful reading of Holy Land Pilgrimage tour guidelines issued by the USCCB click here.  Why don’t you go ahead and book the Holy Land & Jerusalem Pilgrimage Tour for 2023 or 2024 today?

Israel is open to pilgrims!  No Covid vaccinations are needed.

A pilgrimage to the Holy Land is a special time of spiritual journey for Christians. It is a time when we recommit ourselves to living a Christian life as a life of pilgrimage.  —  United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

Tour Details for Holy Land & Jerusalem Pilgrimage

Departure & Return Location

New York J.F.K. International Airport, USA 

(Departures from other Airports Available)

Departure Time

Arrive for Check-in 3 Hours Before Flight Time

Price Includes

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

Complimentaries

  • Name and Luggage tags
  • Neck Wallet
  • Travel Bag
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 2Tel 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 3En 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 the Galilee.

Day 4The 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, 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 the Galilee.

Day 5Jordan River, Mt Tabor, Sepphoris

Start the day by going remembering our Baptism at the Jordan River.  Continue to Mount Tabor, 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 6Jerusalem, 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 7Jerusalem: 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 8Stations 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 9The Wilderness: Bethany, Jericho, Mt Temptation, Dead Sea

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

Day 10Jerusalem - USA - Return to the USA.

Dates & Pricing
Dates, Pricing & Booking Holy Land & Jerusalem Pilgrimage Tour
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2023 Holy Land Pilgrimage Tour Dates
HL23 0226 February 26 – March 7, 2023 $4,679 Book Here
HL23 0320

March 20 – 29, 2023

Great weather!  Trip is a GO!  Book Now!  Please recommend a priest for this trip.

$4,679 Book Here
HL23 0521 May 21 – 30, 2023 $4,999 Book Here
HL23 0630

June 30 – July 9, 2023

with Fr. Mark Shoffner

The Ole Miss Pilgrimage!

$4,697 Book Here
HL23 0702 July 2 – 11, 2023 $4,999 Book Here
HL23 0917 September 17 – 26, 2023 $4,999 Book Here
HL23 1029

October 29 – November 7, 2023
with Fr. Mike Oenbrink & Jennifer McGlynnSt. Francis by the Sea pilgrimage tour – click for details

 

$3,995 Book Here
 
2024 Holy Land Pilgrimage Tour Dates — coming soon!
HL24 0108

January 7 – 16, 2024

with Fr. Tim Hedrick & Deacon Don Richard

for St. Catherine of Siena Church

$3,700
HL24 0227 February 28 – March 9, 2024?? $????
HL24 0313 March 13 – 22, 2024??
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HL24 0403 April 3 – 12, 2024??  $????
HL24 0501 May 1 – 10, 2024?? $????
HL24 0612 June 12 – 21, 2024?? $????
HL24 0703 July 3 – 12, 2024?? $????
HL24 0806 August 6 – 15, 2024?? $????
HL24 0918 September 18 – 27, 2024?? $????
HL24 1023 October 23 – November 1, 2022 $????
HL24 1113 November 13 – 22, 2024? $????
 
Single Supplement: $1,265.00 unless otherwise specified.
The prices listed above are the base price from JFK airport.  Departures from other cities are available.
Add-on Fares are available from your hometown.

 

Travel Insurance

Travel Insurance is available and – recommended!

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FAQ about the Holy Land Pilgrimage Tour

 

What hotels will we be staying at for the Holy Land Pilgrimage?

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For a list of hotels and accommodation information please click here.

 

Is a pilgrimage to the Holy Land and Jerusalem important?

For additional information for pilgrims to the Holy Land please click here.

 

Have the USA Bishops said anything about a pilgrimage to the Holy Land and Jerusalem?

For Holy Land Pilgrimage Guidelines from the USA Bishops click here.

 

Are your guides Catholic?

All of our guides are Roman Catholic!

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Fr. Gary Copping

Solo Traveller

This pilgrimage was quite moving. It is one thing to read about the places that Jesus lived, ministered, and visited. It is another to actually go to those places. A pilgrimage to the Holy Land really brings to life the life of Jesus. To be able to stand and see these holy places brings one back in time to the First Century A.D. so that one can contemplate and meditate on being there with Jesus as He made His earthly journey. Once back home, one can share those joyful experiences with others and relive them through pictures and memories, thus helping one to pray and to experience the graces they give for a lifetime.

November 10, 2022

Debbie & Juliette

Family Traveller

Jimmy,
Everything about the pilgrimage was great – both Juliette & I feel spiritually enriched.
I would say it was a great success! The tour guide Antoine “Tony” was fabulous & the bus driver “Hatam” was great & very kind.
Thanks again for an experience we won’t ever forget.

D

November 2, 2022

Andy

Couple Traveller

The journey to the Holyland was very illuminating to my wife and I. The tour was very well done by the organizers, our tour Gide and driver were excellent and very friendly. We really enjoyed the folks we met and interacted with
Andy

October 5, 2022

Christina

Solo Traveller

I enjoyed a special reunion with Fr. Ronnie Calkins at the home of Ed and Marian Blanchard.  This group has really bonded together after their pilgrimage and have been having reunions since their return. 
How Wonderful!  Sharing Faith and Friendship Together!

November 14, 2019

Fr. Kevin Mues

Group Traveller

Mr. Hyland,

Thank you for the wonderful trip to the Holy Land that your company organized. The guide was excellent, the places we visited put me in contact with the places that Christ walked, and the accommodations were great.

February 5, 2019
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