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Walking in the Footsteps of Jesus Pilgrimage to the Holy Land

With Fr. Lawrence Donnelly & St. Joseph’s Parish in Langley, B.C.

And Tour Director J.P. Sonnen

“Celebrate the Feast of the Baptism of Our Lord in Jerusalem”  

January 6 – 17, 2019 

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Embark on one of the most epic journeys of your life – walking in the footsteps of Jesus.  See and experience where Jesus lived and died, where he worked his many wonders, including healings and miracles.  Hear his word where he preached.  Live where he lived. Pray where he prayed.  Celebrate Mass where he died, was buried and rose from the dead. Join us as we walk on the same ground and see where he walked on water. Experience for yourself why God chose this land for all ages to be called holy. Daily Mass in English at the holy sites. Do not miss your chance for this once-in-a-lifetime journey in the footsteps of Jesus. The dates have been carefully selected for the best possible weather. All meals included.

Frequently Asked Questions

PRESENTATION NIGHT ANNOUNCEMENT IN LANGLEY, BC (CANADA)
HOLY LAND PILGRIMAGE INFO NIGHT: Meet the tour director and hear about the upcoming January 2019 “Walking in the Footsteps of Jesus” Holy Land Pilgrimage with Fr. Lawrence Donnelly and St. Joseph’s Parish in Langley.  There will be a short presentation with Q & A.  Join us in the parish hall after the 5 pm Mass at St. Joseph’s on Saturday, April 21.  For questions please contact: John or Natalie/www.oc-travel.com/info@oc-travel.com/ 1-800-675-9088.
When?
January 6– 17, 2019
Where?
Holy Land: Tel Aviv, Nazareth, Tiberias, Capernaum, Cana, Mount Tabor, Caesarea Philippi, Tabgha, Mount Carmel, Samaria, Ein Karem, Jersualem, Bethlehem, Qumran, Jericho, Dead Sea and much more.
Cost?
$3,899 CAD per person, land-only (sharing a room)
Fee for Single Room?
$1,150 CAD per person (single room is extra cost)

What is included?

  • all meals listed on the itinerary
  • accommodations in the Holy Land (4-Star Nazareth and Jerusalem)
  • ground transportation in deluxe motor coach
  • porterage for one suitcase per person in the Holy Land only
  • professional local guide
  • entrance fees and guided tours
  • tour escort from Canada
  • and much more

Does the cost include air?
No.  We can help arrange your flights.  A group booking has been arranged for some flying from Vancouver (economy class).

Tips
Tips are 165 USD, collected in cash from each pilgrim on the first full day of the tour and distributed by the tour director (about $15 USD per day).

May I extend my stay?
Yes.  You may go early or stay longer at the final destination or anywhere along the way.

Itinerary*

DAY 1: Sunday, January 6, 2019 – Depart North America

Depart on flights to Israel.  Meals on flight.

DAY 2: Monday, January 7, 2019 – Tel Aviv, Tiberias

Arrival at Tel Aviv Airport.  Exit terminal and meet our guide.  Bus transfer to Tiberias on the Sea of Galilee, our home for the next four nights.  Welcome dinner at hotel, Mass and overnight in Tiberas.  Meals on flights.  D

DAY 3: Tuesday, January 8, 2019 – Nazareth, Cana, Mt. Tabor  

This morning we visit Nazareth, the hometown of the Holy Family.  Mass at the Basilica of the Annunciation, built atop the home of the Blessed Mother.  Special visit to the church of St. Joseph, built over where the Holy Family lived.  Drive to Cana of Galilee to pray where Christ performed his first public miracle.  Renewal of wedding vows for married couples.  After lunch, drive to Mt. Tabor to visit the mighty church of the Transfiguration.  Dinner and overnight in Tiberias.  B, L, D

DAY 4: Wednesday, January 9, 2019 – Mt. of Beatitudes, Capernaum, Sea of Galilee 

Visit the peaceful Mt. of Beatitudes overlooking the Sea of Galilee where Jesus gave his most important sermon – the sermon on the mount.  Private outdoor Mass here.  Visit Capernaum to see the hometown of the Apostles, included is the house of St. Peter and the synagogue.  Enjoy St. Peter’s fish for lunch.  Visit the church of the Multiplication at Tabgha where Jesus fed the crowd of 5,000.  Conclude the day with a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee.  Dinner and overnight in Tiberias.  B, L, D

DAY 5: Thursday, January 10, 2019 – Caesarea Philippi, Tabgha, Druze Village 

Mass at the Primacy of Peter site where after his Resurrection Christ appeared to his apostles and said to Peter: “Feed my sheep.”  Drive to the Golan Heights and visit Caesarea Philippi where Christ declared St. Peter the first Pope.  See where Jesus asked the disciples, “Who do you say that I am?”  Visit a fascinating Druze village for lunch.  See Lebanon and Syria across the border.  Overnight in Tiberias.  B, L, D

DAY 6: Friday, January 11, 2019 – Mt. Carmel, Samaria, Jerusalem

Scenic drive to the ancient place of pilgrimage, Mt. Carmel.  Visit Stella Maris Convent and the Prophet Elisha’s Grotto for Mass.  After lunch, drive south through Samaria to Jacob’s Well.  Next, we make our way to the holy city of Jerusalem.  Enter the Old City and see the empty tomb of Our Lord, the holiest shrine in the Christian world, located in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem.  Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem.  B, L, D

DAY 7: Saturday, January 12, 2019 – Bethlehem, Ein Karem 

Drive to Bethlehem to visit the ancient church of the Nativity, built atop the grotto where Christ was born.  Enter the cave and pray.  See where Mary laid Christ.  Visit St. Catherine’s, the cave where St. Jerome lived and the Milk Grotto Shrine.  Sing Silent Night in the chapel of the Shepherd’s Fields, where our group will celebrate the votive Midnight Mass of Christmas.  Time for shopping at Christian shop.  Next, we make our way to the village of Ein Karem to visit the church of the Visitation.  Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem.  B, L, D

DAY 8: Sunday, January 13, 2019 – Jerusalem

Follow the footsteps of Christ to Mt. Scopus and the Mt. of Olives, visit the church of the Pater Noster, Dominus Flevit, Gethsemane and the church of All Nations.  After lunch visit Mt. Zion to see Dormition Abbey (Our Lady’s Falling Asleep), the ruins of the house of Caiphas, St. Peter’s in Gallicantu (where St. Peter denied Our Lord three times) and the Upper Room of the Last Supper.  Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem.  B, L, D

DAY 9: Monday, January 14, 2019 – Jerusalem  

Today we spend the day in the holy city of Jerusalem in the footsteps of the Passion of Christ.  Walking tour of the old city.  See St. Anne’s and the pools of Bethesda.  Before dawn, we trace the final footsteps of Christ on the Via Dolorosa.  See the church of the Flagellation, the Ecce Homo and finally the holiest shrine, the church of the Holy Sepulchre.  Mass on Mt. Calvary.  Afternoon is free for rest or exploration.  Overnight in Jerusalem.  B, L, D

DAY 10: Tuesday, January 15, 2019 – Jordan River, Jericho, Qumran, Dead Sea

After Mass, we will continue to the Jordan River to renew our baptismal vows.  Then on to Jericho to see from a distance the Mt. of Temptation and the famed sycamore tree.  After lunch in Jericho, visit to Qumran to see the site of the Dead Sea Scrolls.  Optional float in the Dead Sea.  Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem.  B, L, D

DAY 11: Wednesday, January 16, 2019 – Jerusalem

After Mass and breakfast, a free day for souvenir shopping or to revisit old sites.  Special farewell dinner with local cuisine.  B, L, D

DAY 12: Thursday, January 17, 2019 –  Depart Israel

Transfer to the Tel Aviv Airport for return flights home.  B

B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner

 *N.B. Itinerary is subject to change.

Deposit

To reserve your spot, a deposit of $1,000 CAD is due  at time of registration along with your completed registration form and a copy of your passport.  Small group pilgrimages fill quickly – do not miss out!

Deadline for Registration

Final payment is due October 1, 2018.

Price

$3,899 CAD per person, land-only (double occupancy).

Travel Insurance

For Holy Land Tours, we require you purchase international travel insurance that includes trip cancellation and medical – this can be done at time of deposit/registration.

Is This Tour for You?

Please note: you must be able to carry your own luggage on wheels.  You must be in good physical shape.  You must be flexible.  This tour includes a significant amount of walking.  Moderate physical activity is expected.  This includes stairs and uneven walking surfaces.

Safety?

Each year some 3.5 million tourists and pilgrims visit the Holy Land.  In our judgement it is a safe and enjoyable tourist destination.

Terms and Conditions

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