Traditional Catholic Pilgrimage to the Holy Land with Jordan
With Fr. Michael Passo, FSSP
And Tour Director Mrs. Susan Kotnik
“Walking in the Footsteps of Jesus”
November 25 – December 10, 2018 (Jordan: Dec. 7 – 10)
Registration is open.
Embark on the most epic pilgrimage of your life. See where Jesus Christ lived, died and was buried. Walk on the same soil and see where he prayed and worked his many miracles for those who had faith. Experience for yourself why God chose this beautiful land to be called holy for all ages. Daily Mass in Latin at the holy sites. Do not miss your chance for a once-in-a-lifetime journey in the footsteps of Jesus. The dates have been carefully selected for the best possible weather.
Frequently Asked Questions
November 25– December 10, 2018 (Jordan: Dec. 7 – 10).
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 (with optional Jordan extension: Petra, Jerash, Amman and environs).
Optional Jordan Extension?
Immerse yourself in the wonder and mystery of ancient Petra, seeing first-hand its elaborate history, architecture and soaring cliffs. On excursions explore spectacular Roman ruins and the iconic desert valley made famous in the film Lawrence of Arabia. Cap off your trip with a festive evening in capital city Amman.
What is included?
- all meals listed on the itinerary
- all gratuities in the Holy Land
- accommodations in the Holy Land (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. If we have at least 10 interested passengers from any one city, we can request a group rate.
May I extend my stay?
DAY 1: Sunday, November 25, 2018 – Depart North America
Depart on overnight flight to London, England. Meals on flight.
DAY 2: Monday, November 26, 2018 – London
Afternoon arrival at London Heathrow Terminal 3, Mass at airport, bus transfer to hotel. Lunch and dinner on our own. Overnight in London, England.
DAY 3: Tuesday, November 27, 2018 – Tel Aviv, Nazareth
Transfer to London Heathrow Terminal 3 for morning flight to Tel Aviv. Afternoon arrival at Ben Gurion Airport. Meal on flight. Exit terminal and meet our guide. Bus transfer to Nazareth, our home for the next four nights. Mass, dinner and overnight in Nazareth. B,L,D
DAY 4: Wednesday, November 28, 2018 – Tiberias, Capernaum
Drive to Tiberias and visit the Mount of Beatitudes where Jesus gave his most important sermon – the Sermon on the Mount. We celebrate Holy Mass here. See the ancient boat and enjoy a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee. Visit Capernaum to see the house of St. Peter and the synagogue. Enjoy St. Peter’s fish for lunch. Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Nazareth. B,L,D
DAY 5: Thursday, November 29, 2018 – Cana, Mt. Tabor
This morning we visit the Basilica of the Annunciation and celebrate Holy Mass in the basilica. Visit the church of St. Joseph built over the house of the Holy Family. Visit Mary’s well and the synagogue. Drive to Cana of Galilee for the renewal of wedding vows where Jesus changed water into wine. After lunch, drive to Mt. Tabor and visit the church of the Transfiguration. Dinner and overnight in Nazareth. B,L,D
DAY 6: Friday, November 30, 2018 – Caesarea Philippi, Tabgha
After celebrating Holy Mass and breakfast, drive to the Golan Heights and visit Caesarea Philippi where Jesus asked the disciples, “Who do you say that I am?” Visit to a Druz village for lunch. On return visit the church of the Multiplication at Tabgha if possible. Return to Nazareth. Dinner and overnight in Nazareth. B,L,D
DAY 7: Saturday, December 1, 2018 – Nazareth, Mt. Carmel, Samaria, Ein Karem, Jerusalem
Departing Nazareth we drive west to Haifa and ascend Mt. Carmel. Visit Stella Maris Convent and the Prophet Elisha’s Grotto. Holy Mass at Stella Maris church. After lunch, drive south along the Mediterranean Sea and stop at Caesarea Maritime, a well preserved Roman city where St. Peter baptized Cornelius and Paul was imprisoned for two years. This afternoon we start making our way up to the holy city of Jerusalem and stop at the village of Ein Karim to visit the church of the Visitation and the church of John the Baptist. Continue on to Jerusalem to the Notre Dame Center (our home for the next six nights). Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem. B,L,D
DAY 8: Sunday, December 2, 2018 – Samaria, Jerusalem
Sunday Mass. Drive north to Samaria in the West Bank and on to Nablus to Jacob’s Well where Jesus spoke with the Samaritan woman. Drink water from the same well that is still there. After lunch at a Christian restaurant in Nablus we return to Jerusalem where we will visit the Israeli museum and see the model of the city of Jerusalem as it was at the time of Jesus. Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem. B,L,D
DAY 9: Monday, December 3, 2018 – Bethlehem
Drive to Bethlehem to visit the Basilica of the Nativity where Christ was born. See St. Catherine’s church, the chapel of St. Jerome in the cave, the Milk Grotto and Shepherd’s Fields, where we will have Holy Mass either in one of the caves or in the church. Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem. B,L,D
DAY 10: Tuesday, December 4, 2018 – Jerusalem
Follow where Christ walked down the Mt. of Olives, visit the church of the Ascension, 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), St. Peter’s in Gallicantu (where St. Peter denied Our Lord three times) and the Upper Room. Mass at one of these holy sites. Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem. B,L,D
DAY 11: Wednesday, December 5, 2018 – Qumran, Jericho, Dead Sea
After Mass in the chapel of our residence, we will continue to the Jordan River to renew our Baptismal vows at the site where St. John the Baptist was baptizing. Then on to Jericho to see St. George’s monastery (on the Mt. of Temptation) and the sycamore tree. After lunch in Jericho, go to Qumran to see the site of the Dead Sea Scrolls and finish the day with an optional swim in the Dead Sea. Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem. B,L,D
DAY 12: Thursday, December 6, 2018 – 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 through St. Stephen’s Gate. Visit St. Anne’s church and the pools of Bethesda. 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, seeing Mt. Calvary and the empty tomb of Our Lord. Mass. Special farewell dinner with local cuisine and folk dancing. Overnight in Jerusalem. B,L,D
DAY 13: Friday, December 7, 2018 – Jordan Option: Jerusalem, Madaba, Mount Nebo, Petra
This morning we proceed across the border to Jordan to visit Madaba (Biblical Medeba), to visit the Greek Orthodox Church and the 6th century mosaics. We continue to Mount Nebo, the site where Moses saw the Promised Land and where he died. Here we celebrate Mass before we continue our journey along the King’s Highway to Kerak, one of the two major Crusader castels in Jordan, situated on a hilltop, giving a magnificent view in all directions, particularly over the Dead Sea. This fortress was built to protect the approach to Jerusalem. The Crusaders held it until 1189 when Salah Al Din defeated them. We continue to Petra for dinner and overnight for the next two nights. B, L, D
DAY 14: Saturday, December 8, 2018 – Petra
We visit the Nabatean city of Petra, the Red Rock City, carved in colored sandstone and rediscovered in 1812. From the El Ji Post, we take an unforgettable journey as we continue on hourseback or walk through the famous Siq (natural gorge). We visit the Treasury, the Theatre, the Palace of Justice and other wonders (horses are included for the visit). B, L, D
DAY 15: Sunday, December 9, 2018 – Petra, Amman
This morning, after breakfast, we drive to Amman. We will celebrate Sunday Mass in one of the local churches. This afternoon we enjoy a city tour of Amman which includes the ruins of the ancient civilizations, including the Theatre and Forum for the Greco-Roman Empire, the Citadel and the Roman Temple of Hercules. We check into our hotel in Amman for our last night. B, L, D
DAY 16: Monday, December 10, 2018 – Amman, London, North America
Early this morning we drive to the Amman airport for our early morning flight back to London for our connecting flights back to USA/Canada. Meals on flights.
DAY 13: Friday, December 7, 2018 – Return to North America Option
This morning we have free for souvenir shopping or to revisit old sites. Early afternoon we bid the Holy Land farewell and depart on our late afternoon flight for London, England. Transfer to hotel for overnight stay in London. B, Meal on flight.
DAY 14: Saturday, December 8, 2018 – London, North America
Transfer to airport for return flight home. B, Meal on flight
B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner
To reserve your spot, a deposit of $1,000 USD 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 August 10, 2018.
From $TBA USD per person, land-only (double occupancy).
For Holy Land Tours, we require you purchase international travel insurance that includes medical – this is done at time of deposit/registration.
Is This Tour for You?
Please note: you must be able to carry your own luggage on wheels in Jordan only (porterage is included in the Holy Land). 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.
Terms and Conditions
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