Holy Land Ash Wednesday Pilgrimage with Fr. Z
With Fr. John Zuhlsdorf, Chaplain
And Tour Director Christopher Suen, Director of the Chant Schola
“Walking in the Footsteps of Jesus”
February 19 – 29, 2020
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Reaffirm and celebrate your faith on this TLM tour through the Holy Land while visiting some of the Christian world’s oldest and most hallowed shrines and sanctuaries. Journey with us and other traditional believers through a specially designed Holy Land itinerary that follows the life of Christ. You will be accompanied by the renowned Catholic evangelizer of Internet fame, Fr. John Zuhlsdorf (aka Fr. Z) on a fully Catholic tour designed to offer you the experience of a lifetime. Daily Mass in the Extraordinary Form at the holy sites. All meals included. Do not miss this rare opportunity to travel with our good friend, Fr. Z!
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
WHAT IS THE COST OF A SINGLE ROOM?
WHAT IS INCLUDED?
- accommodations for 9 nights in superior tourist class hotels,
- group airport transfer,
- ground transportation in private, deluxe bus,
- all meals included per itinerary,
- daily Mass at the holy sites,
- professional guiding fees included,
- entrance fees included,
- professional tour escort,
- and much more.
DOES THE COST INCLUDE AIR?
No, airfare is additional cost. The tour begins and ends at the airport in Tel Aviv. Contact us for flight info.
MAY I EXTEND MY STAY?
Yes, you may arrive early or stay later or plan an extended layover somewhere.
DO I HAVE TO KNOW THE LATIN MASS WELL?
No, many are learning at their own pace this ancient way of Catholic spirituality.
ARE THERE ANY HIDDEN COSTS?
No. You purchase your flights and insurance separately. Tips and drinks are extra cost. A free-will offering will be taken up at the Masses for the local church.
DAY 1: Wednesday, February 19, 2020 – Depart North America
Depart on flights to Israel. Meals on flight.
DAY 2: Thursday, February 20, 2020 – 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 the hotel, Mass and overnight in Tiberias. Meals on flight, D
DAY 3: Friday, February 21, 2020 – 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: Saturday, February 22, 2020 – Mt. of Beatitudes, Capernaum, Tabgha, Sea of Galilee
Mass at the peaceful Mt. of Beatitudes overlooking the Sea of Galilee where Jesus gave his most important sermon – the Sermon on the Mount. Visit Capernaum where Christ and the apostles lived, including the house of St. Peter’s mother-in-law 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 men. Conclude the day with a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee. Dinner and overnight in Tiberias. B,L,D
DAY 5: Sunday, February 23, 2020 – Caesarea Philippi, Golan Heights, 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 the primacy of St. Peter. 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. Dinner and overnight in Tiberias. B,L,D
DAY 6: Monday, February 24, 2020 – Mt. Carmel, Haifa, Caesarea Maritima, Jerusalem
Scenic drive to the ancient place of pilgrimage, Mt. Carmel where Christians, Jews and Moslems visit. See Stella Maris Convent and the Prophet Elisha’s cave. See Haifa and enjoy the view of the Mediterranean Sea. Visit to Caesarea Maritima on the sea, if there is time. Next, we make our way to the holy city of Jerusalem. Hotel check-in. Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem. B,L,D
DAY 7: Tuesday, February 25, 2020 – Bethlehem, Ein Karim
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 in a manger. Visit St. Catherine’s, the cave where St. Jerome lived and the Milk Grotto Shrine if there is time. Sing Silent Night in the chapel of Shepherd’s Fields, where our group will celebrate the Mass of Christmas. Time for shopping at Christian shop. Next, we make our way to the village of Ein Karim to visit the church of the Visitation. Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem. B,L,D
DAY 8: Wednesday, February 26, 2020 – Jerusalem
Follow the footsteps of Christ to Mt. Scopus and the Mt. of Olives, visit the church of the Pater Noster, Dominus Flevit, the Garden of 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. Next we visit the Upper Room of the Last Supper. Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem. B,L,D
DAY 9: Thursday, February 27, 2020 – Jerusalem
Today we spend the day in the Old City of Jerusalem in the footsteps of the Passion of Christ. Before dawn we trace the final footsteps of Christ on the Via Dolorosa (Stations of the Cross), beginning at the location of the former Antonia Fortress, leading finally to the holiest shrine in Christendom, the church of the Holy Sepulchre. Mass on Mt. Calvary. There we visit the empty tomb of Our Lord, the highlight of our pilgrimage. After lunch visit St. Anne’s church built by the crusaders at the pools of Bethesda and the Wailing Wall (a retaining wall of the original temple). Overnight in Jerusalem. B,L,D
DAY 10: Friday, February 28, 2020 – Jordan River, Jericho, Qumran, Dead Sea
After Mass, we will continue to the Jordan River to renew our baptismal vows where Jesus was baptized. Then on to Jericho, “the world’s oldest city,” to see from a distance the Mt. of Temptation and hear the story of the famed sycamore tree of Zachaeus. After lunch in Jericho, visit to Qumran to see the site of the Dead Sea Scrolls. Optional float in the Dead Sea, “the lowest part of the earth.” Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem. B,L,D
DAY 11: Saturday, February 29, 2020 – Depart Israel
Transfer to Tel Aviv Airport for return flights home. Meals on flight.
B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner
*Itinerary is tentative and subject to change.
Your deposit of $1,000 USD is due at time of registration.
DEADLINE FOR REGISTRATION AND FINAL PAYMENT
Deadline for registration and final payment is November 15, 2019. Deadline for registration has been extended to Dec. 1st. Registration is still open.
All meals included per itinerary.
SUPPORTING THE LOCAL CHRISTIANS
Pilgrims seek to preserve the Christian existence in the Holy Land. We do this by supporting local Christian businesses.
Tips are additional cost of $165 USD per person (due in cash on the first full day of the tour).
We require you purchase international travel insurance that includes medical – this can be done at time of deposit/registration.
IS THIS TOUR FOR YOU?
Please note: there is a decent amount of walking. You must be able to carry your own luggage on wheels. You must be in good physical shape. You must be flexible. Daily Mass will be in the Extraordinary Form.
TERMS AND CONDITIONS
Please take a look at our link and read the information carefully. When you apply for the tour, you agree to the terms and conditions.