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Holy Land in February/March 20202019-04-10T21:07:32+00:00

Holy Land Lenten Pilgrimage in the Footsteps of Jesus 

With Fr. J. Patrick Hough, SJ

And Tour Director John Paul Sonnen

February 28 – March 10, 2020 

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TOUR SYNOPSIS 

Reaffirm and celebrate your faith as you visit some of the Catholic world’s most treasured shrines and sanctuaries as you journey as a pilgrim through the Holy Land.  You will be accompanied by fellow believers on a fully Catholic tour designed to offer you the experience of a lifetime, memories that will stay with you forever.

Join us as we tour through the mountain tops, valleys, vineyards and deserts of the Holy Land through Galilee, Samaria and Judea.  Walk in the footsteps of Jesus and pray where he was born, died, rose from the dead and performed his many miracles.  See all of this with other faith-filled travelers!

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

WHEN?

February 28– March 10, 2020

WHERE?

Tel Aviv, Nazareth, Sea of Galilee, Capernaum, Cana, Mt. Tabor, Caesarea Philippi, Golan Heights, Tabgha, Haifa, Mt. Carmel, Caesarea Maritime, Samaria, Ein Karim, Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Qumran, Jericho, Dead Sea, and more.

COST?

$3,990 USD  per person land-only (double-occupancy)

DISCOUNT?

Contact OC-Travel for info on discount for those who register before May 1st, 2019.

WHAT IS THE COST OF A SINGLE ROOM?

The single room supplement is $1,080 USD.

WHAT IS INCLUDED?

  • accommodations for 10 nights in superior tourist class hotels,
  • group airport transfer
  • ground transportation in private deluxe bus with WiFi,
  • all meals included per the itinerary,
  • 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.

TENTATIVE ITINERARY*

DAY 1: Friday, February 28, 2020 – Depart North America

Depart on flights to Israel.  Meals on flight.

DAY 2: Saturday, February 29, 2020 – Tel Aviv, Tiberias

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

DAY 3: Sunday, March 1, 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: Monday, March 2, 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: Tuesday, March 3, 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: Wednesday, March 4, 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: Thursday, March 5, 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 Karem to visit the church of the Visitation.  Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem.  B,L,D

DAY 8: Friday, March 6, 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: Saturday, March 7, 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: Sunday, March 8, 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: Monday, March 9, 2020 – Jerusalem

Free day to rest or explore on your own.  B, D (Lunch is on your own)

DAY 12: Tuesday, March 10, 2020 – Depart Israel

Transfer to Tel Aviv Airport for return flights home.

B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner

N.B. Itinerary is tentative and subject to change.

DEPOSIT

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 1, 2019.

MEALS

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

$165 USD will be collected in cash by the tour director on the first full day of the tour and will be distributed by him to the guides, bus driver and hotel staff.

TRAVEL INSURANCE

We require you purchase international travel insurance that includes medical – this can be done at time of deposit/registration when you purchase your flights.

IS THIS TOUR FOR YOU?

Please note: there is a fare 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.

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.

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