British Columbia Pilgrimage to the Holy Land
With Fr. Patrick Tepoorten (Archdiocese of Vancouver) and Fr. Paul Simms (Diocese of Kamloops), Chaplains
And Tour Director J.P. Sonnen of the BC Catholic Global Pilgrim Travel Column
“Walking in the Footsteps of Jesus”
January 19 – 30, 2020
HOLY LAND PILGRIMAGE INFO NIGHT IN POWELL RIVER: Mr. John Sonnen, the tour director, will be visiting our parish in Powell River to give a short presentation with Q & A on the exciting pilgrimage he is offering Jan. 19-30, 2020 with our pastor as chaplain. Do not miss this rare opportunity to travel with fellow parishioners on a once-in-a-lifetime journey in the footsteps of Jesus. The presentation night is Wednesday, May 1st from 7:00 – 8:00 pm in the parish hall. All are welcome. This is your chance to hear more about the tour, to meet the tour director, to have your questions answered, and to receive more information on the tour. Let’s give John a warm welcome. Please join us.
Registration is OPEN.
Reaffirm and celebrate your faith on this Israel & Palestine tour with overnights on the Sea of Galilee and Bethlehem. Along the way you will visit some of Christianity’s most sacred shrines and sanctuaries. Daily Mass at the holy sites. All meals included. Don’t miss out on this rare opportunity to travel with Catholics from BC!
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
WHAT IS THE COST OF A SINGLE ROOM?
WHAT IS INCLUDED?
- accommodations in tourist class hotels,
- group airport transfer,
- deluxe ground transportation,
- 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. You must purchase your own flights.
MAY I EXTEND MY STAY?
Yes, you may arrive early or stay later or plan an extended layover somewhere.
DO I HAVE TO FLY WITH THE GROUP?
No, as you wish, you may either choose to fly with the group or book your own flights and meet the group at the Tel Aviv Airport.
DO I NEED TO BE A PARISHIONER?
No, all are welcome.
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: Sunday, January 19, 2020 – Depart North America
Depart on flights to Israel. Meals on flight.
DAY 2: Monday, January 20, 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 following five nights. Welcome dinner at hotel, Mass and overnight in Tiberias. Meals on flight, D
DAY 3: Tuesday, January 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: Wednesday, January 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 to see the hometown of the Apostles, including 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 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 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. Dinner and overnight in Tiberias. B,L,D
DAY 6: Friday, January 24, 2020 – Mt. Carmel, Haifa, Acre
Scenic drive to the ancient place of pilgrimage, Mt. Carmel. Visit Stella Maris Convent and the Prophet Elisha’s cave. See Haifa and enjoy the view of the Mediterranean Sea. Visit to the port of Acre on the sea, an old crusader castle. Dinner and overnight in Tiberias. B,L,D
DAY 7: Saturday, January 25, 2020 – Samaria, Ein Karim, Bethlehem
Today we drive through Samaria, the central region of the ancient land of Israel, on our way to the holy city of Jerusalem. Stop at Jacob’s Well if there is time. Next, we make our way to the village of Ein Karim to visit the church of the Visitation where Mary greeted Elizabeth at a well. Shopping opportunity at a Christian shop in Bethlehem. Dinner and overnight in Bethlehem. B,L,D
DAY 8: Sunday, January 26, 2020 – Bethlehem
At Bethlehem 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 Shepherd’s Fields, where our group will celebrate the Mass of Christmas. Dinner and overnight in Bethlehem. B,L,D
DAY 9: Monday, January 27, 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) and the Upper Room of the Last Supper. Dinner and overnight in Bethlehem. B,L,D
DAY 10: Tuesday, January 28, 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, the church of the Holy Sepulchre. Mass on Mt. Calvary. There we visit the empty tomb of Our Lord, the holiest shrine in the Christian world, and the highlight of our pilgrimage. After lunch visit St. Anne’s Crusader church at the pools of Bethesda and the Wailing Wall. Overnight in Bethlehem. B,L,D
DAY 11: Wednesday, January 29, 2020 – 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 Bethlehem. B,L,D
DAY 12: Thursday, January 30, 2020 – Depart Israel
After breakfast transfer to Tel Aviv Airport for return flights home.
B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner
Your deposit of $1,000 CAD is due at time of registration.
DEADLINE FOR REGISTRATION AND FINAL PAYMENT
October 1, 2019.
Mount of Beatitudes Tiberias Guest House and the St. Gabriel Hotel in Bethlehem.
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 for this tour are extra: $165 USD per person, to be collected in cash by the tour director the first full day of the tour and distributed by him.
We require you purchase international travel insurance that includes medical – this can be done at time of deposit/registration.
IS THIS TOUR FOR YOU?
This tour includes a significant amount of walking. This includes stairs and uneven walking surfaces. You must be medically and physically fit. You must be flexible. You must be able to pull your own luggage on wheels.
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.