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Holy Land Nov. 20192019-08-07T15:31:01+00:00

Traditional Catholic Pilgrimage to the Holy Land

With Fr. Dennis Gordon, FSSP

Pastor of St. Joan of Arc in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho

With Tour Director Susan Kotnik

“Walking in the Footsteps of Jesus”

November 3 – 16, 2019 

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TOUR SYNOPSIS 

Reaffirm and celebrate your faith on this Israel & Palestine tour with overnights in Nazareth and Jerusalem.  Along the way you will visit some of Christianity’s most hallowed shrines and sanctuaries.  Daily Mass in the Extraordinary Form.  Don’t miss out on this rare opportunity to travel with Traditional Catholics in the footsteps of Jesus! 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

WHEN?

Nov. 3– 16, 2019

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?

$3,979 USD  per person land-only (double-occupancy)

WHAT IS THE COST OF A SINGLE ROOM?

The single room supplement is $800 USD.

WHAT IS INCLUDED?

  • accommodations in superior tourist class hotels,
  • deluxe ground transportation,
  • all meals included per the itinerary,
  • all tips included,
  • professional guiding fees included,
  • entrance fees included,
  • professional tour escort,
  • and much more.

DOES THE COST INCLUDE AIR?

No, airfare is additional cost.  You must purchase your own flights flying in and out of Tel Aviv, Israel.  We recommend going with British Airways for an overnight in London, England, to meet the group and get acquainted.

MAY I EXTEND MY STAY?

Yes, you may arrive early or stay later.

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.  Drinks are extra cost.  A free-will offering will be taken up at the Masses for the local church.

TENTATIVE ITINERARY*

DAY 1 – Sunday, November 3, 2019 – Depart North America

Depart on overnight flight to London, England.  Meals on flight.

DAY 2 – Monday, November 4, 2019 – London, England

Afternoon arrival at London Heathrow.  Bus transfer to hotel.  Overnight in London, England.  Meals on our own.  Optional dinner at an authentic English Pub.

DAY 3 – Tuesday, November 5, 2019 – Tel Aviv, Nazareth 

Transfer to London Heathrow 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 th next four nights.  Mass, dinner and overnight in Nazareth.  Breakfast box from London hotel.  B,D

DAY 4 – Wednesday, November 6, 2019 – Sea of Galilee, Mt. of Beatitudes, Capernaum 

Drive to the Sea of Galilee and visit the Mount of Beatitudes where Jesus gave his most important sermon – the Sermon on the Mount.  See the ancient boat and enjoy a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee.  Visit Capernaum to see the house of St. Peter’s mother-in-law 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 7, 2019 – Nazareth, Cana, Mt. Tabor 

This morning we visit the Basilica of the Annunciation in Nazareth.  Visit the church of St. Joseph, built over the home of the Holy Family.  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 8, 2019 – Caesarea Philippi, Golan Heights, Tabgha 

After breakfast, drive to the Golan Heights and visit Caesaera Philippi where Jesus asked the apostles, “Who do you say that I am?”  Visit a Druze village for lunch.  On return visit the church of the Multiplication (of the loaves and fishes) at Tabgha.  Dinner and overnight in Nazareth.  B,L,D

DAY 7 – Saturday, November 9, 2019 – Haifa, Mt. Carmel, Samaria, Ein Karim, Jerusalem 

Departing Nazareth we drive west to Haifa to see the Mediterranean Sea and ascend Mt. Carmel, the ancient place of pilgrimage.  Visit Stella Maris Convent and the Prophet Elisha’s Grotto.  Drive south and, if there is time, stop at Caesaera Maritime, a well preserved Roman city where Peter baptized Cornelius and Paul was imprisoned for two years.  Next we make our way up to the holy city of Jerusalem.  Stop at Ein Karim to visit the church of the Visitation.  Continue on to Jerusalem for hotel check-in.  Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem.  B,L,D

DAY 8 – Sunday, November 10, 2019 – 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.  Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem.  B,L,D

DAY 9 – Monday, November 11, 2019 – Jerusalem  

Follow where Christ walked down the Mt. of Olives and visit the churches of the Pater Noster, Dominus Flevit, the Garden of Gethsemane, and the Church of All Nations.  After lunch, visit Mt. Zioin 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.  Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem.  B,L,D

DAY 10 – Tuesday, November 12, 2019 – Jerusalem

Today we spent the day in the holy city of Jerusalem, in the footsteps of the Passion of Christ.  We begin before dawn, following the Via Dolorosa, the Way of the Cross, tracing the final steps of Christ through Jerusalem.  We conclude at the holiest shrine in Christendom, the church of the Holy Sepulchre.  Here we see Mt. Calgary and the empty tomb of Christ.  Later in the day a walking tour of the old city through St. Stephen’s Gate to visit St. Anne’s church and the pools of Bethesda.  Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem.  B,L,D

DAY 11 – Wednesday, November 13, 2019 – Qumran, Jericho, Dead Sea 

Scenic drive through the desert to the Jordan River to renew our Baptismal Vows at the site where St. John the Baptist was baptizing.  Then on to Jericho, the “oldest city in the world,” to see from a distance St. George’s Monastery (on the Mt. of Temptation) and the sycamore tree.  Next we journey to Qumran to see the site of the Dead Sea Scrolls and where St. John the Baptist lived with the Essenes.  We finish the day with an optional float in the Dead Sea.  Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem.  B,L,D

DAY 12 – Thursday, November 14, 2019 – Jerusalem 

Begin the day with Mass at Notre Dame, breakfast and then a special visit to see the model of Jerusalem at the time of Jesus followed by a short self-guided tour of the Dead Sea Scrolls exhibit.  After lunch a free afternoon to pack, rest or re-visit favorite sites in Jerusalem.  Overnight in Jerusalem.  B,L,D

DAY 13 – Friday, November 15, 2019 – Departure to London 

After Mass and breakfast, morning at leisure before the transfer to the airport for a late afternoon flight to London Heathrow.  Meals on flights.  Overnight in London at the same hotel as on the outbound.  B

DAY 14 – Saturday, November 16, 2019 – Departure to North America

Transfer to London Heathrow for return flights home.  Meals on flight.  B

B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner

*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

August 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

Tips are included for this tour.

TRAVEL INSURANCE

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.  Daily Mass will be in the Extraordinary Form.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

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