Holy Land Old Testament Pilgrimage in the Footsteps of Our Lady
And Tour Guide: Sir Amer Shehadeh, Knight Commander of the EOHSJ
And Tour Director: John Paul Sonnen, Knight of the EOHSJ
September 24 – October 8, 2020
BROCHURE IS COMING
Registration is open.
Reaffirm and celebrate your faith on this fascinating Old Testament tour through the eyes of Mary, the Mother of God. Visit Israel, Palestine, and Jordan with overnights in Tiberias, Jerusalem, Petra, and Amman. Along the way you will see and experience some of the Old and New Testament’s most forgotten and overlooked shrines and sanctuaries, a once-in-a-lifetime experience of biblical proportions. Daily Mass and all meals included. On the last day at the resort in Jordan there will be a retreat. Do not miss your opportunity to travel back in time to the the Holy Land to follow salvation history from the beginning. Bring your prayer intentions and expect miracles!
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
WHAT IS THE COST OF A SINGLE ROOM?
WHAT IS INCLUDED?
- accommodations in superior tourist class hotels,
- deluxe ground transportation,
- all meals included per itinerary,
- professional guiding fees included,
- entrance fees included,
- professional tour escort,
- daily Mass at the holy sites,
- private chaplain,
- and much more.
DOES THE COST INCLUDE AIR?
No, airfare is additional cost. You must purchase your own flights and travel insurance flying in to Tel Aviv, Israel and out of Amman, Jordan.
MAY I EXTEND MY STAY?
Yes, you may arrive early or stay later.
MUST I HAVE VISITED THE HOLY LAND PREVIOUSLY?
No, not a problem. All are welcome. The tour is in some ways geared to those who have already seen the Holy Land through a New Testament tour, walking in the footsteps of Jesus. This time we walk in the footsteps of Mary and among others, Moses, the Prophets, the Magi, etc.
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.
DEPARTURE DAY – Thursday, September 24, 2020 – Depart North America
Depart on flights for Tel Aviv, Israel. Meals on flights.
DAY 1 – Friday, September 25, 2020 – Arrival in Tel Aviv, Tiberias
Afternoon arrival at Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv. Meals on flight. Exit terminal and meet our guide. Bus transfer to Tiberias, our home for the next four nights. Mass. Welcome dinner and overnight in Tiberias. D
DAY 2 – Saturday, September 26, 2020 – Golan Heights, Sea of Galilee, Kursi, Bethsaida, Chorazin, Tiberias
This morning we awake to sunrise on the Sea of Galilee, the lowest freshwater lake in the world. Scenic morning drive along Lake Kinneret to the Golan Heights on the north side of the sea. Here we celebrate an outdoor Mass in a peaceful setting overlooking the sea that was seen by Moses from nearby Mt. Nebo when he beheld the “Promised Land.” Next we descend the hills, drawing an important symbolic parallel between Moses and Christ, viewing the location where Christ walked with his Apostles and multiplied loaves and fishes. Next we make our way to Kursi where Christ healed the man of the Gadarenes who was plagued by unclean spirits (Mark 5:21). Drive to Bethsaida, the birthplace of both Peter, Andrew and Philip (John 1:44, 12:21). In Bethsaida we will have a light picnic lunch. Drive to Chorazin (Korazim), a city Christ cursed, to see a replica of the chair of Moses. Visit Katzrin for a walk through a restored Talmudic village. Visit the Yarden Winery for a tour and wine tasting. Dinner and overnight in Tiberias. B,L,D
DAY 3 – Sunday, September 27, 2020 – Sepphoris, Nazareth, Tel Megiddo, Nein, Tiberias
Morning drive to the very interesting city of Sepphoris, near Nazareth, which once served as a center of Jewish religious and spiritual life in the region of Galilee. Historians believe that Mary and Joseph may have met here while Joseph was working to help build the village. Continue to Nazareth to visit the Archangel Gabriel Greek Orthodox church to see the original Mary’s well, the main source of water for the village of Nazareth during biblical times. Visit the spring where Mary drew water daily with Jesus (men and women went to the well daily at different time of the day, while women went with their children to draw water). Hear the story of the “two” Annunciations, a celebrated Orthodox belief in the East. Visit the Basilica of the Annunciation and see the cave where Mary lived. Lunch at Christian restaurant with local cuisine. Drive to Tel Megiddo to walk through Tel and see the Gates of Solomon (1 Kings 9:15). Exit through a tunnel built by King Ahab. Our last stop today is the village of Nein, where Christ raised a widow’s son from the dead. Dinner and overnight in Tiberias. B,L,D
DAY 4 – Monday, September 28, 2020 – Samaria, Shiloh, Sebaste, Tiberias
Today we visit Samaria, the central region in the ancient land of Israel, where Jesus took a drink from the Samaritan woman (John 4:5-6). Visit Jacob’s Well, also mentioned in Genesis 33:18-20. The site is today counted as a holy site with an Eastern Orthodox Monastery. We will stop at Shiloh where Joshua placed the Ark of the Covenant in the tabernacle (Joshua 18:1). Lunch. Proceed to Sabaste for a tour of King Ahab’s palace and tombs of Elisha and John the Baptist. Celebration of Mass. Dinner and overnight in Tiberias. B,L,D
DAY 5 – Tuesday, September 29, 2020 – Acco, Murhaka, Caesarea Maritima, Jaffa, Jerusalem
Scenic drive from Galilee to Jerusalem. Travel to Acco (Acre) on the Mediterranean Sea to tour the impressive remains where the Crusaders established their headquarters in the north. Next we drive to Mt. Carmel to visit the cave of Elijah (1 Kings 18). Celebrate Mass at Murhaka, the mountain top where Elijah called down fire from heaven. Continue to Caesarea Maritime, the Roman capital of Judea built by Herod the Great. Here Pontius Pilate lived and St. Peter baptized Cornelius (Acts 10:24). Also, St. Paul was imprisoned here for two years before he was sent to Rome (Acts 24:27). Travel to Jaffa, the old port, where Peter healed Dorcas. Continue to Jerusalem for hotel check-in. Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem.
DAY 6 – Wednesday, September 30, 2020 – Bethlehem, Hebron, Cave of Machpelah, Hebron, Jerusalem
Drive to Bethlehem for time to shop in a Christian store. Mass with the seminarians of Bethlehem Seminary. Visit Elah Valley where David killed Goliath. While there learn how he did it and how to sling a stone in the same manner. Drive south to Hebron and see the Oaks of Mamre. Visit the Cave of Machpelah where Abraham is buried. Lunch in Hebron. In the afternoon we drive to the Herodian, the fortress of the dreaded King Herod. On our way back we stop at the Milk Grotto of Bethlehem, if time allows. See Shepherd’s Field, Beit Sahout and dinner and dance at the very popular Grotto Restaurant in Bethlehem. Overnight in Jerusalem. B,L,D
DAY 7 – Thursday, October 1, 2020 – Temple Mount, Bethany, Jericho, Jordan River, Jerusalem
Enter the Old City of Jerusalem through the Dung Gate to the Temple Mount above the Western Wall; the location of the temple until it was destroyed by the Romans in 70 A.D. The current location of the Moslem shrines of Al Aqsa Mosque and the Dome of the Rock. Drive to Bethany for Mass where Jesus stayed with Mary, Martha and Lazarus. Visit and go into the tomb of Lazarus. Drive to Jericho for tour and lunch. Walk along a portion of the Good Samaritan Road. Stop at the authentic baptismal site of Jesus at the Jordan River to renew baptismal vows. Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem. B,L,D
DAY 8 – Friday, October 2, 2020 – City of David, Pool of Siloam, Church of St. Stephen, Jerusalem
Morning Mass in the beautiful Neo-Gothic chapel of the Latin Patriarchate. Take a walking tour of the Old City of Jerusalem, first through the Christian Quarter. Visit the Cathedral dedicated to St. James, son of Zebedee and James the Less. Continue through the Jewish Quarter, the Wall of Nehemiah, the City of David, the Springs of Gihon and walk through Hezekiah Tunnel (optional, if time permits). Arrival at the Pool of Siloam (John 9). Visit the Garden Tomb for educational purposes. Lunch. Visit the Church of St. Stephen the Deacon. Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem. B,L,D
DAY 9 – Saturday, October 3, 2020 – Jerusalem
Early morning Mass at in the holiest shrine in Christendom, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, also known in the East as the Church of the Resurrection. Visit Mt. Calvary and the empty tomb of Christ, also known as the holy sepulchre. Nearby we will visit the pre-Christian Herodian Walls that prove Christ was actually crucified outside the then-city walls. Afternoon is free to rest or explore Jerusalem before we depart for Jordan. Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem. B,L,D
DAY 10 – Sunday, October 4, 2020 – Madaba, Jordan Valley, Machaerus, Petra
Drive across Allenby border crossing to Jordan to visit the baptismal site of Christ on the Jordan side of the Jordan River. Continue to the mountain village of Madaba. Mass on Mt. Nebo where Moses beheld the Promised Land and died. Look out over the Jordan Valley and the Land of Israel as Moses did, from the same spot. See where Joshua crossed the Jordan River. Visit St. George’s Church to see the famous Madaba “Holy Land Mosaic Map.” Themed lunch at Elias Khzuz’s family restaurant. Visit the mosaic factory and store. Drive to Petra. See Machaerus where John the Baptist was imprisoned and beheaded. Dinner and overnight in Wadi Musa. B,L,D
DAY 11 – Monday, October 5, 2020 – Petra
Visit the fascinating historical and archaeological city of Petra, the former capital of the Nabatean Kingdom. It is accessed through a narrow canyon called Al Siq. Walk through the canyon and see the tremendous ornate, Greek-styled facades carved in the stone of the mountains. Lunch at a local restaurant. Optional horse ride back to the start. Camel rides are available (extra cost). Mass in ruins of a Byzantine church destroyed by earthquake. Visit Moses’ Spring in Wadi Musa, the rock he struck with his staff and water gushed out, now covered by a three-domed building. Visit tomb of Aaron on Mt. Hor. Dinner and overnight in Wadi Musa. B,L,D
DAY 12 – Tuesday, October 6, 2020 – Wadi Musa
Free day for conference/retreat at the hotel with speaker and priest. Dinner and overnight in Wadi Musa. B,L,D
DAY 13 – Wednesday, October 7, 2020 – Kerak, Amman
Beautiful drive to Kerak Castle, one of the largest crusader castles in the Levant. Construction began in the 1140s. Check-in to hotel in Amman. Dinner and overnight in Amman. B,L,D
DEPARTURE DAY – Thursday, October 8, 2020 – Depart for North America
Transfer to airport for return flights home. B
B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner
*Itinerary is tentative and subject to change.
Your deposit of TBA is due at time of registration.
DEADLINE FOR REGISTRATION AND FINAL PAYMENT
June 1, 2020.
All meals are 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 $200 USD per person (due in cash on the first full day of the tour — this amount will be collected by the tour director and distributed by him).
We require you purchase international travel insurance that includes medical and trip cancellation – 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.
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. Please note: your airfare and travel insurance are additional cost and a separate purchase.