Join Father Mike Dandurand on a pilgrimage to the Holy Land! The Holy Scriptures will be illuminated for our pilgrims through the very environment in which God chose to become man. Breathe in the sea air at the sites around the Sea of Galilee. Visit the Mount of Beatitudes, Capharnaum, Cana, Nazareth, Mt. Tabor, and Caesarea Philippi. Pray at the birth place of our Lord in Bethlehem. Renew your baptismal vows at the Jordan River. Ascend to Jerusalem to visit the Upper Room, pray in the Garden of Gethsemane, descend into the pit where Jesus was held after being arrested, walk the Via Dolorosa, stand where Our Sorrowful Mother stood at the foot of the cross, and enter into the Empty Tomb. Your faith will never be the same. Fr. Dandurand will offer the Sacrifice of Holy Mass at many of these holy sites.
*Subject to change
Day 1 Monday Oct 23: DEPART USA
Depart en route to Tel Aviv with complimentary meals and beverages served aloft.
Day 2 Tuesday Oct 24: ARRIVE TEL AVIV / TRANSFER TO TIBERIAS
On arrival in Tel Aviv we will be met by our Catholic Tour Guide and proceed to our hotel in Tiberias. Dinner is at our hotel this evening. (D)
Day 3: Wednesday Oct 25: TIBERIAS: NAZARETH / CANA
Drive to Nazareth, the site of Mary’s home and the town where Jesus played as a child, learned a trade, and grew to manhood. We will have Mass in the Church of the Annunciation, time permitting we will visit St. Joseph Church and the synagogue. We will then travel to Cana, where Jesus performed His first miracle at the request of his mother. There we will visit the Franciscan chapel for a renewal of wedding vows. We will then return to Tiberias for dinner and the evening. (B, D)
Day 4: Thursday Oct 26: TIBERIAS: SEA OF GALILEE SITES
After breakfast, we will board a boat for a brief excursion on the Sea of Galilee. We will visit Tabgha where Jesus fed the crowd of 5,000. A short distance away is what is known as “Peter’s Primacy”, the site where, after His resurrection, Jesus met with his disciples and told Peter to “feed my lambs; feed my sheep.” There we will celebrate Mass. We continue to Capernaum where Jesus began his Galilean ministry, see the synagogue which dates to the time of Jesus and the site of Peter’s home. We return to Tiberias for dinner. (B, L, D)
Day 5: Friday Oct 27: TIBERIAS: MT. BEATITUDES / CAESAREA PHILIPPI
This morning we are at the Mount of Beatitudes for visit, Mass and reflection time followed by a drive to the Golan Heights to see Caesarea Philippi, Where Jesus asked his disciples “Who do People say that I am”. Following Jesus’s footsteps we will stop in the Valley of the Doves. Return to Tiberias for our last night on the Sea of Galilee. (B, D).
Day 6: Saturday Oct 28: TIBERIAS / MT. TABOR / SAMARIA / JACOB’S WELL / JERUSALEM
Today we begin our journey with Jesus to Jerusalem where He is condemned crucified and is raised from the dead. We begin that journey as Jesus did by a trip to Mount Tabor where Jesus is transformed before Peter, James and John and they glimpse a sign of his glory before they witness His passion and death. Following Mass, we travel by bus down via Samaria where we stop to visit Jacob’s Well, pending confirmation. Here Jesus had the encounter with the Samaritan woman, John 4:4-42, continue our drive through Samaria to Jerusalem to check into our Hotel (B, D)
Day 7:Sunday Oct 29: JERUSALEM: BETHLEHEM & EIN KAREM
Today we travel to the Shepherds’ Field for Mass in the Shepherds’ Cave. We enter the town of Bethlehem to visit the Church of the Nativity. We continue to Ein Karem to visit the site the site of the Visitation. Return to our hotel for dinner. (B, D)
Day 8: Monday Oct 30: JERUSALEM: MT. OF OLIVES & MT. ZION
This morning the bus takes us to a hillside overlooking the city of Jerusalem where Jesus wept over the city. We continue with a walk down the hill and at the bottom visit the Garden of Gethsemane along with the Church of All Nations. We continue by bus across the Kidron Valley to the site of Caiaphas’ Palace where Jesus experienced the Jewish portion of His trial. The site is known today as St. Peter in Galicantu. We also visit the upper Room where Jesus had his last Supper and the Dormition Abbey, where Mary “fell asleep”. This evening, pending confirmation we will have the opportunity to spend some time in meditation in the Garden of Gethsemane where Jesus prayed the night before he was crucified. Dinner is at our hotel. (B, D)
Day 9: Tuesday Oct 31: JERUSALEM: VIA DOLOROSA & HOLY SEPULCHRE
We begin the morning early as we gather at the Antonia Palace to walk the Via Dolorosa. Following the Via Dolorosa, we proceed to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the site where Jesus was crucified, buried and rose from the dead. Here we celebrate Mass, we then return to the hotel for breakfast before heading out to St. Stephen’s Gate and the Church of St. Anne. We will visit the Pool of Bethesda where Jesus healed the paralytic and the Western retaining Wall of the Temple. The remainder of the day is free to walk in the Old City or to return to the hotel. (B, D)
Day 10: Wednesday Nov 1: JERUSALEM: DEAD SEA / QUMRAN / JERICHO / JORDAN RIVER.
We begin our day with a visit to Lazarus’ Tomb. Afterward we head into the Judean desert to visit the site of Qumran where the Dead Sea Scrolls were uncovered. Drive to the Jordan River where Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist, here we renew our Baptismal Promises. We continue to Jericho for Mass at the Good Shepherd’s Church after which we view the Mount of Temptation and see a Sycamore Tree to remember the story of Zacchaeus. We will have the opportunity to go in the Dead Sea for a float before we drive back to Jerusalem. (B, D) NOTE: Flight could range from late this evening to very early the following morning.
Day 11: JERUSALEM / TEL AVIV / USA
Return to the USA
NOTES: While no changes are anticipated, there may be occasions when sequence and days of visits may change and certain alterations become necessary due to changes beyond our control. I understand that Catholic Faith Journeys, LLC is not responsible for any changes/ cancellation / interruptions cause by force majeure. Arriving and departing flights may affect the first and last day itinerary. All Mass locations are subject to final confirmation.
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9 Nights in 4 star hotels
Breakfast and Dinner daily + 1 Lunch
English speaking tour escort / guide throughout
Private motor coach throughout
Transfers from international airport
Entrance fees as noted in itinerary
Private Mass arrangements daily
Tips for guide, driver, porters, wait staff, etc.
Taxes and fuel surcharge (subject to increase 30 days prior to departure)
International roundtrip airfare from Detroit Metro (DTW to TLV) – to be added to the Land-Only cost when it becomes available from the airlines
Optional Travel insurance – (strongly recommended. NOTE:
Some countries may require travel insurance. (At this printing Israel is requiring insurance to cover Covid-19. We do not know if this will still be the case when this group travels.)
Any/all Covid-19 requirements/test(s) that may be required by airlines, departing / arriving country and transfer country. This may or may not be applicable when group travels.
Lunches & beverages with meals (except where noted in the itinerary)
Transportation to/from Domestic Airport
Items of personal nature
Any item(s) not specifically mentioned
Airline-imposed baggage fees
Limited Single rooms add: $ 1,450.00 Cash or Check
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