Join Annunciation Radio’s Dave Vacheresse and spiritual director Father Jeff Walker 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. Walker will offer the Sacrifice of Holy Mass at many of these holy sites.
*Subject to change
Day 1: (Monday) Jun 3: Depart USA for Tel Aviv
Day 2: (Tuesday) Jun 4: * ARRIVE TEL AVIV / TRANSFER TO TIBERIAS
On arrival in Tel Aviv we will meet our Catholic Tour Guide and proceed to our hotel in Tiberias for dinner and overnight.
Day 3: (Wednesday) Jun 5: 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 and an opportunity to visit other sites in the city. 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. Return to Tiberias for dinner and the overnight.
Day 4: (Thursday) Jun 6: 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 it
is believed that 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”, here we will celebrate Mass. We continue onto Capernaum where Jesus began his Galilean ministry. We will see the synagogue, which dates to the time of Jesus, and the site of Peter’s home. Return to Tiberias.
Day 5: (Friday) Jun 7: TIBERIAS: MT. BEATITUDES / CAESAREA PHILIPPI / GOLAN HEIGHTS
This morning we will visit the Mount of Beatitudes for Holy Mass and some time to reflect. We continue onto the Golan Heights to Caesarea Philippi, where Jesus asked his disciples “Who do People say that I am”. We continue up on the Golan Heights and come to the Druze Villages where we overlook the Boarders with Syria. Drive back to the Sea of Galilee for dinner.
Day 6: (Saturday) Jun 8: 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 transfigured before Peter, James and John. After our visit on Mount Tabor, we continue our journey to Jerusalem. Pending confirmation we will visit Jacob’s Well, where Jesus encountered the Samaritan woman. We end in Jerusalem to check into our hotel for dinner and overnight.
Day 7: (Sunday) Jun 9: JERUSALEM: BETHLEHEM & DEAD SEA SCROLLS
This morning we get a background lesson on the history of the Holy City as we visit the Model of Jerusalem in the 2nd Temple Period. The Old Walled City today has changed since the time of Jesus. We will also visit the museum where the Dead Sea Scrolls are kept. In the afternoon we travel to the Bethlehem for Mass then visit the Church of the Nativity. Return to Jerusalem for dinner.
Day 8: (Monday) Jun 10: 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. It is known as Dominus Flevit. There we will celebrate Mass. Afterward; we will walk down the hill and at the bottom visit the Garden of Gethsemane along with the Church of All Nations. We will then travel by bus across the Kidron Valley to the upper Room where Jesus had his last Supper. We continue on to the site of Caiaphas’ Palace where Jesus experienced the Jewish portion of His trial. We return to our hotel for dinner. This evening, pending confirmation, we may have the opportunity to spend a holy hour in the Garden of Gethsemane where Jesus prayed the night before he was crucified.
Day 9: (Tuesday) Jun 11: DEAD SEA / QUMRAN / JORDAN RIVER
Today we have an excursion to the Dead Sea area to visit the site of Qumran where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered. We make the short drive to the Jordan River where Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist, here we renew our Baptismal Promises. We will provide an opportunity for people to go in the Dead Sea for a Float before we drive back to Jerusalem for dinner.
Day 10: (Wednesday) Jun 12: * JERUSALEM: VIA DOLOROSA & HOLY SEPULCHRE
We begin the morning early as we gather at the Antonia Palace to walk the Via Dolorosa, the Way of the Cross. Following the Via Dolorosa, we end at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the site where Jesus was crucified, buried and rose from the dead. Here we celebrate Mass. After Mass we will return to the hotel for breakfast. Later that morning we return to the old City to visit St. Stephen’s Gate, the church of St. Anne, the Pool of Bethesda, where Jesus healed the paralytic; as well as the Wailing Wall of the Temple.
Note: The return flight home could be anytime from late Wednesday evening to early Thursday morning.
Day 11: (Thursday) Jun 13: 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.
For additional information, questions, or to join us contact us at 419-290-8782 or maggie@CatholicFaithJourneys.com
The LAND-ONLY discount price of $3,469.00 per person is enjoyed by those paying with Cash or Check (based on a minimum of 30 participants with double occupancy; if less than 30 the price per person may be adjusted to reflect the actual number of pilgrims.). Pilgrims may leave from ANY AIRPORT, but please contact Maggie to arrange flights from another domestic or international airport. DO NOT BOOK AIRFARE WITHOUT SPEAKING WITH MAGGIE!
All nights in 4 star hotels
Breakfast and Dinner daily + 4 Lunches
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.)
Any/all Covid-19 requirements/test(s) that may be required by airlines, departing / arriving country and transfer country.
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: Call Maggie (419-290-8782) for availability and cost.
**Catholic Faith Journeys, LLC cannot change the cancellation terms or conditions based on the issuance of any warning or advisory issued by the State Department or Center of Disease Control, or the occurrence of any terror, health or other incident in one or more of the places this pilgrimage is scheduled to visit. All cancellation penalties remain in full force and effect. You are strongly encouraged to purchase Travel Insurance to protect your financial investment and any health issues you may have while traveling.