A Pilgrimage to the Holy Land

A 10-Day Pilgrimage to the Holy Land
With: Fr. Christopher Nowak
July 20-29, 2015

Monday, July 20: Transatlantic flight to Tel Aviv, Israel


Tuesday, July 21: Arrival into Tel Aviv – Caesarea – Mount Carmel – Tiberias

Upon arrival into Tel Aviv, meet your pilgrimage guide and drive to Caesarea, where St. Peter converted the centurion Cornelius, the first pagan to become a Christian, and where St. Paul was imprisoned before his trial in Rome; visit the Crusader walled city and the Roman ruins. Continue to Mount Carmel and visit the Carmelite Monastery built in an area that for centuries was frequented by hermits; and where the Carmelite Order was founded. Below the monastery is St. Elijah’s Cave, where this holy prophet is said to have lived and meditated before defeating the pagan prophets of Baal.  Afterwards, drive towards Tiberias for dinner and overnight. (D)


Wednesday, July 22: Tiberias: Excursion to Cana, Nazareth & Mount Tabor

This morning travel to Cana in Galilee, where Our Lord performed His first miracle by turning water into wine. After the ceremony to renew your wedding vows, travel to Nazareth and visit the Basilica of the Annunciation. Its crypt includes the Cave of the Annunciation where the Archangel St. Gabriel appeared to the Blessed Virgin Mary. A peaceful garden leads to St. Joseph’s Church built on the site of St. Joseph’s home and workshop. Afterwards, drive to Mt. Tabor; enjoy beautiful views of the Jezreel Valley and the Plain of Esdraelon. Return to Tiberias for dinner and overnight. (B, D)


Thursday, July 23: Tiberias: Sea of Galilee

The Sea of Galilee is rich in memories of the three years of Our Lord’s Ministry around its shores. The day opens with a visit to the Mount of Beatitudes, the scene of the Sermon on the Mount, followed by a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee. Next, explore the ruins of Capernaum, including the ancient Jewish synagogue and St. Peter’s house. Last stop today includes the Church of the Multiplication of the Loaves and Fishes and the Chapel of the Primacy at Tabgha, both on the Sea of Galilee. Overnight in Tiberias. (B, D)


Friday, July 24: Tiberias – Bethlehem – Shepherds’ Field – Jerusalem

Today’s sightseeing will take you to Bethlehem, the royal city of David, to pray at the Cave of the Nativity, the birthplace of Our Savior. Continue to “Shepherds’ Field,” to visit the Cave of the Shepherds, where the angels appeared and announced the birth of Christ. Then to Jerusalem for dinner and overnight. (B, D)


Saturday, July 25: Jerusalem: Mount of Olives – Mount Zion

Walking down Mount Olivet, your first stop will be to the Church of Dominus Flevit, where Our Lord wept over the city of Jerusalem. Follow the Palm Sunday road into the Kidron Valley to the Garden of Gethsemane, where Our Lord began the way of His Passion. Visit the Church of All Nations, built over the rock where Jesus Christ prayed before His arrest. From Gethsemane, return to Mount Zion to visit the Church of St. Peter in Gallicantu and the place of Our Lord’s imprisonment in the palace of Caiaphas. Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem. (B, D)


Sunday, July 26: Jerusalem: Excursion to Bethany, Jericho, Jordan River, Qumran, and the Dead Sea

Early visit to the Tomb of Our Lord. Then, leave Jerusalem for a visit to Bethany and the place of Lazarus’ tomb. Continue to Jericho, the oldest city in the world, where Our Lord healed two blind men and lodged at the house of Zacchaeus, the tax collector. Afterwards, stop at the site, on the Jordan River, where it is claimed that St. John baptized Our Lord. Nearby, visit the Caves of Qumran, where the scrolls of the Dead Sea were found. Finally, take advantage of the opportunity to wade and bathe in the Dead Sea. Return to Jerusalem for dinner and overnight. (B, D)


Monday, July 27: Temple Mount – St. Anne Church – Israeli Museum – Ein Karem

This morning, visit Temple Mount, traditionally the site of Salomon’s Temple, since 691 AD is an Islamic site. Next stop is the Church of St. Anne, built on the spot where St. Anne and St. Joachim, the parents of the Blessed Virgin Mary, lived. Afterwards, visit the Israeli Museum, the country’s flagship museum and largest cultural institution; it is home to one of the finest and most comprehensive collections of art and Holy Land antiquities in the world. Continue to Ein Karem to visit the Church of St. John the Baptist, built over the Grotto of the Nativity of St. John, and the Church of the Visitation that commemorates the Blessed Virgin Mary’s visit to St. Elizabeth. Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem. (B, D)


Tuesday, July 28: Via Dolorosa – Holy Sepulchre – Jewish Quarter – Wailing Wall – Emmaus – Return flight to USA

Very early, walk the path of Our Lord’s Passion to Calvary. Afterwards, enjoy an in-depth tour of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, including a visit to the tomb of our forefather Adam and the tombs of Nicodemus and Joseph of Arimathea. Next, walk through the Jewish Quarter, which became prevalently Jewish during Ottoman rule, when it acquired its present name. Many ruins have been uncovered from ancient periods. The only surviving remnant of the Temple stands in this quarter which is Judaism’s holiest site, the Wailing Wall. Afterwards, journey to Emmaus, the village where Our Lord appeared to two disciples in the days after His Resurrection. Here visit the Crusader Church built in the early 12th century by the Knight Hospitallers; standing almost in its original form. Afterwards, enjoy a farewell dinner at a traditional restaurant. Next, transfer to Tel Aviv airport for your flight back to the USA. (B, FD)


Wednesday, July 29: Arrival into USA

Early arrival into the USA.



(B) Breakfast; (D) Dinner; (FD) Farewell Dinner



* In case of unforeseen events, this itinerary is subject to change.



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