Pilgrimage to the Holy Land

A 10-Day Pilgrimage to the Holy Land
With: Fr. Peter Eke (St. Paul Parish - Onaway, Michigan)
October 14-23, 2015

Wednesday, October 14: Transatlantic flight to Tel Aviv, Israel

Depart today towards the Holy Land. Meals will be served during your international flight.


Thursday, October 15: 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 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 Cave where this holy prophet is said to have lived and meditate before defeating the pagan prophets of Baal. Afterwards, drive towards Tiberias for a welcome dinner and overnight. (WD)


Friday, October 16: 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 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 and enjoy beautiful views of the Jezreel Valley and the Plain of Esdraelon. Return to Tiberias for dinner and overnight. (B, D)


Saturday , October 17: 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. Enjoy lunch at a restaurant serving the delicious St. Peter’s Fish. 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, L, D)


Sunday, October 18: 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 “Shepherd’s 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)


Monday, October 19: 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)


Tuesday, October 20: Jerusalem: Holy Sepulcher – Mount Zion

Very early, walk the path of Our Lord’s Passion to Calvary, followed by an in-depth tour of the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, including a visit to the tomb of our forefather Adam and the tombs of Nicodemus and Joseph of Arimathea. Afterwards, visit the Chapel of the Ascension and the Church of Pater Noster, where Our Lord taught His disciples how to pray. Continue to Mount Zion for a visit to the Church of the Dormition and the Hall of the Last Supper. Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem. (B, D)


Wednesday, October 21: Jerusalem: Excursion to Bethany, Jericho, Jordan River, Qumran, and the Dead Sea

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 rolls 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)


Thursday, October 22: Wailing Wall – Temple Mount – St. Anne Church – Ein Karem – Emmaus

This morning, visit the Wailing Wall, Judaism’s holiest place. Continue to Temple Mount, traditionally the site of Salomon’s Temple, where Our Lord used to preach; since 691 AD it 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 Virgin Mary lived.  Next to the church, is the Pool of Bethesda, where Our Lord cured a paralyzed man. 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 Virgin Mary’s visit to St. Elizabeth. 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; it stands almost complete in its original form. Afterwards, enjoy a farewell dinner at a typical restaurant. Next, transfer to the airport for your flight back to the USA. (BB, FD)


Friday, October 23: Transatlantic flight home

Arrive today to your final destination in the USA.



(B) Breakfast; (L) Lunch; (D) Dinner; (WD) Welcome Dinner; (FD) Farewell Dinner



 * This itinerary is subject to change.


For more information on this pilgrimage or to register, please contact Catholic Heritage Tours or Sally Schaar, Group Coordinator, at (989) 733-2691 or at schaarsa@gmail.com. 

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