1107LH1 - Pilgrimage to the Holy Land 10 days from Charlotte

Airline Name Baggage Information
Lufthansa http://bit.ly/yUhPx7

Special Package with this Trip :
International departure taxes of $176 plus current fuel surcharges of $598 are included (subject to change).

Tour Code Departure Date Cost per person
LH1107GS 11/07/2021 $3899.00
Weather Info

Trip Details

Today, we depart Charlotte to connect with our overnight flight to Tel Aviv. We enjoy in-flight movies, dinner, and breakfast while aloft.
This afternoon, we arrive at Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv and are met by our Tour Manager as we transfer to our hotel near Tel Aviv for our first Mass before enjoying our “welcome” dinner and overnight at our hotel.
Today, we depart our hotel for Caesarea along the Mediterranean and visit the Roman and Crusader remains. We continue to Nazareth and stop at Mt. Precipice, the cliff where Jesus was threatened early in His ministry. We arrive in Nazareth and walk through the local bazaars. We stop for lunch on our own before celebrating Mass at the Church of St. Joseph. We then drive to the village of Cana, the site of Jesus' first miracle, where our married couples may renew their wedding vows. We conclude our day at our hotel on the shores of the Galilee for dinner and overnight at our hotel.
This morning, we enjoy a boat ride across the Sea of Galilee to the seaside village of Kibbutz Ginosar, where we view the historic archaeological discovery of “The Jesus Boat.” We then proceed to Capernaum, where we see the remains of the village synagogue and the new church built above St. Peter's house. Next, we drive to the Mount of Beatitudes, where we have time for personal meditation in the beautiful gardens. Here we visit Tabgha, as well as Eremos Hill and the Franciscan Church of St. Peter's Primacy, where Jesus made His appearance after the resurrection. We then see the Benedictine Basilica of the Loaves and Fishes. We stop for lunch on our own along the way. We continue to Mt. Tabor, the site of the Transfiguration, where we celebrate Mass. We return to our hotel for dinner and overnight.
Today, we visit the Jordan river, where we renew our Baptismal promises. We continue south through the Jordan Valley visiting Jericho, stopping at Tell-es-Sultan (or Tel Jerico), the archaeological site of the biblical town of Jerico. Occupied as far back as 10 centuries before Christ, it is considered by many “the oldest town in the world”. While there we also view the Mount of Temptation. We enjoy lunch on our own before we travel to Bethany and visit Lazarus' tomb and the Church of Martha and Mary. Our final stop this afternoon is the Greek Orthodox church known as the Monastery of St. George, an impressive collection of buildings built into the side of a cliff in the desert. Following our stop there, we conclude our day as we make our thrilling entry into Jerusalem before arriving at our hotel for dinner and overnight.
This morning, we visit the place of the Ascension and pass by the Church of the Pater Noster “Our Father”. We view the beautiful City of Jerusalem from the Mt. of Olives and then walk down the hill to Dominus Flevit Chapel, where Jesus wept over Jerusalem and on to the Garden of Gethsemane, where we have time for personal prayer and to celebrate Mass at the Church of All Nations. Following lunch on our own, we continue to the New City, passing by the Knesset and Hebrew University. We visit Ein Karem, where John the Baptist was born, and Mary visited her cousin Elizabeth to utter the words of the Magnificat. We return to our hotel for dinner and overnight.
Today, we drive to Bethlehem, The House of Bread, to visit the Church of the Nativity, which commemorates the birth of Christ. We visit the Manger, Crusader's Cloister, and the Grotto of St. Jerome, where we celebrate the “Christmas” Mass. We have the opportunity to visit an authentic olivewood shop to admire the many carvings on display. Following a stop for lunch on our own. On our return to Jerusalem, we pass by the traditional site of the Inn of the Good Samaritan. We return to our hotel for dinner and overnight.
This morning, we drive along the Kidron Valley stopping at St. Peter in Gallicantu (The Cock Crows), where Jesus was held in the house of the high priest Caiaphas. We enter the Old City through Lion's Gate, where we visit the Church of St. Ann (Mary’s mother) and the Pool of Bethesda. We also visit Pilate’s Judgment Hall, the Chapel of Flagellation, Lithostrotos, Arch of Ecce Homo and the Convent of the Sisters of Zion. We prayerfully walk the Stations of The Cross along the Via Dolorosa concluding at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, where we celebrate Mass at a nearby chapel area. We stop for lunch on our own along the way. This afternoon we enjoy a guided tour of the old City of David. We also visit the Siloam Pool excavations nearby. We return to our hotel for dinner and overnight.
Today, we visit Mt. Zion and the tomb of King David, the Church of Dormition and the Upper Room. We enter the Old City through Zion Gate making our way to the Western “Wailing” Wall. We also see the Cardo and the remains of Hezekiah's wall, the Temple Mount and the Davidson Center. We then travel to Abu Gosh, one of the traditional sites of Emmaus, where Jesus appeared on the road of the first Easter Sunday. We celebrate our closing Holy Land Mass while there. We continue to Jaffa (Joppa), the city of Jonah, where Peter had his rooftop experience, where we ride through the quaintly restored area. Afterwards we celebrate our “farewell” dinner nearby before heading back to our hotel.
This morning, we travel to the Tel Aviv Airport to board our flight home. We arrive home later today with unforgettable memories to cherish always. Knowing we have walked in the footsteps of Jesus and the early Christians bringing new meaning to our Scripture reading and celebration of Mass.
Click here for latest update on Holy Land Pilgrimages