The Holy Land
Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem Eastern Lieutenancy of the USA
Nov. 7 - 17, 2017 | Jordan Pre Optional Tour - Nov. 4 - 8, 2017
Your trip includes
- Round-trip airfare from your desired Airport
- All airport taxes & fuel surcharges
- Centrally located four-star hotels: (or similar)
- ~ 3 nights - Nov 8 - 11: Mount of Beatitude, a Catholic guesthouse with lake access
- ~ 5 nights - Nov 11 - 16: Notre Dame, Jerusalem
- ~ Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner daily
- ~ Wine & Cheese Cocktails on Rooftop of Notre
- ~ Wine & mineral water with all dinners (Dame Center)
- Transportation by air-conditioned motor coach
- Free Wi-Fi on motor coach
- Wireless headsets throughout
- Assistance and sightseeing by licenesed guide throughout
- Transfers as per itinerary and as needed
- Sightseeing and admissions fees as per itinerary
- Mass daily
- Tips and gratuities:
- ~ Tour guide
- ~ Driver
- ~ Hotel Staff
- ~ Restaurants
- ~ Luggage handlers
- Luggage handling (1 piece per person)
- Flight bag & portfolio of all travel documents
- Items of personal nature
Tuesday - November 7 - Depart for Tel Aviv
Make your way to your local airport where you will board your overnight flight. Your meals are served on board.
Wednesday - November 8 - Arrive Tel Aviv Airport
Upon arrival in Tel Aviv, you will be met by the 206 Tours representatives. They will transfer you to your hotel at the Sea of Galilee. You will have some free time to spend at your own leisure before you make your way for the "Welcome Drink Reception", followed by dinner. Return to your room for a restful nights sleep.
Thursday - November 9 - Cana - Nazareth - Caesarea - Haifa - Sea of Galilee
Theme: The Annunciation
This morning, after breakfast, you will start the day by visiting Cana where you will visit the Franciscan Wedding Church. Couples will have the opportunity participate in the ceremony of renewing their Wedding Vows, led by your Spiritual Director. Your next visit will be to Nazareth, where you will visit the Byzantine Church of St. Joseph and Mary's Well. From there, you will walk the pilgrimage train into the Church of the Annunciation to celebrate Mass, and then a quick tour. From there, it is on to Caesarea, which was once the ancient capital of the Roman province. Upon arrival, we will stop for lunch. The tour will start by viewing the impressive archaeological remains of the Roman and Byzantine city that once dominated the region. It was at Caesarea that Peter came to understand that the Good News was not for Jews only, but for the whole world. Here he baptized the Roman Centurion, Cornelius, and his family. It was from Caesarea that Paul set sail for Rome, an event that eventually brought Christianity to the World. Continue north to Haifa to visit Stella Maris, a Carmelite Monastery dedicated to Our Lady of Mt Carmel and located over the cave where Elijah lived. Return to the Sea of Galilee for dinner and overnight.
*Wedding Vows in Cana:
Each couples will receive a special Certificate following the ceremony.
Friday - November 10 - Tiberias: Sea of Galilee
The Ministry of Christ in the Galilee
After breakfast, we will begin the day by celebrating Mass at the Mt. of Beatitude , the scene of Jesus' great Sermon on the Mount. Nearby is Tabgha, where Jesus fed the crowd of 5,000 and onto the site known as "Peter's Primacy". Here, after His resurrection, Jesus met with His disciples and told Peter to "feed my lambs; feed my sheep." [John 21:9]. Continue to Capernaum, from where Jesus launched his Ministry; see the synagogue which dates to the time of Jesus and the church built over the site of Peter's home. The perfect way to end such a morning, is with a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee. After this, see the remains of a boat that dates back to the time of Jesus, found buried in mud. We will stop for lunch, after which we will visit the remains of the fishing village of Magdala (Aramaic for "elegant"). During the time of Jesus it was a thriving place that exported dried fish and garum (a fish sauce reduction popular in Roman cooking). Excavations done by the Franciscans in the 1970s revealed the residential area of the village and the docks where the fishing boats would unload the fish caught in the Sea of Galilee. In 2009 a chance discovery revealed a 1st Century synagogue at the entrance to the village from West. It is also assumed that Mary Magdalen was born here. Then walk to the nearby Valley of the Doves, to see the Jesus Trail, and the ancient road that was walked by our Lord. End the day at Dinner and overnight at your hotel.
Saturday - November 11 - Mt. Tabor - Jordan River - Jericho - Jerusalem
Theme: The Transfiguration
Today, after breakfast, drive to Mount Tabor, the site of the Transfiguration, giving time to reflect on Christ's Humanity and Divinity. Mass will be celebrated at the Church of Transfiguration, which is a good preparation for the journey to Jerusalem where Jesus was to suffer the crucifixion and resurrection. Drive to the Jordan River, and visit the Baptismal site on the Jordan River. We will stop for lunch, and then visit Jericho. While there, you can view the Mt. of Temptation from where Jesus was tempted by the devil (Matthew 4:8), as well as the Zaccheus Sycamore Tree. It was the tree that created a clear line of vision for Zaccheus, to rise above the crowd and see the Lord clearly. This tree is a symbol of that place in our own lives which enables us to have a clear vision of Jesus. From here, we begin our ascent to Jerusalem. Upon arrival, we will make our way to Notre Dame where we will check-in for dinner, and overnight.
Sunday - November 12 - Bethany - Masada - Qumran - Dead Sea
Theme: Early Years in Jerusalem & the Wilderness, and The Baptism
Today we will begin in Bethany, where Lazarus was raised from the dead. Mass will be celebrated in St. Lazarus Church. From there, you will drive out out to the desert where you arrive at the Massada fortress. Ascend Masada by the Roman ramp to visit the remarkable ruins of the Fortress, built by Herod the Great. From 70 to 73 A.D., Jewish Zealots made their last stand here in the Judean Revolt against the Roman Legions. See the remains of Herod's Palace; the baths, cisterns, the Synagogue- all used by the Jewish Defenders who took refuge here. Continue to Qumran where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found. Stop for lunch, and afterwards, you will get a tour of the area - along with some time for a dip in the Dead Sea for those who want to. This will be followed by a return drive back to Notre Dame for dinner and overnight.
Monday - November 13 - Jerusalem: Temple Mount - St. Anne's Church - Temple Model - Bethlehem University - Church of Nativity - and the Shepherds Fields
Theme: The Visitation & Nativity
Following an early breakfast, we will start our day with a visit to Temple Mount, starting with a visit to the Church of St. Anne's, the home of Jesus' maternal grandparents (Anne and Joachim). Nearby, we enter the Old City to see the Pool of Bethesda (John 5: 1 - 9), which supplied the water for the Temple, and where Jesus healed the crippled man. Then we will make our way to the Israel Museum which houses the temple to which Jesus was Presented (Luke 2:22). Your group will visit a model of the Second Temple, as it was in the time of Jesus, as well as viewing the Shrine of the Book (where the Dead Sea Scrolls are on display). We will take a break from touring, and visit Bethlehem University to visit the Campus, and meet with its students and faculty. We have prepared a special lunch for your group at the University. From there, we will depart to Bethlehem, beginning at Manger Square, which stands in front of one of the oldest of Christian churches, the Church of the Nativity. Enter the Church and down to the Grotto of the Nativity which marks the spot of Jesus' birth. Beneath the Altar, there is a silver star with the Latin inscription: HIC DE VIRGINE MARIA JESUS CHRISTUS NATUS (Here Jesus Christ was born to the Virgin Mary.) We will celebrated Mass in the Church of Nativity, and then continue our final stop of the day, the Shepherds Fields. The caves have soot marks of the fires that shepherd's lit to keep warm while watching over their flocks. Return to Notre Dame for dinner and overnight.
Tuesday - November 14 - Jerusalem: Mt. Of Olives - Mt. Zion - Church of Holy Sepulchre - Meeting with the Patriachate (Receive Pilgrim Shell)
Theme: Palm Sunday, the Agony in the Garden, and The Last Supper
From the Mount of Olives, we will take in the panoramic view of Jerusalem. Then to the Pater Noster shrine, where Jesus taught His disciples the Pater Noster - The Lord's Prayer (Luke 11:1-4). Walking down the Palm Sunday Road, we will stop at the beautiful little church, Dominus Flevit - "The Lord wept." It was here that Jesus wept over Jerusalem [Luke 19:41]. Then make our way to Gethsemane to reflect on Jesus' final night (Luke 22: 29 - 53). The Garden contains trees, the roots of which go back to the time of Jesus. Visit and celebrate Mass at the Church of All Nations to pray at the "Rock of Agony," a section of bedrock identified as the place where Jesus prayed alone in the garden on the night of His arrest. Following Mass, we will visit the Church of the Assumption, and then make our way to Mt. Zion, overlooking the Kidron Valley. From Gethsemane, Jesus was taken as a prisoner to the house of the High Priest Caiaphas where He was interrogated and imprisoned. Now called Peter in Galicantu ("Crowing Rooster"), this beautiful Church also commemorates Peter's denial of Chris (Luke 22: 33 - 34), his repentance and then being forgiven by Jesus. We will make a stop for lunch, and then continue on to Mt. Zion, the Upper Room (Matthew 26: 17 - 30) where we commemorate the Last Supper. Nearby is King David's Tomb, and the Benedictine Church of the Dormition. This day will be summed up with a visit to meet with the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem. All Knights and Ladies will receive the Pilgrim Shell from the Very Revererend, Pierbattista Pizzaballa. (He is currently standing as Apostolic Administrator sede vacante of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem, until the appointment of a new Patriarchate.) Dinner and overnight at Notre Dame.
Wednesday - November 15 - Jerusalem: Via Dolorosa - Church of the Holy Sepulchre - Ein Karem
Theme: The Crucifixion
Today will be an early morning, as we will depart the Hotel at 5:30 A.M. and make our way to begin the Via Dolorosa (The Way of the Cross) at the Antonia Fortress. This is the spot where Jesus was condemned to death by Pontius Pilate (John 18:28-19:16). Following His condemnation, He was taken (on the Road to Calvary) to His place of Crucifixion. Your group will reflect upon the Stations of the Cross as you travel through the markets of the Old City to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre (Luke 23: 26-33). This Sacred destination is the site of Calvary (Jesus' crucifixion place) and, His tomb (Luke 23: 50-55). Your group will celebrate High Mass at the Tomb of Chris in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre . Continue to the Western Wall, the holiest site to Jews. Return to Notre Dame for breakfast, and then you will have some free time to relax. We will meet together as a group in the afternoon for lunch before we make a short drive taking us to the village of Ein Karem, birthplace of John the Baptist, to visit the church that commemorates his memory. Return to the Notre Dame for your Farewell Dinner on the rooftop of the Notre Dame.
Thursday - November 16 - Final Day in Jerusalem - Return Home
Theme: The Resurrection, Eucharist in Emmaus, and Farewell to Jerusalem
After breakfast, we will check out and board our bus as we depart for the airport. Visit Abu Ghosh, thought by some to be the site of Emmaus, where Christ appeared to the two disciples and gave the first Eucharist after the Resurrection. Make our way to the site of Emmaus, where Christ appeared to the two disciples and gave the first Eucharist after the Resurrection. Celebrate a closing Mass of the pilgrimage, and then transfer to the airport. We will bid farewell to our new friends and family, and a Pilgrimage which will be in our memories and hearts for a long time to come.
Friday - November 17 - Arrive Home
Meet your guide - George Stephan
Born in old city of Jerusalem, very close to the Church of the Holy Sepluchre, he was educated at LaSalle Catholic College and Bethlehem University. George is married and father to 3 beautiful children. He used to be a professional basketball player, but for the past 12 years works and is respected as one of top tour guides in the Holy Land.
About your trip
About The Holy Land - In the footsteps of Jesus:
If you desire to draw closer to Jesus of Nazareth, come, as we follow in His footsteps. Each day of your pilgrimage you will have time to renew and affirm your faith; to pray and reflect. The Scriptures will come alive as you visit Our Lord's homeland. You will be inspired by the natural beauty of the landscape, in addition to its rich historical heritage It is an encounter that has changed the lives of many pilgrims, an act of faith and prayer. Pilgrims have been traveling to the Holy Land for hundreds of years, and as part of your pilgrimage, we include many of the rich traditions that have evolved over time. The maxim at the entrance to the Church of the Nativity says: "We are hoping that: If you enter here as a tourist, you would exit as a pilgrim. If you enter here as a pilgrim, you would exit as a holier one." We pray that same will occur when you join 206 Tours pilgrimage.