11 Days

Holy Land Pilgrimage

Walk Where Jesus Walked!

Spiritual Director: Fr. Allain Caparas, KHS

September 8 – 17, 2024

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Holy Land Pilgrimage

Walk Where Jesus Walked!

Spiritual Director:

Fr. Allain Caparas, KHS

September 8 – 17, 2024

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Pilgrimage to Holy Land - Walk Where Jesus Walked

Pilgrimage to Holy Land - Walk Where Jesus Walked

Make your way through the Holy Land to experience Him, follow in His footsteps, and see Him in the works He performed – your footsteps will become His. Celebrate Mass in the very places where these miraculous gifts became pages in the Gospel. See where He was back then, and feel how He is still there today!

Fr. Allain Caparas, KHS

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Your trip includes

  • Round-trip airfare from all US Departure Cities
  • Airport Taxes and Fuel Surcharges
  • Hotel accommodations: (or similar) in double occupancy
      ~ 3 nights: Sep 9 - 12: Gomeh Hotel, Tiberias, Israel
      ~ 5 nights: Sep 12 - 17: Inbal Hotel, Jerusalem, Israel
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner daily
  • Wine and mineral water with dinners
  • Transfers as per itinerary
  • Transportation by air-conditioned motor coach
  • Free Wi-Fi on motor coach
  • Whisper headsets where needed
  • Assistance of a professional local Christian Guide(s)
  • Sightseeing and admissions fees as per itinerary
  • Mass daily & Spiritual activities
  • Farewell Dinner at Notre Dame Rooftop
  • Luggage handling (1 piece per person)
  • Tips to Hotel Staff, Restaurants, and Luggage Handlers
Centrally located hotels or similar
Gomeh Hotel
Tiberias, Israel
Inbal Hotel
Jerusalem, Israel
Not Included
  • Beverages not mentioned, Tips to your Guide & Driver.
Optional
Travel Protection

Providing you coverage for situations that may arise during your trip, including medical and dental emergencies, loss of luggage, trip delay, and so much more.

Cancel For Any Reason Waiver

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Itinerary

Day 1 | Sunday, September 8: Depart for the Holy Land

Make your way to your airport where you will board your overnight flight. Your meals are served on board.

Day 2 | Monday, September 9: Arrive in Tel Aviv – Transfer to Tiberias

Upon arrival in Tel Aviv, you will exit our plane and make your way to Passport Control, then to the Baggage Claim to collect your luggage(s), and then enter into the Arrival’s Hall. There, you will be met by the 206 Tours representative. Once everyone has arrived in your group, you will board your bus that will then transfer to your hotel in Tiberias. You will have some free time to spend at your own leisure. In the evening, you will make your way for the “Welcome Drink Reception”, followed by dinner. Return to your room for a restful night sleep.

Day 3 | Tuesday, September 10: Cana – Nazareth – Caesarea - Tiberias
Theme: The Annunciation

This morning, after breakfast, you will start the day with a visit to 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 the Liturgy, and then a quick tour, including the Archaeological Garden where you will see 1st century remains of houses from the time of Christ. You will also visit the Museum where we see inscriptions left by pilgrims venerating the Virgin Mary, including the 2nd century A.D. inscription showing Xeria Maria ‘Ave Maria’, considered to be the oldest venerating signs of the Blessed Virgin. We will stop for lunch. After lunch, we drive to Caesarea, which was once the ancient capital of the Roman province. 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. Return to the Sea of Galilee for dinner and overnight.

Day 4 | Wednesday, September 11: Sea of Galilee
Theme: The Ministry of Christ in the Galilee

After breakfast, enjoy a boat ride on the beautiful and scenic Sea of Galilee (Luke 5:1). Upon docking, you will have the opportunity to view the remains of the boat dating back to the time of Jesus. Following the Sea of Galilee, continue to the Mount of Beatitudes, where Jesus proclaimed His great Sermon on the Mount (Luke 6:20-49). Near the Mount is Tabgha, one of Jesus’ miracle sites. At Tabgha, Jesus fed the crowd of 5,000 people from five loaves of bread and two fish (Luke 9:10-17). In Tabgha is St. Peter’s Primacy, where Jesus bestowed church leadership upon Peter (John 21:9). Continue to visit the birthplace of Mary Magdalene in Magdala. During the time of Jesus, this village was a prosperous fishing village that exported fish and garum (a fish sauce reduction popular in Roman cooking). Your day concludes at Capernaum, the launching place of Jesus’ ministry. In Capernaum, see the Synagogue where Jesus taught (Mark 1:21-29) and gave His sermon on the Bread of Life. We will end the day with a stop at the “Valley of the Doves”. This is located at the foot of the steep cliffs of Mt Arbel and was part of the ancient Via Maris trade route linking Mesopotamia and Egypt. This route also linked Nazareth to the Sea of Galilee and would have been the path that Jesus walked when travelling between the two places. Today the valley is still undeveloped and we can imagine Jesus walking along this ancient way and resting by the stream. Return to the hotel for dinner and overnight.

Day 5 | Thursday, September 12: Mt. Tabor – Jericho – Jordan River - Jerusalem
Theme: The Transfiguration, The Judean Wilderness and the Baptism of Christ

Today, after breakfast, drive to Mount Tabor, the site of the Transfiguration, with time to reflect on Christ’s Humanity and Divinity. Celebrating Mass here will be a good preparation for the journey to Jerusalem where Jesus was to suffer the crucifixion and resurrection. Drive down the Jordan Valley to Jericho, the oldest continuously inhabited city in the world, where we view Mt Temptation and an example of a Sycamore Tree. Visit the Baptismal site on the Jordan River, and have the opportunity to renew your own baptism (pending weather conditions). We will continue on our way to Jerusalem, where you will check-in to your hotel in time for dinner and overnight.

Day 6 | Friday, September 13: Jerusalem: Mount of Olives – Mount Zion – Meeting with Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem
Theme: Palm Sunday and the Agony in the Garden

From there, we drive to the Mount of Olives, where 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 Gallicantu (“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 Included 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. We will proceed to the Offices of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem where we will have an audience with the Latin Patriarchate or the Apostolic Administrator. Following this meeting, Knights and Ladies will receive their “Pilgrim Shell” – a decorative honor commemorating their pilgrimage to the Holy Land. Return to the Hotel for dinner and overnight.

Day 7 | Saturday, September 14: Jerusalem: Via Dolorosa – Church of the Holy Sepulchre – St. Anne’s Church – Our Lady of Palestine
Theme: The Way of the Cross, The Crucifixion, The Resurrection

Today will be an early morning, as we will depart the hotel before breakfast 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). The Liturgy your group will be celebrating this morning is High Mass at the Tomb of Christ in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.

After breakfast visit the Church of St Anne, said to be built over the birthplace of the Virgin Mary. Adjacent see the Pool of Bethesda where Jesus healed the paralysed man (Jn 5:2-9). Continue to the Western Wall, the holiest site to Jews. Return to hotel for breakfast, and then you will have some free time to relax.

Quick lunch Included and then travel along the Valley of Elah, where the famous encounter between David and Goliath has taken place, reaching Deir Rafat Monastery. This Monastery is dedicated to Our Lady of Palestine. The Latin Patriarchate, Luigi Barlassina, established this Monastery in 1927. The facade in the Convent Church bears the Latin inscription “Reginae Palaestinae”, meaning “to the Queen of Palestine”. It carries a six (6) meter statue of the Virgin Mary. The Church ceiling is decorated with a painting showing angels carrying banners with the first words of the “Hail Mary” prayer in 280 languages. Dinner & overnight at hotel.

Day 8 | Sunday, September 15: Jerusalem: Temple Mount – Wailing Wall – Israel Museum – Ein Karem

Following an early breakfast, we will start our day with a visit to Temple Mount, continue to visit 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. After lunch we will make a short drive taking us to the village of Ein Karem, birthplace of John the Baptist, to visit the church. dinner and overnight at hotel.

Day 9 | Monday, September 16: Jerusalem: Holy Child Program – Church of Nativity – Shepherd’s Fields
Theme: The Visitation and Nativity

We will start the day with visit to the Holy Child Program – a school for children that the Order has directly funded. After meeting with the Franciscan Sisters who run the school, we will take a tour, followed by a meeting with students. From there, we will depart to the 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 celebrate the Liturgy 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 your Hotel for dinner and overnight.

Day 10 | Tuesday, September 17: Jerusalem – Return Home

After an early breakfast and heartfelt farewells, transfer to the Tel Aviv airport for return flights home.

*206 Tours Disclaimer:
Occasionally local religious and national holidays, weather, traffic conditions and other events may necessitate changes in the sequence of events or the missing of certain events/places. Though every effort will be made to follow the itinerary, it should be considered as an indication, rather than a contract of events and places to be visited.

 

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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.

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Would you like to arrive earlier or stay later?

Let us know at the time of registration if you would like to arrive earlier, or stay later, than the scheduled tour dates, and pending availability, we will change your airline reservations accordingly, additional fees may apply. Pre- and/or post-stays at the hotel will cost an additional fee. These options should be available to you when registering online, or simply contact us: sales@206tours.com

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.

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