10 Days

Holy Land Pilgrimage

Spiritual Director: Fr. Sean Smith

Group Leader: Mary Margaret Johnston

January 19 – 28, 2025

*Optional Rome and Assisi Post Tour: January 28 – February 1, 2025

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Holy Land Pilgrimage

Spiritual Director:
Fr. Sean Smith

Group Leader:
Mary Margaret Johnston

January 19 – 28, 2025

*Optional Rome and Assisi Post Tour: January 28 – February 1, 2025

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Tiberias - Nazareth - Cana - Sea of Galilee - Mt. Tabor –Jericho - Jerusalem - Ein Karem - Bethlehem Jordan River – Qumran - Dead Sea - Mount of Olives - Gethsemane - Mt. Zion - St. Peter in Gallicantu - Via Dolorosa - Church of the Holy Sepulchre – Western Wall

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Tiberias - Nazareth - Cana - Sea of Galilee - Mt. Tabor –Jericho - Jerusalem - Ein Karem - Bethlehem Jordan River – Qumran - Dead Sea - Mount of Olives - Gethsemane - Mt. Zion - St. Peter in Gallicantu - Via Dolorosa - Church of the Holy Sepulchre – Western Wall

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!

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Your trip includes

  • Round trip airfare from Cedar Rapids (CID)
  • Airport Taxes and Fuel Surcharges
  • Centrally located first class hotels (or similar)in double occupancy
      ~ 3 nights: Jan 20 - 23: Magdala Guesthouse, Migdal, Israel
      ~ 5 nights: Jan 23 - 28: Cassia Hotel Jerusalem, Jerusalem, Israel
  • Breakfast & Dinner daily
  • Lunches in Holy Land
  • 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) (Usama is requested)
  • Sightseeing and admissions fees as per itinerary
  • Mass daily & Spiritual activities
  • Luggage handling (1 piece per person)
  • Tips to hotel staff, restaurants, luggage handlers
  • Flight bag & PDF digital confirmation of all travel documents
Centrally located hotels or similar
Magdala Guesthouse
Migdal, Israel
Cassia Hotel Jerusalem
Jerusalem, Israel
Post Tour Hotels
Dal Moro Gallery Hotel
Assisi, Italy
Starhotels Michelangelo
Rome, Italy
Not Included
  • Lunches, 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

A Cancellation Waiver – allowing you to cancel your trip and receive a refund anytime – up until 48 hours prior to departure.

Itinerary

Day 1 | Sunday, January 19: Depart for the Holy Land

Make your way to your local airport where you will board your first leg of flights to the Holy Land. Meals will be served on transatlantic flights.

Day 2 | Monday, January 20: Arrive in Tel Aviv and transfer to Tiberias.

Upon arrival at Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv, make your way to the baggage claim area and collect your luggage. Proceed to the arrival’s hall, where you will be greeted by your tour guide and/or driver. Transfer to your hotel in Tiberias area in time to check-in. Enjoy dinner at the hotel before retiring for the evening.

Day 3 | Tuesday, January 21: Nazareth - Cana
Theme: The Annunciation

This morning we drive to Nazareth to visit the Church of the Annunciation and St. Joseph’s workshop, now a church. Within the Church of the Annunciation, we will make our way down to the Grotto to see the remains of the house of the Blessed Mother, and where the Angel of the Lord announced the good news to Mary. Continue to Cana where Jesus performed His first miracle, changing water into wine (John 2.). The group will celebrate Mass in Church of Cana (pending confirmation). During your time at the Wedding Church, married couples will have the chance to take part in a ceremony to renew their wedding vows to each other. At the end of the day we return to the Sea of Galilee for dinner and overnight.

Day 4 | Wednesday, January 22: Tiberias: Sea of Galilee
Theme: The Ministry of Christ in the Galilee

This morning we’ll take a boat ride on the beautiful Sea of Galilee (Luke 5:1). Then we visit Capernaum, the fishing town where Jesus lived and launched His ministry that was to change our lives and the world. In Capernaum we see the Synagogue where Jesus taught (Mark 1:21-29) and gave the sermon on the Bread of Life We continue to the Mount of Beatitudes, where Jesus delivered the Sermon on the Mount (Luke 6:20-49). Then to Tabgha, where Jesus fed the crowd of 5,000 people with five loaves of bread and two fish (Luke 9:10-17). Nearby is St. Peter’s Primacy, where Peter confirmed his love of Jesus (John 21) and it was in this place that Jesus anointed Peter to lead His Church and was to become the first Pope. (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. 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 an overnight.

Day 5 | Thursday, January 23: Mount Tabor – Jericho - Jerusalem
Theme: The Transfiguration and Journey to Jerusalem

After breakfast, drive to the site of the Transfiguration, Mount Tabor (Matthew 17:1-50). At this site, you will have some time to reflect on Christ’s Divinity. Celebrate Mass at the Basilica of the Transfiguration and then continue south towards the Jordan Valley, to the oldest inhabited city in the world, Jericho (Joshua 6:12-25). In Jericho, you view the exact location, the Mount of Temptation, where the Devil tempted Jesus during his forty-day fast (Luke 4:1). Drive up to Jerusalem to check-in to your hotel for dinner and overnight.

Day 6 | Friday, January 24: Ein Karem - Bethlehem
Theme: The Visitation and Nativity

This morning, you will have breakfast and then start the day with a visit to the village of Ein Karem, the birthplace of John the Baptist. It is known that there are two churches in Ein Karem, both representing the two homes of Zechariah and Elizabeth. The first is in a valley where the birth of St. John the Baptist is commemorated (Luke 1:39-80) in the Church of the Nativity of St. John the Baptist. The second is on a hill where Elizabeth spent five months in seclusion (Luke 1:24) at the Church of the Visitation. Your group will visit both of these churches and have the opportunity to pray the Mystery of the Rosary as you walk up the hill to the Church of the Visitation. We will stop for lunch, and then make your way to Bethlehem, the birthplace of Jesus. In Bethlehem, you will have the opportunity to view the Shepherd’s Fields (Luke 2:8). In the caves of these fields, you are still able to see the soot marks of fires that shepherds lit to keep warm. We will stop for lunch, and then continue on the tour at the Manger Square, which stands in front of the Church of the Nativity. As you enter the Church, you will proceed down to the Grotto of the Nativity, which marks the spot of Our Savior’s birth (Matthew u2:1-18). Beneath the Altar, there is a silver star and a Latin inscription that states: HIC DE VIRGINE MARIA JESUS CHRISTUS NATUS (Here Jesus Christ was born to the Virgin Mary). Following Mass in this Sacred space, your group will return to the hotel for dinner and overnight.

Day 7 | Saturday, January 25: Jordan River – Qumran - Dead Sea
Theme: The Judean Wilderness and the Baptism of Christ

Drive through the Judean wilderness, the site where Jesus spent His 40 days of fasting. We head to the Jordan River for some time to reflect on the Baptism of Christ ( Matthew 3:13-17). In the afternoon we visit Qumran, the Essene site where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found. (Ezekiel 47:8-10). These writings have helped further the understanding of the Jewish background to Christianity. There is also time to swim or float on the Dead Sea, the lowest and saltiest place on Earth before return to Jerusalem.

Day 8 | Sunday, January 26: Jerusalem: Mount of Olives - Gethsemane - Mt. Zion - St. Peter in Gallicantu
Theme: Palm Sunday and the Agony in the Garden

Wake up and enjoy breakfast, and then make our way to the Mount of Olives, where you will be able to take in the beautiful, panoramic view of Jerusalem. Historically, the Mount of Olives was a mandatory transit point for Jesus during many iconic moments. After we visit Gethsemane, a garden at the foot of the Mount of Olives. Jesus brought His disciples here to pray the night before He was crucified (Luke 22:29-53). The Garden still contains trees with roots that date back to the time of Jesus. Beside the Garden is your next stop, the Church of All Nations, built over the “Rock of Agony”. This is where Jesus prayed alone on the night of His arrest. Throughout this time, you are invited to remain in prayer and to reflect on Christ’s agony that He experienced. Your group will visit the Pater Noster Shrine, where Jesus taught His disciples the Lord’s Prayer (Pater Noster) (Luke 11:1-4). You will have the opportunity to stop at Dominus Flevit, which is a Church that commemorates where Jesus wept for Jerusalem (Luke 19:41), then visit the Upper Room on Mt. Zion. The Upper Room is where Jesus and His disciples celebrated the Last Supper (Matthew 26:17-30) and, where Jesus appeared to His disciples after His Death and Resurrection (Mark 16:14). In addition, your group will visit the nearby Benedictine Church of the Dormition. Tradition tells us that this Church is where Mary, the Mother of Jesus, “fell asleep.” The tour continues as you will visit the house of the High Priest Caiaphas (Church of St. Peter in Gallicantu). This Church commemorates where Jesus was examined and eventually imprisoned before the Council in Jerusalem. It also commemorates Peter’s Denial of Christ (John 18:15-18), Peters’ repentance, and Jesus’ forgiveness of Peter. Return to the hotel for dinner and overnight.

Day 9 | Monday, January 27: Jerusalem: Via Dolorosa - Church of the Holy Sepulchre – Western Wall
Theme: The Way of the Cross, The Crucifixion, The Resurrection

Very early this morning we walk together in prayerful procession along the Via Dolorosa (The Way of the Cross). We start at the Antonia Fortress, where Jesus was condemned to death by Pontius Pilate (John 18:28-19:16) and receives His cross. We end at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, which marks the place of the Crucifixion & the Resurrection, (Luke 23:26-33). After Mass at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher we return to the hotel for breakfast. Later we revisit the Old City to see the Church of St. Anne’s, the traditional birthplace of the Virgin Mary. Nearby is the Pool of Bethesda, where Jesus healed the crippled man (John 5:1-9). End the day with a visit the Western Wall, which is the last remnant of the Jewish Temple destroyed in 70 A.D.

Day 10 | Tuesday, January 28: Jerusalem – USA

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.

 

Rome and Assisi Post Tour

January 28 – February 1, 2025
  • Airport Taxes and Fuel Surcharges
  • Centrally located Hotel: (or similar)
      ~ 2 nights: Jan 28 - 30: Dal Moro Gallery Hotel, Assisi, Italy
      ~ 2 nights: Jan 30 - Feb 1: Starhotels Michelangelo, Rome, Italy
  • Breakfast and Dinner daily
  • 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 Catholic Guide
  • Sightseeing and admissions fees as per itinerary
  • Mass daily & Spiritual activities
  • Luggage handling (1 piece per person)
  • Tips to hotel staff, restaurants, luggage handlers
  • Flight bag & PDF digital confirmation of all travel documents

Anticipated Daily Itinerary:
Day 1 | Tuesday, January 28: Aviv – Rome – Assisi

Following breakfast depart Jerusalem for Tel Aviv airport and your flight to Rome, Italy. Upon arrival in Rome, you will be met by your driver and transfer to your hotel in Assisi. During the drive you will be passing through the Roman countryside that is known for its villas and vineyards. Your tour escort will share interesting information regarding the spiritual, historical, and cultural aspects of Italy. This retreat is designed for those who would like to pray, reflect, and spend more time in Assisi. There won’t be a Spiritual Director or tour guide on this retreat. However, you can attend the daily English Mass at the Basilica. Dinner and overnight in Assisi.

Day 2 | Wednesday, January 29: Assisi ( Tour of Assisi)

As you visit the birthplace of St. Francis, you will become captivated as the atmosphere has not changed since St. Francis began his ministry, in the early 13th-century. You will start your tour at the St. Francis Basilica, visit his tomb of St. Francis, and have the opportunity to view a series of frescoes depicting his life, along with a few of the saint’s possessions. Followed by a visit to the Santuario Della Spogliazione where Blessed Carlo Acutis’ tomb is placed. Carlo is the first millennial to be declared Blessed who loved the Real Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist. From there, you will continue on a walking tour through this picturesque town, including the birthplace of St. Francis, and end with a tour of the Church that honors St. Clare, the foundress of the Poor Clare Sisters. This Saint followed the teachings of St. Francis very closely by also living a life of poverty and humility. Enjoy some free time on your own – you may take this time for additional prayer, shop in the many gift shops or enjoy a nice lunchon your own. After lunch, you will board the bus, which will take you outside of the walls of Assisi, to the Basilica of St. Mary of the Angels. This is where St. Francis spent most of life. This Basilica is made up of two structures, both of which you will visit. The first structure, is the “Porziuncola”, which is where St. Francis founded his order of the Friar Minor (Franciscans). The second, is the “Capella del Transito”, which is the place of St. Francis’ death. During your time here, you will have the opportunity to visit the beautiful Rose Garden where St. Francis and other friars lived, as well as the cave where the Saint retired to pray. Return to the hotel for dinner and an overnight.

Day 3 | Thursday, January 30: Assisi – Rome

Following breakfast, group transfer to Rome, your last stop on this amazing pilgrimage. Upon arrival into Rome, check in at your hotel. For the remainder of the afternoon, you will have the opportunity to explore the streets of Rome at leisure. In the evening gather for dinner, followed by an overnight.

Day 4 | Friday, January 31: Rome

Today will be dedicated to private prayer and reflection or exploring Rome on your own and shopping. You will have full discretion over how your time is spent in order to have the fullest spiritual experience possible. Farewell dinner and overnight in Rome.

Day 5 | Saturday, February 1: Rome Airport - USA

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About Rome:

Rome has been one of history’s most powerful and important cities, along with home to the Roman Catholic Church, the Pope, and the site of the Vatican City. First built in 337, St. Peter’s Basilica lies over the tomb of St. Peter. Contained within is a vast array of the most beautiful artwork ever assembled, reflecting the immensity, beauty, vastness, majesty, glory and awesomeness of God.
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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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Rome and Assisi Post Tour

January 28 – February 1, 2025
  • Airport Taxes and Fuel Surcharges

  • Centrally located Hotel: (or similar)
      ~ 2 nights: Jan 28 - 30: Dal Moro Gallery Hotel, Assisi, Italy
      ~ 2 nights: Jan 30 - Feb 1: Starhotels Michelangelo, Rome, Italy
  • Breakfast and Dinner daily
  • 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 Catholic Guide
  • Sightseeing and admissions fees as per itinerary
  • Mass daily & Spiritual activities
  • Luggage handling (1 piece per person)
  • Tips to hotel staff, restaurants, luggage handlers
  • Flight bag & PDF digital confirmation of all travel documents

Anticipated Daily Itinerary:
Day 1 | Tuesday, January 28: Aviv – Rome – Assisi

Following breakfast depart Jerusalem for Tel Aviv airport and your flight to Rome, Italy. Upon arrival in Rome, you will be met by your driver and transfer to your hotel in Assisi. During the drive you will be passing through the Roman countryside that is known for its villas and vineyards. Your tour escort will share interesting information regarding the spiritual, historical, and cultural aspects of Italy. This retreat is designed for those who would like to pray, reflect, and spend more time in Assisi. There won’t be a Spiritual Director or tour guide on this retreat. However, you can attend the daily English Mass at the Basilica. Dinner and overnight in Assisi.

Day 2 | Wednesday, January 29: Assisi ( Tour of Assisi)

As you visit the birthplace of St. Francis, you will become captivated as the atmosphere has not changed since St. Francis began his ministry, in the early 13th-century. You will start your tour at the St. Francis Basilica, visit his tomb of St. Francis, and have the opportunity to view a series of frescoes depicting his life, along with a few of the saint’s possessions. Followed by a visit to the Santuario Della Spogliazione where Blessed Carlo Acutis’ tomb is placed. Carlo is the first millennial to be declared Blessed who loved the Real Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist. From there, you will continue on a walking tour through this picturesque town, including the birthplace of St. Francis, and end with a tour of the Church that honors St. Clare, the foundress of the Poor Clare Sisters. This Saint followed the teachings of St. Francis very closely by also living a life of poverty and humility. Enjoy some free time on your own – you may take this time for additional prayer, shop in the many gift shops or enjoy a nice lunchon your own. After lunch, you will board the bus, which will take you outside of the walls of Assisi, to the Basilica of St. Mary of the Angels. This is where St. Francis spent most of life. This Basilica is made up of two structures, both of which you will visit. The first structure, is the “Porziuncola”, which is where St. Francis founded his order of the Friar Minor (Franciscans). The second, is the “Capella del Transito”, which is the place of St. Francis’ death. During your time here, you will have the opportunity to visit the beautiful Rose Garden where St. Francis and other friars lived, as well as the cave where the Saint retired to pray. Return to the hotel for dinner and an overnight.

Day 3 | Thursday, January 30: Assisi – Rome

Following breakfast, group transfer to Rome, your last stop on this amazing pilgrimage. Upon arrival into Rome, check in at your hotel. For the remainder of the afternoon, you will have the opportunity to explore the streets of Rome at leisure. In the evening gather for dinner, followed by an overnight.

Day 4 | Friday, January 31: Rome

Today will be dedicated to private prayer and reflection or exploring Rome on your own and shopping. You will have full discretion over how your time is spent in order to have the fullest spiritual experience possible. Farewell dinner and overnight in Rome.

Day 5 | Saturday, February 1: Rome Airport - USA

About your trip

About Rome:

Rome has been one of history’s most powerful and important cities, along with home to the Roman Catholic Church, the Pope, and the site of the Vatican City. First built in 337, St. Peter’s Basilica lies over the tomb of St. Peter. Contained within is a vast array of the most beautiful artwork ever assembled, reflecting the immensity, beauty, vastness, majesty, glory and awesomeness of God.
Terms & Conditions

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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