Dr. Scott Hahn & Kimberly Hahn
Holy Land Pilgrimage
In the Footsteps of Jesus
Spiritual Director: Fr. Jeremiah Hahn
Spiritual Director: Fr. Charles K. Samson
Spiritual Director: Fr. Rhett Williams
May 12 - 21, 2023
*Optional Pre Tour to Jordan
May 9 - 13, 2023 | $1,370.00 (USD) Per Person
Tel Aviv · Jerusalem · Ein Karem · Bethlehem · Mount Tabor · Nazareth · Cana · Mount of Olives · Gethsemane · Mt. Zion · St. Peter in Gallicantu · Tiberias · Sea of Galilee · Tabgha · Mount of Beatitudes · Capernaum · Via Dolorosa · Church of the Holy Sepulchre · Old City Tour of Jerusalem · Church of St. Anne · Pool of Bethesda · Western Wall · Jericho · Jordan River · Dead Sea
Your trip includes
- Round-trip airfare
- All airport taxes & fuel surcharges
- Deluxe Four & Five Star Hotel: (or similar) in double occupancy
- ~1 night | May 13 - 14: Dan Panorama, Tel Aviv
- ~5 nights | May 16 – 21: Leonardo Plaza, Jerusalem
- Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner daily
- Evening Lectures with Dr. Scott and Kimberly Hahn
- Wine & mineral water with dinners
- Transportation by Private Bus
- Unlimited water on the Bus
- Free Wi-Fi on motor coach
- Whisper Headsets throughout
- Licensed Guide throughout
- Sightseeing and Admission fees
- Mass daily
- Tips to Hotel Staff, Porters and Restaurant Staff
- Luggage handling (1 piece per person)
- Tips to your Guide & Driver.
Day 1, Friday May 12, 2023 Depart for Israel
Make your way to your local airport, where you will board your overnight flight to Israel. Your meals will be served on board.
Day 2, Saturday May 13: Arrive in Tel Aviv
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 your tour guide or driver will greet you. Transfer to your hotel in Tel Aviv to check in. Enjoy dinner at the hotel before retiring for the evening.
Day 3, Sunday May 14: Tel Aviv - Caesarea - Nazareth - Cana - Tiberias
Theme: The Annunciation
Depart Tel Aviv to Caesarea Marítima, one of the three largest ports in the Roman world, next to Alexandria and Piraeus “Athens”, which were built by Herod the Great between 21 B.C. and 9 B.C. It was in Caesarea where St. Peter baptized the first gentile convert Cornelius, and where St. Paul gave his defense of the church. From here, we will see the Roman Theater, Herod’s Palace, view the Hippodrome, and the harbor from where St. Paul sailed on his journeys. Continue on to Nazareth for lunch, and then visit the Church of the Annunciation. Visit the museum and archaeological garden where we can see the remains of Nazareth at time of Christ, as well as St. Joseph’s workshop – which is now known as St. Joseph’s Church. Within the Church of the Annunciation, you 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. Celebrate Mass in this Church, and then continue on to Cana. It was here that Jesus performed His first miracle, changing water into wine. During your visit at the Wedding Church, married couples will have the chance to take part in the ceremony and renew their wedding vows. From there, we continue on to Tiberias, located on Sea of Galilee, for dinner and overnight.
Day 4, Monday May 15: Tiberias: Sea of Galilee
Theme: The Ministry of Christ in the Galilee
Today, begin with a boat ride on the beautiful and scenic Sea of Galilee (Luke 5:1). Upon docking the boat, you will have the opportunity to view the remains of a boat that dates back to the time of Jesus. Following the Sea of Galilee, we 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). Also, 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. Return to the hotel for dinner and an overnight.
Day 5, Tuesday May 16: Mt. Tabor – Journey to Jerusalem
Theme: The Transfiguration
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 Humanity and Divinity. Celebrate Mass at the Basilica of the Transfiguration. From atop of Mount Tabor, you can enjoy the dramatic view of the Valley of Armageddon, and then continue south through the Jordan Valley and drive up the Judean Hills where you will enjoy your first view of Holy Jerusalem from Mount Scopus. Check-in to your Hotel for dinner and overnight.
Day 6, Wednesday May 17: Jerusalem: Ein Karem - Bethlehem
Theme: The Visitation and Nativity
This morning, enjoy breakfast before we start our day in by taking a short drive to the village of Ein Karem, the birthplace of John the Baptist. It is known that there are two churches in Ein Karem, 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. You will have a chance to 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. In the afternoon, transfer 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. The tour concludes 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 2:1-18). 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, return to the hotel for dinner and an overnight.
Day 7, Thursday May 18: Judean Wilderness – Jordan River – Qumran – Dead Sea
Theme: Early Years in Jerusalem & the Wilderness
Following breakfast, we will depart down the Jordan Valley through the Judean wilderness, where Jesus spent 40 days of fasting. We arrive a the Jordan River where He was baptized (Matthew 3:13-17). After renewing your Baptismal Promises, we continue to the oldest inhabited city in the world, Jericho (Joshua 6:12-25). Here, we will celebrate Mass and view the Mount of Temptation, where the Devil tempted Jesus during his forty-day fast (Luke 4:1). South of Jericho is the ancient site of Qumran where the Dead Sea Scrolls were written and discovered (Ezekial 47: 8-10). These writings have helped further the understanding of the Jewish background in Christianity. Time and weather permitting, you will have the opportunity to take a float in the Dead Sea, the lowest and saltiest place on Earth before returning to the Hotel for dinner and overnight.
Day 8, Friday May 19: Jerusalem: Mt. Of Olives - Gethsemane - Mt. Zion (Upper Room)
Theme: Palm Sunday and the Agony in the Garden
After breakfast, you will make your 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. 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). Continue on to 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. Your next stop, the Church of All Nations, is 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. You will have the opportunity to visit the Western Wall, which is the last remnant of the Jewish Temple after it was destroyed in 70 A.D. Continue with a visit to 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. You will also 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, visit the nearby Benedictine Church of the Dormition. Tradition tells us that this Church is where Mary, the Mother of Jesus, "fell asleep." At the end of this prayerful day, return to your hotel for dinner and an overnight.
Day 9, Saturday May 20: Jerusalem: Via Dolorosa - 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, Sunday May 21: Return flights Home
(Or Extra Day Option) The Pool of Siloam - Where Jesus Healed the Blind Man
After an early breakfast and heartfelt farewells, transfer to the Tel Aviv airport for return flights home.
*Please note: Some may fly later this evening, in which case their arrival in US will be on the morning of Monday, May 22nd.
Day 10, Sunday May 21: The Pool of Siloam - Where Jesus Healed the Blind Man - Archaeological sites of Jerusalem
We will start our day with a guided visit to the City of David Excavations which reveal the remains of the city that King David founded. The Pool of Siloam acted as a water reservoir for the city and it was the starting point for pilgrims ascending to pray at the Jewish Temple. It was here that Jesus healed the blind man and told his disciples "If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. The one who believes in Me, as the scripture has said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water" (John 7:37 - 38). Walk through the Jewish Quarter to the Davidson Centre where you will have a tour of the fascinating archaeological park. At the steps of the Southern Wall of the Temple Mount remember the presentation of Jesus at the Temple, the finding of Jesus at the Temple and the healing of the blind man in defiance of the Priests. After viewing the Western Wall take a tour of the fascinating Western Wall Tunnels where traverses 3000 years of Jerusalem’s history.
- 1 night hotel Leonardo Plaza Jerusalem
- Buffet Breakfast, Lunch and Buffet Dinner
- Deluxe motor coach with - Free Wi-Fi
- Assistance of guide, and entrance fees
- Departure transfer to Airport on May 22
Day 11, Monday May 22: Return to US
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.