And educational pilgrimage to the Holy Land and Rome with Stuart Country Day School of the Sacred Heart.
The Catholic Traveler Experience
A well designed itinerary: This itinerary has been tested, iterated, and perfected to pack in more than you ever thought possible – without being too busy and overwhelming. We will have time to relax, time to explore, and plenty of time for prayer and reflection.
Amazing hotels: We are staying in some of the best hotels in all of Israel and Rome.
Excellent meals: Daily breakfast, plus twelve additional meals, including eight in restaurants!
Drinks included: Drinks are included with all restaurant meals at no extra charge.
Tips included: Most tour companies expect you to tip as you go, such as tips to restaurants, your driver, local guides, etc. As always, I’ve already included all the tips in the price. It’s just one less thing for you to worry about so you can focus on the pilgrimage.
Me: As with all my trips, I am available to answer all your questions and to help you plan and prepare for our trip. I’ll be with you throughout our entire pilgrimage to be sure you are well taken care of and that everything runs smoothly.
Monday, March 18th
Your overnight flight to TLV.
Tuesday, March 19th
I’ll meet you at the Tel Aviv airport and we’ll drive a few hours north to Tiberias.
Dinner included. Overnight at Rimonim Galei Kinnereth in Tiberias. This beautiful hotel is located just off the shore of the Sea of Galilee.
Wednesday, March 20th
We begin our trip with a visit to Caesarea, Haifa, and Carmel. This afternoon we travel to Nazareth to visit the Basilica of the Annunciation. We’ll also visit Saint Joseph’s Church. Next we’ll visit the spot of the first miracle in Cana.
Dinner included. Overnight in Tiberias.
Thursday, March 21st
Today we sail across the Sea of Galilee. We will visit Capernaum and visit the church built over Peter’s home. Next we will visit the Mount of Beatitudes, site of the Sermon on the Mount. From here we will go to Tabgha where Jesus multiplied the loaves and fishes. We’ll take a short hike down a trail Jesus walked and visit the town of Magdala.
Lunch and dinner included. Overnight in Tiberias.
Friday, March 22nd
This morning we head to Mount Tabor to the Basilica of Transfiguration. We will stop in Jericho for lunch. Then we will visit the Jordan River and end the day with a float in the Dead Sea.
Dinner included. Overnight in Jerusalem. We are staying at the Mount Zion Boutique Hotel.
Saturday, March 23rd
Today we visit the Mount of Olives, including Ascension Chapel and Pater Noster. We will walk Palm Sunday Road to Dominus Flevit, where Jesus wept over Jerusalem, then continue into the Garden of Gethsemane. We will visit the Church of Agony, the Grotto of Gethsemane, and the empty tomb of the Blessed Virgin Mary. After lunch, we will go to Mount Zion to visit Saint Peter in Galicantu, Dormition Abbey, the Upper Room, and King David’s Tomb.
Dinner included. Overnight in Jerusalem.
Sunday, March 24th
This morning we’ll travel to Bethlehem to visit Shepherd’s Field and then the Church of the Nativity. After lunch, we’ll travel to Ein Kerem to the Church of the Visitation. We’ll also visit the birthplace of Saint John the Baptist.
Lunch and dinner included. Overnight in Jerusalem.
Monday, March 25th
We will begin with an early morning walk along the Via Dolorosa, ending at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. This morning we will also visit the Temple Mount. Later we will visit the Church of Saint Ann and the Pools of Bethesda. Then it’s over to Ecce homo and Judgment hall, where Jesus stood before Pontus Pilate.
Dinner included. Overnight in Jerusalem.
Tuesday, March 26th
Early this morning we fly to Rome. On arrival we will dig into the Ancient City, with a guided tour of the Colosseum, Roman Forum, and Palatine Hill. We will also visit the tomb of Saint Paul, at Saint Paul Outside the Walls.
Dinner included. We are staying at Hotel Alimandi Vaticano, right across from the Vatican Museums.
Wednesday, March 27th
This morning we’ll attend the Papal Audience to see the Holy Father, Pope Francis. This afternoon we’ll visit the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel. Tonight we’ll stroll through the heart of historic Rome to see the Pantheon and Piazza Navona.
Dinner and overnight in Rome.
Thursday, March 28th
This morning we’ll have a private Mass in Saint Peter’s Basilica. This afternoon we will end our pilgrimage with a visit to see the holy relics of the Life of Christ. We’ll begin at Saint Mary Major to see the relics of the Holy Manger. Then we’ll visit the Scala Santa and then see the relics of the Passion at Santa Croce.
Dinner and overnight in Rome.
Friday, March 29th
Flight home from Rome.
Your deposit reserves your spot. These small group trips fill up fast, don’t wait!
December 17th, 2018: Final payment is due. Photocopy of your Passport is due – picture page only – can be emailed. Any special dietary or medical requests is also due at this time.
We are waiting on the final cost of the flights. The ground-only portion is $3,500.
$1,000 deposit secures your spot. Tour deposit is fully refundable for 14 days from the time you make your deposit.
Final payment is due December 17th, 2018. Final payment is nonrefundable.
Space is limited!
This cost is for double occupancy. Traveling alone? No problem! You’ll have a chance to ‘meet’ the other solo travelers before the trip and pick a roommate. This usually works out well. If you really prefer to have your own single room, there is a single supplement of $900.
If you think there is any chance you may need to cancel, I recommend you purchase travel insurance. Insurance is strongly recommended on this trip.
Many people go through InsureMyTrip.com. A Cancel for Any Reason plan will let you, well, cancel for ‘most’ any reason. Most plans should allow for at least a 75% refund should you need to cancel at any time before departure. Please review all your options to be sure the plan you pick is best for you.
Is this tour for you?
Please review the following before committing to this trip!
You must be able to carry your own luggage.
You are responsible for your luggage and getting it from the plane to the bus and the bus to your hotel rooms. We will not have porters on this trip, so keep that in mind when deciding how many pairs of shoes to bring! Here’s a post I wrote about packing.
You should be in good physical shape.
We will do a lot of walking, much of it outside. We will cover several miles most days. Please do consider this before signing up. Here is an idea of how much walking we did on a few days during my last Holy Land pilgrimage…
4.8 miles / 2.9 miles / 3.9 miles / 5.9 miles / 9 miles
You must be flexible!
This is the Holy Land and Rome, things may close without notice, a protest could spring up without warning. But, it’s not all negative, great things come up unexpectedly as well. Being flexible is the key for happy travels!
Flights from JFK to TLV to FCO to JFK
Accommodations for 10 nights
Tiberias: Rimonim Galei Kinnereth (4 Star)
Jerusalem: Mount Zion Boutique Hotel (4 Star)
Rome: Hotel Alimandi Vaticano (4 Star)
Breakfast daily plus 12 additional meals
Drinks are included in our eight restaurant meals. Drinks in the hotel dining room are not included.
All group ground transportation
We’ll be traveling in a private motor coach.
Full time service of a tour director
Visiting new countries can be intimidating! That’s why you will have an experienced Catholic American tour director (me!) with you at all times.
We will have a local guide with us throughout the Holy Land portion of the trip – he is excellent! We will have a few specialty guides with us in Rome.
No hidden costs
If we do it as a group, it’s included in the price! You are responsible only for the meals you have on your own, souvenirs you wish to buy, and anything you want to do in your free time. Tips, air taxes, drinks with meals? Already included!
Once I receive your deposit, your tour price will not go up!
All tips for group meals, guides, and drivers
Would you believe that many tour companies require you to tip as you go? Not only does that add to the advertised sticker price of a tour, it’s also a huge hassle to you! No need to worry about that here. Tips are already included and we take care of that behind the scenes.
Entry fees and tours
All entry fees and tours to our included group activities, including: Jerusalem Churches (Ascension, Pater Noster, Ecce Homo, Saint Peter in Galicantu, Saint Ann’s Church), boat across the Sea of Galilee, Mount Tabor, Capernaum, Baptismal site of Jesus, Colosseum, Roman Forum, Palatine Hill, Vatican Museums.
Use the form below to sign up for this pilgrimage. If you have any questions, you can email or call 404.330.9913.
Terms and Conditions
What you are getting by signing up, how much walking you will be doing, what happens if something changes in the itinerary, making your final payment, how we can send you home if you misbehave… and more!
You’ll be able to pay by credit card or check. Payment info will be emailed to you once you sign up.