Nothing beats a pilgrimage to the Holy Land. For the first time, I’m offering a Holy Land pilgrimage in the summer. It’ll be hot, but it’s also when so many people have said they could travel.
There are no compromises on this pilgrimage. We have nonstop flights. We are staying in two amazing hotels. We have excellent meals planned in a few of the best restaurants in Galilee, Jerusalem, and Bethlehem. As always, your drinks and tips are all included.
We will touch the spot where Christ was born in Bethlehem. We will visit the Jordan River where Jesus was baptized. We will touch the spot where Christ was crucified and enter His empty tomb. This barely scratches the surface of all we will see and do during our 7 nights in the Holy Land.
July 7th – 15th, 2017
Three nights on the Sea of Galilee at the Scot’s Hotel and four nights in Jerusalem at Notre Dame. We will also be visiting Bethlehem, Nazareth, Cana, Capernaum, Magdala, the Dead Sea, and more.
How many people?
Small group! Only 22 people.
- Nonstop, roundtrip airfare from Newark (EWR) to Tel Aviv (TLV)
- accommodations for 7 nights in centrally located hotels;
- ground transportation;
- breakfast daily, plus 9 additional meals;
- drinks, including wine, with meals;
- entry fees and guided tours;
- all tips;
- and so much more.
Friday, July 7th
United flight 84 departs Newark (EWR) at 4:45 p.m.
Saturday, July 8th
Your flight arrives in Tel Aviv (TLV) at 10:15 a.m. We’ll head towards the Sea of Galilee, visiting Haifa Bay and the Bahai Gardens. Next we’ll visit the Stella Maris Shrine. We are staying in the lovely Scots Hotel on the coast of the Sea of Galilee. Dinner and overnight in Tiberias.
Sunday, July 9th
This afternoon we’ll arrive in Nazareth where Jesus spent his childhood. We’ll visit the Church of Annunciation and celebrate Mass here. Next we’ll stop in Cana, the site of the first miracle, where you’ll have a chance to renew your wedding vows. Dinner and overnight in Tiberias.
Monday, July 10th
Today we’ll have a morning boat ride across the Sea of Galilee. From here we’ll visit Capernaum and then Tabgha and Church of Saint Peter’s Primacy and Multiplication of Loaves and Fishes We’ll then stop at the Mount of Beatitudes. ￼￼Visit Magdala, the home town of Mary Magdalene, where we will celebrate mass. Dinner and overnight Galilee.
Tuesday, July 11th
This morning we head to Mount Tabor to visit the site of the Transfiguration. We’ll stop in Jericho, the oldest inhabited city in the world, where we see the Mount of Temptations and the Sycamore Tree. Next we’ll drive to the Jordan River to visit the baptismal site where John baptized Jesus. We’ll get to Jerusalem this evening where we are staying at the Vatican owned Notre Dame of Jerusalem Center. Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem.
Wednesday, July 12th
Today we’ll travel to Bethlehem to visit Nativity Church, the birthplace of Jesus. Next we’ll visit Shepherd Field where we will celebrate mass. We’ll also visit Herodion – Herod’s summer palace and Mausoleum stopping at the threshing floor to hear the story of Ruth and Boaz. Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem.
Thursday, July 13th
We will start today recalling last hours of the life of Jesus, His Passion, and His Crucifixion. We’ll walk along the Via Dolorosa. We’ll visit the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, where we celebrate mass at the Holy Tomb. This afternoon we’ll visit the Church of Saint Ann and the Pools of Bethesda and Ecce Homo, where Jesus stood in judgment in front of Pontus Pilate. We will visit the Western Wall, Judaism’s Holiest place. This afternoon we’ll have some free time at the beach for a dip in the Dead Sea waters with its healing properties. Dinner and overnight Jerusalem.
Friday, July 14th
This morning we will visit the Mount of Olives, including Ascension chapel and Pater Noster. We’ll walk Palm Sunday road visiting Dominus Flevit, where Jesus wept Jerusalem, and into the Garden of Gethsemane, to visit the Church of Agony, the Grotto of Gethsemane, and the empty tomb of the Blessed Virgin. This afternoon we’ll visit Mount Zion to include Saint Peter in Gallicantu, Dormition Abbey, and the Upper Room. Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem.
Saturday, July 15th
United flight 85 departs TLV at 12:15 p.m. and arrives EWR at 5:10 p.m.
April 1st, 2017: Photocopy of your Passport is due (picture page only). Can be emailed. Any special dietary or medical requests is also due.
April 1st, 2017: Final payment is due.
$3,900, per person
$1,000. deposit secures your spot. Tour deposit is fully refundable for 14 days from the time you make your deposit.
Final payment of $2,900. is due April 1st, 2017. Final payment is nonrefundable.
Small group! 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 $700.
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. We will actually have porters in the hotels, but it’s still best to pack light! Here’s a post I wrote about packing for Israel.
You should be in good physical shape.
We will do a lot of walking, much of it outside. A few days we may cover two to three miles at a decent pace.
You must be flexible!
This is the Holy Land, 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!
Roundtrip airfare between New York and Amman
United flight 84 departs Newark (EWR) at 4:45 p.m. on July 7th, 2017.
United flight 85 departs TLV at 12:15 p.m. and arrives EWR at 5:10 p.m. on July 15th, 2017.
Breakfast daily plus 9 additional meals
As always, drinks, including wine, are included with our group meals.
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 with you at all times.
Full time local guide
From arrival until departure, we will have a full time local guide with us.
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, taxes, drinks with meals? Already included!
Once we 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.
Plan your trip with your traveling companions before you leave! We set up private Facebook groups for each tour to give you a chance to meet before you meet!
We have a lot planned, but time on your own is important. We take our time in churches to give you the opportunity for prayer and reflection. We also include free time for you to explore, shop and relax on your own.
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.