Denver Holy Land Pilgrimage

February 18th – 26th, 2023
$3,900 (plus air)

Itinerary

February 18th: Arrive TLV. Transfer to our hotel located on the beach in Tel Aviv. Dinner included.

February 19th: We begin our pilgrimage with a visit to Caesarea, Haifa, and Mount Carmel. This afternoon we travel to Megiddo, overlooking Armageddon Valley. We will continue over to Nazareth to visit the Basilica of the Annunciation and celebrate Mass. Next we’ll visit the spot of the first miracle in Cana and have an opportunity for marriage vow renewals. Lunch and dinner included. Overnight on the Sea of Galilee.

February 20th: This morning we sail across the Sea of Galilee. Next we travel to Caesarea Philippi to the spot where Christ said “And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.” We will travel along the Syrian boarder towards the Road to Damascus. This afternoon 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 on the Sea of Galilee.

February 21st: This morning we will visit Kursi and Beth Shean on the way up to Jerusalem. We will stop at the Jordan River and have lunch in Jericho. Lunch and dinner included. Overnight in Jerusalem.

February 22nd: This morning we visit Herod’s summer palace, Herodian. Then we will continue to Bethlehem. We will do some shopping to support the local Palestinian Christians, we will visit Shepherd’s Field, and then the Church of the Nativity. Lunch and dinner included. Overnight in Jerusalem.

February 23rd: We will visit the Mount of Olives. 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. Lunch and dinner included. Overnight in Jerusalem.

February 24th:
This morning we will visit the City of David. We will stop at the Western Wall and then head into the Western Wall Tunnels. You’ll have the rest of the day free to explore. Lunch and dinner on our own. Overnight in Jerusalem.

February 25th: We will begin with an early morning walk along the Via Dolorosa, ending with Mass in the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. 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. This afternoon we will transfer back to Tel Aviv. Lunch and dinner included.

February 26th: Most flights to the US depart early this morning.

Price

$3,900 per person – ground only.

The cost is per person, in double occupancy, meaning two people to a room.

Traveling alone?
I match singles with other traveling singles (of the same sex) and that always works out great. If you are uncomfortable sharing a room with a stranger, you can request a single room for an additional $1,100.

Included in the price

Accommodations for 8 nights
We are staying one night at Herods on the Mediterranean Sea in Tel Aviv.

We are staying two nights in the chalets at the Ramot in Tiberias.

We are staying four nights at Leonardo Boutique in Jerusalem.

We are staying one final night at Herods on the Mediterranean Sea in Tel Aviv.

Breakfast daily plus 14 additional meals, including 13 meals in some of my favorite restaurants.

Drinks, including wine, are included in all our lunches and dinners.

Airport transfers
Airport transfers both ways between TLV and our hotels. Send me your flight info as soon as it is confirmed.

All group ground transportation
We’ll be traveling in a private motor coach.

Full time service of a local tour guide
Our local guide, George, will be with us throughout the pilgrimage.

Full time service of a tour director
I’ll be with you at all times.

No hidden costs
If we do it as a group, it’s included in the price! You are responsible only for things you do on your own, souvenirs you wish to buy, and Mass donations directly to the churches.

Guaranteed price
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.

Entry fees and tours
All entry fees and tours to our included group activities.

You time
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, relax, even get tattoos on your own.

Not Included

Your flights
You should arrive at TLV no later than February 18th. Send me your flight info once booked.

You should depart no earlier than the evening of February 25th or early morning on the 26th. Most direct flights to the US depart around 10 or 11 PM or 6 AM the following day. If you have a European connection, your flight may depart in the morning of February 26th. Just let me know and I’ll arrange your airport transfer and hotel stay at no extra charge.

Most airlines are offering free changes should anything happen to the trip. Some airlines are not offering refunds, but rather a credit.

If you need to cancel your trip for any reason, if the situation in the Holy Land changes and we need to cancel or postpone the trip, it’s your responsibility to work with your airline to cancel, reschedule, or request refunds.

COVID tests
This could change before February, but as of March 28th, You’ll need a PCR test taken within 72 hours of arrival to TLV. Book this as soon as you can.

You’ll need a PCR on arrival in TLV. I will send you the link to book this before arrival. It’s a very easy process (and it was also one of the gentlest tests I’ve ever had).

The US requires everyone returning from abroad to have a rapid antigen test. I will have someone come to the hotel to test the group.

Entry & Exit Requirements

Starting March 1st, Israel will allow anyone (vaccinated or unvaccinated) with a negative PCR COVID test taken within 72 hours before arrival to enter the country.

You will also take a PCR test on arrival in TLV. This test is not included in the price as you will pay them directly when you book the test.

Again, this could change before February 2023, but Israel is requiring Trip Insurance that includes COVID coverage. For my most recent trip, I was able to get 100% cancellation coverage for $140. You can get this from any insurance provider, but I use and recommend someone I know and trust, Michael Incata. You can contact him here.

To go home: The US currently requires everyone, regardless of vaccination status, returning to the US from abroad to pass a COVID test within 24 hours before departure. The test is $20 per person and will take place at the hotel.

What if you test positive on arrival or before departure?

If you test positive at any point in the pilgrimage, you will have two options…

Quarantine at the current hotel (depending where we are in the trip). The room and meals (beyond the already included nights) will be at your own expense, but figure about $300 per day.

Or we will arrange for you to quarantine in a studio apartment with a fully stocked refrigerator, and 3 meals a day delivered to you. This too would cost about $300 per day. Israel requires a 7 day quarantine for a positive test. At the end of the 7 days, you must test negative with a PCR. Travel insurance can help with all of this.

Vaccinations

Vaccinations are currently not required to enter Israel. They are allowing anyone in who has a negative PCR test to enter the country.

Masks

As of this writing, masks are not required anywhere.

Openings and Closings

Currently, everything in the Holy Land is open, including churches, museums, restaurants, cafes, and bars. But keep in mind that things can change. Again, we need to be flexible. If something unexpectedly closes, we will look for a good alternative.

Cancellations

Even if Israel drops the required trip insurance, I still strongly recommend you purchase it. 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, some will give 100%. I have a friend who specializes in trip insurance, you can contact him directly, but you are under no obligation to use him and I don’t get any sort of kick backs, so shop around and find what is best for you.

If for any reason I need to cancel or postpone the trip, you will be refunded 100% of the cost of the pilgrimage.

Sign up

Use the form below to sign up for this pilgrimage. If you have any questions, email me at mtn@thecatholictraveler.com

Deposit Info
You’ll be able to pay by credit card or check. Payment info will be emailed to you once you sign up.