Pilgrimage to the Holy Land with St. Michael’s Abbey

May 13 – 22, 2024
$4,800 (plus air)

As with all The Catholic Traveler pilgrimages, this one includes daily Mass with our own priests, my favorite local guide, excellent hotels, amazing meals in some of the best restaurants, wine with our meals, and all your tips to our local guides, our drivers, and our servers.

We are staying in some beautiful hotels. Most of our meals are outside the hotel in some wonderful restaurants. Some of these restaurants never see tourists, only packed with locals, so you know the dining will be great.

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Is this pilgrimage trip for you?

You need to be flexible.
This pilgrimage is not for grumpy people or those unable to be joyfully flexible. The Holy Land is fully back to normal, but the world is still a bit uncertain. While I don’t expect any complications, we have be able to adjust our plans if needed.

I’ve personally led seven pilgrimage groups to the Holy Land since they reopened and there have been zero issues.

So if you are easy-going and excited to travel, even with some uncertainties mixed in, this could be the pilgrimage for you!

You should be in good physical shape.
We will do a lot of walking, much of it outside, and much of it on uneven ground. We can walk up to several miles per day. Please do consider this before signing up.

Concerned about safety?
Personally, I feel safer in the Holy Land than in much of the US. A stabbing in Jerusalem makes national headlines in the US. How many shootings in the US never even make the local news?

I’ve been taking my kids to Israel for years.

It should also make you feel good to know that our local Israeli guide worked security for the US Embassy for a decade before becoming a tour guide. He’s very well connected.


May 13th: Arrive in Tel Aviv. Most flights will arrive TLV late in the day, so our only activity this evening is dinner. Overnight in Tel Aviv. Most people like to arrive a day earlier to enjoy the beach. I can help extend your stay, just let me know.

Sunset over the Mediterranean Sea

May 14th: Today we head north. We will stop in Caesarea and visit Mount Carmel. After lunch we will visit Mount Tabor to celebrate Mass at the Mount of Transfiguration. Lunch and dinner included. Overnight on the Sea of Galilee.

Caesarea Maritima

May 15th: Next we travel to Nazareth to visit the Basilica of the Annunciation – we will arrive in time for the Angelus at noon and then celebrate Mass here. We will 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.

Here, the Word was made flesh

May 16th: This morning we will visit Cesarea Philippi. We will travel to the Golan Heights for a panoramic view of the Road to Damascus. Overnight on the Sea of Galilee. Lunch and dinner included.

You are Peter, and on this rock…

May 17th: This morning we sail across the Sea of Galilee. We will visit Capernaum and the church built over Peter’s mother-in-law’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. This evening we will have a wine tasting before our dinner. Lunch and dinner included. Overnight on the Sea of Galilee.

The trail Jesus walked to Nazareth

May 18th: This morning we head up to Jerusalem. But first we will stop at the Baptismal Site on the Jordan River, and passing by the Mount of Temptation. Dinner included. Overnight in Jerusalem.

Mount of Temptation

May 19th: Today we visit to Ein Karem and the Church of the Visitation. Here we will also see where Saint John the Baptist was born. Next we head into Bethlehem. We will visit Shepherd’s Field, and celebrate Mass at the Church of the Nativity. Lunch and dinner included. Overnight in Jerusalem.

Christ was born, right here.

May 20th: This morning 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 visit Mount Zion to visit Saint Peter in Galicantu and the Upper Room. Lunch and dinner included.

The Garden of Gethsemane

May 21st: We will begin with an early morning walk along the Via Dolorosa, ending with Mass at 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. We will visit the Western Wall. Overnight in Jerusalem.

The spot of the Crucifixion

May 22nd: Your flights home from TLV (airport code TLV).


$4,800 per person – ground only.

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

You’re $1,000 deposit secures your space.

Final payment is due March 15th, 2024. Final payment is nonrefundable.

Traveling alone?
I match singles with other traveling singles (of the same sex, of course) 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 $1,200. Single rooms at this price are extremely limited. So, first come, first served.

Included in the price

Accommodations for 9 nights
We are staying one night in Tel Aviv.

We are staying four nights on the Sea of Galilee.

We are staying four nights in Jerusalem.

Breakfast daily plus 15 additional meals, including meals in some of my favorite restaurants.

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

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

Full time service of a local tour guide
My local guide Shafik will be with us throughout the pilgrimage in Israel.

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
Unlike most pilgrimage companies, 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 some free time for you to explore, shop, and relax on your own.

Not Included

Your flights
You should fly into TLV no later than May 13th. Most flights from the US will depart late on the 12th, and arrive the afternoon of the 13th. Some people like to arrive a day or two early to get over jet-lag and to enjoy the sea. If you need extra nights at the hotel, you can book that directly with them. Our only planned activities on the 13th are Mass and dinner.

Our last group activity is dinner together on the 21st. We have the hotel rooms for the night of the 21st so you can schedule your flight either for late at night on the 21st or for the 22nd. Many flights to the US depart late at night or early morning, so keep that in mind when booking.

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.

If you have any questions or concerns about booking your flight, email me.

Airport transfers
Some opt for a taxi, others a private driver. If you want a private driver, I can help with that. Just let me know once you have your flights booked. This way I can also hook you up with others in our group arriving and departing around the same time to save money on the transfer.

No Hassle Cancellations

No other tour or pilgrimage company offers this level of free cancellation coverage.

If you need to cancel for any reason at all, up to 60 days before the start of the trip, you will be refunded 100% of the cost of the pilgrimage.

If you need to cancel for any reason at all within 60 days of departure, you’ll get everything back minus the deposit.

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

In all cases, you are responsible for working with the airline to get credit or refunds for changed or cancelled flights.

Trip insurance is a wise investment in case something comes up while you are traveling. If you think there is any chance you may need to cancel, I recommend you purchase travel insurance. 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. 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.

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