The Real Life Catholic Holy Land Pilgrimage
Going to the Holy Land changed the way I pray.
Changed the way I share the faith. Changed my life.
You can't not be changed when you touch the rock Jesus was crucified on,
enter the empty tomb, walk along the Sea of Galilee,
and bow to enter the Bethlehem basilica through the small "door of humility".
Come with me on an epic journey in the footsteps of Jesus, June 2017!
SPACE IS LIMITED!
Day 1 - 2
We arrive at Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion Airport. We meet our guides and begin our tour by traveling up the coast of the Mediterranean to Caesarea Maritime where the first Gentile Christian converted. A further drive up the coast brings us to Mt. Carmel. The view of the Jezreel Valley reminds us of the stories of Elisha & Elijah. We have our Mass at Magdala, the recently revealed town of Mary Magdalene with a 1st century synagogue. We end our day by checking in at our kibbutz hotel. Overnight Galilee, D B
We begin our day visiting sites around the Galilee. In Capernaum Mass is in the modern Franciscan church standing over St. Peter’s house. Nearby Tabgha includes the Church of St. Peter’s Primacy where Jesus met with Peter after his resurrection. We travel north to Caesarea Philippi where Peter first identified Jesus as the Messiah & Jesus revealed Peter's role in the church. Finally, meditation at the Mt of Beatitudes. Overnight Galilee, D B
Today we travel to Cana where Jesus performed His first recorded miracle. turning water into wine at the wedding feast. We have the opportunity to renew wedding vows. Mass is at the Church of the Annunciation in nearby Nazareth. We then have a chance to experience life in the time of Jesus at Kfar Kedem. Here we see, touch, taste & smell 1st century Israel. We conclude our day with a boat ride across the Galilee. Overnight Galilee, D B
We begin our day early and ascend Mt Tabor for Mass at the Basilica of the Transfiguration. We next visit the site Bet She’an, an excavated Roman city next to the Old Testament tel of the same name. A picnic lunch at Sachne includes an opportunity to go swimming in the springs. After lunch, we ascend to the Golden City of Jerusalem and share a tradition Hebrew blessing overlooking the city from the promenade. Overnight Jerusalem, D B
The day begins at the top of the Mt. Of Olives, overlooking the old city of Jerusalem. We descend partway to the Dominus Flevit Chapel, a name referencing “Jesus Wept.” We continue our descent and arrive at the Garden of Gethsemane. Our Mass is held at the Church of All Nations next to the garden. From here, we cross back to the old city to St. Peter in Gallicantu, a church that recalls the night Peter denied Christ 3 times. This church is built over Caiaphas’s House where Jesus was held before his crucifixion. We depart the old city and visit the City of David. Here we can walk through Hezekiah Tunnel, the same tunnel David used to approach Jerusalem when he conquered it. There is an option to walk through the wet tunnel or dry tunnel. Overnight Jerusalem, D B
We enter the Old City at St. Stephen’s Gate, to visit the Pools of Bethesda by St Anne's Basilica. Nearby we begin our walk through the stations of the Via Dolorosa. As we pass through the streets of the Old City we see the colorful Arab bazaar. We end at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre where we celebrate Mass. In the afternoon we pass the site of Rachel’s Tomb before entering Bethlehem. We visit the Church of the Nativity and also Shepherd's Fields. Here we also stop to shop at an olive wood store, a Christian establishment. Overnight Jerusalem, D B
We head to the desert today to Qumran where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found. We then head to Qaser El Yahud on the banks of the Jordan River, the site where Jesus was baptized. We also celebrate the Mass here in the beautiful wilderness. Our next stop is at Ein Gedi with hike to water falls and views of the caves where King David hid in his time of conflict with Saul. A gondola takes us up to Masada, Herod the Great’s winter retreat. We close our time with a float in the Dead Sea. Overnight Jerusalem, D B
We spend today at sites within Jerusalem. We go up to Mt Zion and visit the traditional site of the Upper Room where The Last Supper was celebrated. We walk through the Jewish Quarter of the Old City and arrive at the Temple Mount area to see the Southern steps, Western Wall and the Rabbinical or Kotel Tunnels beneath the temple mount. Overnight Jerusalem, D B
On our way to the airport for a late evening departure, we go to Ein Kerem, birthplace of John the Baptist, to visit the Church of the Visitation. Also along the way, we visit the Valley of Elah and then to Emmaus for Mass. Our final site is Old Jaffa, the traditional home of Simon the Tanner and the port from which Jonah sailed. We then head back to the airport for our journey home.