Pilgrimage to the Holy Land - 8 Days

Dear Bishops, Priests and Deacons,
Educational Familiarization Pilgrimage for
Clergy to the HOLY LAND
“Walking into footsteps of Jesus”

Option 1: January 8-15, 2018 / Option 2: February 5-12, 2018

SEA OF GALILEE – NAZARETH – JERUSALEM – BETHLEHEM

Nativity Pilgrimage’s would like to invite you to lead our upcoming Educational Familiarization Pilgrimage to the Holy Land. We would like to offer the Clergy and Pilgrimage Organizers on your archdiocese/diocese the opportunity to travel to the Holy Land on our Educational Familiarization Pilgrimage at a special introductory cost of $978.00 (all inclusive) from your city. Best Catholic Tour Guide, Daily Masses at the Most Sacred Sites. There is no future obligation required for the clergy. For those interested in returning with their group in the future, these are ideal and unique opportunities which will assist them greatly in planning their pilgrimage to the Holy Land.
This FAM pilgrimage is completely refundable when they return with their church group. It is not only intended as a preview tour for the clergy to inspect our services and hotels. They will experience a unique opportunity as they interact with the Local Catholic Community, Church and school leaders.
Nativity Pilgrimage sent thousands of Catholic Pilgrims to the Holy Land from USA. The Holy Land is often referred to as the 5th Gospel, the scripture readings you know and love will come alive during your pilgrimage to the Holy Land! We hope that after this unique pilgrimage/retreat, they will be refreshed and ready to lead their own unique group on an unforgettable spiritual journey to the Holy Land. They will receive added guidance in relating to “Walking in the Footsteps of Jesus” as they experience his daily life, from his childhood, his ministries, crucifixion and resurrection.

Your brother in Christ,

 

Khaled Jacob
President/CEO Nativity Pilgrimage

YOUR TRIP INCLUDES:

  •   Round Trip Airfare
  •   All airport taxes and Fuel SURCHARGES.
  •   Includes First class Hotels 4-5 stars.
  •   Headphones for the pilgrimage.
  •   Transfers as per itinerary.
  •    Breakfast and Dinner daily.
  •   Sightseeing and admissions fees as per itinerary.
  •   Daily Masses.
  •   Professional local Catholic guide(s)
  •  Prices Based on Double Occupancy.
  •  Tour Brochures: Special promotional brochures featuring
  •   the Pilgrimage printed for distribution by you.
  •  Travel Protection Plan for Everybody on Pilgrimage is provided for FREE.
YOUR TRIP DOES NOT INCLUDE:

  • Trip cancellation protection plan is not included and is strongly        recommended.
  • Nativity Pilgrimage offers a comprehensive policy at additional cost.
  •  Passport & visa costs, if any.
  •  U.S. Passports must be valid for at least six (6) months subsequent to               return date.
  •   Items of a personal nature (hotel extras, laundry, phone calls, etc.).
  •   Meals not specified in the program.
  •   Gratuities to the tour manager, guides and driver.
  •   Items not specifically mentioned above.

INFORMATION ABOUT YOUR TRIP
  • Capital: Jerusalem
  • Language: Hebrew, Arabic
  • Population: 7.7 million
  • Time Zone: EST plus 7 hours
  • Currency: New Israeli Shekel (NIS)
  • Electricity: 220V. 50Hz
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SEA OF GALILEE – CANA – NAZARETH – MT. BEATITIUDES – CAESAREA – CAPERNAUM  – MOUNT TABOR – JERICHO – BETHLEHEM – JERUSALEM – DEAD SEA

ITINERARY
Day
1

DEPART FROM USA TO ISRAEL

Today: Your pilgrimage begins today by boarding your flight to Israel. Meals and drinks served aloft.

Day
2

TEL AVIV / SEA OF GALILEE

Today: Arrive at Ben Gurion Airport. Travel through customs and meet our guide-escort who will accompany you throughout your pilgrimage. Board your coach bus for the trip to your hotel in Tiberias. Upon arrival in Tiberias, you will check-in to your hotel for the evening.

Evening: Dinner and overnight in your hotel.

Day
3

SEA OF GALILEE / CAPERNAUM / TIBERIAS

Today: Our tour starts at Capernaum where Jesus lived, and started his ministry. You will see the remnants of Peter’s mother-in law house and the old synagogue where Jesus preached. You will then proceed to the Mount of Beatitudes (the location of Sermon of the Mount) and celebrate Mass. Drive onto Tabgha where the miracle of Multiplication of the Fish and Loaves took place. Close by, is the Church of Peter’s Primacy the location of the Miraculous Fishing. Here is where Christ told his disciples to cast their net and catch the large quantity of fish. This is also where he proclaimed to Peter “Upon this Rock I will build my Church”. Then you will take a boat trip on the Sea of Galilee as was done in the time of Jesus.

Evening: Dinner and overnight in your hotel.

Day
4

BETHLEHEM / EIN KAREM

Today: We start our visit in Bethlehem and visit the Shepherd’s Fields where the angels announced to the shepherds the birth of the Christ Child. Then we visit the Church of the Nativity that stands upon the site where Jesus was born. Mass will be held in Bethlehem at St. Catherine of Alexandra or the Shepherds Field’s Chapel. We take time to shop in Bethlehem. After lunch, we drive to the Village of Ein Karem, the birthplace of St. John the Baptist and to the Church of the Visitation where the Blessed Virgin Mary visited her cousin, Elizabeth, and where the ‘Magnificat’ was proclaimed.

Evening: Dinner and overnight in your hotel.

Day
5

JERUSALEM / MT. OF OLIVES / GETSEMANE / PATER NOSTER / DOMINUS FLEVIT /  UPPER ROOM / DORMINION CHURCH /  CHURCH OF ST. PETER GALLICANTU

Today: We visit the Mt. of Olives. This includes a dramatic view of the. Old City from the Mount of Olives, revealing a city with 4,000 years of history. We visit the Pater Noster where Jesus taught the Lord’s Prayer to his disciples. We walk the Palm Sunday route stopping at Dominus Flevit, where Jesus wept over Jerusalem. In the Garden of Gethsemane, we see The Rock of Agony where Jesus prayed his last prayer before his arrest. Mass will be celebrated at the Church of all Nations. This afternoon, we drive to the hill of Mount Zion, the highest point in ancient Jerusalem, it is dominated by the Church of the Dormition. Visit the Upper Room of the Last Supper and end our day at St. Peter in Gallicantu where Peter denied Him thrice.

Evening: Dinner and overnight in your hotel.

Day
6

Jerusalem

Today: We retrace the last steps of Jesus, as we walk along the Via Dolorosa (Way of Sorrow), through the markets of the Old City praying the Stations of the Cross. We reflect on the greatness of his sacrifice. Finally, we arrive at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre to celebrate Mass. At St. Anne’s Church, the home of the Virgin Mary and her parents Saints Joachim and Anne we stop for a short prayer. We pass the Ecce Home where Pilate proclaimed “Behold the man”; then on to the Wailing Wall, the most holy place for Jews. The rest of the day is open for visits to other Holy Sites, shopping or resting at your hotel.

Evening: Dinner and overnight in your hotel.

Day
7

JORDAN VALLEY / JERICHO / QUMRAN / DEAD SEA

Today: We start the day by remembering our baptism. Visit the Jordan River to renew our baptismal vows. Drive down the Jordan Valley and stop at the oasis town of Jericho. Visit the excavations of the oldest city in the world. We view the Mt. of Temptation where Jesus fasted and was tempted by Satan. We will visit the excavations of Qumran where the Dead Sea Scrolls were uncovered. On the way back, there is time for a swim (or rather a float!) in the mineral-rich waters of the Dead Sea, renowned for its healing properties.

Evening: Dinner and overnight in your hotel.

Day
8

Jerusalem

Today: Go to the Via Dolorosa (Way of Sorrow) praying the Stations of the Cross. Church of the Holy Sepulcher. St. Anne’s Church, the home of the Virgin Mary. The Wailing Wall, the most holy place for Jews. The rest of the day is open for visits to other Holy Sites, shopping or resting at your hotel.

Evening: Dinner and overnight at your hotel.

Day
9

Tel Aviv to USA

Today: This morning we will transfer to the airport to catch our return flight home.