Fall 2023 Holy Land Pilgrimage

Fall 2023 Holy Land Pilgrimage

Cost

$4975 From NYC

$5075 From Dallas

(Includes taxes & fuel surcharge; tips extra)

$4195 Land Only Package (Plus tips)

Single supplement is $995 – and is VERY limited – reserve now!

Dates

November 6 – 16, 2023

NOTE: Mass for our group will be celebrated daily by our pilgrimage chaplains, in some of the most amazing sites in the Holy Land!

Holy Land Pilgrimage Itinerary 2023


Monday, November 6, Day 1: DEPART ON AN OVERNIGHT FLIGHT TO TEL AVIV

Depart on an overnight flight to Tel Aviv. Dinner and breakfast will be served on the plane. Dinner and breakfast are served on the plane. Group air from DFW or NYC is available and other cities may be added. Individual add-on rates are available upon request from all major airports. Group fares require a minimum of ten passengers to be traveling together from any one airport. Premium economy and business class upgrades are available upon request. For pricing and exact Holy Land flight itinerary from the various airports of departure, contact Jane, our pilgrimage manager, at Select International Tours, jane@select-intl.com, 1-800-842-4842.

Tuesday, November 7, Day 2: INTO THE LAND OF THE BIBLE

Shalom! We arrive at Tel Aviv Airport, and once we pass through passport control and customs, we are greeted by our English-speaking Christian guide who will assist us with boarding our luxury Motorcoach. We travel to the hotel in Jerusalem for dinner and a well-deserved night of rest. Overnight Jerusalem. (D)

Wednesday, November 8, Day 3: OLD CITY “CHRISTIAN AND JEWISH SHRINES”- NEW CITY – MT. ZION

This morning we visit the Church of St. Anne, built on the site of the birthplace of Our Lady. Continue to the Pools of Bethesda, where Christ healed the paralytic. Visit the Temple area, the spot where the original temple was built and which was the scene of many episodes from the life of Christ, such as the expulsion of the money changers. We visit the Western Wall (aka the “Wailing Wall”) of the Temple, which is the most sacred spot in the world for the Jews. In the afternoon, proceed to the National Museum, the Shrine of the Book. Continue to Mount Zion, visiting the room of the Last Supper, Church of the Dormition, and then celebrate Mass at the Church of St. Peter in Gallicantu built on the site of the house of Caiaphas which encloses the dungeon where Christ was kept on Holy Thursday night and where Peter denied Christ thrice. Overnight in Jerusalem. (B, D)

Thursday, November 9, Day 4: JERUSALEM – SHARING THE BREAD DINNER

Today we begin at Bethphage, where the procession of Palm Sunday started. Continue to the Mount of Olives and visit the Church of the Ascension, the spot where Christ ascended into Heaven; the Pater Noster Church commemorating Christ’s teaching of Our Father to his disciples; Dominus Flevit, the place where Christ wept over Jerusalem, and onwards to Gethsemane to view the ancient Olive trees in the Garden of Gethsemane and visit the Church of All Nations which houses the Rock of the Agony of Christ on Holy Thursday; in this Church is a beautiful mosaic donated by the United States. Visit the Cave of the betrayal of Jesus and the Tomb of Our Lady. In the afternoon, we visit Ein Karem, the place of the Visitation where Our Lady came to visit her cousin Elizabeth. View the plaques with the Magnificat in most languages of the world. We visit the Parish Church of St. John the Baptist and the Grotto of his birth. Here we celebrate Mass before we return to our hotel. Tonight we enjoy “Sharing the Bread“ dinner as we are welcomed into the homes of the Christian Families of Bethlehem. Overnight in Jerusalem (B, Special dinner)

Friday, November 10, Day 5: BETHLEHEM – SHEPHERD’S FIELD

This morning we depart for Bethlehem to visit the Basilica of the Nativity, built over the site of the birthplace of Christ. We see the cave where Christ was born and enjoy the occasion to sing the traditional Christmas Hymns. The nearby Church of St. Catherine is the venue for the midnight Mass, which is broadcast all over the World from Bethlehem on Christmas Eve. We visit St. Jerome’s Grotto, The cave where he lived for many years while translating the Bible into Latin. A meeting is scheduled with the orphanage at the French Hospital. Continue to Shepherd’s Field, recalling the “great throng of the heavenly hosts” who appeared to the shepherds and told them of the birth of the Savior. Here we celebrate Mass before returning to Jerusalem to visit the Museum of the Shroud. Dinner at the hotel. Overnight in Jerusalem. (B, D)

Saturday, November 11, Day 6: VIA DOLOROSA AND JERICHO

We start the day early by praying the Stations of the Cross along the Via Dolorosa, ending with celebrating Mass in the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. We visit Calvary and the Tomb of Our Lord before continuing with a tour of the Old City of Jerusalem, visiting the Chapel of Flagellation, the Chapel of Condemnation, and the Lithostrotos, the site of the Antonia Fortress where Julius Caesar resided at the time of Christ and where Christ was tried and condemned to death. In the afternoon, we drive through the Judean Wilderness to Jericho. Visit Elisha’s Fountain and the ancient city of Jericho. See the Mount of Temptation in the distance, where Jesus fasted for forty days and forty nights. Visit Tel El Sultan before we continue to Qumran, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered in 1947. Our final stop of the day is the Dead Sea where we have time to relax and float (Don’t forget to pack a bathing suit) before heading back to Jerusalem. Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem. (B, D)

Sunday, November 12, Day 7: JERUSALEM TO GALILEE

This morning we drive north from Jerusalem to visit Mt. Tabor. We leave the bus and transfer to taxis for the ascent to the top. We visit the site of the Transfiguration and celebrate Mass. Continue to Magdala, the village of Mary Magdalene, before check-in. Dinner and overnight in Tiberias. (B, D)

Monday, November 13, Day 8: NAZARETH – CANA – RIVER JORDAN

This morning we visit Nazareth. We start with a visit to the Basilica of the Annunciation enclosing the remains of the house where the Angel Gabriel appeared to the Virgin Mary to announce that she was to become the mother of God. We celebrate Mass at the Basilica of the Annunciation before continuing to Nazareth Village to learn more about daily life in the times of Jesus. Following lunch on our own, we drive to the Wedding Church at Cana, where Christ performed his first miracle and where married couples can renew their marriage vows. We then proceed to the River Jordan, where we will renew our Baptismal vows before returning to our hotel for dinner and overnight in Tiberias. (B, D)

Tuesday, November 14, Day 9: THE SEA OF GALILEE

This morning we take a boat ride across the Sea of Galilee. Our next stop is Capernaum, now in ruins but once a thriving town where Peter lived and where much of the public ministry of Christ took place. See the Church of the Primacy of Peter, where Christ confirmed Peter as Head of the Church. We continue to Mount of Beatitudes, where Christ taught the Eight Beatitudes to His Disciples, to celebrate Mass. Following lunch on our own, proceed to Tabgha, the place of the Multiplication of Loaves and Fish. Return to our hotel for dinner and overnight in Tiberias. (B, D)

Wednesday, November 15, Day 10: MOUNT CARMEL – CAESAREA MARITIMA – JAFFA

We depart from Tiberias, traveling to Haifa for a visit to Mount Carmel. We celebrate Mass at the Church of Our Lady and Star of the Sea. We visit the cave of the Prophet Elijah before proceeding along the shores of the Mediterranean to Caesarea Maritime, on the Plains of Sharon to visit the ruins of the Crusader’s City, surrounded by a moat and a city wall enclosing the ruins of the Roman city. Visit the Roman Theater and Aqueduct. We travel to Jaffa for our farewell dinner before departing to the airport for our flight home. (B, Special dinner)

Thursday, November 16, Day 11: ARRIVAL IN THE USA

Depart from Tel Aviv airport on our flight back to the US.

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