Holy Land 2017
Holy Land Pilgrimage
GALILEE · JERUSALEM · BETHLEHEM
February 20 – March 1, 2017
Join Father Bob Sherry, our Dynamic Catholic Chaplain, for an experience of a lifetime.
To sign up, register online and pay the $500 deposit.
Please Note: For a number of reasons beyond our control, or because new opportunities emerge, the schedule and itinerary can change.
Day 1: Monday, February 20
Depart from New York or your hometown for overnight flight(s) to Tel Aviv. Dinner and breakfast will be served on board the plane.
Day 2: Tuesday, February 21
Arrive in Tel Aviv
Upon arrival in Tel Aviv, you will collect your luggage in the baggage claim area and then continue to the Arrival’s Hall where you will be greeted by a tour guide and/or driver. Your group will transfer to your hotel in Tel Aviv for check-in. Enjoy dinner at the hotel before retiring for the evening.
Day 3: Wednesday, February 22
Caesarea | Stella Maris | Nazareth | Tiberias
Theme: The Annunciation
After breakfast we will leave for Caesarea, which was once the ancient capital of the Byzantine Palaestina Prima province. In Caesarea, we will see the impressive archaeological remains of the city that once dominated the region. It was in Caesarea that Peter baptized the Roman centurion Cornelius and Cornelius’ family. And it was from Caesarea that Paul set sail for Rome, an event that eventually brought Christianity to the world.
From Caesarea we will continue north to Haifa to visit Stella Maris, a Carmelite monastery dedicated to Our Lady of Mount Carmel. The monastery is located over the cave where Elijah lived. After enjoying the view of the Bay of Acco, we will drive to Nazareth, the site of Mary’s home and the town where Jesus lived as a child. At Nazareth, we will visit the Church of St. Joseph, as well as Mary’s Well, where the Angel Gabriel told the Virgin Mary she was going to bear the Son of God.
Day 4: Thursday, February 23
Tiberias | Sea of Galilee
Theme: The Ministry of Christ in Galilee
After breakfast we will take a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee and then see the remains of a boat that dates back to Jesus’ time. We will continue on to the Mount of Beatitudes, where Jesus delivered his great Sermon on the Mount. Near this hill is Tabgha, an area on the northwest shore of the Sea of Galilee, where Jesus not only fed the 5,000 with five loaves and two fish, but also appeared to his disciples after the Resurrection. The Church of the Primacy of St. Peter marks the spot where Jesus said to Peter “feed my sheep” (John 21:17).
A short drive away is Capernaum, where Jesus launched his Ministry. We will see the synagogue, which dates back to Jesus’ time, and the church built over the site of Peter’s home. In the late afternoon we will visit Cana, where Jesus performed his first miracle (John 2:1-11). In Cana we will visit the Franciscan chapel and those who wish may renew their wedding vows. Dinner and overnight will be at your hotel.
Day 5: Friday, February 24
Jordan River | Mount Tabor | Jericho | Jordan River | Jerusalem
Theme: The Transfiguration
After breakfast we will drive to Mount Tabor, the site of the Transfiguration. We will spend time reflecting on Christ’s humanity and divinity and celebrate Mass—a good preparation for the journey to Jerusalem, where Jesus was crucified and then rose from the dead. After Mass we will drive down the Jordan Valley to Jericho, the oldest continuously inhabited city in the world, where we will view the Mount of Temptation. We will visit Jesus’ baptismal site in the Jordan River and then head to Jerusalem, where you will check in to your hotel for dinner and overnight.
Day 6: Saturday, February 25
Jerusalem | Temple Model | Ein Karem | Bethlehem
Theme: The Visitation and the Nativity
In the afternoon we will visit Bethlehem. Here we will see the caves at the Shepherds’ Field. As tradition tell us, it was in these caves that the shepherds “kept watch over their flock” (Luke 2:8), and the angel appeared to them to announce Jesus’ birth. Inside the church is the Grotto of the Nativity, which marks the spot of Jesus’ birth. Beneath the altar is a silver star with the Latin inscription “HIC DE VIRGINE MARIA JESUS CHRISTUS NATUS,” which means “Here Jesus Christ was born to the Virgin Mary.” We will celebrate Mass and then return to the hotel in Jerusalem for dinner and overnight.
Day 7: Sunday, February 26
Bethany | Dead Sea
Theme: Early Years in Jerusalem and the Wilderness
We will take a morning drive down the Jordan Valley to Qumran, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found. If there is time, you may take a dip in the Dead Sea. Then we will drive through the Judean Wilderness, where Jesus spent 40 days fasting in the desert. This is also the area where John the Baptist lived and baptized Christ. Lastly we will celebrate Mass in Bethany, the village where Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead. You will return to your hotel for dinner and overnight.
Day 8: Monday, February 27
Theme: Palm Sunday and the Agony in the Garden
We will start the day at the Mount of Olives, which gives us a panoramic view of Jerusalem. From here we walk down Palm Sunday Road, the path Jesus took as he entered Jerusalem on Palm Sunday. As we walk the path Jesus walked, we will stop at the Church of the Pater Noster, where Jesus taught his disciples the Pater Noster—The Lord’s Prayer (Luke 11:1-4). We continue down to the Church of Dominus Flevit, Latin for “the Lord wept.” It was here that Jesus wept over the future fate of Jerusalem (Luke 19:41).
At the foot of the Mount of Olives is the Garden of Gethsemane. Here we will spend some time reflecting on Jesus’ final night. Next to the Garden is the Church of All Nations, which enshrines a section of bedrock identified as the place where Jesus prayed alone on the night of his arrest. We, too, will pray at this “Rock of Agony.” After visiting the Western Wall, we will continue on to the Church of St. Peter Gallicantu, which is believed to have been the Jewish high priest Caiaphas’ house, where Caiaphas interrogated and imprisoned Jesus. The beautiful Church of St. Peter in Gallicantu commemorates Peter’s denial of Jesus, Peter’s repentance, and reconciliation with Jesus after the Resurrection. We will celebrate Mass and then go up to Mount Zion to see the Upper Room, which commemorates the Last Supper. Dinner and overnight will be at your hotel.
Day 9: Tuesday, February 28
Jerusalem | Via Dolorosa | Holy Sepulchre
Theme: The Way of the Cross, The Crucifixion, The Resurrection
This morning we will follow the Via Dolorosa, Latin for “the Way of Grief,” (the Way of the Cross). We will begin at the Antonia Fortress, where Pontius Pilate condemned Jesus to death, and then take Jesus’ path through through the markets of the Old City to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. This church is identified as the site of Calvary (the Crucifixion) and Jesus’ tomb. We will celebrate Mass at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre and then visit the Church of St Anne’s, the Pool of Bethesda, and the Convent of the Sisters of Zion. In the afternoon we will spend time in the Old City. Dinner and overnight will be at your hotel.
Day 10: Wednesday, March 1
Depart Tel Aviv, Arrive in USA
Your flight may be in the morning or late evening. If your departure is in the late evening, you will have a late hotel check-out. Feel free to spend the day at your own leisure. In the afternoon we will meet back at the hotel and then leave for the Tel Aviv Airport. We will say goodbye to Father Bob, our new friends, and to a Dynamic Catholic pilgrimage that will be in our memories and hearts forever.
YOUR TRIP INCLUDES:
- Round-trip airfare
- The above estimate is based on round-trip fare from New York.
- If you would like to depart from a different city, a small fee will apply
- If you want to book your own airfare, Land Only option is available for $3,499
- Accommodations at first-class hotels (or similar)
- Transfers, as per itinerary;
- Breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily
- Glass of wine and mineral water with all dinners; soft drinks /soda with lunches
- Transportation by air-conditioned motor coach
- Assistance of professional local guides throughout the trip
- Sightseeing and admissions fees
- Headsets for additional sightseeing
- Free Wi-Fi on motor coach
- Arrangements for daily Mass and spiritual activities
- Luggage handling (1 piece per person)
- Dynamic Catholic logoed flight bag and portfolio of all travel documents