Join Jackie Sullivan and Fr. Kevin Peek for a pilgrimage:
LENT IN THE HOLY LAND
February 20 - 28, 2023
$3,799/per person (LAND + AIR)
$2,660/per person (LAND ONLY)
$500/pp Non-Refundable Deposit Secures Your Spot!
(DEPOSIT DUE BY AUGUST 15)
(Subject to Change)
Depart for Tel Aviv Airport for arrival on Tuesday, February 21st.
United Airlines 84 non-stop from Newark (EWR) to Tel Aviv (TLV).
Departs Monday, Feb 20 at 4:40pm, Arrives Tuesday, Feb 21 at 9:55am
Upon arrival, we meet our guide Hani and board the bus to beautiful Caesarea Maritima, the Roman capital of the province of Judea. After lunch in the area we drive to the Sea of Galilee. We’ll check in, have time to walk around the city, and then celebrate
Mass. Dinner is at the hotel and we’ll get a good night of sleep before our first full day of touring tomorrow.
Today is Ash Wednesday! This morning, we head to Nazareth. We begin with a tour of the Basilica of the Annunciation: Where the angel Gabriel appeared to the Virgin Mary and, as it says on the altar, The Word Was Made Flesh Here. We then visit the Church of St Joseph and Mary’s Well. From there, we visit Mt Precipice: where the locals
attempted to throw Jesus off the cliff. After that, we have a delicious lunch. From there, we go to Mount Tabor. Going up the small, windy roads is an adventure that leads to the Mount of Transfiguration: literally a mountaintop experience. We will celebrate Mass at the Basilica. Then we head to Cana, where Jesus performed His first sign by turning water into wine. There will also be an opportunity for married couples to renew their vows. We return to the hotel for dinner.
We start our day with a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee. Then onto Capernaum, the hometown of Jesus. We’ll visit the synagogue as well as celebrate Mass above the home of St Peter. For lunch, we’ll have St Peter’s fish (caught fresh from the Sea). Then, we’ll visit the Mount of Beatitudes,
site of the Sermon on the Mount. A quick trip to Tabgha, where He multiplied fishes and loaves. After that, the spot of Peter’s Primacy: where Jesus appeared on the shores of the Sea to Peter and the apostles after the Resurrection. From here, we head to the town of Magdala – home of Mary Magdalane – and visit a beautiful church. We’ll end the afternoon with a quick hike at the Valley of the Doves: a trail Jesus surely walked. Then, we have a great dinner at one of the best restaurants in Israel: Magdalenna. After another full day and night, we head back to the hotel.
We have an opportunity to sleep in and enjoy our last views of Galilee before checking out and heading to Jericho. It’s about a 2 hour ride; plenty of time for bus stories, beautiful views, or napping. After stopping in the Judean Desert, and a delicious lunch, we’ll do a quick tour of Jericho: the oldest city on earth. We’ll see the Mount of Temptation, where Jesus spent 40 days and nights in the desert. We’ll also see a tree that commemorates where Zaccheus climbed to see
The Lord. After Mass in this amazing city, we’ll have time for some local shopping before heading to the Jordan River. From this historic spot, we will renew our baptismal vows. You can also fill up empty water bottles to bring water home with you. We’ll then check into our hotel in Bethlehem, our base for the next 2 nights, for dinner.
This morning, we start the day by going to the Church of the Nativity: The very spot where Christ was born. We will have a tour of the ancient Basilica, see His place of birth and where the manger was. We’ll then have Mass at the St Jerome Chapel. After lunch, we’ll visit the Shepherd’s Field, where the shepherd’s first heard the Good News. We’ll go to the Kando Store: a co-op that helps support the local Christians with an opportunity to buy olive wood, icons, and even antiquities from Jesus’ time. Then back to the hotel for dinner.
We check out of our hotel this morning and head to Jerusalem. We begin at the top of the Mount of Olives: the site of Jesus’ Ascension and a breathtaking view of the city of Jerusalem. We’ll then walk the Palm Sunday path, stopping at the church of Dominus Flavit (where Jesus wept)
and ending at the Garden of Gethsemane. We’ll then celebrate Mass there. From here, we’ll head to the Dead Sea. After a quick lunch, we’ll float at the lowest point on earth. There’s nothing like it; and for those who don’t want to float, you can always enjoy a drink at the lowest bar on earth. Upon returning to Jerusalem, we check into the hotel and have the night to rest and relax. Dinner at the hotel.
Today is in early morning, beginning the day walking the Via Dolorosa: the Stations of the Cross, which ends at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. We will celebrate Mass here. Afterwards, we will have a tour of the church before heading back to the hotel for breakfast. We then go to Mt Zion, where we visit the Upper Room, Dormition Abbey (site of Mary’s Assumption), and St Peter in Gallicantu
(Caiaphas’ palace). After seeing so much before noon, we have the afternoon free with plenty of time for shopping, return to some churches, resting, etc…For those who want tattoos, we have reserved some time with Razzouk Tattoos (a family doing tattoos in the Holy Land for 700 years). There will also be an option to visit the Israeli Museum. We’ll then reconvene at the end of the day for dinner at the hotel.
We begin the day with a visit to the Temple Mount. From there, we will visit the Western Wall – the holiest site in Judaism. We’ll then walk to the Pools of Bethesda and have a final group Mass at the Church of St. Anne’s. We return to the hotel to check out and have lunch. We then leave Jerusalem and head towards Ein Kerem, the birthplace of
John the Baptist. We will also visit the Church of the Visitation – where the Virgin Mary visited her cousin Elizabeth. And we will visit one last church: Mary the Arc of the Covenant. We then have a fun farewell dinner at Elvis Café before heading to the airport with a lifetime of memories, new friends, and the knowledge that we'll never see the Bible – or Christianity – the same way again.