A Pilgrimage to the Holy Land with Father Jonathan Cuarto - September 18-27,2024

BETHLEHEM, JERUSALEM, GALILEE, NAZARETH, DEADSEA
Duration

10 Days

Max People

50

Date

9/18/2024-9/27/2024

Activity Level

Moderate – High

Overview

Welcome to Holy Steps Travel and Tours, a family-owned business that turns group travel into an unforgettable spiritual adventure. We’re the Qumseya family from Beit Sahour, Bethlehem – one of the oldest Christian families around. We’re excited to introduce you to the heart of the holy land’s Christian community. With us, you’re not just on a tour – you’re part of our family. We provide top-notch travel and accommodations, but what makes us truly special is the personal touch. You will experience local life, hear inspiring faith stories, and get unlimited access to sacred sites. Come join the Holy Step family and start your extraordinary journey today.

 

Included/Excluded

  • 4-5 Star Hotels
  • Beverage & Dining Package
  • Meals (per itinerary)
  • Roundtrip Flights
  • Air-conditioned Motor Coach
  • Professional Licensed Tour Guide
  • One Checked Bag
  • Accommodations (based on double occupancy)
  • Entrance Fees as per itinerary
  • Passport and Visas
  • Gratuities

Tour Plan

Day 01 Depart

Depart USA: Flight to Tel Aviv: Depart for your flights to Tel Aviv. Dinner on-board, relax, and anticipate your arrival the next day.

Day 02 Tel Aviv

Tel Aviv: Arrive to The Holy Land: We are greeted upon arrival by our Holy Land Travel Center Representative who will accompany us throughout the pilgrimage. We then transfer to our hotel for a welcome dinner and overnight.
Overnight: Bethlehem (Dinner)

Day 03 Bethlehem/ Ein Karem

Visitation of Mary and Birthplace of Jesus: On our first day in the Holy Land, we present an overview for a better understanding of its geography and some of the key sites surrounding the area and what makes it such a unique area to the three major religions – Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. We then head to the village of Ein Karem, the birthplace of St John the Baptist and to the Church of Visitation where the Blessed Virgin Mary visited her cousin, Elizabeth, and proclaimed the ‘Magnificat’. In the afternoon we drive to the Shepherd’s Fields where the angels announced the birth of Jesus. Then we visit the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem that stands upon the site where Jesus was born. Return to our hotel for dinner and overnight.
Overnight: Bethlehem (Breakfast, Dinner)

Day 04 Caesarea/ Haifa/ Nazareth

After breakfast, we head to Caesarea by the Sea to visit the Roman Crusader remains before we continue to Haifa. Upon arrival in Haifa, we will visit Stella Maris, a Carmelite Monastery with the Madonna of Mt Carmel. Next, we stop at the Baha’i Gardens, which includes a staircase of nineteen terraces extending all the way up the northern slope of Mount Carmel. We visit the Basilica of the Annunciation where we will celebrate Mass. We then continue to our hotel in Nazareth.
Overnight: Nazareth (Breakfast, Dinner)

Day 05 Tiberias: The Ministry of Christ in the Galilee

Today we will take boat ride across the Sea of Galilee to Capernaum to see the synagogue and St Peter’s house, a visit to the Mount of the Beatitudes where the Sermon on the Mount was given, to Tabgha to see the splendid mosaic about the miracle of the loaves and fishes, and to the nearby Church of Peter’s Primacy where Peter was told “Feed my lambs, feed my sheep.” There will be an unforgettable Mass near the shores of the Sea of Galilee at the Primacy or Mt Beatitudes. Next, we head the Magdala Center, the village of Mary Magdalene, where we visit the newly built church on site and the newly excavated ruins.
Overnight: Nazareth (Breakfast, Dinner)

Day 06 Cana / Mt Tabor / Jordan River / Dead Sea / Jericho

After breakfast, we drive to Cana, where couples will have the opportunity to renew wedding vows. Continue to Mount Tabor, the site of the Transfiguration. We then drive to the Jordan River to remember our Lord's baptism. Then to the town of Jericho and visit the excavations of the oldest city in the world and view Mt. Temptation where Jesus fasted and was tempted by Satan. 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.
Overnight: Bethlehem (Breakfast, Dinner)

Day 07 Mt of Olives: The Passion of Jesus' Last Hours

We begin our day with a visit to the Mount of Olives where Jesus prayed, continue to the church of Pater Noster where Jesus taught the disciples the Lord’s Prayer. Next, we walk the Palm Sunday Road, stopping at Dominus Flevit, where Jesus wept over Jerusalem. Then to Gethsemane, the Rock of Agony where Jesus prayed His last prayer before his arrest.
Overnight: Bethlehem (Breakfast, Dinner)

Day 08 Mt. Zion: Dormition Abbey / Upper Room / Wailing Wall / Peter Gallicantu

Today we head to Mount Zion, visiting the cave of Assumption (Dormition Abbey) of Mary to heaven. We visit the room of the Last Supper, and the Church of St. Peter Gallicantu, where Peter denied Jesus three times.We end our day visiting the Wailing Wal before we continueto our hotel for dinner and overnight.
Overnight: Bethlehem (Breakfast, Dinner)

Day 09 Old City Jerusalem: The Way of The Cross

After breakfast we head to Jerusalem and start our visit with St Anne Church (the traditional birthplace of the Virgin Mary). Continue to view the sisters of Zion, Ecco Homo where Pilate proclaimed “Behold the man.” Next, 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 at each station shrine, we reflect on the greatness of His sacrifice. Finally, we arrive at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher for Mass. Free time in the Old City of Jerusalem for prayers. Dinner and overnight at our hotel.
Overnight: Bethlehem (Breakfast, Dinner)

Day 10 Depart Tel Aviv

Return to the USA: Today we bid farewell to the Holy Land and will return with memories and keepsakes that will last a lifetime.

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