The Holy Land, at a Prayerful Pace

Nazareth, Cafarnao, Judah Desert, Qasr el Yahoud, Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Emmaus

Countries visited:  Israel, & Palestine Territories

Sample itinerary: 10 days/9 nights

 

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The Holy Land, at a Prayerful Pace

This pilgrimage to Holy Land has the intention to slow down our inner and outer pace. We will visit few sites during the day, insuring more time for personal reflection, prayers and group interactions. Our main focus will be the quality of time.

Sitting quietly on the Mount of the Beatitudes, watching the Sea of Galilee, perceiving there the voice of our Lord preaching; entering the Holy Sepulcher with an open heart to contemplate the mystery of Salvation. Simple moments like these will make our journey different.

Wherever you come from and whatever has been your experience in the Holy Land, come embark on a real journey of the spirit in the land of Jesus, intentionally set at a different pace to perceive our true nature as creatures of God and to enter, by the help of Grace, Kairos, the time of God.

Nazareth: the city of Mary connected to the years before the public life of Jesus. These are the places where the Holy Family lived together. In Nazareth we need to connect and seriously ponder the meaning of the marriage and the reality of the family.

Cafarnao: during His public life Jesus spent a long time near Galilee Lake. This is the place where He called the first Apostles. Here is the place where we can reconnect to our vocation of being Christian or where youth can  pray for discernment.

Judah Desert: This is the site where we can reconnect with the penitential liturgy: the 40 years spent by the Israeli in the desert and, the 40 days spent by Jesus after His baptism. The desert is the place of prayer and meeting with the Father.

Qasr el Yahoud: the place where Jesus was baptized invites us to reflex on this Sacrament and how faith is connected to it.

Jerusalem: Jerusalem offers a great richness of holy places: the Last Supper and the Sacrament of the Eucharist. There is no sacrament of Eucharist without the Church and vice versa. The connection is essential. In order to enter into the mystery of passion, death and resurrection of Christ, Jerusalem help us to retrace these moments by experiencing the Via Crucis and the entrance to the Holy Sepulcher.

Bethlehem: place of birth of our Lord Jesus Christ, and final destination of the pilgrimages of the Three Magi,  who came from the Far East to homage the Savior of the world: this connection is significant for remembering and deepening the meaning of the universality of the church as catholic.

Emmaus: As Jesus commanded  his apostles on the day of his ascension to announce the good news and to baptize in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, in the same way the Church has the duty to follow Jesus' Will. Once again  an opportunity is offered to meditate on the centrality of the Eucharist and on the call to the mission of the Church

 

Overnight flight to Tel Aviv

Days 1-4:       Nazareth

Days 5-10:    Jerusalem

 

Price and Scheduling

This is a possible pilgrimage itinerary for groups.

Interested priests or pilgrimage organizers are invited to contact us to schedule the dates, to modify this current itinerary according to their group's needs, and to receive information about pricing.

Our itineraries that do have dates and prices already listed are open to all and are guaranteed departure if the minimum number of participants is met.

The Holy Land, at a Prayerful Pace

Day 1   •  Nazareth

Arrival at Tel Aviv Ben Gurion airport in the afternoon. Travel to Galilee, the most beautiful and fertile region of the Holy Land. Depending on your flight arrival, stop at Mount Carmel at Mount Carmel to visit the Stella Maris Church, considered a holy place since antiquity and site of Elijah’s altar, who founded here the “School of the Prophets.” Arrival at Nazareth in the evening, dinner and overnight at the hotel.

Day 2  •  Nazareth

Breakfast at the hotel. In the morning, visit the Church of the Transfiguration at Mt. Tabor, stop at Cana, site of the wedding feast. In the afternoon, visit to the Shrine of the Annunciation and the New Church, the Church of St. Joseph, built where the Holy Family lived, and the Synagogue. Dinner and overnight in Nazareth.

Day 3   •  Nazareth

After breakfast, departure to the region of Lake Tiberias: we will take a beautiful boat ride, during which we will stop and connect with the Gospel reading about Jesus walking on the waters. Visit Capernaum (synagogue and Peter’s home) and Tabga (site of the Miracle of the Loaves and Fishes), ascent to the Mt. of Beatitudes (where Jesus preached the Sermon on the Mount). Dinner and overnight in Nazareth.

Day 4  •  Nazareth

Breakfast at the hotel. Continue through the Valley of the River Jordan, renewal of the Baptismal Promises in Qasr El Yahud. Travel on to Jericho. Here we visit the sycamore tree, and the place of the temptation. That night we arrive in the extraordinary holy city of Jerusalem. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

Day 5  •  Jerusalem

After breakfast, departure to Jerusalem, the “City of God.” Visit Mount Zion: the room and the Church of the Last Supper, the Church of the Dormition, the Church of St. Peter Gallicantu, remembering the place where St. Peter denied Jesus. Free time and walk in the Old City. Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem.

Day 6   •  Jerusalem

Breakfast at the hotel. In the morning, visit the Church of the Nativity, the Shepherd’s Field and the Grotto of St. Jerome. In the afternoon, visit to the village of Ein Karem, birthplace of St. John the Baptist and place of the visit of Mary to St. Elisabeth. In Jerusalem stop at the Western Wall, the magnificent ruins of the Temple of Herod and learn more about the life around the temple during the time of our Lord, Jesus. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

Day 7  •  Jerusalem

Breakfast at the hotel. Full day dedicated to the visit of the city sacred to the three monotheistic religions: Judaism, Christianity and Islam. The visit includes Mount of Olives, the Garden of the Gethsemane, the Basilica of the Agony, the Chapel of the Pater Noster, the chapel where Jesus wept (Dominus Flevit), the Virgin’s Tomb. Dinner and overnight.

Day 8   •  Jerusalem

Breakfast at the hotel. In the morning, visit to St. Anne’s Church, the Pool of Bethesda, the Chapel of the Flagellation and Via Crucis along the Via Dolorosa, entry to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, containing the tomb where Jesus was buried and rose from the dead. Dinner and overnight.

Day 9  •  Jerusalem

After breakfast travel by bus and exploration of the fascinating archaeological site of Qumran, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered. We move then to the Dead Sea, the lowest geological depression in the world, experiencing the very salted water and its benefits. On the way back to Jerusalem stop by the Judean desert at the sunset for our daily mass. Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem.

Day 10  •  Jerusalem and Departure

After breakfast free morning in Jerusalem. Early afternoon, travel to Emmaus to remember the centrality of the Eucharist and the calling to the mission. Dinner and travel to the airport for the late flight back home.

 

 

Price and Scheduling

This is a possible pilgrimage itinerary for groups.

Interested priests or pilgrimage organizers are invited to contact us to schedule the dates, to modify this current itinerary according to their group's needs, and to receive information about pricing.

 

The price includes:

Hotel 4 stars/1st category in Nazareth and Jerusalem.

Half board with breakfast and dinner

Local professional guide from day 1 to day 10

ORP Pastoral assistant from day 1 to day 10

Private coach as per program

Entrance fees and visit as per program

Whispers

Gratuities

Medical and luggage insurance

 

The price does not include:

International flight, however we are happy to provide you with a flight quotation 320 days before your departure day, as quotations from any travel agency will not be available before then.

Extra and personal items

Beverages

Porters

Anything not mentioned in the above inclusions