Holy Land 11 DAY PILGRIMAGE WITH FR ERNIE DAVIS
NAZARETH - SEA OF GALILEE - HAIFA - CAESAREA - BETHLEHEM - JERICHO - DEAD SEA - EIN KAREM - JERUSALEM
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Fr. Ernie Davis
About this trip
I really enjoy making it possible for people to encounter Christ in the Holy Land. You may find him in the people you meet, or the scriptures that come alive in a new way, or in the Masses we celebrate. Maybe it will be in the silence of a boat on the Sea of Galilee or touching the stones of the Calvary and the empty tomb. As your faith is renewed, you rekindle mine. I’ve been leading or participating in pilgrimages since 1987 and would be pleased to talk with you about this one. You can email me at and I’ll get right back in touch with you.
Fr. Ernie Davis
Your trip includes
Airfare R/T MCI-TLV
Accommodations on Double Occupancy.
4 night in Nazareth, hotel Legacy or Casanova
2 nights in Bethlehem, hotel Paradise or Casanova.
3 nights in Jerusalem, Notredam Center.
Meet & assist upon arrival at Airport
Meals on H/B basis, starting with dinner ending with breakfast. Excluding lunches.
Transportation by A/C bus.
Entrance fees to all visited sites as per program
Guiding – English Speaking Catholic Guide.
TIPS, not including lunches
Credite Card fees.
Your trip exclude
Insurance (May purchase through our office in USA)
Your trip Itinerary
Day 1. Thursday, Nov 11 - Depart for Holy Land
Today: Depart for Tel Aviv with complimentary meals and beverages served onboard your international flight MCI. Departure from other airports in the US is possible, pricing is on the website upon booking.
Day 2. Friday, Nov 12 - Arrival to Tel-Aviv Airport
Today: On arrival in Tel Aviv proceed through Passport Control, meet our private airport assistant, and claim our luggage. Our group will meet straight forward with our guide.
Evening: Proceed to our hotel in Nazareth and begin four nights of hospitality in beautiful Galilee.
Day 3. Saturday, Nov 13 - Mt. Tabor - Cana - Nazareth
Today: Drive to Mount Tabor (The site of the Transfiguration) and then to Cana of Galilee to visit the wedding Church (Mass) where Jesus performed the first of his signs, changing water to wine. Continue drive to Nazareth and visit the Basilica of the Annunciation starting with the Grotto of the Annunciation and the Church then we will visit the house of the Holy Family underneath the Church of St. Joseph. Meeting with Vicar of Nazareth.
Evening: Dinner and overnight at your hotel in Nazareth
Day 4. Sunday, Nov 14 – Tiberias - Sea of Galilee - Capernaum - Mt. of Beatitudes
Today: This morning, we drive to the Sea of Galilee to visit the Mt. of Beatitudes where our Lord gave the Sermon on the Mount (Mass) continue to Tabgha to see the splendid mosaic of the loaves and fishes with which he feed the Five Thousand. Visit the Church of St. Peter’s Primacy and then go to visit Capernaum to see the house of St. Peter and the Synagogue where our Lord preached. You will have the opportunity to try the St. Peter’s fish for lunch today. One of today's highlights is a boat ride across the Sea of Galilee and we will also see the “Jesus Boat” a 2000-year-old boat found at the shores of Magdala.
Evening: Dinner and overnight at your hotel in Nazareth
Day 5. Monday, Nov 15 – Haifa – Caesarea - Nazareth
Today: This Morning, we will drive to Haifa and go on Mt. Carmel where The Carmelites started 900 years ago. We will have a panoramic view of the city Haifa and the beautiful Baha'i Gardens. We drive west to Caesarea Maritime, where St. Peter Baptized Cornelius and St. Paul was a prisoner for a while before going to Rome. Here we visit the Roman Aqueducts and the Roman Theater and the palace of Pontius Pilate. Then, we continue back to Nazareth. On arrival we celebrate Mass at the church of Charles de Foucauld. Evening: Dinner and Overnight in Nazareth
Day 6. Tuesday, Nov 16 – Samaria – Zababdeh - Nablus - Taybeh - Bethlehem
Today: After breakfast, you will drive to Samaria, starting with visit to the Parish of Zababdeh and celebrate Mass and meet with a local Christian Community. Continue to Nablus to visit Jacob’s well where Jesus asked the Samaritan woman for a drink of water and offered her the “living water” which lies in the crypt of a modern Greek Orthodox Church St. Photina. Continue to Taybeh for lunch and to visit the Taybeh Beer Factory.
We drive to Bethlehem.
Evening: Dinner and overnight at your hotel in Bethlehem.
Day 7. Wednesday, Nov 17 – Jericho – Jordan River – Wadi Qelt- Dead Sea - Bethlehem
Today: After breakfast, we drive to the oasis town of Jericho for Mass at the Good Shepherd. Then we will see the excavations of the oldest city in the world and view Mt. Temptation where Jesus fasted and was tempted by Satan. We will drive along the Jordan Valley. Visit the Jordan River to renew our baptism vows. After lunch, we will walk the Wadi Qelt stopping by the St. George Monastery. We will continue our drive to Dead Sea for a swim (Float). Those not walking will spend the day at the Dead Sea. Dinner and overnight in Bethlehem.
Day 8. Thursday, Nov 18 - Bethlehem - Ain Karem - Jerusalem
Today: This morning, we visit the place of birth of our Lord, The Basilica of the Nativity. We will visit the Grotto of Nativity and the Church of St. Catherine where the Midnight Mass is celebrated and the Caves of St. Joseph and St. Jerome underneath the church. We will walk to the Milk Grotto, remembered as the spot where Mary nursed the infant Jesus and pray for your children and grandchildren. Afterward, we visit Shepherd's Fields, where the Angels appeared to the shepherds who were watching over their flocks during the night.
In the afternoon, we drive to Ain Karem to visit the birth place of St. John the Baptist and the Church of the Visitation where Mary came to visit her kinswoman Elizabeth and proclaimed the 'Magnificat’.
(Holy Mass at the Nativity Church)
Evening: Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem where your beautiful hotel overlooks the Old City.
DAY 9. Friday, Nov 19 - Jerusalem - The Passion of Jesus' last hours
Today: Early morning, we attend Mass at the Church of Holy Sepulcher, then return to our hotel. For breakfast. After eating, we head to the Old City to visit the Western Wall, Dome of the Rock and El-Aqsa Mosque. We then walk to St. Anne’s Church, the Pools of Bethesda, and the Judgment Hall where Jesus was condemned to death by Pontius Pilate. At this point, we begin walking the Via Dolorosa through the markets of the Old City while praying the Stations of the Cross, stopping at each of the fourteen stations until we reach the Church of Holy Sepulcher. Here, we venerate Calvary and the empty Tomb of our Lord.
Visit of the Latin Patriarchate and meeting with the Patriarch
Evening: Dinner and overnight where your beautiful hotel overlooks the Old City, Notre Dame Center in Jerusalem.
Possible night at Holy Sepulcher for Fr. Ernie +
DAY 10. Saturday, Nov 20 - Jerusalem Mt. Of Olives – Mt. Zion
Today: After breakfast, we go on Mount Zion to visit the Church of the Dormition commemorating our Blessed Mother falling asleep. Next, we go to visit the Cenacle, the place of the Last Supper and Pentecost. We also visit the Church of Saint Peter in Gallicantu. The house of the high priest of the Jews Caiaphas where Jesus was imprisoned for the night and where Peter denied our Lord
After Lunch we go to Mt. Olives for a panoramic view of Jerusalem for a better understanding of its geography and some of the key sites surrounding the area. Visit the Church of Pater Noster where Jesus taught his disciples how to pray, and then we walk on the Palm Sunday road to the church of Dominus Flevit, where our Lord wept over the city. Continue our walk on the Palm Sunday road to the Garden of Gethsemane. At Gethsemane is the Rock of Agony where Jesus uttered His last prayer. Spend some time in reflection and meditation inside the church. (Holy Mass in the Garden of Gethsemane)
Evening: Dinner and overnight at your hotel in Jerusalem.
Day 11. Sunday Nov 21 - Back to USA
Today: In the morning, we departure from Tel Aviv and flight back to the USA.