Holy Land Pilgrimage


Chaplain Samuel Aquila, Archbishop of Denver


Your Host, Jerry Usher

Tour Guides Steve & Janet Ray

December 28, 2015 – January 6, 2016

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Planned Tentative Itinerary*

Day 1 – December 28, 2015

Departure from the United States.

Day 2 – December 29, 2015

Arrival in Tel Aviv’s modern Ben Gurion Airport. Meet Steve and Janet Ray along with the local team. Transfer to Galilee. Mass and dinner near the Sea of Galilee. Overnight in Tiberias.

Day 3 – December 30, 2015

Ascend the Mount of Transfiguration (Mount Tabor) early to miss the crowds; then depart for the Wedding Church in Cana for Renewal of Wedding Vows. After lunch in Nazareth, visit the Church of Annunciation for Mass at the grotto where Gabriel appeared to Mary. Visit the House of the Holy Family. Free time. Dinner and overnight in Tiberias.

Day 4 – December 31, 2015

Mount of Beatitudes for Mass. Continue on to Caesarea Philippi where Jesus said, “You are Peter (Rock)!” Drive through Golan Heights; view the Syrian border. Lunch at Druze restaurant. Visit Tabgha where Jesus multiplied loaves and fishes. Dinner at Aberge Shulamit. Overnight in Tiberias.

Day 5 – January 1, 2016

Today enjoy a boat ride on Sea of Galilee. Arrive by boat to Capernaum for Mass at St. Peter’s House and the synagogue where Jesus said “Eat My Flesh!” Hear Steve’s famous talk on the Eucharist. St. Peter’s fish for lunch. Drive to Jerusalem stopping along the way at Ein Karem to visit the Church of the Visitation. Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem.

Day 6 – January 2, 2016

Spend the day in Bethlehem. Visit the Olive Wood store to support local Christians. Visit Shepherd’s Field, the Church of the Nativity where Jesus was born. Special Dinner tonight in Bethlehem. Return to Jerusalem for a meeting with the Bishop of Jerusalem. Overnight in Jerusalem.

Day 7 – January 3, 2016

Depart early this morning and travel along the Via Dolorosa. Arrive at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Touch the top of Mount Calvary. Mass at the tomb of Christ. Drive to the Mount of Olives to visit the Church of Pater Noster. Promenade scenic view. Hear Steve give his invigorating History of Salvation in 20 minutes. Enjoy lunch at Jewish kibbutz. Drive to Mt. Zion to visit the Church of the Dormition and the Upper Room ending at the Church of St. Peter in Gallicantu. Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem.

Day 8 – January 4, 2016

Begin today with Mass at the Garden of Gethsemane. Visit the Church of St. Ann where Mary was born and the Pools of Bethesda. Enter through the Dung Gate to pray at the Western Wall. Free time this afternoon. Optional tour of the Shroud of Turin Exhibit and extra shopping. Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem.

Day 9 – January 5, 2016

Celebrate morning Mass at Notre Dame Chapel. Bring your Rosaries and other religious items for blessing. Free day for shopping, prayer, rest, personal visit to Holy Sepulchre or optional side trips. Optional Excursion (tour escort will advise price) to the Ancient Jerusalem Temple model and shrine of the Book, Qumran, Jericho and swimming in the Dead Sea. We will renew Baptismal vows at the authentic baptismal site of Jesus. We also have Sammie the Camel ready to give you a ride. This evening pack and get ready for flight through the night back home.

Day 10 – January 6, 2016

Depart on your return flight back to the USA.

*Itinerary is tentative and subject to change


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"When we walk without the cross, we are not disciples of the Lord." -Pope Francis