13 Day Pilgrimage to the Holy Land & Jordan With Lavinia Spirito
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Israel and Jordan
October 17-29, 2021
Sunday Oct. 17: Depart USA
Depart USA via overnight flights on scheduled airline to Tel Aviv, Israel
Monday Oct. 18: Arrive Tel Aviv | Sea of Galilee
Arrive in Tel Aviv. After passport control BesTouR representative will meet you and escort you to the arrival hall where you meet your professional Tour Manager. Board your Air-conditioned private motor coach for transfer to the Sea of Galilee, and check into our hotel in Tiberias. After check in we will have our opening Mass on the shores of the Sea of Galilee. This evening enjoy a Welcome Dinner at the hotel in Tiberias. (D)
Tuesday Oct. 19: Mount Tabor | Cana | Nazareth
Drive to the foot of Mount Tabor where we leave our bus and use smaller mini vans to take us up to the top of Mountain where Jesus met Moses and Elijah at the Transfiguration. Then travel to the town of Cana in Galilee and visit where Jesus turned water into wine at a wedding feast. Married couples will have a chance to renew their wedding vows. After a lunch break we travel to Nazareth and celebrate Mass at the Basilica of the Annunciation and visit the grotto of the Incarnation. Visit the church of St. Joseph built over the House of the Holy Family. Drive back to our hotel for dinner and overnight in Tiberias. After dinner we drive to the wine cellar at the Scots hotel for a wine tasting experience (CB | D)
Wednesday Oct. 20: Mount of Beatitudes| Banias | Tabgha |Primacy
Drive this morning to the mount of Beatitudes and celebrate Mass where Jesus preached the Sermon on the Mount. After Mass continue further north to Banias (Caesarea Philippi) to visit the site where Jesus asked His disciples “Who do people say that I AM”. This afternoon we drive back to the Sea of Galilee to visit the site of the multiplication of loaves and fish. Next door we visit the church of the Primacy of Peter where Jesus appeared to his disciples after the Resurrection and anointed Peter as the Head of His Church. Dinner at Magdalena gourmet Chef Restaurant and overnight in Tiberias. (CB | D)
Thursday Oct. 21: Capernaum | Sea of Galilee | Jerusalem
This morning we check out of our hotel and drive to Capernaum, the headquarters of Jesus’ Galilean ministry. There we celebrate Mass on top of the house of Peter. We visit the old Synagogue where Jesus taught. We will also view an ancient boat from the time of Jesus that was found at the shores of Magdala and take a boat ride on the sea of Galilee. This afternoon, we drive south towards Jerusalem and stop at Caesarea Maritime to visit the site where St. Peter baptized the Roman centurion Cornelius and where St. Paul was kept a prisoner for two years. Arrive into Jerusalem and check into our hotel Notre Dame Center of Jerusalem. Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem. (CB | D)
Friday Oct. 22: Bethlehem | Ein Karem
This morning we drive to the city of Bethlehem to visit and have Mass at the Shepherds’ field. Following Mass we will go up to the Church of the Nativity to visit the Basilica and the Grotto of the (Negativity) Nativity underneath, where our Lord was born. We will visit nearby church of St Catherine where midnight mass is celebrated every December 25th. Underneath St Catherine’s, we visit the Grotto of St. Joseph and the Grotto of St Jerome where he translated the Scriptures in the 4th century. Later, we go to Ein Karem to visit the church of the Visitation. A short drive will bring us to Jerusalem to our hotel. After Dinner at our hotel we drive to the Garden of Gethsemane for a Holy Hour by the Rock of Agony where our Lord Sweated blood. Overnight in Jerusalem. (CB | D)
Saturday Oct. 23: Mt. of Olives | Garden of Gethsemane
This morning we drive to the Mount of Olives to pray Mass at the Garden of Gethsemane. Then we visit the Church of Pater Noster where Jesus taught his disciples how to pray the Our Father. After lunch, we drive to Mt. Zion to visit the Dormition Abbey, where Mary fell asleep. We also visit the Upper Room, situated above the place of Last Supper. We end our day with a visit to the church of St. Peter in Gallicantu. Drive back to the hotel for dinner and overnight in Jerusalem. (CB | D)
Sunday Oct. 24: Jerusalem
Today we get up early to walk the Via Dolorosa (Way of Sorrow,) and pray the Stations of the Cross, ending at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre to visit the church and the tomb of Christ and Calvary. Early Mass in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Return to the hotel for breakfast, before embarking on a visit to the Church of St. Anne and the Pools of Bethesda. Drive to visit the Wailing Wall. This afternoon free time in Jerusalem to revisit shrines or do more shopping. This evening we attend a cooking class and dinner with one of the leading chefs in Jerusalem. Overnight in Jerusalem. (CB | D)
Monday Oct. 25: Dead Sea Excursion
Start our day with Mass at Notre Dame Chapel. Drive to visit the Ancient Jerusalem Temple model and Shrine of the Book at the Israel Museum. Drive to the Jordan River and have the opportunity of renewing Baptismal vows at the authentic baptismal site of Jesus. Visit Qumran, the site of the Dead Sea scrolls. Have a chance to float in the Dead Sea before we drive back to Jerusalem. Our farewell dinner will be at the Rooftop Restaurant Notre Dame Center. Overnight in Jerusalem. (CB | D)
Tuesday Oct. 26: Jerusalem | Mount Nebo | Madaba | Amman
This morning we check out of our hotel and drive to the Allenby Bridge border crossing to Jordan. After crossing, we drive to Mt. Nebo from where Moses viewed the Promised Land before he died and was buried. We celebrate Mass in the new church with the beautiful 6th century mosaic floor. Drive to near by Madaba city to visit St. George and its 6th century mosaic map of the Promised Land and Egypt. Continue to Machaerus, where John the Baptist was imprisoned and beheaded. Later this afternoon we make our way to Petra and check into our hotel for dinner and over night in Petra. (CB | D)
Wednesday Oct. 27: Petra Day
This morning we visit the “lost” city of Petra! This city is located amongst rugged desert canyons and mountains. Enjoy a walking tour of the former capital and trading center. Your first stop will be a visit to the Siq, a mile-long gorge that contains a number of magnificent structures that are carved into the mountains. The walk will bring us to the magnificent facade of the treasury. Our visit will not be complete before celebrating Mass in the ruins of the Byzantine Church and a visit to the Petra Museum. The Museum holds numerous artifacts from the Neolithic period of Nabatean history. The museum also contains examples of Roman architecture as well as a Byzantine Chapel. Late afternoon at leisure followed by dinner and over night in Petra. (CB | D)
Thursday Oct. 28: Petra | Allenby Border Crossing | Jerusalem
This morning we check out of our hotel and drive to Allenby Border Crossing, where we cross back to Israel and stop in Jericho to celebrate Mass at the Good Shepherd Church. Drive to Jerusalem for our last night at the hotel, dinner and over night in Jerusalem.(CB | D)
Friday Oct. 29: Tel Aviv | USA
Transfer to Airport in Tel Aviv for our flight back to USA.
NOTE: While no changes are anticipated, there might be occasions when certain alterations become necessary to this itinerary due to changes in airline schedules or for other reasons. All Masses are subject to final church schedules.
Based on following hotels or Similar :
- Ron Beach Tiberias 3 night on H/B Oct. 18-21, 2021
- Notre Dame Jerusalem 5 nights on H/B Oct. 21-26, 2021
- Marriott Hotel Petra 2 nights on H/B Oct. 26-28, 2021
- Notre Dame Jerusalem 1 night on H/B Oct. 28-29, 2021
Total 11 nights in Israel & Jordan
The above rates include:-
- -Accommodation on H/b basis (Breakfast & Dinner including a glass of Wine)
- – Round trip airfare Newark/Tel-Aviv/Newark
- -English Tour guide throughout
- -Transportation in deluxe buses.
- -All entrance fees.
- -Welcome Dinner at Magdalene Restaurant with a glass of wine / Beer.
- – Wine tasting evening 3 white & 3 red kinds of wine
- -Farewell Dinner at Wine & Cheese Restaurant with a glass of wine / Beer.
- -Audio guiding system in Holy Land.
- -Solemn/special entry into Holy Sepulchre?
- -Porterage fees at all hotels and airport.
- -Mass reservation as per Itinerary
- -One dozen olive wood rosaries per pilgrim
- – Adoration hour in the Garden of Gethsemane
- -Taxes on all services, including hotel taxes
- -Tips for guide, bus driver, restaurants and hotels staff.
- – Israel border taxes going to Jordan
- -Jordan group visa
- -Horse ride or horse drawn buggy in Petra
The above rates do not include:-
- -Any personal expenses such as telephone calls, beverages, laundry, and medical insurance.
- – Optional visit to Hezekiah’s tunnel
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- $950 due by Apr. 05, 2021
- $2500 due by May 05, 2021
- $2500 + Single Supplement ($1150) due by Aug.15, 2021
CANCELLATIONS AND REFUNDS POLICY
Once a deposit or partial/full payment has been made, cancellations will only be accepted in writing. Cancellation terms will be applied based on the date that the written cancellation is received. In addition to a $500 per person administration fee, the following charges apply:
- 60 – 46 days prior to departure 50%
- 45 – 22 days prior to departure 80%
- 21 – days prior to departure or less no refund
Additionally, once tickets are issued the ticket value is non-refundable. Requests for a refund must be in writing (mail, fax, or e-mail). Phone calls cannot be used as a form of cancellation. Refunds will be issued within 30 to 60 days of receipt of written notice No change of names or substitutions is permitted. No refund or cancellation fees will be waived due to death or sickness