Itinerary for the Holy Land

Note: This itinerary, venues and the sequence of venues and events, may change to accommodate weather, traffic, or group needs, as determined by the leaders.  A final itinerary will be provided upon arrival.


Day One, Sunday, June 25

  • Depart USA

Day Two, Monday, June 26

  • Arrive at Ben Gurion Airport, Tel Aviv, met by guides, and transfer via coach to St. George’s College (Guest House), Jerusalem
  • Settle into the quiet, serene campus, move into rooms
  • Rest, Prayer, dinner, and welcome to the Holy Land

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Day Three, Tuesday, June 27

  • Morning Eucharist, Welcome to Pilgrimage, Orientation and First Session
  • Highlights of Jerusalem via coach, Zarb lunch out, rest, and Afternoon Session at St. George’s
  • Presentation on “Palestine”
  • Dinner, relax, overnight at St. George’s (Guest House)

Day Four, Wednesday, June 28

  • Depart for prayer at the Western Wall
  • Walk the gardens of Haram esh-Sharif (The Dome of the Rock and the Al-Aqsa Mosque), which crown the original Temple Mount
  • Visit St. Anne’s Church and the healing pools of Bethesda, where Jesus healed the paralytic
  • After lunch, we explore the Dead Sea Scrolls at The Israel Museum.
  • Afternoon Session: Presentation on “Islam”
  • Dinner and overnight at St. George’s (Guest House)

Day Five, Thursday, June 29

  • Depart for sunrise service over the Judaean Desert
  • Outdoor Eucharist and silent contemplation
  • Visit to the monastery on the Mt. of Temptation, where Jesus completes forty days in the wilderness
  • Lunch in Jericho, the world’s oldest continuously inhabited city. Here on the road Jesus meets both Bartimaeus, the blind beggar, and Zacchaeus in the sycamore tree.
  • Continue by coach through the Rift Valley to Nazareth, where we visit  Mary’s Well, the Church of the Annunciation (Greek Orthodox) and Latin Church of the Annunciation (traditional site of Angel Gabriel’s appearance to Mary)
  • Dinner and overnight at Sisters of Nazareth Convent

Day Six, Friday, June 30

  • Via coach to the Sea of Galilee
  • Pause at the Jordan River for the renewal of Baptismal vows, visit Capernaum (adopted hometown of Jesus and base of his ministry), where we visit the Ancient Synagogue and St. Peter’s House
  • Continue to the Mt. of Beatitudes, where we hear, contemplate, and pray over the litany of Blessed Assurances, concluding with Eucharist outside above the Sea of Galilee
  • After lunch we visit Tabgha, where we encounter the Loaves and Fishes Church, site of only two miracles recorded in all four gospels and the Book of John, and the Chapel of St. Peter’s Primacy
  • We end this amazing day with a contemplative boat ride on the Sea of Galilee
  • Return for dinner and overnight at Sisters of Nazareth

Day Seven, Saturday, July 1

  • Depart for northern Israel to visit Zippori, Sephoris, where we explore the excavations of the Roman/Byzantine city
  • Lunch, depart for Caesarea Pilippi
  • We see the ancient port city and ponder the question Jesus posed on this road “Who do people say that I am?”
  • Afternoon Session
  • Dinner and overnight at Sisters of Nazareth
  • Evening Surprise!

Day Eight, Sunday, July 2

  • Depart for Burqin, site of the intimate Orthodox Church, where we visit the village where Jesus healed the ten lepers
  • Worship at Christ Church, and on to Nablus, second largest city in Palestine, where we visit the extraordinary site of Jacob’s Well and remember the encounter of Jesus and the Samaritan Women, tour the church and drink from the ancient well
  • On to Taybeh, the only Christian town in the Palestine Authority, where we see the ruins of the Church of St. George, built by Emperor Constantine and his mother St. Helena, in the 4th century
  • Dinner and overnight at St. George’s (Guest House)

Day Nine, Monday, July 3

  • We visit Bethlehem, birthplace of Jesus and refuge for the Holy Family, where we enter the Church of the Nativity, located on Manger Square. It is the oldest church in Christendom, constructed by Constantine in AD 326, and the traditional site of the Nativity.
  • We journey to nearby Shepard’s Field (Beit Sahour), where we have lunch.
  • Afternoon return to Jerusalem for presentation “Jewish Perspective on  Palestine”
  • Dinner and overnight at St. George’s (Guest House)

Day Ten, Tuesday, July 4

  • Walk the Cardo to the Constantinian Entrance to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher/Church of the Resurrection, observing and touching Golgotha, the passion of Jesus, and the Anointing Stone
  • Gather for silence, contemplation, and prayer at this Holy site.
  • Return quietly to St. George’s for prayer: lectio divina
  • Dinner and overnight at St. George’s (Guest House)

Day Eleven, Wednesday, July 5

  • Free Day of Optional Choices (including remaining in Jerusalem; side trip to Masada, museums, etc.)
  • Dinner in Jericho, hosted by our guide Iyad Qumri and his wife, Simone

Day Twelve, Thursday, July 6

  • Depart for Beth-phage and the Mt. of Olives, where we walk the Palm Sunday road, ending in the Garden of Gethsemane
  • Contemplate the Last Supper, the night of betrayal
  • Visit the Dead Sea on our way to Jericho
  • Overnight at St. George’s (Guest House)

Day Thirteen, Friday, July 7 (Our final day of Pilgrimage)

  • Rise early to observe the Stations of the Cross in the Holy City
  • Observe silent reflection at the Empty Tomb
  • Visit Emmaus Nicopolis
  • Session: “Were our hearts not burning…?”
  • Celebrate Eucharist at the ruins of the Byzantine Church
  • Lunch
  • Transfer to Ben Gurion Airport for our return to the USA
Stations of the Cross (Jerusalem)
Pilgrims walking the Stations of the Cross in the Holy City

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