Board your flight for the start of your Pilgrimage to Tel Aviv, the largest city in Israel. Complimentary meals and a selection of beverages are served on board.
On arrival in Tel Aviv you will be met and transferred to your comfortable hotel on the shores of the Sea of Galilee. Dinner will be served at the hotel. Mass will be celebrated in the chapel of the German Pilgrim Hospice on the Shores of the Sea of Galiee.
Travel to Nazareth, the site of Mary’s home and the town where Jesus lived as a child. At Nazareth, celebrate Mass in the Basilica of the Annunciation, and visit the Byzantine Church of St. Joseph and visit Mary’s Well. Visit the convent of the Sisters of Nazareth where a Sister of St. Joseph will lead us on an exclusive tour of the fascinating excavations discovered there. Also visit Nazareth Village which is a recreation of what the village probably looked like at the time of Jesus. You will experience a first century lunch at Nazareth Village. In the afternoon, visit Cana the place where Jesus performed His first miracle at the request of Mary [John 2:1-11]. You will have the opportunity to renew your marriage vows in the Church at Cana. In the afternoon, visit Mt Carmel where we experience the story of the great prophet, Elijah. Return to hotel.
The day starts at the Mount of Beatitudes, scene of Jesus’ great Sermon on the Mount. Then to Tabgha where Jesus fed the crowd of 5,000 and onto the site known as “Peter’s Primacy”. Here, after His Resurrection, Jesus met with His Disciples and told Peter to “feed my lambs; feed my sheep.” [John 21:9]. A short drive away is Capernaum, from where Jesus launched his Ministry; see the synagogue which dates to the time of Jesus and the church built over the site of Peter’s home. Celebrate Mass in the Church of the Bread of Life in Capernaum. The day with also include a Boat ride on the Sea of Galilee. In the afternoon, visit Caesarea Philippi, also known as Banias. It was here that Peter recognized Jesus as the Messiah and where Jesus told St. Peter, “You are the Rock, and upon this rock I will build my Church.” Banias is also the source of the River Jordan.
Start the day with a drive to Mount Tabor, the site of the Transfiguration, with time to reflect on Christ’s Humanity and Divinity, good preparation for the journey to Jerusalem where Jesus was to suffer the crucifixion and Resurrection. Mass will be in the Basilica of the Transfiguration of the Lord here designed to represent 3 tents of Moses, Elijah and Jesus. Upon descent from Mt Tabor head down the Jordan Valley to Jericho, the world’s oldest continuously inhabited city, to view the Mt of Temptation and see an example of Zacchaeus’, famous Sycamore Tree. End the day in Jerusalem at hotel.
Morning visit to the village of Ein Karem, birthplace of John the Baptist, to visit the church that commemorates his memory. Drive to Bethlehem to see the cave at the Shepherds’ Field. Mass will be celebrated in a cave chapel in the Shepherd’s Field. The caves have soot marks of the fires that shepherd’s lit to keep warm while watching over their flocks. In Bethlehem walk up to Manger Square which stands in front of one of the oldest of Christian churches, the Church of the Nativity. Enter the Church and down to the Grotto of the Nativity which marks the spot of Jesus’ birth. Beneath the Altar, there is a silver star with the Latin inscription: HIC DE VIRGINE MARIA JESUS CHRISTUS NATUS (Here Jesus Christ was born to the Virgin Mary.).
Visit Bethlehem University and have lunch with the student who are attending this University founded by the Christian Brothers. Return to hotel.
From the Mount of Olives take in the panoramic view of Jerusalem. Then to the Pater Noster shrine, where Jesus taught His disciples the Pater Noster — The Lord’s Prayer (Luke 11:1-4). Walking down the Palm Sunday Road stop at the beautiful little church, Dominus Flevit - “The Lord wept.” It was here that Jesus wept over Jerusalem [Luke 19:41].
Visit the Monastery of the Benedictine Sisters on the Mt of Olives.
At Gethsemane reflect on Jesus’ final night. The Garden contains trees, the roots of which go back to the time of Jesus. Visit the Church of All Nations to pray at the “Rock of Agony,” a section of bedrock identified as the place where Jesus prayed alone in the garden on the night of His arrest.
From there, we will travel through the Kidron Valley along the route which Jesus was taken as a prisoner to the house of the High Priest Caiaphas where He was interrogated and imprisoned. Now called Peter in Gallicantu (“crowing rooster”), this beautiful Church also commemorates Peter’s Denial of Christ, his repentance and then being forgiven by Jesus. Visit the dungeons under the church. We celebrate Mass in this beautiful Church commemorating Jesus’ trial. We then go to Mt. Zion to visit the Upper Room, commemorating the Last Supper. Return to hotel for dinner.
Drive through the Judean Wilderness where Jesus spent 40 days fasting.
Drive north to Qumran where the Dead Sea scrolls were found then to Jericho, the world’s oldest continuously inhabited city. Here, view the Mt. of Temptation and see an example of a Sycamore tree. Celebrate Mass in Jericho before returning to Jerusalem. Dinner. Visit the Dead Sea spa! Time for a soak and swim in the dark waters of the Dead Sea!
This morning we start the Via Dolorosa (The Way of the Cross) at the Antonia Fortress, where Jesus was condemned to death by Pontius Pilate. From there He was taken through the city to be crucified. The Stations of the Cross lead, through the markets of the Old City to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. Here is the site of Calvary and the Tomb of Christ. Attend High Mass at the Tomb of Christ in the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. Later in the morning go to the Southern Wall of the Temple Mount ponder the Presentation of Jesus at the Temple, the finding of Jesus at the Temple and the healing of the blind man at the Temple. Visit the Western Wall of the Temple Mount then walk to see the Church of St Anne and the Pool of Bethesda, where Jesus healed the crippled man.
Walk through the Jewish Quarter to see the Roman Cardo and along the Bazaars of the Moslem Quarter.
Retreat day on the Resurrection Narratives of the Gospels concluding with a visit to Emmaus El-Qubeibeh.
Cross the Allenby Bridge into the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. Visit Bethany Beyond the Jordan Baptismal site then drive up out of the Rift Valley and join the historic King's Highway. Visit the Christian village of Madeba to see the ancient mosaic map of the Holy Land. Drive on to Mount Nebo where Moses viewed the Promised Land. You can see the Jordan Valley, Jericho and the Judean hills beyond. Also see the remains of Byzantine church with their mosaic floors. Celebrate Mass at the Church where Popes John Paul II (2001) and Benedict (2009) prayed. Drive south to Petra for overnight.
A full morning to explore the Red Rose city of Petra. Walk to the site through the dramatic "ciq" or canyon. See the Treasury, carved in the pink stone, and continue past the Roman theatre, the Corinthian Tomb and Palace Tomb to the Roman road.
After breakfast drive to Um Qais of one of the Decapolis Cities. Enjoy a stunning view of the Golan and the Kinnereth. Then to the Roman city of Jerash, popularly called the Pompeii of the East. There we see the Elliptical Forum, the street of columns, the Temple of Artemis and Roman theatres. Drive to Amman for Mass at a local Parish. Transfer to Airport for return journey home.
This pilgrimage involves walking at times on cobblestones at times uphill, and requires our guests to board and disembark our vehicles several times a day making this tour unsuitable for those with reduced mobility.
For the benefit of everyone in the group, Salt and Light and Tours reserves the right to accept or reject anyone who may be deemed incompatible with the interest of the other participants. Salt and Light will not refund or cover any cost or expenses incurred for termination of vacation arrangements due to unacceptable or incompatible behaviour. The company is not responsibility for any missed activities due to a participant’s inability to participate with the group.
You must report any disability requiring special attention, at the time of registration. This pilgrimage involves walking, at times on cobblestones, at times uphill, at times over very rough terrain, and requires our guests to board and disembark our vehicles several times a day making this tour unsuitable for those with reduced mobility. We regret that we cannot provide individual assistance to any participant for walking, dining, while in their room, on flight, getting on and off motor coaches and other vehicles or other personal needs. A qualified and physically able companion must accompany travellers who need special assistance. It is the guest responsibility to arrange for such assistance prior to making their reservations. Motorized vehicles are unsuitable and not possible to arrange.
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The prices quoted are per person in Canadian Dollars. Unless indicated otherwise, rates do not include air taxes imposed by the carrier, tips, beverages except coffee and tea during breakfast service, travel insurance, fuel surcharge, border taxes and visa fees if applicable. Gratuities will be collected prior to the departure or upon arrival to the destination to our representative. Gratuities are considered mandatory and will be distributed to your service providers, i.e. guide, coach driver and hotels. You will be informed after final payment date and before departure what the expected amount will be.
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If you wish to deviate from the group travel arrangements or if you wish to extend your trip, this must be specified in writing, at the time of your reservation. All requests are subject to airline regulations and availability. Your acceptance of the new arrangements must be done in writing by email or fax, and once accepted, the changes will be confirmed and any additional changes will be subject to fees. Some changes may require immediate non-refundable payment (i.e. airline upgrades). Salt and Light cannot be held responsible for any delay or flight changes incurred by the airline. All group travel is offered in discounted economy class and as such, advance seating assignments are not available. Your preference may be requested and will be assigned at check in based on availability. Please advise your air mileage account at the time of reservation. Although we make every effort to apply the appropriate frequent flyer number to your reservation when it is provided to our office, we recommend that you show your card to the check in agent on departure day. We cannot guarantee that the points will be posted to your account otherwise.
Dietary restrictions and special meals during air travel must be requested at the time of your reservation. This information will be provided to the proper personnel. Please note that not all dietary requests can be accommodated, and we appreciate your understanding in this matter.
We reserve the right to make reasonable changes to the itinerary when necessary for the comfort and well-being of the group. While we strive to operate the program as described in the promotional materials, changes to the itinerary, accommodations, services or order of the visits may be required due to local circumstances.
It is important to note that the amount of walking many of our pilgrimages can be significant and the terrain may vary greatly. You may encounter hills, mountains, unpaved streets, cobblestone streets, etc. It is your responsibility to ensure that this tour suits your abilities. Those requiring extra assistance must be accompanied by a travelling companion that can administer this assistance. Also, note that some activities may not be suitable for your individual circumstance and any unused services will not be refundable. If you are not accustomed to physical activity, we recommend that you begin walking "briskly" 1-2 times a day; build up to 2-3 miles with no discomfort.