Pilgrimage to the Holy Land September 24-October 4th
“FOLLOWING THE FOOTSTEPS OF JESUS”
September 24 – October 4 2017
11 DAYS ADVANCED HOLYLAND PILGRIMAGE ITINERARY
Including Daily Mass at the actual Holy Sites
DAY ONE 24 September 2017
LAX / TEL AVIV
Start our Journey of a lifetime as we depart from LAX with Spirit Filled Hearts Ministries and fly to the Holy land on a Journey of a lifetime.
DAY TWO 25 Sep. 2017
TEL AVIV / SEA OF GLILEE / TIBERIAS
Welcome to Israel, Welcome to the Land of the Bible! Our Personal Guide, Owner of Holy Land Pilgrimage Tours Ezer Kalmovitcz, greets us with a blessing and a smile as we arrive at Tel Aviv Int’l airport. Together head first to the nearby New Testament city of Jaffa (Joppa), where important events from the book of Acts took place. We will celebrate our first Holy Mass in the holy land at the Church of St. Peter in Jaffa, on the beautiful Mediterranean shore. Then we proceed north in our deluxe motor coach, through the Sharon Valley, to our favorite Gai Beach resort hotel in Tiberias ON THE SEA OF GALILEE. Enjoy this beautiful location for resting and relaxing in the holy land sun. A special opening healing & worship session will be led by Spirit Filled Hearts in the same Sea of Galilee waters that Jesus was baptized in. Then we enjoy the grand buffet dinner. Overnight at the Sea of Galilee.
DAY THREE (26 Sep)
MT. OF BEATITUDES / TABGHA / CAPERNAUM / SEA OF GALILEE BOAT RIDE / JORDAN RIVER
Halleluiah! The sun is rising over the Bashan Golan mountains as we as we enjoy a hearty breakfast. We start our exciting day visiting to the mount of Beatitudes, which is the sight of the Sermon on the Mount. Standing here, where Jesus spoke to the thousands giving them his love and wisdom, we open this day with Holy Mass. We continue to Tabgha, the site of the miracle of the multiplication of the “loaves and fishes”. Visit the Church and see the beautiful Mosaic. We proceed to Capernaum, town of Jesus, where Jesus lived and taught, to visit the original Synagogue where Jesus had founded his ministry. Visit the ancient Boat from the time of Jesus at The Kibbutz. Continue to a quiet boat ride on the Sea of Galilee. Time for praise, song and prayer. We’ll learn some Israeli folk dancing as we sail these holy waters. Arrive Tiberias and have a St. Peter’s fish lunch. Continue together to a special Highlight: baptismal / re dedication ceremony in the River Jordan. We then return to our restful Gai Beach resort hotel for dinner overnight in Tiberias Sea of Galilee.
DAY FOUR (27 Sep)
MT. TABOR MT. OF TRANSFIGURATION CARMEL / NAZARETH / CANA / TIBERIAS
Good Morning at the glittering Sea of Galilee! After a fresh Israeli Buffet breakfast start our holy sightseeing. We dedicate our day to the Lord with Holy mass at the Church of the Transfiguration atop Mt. Tabor. Then we drive through the Valley of Jezreel and by Megiddo (the Valley of Armageddon, Rev 16:16). We arrive at the top of Mt. Carmel, the famous Duel site, where Elijah defeated the false prophets of Ba’al. We visit the chapel with the original alter that served in the Miracle (1st kings:18). We enjoy the beautiful view off the roof of the church, with all of the Galilee in our sight. Then we ascend to Nazareth to visit the church of Annunciation. We stand and pray where the Angel Gabrielle came to Virgin Mary and told her about God’s plan and the coming baby Jesus. We conclude our exciting day visiting Cana, the site of the first miracle of Jesus’ ministry “Turning Water into Wine” at the Cana wedding ceremony. At this holy site we can renew our Wedding Vows. After an uplifting day, we return to our picturesque hotel in Tiberias on the sea of Galilee waters for dinner & overnight.
DAY FIVE (28 Sep)
EXTRA DAY! A whole day set aside as a Day of Prayer & Meditation, rest and relaxation, at this beautiful setting of the Bashan heights and the Sea of Galilee. Those who wish may go over to the ancient hot springs of Tiberias. Dinner and overnight at our favorite Gai Beach Resort Sea of Galilee.
DAY SIX (29 Sep)
MASADA / DEAD SEA / JERICHO / MT. OF TEMPTATION WILDERNESS OF JUDEA / BETHANY of LAZARUS / BETHLEHEM
This Morning we say good-bye to the Galilee and head south, through the Jordan Valley, towards the holy city of Bethlehem. We drive along the Jordan Valley through Jericho. Here, in this oldest city on Earth, stands the Mount of Temptation (where Jesus was tested by Satan – Luke 4), and the Spring of Elisha. We view Qumran caves – the original caves where the Dead Sea scrolls were discovered. Continue descending through the Judean Wilderness, to the Desert, to the lowest place on the face of the earth. We visit Masada, the amazing fortress Herod the great had built at the time of Jesus, with all the breathtaking archaeological findings from 2000 years ago, including: the Roman bath house, the Northern Palace, the Synagogue, the water system and more. Then we drive to the Dead Sea. We will view Sodom and Gomorrah the salt caves and pillars. We’ll have a great relaxation & floating time in the replenishing Dead Sea. These waters are world famous for their healing qualities, and recommended still today by Physicians as a Godly remedy for various skin and muscle conditions. On our way up to Bethlehem we have a special visit in Bethany at the Tomb of Lazarus, to remember the great miracle how Jesus resurrected Martha’s brother on the 4th day. Celebrate holy mass at this amazing church with breath-taking acoustics. Then we arrive at the place our savior was born – Bethlehem – city of the nativity of Christ. Our hotel is superbly located at the very heart of Bethlehem, at the Manger Square. Dinner and overnight in Bethlehem.
DAY SEVEN (30 Sep)
You get more – you get the best.
Unlike other tours that will rush you in and out of Bethlehem, we have set aside enough time to fully immerse ourselves in the special grace of this holy city of our Lord. After a later wake up, we take our time today and explore Bethlehem together. We walk(literally) across the street from our hotel and visit the Church of the Nativity and the Manger Square. We celebrate holy mass here at the actual shrine. We visit the Milk Grotto. We visit the Shepard’s Fields. We also enjoy a great lunch at a biblical tent style BBQ place, where we’ll be served the freshest middle eastern food. Then we have enough time to visit a Christian family that has been living here in Bethlehem for many centuries, and are experts in the production of local grown Bethlehem olive wood. All their art & creations is done here in Bethlehem by their family. We will hear from them about how it feels to be born where Christ was born, and to be a Christian in Bethlehem today. After this exciting day, we enjoy dinner and overnight in Bethlehem Manger Square.
DAY EIGHT (1 Oct)
Wake up in Bethlehem and make the short journey to the Holy City of Jerusalem. Stand on top Mt of Olives and marvel at the eternal holy city of Jerusalem. Then we visit the chapel of the ascension. This octagonal chapel, built over ancient structures, is the sacred spot where Jesus Christ ascended to Heaven 40 days after his resurrection, here atop Mt of Olives. Luke 24 51: ”And it came to pass, while he blessed them, he was parted from them, and carried up into heaven”.
We will have the time for the best photo of all the holy city of Jerusalem in front of us at the Mt of Olives observation point. Our expert guide will teach us at this picturesque spot about the history and significance of Jerusalem throughout the ages. Walk down the Palm Sunday Road, Church of Peter Noster, Domins Flevit, The Garden of Gethsemane, and the Kidron Valley. We see the Tomb of Absalom and prophet Zachariah. Proceed to conduct our first holy mass in Jerusalem in the sacred Garden of Gethsemane in the Church of Agony the Church of All Nations. We will also spend time in the amazing ancient olive garden here, with a few of these trees witnessing Christ and dating over 2000 years old. Then we go to see the most important biblical archaeological discovery ever: The Dead Sea Scrolls. We’ll see the original scrolls and learn about how they re-authenticate the trust worthiness of our holy bible. Today we also visit the beautiful picturesque village of Ein Karem, the village and birthplace of John the Baptist. Visit Mary’s Well and the Church. Time to Enjoy the great Gelato ice-cream homemade in this village. Then we check in to our DELUXE- FIVE STAR hotel in very heart of Jerusalem for dinner and overnight. You will LOVE this location. Welcome home to Jerusalem.
DAY NINE (2 Oct)
TEMPLE MOUNT/ POOL OF BETHESDA
BIRTHPLACE OF VIRGIN MARY ST. ANN CHURCH / PRAETORIUM VIA DOLOROSA – WALKING THE STATIONS OF THE CROSS/
CHURCH OF THE HOLY SEPULCHER / WAILING WALL
An amazing full day of holy city sightseeing including:
a very special visit to the Temple Mt. – here stood the Temple where Jesus and Holy Family Visited. Continue to the Pool of Bethesda (where Jesus cured an invalid John 5), The Church of St. Ann (Birthplace of Virgin Mary), The Praetorium (the site of Jesus’ public trial and condemnation). Here we will be standing here on holy ground, as we start following the footsteps of Jesus, as we pick up the Cross and walk the Stations of the Cross – the Via Dolorosa. Conclude our walk with a Holy Mass at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, and visit the empty tomb. Then we have lunch inside the old city, as we visit the market place bazaar. Later we visit the Wailing wall – the Western Wall. Conclude this amazing day with a special moment at the Upper Room – the Room of the Last supper – the Cenaculum, where Jesus had his last supper with his disciples on Passover eve. This is the place also mentioned in Acts 2 where the holy spirit descended on the follower of Christ. Then we return to our deluxe hotel in Jerusalem for dinner and overnight.
DAY TEN (3 Oct)
EXTRA DAY! We celebrate holy Mass in Jerusalem and then we have this whole day FREE in JERUSALEM to relax or return to our favorite sites in Jerusalem. This evening we enjoy a celebration of fare-well dinner, as we sum up our uplifting experiences during our walk with the Lord in his footsteps is his land – the land of the Bible. overnight in Jerusalem.
DAY ELEVEN 4 October 2017 After this uplifting, once-in-a-lifetime experience, we journey back home, with renewed faith and a different love and understanding of the Bible. We have our breakfast in Jerusalem, and reach the TLV airport for our comfortable NOON time flight. Arrive LAX same date October 4.
The TOUR includes:
– DAILY MASS at the actual HOLY SITES
– Roundtrip Airfare –LAX- Tel Aviv- LAX on Air Canada.
– Deluxe motor coaches.
– First class and 5 star DELUXE hotels.
– Full Israeli Breakfasts & Dinners big Buffet meals.
– St. Peter fish lunch on the Sea of Galilee.
– A boat ride on the sea of Galilee.
– All entrance fees to all sites on the itinerary.
– Best lecturer and organizer of the Holy land.
– Special time in the Jordan River, Temple Mt visit.
– Special visit to – Masada & the Dead Sea.
– Mass on actual Rock of Agony Gethsemane, and the Holy Sepulchre, & more
– Airport Transfers.
– Airport taxes
– U.S.A. Departure tax , Fuel surcharges
*** INCLUDING ALREADY ALL THE TIPS! *** for all the service providers throughout the entire tour!! You do NOT need to bother with it.
*Price For this Special Pilgrimage Tour: Only $4300
* If need a Single room (for any reason) Add $ 1000
* LAND ONLY Price $ 3300 (THIS PRICE ALREADY INCLUDES TIPS) -> for someone arriving and departing on his own, with no flights booked by us, but including all other services. Land only people need to meet us at TLV airport upon the group’s arrival in order for them to JOIN to group.
Insurance. Travel insurance is NOT INCLUDED, but we strongly recommend you obtain travel insurance, best plan is “cancel for any reason” included insurance.
* all specific locations of the masses are “situation permitting” and subject to change, as well as the visits and their order.
Deposit to make reservation you pay $700 per person. deposit must be made to guarantee your space on the tour. Spots run out quickly and we cannot promise a spot unless you paid the deposit. ***
Payment: Total tour payment due 100 days before departure. by 14 June12,2017 ** please note: these deadlines are firm **
Cancellation: of the deposit: if someone cancels for any reason until 14 May = deposit refundable. After 15 May. – deposit is non-refundable.
*Cancellation Policy (cancellation by the traveler): – If you cancel for any reason before 14 May 2017 = you get a full refund of all monies paid to that point (including the deposit). – If you – if you cancel before 14 June 2017 = you get ALL your money back MINUS the DEPOSIT. – If you cancel after 14 June = you do no get money back.
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