Overview

Come and journey together with Fr. Robert to the land of Christ’s birth, ministry, and paschal mission where his presence will accompany us as we experience the holy land in all its beauty and spiritual power.

PRICING:

  • $3,290 per person based on double occupancy - space is limited
  • Single room supplement: $650
  • PAYMENT PLAN: $300 per person with registration to secure space
  • $1,000 an additional payment is due on or before January 25, 2022
  • Balance due on or before March 25, 2022  
  • If you prefer to pay by mail, Please enclose a copy of the passport and a deposit of $300.00 per person made payable to Elias Tours and mail to: 4941 Chalden LN, NE Marietta, GA 30066
  • Download the Registration Form
  • There will be an information meeting on July 25, 12-1:30 pm in the Carroll Center. 

     

FLIGHT SCHEDULE:

Flight information will be available 3 months before the return date. Please continue to check the itinerary on the website for updated flight information.

* Flight times, flight numbers, equipment, gates, and seats are subject to change. For the most current information check the airline website.

If you would like to register by mail, trip brochures/applications are available at the church. Or Contact  

Stephanie Holden | sholden@st-ann.org | 470-785-2468

May 26 - June 5, 2022 26 May HOLY LAND
Inclusions/Exclusions
Inclusions/Exclusions

What is included in the tour

  • Airfare from Atlanta, GA
  • 9 nights in 4-star hotels (double occupancy)
  • Breakfast and Dinner Daily 
  • Entrance fee to all sites
  • All ground transportation in a private tour bus

What is NOT included in the tour

  • Gratuities for guide and driver
  • Lunches
  • Personal expenses
  • TRAVEL INSURANCE: Travel Insurance is not included in the purchase price. For your convenience, we offer travel insurance through *Travelex Insurance Services. For questions, quotes, or to purchase travel insurance, visit Travelex Insurance or call (800) 228-9792 and use the code 26-0057 for Elias Tours.
Itinerary

                                          DAILY ITINERARY
                    11 - DAY PILGRIMAGE TO THE HOLY LAND

                                       May 26 – June 5, 2022

May 26 (Day 1): Beginning of tour Depart from Hartsfield Jackson Atlanta International Airport for an overnight flight to the Holy Land. Meals will be served on board.

May 27 (Day 2):  Arrival Tel Aviv – Nazareth We arrive at Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv. After clearing customs, we will be met by our guide and driver. Travel north to Nazareth to the hotel for dinner and overnight.

May 28 (Day 3): Nazareth – Cana – Mount Tabor – Nazareth

We depart this morning to celebrate Mass at the Church of the Annunciation, where the word became flesh. Following Mass, we will visit the Basilica of the Annunciation and the Church of St. Joseph before a stroll through the Old Market of Nazareth. From there, we will visit Nazareth village and step back in time to experience what it was like during the time of Jesus. After lunch, we will drive to the village of Cana, the site of Jesus’s first miracle, and married couples may renew their wedding vows. Next we make our way to Mount Tabor, the site of the transfiguration. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

May 29 (Day 4):  Mount of Beatitudes – Capernaum - Bethsaida – Caesarea Philippi 

In the morning, we will take a boat ride across the Sea of Galilee to the seaside village of Kibbutz Ginnosar to view the historic archaeological discovery of The Jesus Boat. Next, we will drive to the Mount of Beatitudes, where we have time for personal meditation followed by Mass. Following lunch on our own, we travel to Capernaum to see the remains of the village synagogue and the new church built atop St. Peter’s house. Moving on, we will visit Tabgha and the Franciscan Church of St. Peter’s Primacy, where Jesus made his appearance after the resurrection. Next, we will visit the Church of the Multiplication of Loaves and Fishes and travel to Bethsaida the hometown of Peter, Andrew and Philip. This is one of three cities that make up the "Gospel triangle” and where Jesus spent two of his three years of public ministry. Then, we visit Korazim and continue to Caesarea Philippi, to visit the ruins of pagan altars and learn about Peter’s confession in Matthew 16 (“Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.”) Return to the hotel for dinner and overnight.

May 30 (Day 5): Haifa – Mount Carmel - Caesarea Maritime – Jaffa - Bethlehem

Following breakfast, we will check out of the hotel in Nazareth and travel north to the seaport city of Haifa and Mount Carmel to visit the Carmelite Monastery and Stella Maris Church to celebrate Mass. We will visit the Baháʼí Gardens and then travel to Caesarea Maritima, site of Roman, Byzantine and Crusader ruins and the springboard to Christianity in the west. This is the place where Cornelius, the first gentile convert to Christianity was baptized and one of the stops on St. Paul’s travels. We will see the ancient city of Jaffa and drive to Bethlehem for dinner at the hotel.

May 31 (Day 6): Shepherds’ Field – Bethlehem

We start the day by visiting Bethany where Lazarus was raised from the dead and move on to Bethlehem, to see Shepherds’ Field and the Franciscan Church of the Shepherd to celebrate Mass. Following lunch on our own, we visit the Church of the Nativity where we see the site of Jesus’s birth in the manger. A short distance from there, we will stop by the Milk Grotto where tradition says Mary was nursing the baby Jesus and a drop of her milk fell upon the stone and turned it white. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

June 1 (Day 7): Qumran - Dead Sea - Jericho 

After breakfast, view the St. George Monastery on our way to the Dead Sea (also known as the Salt Sea.) Along the way, we will stop at Qumran where Bedouins and archaeologists discovered caves containing the Dead Sea Scrolls, from the Second Temple period. Following lunch on our own, we make our way to the Dead Sea, where we have the opportunity to swim (float) at 1,290 feet below sea level. Next we drive to see the old city of Jericho, the Zacchaeus tree, and view the Mount of Temptation. We return to the hotel in Bethlehem for dinner and overnight.

June 2 (Day 8): Mount of Olives – Mount Zion - Bethlehem

This morning, we will visit the place of the ascension and pass by the Church of the Pater Noster. We will view the beautiful city of Jerusalem from the Mount of Olives and walk to the Dominus Flevit Chapel, where Jesus wept before his passion. After celebrating Mass, we will walk to the church in Gethsemane, called the Church of All Nations, and the Garden of Gethsemane. Following lunch on our own, we will drive along the Kidron Valley, stopping at the Church of Peter Gallicantu, where Jesus was held in the house of the high priest Caiaphas. Later, we will visit the upper room on Mount Zion, where Jesus and his disciples celebrated the Last Supper and Jesus appeared to them after his death and resurrection. Dinner and overnight at hotel.

June 3 (Day 9): Via Dolorosa – Holy Sepulcher – St. Anne

We will start early and head to the Old City of Jerusalem to walk the Via Dolorosa (Way of Sorrows) and proclaim the Stations of the Cross, taking turns to carry a replica of the cross Jesus may have carried. The final five stations are located inside the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, where we will celebrate Mass, visit the site of his crucifixion and tomb. After returning to the hotel for breakfast, we depart to the Old City again and visit the Church of St. Anne (Mary’s mother) and the Pools of Bethesda. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

June 4 (Day 10): Temple Mount – Western Wall - Ein Karem – Emmaus

After breakfast, we make our way to the Temple Mount to view the golden dome, where Jewish tradition says the stone on which Abraham prepared to sacrifice his son Isaac is located and where Muslims believe the Prophet Mohammad ascended to heaven. Experience the Western Wall (Wailing Wall) and join the faithful in prayer and offering petitions. We will travel to Ein Karem, where John the Baptist was born and stop at the Church of the Visitation, where Mary visited her cousin, Elizabeth, and said the Magnificat. Then we will visit Emmaus, where Jesus appeared to the two disciples after the resurrection. We will have a farewell dinner with folklore show in Bethlehem. Return to the hotel in Bethlehem.

June 5 (Day 11): Depart and arrive home

NOTE: The schedule is subject to change due to various factors and your tour Leader and guide’s discretion.

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