Overview

Join Rev. Blake Rohrer for a unique and meaningful pilgrimage to the Holy Land...

 

 

 

PRICING:

  • $3,690 per person based on double occupancy - space is limited
  • Single room supplement: $790
  • PAYMENT PLAN: $300 per person with registration to secure space
  • $1,000 an additional payment is due on or before January 10, 2024
  • Balance due on or before November 20, 2023 
  • 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

FLIGHT SCHEDULE:

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

 

March 1-11, 2024 Available on request HOLY LAND
Inclusions/Exclusions

What is included in the tour

  • Airfare from Chicago, IL - Other cities available
  • 9 nights in 4-star hotels (Double Occupancy)
  • Breakfast, Lunch, 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
  • Personal Expenses
  • TRAVEL INSURANCE: Travel Insurance is required and 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

                                                March 1-11, 2023

Day 1: Departure from the USA

 Depart Chicago O’Hara for your overnight flight to the Holy Land. Meals will be served on board.

Day 1: Tel Aviv/Bethlehem

Upon arrival in Tel Aviv, meet your guide and driver and transfer to Bethlehem for hotel checking. After time to rest and refresh, gather for a welcome dinner. Abu gubran Lutheran guesthouse (meals in-flight, d)

Day 2: Bethlehem

In the morning enjoy a walking tour of the old city of Bethlehem, including the church of the nativity, followed by a visit to Milk Grotto. Drive to the separation wall and view checkpoints through which Palestinians must travel to leave or enter the west bank. Meet with a representative at the environmental education center on a Lutheran school campus in nearby beit Jala. Abu Jubran Lutheran guesthouse 

Day 3: Bethlehem

Meet Angie Saba this morning to learn about the varied ministries of the Diyar Consortium, and tour the international center of Bethlehem (icb) and dar al-kalima university college. Meet the Rev. Dr. Mitri raheb for conversation and lunch (not included). This afternoon visit tent of the Nations farm and the Israeli settlement of Efrat to hear from a community leader. Stop at shepherds’ Field where you will view Bethlehem as the shepherds might have on the night of Jesus’s birth. There will be an opportunity for shopping at the Olivewood cooperative there.  Abu gubran Lutheran guesthouse

Day 4: Bethlehem/Nazareth

This morning depart Bethlehem to Nablus. Where we visit  Jacob’s Well located in the present city of Nablus which encompasses the biblical Shechem, where nearby Jacob dug his well. The well became a setting for a meeting between Jesus and a Samaritan woman. On to visiting Sebastia. We will conclude our day with Burgin village. Check in at your hotel, For dinner and overnight. 

Day 5: Nazareth – Sea of Galilee - Tabor - Nazareth

Begin the day viewing the first-century “Jesus Boat,” dug out of the mud of the sea of galilee. Sail Across the galilee waters to Capernaum , where Jesus Ministry began. Visit the ancient synagogue And the church built over saint peter’s house, Where Jesus healed peter’s mother-in-law. Drive Along the shore for visits to the church of multiplication (miracle of loaves and fishes), the church Of the primacy of peter, and the church of the beatitudes, One of the most beautiful in galilee. On The return trip to Nazareth, visit mt. Tabor (included)   is known As the site of Jesus’s transfiguration.

Day 6: Nazareth/Jerusalem

Early morning departure for the Jerusalem to meet with An elca representative of Lutheran world federation At the Augusta Victoria hospital campus on The mount of olives. Check-in at your hotel for a three-night stay. Lutheran guesthouse or Gloria

Day 7: Mt Olives – Mt Zion – St Ann – Ecce Homo – Via Dolorosa - HS

In the early morning, we will drive to the Mount of Olives and take in the panoramic view of the holy city of Jerusalem. Jesus taught His disciples the Lord’s Prayer (Luke 11:1-4) on the Mount of Olives which is commonly believed to be the spot from where Jesus ascended to heaven. We will walk along the Palm Sunday path and stop at the beautiful little church, Dominus Flevit, where Jesus wept Jerusalem (Luke 19:41). We will then carry on along the Jewish cemetery that overlooks the Eastern (Golden) Gate – known as the Thrones of Judgment (Psalm 122). We will recall the Passion of Christ at the Garden of Gethsemane, where amid the 2000-year-old olive trees we will visit the Church of All Nations and see the Rock of Agony on which Jesus prayed. We will also visit the nearby Gethsemane cave where Jesus often spent the nights and where He was arrested at the hands of the High Priest's guards. Afterward, we will travel to Mount Zion for a visit to the House of Caiaphas and the Church of St. Peter in Gallicantu, where we will see parts of the streets where our Lord was hauled by His captors. This will be followed by a visit to the Dormition Abbey, the place where Our Lady fell to eternal sleep. Then we will head to the Cenacle that commemorates the Upper Room in which Jesus shared the Last Supper with His disciples. We will also have the opportunity to praise the Lord with hymns in the nearby perfectly intact Crusader Church of Saint Anne. We will conclude our day with a walk along Via Dolorosa (The Way of the Cross) in the old city of Jerusalem, starting from Antonia Fortress where Jesus was condemned to death by Pontius Pilate. Jesus was taken from the fortress shouldering the cross through the streets of the city to be crucified. We will pass by and see the Stations of the Cross, and walk through the markets of the Old City to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, known by the locals as the Church of Resurrection. Here is the site of Calvary and the empty Tomb of Christ. Dinner and overnight in Lutheran Guesthouse or Gloria 

Day 8: Jerusalem - Lutheran Church of the Redeemer

Early this morning look upon the western wall, One of the holiest sites in the Jewish tradition, Then visit the temple mount/haram al sharif to View the golden dome of the rock, an important Symbol of the Muslim faith. Join in the English language Worship at the Lutheran Church of the Redeemer (Holy Communion), then gather for coffee and fellowship With members of the congregation and meet the Elca English language pastor. Afterward, we will travel to Yad Vashem  We will finish our day exploring and shopping in the old city. Lutheran guesthouse or Gloria. 

Day 9: Allenby – Baptismal Site – Mt Nebo – Madaba  - Petra

After hotel check-out, cross over the Allenby Bridge to Jordan and meet your Jordanian guide, Driver, and coach. Visit Bethany-beyond-the-Jordan, Which has received recognition as the likely Site where john baptized Jesus, and the nearby Lutheran church and chapel. Drive to Mount Nebo Where Moses viewed the promised land; enjoy The dramatic view of the Jordan Valley, Jericho, and the Judean hills beyond. Continue through The vast desert to the village of Wadi Musa, which Embraces the entrance to Petra – one of the seven modern wonders of the world. Petra guesthouse 

Day 10: Petra - Transfer Amman – Dinner Kan Zaman - Overnight

Two thousand years ago the Nabateans carved a city out of rose-red rock and it was rediscovered In 1812. You will discover the formerly lost city Of Petra during a half-day guided tour. Begin by Walking through the dramatic “ciq” or canyon That opens upon the treasury, el khazneh, one of The most elegant remains of antiquity. Beyond el Khazneh the visitor is surrounded on both sides By hundreds of Petra’s carved and built structures. This afternoon travel to Amman for a festive Farewell dinner at Kan zaman restaurant. This atmospheric The restaurant is house in a walled village Inside a historic caravansérai, a former inn for Travelers of centuries past. Enjoy a middle eastern Feast and music. Following dinner, proceed to the airport for check-in and flight departure before or After midnight.

Day 11: Departure

Arrive home today enriched with your discoveries Of faith and friendship in the holy land. (meals In-flight)

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