10 Day Catholic Holy Land Pilgrimage | 2023
Join us for a 10-Day Holy Land Catholic Pilgrimage on the dates below, starting at $3,098, departing New York. You will see Jericho, Qumran, Carmel, Galilee, Bethlehem, Bethany, Cana, Nazareth, Jerusalem, and so much more!
ETS will aspire to fulfill Mass requests based upon priest and location availability.
- All Inclusive Pricing
- First Class Hotels
- Breakfast and Dinner Daily
- Deluxe A/C Motor Coaches
- Fuel Surcharges and Gov't Taxes
- Entrance and Program Fees
- Live Audio Headsets
- Guided Tours
- International Airfare from NY
- Overseas Airport Transfers
- Domestic Airfare
- Taxes and Hotel Gratuities
Day 1 Depart for the Holy Land
Your pilgrimage begins as you depart the USA on an overnight flight.
Day 2 Welcome to the Holy Land
You will be welcomed to the Holy Land by our airport representative and transferred to your Bethlehem hotel. Enjoy dinner before retiring for the night.
Day 3 Bethlehem, Bethany & Ein Karem
In Bethlehem, visit the cave revered as Jesus’ birthplace which now resides in the world’s oldest functioning church (Matt. 1:18-25). Celebrate Mass in Bethlehem and then gaze out over Shepherds’ Field where the angels first proclaimed the Good News. Visit Bethany, the home of Lazarus, Mary and Martha. Here Jesus visited on several occasions and raised Lazarus from the dead (John 11). Travel to Ein Karem, the village where John the Baptist was born and the Virgin Mary visited Elisabeth prior to our Lord’s birth (Luke 1:26-40). Visit the Church of St. John, birthplace of John the Baptist. Return to Bethlehem for dinner and overnight. Mass Location: St. Catherine’s Church
Day 4 Qasr El Yehud, Wadi Qelt, Jericho, Qumran & Dead Sea
Visit and renew your baptismal vows at the baptismal site of Qasr el Yehud, where tradition says Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist. Just off the Roman road that Jesus walked, is the Wadi Qelt gorge, site of the Monastery of St. George. Journey to Jericho (considered the oldest city in the world) to visit the ruins of the ancient city conquered by Joshua (Josh. 6:1). From Jericho, in the distance you can see the traditional site of the Temptation of Jesus (Matt. 4:1). Celebrate Mass in the Church of the Good Shepherd in Jericho near a sycamore tree and remember Zacchaeus, who climbed to see Jesus (Luke 18-19). Travel to Qumran, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered in 1947. End your day with the opportunity to take a dip in the mineral laden waters of the Dead Sea. Return to Bethlehem for dinner and overnight. Mass Location: Church of the Good Shepherd
Day 5 Cana, Nazareth & Mount of Precipice
Visit the Franciscan Wedding Church at Cana, site of Jesus’ first miracle as He changed water into wine (John 2). Continue on to Nazareth, Jesus’ boyhood home (Matthew 2:23) and celebrate Mass in the Basilica of the Annunciation. You will also see the House of the Holy Family, St. Joseph’s Workshop and St. Joseph’s Church (Luke 2:41-52; Matt. 2:19-23). Stand atop the Mount of Precipice, where Luke describes how Jesus was rejected by those in the synagogue after He taught them. Filled with anger they led Him unto the brow of the hill whereon their city was built, that they might cast Him down headlong (Luke 4: 29). Continue to Tiberias for dinner and overnight. Mass Location: Basilica of the Annunciation
Day 6 The Galilee
Enjoy beautiful Capernaum, the center of Jesus’ ministry, and visit the synagogue located on the site where Jesus taught (Matt. 4:13, 23). Sail across the Sea of Galilee, reflecting on the gospel stories of Jesus calming of the storm. Listen to Jesus’ words from His Sermon on the Mount at the Mount of Beatitudes (Matt. 5-7) and celebrate Mass at the Church of the Beatitudes. At Tabgha, traditional location of the feeding of the 5,000, explore the Church of the Fish and the Loaves (Luke 9:10-17). Take a moment to reflect and pray in the Chapel of the Primacy, where Peter professed his devotion to the risen Christ (John 21). In Magdala, once home to Mary Magdalene, visit a recently discovered first-century synagogue. Dinner and Overnight in Tiberias Mass Location: Church of the Beatitudes
Day 7 Mount Tabor, Mount Carmel & Emmaus
As you stand on Mount Tabor, contemplate what it must have been like for Saints Peter, James and John to behold the glory of the Transfigured Christ (Matt. 17:2). Celebrate Mass at the Church of the Transfiguration. Continue on your journey to Mount Carmel where Elijah defeated the prophets of Baal (1 Kings 18). Biblically, Mount Carmel is referenced most often as a symbol of beauty and fertility. To be given the "splendor of Carmel" was to be blessed indeed (Isa 35:2). In Emmaus, you’ll see the traditional site where Jesus appeared to two disciples after His resurrection. Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem. Mass Location: Church of the Transfiguration
Day 8 Jerusalem
Be inspired by the breathtaking beauty of Jerusalem, the Golden City, as you stand on the Mount of Olives, the place from which Jesus ascended into heaven forty days after His resurrection (Acts 1:9-12). Visit the Church of Pater Noster, walk the Palm Sunday Road stopping briefly at the Tear shaped Dominus Flevit Church where Jesus wept over Jerusalem. Celebrate Mass in the Garden of Gethsemane where Jesus prayed before His crucifixion (Matt. 26:36-44). On Mount Zion, see the House of the High Priest Caiaphas, where Jesus was imprisoned the night of His arrest (Matt. 26:57-65). Nearby is the Upper Room revered as the location of the Last Supper (Mark 14:12-26). Conclude your day by visiting the Church of the Dormition of Mary. Mass Location: Church of All Nations (Garden of Gethsemane)
Day 9 Jerusalem & the Old City
Take time to pray at the Western Wall, all that remains of Herod’s Temple. Sit on the Teaching Steps where Jesus once taught. Take a leisurely stroll down the Cardo, the main street of the Old City where modern shops stand between ancient ones. View the Pool of Bethesda, where Jesus performed the Sabbath miracle of healing (John 5:1-31), and sing a hymn in the Church of St. Anne, renowned for its beautiful acoustics. At Herod’s Antonia Fortress, see where Jesus was brought before Pontius Pilate (Luke 23:1-11). Walk the Via Dolorosa, the Way of the Cross and celebrate the Mass of the Resurrection at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Mass Location: Church of the Holy Sepluchre
Day 10 Return to USA
Return to USA
Enhance Your Journey
Wonders of Petra & the Dead Sea Extension
Starting at $1,098*
Day 10 – Mount Nebo & Madaba
This morning, you will journey across the Allenby Bridge. Stop in Madaba, the City of Mosaics, to visit the Church of Saint George with its sixth-century, Byzantine, mosaic map showing Jerusalem and other holy sites. Continue to Mount Nebo, where Moses caught a glimpse of the Promised Land (Deut. 34). On a clear day, you can see all the way across the Jordan Valley and the Dead Sea to the rooftops of Jerusalem and Bethlehem. End your day at the shore of the Dead Sea and check into your hotel.
Day 11 – Petra
Explore the city of Petra. Its entrance passes through a long, narrow gorge known as the Siq and can only be accessed by carriage, horseback or on foot. Once inside the city, marvel at the intricate detail of a city that was cut into the cliffsides of rose-colored rock. Return to your hotel at the Dead Sea for dinner and overnight.
Day 12 – Jerash
Explore Jerash, one of the best-preserved Roman cities in the world. Stroll through the oval piazza and wander along colonnaded streets etched by the wheels of ancient chariots. Stand in the grand theatre where an onstage whisper can be heard in the top row. Cross the border back into Israel and enjoy dinner in Jerusalem. Afterward, you will travel to the airport in Tel Aviv to begin your journey home.
Day 13 – Return to the USA
Guests taking an extension may be on a different flight than their group and/or traveling companion. A minimum of 8 travelers are necessary to operate the extension.
$138 for tips & taxes are charged separately (subject to change).
*A 3.5% surcharge will be added to all credit card transactions.
Nile Cruise Extension
Day 10 – Fly to Cairo
Today, depart Jerusalem for Tel Aviv and fly to Egypt. Upon arrival, you will be welcomed to Cairo by your local guide. Enjoy dinner and overnight at your hotel in Cairo.
Day 11 – Embark in Luxor
This morning, fly from Cairo to Luxor (ancient Thebes), which served as the Egyptian capital during the New Kingdom and time of Moses. Visit the magnificent Temple of Luxor with its avenue of sphinx statues and mighty monumental columns. Continue to the Karnak Temple, which took over 2,000 years to build and is the largest religious building ever constructed. See the famed Hypostyle Hall, the Obelisks of Queen Hatshepsut and Thutmose III, the temple of Amon, the Granite Scarabeus and the Sacred Lake. Board your Nile cruise ship and enjoy dinner.
Day 12 - Valleys of the Kings & Queens & Esna
This morning, enjoy the sunrise over the Nile River before your visit to the Valley of the Kings. Tombs were constructed here for the kings and powerful nobles of Egypt for nearly 500 years. The valley stands on the west bank of the Nile, across from Thebes (modern Luxor), within the heart of the Theban Necropolis. See the Colossi of Memnon, made of sandstone brought from Gebel El Silsila. Each colossus, including the pedestal and the crown, is about 21 meters tall and represents King Amenhotep III. See the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut, one of only a handful of female rulers in Ancient Egypt. Her reign was the longest of all the female pharaohs. Sail to Esna, enjoying afternoon tea before visiting the Temple of Khnum. Dinner & overnight onboard.
Day 13 - Edfu & Kom Ombo
Visit the Edfu Temple on the west bank of the Nile. Dating to the Ptolemaic period, the temple was dedicated to the worship of the god Horus, represented as a falcon. It is one of the most beautiful Egyptian temples, distinguished by its huge splendid structure blending Pharaonic and Greek architecture. Enjoy lunch on board as you sail to Kom Ombo to visit the Kom Ombo Temple. Built on a hillside, this temple was constructed in the Ptolemaic Roman era for the worship of the gods Haroeris and Sobek. It is noted for the relief engravings on its walls, which show ancient surgical tools, bone saws and dentistry tools. Nearby, view the three mummified crocodiles in Hathor’s chapel.
Day 14 - Aswan
Set sail on a smaller boat across the Nile to visit the temples at Philae, including the Temple of Isis, one of the greatest temples in Egypt occupying a quarter of the island. Next, visit the High Dam, one of the most outstanding architectural achievements of the twentieth century. It was constructed to replace the old Aswan dam built in 1902. The 3600-meter long dam was constructed to protect Egypt from the floods as well as provide irrigation and electricity to its citizens. View the Unfinished Obelisk, made of red granite brought from the quarries of Aswan. After exploring Aswan, fly to Cairo to check into your hotel for dinner and overnight.
Day 15 - Cairo
This morning, visit the Egyptian Museum of Antiquities to view the unique collection of Pharaonic art and the renowned treasures of King Tutankhamun. Afterward, visit the Pyramids of Giza, constructed over 1,000 years before the birth of Moses. See the Great Sphinx and have the opportunity to ride a camel in the desert near the Pyramids. Tour the Old City and see the Citadel of Saladin, built in 1183 AD, and view the Alabaster Mosque of Muhammad Ali. In Old Cairo, visit the Abu Serga Church, built over the traditional site of the house where the Holy Family lived during their stay in Egypt. Prepare for your return flight home.
Day 16 - Return to the USA
Guests taking an extension may be on a different flight than their group and/or traveling companion. A minimum of 10 travelers are necessary to operate the extension.
$158 for tips & taxes are charged separately (subject to change).
*A 3.5% surcharge will be added to all credit card transactions.
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