Pilgrimage to the Holy Land and Jordan – October 28, 2024

Galilee | Cana | Nazareth | Petra | Jerusalem
Private Group. Group will be guided in Spanish.

Imagine the faces of those who first saw Christ at the seashore, on the mountains and in the valleys. Pray where miracles happened, and witness the places that the Bible speaks about.
Experience the Holy Land
Date:
10/28/2024
Duration:
12 Days
Departure:
Dallas
Activity Level:
Level 3 - Challenging
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Activity Level 3 - Challenging
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$4,995
Pricing is estimated. Final brochure and pricing will be available late 2023.
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Pilgrimage Itinerary

Day 1 | October 28 | Depart U.S.A. for Tel Aviv

Depart on our overnight flight to Israel. Meals and drinks served aloft.

Day 2 | October 29 | Arrive Tel Aviv / Netanya

After arrival at Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv, our immersion in ancient Israel where Christ walked begins. We will be met by our guide who will guide us through the Holy Land and make the scripture come alive as we follow in the footsteps of Jesus. Stay overnight in the Mediterranean city of Netanya. (D) Overnight Netanya

Day 3 | October 30 | Netanya / Caesarea Maritime / Mt. Carmel / Galilee

Set out for a morning drive along the Mediterranean Coast to Caesarea, the capital of the Roman Procurators of Judea where St. Peter preached, and where St. Paul was imprisoned for two years. We will visit the Roman Theater and the Crusader’s Moat and see the stunning architecture and art of the Byzantine Churches. This afternoon we will enter the port city of Haifa to ascend Mt. Carmel, the sacred mountain where the Prophet Elijah contested 450 prophets of Baal proclaiming, “The Lord, He is God,” and Elisha, his disciple, took refuge. We will visit Stella Maris, the church dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary as Star of the Sea, located near the cave in which Elijah lived. We then continue along our way to our hotel in Tiberias, our home base for the next three nights. (B, D, Mass) Overnight Galilee

Day 4 | October 31 | Galilee - Capernaum / Tabgha / Bethsaida / Magdala

Enjoy a scenic morning boat ride across the Sea of Galilee, the setting of so many moments in Christ’s life. We will visit the Church of Peter’s Primacy on the shores of Galilee. A rock at the center of the Church is believed to be the actual table where the apostles ate breakfast with Christ after His Resurrection. It is where Peter’s role as the Vicar of Christ was further established as Christ asked him to “Feed my sheep,” (John 21:16) We continue to Capernaum the center of Jesus’s three-year public ministry where he called his first disciples, Peter, Andrew, James, John and Matthew. Here Christ healed Peter’s mother-in-law of a fever, brought a child back to life, cured a leper, healed the centurion’s servant and cast out a demon from a young boy. After Mass we will visit the synagogue where Jesus taught. At Tabgha, we ponder the site where Jesus multiplied the loaves and fishes to feed more than 5,000 people. Finally, in Bethsaida we visit the home of Andrew and Peter and marvel at the humble beginnings of two of the greatest disciples, and then drive to Magdala, birthplace of Mary Magdalene, known as “the Apostle to the Apostles” where we will visit the chapel and surrounding ruins. (B, D, Mass) Overnight Galilee

Day 5 | November 1 | Galilee - Cana / Nazareth / Mt. Tabor

We drive to Cana in Galilee to pray where Jesus performed his first miracle, at the request of his mother, Mary, turning the water into wine. If you wish, you may renew your wedding vows here as a lasting remembrance of this holy site. Afterwards, travel a short distance to Nazareth, the childhood home of Jesus. Visit the Church of the Annunciation that holds the Cave of the Annunciation. This is the actual room where Gabriel appeared to Mary and “The Word was made flesh.” (John 1:14.). See St. Joseph’s Carpentry Shop, where the foster father of Jesus worked and Mary’s Well, where the Virgin Mary drew water with her son for their daily living. We will take our last excursion of the day to the summit of Mt. Tabor, the site of the Transfiguration and the culminating point of Christ’s public life. Christ revealed his divinity here to three of his apostles as he spoke with the prophets Moses and Elijah. It is also the second time and place where God told people from Heaven that Christ was his beloved Son to whom they should listen. (Matthew 17:5) (B, D, Mass) Overnight Galilee

Day 6 | November 2 | Mt. of Beatitudes / Ajloun / Anjara / Amman

This morning we celebrate Mass at the Mt. of Beatitudes, where Christ gave his famous Sermon on the Mount. We then depart this region and travel south to the Sheikh Hussein Bridge where we will cross from Israel into Jordan. We drive to Tell Mar Elias near Ajloun to visit the archaeological site and ruins of Byzantine churches, believed to be the birthplace of the prophet Elijah. Close by is Anjara and Our Lady of the Mountain Church, where tradition says Jesus and his mother Mary stopped with his disciples and rested in a cave when they traveled between Jerusalem and Galilee. Today this cave is a holy place for pilgrims – the site of a miracle validated by the Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem, in which a statue of Our Lady of Anjara wept tears of blood in 2010. Continue on to Amman, the capital of Jordan, and proceed to our hotel for check-in. (B, D, Mass) Overnight Amman

Day 7 | November 3 | Amman / Jordan River / Mt. Nebo / Petra

This morning we will depart Amman and visit Bethany beyond the Jordan, the Baptismal Site of our Lord. Renew your baptismal vows in the very river where Christ was baptized by John the Baptist. (Mark 1:9) Gaze across the water to Israel and ponder how the Israelites crossed the River Jordan here to enter the Promised Land. Drive south to Mt. Nebo where Moses viewed the Promised Land, but was not permitted to enter, due to his disobedience (Deut 34). Proceed to Madaba, a Byzantine center of master mosaics, to see the oldest surviving map of the Holy Land. Pass through Machaerus, site of the Fortress of Herod the Great. It was here that John the Baptist was imprisoned and later beheaded (Matthew 14). Continue our descent into the magnificent Petra, one of the Seven Wonders of the World and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. (B, D, Mass) Overnight in Petra.

Day 8 | November 4 | Petra / Jerusalem

This morning will be spent exploring the “Red Rose City” of Petra which is literally carved into the sides of a deep gorge. Wandering between the 100-foot cliffs we will see a remarkable sight: temples, tombs, and dwellings chiseled right into the limestone walls. We’ll be awed as we view the masterpieces of the Treasury, the Monastery, the Triumphal Arch and the Roman Amphitheater. After our tour of Petra, we will travel north, passing by the burial place of Aaron, brother of Moses and first High Priest of the Israelites. Cross the Allenby Bridge from Jordan back into Israel and drive a short distance to Jerusalem for check-in at our hotel, our home base for the next four nights. (B, D, Mass) Overnight Jerusalem

Day 9 | November 5 | Jerusalem - Bethlehem / Ein Karem

We begin this morning at one of the most joyous sites connected to the Holy Night Christ was born – the church located in the Shepherd’s Fields in Bethlehem, marking the spot where the shepherds heard the chorus of angels proclaiming Jesus’ birth. In the city of Bethlehem, meaning “House of Bread,” we visit the Nativity Church that sits above the traditional Grotto of Jesus’ Birth. Ponder the Manger, Grotto of St. Jerome and the Church of St. Catherine, the parish church for Bethlehem’s Catholics. We will visit the Milk Grotto Chapel, a place where many couples pray for the Virgin Mary’s intercession to conceive a child. In the afternoon, we drive to Ein Karem, one of the most beautiful sites in the New City of Jerusalem where St. John the Baptist was born. Pray at the Visitation Church where Mary proclaimed her service to God in her Magnificat prayer. Return to our hotel in Jerusalem for dinner and overnight. (B, D, Mass) Overnight Jerusalem

Day 10 | November 6 | Jerusalem - Mt. of Olives / Gethsemane / Mt. Zion

We start this morning with a drive to the top of the Mount of Olives for a panoramic view of Jerusalem and visit two churches located on the mount: The Church of the Pater Noster where Jesus taught his disciples how to pray the “Our Father” and the Ascension Chapel, the site where Jesus ascended into Heaven. Descend the mount on the path Christ walked on the “Palm Sunday Road” to Dominus Flevit, where Christ wept over Jerusalem and her future destruction. Then enter into the Garden of Gethsemane where Christ had his agony and was betrayed. Here we have Mass in the Church of All Nations at the Rock of Agony, the very rock Christ prayed at and sweated blood before he was to be crucified. This afternoon we travel to Mt. Zion, where Christ celebrated the Last Supper in the Upper Room. Together we will then journey to pray the rosary at the Church of the Dormition, the traditional site where Mary was assumed into heaven. Our final stop is at one of the most striking churches in Jerusalem –St. Peter in Gallicantu– that hosts a wide array of art styles. A golden rooster sits atop it recalling the place where Peter denied Jesus three times (Matthew 26). It was the palace of the high priest Caiaphas, where Jesus was brought to jail after his arrest and kept in the dungeon that sits underneath the Church. (B, D, Mass) Overnight Jerusalem

Day 11 | November 7 | Jerusalem - Old City / Via Dolorosa / Calvary

We enter the Old City of Jerusalem through St. Stephen’s Gate to visit the Church of St. Anne, where the Blessed Virgin Mary was born. Afterwards, see the Pool of Bethesda, where Jesus healed the paralytic man. Prayerfully walk the Via Dolorosa to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre and climb the steps up Mt. Calvary to pray at the site of the Crucifixion. Venerate the site where Jesus’ body was anointed, the tomb where He was buried and rose from the dead and the Chapel of St. Helena where she found the true cross. This evening we head to a local hotel to enjoy a traditional Middle Eastern farewell dinner. (B, D, Mass) Overnight Jerusalem

Day 12 | November 8 | Jerusalem / Tel Aviv / U.S.A.

Our time pondering the wonder and awe of the Holy Land comes to an end. We transfer to the airport to catch our return flight home from Tel Aviv.

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What's Included

*Pricing Information

The total pricing is based off the following components:
Base price:
$4110
Air taxes/fuel surcharges:
$725
Gratuities:
$160
See brochure for information about single rooms and/or land-only pricing.

Please note: Air taxes/fuel surcharges and gratuities are subject to change and will be updated on the final invoice. The final invoice will be emailed to you approximately 3 months prior to departure.
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Testimonials

Read what other pilgrims have shared about their experiences with Tekton Ministries.
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"After experiencing the Holy Land where Jesus walked, whenever I hear the Gospels I will be able to picture exactly where He walked."
Mary L.Pilgrim from Lincoln, NE
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"My favorite moment from the pilgrimage was visiting the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem and, after venerating the birthplace, gathering as a group and reading the Gospel of the Nativity according to Luke. We then sang “O Holy Night”. Fantastic!"
Fr. Michael G.Pilgrim from Chesterfield, MO
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"Especially, as we were in the Advent Season, the precious moments in the Church of the Nativity, venerating the site of Our Lord Jesus' entry into the world, was my favorite moment of the pilgrimage."
Fr. Joseph K.Pilgrim from Columbus, OH