Pilgrimage to the Holy Land -- Expanded

The Franciscans are the custodians of the Sanctuaries of Redemption in the name of the Catholic Church. They have been present in the Land of Jesus since 1217. They will help you live the gospel pages in the same holy places where they occurred.

Because the Franciscans live in the Holy Land, they will help you understand the events of history as well as the monuments of archeology they themselves brought to light.

Franciscan Pilgrimage Programs offer a professional program to the Holy Land -- a land Pope Paul VI referred to as "The Fifth Gospel".

This pilgrimage is expanded to include sanctuaries in Samaria, Caesarea Philippi and Dan, Acco, Jacob's Well and Qumran.

 

The 4:28 minute video of Fr. Chircop, OFM may help you in your decision to become a pilgrim to the holiest place on earth.

Sample Expanded Pilgrimage to the Holy Land

This example is provided to give the pilgrim a general idea of the pilgrimage content. Your program will vary from this example. Your program will have differences.

Day One Departure to Ben Gurion Airport

Day Two

  • Arrival at Ben Gurion Airport
  • Visit Mount Carmel - opening Eucharist on Mount Carmel
  • Lunch on the road to Nazareth - Depending on time of arrival
  • Transfer to the hotel in Nazareth
  • Orientation
  • Dinner and overnight in Nazareth

Day Three

  • 10:00 Mass in Nazareth
  • Visit to Nazareth
  • Transfer to Mount Tabor
  • Lunch to Mount Tabor
  • Visit Cana
  • Transfer to the hotel in Nazareth for dinner and overnight

Day Four

  • Departure for Dan and Caesarea Philippi
  • 12:00 Boat ride across Sea of Galilee
  • 13:00 Lunch at Ain Gev
  • Transfer to Yardenit Baptisaml Site
  • Transfer to Capharnaum. Mass at 15:00pm
  • MTabgha, Beatitudes

Day Five

  • Departure to Cesarea Maritima
  • Visit Cesarea Maritime
  • Lunch
  • Depart for Acco
  • Visit Acco
  • Eucharist at Acco
  • Transfer to the hotel in Nazareth for dinner

Day Six

  • Leave Nazareth Visit the Roman City of Beth Shean
  • Visit Qasr el Yahud Baptismal Site where Jesus was baptized
  • Lunch in Jericho at the hotel
  • Visit Jericho
  • Mass in Jericho
  • Transfer to the hotel in Jericho for dinner and overnight

Day Seven

  • Departure to Masada
  • Dead Sea
  • Visit and Lunch at Qumran
  • Jericho, Temptation Mount
  • Transfer to Bethany, Mass at 5:00p
  • Transfer to the hotel in Bethlehem for dinner and overnight

Day Eight

  • Morning in Bethlehem, Mass at 9:00am
  • Lunch at the hotel
  • Shepher's Field
  • Ain Karem
  • Visit Yad Vashem Memorial
  • Transfer to the hotel in Bethlehem for dinner and overnight

Day Nine

  • Transfer to Mount of Olives, Bethpage, Ascension, etc.
  • Transfer to Hotel in Jerusalem for Lunch
  • Transfer to Mount Sion for visit
  • 4:00p Mass at the Chapel of the Cenacolino
  • Transfer to hotel for dinner
  • Transfer to Gethsemene at 8 • St. Anne's, Flagellation, Via Dolorosa
  • Lunch at the hotel
  • Evening Free
  • Transfer to the hotel in Jerusalem for dinner and overnight

Day Eleven - Emmaus

  • Transfer to Emmaus el-Qubeibeh. Mass at 11:00
  • Lunch at the hotel
  • Profession at the Holy Sepulchre
  • Transfer to the hotel in Jerusalem for dinner and overnight

Day Twelve

  • 3:00a Departure for Ben Gurion Airport

2017 March 26-April 6, 2017 Twelve Days
Pilgrimage Program $3800 Pilgrimage cost includes: pensioni that is clean, comfortable, secure and well located; three meals per day with few exceptions; transportation by air-conditioned coach; all tips, offerings and sanctuary fees; full services of staff; daily input with lectures and conferences. Snacks and shopping not included.
Single Room +$400
Air Fare Chicago: $1600
New York: $1400
   

 

2018
September 22 - October 3
Twelve Days
Pilgrimage Program Land Only $3300
Pilgrimage and airfare from New York $4450
$5200
Pilgrimage and airfare from Chicago $4550
$5100
Single Room +$350
Pilgrimage cost includes: pensioni that is clean, comfortable, secure and well located; three meals per day with few exceptions; transportation by air-conditioned coach; all tips, offerings and sanctuary fees; full services of staff; daily input with lectures and conferences. Snacks and shopping not included.