A Pilgrimage to the Holy Land and Jordan

Franciscan Pilgrimage Programs offers pilgrims the opportunity to visit further afield into the Holy Land by adding a visit to Jordan, which is also part of the Land in which our Redemption took place.

The visit to the Memorial of Moses upon Mount Nebo is very interesting. Here the Franciscans have excavated some of the most stunning examples of Byzantine mosaic floors in the whole of Jordan.

The Roman city of Jerash, the Madaba mosaic map – the oldest known map of the Holy Land – as well as the Nabatean city of Petra, once described as ‘The rose city half as old as time’, are other highlights of the visit to Jordan.

Before returning to Israel, to complete the pilgrimage there, pilgrims will have the opportunity to visit the Baptismal site where John the Baptist baptized Jesus.

This 4:28 minute video of Fr. Chircop, OFM may help you in your decision to become a pilgrim to the holiest place on earth. Double click on the video and you may view it on a full sccreen.

Sample Holy Land Pilgrimage including the Jordan

The actual program schedule varies according to length of the pilgrimage and days of the week. This example is provided to give the pilgrim a general idea of the pilgrimage content. Your program will have differences.

Day One Departure for Israel

Day Two

  • Pilgrims arrive at Ben Gurion Airport (Tel Aviv)
  • 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

  • 10:00a Mass at Nazareth
  • Visit of Nazareth
  • Transfer to Mount Tabor
  • Lunch on Mount Tabor
  • Visit Cana
  • Transfer to the hotel in Nazareth for dinner nad overnight

Day Four

  • Transfer to Dan and Banias
  • 12:00p Boat ride across Sea of Galilee
  • 1:00p Lunch at Ain Gev
  • Transfer to Caphanaum. Mass at 3:00p
  • Tabgha, Beatitutdes
  • Transfer to the hotel in Nazareth for dinner and overnight

Day Five

  • Leave Nazareth and transfer to North Border
  • Cross to Jordan
  • Visit Jerash
  • Lunch on our way
  • Visit Mount Nebo, celebration of Mass
  • Drive to Petra
  • Transfer to the hotel in Petra for dinner and overnight

Day Six

  • Visit Petra
  • Lunch in Petra
  • Leave Petra for Amman, visiting Madaba
  • Transfer to the hotel in Petra for dinner and overnight

Day Seven

  • Transfer to baptismal site, by the River Jordan
  • Renewal of Baptismal Vows
  • Transfer to Allenby and cross over to Israel
  • Lunch in Jericho
  • Visit Jericho
  • Temptation Mount
  • Transfer to the hotel in Jericho for dinner and overnight

Day Eight

  • Leave Jericho
  • Visit Masada
  • Dead Sea
  • Visit and Lunch Qumran
  • Transfer to Bethany, Eucharist at 3:00p
  • Transfer to hotel in Bethlehem for dinner and ovrnight

Day Nine

  • Morning in Bethlehem. Mass at 9:00a
  • Lunch at the hotel
  • Shepherds’ Fields
  • Ain Karem
  • Visit Yad Vashem Memorial
  • Transfer to the hotel in Bethlehem for dinner and overnight

Day Ten

  • Transfer to Mount of Olives, Bethpage, Ascension etc
  • 12:00p transfer to Hotel in Jerusalem for lunchAscension
  • Transfer to Mount Sion for visit
  • 4:00p Mass at the Chapel of the Cenacolino
  • Visit Wstern Wall, Jewish Quarter
  • Transfer to hotel for dinner
  • Transfer to Gethsemene at 8:00p for Holy Hour in Basilica
  • Transfer Back to the Hotel. Jerusalem, and overnight

Day Eleven

  • Visit to the Holy Sepulchre with Mass
  • St. Anne’s, Flagellation, Via Dolorosa
  • Lunch at the hotel
  • Evening free
  • Transfer to the hotel in Jerusalem for dinner and overnight

Day Twelve Departure to Ben Gurion Airpor

2017 October 24 - November 4 - Twelve Days

 

 

Pilgrimage Program $3800
Single Room +$400
Air Fare Chicago: $1600
New York: $1400
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.

 

2018
March 6-17
Twelve Days
Pilgrimage Program Land Only $3800
Pilgrimage and airfare from New York $4800
$5200
Pilgrimage and airfare from Chicago $4900
$5400
Single Room +$400
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.