14 Days Pilgrimage to the Holy Land & Greece

A pilgrimage to the Holy Land and Egypt will be an experience you will never forget. Christians have been going on pilgrimages from the very beginning of our faith. Early Christians visited the birthplace Jesus and other sites documented in the Gospels. The Holy Land holds importance as the place of Jesus’ birth, life, death, and resurrection. Experience the places of the Old Testament and the pyramids when you visit Egypt.

Pilgrimages include visits to Bethlehem where we stop at The Church of the Nativity that commemorates the birth of Christ. We visit sites like the village of Cana, the Sea of Galilee, Mt. Tabor, and the River Jordan, Jerusalem and the Dead Sea.

On our pilgrimage to the Holy Land we offer a complete itinerary that includes round-trip airfare, accommodation in first-class hotels, breakfast and dinner daily, all transportation, daily Mass and all under excellent organizing, leadership, and teaching from Nativity pilgrimage expert staff and Guides.

YOUR TRIP INCLUDES:
  • Round Trip Airfare.
  • All airport taxes and Fuel SURCHARGES.
  • First-class Hotels.
  • Transfers as per itinerary.
  • Breakfast and Dinner daily.
  • Sightseeing and admissions fees as per itinerary.
  • Daily Masses. (If requested)
  • Professional local guides
  • Prices Based on Double Occupancy.
  • Tour Brochures: Special promotional brochures featuring the Pilgrimage printed for distribution by you.
  • Travel Protection Plan for Everybody on Pilgrimage is provided for FREE.
YOUR TRIP DOES NOT INCLUDE:
    • A trip cancellation protection plan is not included and is strongly recommended.
    • Nativity Pilgrimage offers a comprehensive policy at an additional cost.
    • Passport & visa costs, if any.
    • S. Passports must be valid for at least six (6) months subsequent to return date.
    • Gratuities to the tour manager, guides and driver.
    • Items of a personal nature (hotel extras, laundry, phone calls, etc.)
INFORMATION ABOUT YOUR TRIP
  • Capital: Jerusalem
  • Language: Hebrew, Arabic
  • Population: 7.7 million
  • Time Zone: EST plus 7 hours
  • Currency: New Israeli Shekel (NIS)
  • Electricity: 220V. 50H
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NETANYA – MT.TABOR – CANA – NAZARETH -SEA OF GALILEE – CAPERNAUM – TIBERIAS – BETHLEHEM – JERUSALEM – JERICHO – ATHENS – MYKONOS – PATMOS – SANTORINI – CORINTH

ITINERARY
Day
1

DEPART FROM USA TO ISRAEL

Today: Your pilgrimage begins today as you depart on your overnight flight to Israel. Meals and drinks served aloft.

Day
2

TEL AVIV / NETANYA

Today: Arrive at Ben Gurion Airport. Travel through customs and meet our guide-escort who will accompany you throughout your pilgrimage. Board your coach bus for the trip to your hotel in Netanya. If time permits, we make a stop in Jaffa city and celebrate Mass at St. Peters Church.

Evening: Dinner and overnight accommodations will be at your hotel in Netanya.

Day
3

MT. TABOR / CANA / NAZARETH / TIBERIAS

Today: Go to Mount Tabor, scene of the Transfiguration. Cana, the village of Jesus’ first miracle, celebrate Mass. Here couples may renew their wedding vows. Go to Nazareth to visit the Basilica of the Annunciation, St. Joseph’s Church, Mary’s Well, and the Old Market. Continue towards Tiberias on the Sea of Galilee.

Evening: Dinner and overnight accommodations will be at your hotel in Tiberias.

Day
4

MT. OF BEATITUDES / TABGHA / CAPERNAUM / SEA OF GALILEE / BETHLEHEM

Today: We go to visit Mount of Beatitudes (the location of Sermon on the Mount). Tabgha, the site where the miracle of the multiplication of fish and bread took place. Close by, is the Church of Peter’s Primacy the location of the Miraculous Fishing. Continue to Capernaum where Jesus lived, and started his ministry. In the afternoon, Mass will be celebrated on the Boat, on the Sea of Galilee, as was done in the time of Jesus. Drive towards Bethlehem.

Evening: Dinner and overnight accommodations will be at your hotel in Bethlehem.

Day
5

BETHLEHEM / CHURCH OF THE NATIVITY / SHEPHERD’S FIELD / EIN KAREM

Today: In Bethlehem we visit the Shepherd’s Fields, celebrate Mass here. We also visit the Church of the Nativity that stands upon the site where Jesus was born. In the afternoon, we go to Ein Karem, the birthplace of St. John the Baptist and to the Church of the Visitation, where the Virgin Mary visited her cousin, Elizabeth, and proclaimed the ‘Magnificat’.

Evening: Dinner and overnight accommodations will be at your hotel in Bethlehem.

Day
6

JERUSALEM: MT. OF OLIVES / GETHSEMANE / PATER NOSTER / DOMINUS FLEVIT / CHAPEL OF THE ASCENSION / UPPER ROOM / DORMINION CHURCH / CHURCH OF ST. PETER GALLICANTU

Today: We visit the Mt. of Olives and The Pater Noster where Jesus taught the Lord’s Prayer to his disciples. We walk the Palm Sunday route stopping at Dominus Flevit, where Jesus wept over Jerusalem. In the Garden of Gethsemane, we see The Rock of Agony where Jesus prayed his last prayer before his arrest. Mass will be here at the Church of all Nations. We make a stop at the Chapel of the Ascension, located on the site where Jesus ascended into Heaven after his resurrection. This afternoon, we drive to the hill of Mount Zion, the highest point in ancient Jerusalem. It is dominated by the Church of the Dormition. The location is identified in Christian tradition as the place where the Virgin Mary died or “fell asleep”, as the name suggests. End our day at St. Peter in Gallicantu, where Peter denied our Lord thrice.

Evening: Dinner and overnight accommodations will be at your hotel in Bethlehem.

Day
7

JERUSALEM: VIA DOLOROSA

Today: We retrace the last steps of Jesus, as we walk along the Via Dolorosa (Way of Sorrow), through the markets of the Old City praying the Stations of the Cross. We reflect on the greatness of his sacrifice. Finally, we arrive at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre to celebrate Mass. At St. Anne’s Church, the home of the Virgin Mary and her parent’s Saints Joachim and Anne, we’ll stop for a short prayer. We pass the Ecce Home where Pilate proclaimed “Behold the man”; then on to the Wailing Wall, the most holy place for the Jews. The rest of the day is open for visits to other Holy Sites, shopping or resting at your hotel.

Evening: Dinner and overnight accommodations will be at your hotel in Bethlehem.

Day
8

BETHANY / JORDAN RIVER / JERICHO / QUMRAN / DEAD SEA

Today: We visit Bethany, site where Lazarus lived with his sisters Martha and Maria. After visiting Lazarus church, continue to the Jordan River to renew our baptismal vows. Drive down the Jordan Valley and stop at the oasis town of Jericho. This day we will have Mass either in Bethany or in Jericho. We will continue our visit to the excavations of the oldest city in the world. We view the Mt. of Temptation where Jesus fasted and was tempted by Satan. We will visit the excavations of Qumran where the Dead Sea Scrolls were uncovered. On the way back, there is time for a swim (or rather a float!) in the mineral-rich waters of the Dead Sea, renowned for its healing properties. Return to Bethlehem.

Evening: Dinner and overnight accommodations will be at your hotel in Bethlehem.

Day
9

TEL AVIV / ATHENS

Today: This morning we will transfer to the airport to catch our return flight to Athens. Upon arrival, you will be greeted by your tour escort and driver. We will make a panoramic tour of the city. Transfer to the hotel for dinner and overnight accommodation.

Evening: Dinner and overnight accommodations will be at your hotel in Athens.

Day
10

ATHENS / PIRAEUS / CRUISE: MYKONOS

Today: We will go to the port of Piraeus to board a ship that will take us on a cruise through the Greek islands. Our first stop will be on the island of Mykonos, an island of whitewashed houses and beautiful views. We will have free time to explore this picturesque island and watch the multicolored sunset.

Evening: We return to the ship for dinner and to retire for the night.

Day
11

CRUISE: KUSADASI / PATMOS

Today: Arrival at Kusadasi in Turkey. Tour Ephesus, through paved streets of marble, you can admire the masterpieces of ancient architecture, such as the Magnesia Gate and the Celso Library, before arriving at the amphitheater in which St. Paul was imprisoned before his expulsion from the city. We will also visit the house of the Virgin Mary where she spent her last days. We will depart from the port of Kusadasi to Patmos. At arrival, time is at your disposal to visit freely this quiet island known for being the place where St. John the Evangelist wrote the Apocalypse during his exile from Rome. The cave in which according to tradition lived the apostle, is today the Monastery of the Apocalypse. In the second century the abbot Christodoulou founded the monastery of San Juan in one of the highest points of the island. In his museum there are some icons and manuscripts of inestimable value. Departure from Patmos. Full on board accommodation on the boat.

Evening: We return to the ship for dinner and to retire for the night.

Day
12

CRUISE: CRETE / SANTORINI

Today: Breakfast at the boat, we will arrive at the port of Heraklion on the island of Crete, time at your disposal to visit freely: the commercial port, the ruins of the palace of Knossos, discovered in 1899 by Sir Arthur Evans and partly rebuilt, this majestic palace encloses the legendary labyrinth of the King Minos and is the cradle of the ancient Mycenaean civilization. The Archaeological Museum of Heraklion exposes many of the treasures found in the excavations. Boarding and departure from Heraklion to Santorini, landing arrival and time at your disposal to freely visit the most unique of the islands of all Greece with its whitewashed houses, its alleys, outdoor cafes and the beautiful shops of the city of Thira that is in the highest part of the same. You can go up to the city with a cable car or on the back of a donkey. Full on board accommodations and sailing during the night.

Evening: We return to the ship for dinner and to retire for the night.

Day
13

ATHENS: TOUR TO CORINTH

Today: We will travel to Corinth. Here St. Paul spent 18 months, and preached to the Jews and Gentiles. Here too, Paul worked with Aquila and Priscilla and was tried by Galleon in the Agora. The community he founded here caused him great pain and compelled him to write at least four letters. We will celebrate our liturgy here, ending with a reflection on Paul the Missionary. We had lunch in Nauplius and complete our day in Epidaurus, one of the best-preserved amphitheaters in the world with remarkable acoustics.

Evening: Dinner and accommodation will be at the hotel in Athens.

Day
14

TEL AVIV / USA

Today: This morning we will transfer to the airport to catch our return flight home.