Pictures from the Holy Land

Pilgrimage to the Holy Land

Led by:

The Rev. Canon Allison St. Louis
Christ Church Cathedral
Hartford, CT

October 3 – 12, 2008

Trip map

DAY 1, Friday, October 3, 2008 - Depart the United States on a wide-body jet for a trans-Atlantic flight with superior en route service. D

DAY 2: Saturday, October 4, 2008 - We have come to see for ourselves (John 1:45-46): Herod’s City-Caesarea;  After meeting our guide for the Holy Land, we will head north toward Caesarea, once capital of the Roman province, where we visit the Roman and Crusader remains and the harbor from which St. Paul was taken prisoner to Rome.  After lunch at Caesarea, we will drive to our hotel by the Mediterranean Sea.  Time, perhaps, for an evening stroll along the beach before dinner and overnight in Netanya. BD

DAY 3: Sunday, October 5, 2008 - The Majesty of Carmel; Armageddon; Nazareth; to the Sea of Galilee.  We travel toward Mt. Carmel (Is. 35:2), a symbol of strength, beauty and fertility for OT prophets.  Traditionally, Elijah’s contest with the prophets of Baal is located at Muhraqa (‘the sacrifice’), a peak offering a spectacular view of the Jezreel Valley.  This fertile valley, also known as the plain of Megiddo, has been the scene of horrible carnage and almost constant strife.  Legend portrays this area as the stage for the final battle of history:  Armageddon (Rev. 16:16).  The excavations at Megiddo have uncovered a fortified city built by Solomon (1 Kgs. 9:15).  We travel on to Akko, the walled port city that still shows the imprint of the crusader occupants.  We continue to Nazareth, home of the Basilica of the Annunciation.  We will visit Cana, site of the first miracle where Jesus turned the water into wine before we depart for Tiberias and our kibbutz on the shores of the Sea of Galilee.  At the kibbutz is the museum which houses the 1st century boat discovered in the mud around the sea.  We will have dinner and overnight at the kibbutz in Tiberias. BD

DAY 4: Monday, October 6, 2008 - “He is going ahead of us to Galilee” (Mt. 28):  The Sea; On the Boat; Capernaum; Tabgha; Mount of Beatitudes; Golan Heights; Caesarea Philippi; Mt. Hermon; Korazin.  We shall take a boat on the Sea of Galilee to Capernaum.  There we shall walk in the ancient synagogue and see St. Peter’s house.  We shall visit Tabgha to view the mosaic of the Loaves and Fishes.  From there we move to the Mt. of Beatitudes where we rehear the Sermon on the Mount.  We continue to Korazin (Mt. 11:21), then to the springs of Banias (Mt. 16:13) where Peter said:  “Thou art Christ.”  There will be a walk along the mouth of the Jordan River where we may renew our Baptismal vows.  We shall reach the foot of Mt. Hermon before returning to the kibbutz at Tiberias for dinner and overnight. BLD

DAY 5: Tuesday, October 7, 2008 - From Galilee “up to Jerusalem” through Samaria:  This day will find us following the footsteps that Jesus and his family would have taken as they made their way from Galilee to Jerusalem.  The road passes through a string of Arab villages, many of them with names recalling incidents in the Bible.  Jenin, for example, is where tradition holds that Jesus cured the 10 lepers (Luke 17:11).  We proceed to ancient Sebaste, a Hellenistic city where John the Baptist, according to tradition, was beheaded at the birthday party of Herod Antipas (Mark 6:17).  We shall enjoy a wonderful Arab lunch while in Sebaste, before moving on to Schechem (Nablus).  Here we shall visit and drink from Jacob’s well (Gen. 33:18), where Jesus asked the Samaritan woman for a drink promising her “living water” (John 4).  In Schechem we find ourselves between Mt. Gerizim and Mt. Ebal, in the Valley of Blessings and Curses (Josh. 8:30).  We recall that Mt. Gerizim was for the Samaritans the Holy Mountain.  We now proceed to Jericho, the oldest human settlement in the world.  From the vantage point of the site in Jericho we have a spectacular view of the “Mt. of Temptation.”  Driving up to Jerusalem, we view the setting for the parable of the Good Samaritan, and St. George’s Greek Orthodox Monastery, literally carved out of a cliff.  Once in Jerusalem we find a site high above on Mt. Zion or the Mt. of Olives in order to orient ourselves.  Then it’s on to the hotel for dinner and overnight. BD

DAY 6: Wednesday, October 8, 2008 - The Passion: Palm Sunday Walk; Dominus Flevit; Church of the Agony; Garden of Gethsemane; Cave of the Olive Press; Kidron Valley to the House of Caiaphas.  From here we shall move on to walk the Via Dolorosa, winding through the busy markets of the Old City and praying at the Stations of the Cross.  We shall end our walk at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, scene of the Crucifixion and site of the Tomb.  The rest of the day is free for further exploration in the Old City.  This evening we will go to St. George’s for Evensong.  Overnight Jerusalem. BD

DAY 7: Thursday, October 9, 2008 - Life’s Bread, Jerusalem and Bethlehem:  Through St. Stephen’s Gate to the Holy City, we walk to St. Anne’s Church, standing on a property facing the Temple Mount just as it was built by the crusaders.  Once inside we find ourselves singing (the acoustics are glorious).  Nearby, we visit excavations which speak to us of Jesus’ healing at the “pool with the five porticos.”  We walk together to the Temple Mount Dig, to the Dome of the Rock, to the Western Wailing Wall and the Jewish Quarter.  From there we go to St. Mark’s Syrian Orthodox Church, possible site of the Upper Room.  After lunch at Two Mustaches (a wonderful Arab restaurant in Bethlehem), we visit the Church of the Nativity and Shepherd’s Field.  Following dinner at our hotel, we will visit St. Andrew’s and Craftaid.  Overnight Jerusalem. BLD

DAY 8: Friday, October 10, 2008 - The Judean Wilderness:  We drive along the Dead Sea to Masada and ride the cable car to the top.  Following lunch, we drive to Ein Gedi for a walk to a spectacular oasis/waterfall where David hid from Saul; then on to the Essene Center at Qumran, overlooking the Dead Sea.  We return to Jerusalem for dinner and overnight. BD

DAY 9: Saturday, October 11, 2008 - New Jerusalem: Today we shall visit the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial and the Knesset, the Israel Museum which houses the Shrine of the Book, along with other important sites.  Afternoon is free for exploring your favorite sites in the Old City on your own.  We will enjoy a gala farewell dinner together before returning to our hotel for a short rest. BD

DAY 10: Sunday, October 12, 2008 - Homeward Bound! We will board our motorcoach and depart for Ben Gurion Airport where we bid goodbye to our driver and guide, board our trans-Atlantic flight and journey home with our souls nourished from walking in the footsteps of Jesus and the saints. BL

Price: $2,099.00.  Price is based on double occupancy without airline taxes and fuel surcharges.  Roundtrip air from Boston, MA.  Air transportation available from other cities.  Single supplement is $399.00.

Final payment due August 1, 2008

Cancellation Penalties
◊ Until July 1, 2008: $100 per person plus any unrecoverable fees.
◊ July 1 - August 1, 2008: $200 per person plus any unrecoverable fees.
◊ After August 1, 2008: NO REFUND

An application for travel insurance will be included with the receipt for your deposit.  We strongly recommend that you seriously consider this coverage.

Meals: B Breakfast, L Lunch, D Dinner, S Snack

The itinerary is subject to change due to local conditions or at the discretion and direction of the leader or guide.