Pictures from the Holy Land

The Holyland in Lent

Walking in the Footsteps of Jesus and the Saints

Led by:

The Rev. Christopher Gray

February 24 – March 5, 2010

Trip map

DAY 1, Wednesday, February 24, 2010 - Depart the United States on a wide-body jet for a trans-Atlantic flight with superior en route service. D

DAY 2: Thursday, February 25, 2010 - Our Pilgrimage in this Holy Land begins:  After meeting our guide for the Holy Land, we will travel north toward Caesarea, once capital of the Roman province.  We have come to see for ourselves:  (Jn. 1:45-46) Herod’s City-Caesarea.  Here we will visit the Roman and Crusader remains and the harbor from which St. Paul was taken prisoner to Rome.  We continue to the kibbutz on the Sea of Galilee which will be our home for the next three nights.  Dinner and overnight at the Sea of Galilee. BD

DAY 3: Friday, February 26, 2010 - The Majesty of Carmel; Armageddon; Nazareth . . . to the Sea of Galilee.  Today we will visit 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 proceed to Nazareth, where we visit the Basilica of the Annunciation and then return to our kibbutz on the Sea of Galilee for dinner and overnight. BD

DAY 4: Saturday, February 27, 2010 - “He is going ahead of us to Galilee” (Mt. 28):  The sea; On the boat; Capernaum; Tabgha; Mount of Beatitudes; Golan Heights; Caesarea Phillippi; Mt. Hermon; Chorazin. 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, view the mosaic of the Loaves and Fishes.  From there we move to Mt. of Beatitudes where we rehear the Sermon on the Mount.  We shall continue to Chorazin (Mt. 11:21), then to the springs of Banias (Mt. 16:13), where Peter said:  “Thou are 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 for dinner and overnight. BD

DAY 5: Sunday, February 28, 2010 - The Jordan River Valley to Jericho and “Up to Jerusalem”:  Bet Shean, Jericho, Gilgal, Jerusalem. Our day begins on the shores of the Sea of Galilee.  After breakfast we make our way down the Jordan Valley to visit Bet Shean, the best preserved Roman/Byzantine city in this country.  Here, the biblical Scythopolis, we visit the Roman theater and excavations.  We continue to Jericho, the oldest city in the world. From this city’s walls we have a spectacular view of the “Mt. of Temptation”.  Near Jericho we shall visit Gilgal where the Ark of the Covenant was taken.  After driving “Up to Jerusalem”, we will visit the 2nd Temple Model to orient ourselves to Biblical Jerusalem.  We shall continue to our hotel for dinner and overnight in Jerusalem. BD

DAY 6: Monday, March 1, 2010 - 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, then to see the Dome of the Rock, then 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.  Today, there will be an opportunity to learn of St. George’s Anglican Cathedral and College and join in evening prayer. BLD

DAY 7: Tuesday, March 2, 2010 - The Passion:  Palm Sunday Walk; Dominus Flevit; Garden of Gethsemane; The Church of the Agony; The Cave of the Olive Press, through the 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.  Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem. BD

DAY 8: Wednesday, March 3, 2010 - The Judean Wilderness:  We drive along the Dead Sea to Masada and ride the cable cars to the top.  Following lunch we drive to En 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.  There will be time for those who wish to take a quick dip in the Dead Sea before returning to Jerusalem for dinner and overnight. BD

DAY 9: Thursday, March 4, 2010 - New Jerusalem:  We will drive by the Knesset which is the Israeli Parliament and then stop for a quick visit to the Israel Museum.  Here we find the Shrine of the Book where, beneath its onion shaped dome, the Dead Sea Scrolls are displayed.  We will visit Yad Vashem, the Holocaust Museum, before having some free time for exploration or shopping.  Tonight we will enjoy a “Farewell to the Holy Land” dinner.  Overnight Jerusalem. BD

DAY 10: Friday, March 5, 2010 - Homeward bound: We will depart from Ben Gurion Airport for our return flight to the United States arriving back in Florida this afternoon.  B and meals on the aircraft. BD

Price: $2,699.00.  Price is based on double occupancy without airline taxes and fuel surcharges.  Roundtrip air from St. Petersburg, Florida Airport.  Air transportation available from other cities.  Single supplement:  $699.00

Final payment due December 1, 2009

Cancellation Penalties
◊ Before December 1: $200 per person plus any unrecoverable fees.
◊ After December 1, 2009: NO REFUND

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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.