Pictures from the Holy Land

Pilgrimage to the Holy Land


Led by:

The Rev. Jurgen Liias
Christ The Redeemer Anglican Church
Danvers, MA

February 13 – 25, 2011

Trip map

DAY 1, Sunday, February 13, 2011 - Depart:  the United States on a wide-body jet for a trans-Atlantic flight. D

DAY 2: Monday, February 14, 2011 - Our Pilgrimage in this Holy Land begins:  After meeting our guide for the Holy Land we transfer by deluxe coach to our hotel by the Mediterranean Sea at NetanyaMeals on aircraft and dinner. BD

DAY 3: Tuesday, February 15, 2011 - We have come to see for ourselves (John 1:45-46):  Herod’s City-- Caesarea; the Majesty of Carmel; Armageddon; Nazareth.  After breakfast, we head north toward Caesarea, once capital of the Roman province, visit the Roman and Crusader remains and the harbor from which St. Paul was taken prisoner to Rome.  Continue toward Mt. Carmel (Is. 35:2), a symbol of strength, beauty and fertility for OT prophets, view Druze villages along the way and then to Muhraqa.  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 Kings 9:15). We proceed to the kibbutz on the shores of the Sea of Galilee which will be our home for the next 3 nights. BD

DAY 4: Wednesday, February 16, 2011 - Nazareth...where Jesus spent most of His life:  After breakfast, we will walk in the streets that Jesus walked.  See the Church of the Annunciation (Luke 1:26-33), a 1st century Synagogue Church, other sites along the way and the market area of town.  We will visit the House of Hope, where reconciliation happens in the midst of a region still in conflict.  On to Cana, see where the first miracle took place and to renew marriage vows for those so desiring.  Now, return to the kibbutz for dinner and overnight. BD

DAY 5: Thursday, February 17, 2011 - “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, view the mosaic of the Loaves and Fishes and from there we move on to the Mt. of Beatitudes where we rehear the Sermon on the Mount.  We shall continue to Korazin (Mt. 11:21), then to the springs of Banias (Mt. 16:13) where Peter said:  “Thou are Christ.”  We shall reach the foot of Mt. Hermon before returning to our kibbutz for dinner and overnight. BD

DAY 6: Friday, February 18, 2011 - We will start the day with a walk along the mouth of the Jordan River where we may renew our Baptismal vows and then we travel to Mt. Tabor, the traditional sight of the Transfiguration.  The Church of the Transfiguration incorporates two chapels; one of Moses and one of Elijah.  We continue to Beth Shean to see the best preserved Roman-Byzantine town in Israel.  Beth Shean was located on the old trade routes between Mesopotamia and the Mediterranean.  We will continue to Jericho, the oldest human settlement in the world.  We will overnight in Jericho. BD

DAY 7: Saturday, February 19, 2011 - “Up to Jerusalem”:  Today we explore Jericho.  From the vantage point of a site at Jericho we have a spectacular view of the “Mt. of Temptation”.  Driving up to Jerusalem, we see 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 in Jerusalem for dinner and overnight. BD

DAY 8: Sunday, February 20, 2011 - Life’s Bread, Jerusalem and Bethlehem:  We will attend morning services at St. George’s Episcopal Cathedral and then travel to Bethlehem for lunch at Two Mustaches (a wonderful Arab restaurant).  We visit the Church of the Nativity and Shepherd’s Field and have some time for shopping in Bethlehem before returning to our hotel in Jerusalem.  Overnight Jerusalem. BLD

DAY 9: Monday, February 21, 2011 - Jerusalem:  Then, through St. Stephen’s Gate to the Holy City, we walk to St. Anne’s Church.  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.  Dinner and overnight Jerusalem. BD

DAY 10: Tuesday, February 22, 2011 - 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 at our hotel. BD

DAY 11: Wednesday, February 23, 2011 - 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 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 end our walk at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, scene of the Crucifixion and site of the Tomb.  Ovrernight Jerusalem. BD

DAY 12: Thursday, February 24, 2011 - New Jerusalem:  We visit the village of Ein Karem, birthplace of John the Baptist.  We will visit the Church of St. John the Baptist which dates from the 17th century and is built over Byzantine and Crusader ruins.  We also visit the Church of the Visitation which honors Mary’s visit to Elizabeth.  Later, visit Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial, the Knesset, and the Israel Museum which houses the Shrine of the Book.  Overnight Jerusalem. BD

DAY 13: Friday, February 25, 2011 - We will have an early morning wakeup call and travel to the Tel Aviv Airport to board our flight to Frankfurt, Germany and connect to our flight to Boston.  We will arrive this afternoon into Boston. BM

Price: $3,299.00.  Price is based on double occupancy with airline taxes and fuel surcharges included.  Pricing includes airline taxes and fuel currently $500 per person.  These may change.  Roundtrip air from Boston, MA Airport.  Air transportation available from other cities.  Single supplement:  $799.00

Final payment due November 5, 2010

Cancellation Penalties
◊ Until November 4, 2010 :  $100 per person plus any unrecoverable fees.
◊ After November 5, 2010 :  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, M Meals Provided on Aircraft

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

Note that Israel is a physically demanding destination. Good shoes and some preparing for the trip on the stair master are invaluable aids to a healthy and happy pilgrimage.