Pictures from the Holy Land

The Holy Land

Walking in the Footsteps of Jesus

Led by:

The Rt. Rev. C. Franklin Brookhart, Jr.
Diocese of Montana
Helena, MT

November 4 – 13, 2011

Trip map

DAY 1, Friday, November 4, 2011 - Depart Helena to connect to the non-stop Trans – Atlantic flight to Tel Aviv, Israel. M

DAY 2: Saturday, November 5, 2011 - We have come to see for ourselves (John 1:45-46): Herod’s City-Caesarea and to the Sea of Galilee.  We meet our guide and driver and 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.  We continue to the Pilgerhaus on the shores of the Sea of Galilee where we will have dinner and overnight. BD

DAY 3: Sunday, November 6, 2011 - “He is going ahead of us to Galilee” (Mt. 28):  The Sea; Capernaum; Tabgha; Korazin; Mount of Beatitudes.  We begin at Capernaum where we shall walk in the ancient synagogue and see St. Peter’s house.  We continue to Korazin (Mt. 11:21) before traveling to Tabgha where we will see the mosaics of the Loaves and Fishes and celebrate Holy Eucharist.  From Tabgha we will take a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee all the way back to Tiberias.  Afterwards, we will journey to the Mount of Beatitudes to rehear the Sermon on the Mount and then we will hike down to the shore of the Sea of Galilee as Jesus and his disciples would have done.  We continue 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, known as the plain of Megiddo, has been the scene of horrible carnage and 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 will visit the museum that holds the 1st century boat discovered in the mud around the Sea of Galilee and return to the Pilgerhaus for dinner and overnight. BD

DAY 4: Monday, November 7, 2011 - The upper Galilee:  Golan Heights; Caesarea Phillipi; Mt. Hermon:  We travel to Caesarea Phillipi, once the largest city in northern Israel.  It is here that Jesus said to Simon, “and upon this rock I will build my church” (Mt. 16: 13-20).  Near the foot of Mt. Hermon, we will walk along the Jordan River to the Springs of Banias and renew our baptismal vows.  We will return to our kibbutz on the shores of the Sea of Galilee for dinner and overnight. BD

DAY 5: Tuesday, November 8, 2011 - The Jordan River Valley to Jericho and “Up to Jerusalem”:  Nazareth, Mt. Tabor, Bet Shean, Jericho, Jerusalem.  Our day begins on the shores of the Sea of Galilee.  After breakfast we leave the Galilee and visit Nazareth, to visit the Church of the Annunciation.  Then we visit Mt. Tabor and explore the Church of the Transfiguration which incorporates two chapels; one of Moses and one of Elijah.  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”.  We shall continue to our hotel for dinner and overnight in Jerusalem. BD

DAY 6: Wednesday, November 9, 2011 - 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.  Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem. BLD

DAY 7: Thursday, November 10, 2011 - 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: Friday, November 11, 2011 - The Judean Wilderness:  We drive along the Dead Sea to Masada and ride the cable cars 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.  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: Saturday, November 12, 2011 - New Jerusalem and Ein Kerem:  We will have some free time this morning and then we will check out of our hotel and visit the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial and the Knesset, the Israel Museum which houses the Shrine of the Book, along with other important sites.  We will also visit Ein Kerem, just west of Jerusalem.  It is here that, according to Christian tradition, John the Baptist was born and lived.  We will visit the Church of St. John the Baptist which dates from the 17th century but is built over older Byzantine and Crusader structures.  We will also visit the Church of the Visitation which commemorates the Virgin Mary’s visit to Elizabeth, mother of John.  We will have a “gala farewell to the Holy Land” dinner this evening and then travel to the airport where we will board our return flight back to the United States. BD

DAY 10: Sunday, November 13, 2011 - We will arrive back into Helena this afternoon. M

Price: Pricing $3,099.00.  Price is based on double occupancy without airline taxes and fuel surcharges.  Roundtrip air from Helena, MT on Delta Airlines.  Air transportation available from other cities.  Single supplement:  $699.00

Pricing does not include airline taxes and fuel charges estimated to be $535 and may change.  These will be added to your final invoice.

$200.00 per person deposit due with reservation.

Final payment due August 1, 2011

Cancellation Penalties
◊ Until July 31, 2011: $100 per person plus any unrecoverable fees.
◊ After August 1, 2011: 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 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.