Pictures from the Holy Land

Walking in the Footsteps of Jesus

A Beloved Pilgrimage to the Holy Land

Led by:

The Rev. Derek Harbin and Clifford King Harbin
Church of the Beloved
Charlotte, NC

December 26, 2009 - January 4, 2010

Trip map

DAY 1, Saturday, December 26, 2009 - Depart the United States on a wide-body jet for a trans-Atlantic flight.  Dinner served on board the aircraft). D

DAY 2: Sunday, December 27, 2009 - Our Our Pilgrimage in this Holy Land begins:  After meeting our guide for the Holy Land, we travel to Netanya on the beautiful Mediterranean Sea for dinner and overnight. BLD

DAY 3: Monday, December 28, 2009 - We have come to see for ourselves (John 1:45-46):  After breakfast, we 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 travel to the plain of Megiddo, the fertile valley that 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 continue on to Nazareth, home of the Basilica of the Annunciation, the place where the Angel Gabriel told Mary that she would bear God’s son.  We visit Nazareth Village, based on solid New Testament scholarship and the most up-to-date archaeology.  Nazareth Village brings to life a farm and Galilean village, recreating Nazareth as it was 2,000 years ago.  We depart for the Sea of Galilee arriving at the Kibbutz Museum which houses the 1st century boat discovered in the mud around the sea.  We will visit the museum and see the boat.  Dinner and overnight at the kibbutz, Nof Ginnosar. BD

DAY 4: Tuesday, December 29, 2009 - “He is going ahead of us to Galilee” (Mt. 28):  The Sea; On the Boat; Capernaum; Tabgha; Mount of Beatitudes; Mt. Hermon; Korazin:  We shall visit Tabgha, the site of the feeding of the 5000, to view the mosaic of the Loaves and Fishes and here we will celebrate Holy Eucharist.  We will visit Capernaum and St. Peter’s House, board a boat reminiscent of the fishing boats used in Jesus’ time and sail across the Sea of Galilee to Tiberias where we will meet our motorcoach.  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:  “You are the Messiah, the Christ.”  There will be a walk along the headwaters of the Jordan River where we will renew our Baptismal vows.  We will continue to Caesarea Phillipi before returning to Nof Ginnosar for dinner and overnight. BD

DAY 5: Wednesday, December 30, 2009 - From Galilee to the Dead Sea:   We will first drive to Mt. Tabor and then 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.”  We drive along the Dead Sea to Masada and ride the cable car to the top.  We will have time to swim in the Dead Sea prior to heading to the Ein Gedi Kibbutz for dinner and overnight. BD

DAY 6: Thursday, December 31, 2009 - This morning we will go to Ein Gedi where we will hike to the spectacular oasis/waterfall where David hid from Saul; then on to the Essene Center at Qumran, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found before continuing into Jerusalem.  Once we arrive in this Holy City we will hike to the setting for the parable of the Good Samaritan, and St. George’s Greek Orthodox Monastery, literally carved out of a cliff.  Before continuing on to our hotel we will visit the model of Jerusalem and 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 in Jerusalem. BD

DAY 7: Friday, January 1, 2010 - The Passion: Palm Sunday Walk; Dominus Flevit; Church of the Agony; Garden of Gethsemane; Cave of the Olive Press:  We will continue to Dominus Flevit, the Church of the Agony and the Cave of the Olive Press.  From here we shall move on to walk the Via Dolorosa, beginning at Antonio’s Fortress, winding through the busy markets of the Old City and stopping 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.  We will visit the Scottish Hospice craft store (a consortium of Palestinian women sell their wares and the profits are returned to the women).  Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem. BD

DAY 8: Saturday, January 2, 2010 - Life’s Bread, Jerusalem:  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 that speak to us of Jesus’ healing at the “pool with the five porticos.”  We walk together to the Temple Mount Dig to see the excavated stones where Jesus walked, 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 in Jerusalem. BD

DAY 9: Sunday, January 3, 2010 - This morning we go to the Kidron Valley to the House of Caiaphas and then to Herodian, a fortress looking like a desolate hill from the outside built by King Herod.  We continue on to Bethlehem for lunch at Two Mustaches (a wonderful Arab restaurant in Bethlehem).  Afterwards, we visit the Church of the Nativity, built on the site of Jesus’ birth, and Shepherd’s Field where we will celebrate Holy Eucharist before returning to Jerusalem for our farewell dinner and overnight. BLD

DAY 10: Monday, January 4, 2010 - Depart from the Tel Aviv airport for your return to the United States arriving back this afternoon into Charlotte. (lunch served aboard the aircraft). BL

Price: $2,500.00 Estimated  Price is based on double occupancy without airline taxes and fuel surcharges.  Roundtrip air from Charlotte, NC.  Air transportation available from other cities.  Single supplement $409.00.

Final Payment due by September 25, 2009

◊ Deposit of $100.00 is due and is refundable up until February 27, 2009.
◊ Second deposit of $100.00 is due by February 27, 2009

Cancellation Penalties
◊ September 24, 2007 - February 27, 2009 - Completely Refundable
◊ February 28, 2009 - September 25, 2009 - $100.00 plus any unrecoverable fees.
◊ September 26, 2009 - November 10, 2009 - $200.00 plus any unrecoverable fees.
◊ After November 11, 2009: 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

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.