Pictures from the Holy Land

A Pilgrimage to the Holy Land

Walking in the Footsteps of Jesus

Led by:

The Rev. Dr. J. Derek Harbin and Clifford King Harbin
St. John’s Episcopal Church
Portsmouth, VA

December 5 – 15, 2012

Trip map

This pilgrimage involves a moderate amount of physical activity including walking for a mile or more, climbing stairs, and hiking over rocky and uneven ground.

DAY 1, Wednesday, December 5, 2012 - Depart the United States on a wide-body jet for a trans-Atlantic flight.  Meals on board the aircraft. M

DAY 2: Thursday, December 6, 2012 - 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 D

DAY 3: Friday, December 7, 2012 - 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: Saturday, December 8, 2012 - “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) and then on to Caesarea Phillipi where, at the Springs of Banias, (Mt. 16:13) Peter said, "You are Messiah, the Christ".  There will be a walk along the headwaters of the Jordan River where we will renew our Baptismal vows.  We return to Nof Ginnosar for dinner and overnight. BD

DAY 5: Sunday, December 9, 2012 - From Galilee to the Dead Sea:  Today we 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: Monday, December 10, 2012 - This morning we visit to Ein Gedi where we enjoy a 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.  We continue toward Jerusalem stopping at the setting for the parable of the Good Samaritan and St. George's Greek Orthodox Monastery which is literally carved out of a cliff.  Before continuing on to our hotel we 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: Tuesday, December 11, 2012 - The Passion: Palm Sunday Walk; Dominus Flevit; Church of the Agony; Garden of Gethsemane; Cave of the Olive Press:  We 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 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: Wednesday, December 12, 2012 - 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. BD

DAY 9: Thursday, December 13, 2012 - 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 dinner and overnight. BLD

DAY 10: Friday, December 14, 2012 - Today we visit one of the sites of Emmaus on the hilltop of Abu Ghosh Village, a short drive from Jerusalem.  This is where the two disciples were met by Jesus after His Ressurection.  "Their eyes were opened" and they recognized Jesus by the breaking of the bread, during their meal with him.  We visit the Benedictine Monastery and The Church of the Ressurection and enjoy the tranquil hilltop setting.  We have a chance to have our own farewell Eucharist celebrating the message of His Resurrection before returning to Jerusalem for our “farewell dinner” and overnight. BD

DAY 11: Saturday, December 15, 2012 - Depart from the Tel Aviv airport for your return to the United States arriving back this afternoon into Norfolk. M

Price: Pricing $3,039.00.  Price is based on double occupancy without airline taxes and fuel surcharges.  Roundtrip air from Norfolk, VA.  Air transportation available from other cities.  Single supplement:  $709.00

* Price is subject to change until the air space is confirmed and confirmation of the rates for 2012.

Pricing does not include airline taxes and fuel charges. Estimated taxes as of November 10, 2011 were $629.95 per person.  These will be added to your final invoice.

$300.00 per person deposit due with reservation.

Final payment due September 5, 2012

Cancellation Penalties
◊ Until September 4, 2012: $100 per person plus any unrecoverable fees.
◊ September 5 – October 20, 2012: $200 per person plus any unrecoverable fees.
◊ October 21, 2012 or later: 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.

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.