Pictures from the Holy Land

A Pilgrimage to the Holy Land

Walking in the Footsteps of Jesus

Led by:

The Rt. Rev. John S. Smylie
Diocese of Wyoming
Casper, WY

February 17 - 26, 2015

Trip map

DAY 1, Tuesday, February 17, 2015 - Depart from Salt Lake City for our flight into Tel AvivMeals on board the aircraft. M

DAY 2: Wednesday, February 18, 2015 - Our Pilgrimage in this Holy Land begins:  After meeting our guide for the Holy Land, we transfer by motor coach to our hotel by the Mediterranean Sea.  Time, perhaps, for an afternoon stroll along the beach before dinner and overnight in our beachfront hotel in Netanya. D

DAY 3: Thursday, February 19, 2015 - We have come to see for ourselves (John 1:45-46):  Herod’s City-Caesarea; The Majesty of Carmel; Armageddon; Nazareth . . . . to the Sea of Galilee.  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 continue toward Muhraqa (‘the sacrifice’), traditionally the site of Elijah’s contest with the prophets of Baal, located at 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).  Our journey continues to Nazareth, where we visit the Basilica of the Annunciation.  We visit Cana, site of the first miracle where Jesus turned the water into wine.  Our journey continues to our hotel located on the Sea of Galilee in Tiberias for dinner and overnight. BD

DAY 4: Friday, February 20, 2015 - “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 to view the mosaic of the Loaves and Fishes.  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:  “Thou art Christ.”  There will be a walk along the mouth of the Jordan River.  We shall reach the foot of Mt. Hermon before returning to Tiberias for dinner and overnight. BLD

DAY 5: Saturday, February 21, 2015 - From Galilee “up to Jerusalem”:  We will start the day with a walk along the Jordan River where we may renew our Baptismal vows.  We then follow our way from Galilee to Jerusalem.  The road passes through Jericho, the oldest human settlement in the world.  From the vantage point of the site in Jericho, we have a spectacular view of the “Mount of Temptation.”  Driving up to Jerusalem, we view the setting for the parable of Good Samaritan and St. George’s Orthodox Monastery, literally carved out of a cliff.  Once in Jerusalem, we find a place high above on Mt. Zion or the Mt. of Olives to orient ourselves.  Then, it is on to the hotel for dinner and overnight in Jerusalem. BD

DAY 6: Sunday, February 22, 2015 - 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 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.  The rest of the day is free for further exploration in the Old City.  This evening we will go to St. George’s for Evensong.  Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem. BD

DAY 7: Monday, February 23, 2015 - 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. BD

DAY 8: Tuesday, February 24, 2015 - 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, 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.  After lunch at Two Mustaches (a wonderful Arab restaurant in Bethlehem), we visit the Church of the Nativity and Shepherd’s Field.  Following dinner at our hotel, we will visit St. Andrew’s and Craftaid.  Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem. BLD

DAY 9: Wednesday, February 25, 2015 - Morning visit to Emmaus.  Afternoon is free for exploring your favorite sites in the Old City on your own.  We will enjoy a gala farewell dinner together before we board our motor coach and depart for Ben Gurion Airport where we bid goodbye to our driver and guide, board our trans-Atlantic flight, and journey home with our souls nourished from walking in the footsteps of Jesus and the saints. BD

DAY 10: Thursday, February 26, 2015 - Homeward Bound! Early morning arrival in the United States, where we clear customs then connect to our flight to Salt Lake City. M

Price: $3,099.00.  Price is subject to change until the air space is confirmed.  Price is based on double occupancy without airline taxes and fuel surcharges.  Pricing based on minimum of 17 pilgrims.  Roundtrip air from Salt Lake, UT Airport.  Air transportation available from other cities.  Single supplement:  $649.00

Estimated taxes as of February 27, 2014 are $726.82 per person.  These may change.

Deposit $300.00 due with application

Final payment due November 18, 2014

Cancellation Penalties
◊ Until November 18, 2014: $100 per person plus any unrecoverable fees.
◊ November 19 – December 12, 2014: $200 per person plus any unrecoverable fees.
◊ December 13, 2014 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, 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.