Holy Land Familiarization Pilgrimage 2020

8 days
The Holy Land
Starting from $1598* Taxes & Fees Apply

Join EO Catholic Tours on the Holy Land Familiarization Pilgrimage 2020! From January 6-13 experience places such as the Jordan River, the Upper Room, and the Western Wall. Pricing for this 8 day tour starts at $1,598* for Host and Clergy.

*Pricing reflects a 4% cash discount

What’s Included

  • All Inclusive Pricing
  • Breakfast and Dinner Daily
  • Deluxe A/C Motor Coaches
  • Entrance and Program Fees
  • First Class Hotels
  • Fuel Surcharges and Gov't Taxes
  • Gratuities
  • Guided Tours
  • International Airfare from NY
  • Learning Opportunities
  • Study Guide
  • International Airfare

^ Additional Baggage & Optional fees may apply.

Daily Itinerary

Day 1 January 6 - USA to the Holy Land

Your spiritual pilgrimage begins as you depart the USA on an overnight flight.  

Day 2 January 7 – Arrive in the Holy Land

You will be welcomed to the Holy Land by our airport representative and transferred to your Jerusalem hotel. Enjoy dinner before retiring for the night.

Day 3 January 8 - Jericho & Bethlehem

Journey to Jericho (considered the oldest city in the world). In the distance you can see the traditional site of the Temptation of Jesus (Matt.4:1). Stop briefly at a large Sycamore tree and recall Jesus’ invitation to Zacchaeus. Visit Qasr-el-Yehud and renew your own baptismal vows at the Jordan River where Jesus was baptized by John. In Bethlehem, visit the cave revered as Jesus’ birthplace which now resides in the world’s oldest functioning church (Matt. 1:18-25). Celebrate Mass in St. Catherine’s Church and gaze out over Shepherds’ Field, where the angels first proclaimed the Good News.

Day 4 January 9 - Jerusalem

Be inspired by the breathtaking beauty of Jerusalem (“the Golden City”) as you stand on the Mount of Olives, the place from which Jesus ascended into heaven forty days after His resurrection (Acts 1:9-12). Walk the Palm Sunday road with a stop along the way at the Church of Dominus Flavit where Jesus wept over Jerusalem.  Celebrate Mass in the Garden of Gethsemane where Jesus prayed before His crucifixion (Matt. 26:36-44). On Mount Zion, see the House of the High Priest Caiaphas, where Jesus was imprisoned the night of His arrest (Matt. 26:57-65). Nearby is the Upper Room revered as the location of the Last Supper (Mark 14:12-26). Conclude your day by visiting the Church of the Dormition of Mary.  

Day 5 January 10 - Jerusalem and the Old City

Enter the Old City through St. Steven’s Gate where the first martyr and deacon was stoned. View the Pool of Bethesda, where Jesus performed the Sabbath miracle of healing (John 5:1-31), and sing a hymn in the Church of St. Anne, renowned for its beautiful acoustics. At Herod’s Antonia Fortress, see where Jesus was brought before Pontius Pilate (Luke 23:1-11). Walk the Via Dolorosa, “the Way of the Cross,” and celebrate the Mass of the Resurrection at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Visit the Southern Wall Excavations of the Temple, including the Teaching Steps and the Western Wall. Take a leisurely stroll down the Cardo, the main street of the Old City where modern shops stand among ancient ones.

Day 6 January 11 - Ein Karem, Emmaus & Nazareth

Travel to Ein Karem, the village where John the Baptist was born and the Virgin Mary visited Elizabeth prior to our Lord’s birth (Luke 1:26-40). See the Church of St. John, birthplace of John the Baptist, and celebrate Mass at the Church of the Visitation. During a short stop in Emmaus, you’ll see the traditional site where Jesus appeared to two disciples after His resurrection. After lunch, you’ll journey north to Cana where Jesus performed his first miracle (John 2:1-12) then continue on to Nazareth, Jesus’ boyhood home (Matt. 2:23) where you will visit the Church of the Annunciation.  

Day 7 January 12 - The Galilee

Enjoy beautiful Capernaum, the center of Jesus’ ministry, and visit the synagogue located on the site where Jesus taught (Matt.4:13, 23). Sail across the Sea of Galilee and experience a special onboard worship service. On the Mount of Beatitudes (Matt. 5-7), listen to Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount, and celebrate Mass at the Church of the Beatitudes. At Tabgha , traditional location of the feeding of the 5,000, visit the Church of the Fish and the Loaves (Luke 9:10-17). Take a moment to reflect and pray in the Chapel of the Primacy, where Peter professed his devotion to the risen Christ (John 21). Visit the recently excavated village of Mary Magdalene.  

Day 8 January 13 - Return to USA

Return to the USA

Departure Dates

  1. January 6, 2020
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*Prices reflect a 4% cash discount