St. Augustine R.C. Church presents… Israel: Pilgrimage to the Holy Land
Departing October 27 – November 4, 2019
Hosted by Father Michael Savarimuthu
9 Days ● 15 Meals: 7 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch, 7 Dinners
Double $4,579; Single $5,729; Triple $4,549 Regular rates: Double $4,779 ; Single $5,929; Triple $4,749
Book Now rates valid until Apr 29, 2019, valid on air inclusive packages only.
For bookings made after Apr 29, 2019 call for rates.
Included in Price: Round Trip Air from Winnipeg Intl Airport, Air Taxes and Fees/Surcharges of $150 per person (subject to increase until paid in full), Hotel Transfers
Not included in price: Cancellation Waiver and Insurance of $355 per person * All Rates are Per Person and are subject to change, based on air inclusive package from YWG
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Spiritual Journeys: Collette’s collection of religious tours has been created with our faith-based travellers in mind. The focus is on creating inspiring travel experiences in world-famous spiritual locations, and these itineraries are designed utilizing more modest accommodations that capture the reflective surroundings in which they sit.
- Visit the Church of All Nations, built over the rock on which Our Lord prayed the night before he was crucified.
- Celebrate daily Mass at several significant religious sites.
- Visit the Pools of Bethesda where Jesus healed the paralytic.
- Visit the ancient cities of Nazareth & Bethlehem.
- Follow the Via Dolorosa, walked by Our Lord on the way to his crucifixion.
- Stop at the Garden of Gethsemane, the site of Christ's betrayal by Judas.
- Get a taste of the local flavour when you enjoy lunch at a kibbutz.
Highlights: Jaffa, Caesarea, Nazareth, Cana, Tiberias, Sea of Galilee, Mount of Beatitudes, Capernaum, Church of the Transfiguration, Bethlehem, Church of the Nativity, Jerusalem, Mount of Olives, Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Western Wall, Via Dolorosa, Celebrate Mass Daily
Experience It! Jerusalem's Old City: A Confluence of Faiths
Enter through the sacred gates to a labyrinth of winding cobblestone streets, densely packed inside an area less than a single square mile. In spite of its diminutive size, the walled Old City is of great symbolic importance for Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Journey to venerable locations that have existed for thirty centuries. Stroll the Via Dolorosa, or Way of Sorrows, to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the site of Jesus Christ’s crucifixion, burial, and resurrection. Experience the solemnity of the Western Wall, the only surviving remnant of Judaism’s most sacred shrine, the Temple Mount. Gaze in awe at the Dome of the Rock, one of the world’s great architectural masterpieces. For Muslims, this is the site of the Prophet Muhammad’s ascension to Heaven.
PROOF OF CITIZENSHIP: PASSPORTS AND VISAS
Documentation is required by foreign governments for all trips outside Canada. Clients/passengers should cheque with the appropriate foreign consulate/embassy for entry requirements, including whether you need to obtain a visa before entering your destination country and, if you do need to get a visa, its cost and timing. Please remember that the possession of valid passports and necessary visas are the responsibility of each client/passenger. If you would like assistance in ensuring you have the proper visa(s) for your trip outside of Canada, we would be happy to refer you to a company that can assist you. We strongly recommend that you have a valid passport (with seven-month validity) for all travel outside Canada. Passports are required for all Canadians entering the United States.
When travelling outside Canada, health insurance is required. Contact your booking agent for more details.
There may be different living standards and practices and different standards and conditions with respect to the provision of services and accommodations outside of Canada. Single accommodations are limited and are available on a first come, first served basis.Triple accommodations are not available in all hotels. When this is the case, a twin and single room will be assigned. Proper dress is required when visiting religious sites, sanctuaries, basilicas, etc. Location of daily Mass is subject to availability. On occasion, it’s possible one of the churches listed in the itinerary may not be available; in that case, an alternate church will be made available. To complete your tour, we include roundtrip airport-to-hotel transfers when purchasing our airfare with your tour. If you have arranged for your own air, we are pleased to provide you the option of purchasing these transfers. Please note that all transfers will leave at prescheduled times. To truly experience the program and destination, you need to be able to participate in physical activities such as longer walking tours, walking over uneven terrain, climbing stairs and periods of standing. Some of the touring days may be longer, with select included activities occurring later in the evening. Due to flight schedules, you may require a very early morning departure from the hotel on the last day (Day 9). Travel distance from Jerusalem to Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion airport is approximately 1.5 hours (depending upon traffic conditions). Due to security cheques, it is recommended that you arrive at Ben Gurion airport 3 hours prior to departure. Air passengers will depart from Tel Aviv airport and all transfers will depart from Jerusalem for Tel Aviv airport. Please be advised many airlines do not provide advance seat assignments until check-in at the airport. Advance seating will be subject to the airline's terms and conditions. Economy air rate and schedule are applicable for groups of 10 or more travelling on the same flights and dates.
A deposit of $500 per person is due upon reservation. Reservations are made on a first come, first served basis. Reservations made after the deposit due date of April 22, 2019 are based upon availability.
Final payment due by August 28, 2019. Deposits are refundable up until April 29, 2019.
Sunday, October 27, 2019 Overnight Flight
Travel to the Holy Land on an inspirational journey that visits some of the most ancient sites in the world.
Monday, October 28, 2019 Tel Aviv, Israel - Tour Begins
Your tour begins in Tel Aviv, a bustling city brimming with culture and history, situated on the Israeli Mediterranean coastline. Tonight, join your fellow travellers for a welcome dinner. (D)
Tuesday, October 29, 2019 Tel Aviv - Jaffa - Caesarea - Nazareth - Cana - Tiberias
Journey to the ancient port city of Jaffa for a leisurely stroll through the winding alleys of the historic area. Celebrate Mass at St. Peter’s Church. Travel to the walled city and Roman ruins of Caesarea. It was here that St. Peter converted the first pagan, Centurion Cornelius, to become a Christian, and where St. Paul was imprisoned for two years. In Nazareth, visit the Church of theAnnunciation. Your day continues with a visit to Cana, the site of Our Lord’s first miracle, at a wedding feast where you can renew your marriage vows. Arrive in Tiberias for a 2-night stay. (B, D)
Wednesday, October 30, 2019 Tiberias - Sea of Galilee - Tabgha - Capernaum - Tiberias
This morning enjoy a special treat when you take a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee where many of the apostles were fishermen and where Our Lord preached. Travel to nearby Tabgha and visit the Church of the Multiplication of the Loaves and the Fishes, built to commemorate the miraculous feeding of five thousand. Stop at the Mount of Beatitudes for a stunning view of the Sea of Galilee. Celebrate Mass at the Church of the Beatitudes. Continue to the Church of the Primacy of St. Peter where Our Lord appeared to the apostles after His resurrection. In Capernaum, visit the church built over the ruins of St. Peter’s house. Get a taste of the local flavour when you enjoy lunch at a communal settlement known as a kibbutz. Finally, visit Yardenit, the Jordan River baptismal site. (B, L, D)
Thursday, October 31, 2019 Tiberias - Mount Tabor - Bethlehem - Jerusalem
Travel to Mount Tabor, the site of the Transfiguration. Proceed to Bethlehem and enjoy a stop at Shepherds’ Field, where the angels appeared on the first Christmas night. Celebrate Mass at the Church of the Nativity, built on the birth site of Our Lord. Later, arrive in one of the holiest cities in the world, Jerusalem. (B, D)
Friday, November 1, 2019 Jerusalem, the Old City
Your visit to Jerusalem begins with a visit to the Church of the Pater Noster, built on the traditional site where Jesus taught His disciples the Lord's Prayer; its name refers to the “Our Father” prayer. Next, visit the Mount of Olives and the site where Our Lord wept over the city, now known as Dominus Flevit. Afterwards, visit the Church of All Nations, built over the rock on which Our Lord prayed the night before He was crucified. Continue to the Garden of Gethsemane, the site of Christ’s betrayal by Judas. Travel to Caiaphas’ Palace – known today as St. Peter in Gallicantu – where St. Peter once denied Our Lord in one of its courts. This afternoon, travel to Ein Karem to visit the Church of St. John the Baptist, built over the Grotto of his birthplace, and celebrate Mass. (B, D)
Saturday, November 2, 2019 Jerusalem
Today you are free to explore the city on your own. Perhaps you’ll choose to take an optional excursion to the Dead Sea to discover where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found; visit Masada; stop at AHAVA Visitors Centre; and perhaps even float on the salty waters of the Dead Sea. Later today, gather with your fellow travellers to celebrate Mass. (B, D)
Sunday, November 3, 2019 Jerusalem - Western Wall
Enter the old city through St. Stephen’s Gate where St. Stephen, the first Christian martyr, was stoned to death. Continue to the Church of St. Anne, marking the place where the parents of the Blessed Mother lived. Visit the nearby Pools of Bethesda, where Jesus healed the paralytic, and see the Ecce Homo Arch, the site where Pontius Pilate presented Our Lord to the crowds. Celebrate Mass at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the site of His crucifixion, burial and resurrection. Walk through the Muslim, Christian and Jewish quarters to the Western Wall of the Temple. Then, follow the Via Dolorosa, the Way of the Cross, walked by Our Lord on the way to His crucifixion. Next, visit the Church of the Dormition (commemorating Our Lady’s Assumption) and the nearby Hall of the Last Supper. In Jerusalem, enjoy a farewell dinner with your fellow travellers to celebrate the end of this unforgettable and holy experience. (B, D)
Monday, November 4, 2019 Jerusalem - Tour Ends
Your tour comes to a close today, leaving you with many pleasant memories. (B)