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A Catholic Pilgrimage to

THE HOLY LAND & ITALY

With Patrick Madrid, Best-Selling Author & Radio Host

October 19 - 31, 2019

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Patrick Madrid

Your Host

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Bishop James S. Wall

Your Chaplain

To reserve your space over the phone, or to request more information, call us at

(888) 498-TOUR

Saturday, October 19

Our pilgrimage to the Holy Land begins as we board our flight for Israel.

Sunday, October 20

Upon arrival in Tel Aviv, we’ll make our way to the baggage claim area and collect our luggage. We’ll proceed to the arrival’s hall, where we will be greeted by our tour guide and driver. Transfer to our hotel in Tel Aviv to check-in. Dinner at the hotel.

Monday, October 21

Following breakfast, we will drive to Caesarea. We will visit the archaeological remains of this ancient port. Shortly after the time of Jesus Christ, it was revealed to Peter in Caesarea that the Good News (to repent) is not only intended for Jewish people, but also the entire world. Continue North to Haifa. In Haifa, you will find Stella Maris, a Carmelite Monastery. The monastery is located above the cave where Elijah, the prophet, once lived. Following this visit, enjoy the scenic drive to Nazareth, were we’ll visit the church of the Annunciation which includes the church of St Joseph which tradition identifies it with the workshop of Joseph and the house of the Holy family. We will continue with a visit of the Church of the Incarnation, viewing at Grotto the remains of the house of the Blessed Virgin where the Angel appeared and announced the good news. Following Pilgrims path we visit Mary’s well, where often the Virgin Mary would have walked to draw water from the spring. The next stop will be to Cana where you will visit the Franciscan Wedding Church. Couples will have the opportunity to participate in the ceremony to renew their wedding vows. We’ll continue onto Tiberias, check-in at the hotel before dinner.

Tuesday, October 22

Today we begin with breakfast at the hotel, followed by a boat ride on the beautiful Sea of Galilee. Upon docking the boat, you will have the opportunity to view the remains of a boat that dates back to the time of Jesus. Following the Sea of Galilee, we continue to the Mount of Beatitudes, where Jesus proclaimed His great Sermon on the Mount. Near the Mount, is Tabgha, one of Jesus’ miracle sites. At Tabgha, Jesus fed the crowd of 5,000 people from five loaves of bread and two fish, we’ll also visit St. Peter’s Primacy where Jesus bestowed church leadership upon Peter. Continue to visit the birthplace of Mary Magdalene in Magdala. Our day concludes at Capernaum, the launching place of Jesus’ ministry. In Capernaum, visit the Synagogue where Jesus taught and gave His sermon on the Bread of Life. Return to the hotel for dinner.

Wednesday, October 23

After breakfast, we will drive to the site of the Transfiguration, Mount Tabor. Celebrate Mass at the Basilica of the Transfiguration. Continue south to the Jordan Valley to the oldest inhabited city in the world, Jericho. In Jericho, we can view the exact location of the Mount of Temptation, where the Devil tempted Jesus. We’ll continue to Jesus’ baptismal site on the Jordan River where you will have the opportunity to renew your baptismal vows. After some time at the Jordan River, we will transfer to Jerusalem to check-in to your hotel and enjoy dinner.

Thursday, October 24

This morning, enjoy breakfast before we start our day in Jerusalem, which houses the temple to which Jesus was Presented. Visit a model of the Second Temple as it was in the time of Jesus. Following this visit, we will take a short drive to the village of Ein Karem, the birthplace of John the Baptist. There are two churches in Ein Karem, the two homes of Zechariah and Elizabeth. The first is in a valley , the Church of the Nativity of St. John the Baptist. The second is on a hill where Elizabeth spent five months in seclusion at the Church of the Visitation. In the afternoon, transfer to Bethlehem, the birthplace of Jesus. In Bethlehem, you will have the opportunity to view the Shepherd’s Fields. The tour concludes at the Manger Square which stands in front of the Church of the Nativity. As you enter the Church, you will proceed down to the Grotto of the Nativity which marks the spot of Our Savior’s birth. Following Mass in this Sacred space, return to the hotel for dinner.

Friday, October 25

Following breakfast, we will travel down the Jordan Valley to Qumran. Qumran is made up of 2,000 year old ruins from the days of the Second Temple and also the site where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered. Time and weather permitting, you will have the opportunity to take a float in the Dead Sea, the lowest spot on earth. Continue as you travel through the Judean wilderness, the site where Jesus spent 40 days of fasting. We’ll end our day in Bethany, the site where Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead. Return to the hotel for dinner.

Saturday, October 26

After breakfast, we will make our way to the Mount of Olives where you will be able to take in the beautiful, panoramic view of Jerusalem. Historically, the Mount of Olives was a mandatory transit point for Jesus during many iconic moments. Visit the Pater Noster Shrine where Jesus taught His disciples the Lord’s Prayer. You will have the opportunity to stop at Dominus Flevit which is a Church that commemorates where Jesus wept for Jerusalem. Continue on to Gethsemane, a garden at the foot of the Mount of Olives. Jesus brought His disciples here to pray the night before He was crucified. The Garden still contains trees with roots that date back to the time of Jesus. Next we’ll stop at the Church of All Nations, built over the “Rock of Agony”. This is where Jesus prayed alone on the night of His arrest. Throughout this time, pilgrims are invited to remain in prayer and to reflect on Christ’s agony that He experienced. We’ll also have the opportunity to visit the Western Wall, which is the last remnant of the Jewish Temple after it was destroyed in 70 A.D..Next we’ll visit the Upper Room on Mt. Zion where Jesus and His disciples celebrated the Last Supper and where Jesus appeared to His disciples after His Death and Resurrection. In addition, visit the nearby Benedictine Church of the Dormition. Tradition tells us that this Church is where Mary, the Mother of Jesus, “fell asleep.” Return to hotel for dinner.

Sunday, October 27

This morning we’ll begin the Via Dolorosa at the Antonia Fortress, where Jesus was condemned to death by Pontius Pilate. We’ll end by Celebrating Mass at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Following Mass, we will return to the hotel to enjoy breakfast. We will continue our day with a visit to the Church of St. Anne’s, the home of Jesus’ maternal grandparents (Anne and Joachim); and the Pool of Bethesda, where Jesus healed the crippled man. This afternoon, enjoy a revisit to the Old City. Following this visit return to the hotel to enjoy dinner. An optional 4-day excursion to Italy will begin this evening with a flight to Rome, followed by hotel check-in.

Monday, October 28

With a renewed sense of pilgrimage and an invigorated love of our Catholic faith, we will transfer to the Tel Aviv Ben Gurion Airport this morning, say farewell to our tour guide and fellow pilgrims, and board our return flight home.

Optional Excursion to Italy

4 days in Rome & Assisi

Monday, October 28

Following breakfast served at our hotel, we will travel back in time today with a historic tour of Ancient Rome. Making our way along centuries-old cobblestone streets lined with Rome’s stately stone pines, we will arrive at the triumphal Arch of Constantine, built in 315 AD after Constantine's victory over Maxentius. Under one hundred feet away stands Ancient Rome’s monumental, three-tiered Colosseum, an amphitheater once used for gladiatorial games. We will enjoy a tour from the inside to get a better perspective of its massive size and importance to the Roman Empire. We will continue onto the Roman Forum, open grounds now surrounded by the ruins of the ancient government buildings at the center of Ancient Rome. After taking our photos and navigating out of the ruins, we will take a step under the breathtaking dome of the Pantheon. A former Roman temple now converted into a Catholic Church, the Pantheon boasts the largest dome of its kind in the world. We will continue onto the Piazza Navona nearby, accented with Bernini's famous "Fountain of the Four Rivers" triumphantly marking its center, followed by a walk to the spectacular Trevi Fountain, one of the oldest water sources in Ancient Rome. We will complete our day with dinner and time to relax with a glass of wine.

Tuesday, October 29

After enjoying breakfast at our hotel, we will transfer by private motor coach to the hilltop village of Assisi, the birthplace of Saint Francis of Assisi and a UNESCO world heritage site known for its magnificent medieval architecture. Our tour of Assisi will take us to the Basilica of Saint Clare. Here, we will pray and reflect among the remains of Saint Clare, a follower of Saint Francis and founder of the Order of Poor Ladies. We will continue to the Basilica of Saint Francis where we will view the saint’s few possessions and the many frescoes depicting his life. Saint Francis abandoned a life of luxury for a life devoted to Christianity after hearing the voice of God, who asked him to rebuild the Christian Church. Later this afternoon, we will make our way down into the valley of Assisi where we will visit the Basilica of Saint Mary of the Angels, home of the Chapel Portiuncola and the thornless rose bush. After dinner this evening, we will say farewell to Assisi and return back into Rome.

Wednesday, October 30

Breakfast will be served at our hotel this morning. We will spend today in the headquarters of the Roman Catholic Church and the smallest country in the world, the Vatican. Pope Francis will greet us (and thousands of fellow pilgrims from around the world) in St. Peter’s Square, followed by teachings, readings, and a Papal blessing (subject to Pope Francis’ schedule). We will continue our time in the Vatican with a tour of Saint Peter’s Basilica, the Vatican Museum, and the Sistine Chapel, all built on the site where Saint Peter, the chief apostle, died a martyr and was buried in 64 AD. We will finish the day with dinner in Rome.

Thursday, October 31

With a renewed sense of pilgrimage and an invigorated love of our Catholic faith, we will transfer to the Rome Fiumicino Airport this morning, say farewell to our tour guide and fellow pilgrims, and board our return flight home.

What comes included on this pilgrimage?

Roundtrip flight

From New York (JFK). For flights from other airports, call us for special pricing.

4-star deluxe hotels

★★★★

Breakfasts & dinners

Served daily, with wine at all dinners.

AC-motorcoach

Private, air-conditioned transportation.

Canterbury tour manager

At your service throughout the pilgrimage.

Licensed local guides

Official government-licensed local guiding at sites.

Tips for hotel & restaurant staff

At all hotels & restaurants throughout the journey.

Admission fees

Entry to all sites on the itinerary.

Commentary by Patrick Madrid

Author & Host of Relevant Radio's Patrick Madrid Show.

The Holy Land

October 19 -28, 2019

$4,498

Double Room

$5,298

Single Room

Catholic Italy

October 28 – 31, 2019

$1,498

Double Room

$1,898

Single Room

To reserve your space over the phone, or to request more information, call us at

(888) 498-TOUR