11 Days Life Changing Pilgrimage to the Holy Land from San Francisco, CA (SFO) - September 25 - October 05, 2023 - With Father Thomas Zell

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(Day 1) - Departure from the USA.
Depart for your overnight flights to Holy Land. Meals served on board.

(Day 2) - Arrival Tel Aviv – Nazareth
Arrive in Tel Aviv, we will meet our guide & driver, and then we will drive to our hotel in Nazareth for dinner & overnight.

(Day 3) - Caesarea – Nazareth – Cana
After breakfast, we will leave the hotel and start our day with a visit to Caesarea. You will have the opportunity to visit the archaeological remains of this ancient port, then we will go to Nazareth, there we will visit the Mary’s Well, and the Greek Orthodox Church of Annunciation, after that the group will visit Cana of Galilee, there we will visit the Greek Orthodox Church site of Jesus first miracle. Dinner and overnight in Nazareth or Tiberias.

(Day 4)  –  Sea of GalileeMt. Beatitudes
On this day, we will start our day with a visit to the Mount of Beatitudes, where Jesus preached the Sermon on the Mount. Then we will visit the Tabgha, the Greek for seven springs, and the Church of the multiplication of fishes & loaves, and then we will continue to Capernaum, the headquarters of Jesus' ministry in Galilee, the St. Peter’s house, we will visit the Greek Orthodox Church of the Holy Apostles, We then have lunch we will try St. Peter’s Fish. We will visit Korazin, which was cursed by Jesus because the people did not follow his teaching, we then have a boat ride across the Sea of Galilee. Dinner and overnight in Nazareth or Tiberias.

(Day 5)  – Mt. Tabor – Nablus - Samaria – Jacob’s Well
After breakfast we will check out from our hotel and start our day with a visit to Mt Tabor, there we will visit the Church of Transfiguration. Then we will leave the Galilee area and head to the Old City of Nablus Samaria at Mount Gerizim, we will also visit Jacob’s Well. We then drive to Taybeh for dinner and overnight.

(Day 6) – Jericho Dead SeaJordan River
We will start our day with a visit to the monastery of St. George, built in a rock Ravine in the Judean desert. We then visit the Mount of Temptation; we will try there the Jericho Cable Car, where we will visit the Orthodox Monastery. We then visit the Baptismal site in Jordan where the group may renew their baptismal vows. We then visit the Dead Sea where we can float in the Dead Sea in Salty water. Dinner and overnight in Taybeh.

(Day )  – Jerusalem Mt. OlivesMt ZionBethanyBethlehem
On this day we will start our day with a visit to Mount of Olives, we will have a panoramic overlook to Jerusalem, then we will visit the church of Pater Noster, and then continue to the Chapel of Ascension. We will walk down the Palm Sunday road stopping at the beautiful Russian Orthodox Church of Mary Magdalene. We then continue to visit the Tomb of Holy Mother and continue to the Church of all Nations in the Garden of Gethsemane. Later on we will visit St. Peter in Galicantu. End of the day will be at Bethany, to visit the site of the House of Mary and Lazarus. Dinner and overnight in Bethlehem.

(Day 8)  – Ein Karem – Bethlehem
After breakfast, we start our day with a visit to Ein Karem, the birthplace of St. John the Baptist and see the Russian and the Greek Orthodox Church, and then we continue to Monastery of St. Theodosius and Mar Saba. We then continue to Shepherd’s Field and Grotto, to see the place where the Shepherds saw the star of the Nativity. We then visit the Church of the Nativity. Sometimes will be given for shopping. Dinner and overnight in Bethlehem.

(Day 9) – Jerusalem – Old CityVia Dolorosa
We start our day with a visit to the Wailing Wall and Temple Mount. Then we continue to St. Anne Church and Pool of Bethesda, We will walk the Via Dolorosa is the spot where Jesus was condemned to death by Pontius Pilate there we will visit the Ecce Homo. Our next destination will be the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, after that we will visit St. Jacob’s Church and the St. James Cathedral in the Armenian Orthodox quarter. Dinner and overnight in Bethlehem.

(Day 10)  – Jerusalem – Greek Orthodox Church – Farewell dinner
After breakfast, we will leave to visit the Greek Orthodox Church, and the Orthodox monasteries, we will also visit the Holy Cross Monastery and St. Simon the church in Katamon. We will have some free time in Jerusalem for some shopping time and visits on our own. This afternoon we will have a farewell dinner in a local restaurant in Bethlehem.

(Day 11)  – DEPARTURE
Transfers to Tel Aviv airport, we will arrive back in the USA the same day.


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Package Price:

Trip date:  September 25 - October 05, 2023

Departure City:  San Francisco, CA (SFO)  Other Cities available
Package Price:  $3890.00
Single Room(Private Room) $850.00

The package price includes the following:

  1. Hotels on HB Basis: 9 nights (open buffet breakfast, open buffet dinner)
  2. Lunch (St. Peter’s Fish)
  3. Farewell dinner at a Local restaurant
  4. Air-conditioned bus in Holy Land
  5. English speaking guide
  6. Entrance fees as per the program

    Israel: Caesarea National Park – Korazin National Park – Capernaum – Jericho Cable Car – Asencion - Pater Noster - St. Peter in Galicantu - St. Anne & Pool of Bethesda - Ecce homo – Boat Ride - Taxi Mt. Tabor – Bethany – Taxi Mar Saba – Holy Cross Monastery
  7. Meeting and assistance at Arrival – Ben Gurion Airport
  8. Porterage is Included in all hotels
  9. Parking fees where applicable
  10. Whispers during the whole trip
  11. Porterage at airport
  12. Lunches

The package price does not include the following:

  • Personal expenses
  • Tips
  • Drinks at dinners
  • Medical Insurance
  • Anything not mentioned above
Gratuities for guide/driver (please look at the list that we recommend)
We recommend 10-12 $ pp per day for Guide/ 5-6 $$ per day for driver.