2022 Pilgrimage to the Holy Land

Connecting with the sacred sites of our faith

May 23 - June 3, 2022 with Fr. David

Join Father David in Jerusalem as he leads a third faith-transforming pilgrimage to Israel and the West Bank with local guides from Qumri Pilgrimages.

Cost

Trip (including ground transportation): $3,200
Airfare: Approximately $1,200
We recommend that pilgrims also purchase trip insurance and travel health insurance
A passport valid through at least 2023. (Israel requires a valid passport for 6 months after the time of the visit.


Pilgrimage Itinerary

MONDAY, MAY 23, DAY 1: DEPART
On our way to the Holy Land

TUESDAY, MAY 24, DAY 2: ARRIVE BEN GURION AIRPORT / TRANSFER TO JERUSALEM
Arrival to Tel Aviv you will be met by your guide, transfer to our accommodation in Jerusalem.
Dinner and overnight at Saint George’s Guest House
Saint George’s Guest House
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WEDNESDAY, MAY 25, DAY 3: WESTERN WALL / DOME OF THE ROCK / HORIZONS OF JERUSALEM / HERODIUM
We depart for the Western Wall near Elharam Esh Sharif (The Dome of The Rock and the Al-Aqsa Mosque), St. Anne’s Church and the pools of Bethesda. MT. Scopus, viewthe Judean desert, Mt. of Olives, view the city of David. Lunch. Depart for Herodium some 12 km. south of Jerusalem, on a hill shaped like a truncated cone that rises 758 m. above sea level, stood Herodium, the palace-fortress built by King Herod. It had a breathtaking view, overlooking the Judean Desert and the mountains of Moab to the east, and the Judean Hills to the west.
Dinner and overnight at Saint George’s Guest House

THURSDAY, MAY 26, DAY 4: OLD CITY / CHURCH OF THE HOLY SEPULCHER
Group Photo. Briefing for the Holy Sepulcher. We then walk the Cardo to the Constantinian Entrance of the Holy Sepulcher, Lunch, continue our visit to the Holy Sepulcher.
Dinner and overnight at Saint George’s Guest House
Guest Speaker: Contemporary Issues – A Palestinian Perspective

FRIDAY, MAY 27, DAY 5: JERICHO / NAZARETH
Wadi Qelt early morning to get the feel for the desert, depart for Jericho to hike up Mt. of Temptation and view Tell Jericho, 20-minute meditation on Mt of Temptation Lunch, in Nazareth. In Nazareth we will visit Mary’s Well, the site of the only spring-fed fountain in the city, and most likely the place where Mary would have gone to draw water. We then visit the Greek Orthodox Church of the Annunciation where we will have an opportunity to have an introduction to the Icon, we then follow on foot the path to the Latin Church of the Annunciation, the traditional site of the Angel Gabriel’s appearance to Mary, telling her she would conceive Jesus, the Emmanuel
Dinner and Overnight at the Sisters of Nazareth
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SATURDAY, MAY 28, DAY 6: JORDAN RIVER / CAPERNAUM / BEATITUDES / TABGHA
Today we depart for the Sea of Galilee-Lake Kinnereth. Stop at the Jordan River for the renewal of Baptismal vows, Boat ride on the Sea of Galilee, we then visit Capernaum where we see the Ancient Synagogue and St. Peter’s House. We continue to the Mount of Beatitudes, Lunch, visit to Tabgha (Heptapegon), The Loaves and Fishes Church and the Chapel of St. Peter’s Primacy.
Dinner and Overnight at the Sisters of Nazareth

SUNDAY, MAY 29, DAY 7: CHRIST CHURCH / SEPPHORIS
Sunday Eucharist at Christ Church in Nazareth, the liturgy will be celebrated in English and Arabic. Meet with Fr. Nael Abu Rahmoun. Lunch, Sepphoris, where we explore the excavations of the Roman / Byzantine city, the capital of Galilee at the time of Jesus. A treat you will not want to miss!!!!
Dinner and Overnight at the Sisters of Nazareth

MONDAY, MAY 30, DAY 8: BURQIN / NABLUS / TAYBEH
Depart for Burqin. Jesus had passed through Burqin on his way to Jerusalem from Nazareth, and as he was passing by the village he heard cries for help from ten lepers who were isolated in quarantine in a cave, Nablus to visit (St. Photini the Greek Orthodox Monastery), St. Photini lived in first century Palestine, she was the Samaritan woman who Christ visited at the well asking her for water, the church built over Jacob’s well where will tour the church and drink from the Well, Lunch in Taybeh, visit Taybeh, the only 100% Christian town, in the fourth century the Emperor Constantine and his mother St. Helen built the church of St. George in the village, the ruins of the Church are still found on a hill in the town. We will also visit the brewery.
Dinner and overnight at Saint George’s Guest House
Guest Speaker: Contemporary Issues – An Israeli Perspective

TUESDAY, MAY 31, DAY 9: SHEPHERD’S FIELD / BETHLEHEM
We depart Jerusalem for Bethlehem and the Shepherds’ Field, visit a 1st century cave dwelling, Lunch is in Beit Sahour (Shepherds’ Field), ‘And in that region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night’ Church of the Nativity located in Manger Square. It is the Oldest Church in Christendom, constructed by Constantine in AD 326 and the traditional site of the Nativity
Dinner and overnight at Saint George’s Guest House
Guest Speaker: Lecture on Islam

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 1, DAY 10: PALM SUNDAY / DOMINUS FLEVIT / GETHSEMANE / PRINCESS BASMA CENTER / DEAD SEA
Walk the Palm Sunday Procession. We will stop at Pater Noster and Dominus Flevit, where Jesus wept over the city. It is known as Dominus Flevit [ Latin for “The Lord wept”]. Afterward, we will walk to the Garden of Gethsemane and the Church of All Nations, Princess Basma Center for Children with disabilities on the Mount of Olives and meet with Director Mr. Ibrahim Faltas at this national center for the evaluation, rehabilitation and education of children and adults with special physical and emotional needs. Lunch, Dead Sea, where you will have the option to swim – or really, float (Rocky Beach)
Dinner and overnight at Saint George’s Guest House

THURSDAY, JUNE 2, DAY 11: WAY OF THE CROSS / EMMAUS
Early this morning we walk and pray the Way of the Cross, Emmaus Nicopolis. We celebrate the Eucharist at the ruins of the Byzantine Church. Transfer to Ben Gurion Airport for our return flight.


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Cost

The cost for the pilgrimage is:

Double occupancy: $2,600

Single occupancy: $3,200

Included in this price:

  • Accommodations and breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Transportation in comfortable deluxe coach
  • Guide fee
  • All entrance fees on the itinerary Israeli and Palestinian speakers
  • Portage at all hotels
  • Tips for restaurant and hotel staff
  • Bus driver tips
  • Farewell dinner at the home of the pilgrimage guide

Airfare

Air transportation is not included in the pilgrimage price. Currently roundtrip nonstop flights to Tel Aviv from regional international airports are running roughly $1,500 per person. On previous pilgrimages, we have attempted to have as many as care to fly on the same flight. In such a case, we can arrange for ground transportation as a group to and from the airport at an additional shared cost. Contact Karen King in the parish office at 717-397-4858 for information on the group flight.


If flying on your own, you will need to leave the United States on Sunday, November 3rd to arrive at Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv on Monday, November 4th. If at all possible, each pilgrim should be present at the Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv between 1:00 pm and 5:00 PM on Nov. 4. Your departure flight from Ben Gurion must be scheduled for Friday, November 15th.

Passports

Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months after your arrival date. If it is not, you will not be allowed into Israel.

Payment

You do not need to pay to register. You may pay in full now, at a later date or by installment payments. You can pay by credit or debit card or deduction from a bank account through Realm over the coming months. You can also pay by check (either in a lump sum or in installments). If you are paying in full later or by installment, please adhere to the following minimum deadlines:

  • July 1 - $500 trip deposit ($400 if you made a prior $100 deposit)
  • September 15 - any remaining balance*
*If you are unable to pay the full cost of the trip before the final payment deadline of September 15, Saint James is able to help a limited number of individuals finance a portion of the cost of their trip over a longer period. Please contact Nicolette Norris before registering if interested in this option.

Registration in Realm

We will be using Realm to register all travelers. Saint James parishioners must have an activated Realm account. If you are not a Saint James parishioner, we can easily set up a Realm account for your pilgrimage registration.

If you have never activated your account or have forgotten your password, please contact Nicolette Norris, Minister of Giving & Communications, for an activation link or password reset. While Realm will allow you to register as a guest, for the purposes of this trip, you must have an activated account for us to serve you best. Without an activated account, you will not be able to make installment payments, check your balance due, payment deadlines or receive important trip communications.

Click here to register for the pilgrimage.