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Pilgrimage to the Holy Land

Experience a life-changing Holy Land Spiritual Pilgrimage

Holy Land Pilgrimage

Embark on a pilgrimage to the holy land. Beyond being merely an inspirational tour, it will be an unforgettable rite of passage in your spiritual journey that will forever give meaning to life both before and after. With roots originating nearly 20 years ago during “The Journey of the Magi” from Iraq and traveling all the way through Bethlehem, Holy Land Trust has been providing people from any faith with insightful experiences crafted specifically for them ever since. Members of every faith, denomination, and confession are welcome to join us. An incomparable opportunity awaits you!

What to Expect

  • Explore and experience all the essential Holy Land tours and sites. 
  • Gain a fresh and profound understanding of the Bible and the life of Jesus. 
  • Make unlikely, lifelong friendships and learn that we are more alike than different.
  • Meet and learn from Israeli and Palestinians working for peace and spiritual transformation.
  • Experience a more informed and richer spirituality. 
  • Partake in some fantastic cuisine – particularly home-cooked meals!
 
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Local Relationships

One of the unique features of our Holy Land tours is the opportunity to meet and create lasting friendships with Christians, Muslims, and Jews. While on your pilgrimage to the holy land, you will have the chance to meet local families and communities, so you have space where authentic, long-lasting relationships can be fostered into a commitment to pursuing peace. Our experience has been that these unlikely friendships create a situation where stories that might not be shared are opened up. It gives you a deeper insight into the spiritual intricacies of this complex land.

History

The life and times of Jesus, while short, were expansive, rich, and diverse. From his time in Galilee to his final days in Jerusalem, our holy land pilgrimage covers a lot of ground. We unpack the history of Christianity in the Holy Land and firmly place it in the larger regional context while making intimate connections to personal spiritual growth.

Geo-Political

While our holy land pilgrimages are expressly focused on the spiritual dimensions of this land, it is impossible to separate the Christian communities, their culture, and history from the political dynamics of this land. While it isn’t heavily integrated into the program, there is always open space for you to dig deeper into these urgent questions.

Cultural

As it is in any country, there is a multitude of perspectives on the life of Christ. The Palestinian Christian community is not a homogenous unit but rather a rich culture that has sprung to life from its unique history and theological underpinnings. On this holy land tour, we will explore the rich tapestry of the local Christian Palestinian communities, which will prove to be an enlightening experience for all looking for a holistic pilgrimage to the holy land.

Customizable Experiences 

As new historical discoveries emerge in the Holy Land, as the social landscape changes in your own communities back home, Holy Land Trust ensures that each tour is updated to reflect the most pressing issues of your group. We spend as much time as it takes to ensure our holy land tours are built just to meet your needs and requirements.


What's Included

  • All necessary land transportation during the tour includes airport pick up and transfer.
  • Sightseeing in deluxe private air-conditioned motor coach.
  • Accommodations for 3 nights in Galilee – 7 nights in Bethlehem specified in the
  • itinerary in 4+ Star Hotels
  • Breakfast and dinner at hotel daily
  • Service charges, portage and taxes for accommodations
  • Services of a licensed English/Spanish-speaking guide (daily)
  • Daily lunches
  • All entrance fees as described in the itinerary
  • 45 minutes Boat ride at Sea of Galilee
  • Entry to Dead Sea
  • Round trip cable car to Mount of Temptation in Jericho
  • Daily headset for each traveler
  • Masses reservations
  • Traditional Palestinian dinner with a Folk-dance performance
  • Tips for driver and tour guide
  • Honorarium fees for speakers
  • Admin fees

 

Not Included

  • Does not include Airfare. Airfare accommodations can be made upon request.
  • Travel Insurance
  • Health Insurance
  • Meals: Lunch on Arrival & Departure Day
  • Laundry 
  • Telephone calls, or services other than those specifically mentioned.
  • Costs for items not on table d’hôte menus such as water or other beverages at lunch & dinner.

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Sample Holy Land Pilgrimage Itinerary

Day 1

Departure

Day 2

Tel Aviv

Day 3

Mediterranean Coast & lower Galilee

Day 4

Nazareth & Sea of Galilee

Day 5

Sepphoris & Mount Tabor

Day 6

Bethlehem

Day 7

Jordan Valley & Jericho

Day 8

Jerusalem

Day 9

Nablus & Taybeh

Day 10

Hebron

Day 11

Return Home

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Depart to Tel Aviv airport.

In these uncertain COVID-19 times, make sure you include travel insurance with your flight. HL360 is closely monitoring travel restrictions as we move into Spring and Summer. As restrictions ease, we will provide greater certainty of travel dates, allowing you to book your flight with your airline of choice.

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Arrive at Ben Gurion airport.

The Holy Land Trust team will be waiting for you at the airport and provide transportation to your hotel. You will have a short time to see the sites with an overnight stay in Tel Aviv

 

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Caesarea Martima: Herod the Great built this ancent seaport, constructed on the coast of the Mediterranean, in honor of Caesar and named it "Caesarea Maritima."

Haifa/Bahai Garden: The Terraces of the Baháʼí Faith, also known as the Hanging Gardens of Haifa, are garden terraces around the Shrine of the Báb on Mount Carmel in Haifa, Israel.

Acre/Akko Crusader Remains: a UNESCO World Heritage site in recognition of the remains of the Crusader town both above and below street level.

Ibillin Community: A visit with Father Elias Chacour who served as Archbishop in the Catholic Church from 2006 to 2014. Noted for his efforts to promote reconciliation between Arabs and Jews, he describes himself as a "Palestinian-Arab-Christian-Israeli."

Dinner & Overnight in Nazareth

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Church of Annunciation: Established over the site where tradition holds to be the house of Mary and Joseph, and where the angel Gabriel appeared to Mary and announced that she would conceive and bear the Son of God, Jesus.

Cana of Galilee: The location of the Marriage at Cana, where the miracle of turning water into wine took place in the Gospel of John. Couples will have an opportunity to renew their marriage vows here.

Magdala:  Tradition holds that Magdala is the birthplace of Mary Magdalene. In this area, you will experience a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee and visit the Mount of Beatitudes, Capernaum & Peter's House.

Lunch at St Peter's Fish Restaurant, Dinner & overnight in Nazareth 

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Meeting with Arab-Israeli Christian Community near Sepphoris.

Sepphoris: This former village and archaeological site near Nazareth holds a rich and diverse historical and architectural legacy. It is also believed to be the birthplace of Mary, mother of Jesus.

Mount Tabor: Located in Lower Galilee, Mount Tabor is considered the site of the transfiguration of Jesus.

Dinner & overnight in Bethlehem

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Church of Nativity: Located in Bethlehem in the West Bank, this Holy site, and the caverns it contains below, holds a prominent religious significance to Christians as the birthplace of Jesus.

Shepherd’s Field Chapel: This chapel marks the place where, according to tradition, angels first announced the birth of Christ. It is also considered the place mentioned in Ruth 2:2, where Ruth gleaned grain for herself and Naomi.

Visit with Holy Land Trust: Holy Land Trust is a non-profit Palestinian organization committed to fostering peace, justice, and understanding in the Holy Land. Meet internationally known peace activist Sami Awad, often considered the Middle East Gandhi.

Walled Off Hotel: Built alongside the Israeli West Bank barrier, this offbeat and quirky boutique hotel was created by acclaimed artist Banksy. Enjoy the museum inside and a great cup of coffee.

Shopping at local Olive Wood carving shops in Bethlehem.

Dinner and overnight in Bethlehem

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Masada: Masada is an ancient fortification situated on top of an isolated rock plateau. Build by Herod the Great; this imposing fortress is one of Israel's most popular tourist attractions.

Qumran: Qumran is best known as the settlement nearest to the Qumran Caves, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were hidden for thousands of years.

Jordan River Baptismal site: On this sacred river, experience the opportunity to renew your baptismal vows in the very river Jesus was baptized in by John the Baptist.

Time at Dead Sea Shore: The Dead Sea is a salt lake 1,412 ft below sea level, Earth's lowest elevation on land, which makes swimming similar to floating.

Jericho (Mount Temptation): The Mount of Temptation is said to be the hill in the Judean Desert where Jesus was tempted by the devil (Matthew 4:8). 

Dinner and overnight in Bethlehem 

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Mount of Olives - Via Dolorosa (Stations of the Cross): The Mount of Olives: Understood to be the place from which Jesus ascended to heaven and is today an important pilgrimage site for Christians.

Holy Sepulcher Church: Located in the Old City of Jerusalem, The church contains, according to tradition, the two holiest sites in Christianity: the place of Jesus' crucifixion on Calvary, and Jesus's empty tomb, where he was buried and resurrected.

Walling Wall: The Wailing Wall is an ancient limestone wall in the Old City of Jerusalem. The Wall is the holiest place where Jews pray, though the Foundation Stone, the most sacred site in the Jewish faith, lies behind it.

Temple Mount: Located in the Old City of Jerusalem, this site for thousands of years has been revered as a holy site in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam alike.

Holocaust Museum Yad Vashem: This museum is Israel's official memorial to the victims of the Holocaust. It is dedicated to preserving the memory of the dead, honoring Jews who fought against their Nazi oppressors and Gentiles who selflessly aided Jews in need.

Dinner and overnight in Bethlehem

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Visit Taybeh Village – Mt Gerizim (Samaritan Community) – Jacobs’s Well in Nablus – Nablus Old City - Dinner and overnight in Bethlehem 

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Visit Hebron Old City & Market – The Tombs of patriarchs – Meeting with Christian Peacemaker Team – Meeting with Jewish Settler.

Farewell Dinner in Bethlehem with Bedouin Folklore dance Performance

Overnight in Bethlehem

Check out from Hotel – Transfer to Tel Aviv airport for departure

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Cancelation Policy

In the event of cancellation of travel services due to any reason including COVID-19 travel restrictions, Holy Land 360 must be notified in writing. Cancellation refunds are determined based on the date of notification in writing. Refunds are as follows:

  • 45 days prior to arrival: 100% of the Tour/service cost
  • 30 days prior to arrival: 80% of the Tour/service cost
  • 15 days prior to arrival: 70% of the Tour/service cost
  • 07 days prior to arrival: 50% of the Tour/service cost
  • Less than 72 hours or No Show: No Refund

Some cancellation and refund policies are out of our control including:

  • Refund for hotel payment will follow the hotel's cancellation policy
  • Transportation cancellations will follow the transportation company policy 
  • Flight tickets cancellations will follow the airline's company policy

In case Group/Individual cancels the trip after commencement, the refund will be limited to the amount that we would recover from the hoteliers/ contractors we patronize. For unused hotel accommodation, chartered transportation & missed meals etc. we do not bear any responsibility to refund.

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