Pilgrimage to the Holy Land
March 18 - 30, 2017

An exploration into the land where Jesus walked, and into God's healing for the conflicts between God's children.

LEADERS: The Rev. Jacob A. Smith, The Rev. Ben DeHart, The Rev. James G. Munroe


Round-trip air transportation from Newark to Tel Aviv
Accomodation + Meals
Guides + Speakers
Portage at all Hotels
Tips + Travel Insurance

Passport + Visa fees (if applicable)
Personal expenses (e.g. laundry, beverages, telephone...)
Gratuity to guide (approx. $50 per person)
Domestic transportation to/from Newark

It is required that your passport be valid for at least six months from the date of your departure. A visa may be required for non-USA citizens.

Full refund minus a $100.00 fee will be made for cancellations received in writing up to 120 days prior to departure. After that period, additional cancellation fees are as follows:

# of Days Prior to Departure             REFUND AMOUNT
119 - 190 days..................................half refund
89 - 60 days......................................quarter refund

If the trip is cancelled due to safety concerns, there will be a full refund.

To reserve your place, complete the following by June 12th 2016. After that date, we'll open the trip to the greater community and your spot is not guaranteed. 

- Email The Parish with the names and addresses of those would would like to go.

- Mail a deposit for $1000 to The Parish of Calvary ~ St. George's at 61 Gramercy Park N. New York, NY 10010
Make check payable to "The Parish of Calvary ~ St. George's" and write "Holy Land Pilgrimage" in the memo field.

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Saturday, March 18 – Depart USA

Depart Newark International Airport for a ten-hour (ish) non-stop flight on United Airlines to Tel Aviv late in the evening.

Sunday, March 19 – Arrive at Tel Aviv/Jerusalem

Arrive at David Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv in the late afternoon.  Meet our guide, Mr. Iyad Qumri and our bus driver.  We’ll drive to the guesthouse of St. George’s Anglican Cathedral in Jerusalem.  We’ll have dinner and stay overnight at the guesthouse.


Monday, March 20 – Horizons of Jerusalem

This is an introductory day to the experience of Jerusalem.  After breakfast and introductions, we’ll walk to the Damascus Gate of the Old City.  We travel to the top of Mt. Scopus to view the Judean desert.  We’ll visit the original City of David.  After lunch, we’ll walk the Cardo (main street of Jerusalem at the time of Jesus) to the Church of the Resurrection, where we’ll visit the sites of the crucifixion and resurrection.  We’ll have dinner and overnight at St. George’s guesthouse.  In the evening, we’ll have a guest speaker who will deliver a lecture on Islam.


Tuesday, March 21 – Western Wall/Dome of the Rock/Pool of Bethsaida/Ein Karem

In the morning, we’ll visit the Western Wall, Dome of the Rock, and Al-Aqsa Mosque.  We’ll visit St. Anne’s Church and the pools of Bethesda (John 5:1-9).  After lunch, we‘ll visit a scale model of Jerusalem in Jesus’ time.  We‘ll travel to the village of Ein Karem, where Mary and Elizabeth met and where Elizabeth and Zechariah lived.  We’ll have dinner and stay overnight at the St. George’s guesthouse.  After dinner, a guest speaker will deliver a Palestinian perspective on contemporary issues.


Wednesday, March 22 – Bethlehem

After breakfast, we’ll cross into the West Bank to go to Bethlehem.  We’ll visit Beit Sahour (Shepherd’s Field) and a first century cave dwelling.  We’ll visit the Church of the Nativity, the oldest church in Christendom, constructed by Constantine in 326 AD and the traditional site of the nativity.  After lunch, we’ll visit SUNBULA, an organization founded in 1996 to support local Palestinian artisans and traditional handicrafts.  We’ll have dinner and stay overnight at the St. George’s guesthouse – and pack our bags for an early start the next day.


Thursday, March 23 – Jericho/Nazareth

In the early morning, we’ll drive to Wadi Qelt to watch the sunrise and get a feel for the desert.  We’ll drive to Jericho, where we’ll hike up the Mt. of Temptation.  We’ll drive to Nazareth, where we’ll have lunch.  We’ll visit Mary’s Well.  We’ll visit the Greek Orthodox Church of the Annunciation and have an introduction to the icon.  We’ll move to the Latin Church of the Annunciation, the traditional site of the Angel Gabriel’s appearance to Mary.  We’ll have dinner and stay overnight at the Sisters of Nazareth guesthouse.


Friday, March 24 – Sepphoris/Nazareth

After breakfast, we’ll visit the excavations of the Roman/Byzantine city of Sepphoris, a city not mentioned in the Bible but which Jesus must have known well.  We’ll have dinner and stay overnight at the Sisters of Nazareth guesthouse.


Saturday, March 25 – Sea of Galilee/Jordan River/Capernaum/Mt. of Beatitudes

We’ll depart for the Sea of Galilee and stop at the Jordan River for a renewal of baptismal vows.  We’ll visit Capernaum and see the ancient synagogue and St. Peter’s house.  We’ll continue to the Mount of Beatitudes.  Lunch will be by the Sea of Galilee, followed by a boat ride on the Sea.  In the afternoon, we’ll visit Tabgha (The Loaves and Fishes Church) and the Chapel of St. Peter’s Primacy, where we’ll have Holy Communion on the shore.  We’ll have dinner and stay overnight at the Sisters of Nazareth guesthouse.


Sunday, March 26 – Burqin/Nablus/Taybeh

We’ll depart for the town of Burqin (Luke 17:11-19) in the West Bank, following the route Jesus took from Nazareth to Jerusalem.  We’ll continue to Nablus and drink from the well where Jesus met the Samaritan woman (John 4:17-30).   We’ll have lunch on Taybeh, the only 100% Christian town in the West Bank (and the location for the only Palestinian brewery in the Middle East).  We’ll have dinner and stay overnight at St. George’s guesthouse.


Monday, March 27 – Free Day

This is a free day to shop and to visit favorite sites in Jerusalem.  Optional trips are available: 1) Masada, the fortified palace of Herod the Great beside the Dead Sea; 2) The Israel Museum and the Dead Sea Scrolls; 3) Yad Vashem, the Holocaust Memorial.  We’ll have dinner and stay overnight at St. George’s guesthouse.  After dinner, we’ll have a guest speaker who will offer an Israeli perspective on contemporary issues.


Tuesday, March 28 – Bethphage/Dominus Flevit/Gethsemane/Qumran/Dead Sea

The day begins with a walk on the route Jesus took in his entry into Jerusalem that we celebrate on Palm Sunday.  We’ll visit Dominus Flevit Church (Luke 19:41-44).  We’ll stop for silent reflections at the Garden of Gethsemane.  We’ll continue to the Church of St. Peter in Gallicantu, built over the palace of Caiaphas, where Peter denied Jesus three times.  After lunch, we’ll visit the Dead Sea and have an opportunity to swim (well, float) in it.  We’ll have dinner at the home of the Qumris in Jericho and stay overnight at St. George’s guesthouse.


Wednesday, March 29 – Way of the Cross/Emmaus/Departure

In the early morning we’ll walk the Way of the Cross, pausing at each of 14 stations to remember the final journey of Jesus to the cross.  We’ll depart for Emmaus and have Holy Communion at the ruins of a Byzantine church.  After lunch, the afternoon is free.  We’ll have a farewell dinner and then travel to Tel Aviv to catch a late evening non-stop flight to Newark Airport.


Thursday, March 30 – Arrival Home

We arrive in New York in the morning.