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Price Per person double occupancy

Date Price Single
March 13-22, 2020 $3,269* $595
*Includes roundtrip air from New York/Newark

Reservation Due: December 2, 2019
Final Payment Due: January 13, 2020


Roundtrip air from New York/Newark including air taxes, 8 nights lodging at 4 star hotels, Breakfast & dinner daily at hotels, 1 Nazareth Village lunch, 1 St. Peter’s lunch, and 1 Musakhan lunch, Full time English speaking tour guide, Tips to driver, guide, and hotel staff, Services of long distance deluxe motorcoach as appear on itinerary, All entrances and transportation as appear on itinerary

Not Included

5 lunches, Optional Travel Insurance-7.25% of tour cost, Optional Credit Card Payments -additional 3% of amount charged

Pilgrim Tours has booked the tour group for travel from Newark on United and British Air:
March 13 UA 84: Newark to Tel Aviv 4:25pm – 8:35am (arriving in Tel Aviv on March 14)
March 22 BA 0162: Tel Aviv to London 7:00am – 10:35am
March 22 BA 0189 : London to Newark 4:10pm – 8:25pm

The tour will be hosted by Kim Haines-Eitzen, a board member of the Nazareth Project. Kim grew up in Nazareth during the years her father served as chaplain of Nazareth Hospital. She recalls tramping around archeological sites with her father, somewhat bored while also fully aware of a deep history in the region. Kim is now Professor of Early Christianity and Early Judaism in the Department of Near Eastern Studies and Director of the Religious Studies Program at Cornell University. Her research has focused on the early scribes who copied the books of the New Testament, on women in the early Church, and on the development of Christian monasticism in landscapes of the Middle East. Kim is the mother of two sons; her husband, John, is a musician.

Ibrahim Emtanis from Nazareth will be the tour guide. A licensed tour guide in Israel since 2013, Ibrahim speaks fluent English and Hebrew, with Arabic being his mother tongue. Ibrahim has a wide knowledge of the various Middle Eastern religions and sects including Christianity, Judaism, Samaritan, Islam, Druze, Baha’i, and Ahmadi’. He specializes in Holy Land Christian Pilgrimage tours. Ibrahim graduated from Nazareth Baptist High School and the Israel School of Tourism at the University of Haifa.

Friday, March 13 - Depart USA

Depart Newark for Tel Aviv, arriving in Israel on Saturday.

Saturday, March 14 - Arrive Israel

Arrive in Israel to be met by our guide for the duration of the tour, Ibrahim Emtanis of Nazareth. Drive from the airport to Caesarea Maritima to view the ruins of the Harbor city built by King Herod. It was from this harbor that the Gospel spread to the world. Continue to the Golden Crown Hotel in Nazareth for dinner and overnight.

Sunday, March 15 - Sea of Galilee

Following breakfast we drive to the Mt. of Beatitudes where Jesus taught on the Kingdom of God. Continue to Capernaum, the town in which Jesus based His operations. It is also the location of the home of Peter’s mother-in-law and the remains of an early Jewish synagogue. Next, stop at Tabgha to see the Church of the Loaves and Fishes commemorating the miracle of the feeding of the 5,000. Nearby is the Church of the Primacy of Peter which marks the location of where Jesus forgave Peter for his denial during the trial of Jesus in Jerusalem. Enjoy a lunch of St. Peter’s Fish this afternoon before boarding ship to sail on the Sea of Galilee, here we will participate in a time of worship and reflection. Return to Nazareth where Bader and Rula Mansour will discuss their work at peacebuilding. Dinner and overnight will be at the Golden Crown Hotel.

Monday, March 16 - Nazareth

This morning a tour of the Nazareth Hospital in planned. Following this tour, the group will go to Nazareth Village for lunch and then a tour of the Nazareth Village. The Nazareth Village is a recreation of what a first century Jewish village would have looked like and helps you to understand the culture and lifestyle of those to whom Jesus ministered. Continue to St. Gabriel Church built over an ancient well commonly known as Mary’s well. A walk through the old city will bring us to the Church of the Annunciation which is built over what is thought to be the site of the home of Mary. As the day ends, visit Mt. Precipice where the angry townsfolk thought to throw Jesus from its cliff. Return to the Golden Crown Hotel for dinner and overnight.

Tuesday, March 17 - Northern Galilee

After breakfast, depart for Cana, the site of the first miracle of Jesus where He turned water into wine. We will drive through the beautiful Hula Valley, an area noted for bird watching. Drive north to Tel Dan to enjoy a nature walk along the Upper Jordan with views of the ancient ruins of Dan, including the high place built by the Israelites to worship a golden calf. After a short drive, arrive at Banias, the spring of Caesarea Philippi, where Peter confessed his recognition of Jesus as the Christ. See the stunning remains of the first-century palace belonging to Agrippas II. Return to the Golden Crown for dinner and overnight.

Wednesday, March 18 - Jerusalem

Prepare to depart the hotel for Jerusalem following breakfast today. Drive through Jericho, thought to be the oldest inhabited city on earth. A visit to either the Palestinian village of Ein Beda (Tobas) or Al Maleh is planned for today. After this visit, drive to the Mt. of Olives for a panoramic view of the city of Jerusalem. Continue to Bethlehem to view the Shepherd’s Field and enjoy time shopping for olive wood souvenirs. Lunch this day will be the traditional Palestinian dish, Musakhan. The final stop in Bethlehem will be at the Church of the Nativity which is said to mark the location of the birthplace of Jesus. This church has been undergoing extensive cleaning to reveal the beautiful mosaics covered by centuries of soot from old lamps and candles. Arrive at the Ambassador Hotel for dinner and overnight in Jerusalem.

Thursday, March 19 - Jerusalem

This morning will be spent at the Temple Mount area with access to the Temple Mount itself to view the al-Aqsa Mosque and the Dome of the Rock. Spend time at the Western Wall which is often called the “Wailing Wall” and is a site very dear to the Jewish people. Visit the Southern Steps, an area where Jesus and His disciples would have walked. Time will be allowed for lunch on your own. Drive to the Israel Museum to visit the Shrine of the Book which houses some of the Dead Sea Scrolls and the Jerusalem Model, a scale model of what Jerusalem may have looked like around the time of its destruction in 70 AD. Visit Yad Vashem, a moving memorial to the Jewish Holocaust of World War II. Dinner and overnight at the Ambassador Hotel.

Friday, March 20 - Jerusalem

Visit the Old City this morning stopping at the Pool of Bethesda where Jesus healed the paralytic man and St. Anne’s Church which is well known for its superior acoustics. Walk along the Via Dolorosa (Way of the Cross) to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. Lunch will be on your own today with some free time for shopping on your own in the Old City. Visit the Garden of Gethsemane and the Church of St. Peter Gallicantu, which commemorates Peter’s denial of knowing Jesus three times before the cock crowed. Return to the Ambassador Hotel for dinner and overnight.

Saturday, March 21 - Dead Sea Region

Depart Jerusalem this morning for Masada. This desert mountain fortress was built as a palace by Herod the Great and became the last refuge for the Jewish Zealots in their revolt against Rome. Visit Qumran, the site of an Essene community and where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered. See a video presentation of how this community affected the ministry of John the Baptist. Stop at En Gedi, the desert oasis in which David hid from Saul. Hike to the pools and waterfalls and watch for local wildlife. Lunch will be on your own. Time permitting, we will stop at the Dead Sea. A special farewell dinner awaits at the Ambassador Hotel this evening. Overnight at the hotel.

Sunday, March 22 - Return to USA

The group will transfer to the airport for the return flight to the US.

Itinerary subject to change while touring for the best interest of the group.