0224 Pilgrimage to the Holyland & Jordan led by Fr. Gregg Gorczyca & Deacon Mike Benoit

Join Fr. Gregg Gorczyca & Deacon Mike Benoit on an unforgettable experience in Israel, the Holy Land and in Jordan FLIGHT SCHEDULE: Feb 27; Depart ORD at 4:20pm. Arrival TLV next day at 2:45pm (change of plane in Vienna) March 08: Depart TLV at 5:20am. Arrival back to ORD same day at 1:05pm. (Change of plane is Frankfurt). PACKAGE PRICE Price per person based on double room occupancy: $3,738 Single room supplement: $886 (limited rooms) * Airlines departure taxes & Fuel surcharge $646 Border crossing fees Israel and Jordan: $95 Final payment due date: December 4, 2023 PRICE INCLUDES:  Roundtrip airfare ORD/TLV/ORD *  All transfers in Jordan and Israel  Accommodation in superior class hotels in Israel & Jordan  Luggage handling and hotel service charges in Israel & Jordan  Breakfast and dinner daily  Complimentary St. Peter’s fish lunch in Tiberias  Farewell dinner on last evening in Israel  Sightseeing with a private guide in a private transportation  Personal wireless earphone for usage during the touring  Entrance fees to sites per itinerary, including boat ride on the Sea of Galilee and Massada and ancient Petra  VIP service at the border crossing  Group visa to Jordan PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE: • * Airlines departure taxes & fuel surcharge (as of April 2023: $646 per person). Final amount to be determined at time of ticketing. • Border crossing fees Israel and Jordan (as of April 2023: $95 per person) • Gratuities to guides, drivers, and hotel staff (suggested $160 per participant) • Travel / medical Insurance. Participants are welcome to use this link to purchase insurance: https://partner.roamright.com/?agencycode=amitravel&agentid=LChung
  • Day 1 February 27, Tuesday

    Depart ORD on our way to Tel Aviv Ben Gurion Airport.

  • Day 2 February 28, Wednesday

    Arrive at Ben-Gurion Airport where an Ami Travel representative greets us and gives us an introduction about the forthcoming trip - travel north to Galilee. Dinner and overnight at our Galilean hotel.

  • Day 3 February 29, Thursday

    Tour the Sea of Galilee, the Mount of the Beattudes and Tabgha - the site of the Feeding of the Multtudes and the Church of St. Peter’s Primacy. Visit Capernaum and Simon Peter's house for Mass celebraton. We shall take a boat ride across the Sea of Galilee and enjoy a lunch of St. Peter’s Fish. Visit the newly excavated Magdala. Dinner and overnight in Nazareth.

  • Day 4 March 01, Friday

    Start the day by celebrating Mass in Nazareth at the magnificent Church of the Annunciation built on top of the Virgin Mary's house. On to Cana – where we shall renew our marriage vows and continue through the Valley of Armageddon to ascend to the top of Mount Tabor – the site of the Transfiguration​. ​Explore Caesarea Maritma where Cornelius was Baptized and St Paul was imprisoned for two years - see the remains of the Roman city - amphitheater and aqueduct. Dinner and overnight in Nazareth.

  • Day 5 March 02, Saturday

    Enter into the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. Drive via the Kings Highway to Petra - the Red Rock City - for dinner and overnight.

  • Day 6 March 03, Sunday

    Visit Petra, the rock-cut capital city of the Nabateans, chosen as one of the Seven World Wonders, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We shall spend most of the day in Petra exploring the temple architecture, the water channels, tombs, and the Roman 1st-century theater, carved almost entirely in the rock. Following our time at this site, we return to our hotel to relax prior to dinner and overnight.

  • Day 7 March 04, Monday

    Depart Petra to Mt Nebo - where Moses viewed the promised land. Celebrated Mass at the Franciscan church. Re-enter İsrael via the Allenby border crossing. Ascend to the Holy via Mt of Olives: site of Ascension - walk and re-enact the Palm Sunday Road. Dinner and overnight in our Jerusalem hotel.

  • Day 8 March 05, Tuesday

    Depart for Bethlehem. Celebrate Mass at the Shepherds' Fields. Visit the Basilica of Nativity and the Cave of St. Jerome. Lunch and shopping at the local catholic gif shop. We continue to visit Mt. Zion, the Upper Room, and the Tomb of David. We will see the remaining foundation stones of the Church of the Apostles, the Hagia Zion. See the Dormition Abbey (Church of Assumption of the Virgin). We will walk to Peter in Gallicantu - house of Caiphas – site of the Imprisonment of Jesus and denial of St Peter. Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem.

  • Day 9 March 06, Wednesday

    Early departure for the Church of Holy Sepulcher to celebrate Mass at the Tomb of Jesus. Visit Mt Calvary and other sections of the Holy Sepulcher. Walk inside the Old City of Jerusalem - the various quarters and re-enact the Stations of the Cross - Via Dolorosa. End our day at the Wailing Wall. Dinner and overnight Jerusalem.

  • Day 10 March 07, Thursday

    Morning Mass at the Garden of Gethsemane. Descend into the Jordan Valley into the Jordan River to renew baptismal vowsDrive to Masada - site of the Jewish Zealots’ last stand against the Romans. See the Qumran Caves, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered, and enjoy a floating experience in the Dead Sea. Visit Jericho to view Zacheus’s Tree, Elisha’s Spring, and the Mount of Temptation. Return to Jerusalem for our last dinner and overnight stay.

  • Day 11 March 08, Friday

    Morning transfer to the airport for our fght back to Chicago. Same day arrival home.