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A Journey to the Holy Land
12 Days

Proposed Itinerary

St. Peters Episcopal Church
Kerrivlle, Texas


Under the Direction of
The Rev. Bert Baetz & Fr. Mike Wheeler

Local Guides
Canon Iyad Qumri and Rami Qumri 

Day 1
Friday, June 3
Depart USA

On our way to the Holy Land

Day 2
Saturday, June 4
Arrive Ben Gurion Airport / Transfer to Jerusalem

 
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JERUSALEM

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Dinner and Overnight at Saint George's Guest House

Check-in

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Day 1

Details

Arrival to Tel Aviv you will be met by our guide, Canon Iyad Qumri, transfer to our accommodation in Jerusalem. 

Check-out

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Day 6

Contact

Tel: +972-2-6283302

Day 3
Sunday, June 5
Western Wall / Dome of the Rock / Worship at Saint George's Cathedral / Israel Museum

 

Description

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. Sunday Eucharist at St. George’s Cathedral; the liturgy will be celebrated in English and Arabic.

Lunch

Later we visit the Israel Museum and the Shrine of the Book, where the Dead Sea Scrolls are housed. We will also visit a scale model of the Old City of Jerusalem, describing the city as it would have been during Jesus’ time.

Dinner and overnight at Saint George’s Guest House

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WESTERN WALL

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Guest Speaker: Lecture on Islam

Day 4
Monday, June 6
Old City / Church of the Ressurection

 

Description

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

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Group Photo

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Guest Speaker: Contemporary Issues -
                             A Palestinian Perspective

 

Day 5
Tuesday, June 7
Shepherd's Field / Bethlehem 

Group Photo

Description

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’, Lunch, 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

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SHEPHERD'S FIELD

Day 6
Wednesday, June 8
Jericho / Nazareth

 

Description

Wadi Qelt early morning to watch the sunrise also get the feel for the desert, depart for Jericho to hike up Mt. of Temptation and view Tell Jericho, Lunch, in Jericho before we begin our trip up the Rift Valley to 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.

Jericho

Description

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Dinner and Overnight at Sisters of Nazareth

Check-in

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Day 6

Check-out

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Day 9

Contact

Tel: +972-4-6554304

Wadi Qelt early morning to watch the sunrise also get the feel for the desert, depart for Jericho to hike up Mt. of Temptation and view Tell Jericho, Lunch, in Jericho before we begin our trip up the Rift Valley to 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.

Day 7
Thursday, June 9
Sea of Galilee / Jordan River / Capernaum & Beatitudes

 

Description

Today we depart for the Sea of Galilee-Lake Kinnereth. Stop at the Jordan River for the renewal of Baptismal vows. We then visit Capernaum where we see the Ancient Synagogue and St. Peter’s House. We continue to the Mount of Beatitudes.

 

Lunch.

 

Later we visit Tabgha (Heptapegon), The Loaves and Fishes Church and the Chapel of St. Peter’s Primacy. Boat ride on the Sea of Galilee.

Dinner and overnight at Sisters of Nazareth

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Sea of Galilee

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Later this evening is a treat you will not want to miss!!!!

 

Day 8
Friday, June 10
Sepphoris / Caesarea Philippi

Description

Depart for Zippori, Sepphoris, where we explore the excavations of the Roman/ Byzantine city, Lunch, We continue to Caesarea Philippi (Banias)‘And Jesus went on with his disciples, to the villages of Caesarea Philippi; and on the way he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that I am? “

Dinner and overnight at Sisters of Nazareth

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Sepphoris

 

Day 9
Saturday, June 11
Burqin / Nablus / Taybeh

Burqin

BURQIN

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Dinner and Overnight at Saint George's Guest House

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 the 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. Visit St. Luke’s Hospital.

 

Lunch in Taybeh. 

 

We then 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.

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 - Guest Speaker: Contemporary Issues
A Israeli Perspective                              

Check-in

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Day 9

Check-out

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Day 12

Contact

Tel: +972-2-6283302

 

Day 10
Sunday, June 12
Worship at Saint George's Cathedral / Israel Museum

Description

Sunday Eucharist at Saint George’s Cathedral, the liturgy will be celebrated in English and Arabic. Lunch, Israel Museum and the Shrine of the Book, where the Dead Sea Scrolls are housed. We will also visit a scale model of the Old City of Jerusalem, describing the city as it would have been during Jesus’ time.
 
Dinner and overnight at Saint George’s Guest House

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Day 11
Monday, June 13
Beth-Phage / Dominus Flevit / Ghethsemane  

Description

Depart for Beth-phage and Mt. of Olives walk down the Palm Sunday Road ending at the Garden of Gethsemane.

 

Lunch.

 

Later we visit Church of St. Peter in Gallicantu, this church was built over the palace of the High Priest Caiaphas, where Peter denied Jesus three times).

Dinner and overnight at Saint George’s Guest House

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Lunch - At the Qumri's

 

Day 12
Tuesday, June 14
Way of the Cross / Emmaus  

Description

Early this morning we walk and pray the Way of the Cross. Later we depart for Emmaus Nicopolis. We celebrate the Eucharist at the ruins of the Byzantine Church.

Afternoon at leisure

Transfer to the Tel Aviv airport for our return flight to the USA

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