Low Budget Catholic tour, 8 days


Follow the footsteps of Jesus in a tour of the Holy Land: walk the Via Dolorosa, visit Nazareth and wet your feet in the Sea of Galilee and get thirsty in the Judean wilderness. A spiritual experience to remember.

Note In this tour there is the option of renewing your marriage vows. Please let us know if there are people who really want to do that and we make it happen. This service is free.

Note For those who want to (re-)baptize in the Jordan river, please let us know too. In order to make this happen, a change in the itinerary must take place and the group (those who don’t want) must agree. Also baptizing in the Jordan river, where once Jesus was baptized, is normally a process, which starts from the beginning from the tour until the end. This tour though, that process will not be integrated. For those who are interested, look at the normal Catholic tours. This service is free.

General guidelines and customizations of the tour

Tour itinerary

Day 1 – Arrival
Day 2 – Around the Sea of Galilee
Day 3 – From Armageddon to Nazareth
Day 4 – Jerusalem – The Mount of Olives and Mount Zion
Day 5 – Jerusalem – The Via Dolorosa and Ein Karem
Day 6 – Jerusalem – From the Old City to the New
Day 7 – Through the Judean Wilderness
Day 8 – Departure

Where are hotels your hotels?

Day 1 – Tiberias
Day 2 – Tiberias
Day 3 – Nazareth
Day 4 – Jerusalem
Day 5 – Jerusalem
Day 6 – Jerusalem
Day 7 – Dead Sea

What will you see?

  • Day 2Sea of Galilee, The Ancient Galilee Boat, Mount of Beatitudes, Tabha Benedictine Monastery Multiplication of Loaves and Fishes, Church of the Primacy of Peter, Capernaum, The House of St. Peter, The Ancient Synagogue, Tiberias
  • Day 3Megiddo, Mount Tabor, Nain, Cana, Nazareth
  • Day 4Mount of Olives, Paternoster, The Dome of the Ascension, Bethphage, Dominus Flevit, The Garden of Gethsemane, Mount Zion, St. Peter in Gallicantu, The Coenaculum, Dormition Abbey
  • Day 5Via Dolorosa, Pools of Bethesda, Church of St. Anne, Ein Karem, Church of the Visitation, Church of St. John
  • Day 6The Maronite Catholic Church, The Convent of Akeldama, The City of David, The Pool of Siloam, Shrine of the Book, The Model of Jerusalem
  • Day 7The Judean wilderness, Inn of the Good Samaritan, Qumran, Massada, The Dead Sea

Possible venues for Mass

  • Day 2Mount of Beatitudes; Peter’s Primacy; Memorial of St. Peter in Capernaum, St. Peter’s Church in Tiberias
  • Day 3The Basilica of the Annunciation, the Church of St. Joseph, Cana, Mount Tabor, Nain
  • Day 4Pater Noster, Dominus Flevit, Church of All Nations, or the Dormition Abbey; St. Peter in Gallicantu, Bethphage
  • Day 5The Franciscan Chapel in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre; the Church of the Visitation; the Church of St. John
  • Day 6The Maronite Catholic Church
  • Day 7Open-air at Qumran

Price information:

Low Budget Catholic tour, 8 days
No
airfare
Airfare
Groups All
in
Breakfast No
Guide
None All
in
Breakfast No
Guide
None
10 $3,502.20 $3,022.20 $3,448.87 $2,968.87 $3,769.20 $3,289.20 $3,715.87 $3,235.87
15 $2,334.80 $1,854.80 $2,281.47 $1,801.47 $2,601.80 $2,121.80 $2,548.47 $2,068.47
20 $1,751.10 $1,271.10 $1,697.77 $1,217.77 $2,018.10 $1,538.10 $1,964.77 $1,484.77
25 $1,400.88 $920.88 $1,347.55 $867.55 $1,667.88 $1,187.88 $1,614.55 $1,134.55
30 $1,167.40 $687.40 $1,114.07 $634.07 $1,434.40 $954.40 $1,381.07 $901.07
35 $1,000.63 $520.63 $947.30 $467.30 $1,267.63 $787.63 $1,214.30 $734.30
40 $875.55 $395.55 $822.22 $342.22 $1,142.55 $662.55 $1,089.22 $609.22
45 $778.27 $298.27 $724.93 $244.93 $1,045.27 $565.27 $991.93 $511.93
50 $700.44 $220.44 $647.11 $167.11 $967.44 $487.44 $914.11 $434.11
  • The prices, which includes airfare is based on prices from New York, US to Israel and back.
  • All in means breakfast, lunch, dinner, transportation, pickup airport/harbor and bring everyone back and one guide.
  • Breakfast means only breakfast is supplied at your hotel, but it includes the rest.
  • No Guide means exactly that, everything is included, except the guide. Instead you get documentation and maps.
  • None means no guide and only breakfast.
  • For the prices with “No airfare“, no tickets are included.
  • What is excluded in this tour are fees and travel insurance!

Day 1 – Arrival

Airplane

Airplane

This is the day that you arrive in Israel. Well, it’s not the case for those who are already here or who are living in Israel.

For those who are arriving in Israel, will be picked up from the airport by the guide and driver from Shalom Israel.

For those, who ordered the hotels, they will be driven by bus to their hotel and for this tour it means Tel Aviv.

During the drive to your hotel, the bus will stop multiple times if the group requires so.


Day 2 – Around the Sea of Galilee

Places: Sea of Galilee, The Ancient Galilee Boat, Mount of Beatitudes, Tabha Benedictine Monastery Multiplication of Loaves and Fishes, Church of the Primacy of Peter, Capernaum, The House of St. Peter, The Ancient Synagogue, Tiberias

Sea of Galilee Worship boat

Sea of Galilee Worship boat

Sea of Galilee

Sea of Galilee

A boat-ride across the Sea of Galilee in a wooden vessel reminiscent of Jesus’ day.

The Ancient Galilee Boat – a wooden vessel dating back to the days of Jesus in a fascinating display.

Mount of Beatitudes

Mount of Beatitudes

Mount of Beatitudes – where Jesus preached the Sermon on the Mount (Matt. 5), and one of many sites where Pope Paul VI and Pope John Paul II prayed.

The Tabha Benedictine Monastery Multiplication of Loaves and Fishes – the site of the feeding of the 5,000 (Matt. 14:13-21).

Peter’s Primacy

Peter’s Primacy

Church of the Primacy of Peter – site of the miraculous catch of fish (John 21:6), where Jesus appeared to the disciples after the Resurrection (John 21:7), and of St. Peter’s reconciliation to Jesus (John 21:15-19).

Capernaum

Capernaum

Capernaum – scene of many miracles and teachings, and known as Jesus’ “own town” (Matt. 9:1), including:

Capernaum and the ancient synagogue

Capernaum and the ancient synagogue

The House of St. Peter – (Mark 1:29) and the Memorial of St. Peter.
The Ancient Synagogue – built over the site where Jesus preached (Mark 1:21).

Tiberias

Tiberias

Tiberias – built by Herod Antipas (Luke 13:31) during Jesus’ ministry, Tiberias is the contemporary capital of the Sea of Galilee, with many reminders of Bible days.


Note For those who want to (re-)baptize (if the group had agreed to), we will replace certain details of this day to travel to the Jordan river for the baptizing.


 

PrayPossible venues for Mass: Mount of Beatitudes; Peter’s Primacy; Memorial of St. Peter in Capernaum, St. Peter’s Church in Tiberias.

For those, who ordered the hotels, they will be driven by bus to their hotel in Tiberias or Nazareth.

Marriage Vow RenewedNote – For everyone who wants to renew their marriage vows, this is your change. Tomorrow we will reach the Cana Wedding Church (on the outskirts of Nazareth, here Jesus performed the first miracle, changing water into wine (John 2:1-11)). In this church you can indeed renew your wedding vows, except that the guide needs to know this before hand (so we can organize it for you and the schedule will be adapted accordingly).

 


Day 3 – From Armageddon to Nazareth

Places: Megiddo, Mount Tabor, Nain, Cana, Nazareth

Tel Megiddo National Park

Tel Megiddo National Park

Megiddo – with ramparts, temples, dwellings and a water system that made it one of the greatest cities of the ancient Near East, Megiddo became a regional capital of King Solomon (1 Kings 9:15), and is the New Testament’s Armageddon (Rev. 16:16).

Mount Tabor

Mount Tabor

Mount Tabor – crowned by the magnificent Church of the Transfiguration with its brilliant mosaics, this mountain is also the scene of gathering of the forces of Barak and Deborah (Judges 4:6).

Nain – a charming church graces this picturesque village where Jesus raised the widow’s son from the dead (Luke 7:11-15).

Cana Wedding church

Cana Wedding church

Cana – on the outskirts of Nazareth, here Jesus performed the first miracle, changing water into wine (John 2:1-11), with the Wedding Church and the Church of Nathanael (John 21:2).

Marriage Vow Renewed

Marriage Vow Renewed

For those who wish to renew their wedding vows at this famous church, we will dedicate time for this happy event.

Nazareth – beautiful churches now grace Jesus’ boyhood home, including Mensa Christi in an old residential quarter, the Synagogue Church in the market, St. Gabriel’s Church over the ancient spring, the Church of St. Joseph, and the jewel in the crown, the Basilica of the Annunciation, with its magnificent representations of Mary from around the world.

PrayPossible venues for Mass: the Basilica of the Annunciation, the Church of St. Joseph, Cana, Mount Tabor, Nain.

For those, who ordered the hotels, they will be driven by bus to their hotel in Haifa.


Day 4 – Jerusalem – The Mount of Olives and Mount Zion

Places: Mount of Olives, Paternoster, The Dome of the Ascension, Bethphage, Dominus Flevit, The Garden of Gethsemane, Mount Zion, St. Peter in Gallicantu, The Coenaculum, Dormition Abbey

Mount of Olives -a magnificent vantage point of the Holy City, with many important churches marking biblical sites, including:

Church of the Pater Noster

Church of the Pater Noster

Church of Pater Noster – where Jesus taught the Our Father prayer (Luke 11:1-4).

The Dome of the Ascension – the site where Jesus ascended to Heaven (Acts 1:11).

Bethphage

Bethphage

Bethphage – where Jesus began the triumphal entrance to Jerusalem on Palm Sunday (Luke 19:29).

Dominus Flevit – where Jesus wept over Jerusalem (Luke 19:41).

Garden of Gethsemane

Garden of Gethsemane

The Garden of Gethsemane – with its ancient olive trees where Jesus was arrested (John 18:1-12), next to the Church of All Nations, named for the contributions made by Catholics from around the world. The church overlooks the Kidron Valley (John 18:1), and is also known as the Basilica of the Agony, as here Jesus sweated blood in fervent prayer (Luke 22:44).

Mount Zion

Mount Zion

Mount Zion, including:

St. Peter in Gallicantu – with its beautiful mosaics and bronze statuary, built over the ruins of the house of Caiphas (Matt. 26:57), the stone pit where tradition says Jesus was held, and the Sacred Staircase, which for centuries has led here from the Kidron Valley.

Last Supper

Coenaculum – Last Supper

The Coenaculum – or Room of the Last Supper, built over the site of where Jesus and the disciples celebrated the first Eucharist (Mark 14:24).

Dormition Abbey

Dormition Abbey

Dormition Abbey – marking the site of the Dormition of Mary, where Mary was taken up to Heaven.

PrayPossible venues for Mass: Pater Noster, Dominus Flevit, Church of All Nations, or the Dormition Abbey; St. Peter in Gallicantu, Bethphage.

For those, who ordered the hotels, they will be driven by bus to their hotel in Jerusalem.


Day 5 – Jerusalem – the Via Dolorosa and Ein Karem

Places: Via Dolorosa, Pools of Bethesda, Church of St. Anne, Ein Karem, Church of the Visitation, Church of St. John

Via Dolorosa

Via Dolorosa

Via Dolorosa – following the Stations of the Cross from the Chapel of the Flagellation, and the Sisters of Zion Convent, through the streets of Old Jerusalem to the Judgment Gate and the Tomb of Jesus in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre (click here for the article).

Pools of Bethesda

Pools of Bethesda

Pools of Bethesda – where Jesus healed a paralytic (John 5:2).

Church of Saint Anne

Church of Saint Anne

Church of St. Anne – built over the home of Anne and Joachim, the parents of Mary.

Ein Karem

Ein Karem

Ein Karem – the “city of Judah” (Luke 1:39), which was birthplace of John the Baptist, including:

Church of Visitation

Church of Visitation

Church of the Visitation – where Mary met Elizabeth and uttered the Magnificat (Luke 1:46-55).

Church of St. John

Church of St. John

Church of St. John – where John the Baptist was born.

PrayPossible venues for Mass: The Franciscan Chapel in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre; the Church of the Visitation; the Church of St. John.

For those, who ordered the hotels, they will be driven by bus to their hotel in Jerusalem.


Day 6 – Jerusalem – From the Old City to the New

Places: The Maronite Catholic Church, The Convent of Akeldama, The City of David, The Pool of Siloam, Shrine of the Book, The Model of Jerusalem

Maronite Catholic Church

Maronite Catholic Church

The Maronite Catholic Church – near the Jaffa Gate, with a wonderful view of Jerusalem from the roof.

Convent of Akeldama

Convent of Akeldama

The Convent of Akeldama – where Judas died, in the Valley of Hinnom (Acts 1:18-19).

City of David

City of David

The City of David – the most ancient part of the Holy City (2 Sam. 5:7).

Pool of Siloam

Pool of Siloam

The Pool of Siloam – where Jesus healed a blind man (John 9:7).

Shrine of the Book – in the Israel Museum, home of the Dead Sea Scrolls.

Model of Jerusalem

Model of Jerusalem

The Model of Jerusalem – the famed 1:50 model of the way the Holy City looked in Jesus’ day.

PrayPossible venues for Mass: The Maronite Catholic Church

For those, who ordered the hotels, they will be driven by bus to their hotel in Jerusalem.


Day 7 – Through the Judean Wilderness

Places: The Judean wilderness, Inn of the Good Samaritan, Qumran, Massada, The Dead Sea

Judean Desert

Judean Desert

The Judean wilderness – where John the Baptist preached (Matt. 3:1) and where Jesus fasted for 40 days and nights (Matt. 4:2).

Good Samaritan near the Dead Sea

Good Samaritan near the Dead Sea

Inn of the Good Samaritan – traditional site of Jesus’ parable (Luke 10:30-37).

Qumran caves Outside

Qumran caves Outside

Qumran – where the Dead Sea Scrolls where discovered.

Masada National Park

Masada National Park

Masada – the dramatic mountain fortress built by Herod the Great where the Jews made their last stand against the Romans in the Great Revolt.

Dead Sea

Dead Sea

The Dead Sea – The lowest, saltiest body of water on earth; the Salt Sea, or Eastern Sea of the Bible (Josh. 15:5; Ezek. 47:18).

PrayPossible venue for Mass: Open-air at Qumran.

For those, who ordered the hotels, they will be driven by bus to their hotel near the Dead Sea.


Day 8 – Departure

This is the day of the departure. We bring everyone back to the point where we picked them up.



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