Jesus is our companion to the places made holy by His life, and He is also the goal of the pilgrimage. The spiritual walk of a pilgrim encounters Jesus in the land that he chose for Himself as home.
Your spiritual pilgrimage begins as you depart the USA on an overnight flight.
You will be welcomed to the Holy Land by our airport representative and transferred to your Bethlehem hotel. Enjoy dinner before retiring for the night. (B,D)
In Bethlehem, visit the cave revered as Jesus’ birthplace which now resides in the world’s oldest functioning church (Luke 2:1-7). Celebrate Mass in Bethlehem and then gaze out over Shepherds’ Field where the angels first proclaimed the Good News. Visit Bethany, the home of Lazarus, Mary, and Martha. Here Jesus visited on several occasions, and raised Lazarus from the dead (John 11). Travel to Ein Karem, the village where John the Baptist was born and the Virgin Mary visited Elizabeth before our Lord’s birth (Luke 1:26-40). Visit the Church of St. John, the birthplace of John the Baptist. Overnight in Bethlehem. (B, D)
Visit and renew your baptismal vows at the baptismal site of Qasr el Yahud, where tradition says Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist. Just off the Roman road that Jesus “walked” is the Wadi Qelt gorge, site of the Monastery of St. George.
Journey to Jericho (considered the oldest city in the world) to visit the ruins of the ancient city conquered by Joshua (Josh. 6:1). From Jericho, in the distance, you can see the traditional site of the Temptation of Jesus (Matt. 4:1).
Celebrate Mass in the Church of the Good Shepherd in Jericho near a sycamore tree and remember Zacchaeus, who climbed to see Jesus (Luke 18-19). Travel to Qumran, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered in 1947. End your day with the opportunity to take a dip in the mineral-laden waters of the Dead Sea. Overnight in Bethlehem. (B, D)
Visit the Franciscan Wedding Church at Cana, the site of Jesus’ first miracle as He changed water into wine (John 2). Continue on to Nazareth, Jesus’ boyhood home (Matthew 2:23), and celebrate Mass in the Basilica of the Annunciation.
You will also see the House of the Holy Family, St. Joseph’s Workshop and St. Joseph’s Church (Luke 2:41- 52; Matt. 2:19-23). Stand atop the Mount of Precipice, where Luke describes how those in the synagogue rejected Jesus after He taught them.
Filled with anger, they “led Him unto the brow of the hill whereon their city was built, that they might cast Him down headlong” (Luke 4: 29). Overnight in Tiberias. (B,D)
Enjoy beautiful Capernaum, the center of Jesus’ ministry, and visit the synagogue located on the site where Jesus taught (Matt. 4:13, 23).
Sail across the Sea of Galilee, reflecting on the gospel stories of Jesus calming the storm. Listen to Jesus’ words from His Sermon at the Mount of Beatitudes (Matt. 5-7) and celebrate Mass at the Church of the Beatitudes. At Tabgha, the traditional location of the feeding of the 5,000, explore the Church of the Fish and the Loaves (Luke 9:10-17).
Take a moment to reflect and pray in the Chapel of the Primacy, where Peter professed his devotion to the risen Christ (John 21). In Magdala, once home to Mary Magdalene, visit a recently discovered first-century synagogue. Overnight in Tiberias. (B,D)
As you stand on Mount Tabor, contemplate what it must have been like for Saints Peter, James, and John to behold the glory of the Transfigured Christ (Matt. 17:2).
Celebrate Mass at the Church of the Transfiguration. Continue on your journey to Mount Carmel, where Elijah defeated the prophets of Baal (1 Kings 18). Biblically, Mount Carmel is referenced most often as a symbol of beauty and fertility. To be given the “splendor of Carmel” was to be blessed indeed (Isa 35:2).
In Emmaus, you’ll see the traditional site where Jesus appeared to two disciples after His resurrection. Overnight in Jerusalem. (B,D)
Be inspired by the breathtaking beauty of Jerusalem (“the Golden City”) as you stand on the Mount of Olives, the place from which Jesus ascended into heaven forty days after His resurrection (Acts 1:9-12). Visit the Church of Pater Noster, walk the Palm Sunday Road stopping briefly at the Tear-shaped Dominus Flevit Church where Jesus wept over Jerusalem.
Celebrate Mass in the Garden of Gethsemane where Jesus prayed before His crucifixion (Matt. 26:36-44). On Mount Zion, see the House of the High Priest Caiaphas, where Jesus was imprisoned the night of His arrest (Matt. 26:57-65).
Nearby is the Upper Room revered as the location of the Last Supper (Mark 14:12-26). Conclude your day by visiting the Church of the Dormition of Mary. Overnight in Jerusalem. (B,D)
Take time to pray at the Western Wall, all that remains of Herod’s Temple. Sit on the Teaching Steps where Jesus once taught. Take a leisurely stroll down the Cardo, the main street of the Old City where modern shops stand between ancient ones.
View the Pool of Bethesda, where Jesus performed the Sabbath miracle of healing (John 5:1-31), and sing a hymn in the Church of St. Anne, renowned for its beautiful acoustics. At Herod’s Antonia Fortress, see where Jesus was brought before Pontius Pilate (Luke 23:1-11).
Walk the Via Dolorosa, “the Way of the Cross,” and celebrate the Mass of the Resurrection at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Tonight, transfer to the airport for your return flight home. (B,D)
Day 10 – Mt. Nebo & Madaba
Cross the Allenby Bridge into Jordan. Visit Mt. Nebo & Madaba. Overnight in Petra or at the Dead Sea.
Day 11 – Petra
Explore Petra. Travel to the Dead Sea area for a late dinner and overnight.
Day 12 – Jerash
Journey through Jerash, and then recross the border in to Israel. Enjoy dinner before transfering to the airport for your return flight home.
Day 13 – Return to USA
Your pilgrimage begins today as you depart on your overnight flight to Rome. Meals and drinks served aloft.
We arrive in the beautiful picturesque city of Rome. We are greeted by our guide and driver to board our coach bus for a panoramic tour of the “Eternal City”. We travel to your hotel to settle in and unpack. There will be free time for any activities.
We begin by attending a public papal audience with Pope Francis. We visit the Vatican-Museums to see centuries of beautiful artwork and artifacts. See the artwork of Michelangelo such as the Pieta and then visit the Sistine Chapel. We will explore St. Peter’s Basilica in its entire splendor. Visit the Tomb of St. John Paul II in St. Sebastian’s Chapel. We drive through Rome and take in the sites on the way back to your hotel.
We travel to the Basilica of St. Mary Major, the largest church in Rome dedicated to the Blessed Mother. From here, we visit the Scala Sancta, the stairs Christ climbed to stand before Pontius Pilate. Those who wish may climb the stairs, as is the custom, on their knees. Nearby we visit the Basilica of St. John Lateran which was once the residence for popes. It is here that St. Francis persuaded Pope Innocent III to give permission to begin the Franciscan Order. We visit the Church of St. Paul Outside the Walls where the body of St. Paul is buried. It is the second largest Basilica in Rome and one of the five largest in the world. At the Church of Domine Quo Vadis, is located on the spot where tradition says Saint Peter had a vision of the risen Christ while fleeing persecution in Rome. Finally, we visit the catacombs of St. Callixtus which are among the greatest and most important of Rome. Here are buried early martyrs and popes of the early church.
Heading south, we pass through the rich Italian countryside of vineyards, orchards and olive groves. We take in the amazing panoramic views. We find ourselves in Monte Cassino, a town founded by St. Benedict in 529. Tour the magnificent Abbey of Monte Cassino, where the Benedictine Order was founded by St. Benedict. Visit the Church of St. Peter and Paul. We then continue on to San Giovanni Rotondo, the hometown of St. Padre Pio.
We celebrate Mass at the tomb of St. Padre Pio and take a tour of the sanctuary. We see the old church and the crucifix before which he received the stigmata in 1918. We see the confessional where Padre Pio directed people on their path. We stand and pray before St. Padre Pio’s incorrupt body. Moving on, we have a stunning view of the Gargano Peninsula as we travel to the Grotto of St. Michael the Archangel.
We make our way to Lanciano and visit the Church of St. Longinus where we will see the Eucharistic Miracle and celebrate/ attend Mass. Continue on toward the Adriatic coast to the great Marian Shrine of Loreto to visit the Holy House of Nazareth and the beautiful Madonna of Loreto. Enjoy lunch before we make our way to Assisi, the hometown of St. Francis, the patron saint of animals and the founder of the Franciscan Order.
We will celebrate Mass at St. Mary of the Angels Basilica, the tiny church in the woods where St. Francis began his ministry and where St. Clare began her religious life. We will tour the Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi and view many of his personal possessions. The crucifix that spoke to him, asking him, “Rebuild my Church.” We visit the chapel where St. Francis spent most of his time as well as the Church of St. Clare, where her relics are housed. The rest of the day is for shopping or relaxing.
We head to Siena and view the city’s Romanesque-Gothic cathedral that was completed in 1380. The Sanctuary of St. Catherine of Siena houses the Miraculous Crucifix from which she received her stigmata. We walk the shell shaped Piazza del Campo town square which houses the Palazza Pubblico and the Torre Del Mangia two of their many architectural treasures. We continue on to see the incorrupt relics of St. Catherine of Siena at the Basilica of St. Dominic. Continue to Florence.
Your full day in Florence includes the Church of the Holy Cross, the Santa Croce where many nobles are buried such as Michelangelo, Galileo, and Machiavelli. A walking portion through the Piazza Signorina, Palazzo Vecchio, Uffizi, Ponte Vecchio, and Republic Square, to the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore. This Cathedral is an iconic piece of architecture of the City of Florence. After the tour, visit L’Accademia, the well-known art gallery. At this gallery, you will have the opportunity to view the work from artists such as Botticelli, Ghirlandaio, Pontormo and the ever famous sculpture by Michelangelo, David. Enjoy free time to explore the museum and later, the city.
We proceed to Milan. Visit the Duomo, “the most magnificent Gothic building in Northern Italy”. Tour the Basilica di Sant’Ambrogio and the Tomb of St. Ambrose. We will travel to the Church Santa Maria delle Grazie and celebrate Mass (subject to availability and reconfirmation). Stop at Castel Sforzesco to see history and style combined with Milanese flair. Nearby is the famous La Scala Opera House. The rest of the day is free to visit the stores and browse the Forza boutiques. Stroll through the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele arcade with its luxury outlets to shop and also admire the chic goods on display. Share your experiences and expectations of your spiritual journey together in Italy.
This morning we will transfer to the airport to catch our return flight home.
Your pilgrimage begins today as you depart on your overnight flight to Paris. Meals and drinks served aloft.
Arrival. Airport assistance. Free time for lunch. Meet your guide for a tour of Paris including visits to the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame Cathedral, Sainte Chapelle which was built in 1248 to house Our Lord’s Crown of Thorns and other relics, the famous Opera House (outside visit), the Arc de Triomphe (outside visit). Proceed to the Chapel of the Miraculous Medal at Rue de Bac for a Mass. It was here where Our Lady appeared to St. Catherine Laboure in 1830. Drive to the hotel for check-in.
Breakfast, in the morning we will drive to Lisieux, the home of St. Therese the “Little Flower of Jesus”. Visit the home where St. Therese lived as a child and the Carmel Convent where she was a nun. After Mass, visit the Basilica of St. Theresa, its Crypt, and the 13th Century Gothic Cathedral of St. Peter. Return to Paris in the afternoon.
After breakfast, we will go to Montmartre with its magnificent Basilica of Sacre Coeur. We will conclude the day with a visit to the Basilica of St. Denis which contains the relics of Saint-Denis, the patron saint of France. Continue to the train station. Depart to Lourdes by train. Upon arrival, check-in hotel.
After breakfast meet your guide and start your full-day guided tour of Lourdes. You have all day to experience the special atmosphere of this beautiful town. Attend Mass at the Grotto of Massabielle, visit the Basilica of St. Pius X, see the house where Bernadette lived during the Apparitions, and visit several of the sites where miraculous cures have taken place. After dinner, join the candlelight procession.
Following breakfast, we will travel to Burgos, the cradle of Castille, and the Gothic capital of Spain. Upon arrival in Burgos, we will enjoy a brief tour including the famous Burgos Cathedral, the third-largest church of Spain, and one of the country’s most magnificent for its beautiful Spanish Gothic style. Check-in hotel.
Following breakfast continue to Santiago de Compostela. We will stop in Leon. Upon arrival meet your guide for a short tour. We will visit the Cathedral – the finest example of French-style classic Gothic architecture in Spain, as well as the Basilica of San Isidoro, one of the most important Romanesque churches in Spain and resting place of Leon’s medieval monarchs. Free time for lunch. Our journey will continue, to Santiago de Compostela. At arrival, check-in the hotel.
After breakfast meet your guide and start your full-day guided tour of Santiago de Compostela. We will enjoy a complete tour of Santiago de Compostela. Visit the impressive Cathedral which is considered to be one of the finest pieces of architecture in Europe. After Mass, climbs up the stairs behind the altar to visit the crypt, where a silver urn contains the relics of St. James. See the Portico de la Gloria (Gateway to Heaven), an unparalleled masterpiece. Walk to the top of the Cathedral for a panoramic view of this glorious city. We will also visit the museum in the cloister adjoining the Cathedral.
After breakfast drive to Fatima. We will stop at the Bom Jesus do Monte which is an important pilgrimage shrine to celebrate Mass and enjoy free time to discover the many chapels, the beautiful stairs, the gardens, and the lake. Continue to Porto. At arrival, free time for lunch, followed by a guided tour of Porto. Visit the soaring Cathedral and admire the richly decorated Church of Sao Francisco. Continue to Fatima – one of the world’s most important Marian Shrines. At arrival, check-in the hotel.
Breakfast. We will celebrate Mass on the spot where Our Lady appeared at the Chapel of Apparitions. After the mass, meet your guide guided tour of Fatima. Go to Visit the Basilica to see the site of Francisco and Jacinta’s graves and then on to the hamlet of Aljustrel where the three children lived during the Apparitions. Continue to Valinhos, the site where Our Lady appeared following the children’s release from prison. This evening participates in the Stations of the Cross along with the Via Sacre, site of the first Apparition.
Breakfast. Meet your guide for tour of Fatima. The rest of the day is free for personal activities.
This morning we will transfer to the airport to catch our return flight home.
Your pilgrimage begins today as you depart on your flight to Mexico City. Upon arrival, travel to the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe (Patroness of the Americas), celebrate Mass. Continue to your hotel for check-in.
This morning, we will start with the visit the Plaza of Three Cultures, the baptismal site of St. Juan Diego. We will continue to the Shrine of Guadalupe to celebrate Mass. Then, we will continue to Teotihuacan to see the ancient Pyramids.
This morning we will visit the museum of Padre Pro and Celebrate Mass at Sagrada Familia. Then drive to the Historical City Centre. We will visit the Metropolitan Cathedral located on the Zocalo, the main square. Inside you will visit the Chapel of the Miraculous Cross of Poison. Originally made of white marble, the cross miraculously turned black from absorbing poison placed on it intended to kill the Bishop who traditionally kissed the feet of the cross every day after mass. Your tour continues as we travel to our next destination, the National Palace. This extraordinary palace has been occupied by the ruling class of Mexico since the Aztec Empire’s rule. Optional on this evening, attend the world-renowned performance of the Ballet Folklórico de México, at the Palace of Fine Arts (performances on Wednesday and Sundays – if we attend the Ballet we will have an early dinner 6pm).
We depart to the beautiful mining silver town of Taxco. We can shop for silver items and jewelry and art. We will spend the day walking around the beautiful city, spending time in prayer at the impressive Church of Santa Prisca where we will have our private Mass. Late afternoon we will drive to Puebla or overnight in Taxco and drive to Puebla the next day.
We go to Cholula, visit the Sanctuary of the Virgin of the Remedies on top of an Aztec Pyramid (in case someone cannot climb the hill they can rest in a restaurant with view of the Church) Continue to Puebla. Lunch. In the afternoon we celebrate Mass at Holy Rosary Chapel. Visit the Church of Santo Domingo. The Cathedral. Santa Monica Museum of Religious Art. St. Francis of Assisi Church where we view the uncorrupted body of Blessed Sebastian de Aparicio, a famous local figure through whose intercessory prayers many miracles have been reported. In the evening, attend an open-air market.
We move towards Tlaxcala to visit the Shrine of San Miguel del Milagro. It is here that St. Michael the Archangel appeared to Diego Lazaro de San Francisco in 1631 and told him of the miraculous spring. The Shrine of Our Lady of Ocotlan, popularly known as a Mexico’s Lourdes, where we celebrate Mass.
We will visit the floating gardens of Xochimilco, the canals are fairly small, but we will enjoy it by taking a ride in a Trajinera and enjoy the Mexican folklore that will soon delight your senses. After the ride we will continue to Coyoacán, have a typical lunch and in the afternoon, we will visit the beautiful center. While in Coyoacán, you will visit the Church of El Carmen, that is dedicated to the Carmelites, the Church of St. John the Baptist. This structure was originally constructed as a Dominican Monastery, but eventually changed to a Franciscan Monastery. This stunning piece of architecture has an interior containing seven chapels, as well as an altar piece that dates back to the seventeenth century. Time to stroll around, enjoy the famous ice cream of Coyoacán and return to the Hotel.
This morning, if time permits, we have a farewell Mass at the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe. Transfer to the airport to catch our return flight home.
Your pilgrimage begins today as you depart on your overnight flight to Dublin. Meals and drinks served aloft.
Arrival in Dublin you will be greeted by your tour escort guide and driver. Panoramic city tour that will finish in St. Patrick’s Anglican Cathedral. Continue to your hotel for registration.
After breakfast, enjoy a free day in the city. Visit the National Museum. Some of the local pubs for a pint and listen to local Irish musicians. Check out the shops on O’Connell Street.
We travel to the “Rock of Cashel,” Tour the Cathedral. Round Tower and Cormac Chapel. Visit the museum which houses the original St. Patrick’s Cross. Visit Blarney Castle and Gardens. Continue to Blarney Woolen Mills. Travel to Killarney.
Travel through the MacGillycuddy’s Reeks mountop. Drive through the Killarney National Park Cross the Blackwater Bridge Stop at Sneem. Cahersiveen. Ballycarbery. Valentia Island Bridge and visit Skellig on St. Finan’s Bay.
Travel to Limerick. Visit St. Mary’s Cathedral. Stop for lunch, take a tour of Bunratty Castle. Catch the ferry at Killimer to travel on to Galway, with its colorful streets and numerous pubs.
Depart to Galway and head to Kylemore Abbey. Visit Croagh Patrick, Ireland’s holy mountain. Visit Knock, one of the world’s principal Marian Shrines. Tour the Basilica.
Travel to Tolerant. Visit Lough Derg, the sacred Sanctuary Island of St Patrick. Visit Armagh the country’s center of Christianity. It is unique in that it has two St. Patrick’s Cathedrals, which one of them is Catholic.
Go to Downpatrick. Visit Down Cathedral, believed to be the burial place of St. Patrick. Visit Dundalk, and Kilcurry Church. Continue to Drogheda to visit St. Peter’s Church. Travel to Dublin, for a farewell dinner on us at a local restaurant with live Irish music.
Visit the world-famous Guinness Brewery. Take a tour through their seven stories Glass Atrium, the Brewery, and then stop at the Gravity Bar for a quick pint. Stop for lunch. This afternoon, choose to visit the National Museum, or return to your hotel to relax.
This morning we will transfer to the airport to catch our return flight home.