Pilgrimage to Israel With Fr. Jim Hedman October 20-30, 2014 itinerary

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Pilgrimage to Israel

With Fr. Jim Hedman

October 20-30, 2014


October 20th, Monday: Depart USA to Israel via overnight flights. Meals will be served on the overnight, overseas flight.

October 21st, Tuesday: TEL AVIV Arrive in Israel, landing at Ben Gurion Airport. Following brief airport formalities assisted by arrival personnel, we board our motor coach and go directly to our hotel. Festive Welcome Dinner and overnight in Tel Aviv.

October 22nd, Wednesday: Coastal road / Caesarea / Acre / Galilee After breakfast, drive north to Caesarea Maritima. Visit the Roman Theater, the Herod's Palace, the Palace of the Roman Procurator (Apostles 23: 23 and Apostles 26: 23 - Paul; Apostles 10: 20-48 - Peter and Cornelius), the Amphitheater, the Crusaders' City and Harbor. Proceed to Mount Carmel to visit the Monastery of the Muhraka, where Elijah fought with the Baal priests. From the roofs of this Monastery, we have a beautiful view of the Jezreel Plain. Through the Druze villages, Daliyat el Carmel and Usfiya, we proceed to Haifa with a panoramic view of the city and harbor. Continue to the Church of Stella Maris (a Carmelite Monastery) with the cave of the Prophet Elijah. Proceed to Acre to visit the old city with the city walls, the Knights' Halls and the Harbor. Proceed to our hotel in the Galilee for the next 3 nights. Dinner and overnight in the Galilee.

October 23rd, Thursday: Galilee After breakfast, a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee, where Jesus walked on the water (Matthew 14: 22-23). The ride will end at Ginnosar, where we shall visit the Ancient Boat from the time of Jesus that was found nearby. Proceed to Nazareth, visiting the Church of Annunciation (Luke 26: 28) and Mary's Well (in the Greek Orthodox Church).Drive on to Cana in the Galilee, site of the First Miracle (John 2: 1-11 and John 4: 46-54). Dinner and overnight in the Galilee

October 24th, Friday: Banyas / Golan Heights / Tabgha After breakfast, drive to the Mount of Beatitudes (Matthew 5: 7) where we shall visit the heptagonal church that was built by the Italian architect Berluzzi. Proceed to Banias, the ancient Caesarea Philippi (Matthew 16: 13-20) one of the main sources of the Jordan River. Through the Golan Heights, drive to Capernaum, the town of Jesus, where he lived in the house of Peter performing from there his miracles and healings (Matthew 4: 13, Matthew 8: 14-15).Proceed to Tabgha, where we shall visit the Church of the Loaves and the Fish (Matthew 14: 14-34) and the Church of Mensa Christi, where Jesus elected Peter as His Representative on Earth (John 21). Return to the hotel. Dinner and overnight in the Galilee.

October 25th, Saturday: Mount Tabor / Megiddo / Jaffa / Jerusalem After breakfast, drive to Mount Tabor, the site of Transfiguration, visiting the Catholic Church (Matthew 17: 1-8). From the rooftop of the church, we can enjoy a beautiful view of the Lower Galilee and the Plain of Jezreel. Through the town of Afula, drive to Megiddo, named also Armageddon - the place where the last battle of mankind is due to take place (the Apocalypse of St. John) - where we shall visit the Museum and this 5,000 year old city with the Gates from the times of King Solomon, the old Canaanite temples and the water tunnel from the time of King Ahab. Through Wadi Ara, the ancient road (Via Maris) that connected the old Egypt to Mesopotamia, we shall reach Tel Aviv where we shall visit ancient Yope (Jaffa): here was the house of Simon the Tanner (Apostles 10: 9-16) and the place of the Miracle of the resurrection of Tabita (Apostles 9: 36-43). After the visits, proceed through the Hills of Judea to Jerusalem. Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem.

October 26th, Sunday: Jerusalem - the Old City After breakfast, ascend the Mount of Olives to visit the Chapel of the Ascension (Luke 24: 50-53), the Church of the Pater Noster (Luke 11: 1-4) and have a wonderful panoramic view of the Old City of Jerusalem, with the Temple Mount. Walking down the Mount of Olives, we shall reach the Church of Dominus Flevit (Luke 19: 41-44) for the visit and proceed to the Garden of Gethsemane, the place where Jesus was arrested (Matthew 26: 36-58), to see the old olive trees and visit the Basilica of the Agony. Through the Lion's Gate we shall walk into the Old City to visit the Church of St. Anne and the Pool of Bethesda (John 5: 1-15). Proceed through the Via Dolorosa walking along the Stations of the Cross from the remains of the Antonia to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. After the visits, walk through the colorful bazaar and return to the hotel. Dinner and overnight Jerusalem.

October 27th, Monday: Jerusalem - the New City / Bethlehem* After breakfast, drive to Mount Zion to visit the Room of the Last Supper (Cenacle) and the Tomb of King David. Walking through the Jewish Quarter, reach the Wailing Wall - the holiest place for the Jews - and the Dung Gate, to drive through the New City of Jerusalem to Ein Kerem to visit the Church of St. John (Luke 1: 1-25). Drive to Yad Vashem, the Memorial to the victims of the Holocaust. Proceed to Bethlehem* to visit the Church of the Nativity (Luke 2: 1-7) and Shepherd's Field (Luke 2: 8-20). Dinner and overnight Jerusalem.

October 28th, Tuesday: Abu Gosh / Emmaus (Latrun) / Jerusalem After breakfast, drive to Abu Gosh, the biblical Kiryat Ye'arim, from where King David brought the Holy Shrine back to Jerusalem. Driving via Emmaus (Latrun) (Luke 23: 39-44) return to Jerusalem to visit the Israel Museum with its Shrine of the Book, where the Dead Sea scrolls are kept. Return to the hotel. Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem.

October 29th, Wednesday: Qumran / Massada / Dead Sea After breakfast, drive via the Good Samaritan Inn (Luke 8: 25-37) to the Dead Sea area. Stop in Qumran - the city of the Essens - where the Dead Sea scrolls were found in a cave by a shepherd. Along the Sea continue to the mountain fortress of Massada, stronghold of the Jews in the war against the Romans. Ascend and descend to the fortress by cable car to visit the palaces of Herod the Great with its Roman baths and pools. The rest of the day can be spent to "float" in the salty water of the Dead Sea, the world’s lowest place. Dinner and overnight at Dead Sea.

October 30th, Thursday: Return to USA After breakfast, time to enjoy and relax at the Dead Sea. Transfer to Ben Gurion Airport for departure flight. Afternoon stop for snack on your own, on way to airport. As soon as plane takes off, dinner will be served.


Caesarea (Acts 10 & 25) Muhraka (1Kings 18: 1-40)

Sea of Galilee Boat Ride (Mat. 4:18) Tiberias

Jericho (Joshua 6) River Jordan (Jos 1:2; Matt. 3)

Mount of Olives (Luke 22:39+) Gethsemane (Matt. 26:36-55)

Jerusalem (Matthew 23:37) Wailing Wall

Mt. Zion (Hebrews 12.22) Upper Room (Luke 22:10-22)

Bethlehem (site of birth of Jesus) Garden Tomb (site of Calvary)

Church of the Nativity Church of the Holy Sepulchre

Masada Dead Sea Float or Wade (Num. 34)

Shrine of the Book (Dead Sea Scrolls) Kfar Kana-Miracle of Wine (John 2:1-25)

9 nights in First Class Hotels 18 Meals: 9 Israeli buffet breakfasts & 9 dinners

All program and entrance fees Restaurant tipping in hotels included

Tour Kitbag – with hat and map Water and Coffee/Tea with dinners

All hotel and airport porterage and tipping included

Private motor coach with panoramic windows, reclining seat and foot rests

Professional tour director/Licensed English speaking guide in Israel/Educational Coordinator

  • Air fare, but a group fare will be offered.

  • Passport, Visa fee, US and foreign airport taxes, Fuel Surcharges ($400-$700 per ticket dependent on airline and issue date), items not listed on standard group menus, mineral water, tea & coffee at dinner, beverages other than plain water, any luggage or extra item fees on airlines, personal expenses(such as laundry, valet service, cable movies, telephone calls, internet, postage, etc.), tips to drivers, guides, tour escorts and other services not indicated in itinerary. Any meals not mentioned, Lunches en route, Guide on free day, etc.


  • $2250. 00 per person, double occupancy plus Airfare if have 22 or more persons on tour; If 17-21 persons, the price is $2450.00

  • Single room supplement: $675 per person, $2.00 per person, double occupancy, land.

For any questions or information about the tour, contact email: patda1@mindspring.com

Terms and Conditions:

  • Everyone must have a valid passport.

  • All non-USA citizens may need to get a visa but must have a re-entry permit into USA.

  • All of these documents must be taken on the trip by the passengers.


  • Initial Deposit: $750 per person and should be paid as soon as possible, in order to lock in the rates as listed.

  • 2nd payment of $1500 per person due March 1, 2014.

  • Final payment: Due on or before August 15, 2014.

  • All payments must be made by check or money order ONLY. Payable to Travel Time Services, Inc

Optional Insurance: is available and highly recommended and available from Travel Time Services, Inc.
Cancellation: Up to 90 days prior to departure there is no cancellation fee. Between 89-60 days prior, the cancellation fee is $100 plus ticket prices. 59-45 day’s prior, cancellation fee is $150. Within 45 days, entire amount is subject to cancellation fee. Any refund will depend upon the resale of hotel, air ticket penalty, etc. In the event a replacement is found more than 30 days prior, the change fee will be nil if ticket has not been issued. However if ticket has been issued, it is non-refundable.
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October 20-30, 2014

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