Jan 28 - Feb 06, 2020



A Pilgrimage to the Holy Land


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Father Vincent Dufresne invites you to join him for an inspiring journey to the Holy Land. The Holy Land is often referred to as a 5th Gospel, a land where the people, places and events of the scriptures come to life. Much of the land is as it was centuries ago making it easy to imagine walking along the shores of the Sea of Galilee listening to Jesus and his early disciples. The narrow streets of Old Jerusalem where Jesus carried the cross to his passion make a fitting place to prayerfully walk our own Stations of the Cross. Father Vincent will open our eyes to the scriptures in the very places where the stories took place – with liturgy in historic chapels such as the Basilica of the Nativity, the Grotto of the Annunciation, the Holy Sepulchre and Dominus Flevit. Don’t miss this once-in-a lifetime opportunity to treat yourself to a special retreat and to encounter the visionary men and women of the scriptures.


Program Itinerary



Tuesday, January 28, 2020
Depart New Orleans for Tel Aviv.

Wednesday, January 29, 2020
Arrival Tel Aviv. Your group will be met by your guide who will accompany you in private deluxe motorcoach toTiberias on the Sea of Galilee. After checking into the hotel and having a chance to freshen up, enjoy dinner at the hotel.  Overnight Tiberias.

Thursday, January 30, 2020
Breakfast. Travel this morning to nearby Nazareth to visit the Basilica of the Annunciation built over the site traditionally honored as the place where the Angel Gabriel announced to Mary that she would be the mother Jesus. Mass at nearby Church of St. Joseph.  Visit the excavations under the Sisters of Nazareth guest house of a 1st century home in Nazareth - from the time of Jesus, Mary and Joseph.  Travel then to Cana for visit to the site and opportunity for renewal of marriage vows. Continue then to the Mount of Beatitudes – the traditional site of Jesus’ sermon or talk on the beatitudes. Opportunity here for prayer, scripture service or liturgy overlooking the Sea of Galilee. Return to Tiberias for dinner/overnight.

Friday, January 31, 2020
Breakfast. This morning, travel by boat on Sea of Galilee to Capernaum to visit the archaeological site there. It is noteworthy for the large synagogue from ancient times and the house believed to belong to Peter and his mother. During the ride on the Sea of Galilee – opportunity for prayer and song. Continue to Tabgha – site of the multiplication of loaves and fishes - with liturgy in one of the historic chapels. Later this afternoon, visit Migdal. This is a newly excavated site that includes a synagogue from the 1st century and other structures associated with the town of Mary of Magdala. Conclude the day with a visit to Gnof Ginosar where a fishing boat from the 1st century has been restored, the so-called “Jesus boat.” Dinner/overnight Tiberias.

Saturday, February 1, 2020
Breakfast. This morning travel down the Jordan River valley to Qasr al-Yahud. This is across the river from the site where John the Baptist baptized Jesus. Here you will have an opportunity to conduct a baptism renewal service. Continue then to Jerusalem to Mt. of Olives for panoramic view of Jerusalem and liturgy at Dominus Flevit. If time/interest permits, visit Western Wall for end of Sabbath prayer.
Late check into hotel at conclusion of Shabbat with dinner/overnight.
Sunday, February 2, 2020
Breakfast. This morning we visit the Haram Es Sharif (The Noble Sanctuary or Temple Mount area). If
possible, opportunity to meet with a Muslim guide on the Temple Mount to learn more about Islam and why Jerusalem is so important.  Morning visit to the Western Wall with opportunity for pray there. Visit the nearby Jerusalem Archaeological Complex and Davidson Center – a large archaeological park that showcases the developments over history on Mt. Zion. This afternoon, we travel to and visit Bethlehem and the Basilica of the Nativity with liturgy. Return to Jerusalem for dinner.  Overnight Jerusalem.

Monday, February 3, 2020
Breakfast. This morning we begin with a visit to the Upper Room and King David’s tomb, St. Peter in
Gallicantu (Caiphas’ house and set of stairs from the 1st century where Jesus likely walked, and then the Via Dolorosa (with opportunity to do a devotional walking of the Stations of the Cross), ending at the Basilica of the Holy Sepulchre with liturgy. Lunch will be included today. Mid to late-afternoon free to explore the Old City of Jerusalem. Dinner/overnight Jerusalem.  After dinner, have an opportunity to hear from representatives of Parents Circle (an organization of Jewish and Palestinian parents who have lost family members in various conflicts between Palestinians and Jews).

Tuesday, February 4, 2020
Breakfast. Day excursion to the Dead Sea to visit Masada (the large plateau fortress overlooking the Sea), Ein Gedi (a spa and nature reserve) and Qumran (archaeological site associated with the Essenes and the Dead Sea Scrolls. Dinner/overnight Jerusalem.

Wednesday, February 5, 2020
Breakfast. Enjoy the morning at leisure in the Old City. Afternoon visit Yad Vashem (Holocause Museum with later brief stop at Ein Karem (home of John the Baptist) and Abu Gosh (site of Emmaus and opportunity for a farewell liturgy).  Farewell dinner at a local restaurant. Transfer after dinner to Tel Aviv airport for return flight to USA.

Thursday, February 6, 2020
Arrival today in New Orleans

Inclusive Features:

Roundtrip flights New Orleans-Tel Aviv, 7-nights accommodations in centrally located 4-star hotels, breakfast and dinner daily, 1 lunch, local transportation via deluxe motorcoach, a full-time local tour manager and guide, and entrances and guided visits per the itinerary


Flight Schedule:

United Airlines
Flight # Departure City Departure Date Departure Time Arrival City Arrival Date Arrival Time
1754 New Orleans 1/28/2020 3:38 PM Newark 1/28/2020 7:30 PM
90 Newark 1/28/2020 11:00 PM Tel Aviv 1/29/2020 4:20 PM
91 Tel Aviv 2/5/2020 11:10 PM Newark 2/6/2020 4:30 AM
1287 Newark 2/6/2020 7:29 AM New Orleans 2/6/2020 9:54 AM


Complete Program Prices:

Includes group airfare and airport transfers. For the Complete Program option, we must receive your registration and payment in full not later than November 12, 2019.

$4025 per person based on double occupancy
+$140 gratuities to tour manager, expert guides, hotel staff, restaurant staff, motorcoach driver will be added to your final invoice to be distributed on site

$785 supplement for single occupancy

Land Only Program Prices:

Excludes all airfare and airport transfers
$2825 per person based on double occupancy
+$140 gratuities to tour manager, expert guides, hotel staff, restaurant staff, motorcoach driver will be added to your final invoice to be distributed on site

$785 supplement for single occupancy

Please note: Single rooms for single use are limited to 10% of the total number of rooms reserved. Should additional single rooms be requested, hotels may impose a higher supplement for all single rooms of $1200. If you have selected double occupancy but no roommate is available due to uneven numbers or if your roommate should cancel you will be in a single room and responsible for the single room supplement.

All prices listed are discounted for payment by check. When paying with a credit card, you will be charged the standard base price, which is 5% higher.

All program prices are based on availability of services at the time registration material is received; currency exchange rates in effect January 29, 2019—and on 2019 land and air tariffs—and are subject to change. All services are provided subject to Illume’s Conditions and Clauses.

The program prices will be reviewed before the invoices for the final payment are mailed, and will reflect the current prices.

Program Registration:

Complete the Event Registration Form before May 1, 2019. Registrations will be accepted after May 1 on a space-available basis. Additional costs may apply. Contact illume for pricing and availability after May 1.

NOTE: There is limited space still available. As the final balance deadline has passed, all new registrations as of October 30, 2019 should send their payment in full directly to illume.  Please make your check out to illume and mail it to us at 236 Lewis Wharf, Boston, MA 02110.


Checks should be made payable to illume. Please include the program number 20.10521 on the memo line.

You will receive a Welcome E-mail from illume after we receive your payment. You will also receive a link to add optional Travel Insurance/Protection to your program at that time.

A second non-refundable deposit of $1800 per person due not later than: July 15, 2019

Balance of payment due not later than: October 30, 2019

Note: Any changes to the program will be outlined in the final documents which you will receive one month prior to departure. If changes are made that affect the program price, you will receive an invoice or a credit accordingly.

Program No. 20.10521










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