Nov 07 - 17, 2019



In the Footsteps of Jesus and His Early Disciples:  A Pilgrimage to the Holy Land


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Father Gregory Kandt, pastor of the Church of the Incarnation, invites you to journey with him 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 Gregory will open our eyes to the scriptures in the very places where the stories took place – with liturgy in historic chapels such as the Grotto of the Annunciation, Mt. Tabor, the Holy Sepulchre and the site of Emmaus.  This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to make a pilgrimage to the place where our faith heritage began and where so much history has occurred.  In addition to visiting historical religious sites we will have a chance to meet people of different cultural and religious heritage, visit local artisans, and sample great food.  Our program includes upscale 4-star hotels in central locations.  Come join us!


Program Itinerary


Thursday, November 7, 2019
Depart Washington/Dulles for Tel Aviv.  Dinner and breakfast will be served on the flights.

Friday, November 8, 2019
Arrival Tel Aviv.  Your group will be met by your local guide who will accompany you to your hotel in the Galilee region.  Stop en route at Mt. Carmel to have Mass at El-Muhraqa and visit Stella Maris.  Continue to hotel with check-in, dinner, and overnight.

Saturday, November 9, 2019
Breakfast.  Visit Nazareth including the Basilica of the Annunciation (with Mass), St. Joseph's Church and the Monastery of the Poor Clares. If time permits, visit the Monastery of the Little Brothers of Jesus Caritas at 78 Paul VI Street. Continue then to visit Nazareth Village.  If time permits - visit Cana for marriage renewal for couples.  Dinner/overnight Tiberias.

Sunday, November 10, 2019
Breakfast.  Visit Capernaum and Tabgha - with Mass at the Mensa Christi altar on the shore).  Include time for a break here to get something to eat on your own.  Continue with a visit to Bethsaida and the Mount of Beatitudes.  Do a Baptism renewal service along the Jordan River just above the Sea of Galilee (if not possible - at Qasr Al-Yahud the following day). Visit Magdala to see the new excavations there. Dinner/overnight Tiberias.

Monday, November 11, 2019
Breakfast.  Morning visit to Mt. Tabor - with Mass. Continue to Jerusalem with stop to view from a distance  the Judean wilderness where Jesus was tempted - such as St. George.  Stop on Mt. of Olives for panoramic view of the Old City and opportunity for prayer in the Garden of Gethsemane.  Dinner/overnight Jerusalem.

Tuesday, November 12, 2019
Breakfast.  Visit the Upper Room, St. Peter in Gallicantu and then Pater Noster and Dominus Flevit on Mt. of Olives with Mass at Pater Noster.  Some free time in the Old City.  Dinner/overnight Jerusalem.
Wednesday, November 13, 2019
Breakfast. Morning visit to the Temple Mount (if possible with a Muslim guide to talk about the importance of the site for Muslims).  Visit to St. Anne's and Pools of Bethesda. Make a devotional walking of Stations of the Cross on the Via Dolorosa ending at the Holy Sepulchre with Mass.  Visit Israel Museum later this afternoon to see model of the Old City of Jerusalem.  Dinner/overnight Jerusalem.

Thursday, November 14, 2019
Breakfast.  Travel to Masada and Ein Gedi - with chance to swim - on the Dead Sea.  If time permits - visit Qumran. We will celebrate Mass at Bethany, St. Anne’s, or Garden of Gethsemane. Dinner/overnight Jerusalem.

Friday, November 15, 2019
Breakfast.  Travel to Bethlehem to visit the Basilica of the Nativity with Mass.  Visit Herodium.   Return to Jerusalem in time to visit the Western Wall for the beginning of Shabbat. Dinner/overnight Jerusalem.

Saturday, November 16, 2019
Breakfast.  Depending on local circumstances, visit to Bethany . Morning visit to Yad Vashem.  Continue then to Ein Karem - birthplace of John the Baptist.  Conclude pilgrimage with a celebratory liturgy at Abu Gosh followed by farewell dinner.  Later transfer to the airport for return flight.

Sunday, November 17, 2019
Arrival back in Washington/Dulles

Inclusive Features:

Roundtrip flights Washington Dulles-Tel Aviv, 8-nights accommodations in centrally located 4-star hotels, breakfast and dinner daily, local transportation via deluxe motorcoach, a full-time local tour manager and guide, and entrances and guided visits per the itinerary

Complete Program Prices:

Includes group airfare and airport transfers
$4225 per person based on double occupancy
$900 supplement for single occupancy

Land Only Program Prices:

Excludes all airfare and airport transfers
$3225 per person based on double occupancy
$900 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 $1300. 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:

With questions, please contact:

Father Gregory
(434) 973-4381  127

Step 1: Complete the Event Registration Form before March 20, 2019.


Step 2: Submit your $800 deposit check per person to Fr. Gregory not later than March 20, 2019.

Checks should be made payable to illume. Please include the program number 19.10522 on the memo line.

You will receive a Welcome E-mail from illume after March 20, 2019. 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: May 20, 2019

Balance of payment due not later than: August 9, 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.

Registrations will be accepted after March 20 on a space-available basis. Additional costs may apply. Contact illume for pricing and availability after March 20.


Program No. 19.10522











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