Journey to the land of Jesus

with Benet Academy


Highlights

 
  • Experience the Sacraments like never before: Renew your baptismal promises in the Jordan River, renew your wedding vows at Cana, and celebrate Mass daily.

  • Never read Scripture the same again: Ride on the Sea of Galilee, make a visit to Bethlehem, pray in the Garden of Gethsemane, and more!

  • Dive into the mysteries of Lent: Pray the Stations of the Cross on the path Jesus walked to Calvary and experience the desert on a visit to Jericho and the Jordan River.

Pictures below: (1) Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem; (2) Dead Sea; (3) Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem; (4) The Old City of Jerusalem including Dome of the Rock and Mount of Olives.


Chaplain

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Abbot Austin G. Murphy, OSB

Abbot Austin G. Murphy, OSB, is the 10th abbot of St. Procopius Abbey. He was born in Huntington, NY, in 1974 and attended the University of Chicago, receiving a BA in Economics in 1995. Soon after graduating, he came into contact with St. Procopius Abbey and, feeling called to the monastic life there, applied and entered. His jobs before becoming abbot have included teaching math and religion as well as being campus minister at the abbey's high school, Benet Academy. He studied for the priesthood at the Dominican House of Studies in Washington, DC, receiving his MA in Theology in 2003 and his MDiv and STB from there in 2004. In 2006, he began doctoral studies at the University of Notre Dame, working in the area of patristics, especially St. Augustine's thought. On June 16, 2016 Father Abbot Dr. successfully defended his dissertation.  He was elected abbot on June 24, 2010.

Abbot Austin will be accompanying the Holy Land Pilgrimage as the Chaplain!


Schedule

 

Dates of this pilgrimage are:
June 15- June 24 2020 (9 days / 8 nights)

  • Day 1: Monday, June 15 - Depart U.S. (flights not included in the package)

  • Day 2: Tuesday, June 16 (D) - Arrive Tel Aviv, transfer to Tiberias for welcome dinner. Overnight in Tiberias.

    • Please note: If you are arranging your own airfare, please arrive to the Tel Aviv airport no later than 2 p.m. on Tuesday, June 16. One transfer will be made from the Tel Aviv airport up to Tiberias for those arriving before 2 p.m.

  • Day 3: Wednesday, June 17 (B, L, D) - Renewal of wedding vows at Cana. Visit to Nazareth including Mass at the Basilica of the Annunciation. Afternoon at Mount of Beatitudes, Peter’s Primacy, and Church of the Multiplication. Overnight in Tiberias.

  • Day 4: Thursday, June 18 (B, L, D) - Morning boat ride on the Sea of Galilee including visit to Jesus Boat museum, followed by Capernaum and the Synagogue church. In the afternoon, explore Banias nature reserve and enjoy kayak rafting on the Jordan River (optional). Overnight in Tiberias.

  • Day 5: Friday, June 19 (B, L, D) - Ascend Mount Tabor and pray at the Basilica of the Transfiguration. Drive through the West Bank to Jericho with stop at Jordan River for renewal of baptismal promises. Before going up to Jerusalem, ride the cable car to All Saints Monastery on the Mount of Temptation. Overnight in Jerusalem.

  • Day 6: Saturday, June 20 (B, L, D) - Morning visit to Bethlehem including the Shepherd’s Field, Manger Square, and Church of the Nativity. Afternoon at Ein Karem including the Church of Visitation and the Church of St. John the Baptist. Overnight in Jerusalem.

  • Day 7: Sunday, June 21 (B, L, D) - Mount of Olives including Church of the Ascension, Pater Noster, Dominus Flevit, Mass at Church of All Nations, and the Garden of Gethsemane. Following lunch, drive along the Kidron Valley and visit Mount Zion including St. Peter in Gallincantu and the Upper Room. Overnight in Jerusalem.

  • Day 8: Monday, June 22 (B, L, D) - Tour of Masada followed by hiking Ein Gedi and visiting the Judean Desert waterfalls. Enjoy lunch and a float in the Dead Sea. Overnight in Jerusalem.

  • Day 9: Tuesday, June 23 (B, L, D) - Stations of the Cross along the Via Dolorosa and then celebrate Mass at Holy Sepulchre. Sing in St. Anne’s Church before visiting the Pools of the Bethesada, Antonia Fortress, Wailing Wall, Jewish Quarter, City of David and Hezekiah Tunnels. Farewell dinner. Overnight in Jerusalem.

  • Day 10: Wednesday, June 24 (B) - Depart Tel Aviv and arrive U.S.

    • Please note: If you are arranging your own airfare, please depart from the Tel Aviv airport anytime after 9 a.m. on Wednesday, June 24. One transfer will be made from Jerusalem to the Tel Aviv airport in the morning for those departing after 9 a.m.

    • Please note: If you arrive/depart outside of the designating times at Tel Aviv airport, private transfers (fee applies) can be arranged on your behalf. Airport transfers outside of the designated arrival/departure times are not included in the package pricing.

* (B,L,D) denotes meals (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner) that are included with the package.


Details

 

Pilgrimage package includes:

  • Preparation and follow-up materials delivered via email

  • A dedicated pilgrimage guide who will accompany the group, supplemented with local guide(s)

  • Custom-designed booklet for each pilgrim

  • Tickets for included activities: Boat ride, Jesus Boat Museum, Capernaum, nature reserve of Banias, kayak rafting on the Jordan River, cable car ride to Monastery of the Mount of Temptation, Masada, waterfalls of Ein Gedi, Dead Sea, Pools of Bethesda, Antonia Fortress, and Hezekiah Tunnels

  • Airport/hotel transfers (if arriving and departing at designated windows)

  • Transportation on a motorcoach for the duration of the pilgrimage

  • Accommodations in double-occupancy rooms, including taxes, in excellent religious guesthouses (single-occupancy supplement available on a limited basis)

    • Tiberias - Pilgerhaus (3 nights)

    • Jerusalem - Notre Dame Center of Jerusalem (5 nights)

  • All meals (8 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 8 dinners), with wine for adults at dinners

  • Whisper sets for each pilgrim

  • Gratuities for guide(s), driver(s), hotels, and meals

  • In-person preparation meeting for all pilgrims to review itinerary, activities, logistical arrangements, and prayer resources

Pilgrimage package does not include:

• Round-trip airfare (optional add-on for $40 per person ticketing fee)

• Passport, visa, or luggage fees

• Any personal purchases

• Meals while traveling and drinks at meals

• Recommended travel insurance

• Anything else not explicitly mentioned as included


Registration

 

Pilgrimage package as low as: $3,299 per person* for “land-only” package

*Save $300! Register by November 1, 2019 for early-bird savings of $200 and select to pay by check for another $100 savings

Please note that the pilgrimage package does not include airfare costs.

Estimated pilgrimage package total cost: $3,599 per person

Options:

  • Airfare: Published fares + $40 per person ticketing fee (service provided by LUXE Travel)

  • Early-bird savings (available until November 1, 2019): Save $200 per person

  • Pay balance by check savings: Save $100 per person

  • Single room supplement: + $799 per person (subject to availability)

Want to extend your stay?

  • Arriving early? One-night stay at the Renaissance Tel Aviv - $390 per room, including breakfast (single or double occupancy) - rates available for 3 nights of June 13-14, 14-15, and 15-16.

  • Staying later? One-night stay at the Notre Dame Center of Jersualem - $286 per room, including breakfast (single or double occupancy) - rates available for 2 nights of June 24-25 and 25-26.

  • Need additional services? Please contact us directly if you’d like us to quote you for additional services during your stay. Private guides, transfers, tours, tickets, and other concierge services available.

Need a transfer?

  • Private transport from Tel Aviv airport to Renaissance Tel Aviv (or any other location in Tel Aviv) - $175 per transfer (up to 6 pax)

  • Private transport from Tel Aviv airport to Pilgerhaus in Tiberias - $330 per transfer (up to 6 pax)

  • Private transport from Notre Dame Center in Jerusalem to Tel Aviv airport - $175 per transfer (up to 6 pax)

  • Please note: If you arrive/depart outside of the designating times at Tel Aviv airport, private transfers (fee applies) can be arranged on your behalf. Airport transfers outside of the designated arrival/departure times are not included in the package pricing.

Rates also assume a minimum of 25 full-paying pilgrims.

Flights:

Flights are not included in the standard “land-only” package. However, an option for a group flight will be made available once flight schedules and pricing is available (approximately 10 months prior to departure). Additionally, beginning August 1, 2019, registered pilgrims can contact our travel partner - LUXE Travel - to make flight arrangements. Cost of this service is the published fare plus a $40 per person ticketing fee. Instructions on how to contact LUXE Travel and book your individual flights will be made available after registration. Please contact us directly if you have any questions regarding flights.

I/we are arranging our own flights, when should we plan to arrive/depart?

  • Please plan to arrive to the Tel Aviv airport no later than 2 p.m. on Tuesday, June 16, 2020. The group will meet at the airport at that time to make the transfer up to Tiberias.

  • Please plan to depart from the Tel Aviv airport after 9 a.m. on Wednesday, June 24, 2020. One transfer from Jerusalem to the airport will be made in the morning for all those departing after 9 a.m. on June 24.

  • If you elect to arrive/depart at times different than those listed here, private transfers (fee applies) can be arranged on your behalf.

    • Private transport from Tel Aviv airport to Renaissance Tel Aviv (or any other location in Tel Aviv) - $175 per transfer (up to 6 pax)

    • Private transport from Tel Aviv airport to Pilgerhaus Guesthouse in Tiberias - $330 per transfer (up to 6 pax)

    • Private transport from Notre Dame Center in Jerusalem to Tel Aviv airport - $175 per transfer (up to 6 pax)

Payment Schedule:

  • Deposit - $300 due upon registration

  • Final balance - Due by February 16, 2020

    • Invoices will be emailed approximately 4-6 weeks in advance of the final balance due date. The final payment may be paid by credit/debit card, electronic bank transfer, check, or money order.

    • During registration, if you elect to "pay balance by check," you will receive $100 off the pilgrimage fee, which will be reflected on your final invoice. If you elect to "pay balance by check," the final balance can be paid by electronic bank transfer, check, or money order.

Please note: Payment plans can be arranged if needed. Please contact us if you would like to pay in several installments.

How do I pay?

  • During registration, the $300 deposit can be paid online with a credit card or debit card.

  • The final payments may be paid credit/debit card, check, money order, or electronic bank transfer for no fee. Or, you can elect to "pay balance by check" during registration and save $100 off your pilgrimage fee. If you elect this option, you can make the final payment via electronic bank transfer, check, or money order. Checks and money orders can be made payable to "Verso Ministries LLC".

    • Payments can be mailed to:

      • Verso Ministries LLC

      • P.O. Box 986

      • Notre Dame, IN 46556

Once opened, registration will remain open until filled. If space is still available, registrations may be made at any time.

What is your cancellation policy?

All cancellations must be made in writing. $150 per person of the $300 deposit per person is non-refundable.

All cancellations of individual pilgrims must be made in writing (email or letter) to Verso Ministries.

Cancellation fees are as follows:

  • 91 days or more from first day of pilgrimage: $150 per person

  • 90-31 days prior: $300 per person

  • 30-15 days prior: $500 per person

  • 4-7 days prior: $1000 per person

  • 6 days or less no refund will be given

Cancellation fees are for individual pilgrims. Any cancellation charges incurred from other suppliers or vendors (flight, lodging, ground transportation, etc.) may come in addition to the administrative fees listed above.

Why is this is an estimated final package price?

Final airline taxes and fees may fluctuate until flights are ticketed (about 30 days prior to departure). Any excess fees levied by the airlines beyond the original total price at time of booking will be the responsibility of each pilgrim. Also, prices are based on the current (as of March 2019) exchange rate of 1 U.S. dollar to 3.62 ILS (Israeli New Shekel). Any drastic fluctuations in currency exchange rates could affect the final pilgrimage pricing.

If you have any questions about pricing and when final pricing decisions will be communicated, please do not hesitate to contact us at any time.


Questions

 

Please contact us with any questions.