Journey to the land of Jesus

including Petra, Jordan!


Highlights

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

  • Discover the rich culture and history of the Holy Land: Taste the local cuisine, walk through archaeological sites like Masada, and interact with the local people.

  • Take in the wonders of Petra, Jordan: Wander through the archaeological “lost city” of Petra. Enjoy a walking tour of the former capital and trading center, then visit the Petra Museum.

Pictures below: (1) Garden of Gethsemane on the Mount of Olives; (2) Sea of Galilee; (3) Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem; (4) “Treasury” building in Petra, Jordan


Schedule

 

Dates of this pilgrimage are:
Tentative Itinerary - October 15-25, 2020 (11 days / 10 nights)

  • Day 1: Thursday, October 15 - Depart U.S. (flights not included in package)

  • Day 2: Friday, October 16 (L, D) - Arrive Tel Aviv and transfer to hotel. Welcome dinner. Overnight in Tel Aviv.

    • Please note: If you are arranging your own airfare, please arrive to the Tel Aviv airport no later than 4:30 p.m. on Friday, October 16. One transfer will be made from the Tel Aviv airport over to the hotel for those arriving before 4:30 p.m.

  • Day 3: Saturday, October 17 (B, L, D) - Renewal of wedding vows at Cana, followed by visit to Nazareth. Mass at the Basilica of Annunciation and visit to Church of St. Joseph. Overnight in Tiberias.

  • Day 4: Sunday, October 18 (B, L, D) - Morning boat ride on the Sea of Galilee and visits to the Galilee Churches: Mount of Beatitudes, Church of the Multiplication, Peter’s Primacy, and Capernaum (the “town of Jesus”). Overnight in Tiberias.

  • Day 5: Monday, October 19 (B, L, D) - Drive through the West Bank to Jesus’ baptismal site on the Jordan River, including a renewal of baptismal promises. Then, tour of Masada, a winter fortress of King Herod and UNESCO World Heritage Site. After lunch, enjoy a float in the Dead Sea. Overnight in Jerusalem.

  • Day 6: Tuesday, October 20 (B, L, D) - Mount of Olives including Church of the Ascension, Pater Noster, Dominus Flevit, and the Garden of Gethsemane, Church of All Nations, and Mount Zion including St. Peter in Gallincantu, Cenacle, and Dormition Abbey. Visit the Western Wall. Overnight in Jerusalem.

  • Day 7: Wednesday, October 21 (B, L, D) - Early morning Stations of the Cross along the Via Dolorosa and Mass at Holy Sepulchre. Afternoon at leisure. Overnight in Jerusalem.

  • Day 8: Thursday, October 22 (B, L, D) - Day in Bethlehem including Church of the Nativity and Shepherds’ Fields. Overnight in Jerusalem.

  • Day 9: Friday, October 23 (B, L, D) - Transfer over the Allenby Bridge to Jordan and drive to Madaba, the “City of Mosaics.” Visit St. George’s Church to admire the oldest map of the Holy Land. Then, visit Mt. Nebo, the site where Moses died and was buried. Overnight in Petra.

  • Day 10: Saturday, October 24 (B, L, D) - Spend the day exploring the “lost” city of Petra, including “Bab Al Siq,” the “Treasury,” and various tombs, all carved into the side of mountains and desert canyons. Visit the Petra Museum, then transfer to Amman. Overnight in Amman.

  • Day 11: Sunday, October 25 (B) - Depart Amman for U.S. (flights not included in package)

    • Please note: If you are arranging your own airfare, please depart from the Amman airport anytime after 9 a.m. on Sunday, October 25. One transfer will be made from the Amman hotel to the Amman airport in the morning for those departing after 9 a.m.

    • Please note: If you arrive/depart outside of the designating times, 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:

  • Pilgrimage preparation and follow-up materials delivered via email

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

  • Custom-designed pilgrimage booklet for each pilgrim

  • All included activities, events, and tickets

  • Airport/hotel transfers (if arriving within the designated arrival/departure windows)

  • Transportation on a motor coach for the duration of the pilgrimage

  • Accommodations in double-occupancy rooms, including taxes, in 4 or 5-star hotels (single-occupancy supplement available on a limited basis)

    • Tel Aviv: Renaissance (1 nights)

    • Tiberias: Sea of Galilee Hotel (2 nights)

    • Jerusalem: Notre Dame Center of Jerusalem (4 nights)

    • Petra: Marriott Hotel (1 night)

    • Amman: Le Grand Hotel (1 night)

  • All meals, plus wine at all dinners

  • Whisper sets for each pilgrim

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

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

Pilgrimage 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 (other than wine at dinners)

  • Recommended travel insurance

  • Anything else not explicitly mentioned as included


Registration

 

Individual rates as low as $3,998 for “land-only” package*

Estimated pilgrimage package total cost:  $4,248 per person

*Save $250! Register by March 15, 2020 for early-bird savings of $200 and select to pay by check for another $50 savings

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

Additional Items:

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

  • Single room supplement: + $996 per person

  • Early-bird savings (sign up before March 15, 2020): Save $200 per person

  • Pay balance by check: Save $50 per person

Please note that singles are subject to availability. If you are a single traveler but would like to find a roommate, we will do our best to match you with another roommate. If you are a single traveler and we cannot find you a roommate, you would be required to pay the single-occupancy supplement for a single room.

Want to extend your stay?

  • Need additional services? Please contact us directly if you’d like us to quote you for additional services during your stay. Additional nights accommodations, 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 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 the Tel Aviv and Amman airports, 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:

This pilgrimage is designed to arrive in to Tel Aviv, Israel, at the beginning of the pilgrimage, and depart from Amman, Jordan, at the conclusion of the pilgrimage.

Flights are not included in the standard “land-only” package. Beginning December 15, 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 4:30 p.m. on Friday, October 16, 2020. There will be one transfer made from the airport to the Tel Aviv hotel (Renaissance) for those arriving to Tel Aviv before 4:30 p.m.

  • Please plan to depart from the Amman airport after 9 a.m. on Sunday, October 25, 2020. One transfer from the Amman hotel to the airport will be made in the morning for all those departing after 9 a.m.

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

    • Private transport from Amman hotel to the Amman airport - $175 per transfer (up to 6 pax)

Payment Schedule:

  • Deposit - $300 due upon registration

  • Final balance - Due by June 17th, 2020 (120 days prior to departure)

    • Invoices will be emailed in May 2020 for the final balance. 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 $50 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 $50 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

Registration is open until filled. If space is still available, registrations may be made at any time.

What is your cancellation policy?

$150 per person of the $300 per person pilgrimage deposit is non-refundable. Cancellations are possible at any time, but refunds are subject to cancellation fees at the rates listed here.

  • Cancellation after deposit and 91 days or more from departure: $150 per person

  • 90-31 days prior to departure: $300 per person

  • 30-15 days prior to departure: $500 per person

  • 14-7 days prior to departure: $1,000 per person

  • 6 days or less: No refund given

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

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 May 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 or if you would like to be added to the pilgrimage waitlist.