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Journey to the land of Jesus

with Notre Dame Alumni and Friends

Plus - an optional extension to Petra, Jordan!


Highlights

 
  • Experience the Sacraments like never before: Renew your baptismal promises in the Jordan River, renew your marriage vows in Cana (or join in celebrating those that are doing so!), 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, kneel in the tomb of Jesus, 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.

  • And do all of this as a part of the Notre Dame family: Travel with your spiritual family - the University of Notre Dame alumni and friends - while being accompanied by a chaplain. This pilgrimage will also make a visit to the Tantur Ecumenical Center, a Notre Dame-affiliated property, with a dinner and lecture.

Pictures below: (1) Garden of Gethsemane on the Mount of Olives; (2) Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem; (3) Sea of Galilee; (4) Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem

Extension

 

Plus - an optional extension to Petra, Jordan!

  • Discover 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.

  • Walk through lands of the Old Testament: Enjoy the “City of Mosaics” in Madaba, ascend Mount Nebo, the same mountain where Moses died and was buried.


Schedule

 

Dates of this pilgrimage are:
Tentative Itinerary - Core program - February 28-March 8, 2020

  • Day 1: Friday, February 28 - Depart US Friday, (flights not included in package)

  • Day 2: Saturday, February 29 (D) - Arrive Tel Aviv. Opening cocktail reception and welcome dinner at hotel. Overnight in Tel Aviv.

  • Day 3: Sunday, March 1 (B, L, D) - Nazareth including Church of St. Joseph, Synagogue church, Mass at the Basilica of the Annunciation. Renewal of wedding vows at Cana. Overnight in Tiberias.

  • Day 4: Monday, March 2 (B, L, D) - Morning boat ride on the Sea of Galilee and visit Galilee churches, including the Mount of Beatitudes, Church of the Multiplication, Peter’s Primacy, and Capernaum. Overnight in Tiberias.

  • Day 5: Tuesday, March 3 (B, L, D) - Mass at the Basilica of the Transfiguration. Drive through the West Bank to Jericho and cable car ride to All Saints Monastery on the Mount of Temptation. Renewal of baptismal promises at the Jordan River. Overnight in Jerusalem.

  • Day 6: Wednesday, March 4 (B, L, D) - Day in Bethlehem including Church of the Nativity, Mass in the Shepherds’ Fields, Manger Square, and Milk Grotto. Evening dinner and lecture at Tantur Ecumenical Institute. Overnight in Jerusalem.

  • Day 7: Thursday, March 5 (B, L, D) - Mount of Olives including Church of the Ascension, Pater Noster, Dominus Flevit, and the Garden of Gethsemane, Mass at Church of All Nations, and Mount Zion including St. Peter in Gallincantu, Cenacle, and Dormition Abbey. Overnight in Jerusalem.

  • Day 8: Friday, March 6 (B, L, D) - Early morning Stations of the Cross along the Via Dolorosa, Mass at Holy Sepulchre, and see St. Anne’s Church. Visit the Wailing Wall and Jewish Quarter. Overnight in Jerusalem.

  • Day 9: Saturday, March 7 (B, L, D) - Ein Karem including Mass at the Church of the Visitation and visit Church of St. John the Baptist. Explore Masada and float the Dead Sea. Farewell dinner and overnight in Jerusalem.

  • Day 10: Sunday, March 8 (B) - Depart Tel Aviv for US OR continue to optional extension.

Tentative Itinerary - Optional extension to Jordan - March 8-10, 2020

  • Day 10: Sunday, March 8 (B, L, D) - Transfer into Jordan to visit Madaba, the “City of Mosaics.” Stop at Mt. Nebo where Moses died and was buried. Overnight in Petra.

  • Day 11: Monday, March 9 (B, L, D) - Tour of Petra and visit to the Petra Museum. Overnight in Amman.

  • Day 12: Tuesday, March 10 (B) - Depart Amman and arrive US.

*(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 on the designated arrival and departure days)

  • 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: 1 night in Renaissance

    • Tiberias: 2 nights in Scots Hotel

    • Jerusalem: 5 nights in Notre Dame Center of Jerusalem

  • All meals, plus wine at all dinners

  • Whisper sets for each pilgrim

  • Gratuities for guide(s), driver(s), bellman/chambermaid(s) 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

  • Recommended travel insurance (available through Notre Dame Alumni Association)

  • Anything else not explicitly mentioned as included

Optional extension package includes:

  • Everything as found in the Core package, as well as:

    • Allenby Exit Tax

    • Tickets for included activities: Madaba, Mt. Nebo, Petra

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

      • Petra: Petra Crowne Plaza

      • Amman: Le Grand Hotel

    • All meals, including wine at all dinners

Optional extension package does not include:

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

  • Passport, visa, or luggage fees

  • Any personal purchases

  • Recommended travel insurance (available through Notre Dame Alumni Association)

  • Anything else not explicitly mentioned as included


Registration

 

Individual rates as low as $4,980!*

Estimated Core pilgrimage package total cost:  $5,280 per person

  • Optional Extension package total cost: $1,640 per person

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

The pilgrimage package does not include airfare.

Additional Items:

  • Core pilgrimage package single-occupancy supplement: + $1,089 per person

  • Optional Extension package single-occupancy supplement: +$272 per person

  • Early-bird savings (sign up before July 1, 2019): Save $200 per person

  • Pay balance by check: Save $100 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.

Payment Schedule:

  • Deposit - $300 due upon registration

  • Final balance - Due by October 31st, 2019

    • Invoices will be emailed in September 2019 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 $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

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

What is your cancellation policy?

$150 of the $300 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 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 or if you would like to be added to the pilgrimage waitlist.