Journey to the land of Jesus
with Notre Dame Alumni and Friends
Please note: This pilgrimage is currently SOLD OUT.
We have received an overwhelming response and have sold out all seats on this pilgrimage. If you would like to be added to the waitlist, please contact our office at (574) 383-9396, and we will gladly add you to the list. We are also working on adding another departure date during Lent 2020 (tentatively February 29-March 8, 2020, with an optional excursion to Petra, Jordan, to follow). Details about this departure date will be released as soon as possible.
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
Dates of this pilgrimage are:
November 4 through November 13, 2019 (10 days / 9 nights)
Day 1 - Depart U.S. (optional airfare not included)
Day 2 (D) - Arrive in Tel Aviv. Opening Mass and a welcome dinner. Overnight in Tel Aviv.
Day 3 (B, L, D) - Nazareth including Mass at the Basilica of the Annunication, Church of St. Joseph, Synagogue church, and Greek Orthodox Church of the Annunciation. Renewal of wedding vows at Cana. Overnight in Tiberias.
Day 4 (B, L, D) - Galilee Churches of Multiplication, Peter's Primacy, the Mount of Beatitudes, and Capernaum. Boat ride on the Sea of Galilee. Overnight in Tiberias.
Day 5 (B, L, D) - Mass in the Basilica of the Transfiguration followed by a drive into the West Bank to Jericho. Renew your baptismal promises in the Jordan River. Cable car ride to All Saints Monastery on the Mount of Temptation. Overnight in Jerusalem.
Day 6 (B, L, D) - Day in Bethlehem including the Church of the Nativity, Mass in the Shepherds' Fields, Manger Square, and the Milk Grotto. Overnight in Jerusalem. Evening visit to Tantur Ecumenical Center (a Notre Dame property in Jerusalem) for a dinner and lecture.
Day 7 (B, L, D) - Ein Karem - Mass at the Church of the Visitation and visit Church of St. John the Baptist. Afternoon at Masada and optional float in the Dead Sea. Overnight in Jerusalem
Day 8 (B, L, D) - Mount of Olives, including Church of the Ascension, Pater Noster, the Church of All Nations, the Garden of Gethsemane, and Mass at Dominus Flevit. Mount Zion including St. Peter in Gallincantu, the Upper Room, and Dormition Abbey. Overnight in Jerusalem.
Day 9 (B, L, D) - Stations of the Cross along the Via Dolorosa, Mass at Holy Sepulchre, visit to St. Anne’s Church, the Pools of Bethesda, Antonia Fortress, Wailing Wall and Jewish Quarter. Evening farewell dinner. Overnight in Jerusalem.
Day 10 (B) - Depart for U.S. (optional airfare not included)
*(B, L, D) denotes meals (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner) that are included with the package.
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
Private, motor coach service while in the Holy Land
Accommodations (8 nights) in 4-star and 5-star hotel properties with double-occupancy rooms, including taxes (with option to upgrade to single-occupancy)
Nazareth: 1 night in Ramada Nazareth or similar
Tiberias: 2 nights in Leonardo Tiberias or similar
Jerusalem: 5 nights in Leonardo Jerusalem or similar
All gratuities (Bellman/chambermaid, guides, drivers, and meal service)
Luggage handling (1 piece per person) in/out of hotels
Breakfast daily (8 total) at hotel, 7 lunches, and 3 dinners
Online preparation meeting for all pilgrims to review itinerary, activities, logistical arrangements, and prayer resources
Pilgrimage does not include:
Airfare (optional add-on)
Any personal purchases and passport, visa, or luggage fees
Meals while traveling, as well as 5 dinners, and drinks at meals
Recommended travel insurance (optional add-on available from the Alumni Association)
Anything else not explicitly stated as included
Notre Dame Pilgrim Rate: from $4,840
*Select cities include: Atlanta, Boston, Cleveland, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, Minneapolis, New York City, Orlando, Philadelphia, Phoenix, San Francisco, Tampa, and Washington, D.C.
Departures are available from most major U.S. airports. Please call us at (574) 383-9396 to receive your custom rate or if your city is not listed here.
Save $300! Register by November 1st, 2018, for early-bird savings of $200 and select to pay by check for another $100 savings.
Airfare supplement: Published fares (beginning December 4)
Early-bird pricing (register by Nov. 1st, 2018): Save $200
Single-occupancy supplement: Additional $949
Pay balance by check: Save $100
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.
Deposit - $300 due upon registration
Final balance - Due by July 3rd, 2019
Invoices will be emailed in March 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.
Late registrations made after November 9th, 2018, are subject to availability and may be subject to a different pilgrimage price. Registrations made after this date also may be subject to an alternate pilgrimage cost depending on flight availability. Please contact us directly if you have any questions.
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
30-15 days prior to departure: $500
14-7 days prior to departure: $1,000
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.
Pricing also assumes a minimum of 15 pilgrims. Pricing may be subject to adjustment for a different size group.
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 January 2018) exchange rate of 1 U.S. dollar to 3.45 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.