Holy Land (Israel and Palestine) “The Path of Abraham and the Way of the Gospel” (TEMPORARILY SUSPENDED)

Pilgrimage to the Holy Land from October 20 to November 2, 2024 (14 days / 12 nights)

Experience an unforgettable walking pilgrimage on the Path of Abraham in the Holy Land (Israel and Palestine) in a group accompanied by Father Alain Mongeau in the fall of 2024.

THIS JOURNEY IS GUIDED IN FRENCH

6,299.00$6,949.00$

Type : Aux sources de la foi
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Profil : Nouveauté

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Profil : voyages culturels

CULTURAL TRIPS

Profil : Pèlerinage chrétien

CHRISTIAN PILGRIMAGES

Profils : Marche spirituelle

SPIRITUAL WALK

Profil : Marche difficile

HARD

Description

The Lord said to Abraham, “Go from your country, your people, and your father’s household to the land I will show you.” (Genesis 12:1). Embark on a walking pilgrimage through history and breathtaking landscapes, contributing to building a world that has overcome fear and hostility to create hope and hospitality. Take a grand hike through the Judean Desert, plains, and olive fields, covering a portion of the Path of Abraham and the entire “Gospel Trail” between Nazareth and Capernaum, following in the footsteps of Jesus. An experiential adventure, connecting with local communities and biblical history.

**Highlights**

– Contemplate in Bethlehem, the birthplace of King David and Jesus.
– Visit the St. George Monastery in the Wadi Qelt canyon.
– Walk in the footsteps of Jesus in Galilee.
– Admire the Sea of Galilee from the summit of the Mount of Beatitudes.

**Additional Features**

– Stay in local immersive accommodations, such as with families in Bani Naim and at the desert camp in Tel Al Qamar.
– Share a typical meal with Bedouins.
– Immerse yourself in the daily life of Palestinians.

  • Father Alain Mongeau

    Father Alain Mongeau

    Father Alain Mongeau is the Episcopal Vicar in the deaneries of the central region of the Diocese of Montreal for the animation of French-speaking communities. As a diocesan priest, Father Alain Mongeau serves as the pastor of the parishes of Saint-Jean-Baptiste and Saint-Denis. He is deeply involved with the Faith and Mission School, which brings together young adults, students, and workers. Additionally, he is passionate about the Middle East and inter-church dialogue among different Christian denominations.

  • DAY 1 | MONDAY, MAY 13, 2024 | SUNDAY, OCTOBER 20, 2024 DEPARTURE FROM MONTREAL

    Meet at P.E. Trudeau Airport (Montreal). International flight from Montreal to Tel Aviv.

  • DAY 2 | MONDAY, OCTOBER 21, 2024 | ARRIVAL IN TEL AVIV – BETHLEHEM (77 km)

    Visit the old town of Bethlehem, the city of David, with the Basilica and the Cave of the Nativity, the Church of Saint Catherine, and Manger Square. Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Bethlehem.

  • DAY 3 | TUESDAY, OCTOBER 22, 2024 | BETHLEHEM – JERICHO – SEA LEVEL (6 hours of walking)

    Transfer through the Wadi Qelt Valley to the ruins of Herod’s winter palace in Jericho, the starting point for the day on the Abraham Path. The valley gradually turns into a canyon with splendid panoramic views. The trail leads to the Choziba Monastery of St. George, built on a cliff. Visit the Orthodox monastery chapel with its beautiful icons. You will arrive at the Sea Level Bedouin camp, where you can spend the night. Dinner and overnight with the Bedouins at Sea Level community.

  • DAY 4 | WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 23, 2024 | SEA LEVEL – MAR SABA – TEL AL QAMAR (6 hours of walking)

    Transfer to Khirbet el Mird, today’s starting point. Stop at Nebi Musa, the tomb of Moses. Hike through desert landscapes. The trail plunges into a canyon and ascends to the magnificent Mar Saba Monastery. Continue to Tal Al Qamar. Dinner and overnight at the Tel Al Qamar desert camp.

  • DAY 5 | THURSDAY, OCTOBER 24, 2024 | TEL AL QAMAR – BENI NAIM (6 hours of walking)

    Transfer from Tel al Qamar to Rashaydeh and start walking from there to Bani Naim. Continue your trek through the Jerusalem desert on hills offering magnificent views of the surrounding desert. Civilization gradually reappears, and the land becomes more cultivated and populated as you approach Beni Naim, the first suburb of Hebron. Dinner and overnight with local families in Bani Naim.

  • DAY 6 | FRIDAY, OCTOBER 25, 2024 | BENI NAIM – HEBRON (10 km)

    Transfer to Hebron, the largest city in the West Bank, with a stop at the Oak of Mamre. Visit the famous Cave of the Patriarchs, a monument built over tombs attributed to the biblical patriarchs Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and their wives. Tour the old town and its souks. Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Bethlehem.

  • DAY 7 | SATURDAY, OCTOBER 26, 2024 | HEBRON – NAZARETH

    Arrive in Nazareth and settle into the peaceful atmosphere of the old-world Fauzi Azar Inn, a restored 18th-century Arab mansion filled with painted ceilings and marble floors. Relax with sweet mint tea in the common room and meet other travelers. Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Nazareth.

  • DAY 8 | SUNDAY, OCTOBER 27, 2024 | NAZARETH – CANA (16.5 km)

    Enjoy a traditional Arab breakfast consisting of fresh pita bread, salads, cheeses, and eggs. Bring water and a picnic with you – the rest of your luggage will be transferred to your accommodation. Leave the old town and arrive at Zippori National Park to explore the archaeological ruins of the main administrative city of Galilee during Jesus’ time. Admire the exquisite Byzantine mosaics, enjoy the view from the top of the Crusader fortress, and stroll through the ancient cistern system. Take a lunch break and replenish water before resuming the trail through the small village of Mashhad to reach Cana, the traditional site of Jesus’ first miracle. Visit the Orthodox and Catholic churches commemorating the water-into-wine miracle. Have a home-cooked meal with your hosts. Night at Fauzi Azar in Nazareth.

  • DAY 9 | MONDAY, OCTOBER 28, 2024 | CANA – KIBBUTZ LAVI (14.4 km)

    Wake up early for a hearty breakfast and some stretches before leaving Cana to walk along a forested ridge with a peaceful view of the valley. Pass by the entrance to an IDF military base and have a light snack at the “omelette house” with the soldiers. Cross another forest, climb a pleasant hill scattered with ruins, to arrive at Kibbutz Lavi, one of the very few religious Jewish kibbutzim in the country. Enjoy the pool and peaceful park and a kosher buffet in the dining room. Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Lavi.

  • DAY 10 | TUESDAY, OCTOBER 29, 2024 | KIBBUTZ LAVI – ARBEL (18.1 km)

    Have your breakfast and set out through farmlands to climb the Horns of Hattin, a volcanic structure where a famous Crusader battle took place. Enjoy your first glimpse of the Sea of Galilee and panoramic views of the Arbel Valley. Continue on the rocky hill to Nebi Shu’eib, the holiest shrine in the Druze religion. Visit the tomb of Jethro, Moses’ father-in-law, and take a break at the picnic area. Don’t forget to fill your water bottle! After lunch, continue on the trail through the Arbel Valley, passing ancient olive groves and the ruins of the village of Hattin. Exit the valley to Moshav Arbel, where you will stay in charming rustic cabins and dine on-site with your hosts. Dinner and overnight at Arbel Holiday Homes.

  • DAY 11 | WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 30, 2024 | ARBEL – MOUNT OF BEATITUDES – CAPERNAUM (17.8 km)

    Start early for the beautiful morning light from the cliffs of Arbel. Descend carefully down the steep trail of the mountain, passing by ancient dwellings and caves in the cliffs. Drink from the fresh spring of Wadi Hamam before continuing to Tabgha through rolling farmlands. Explore the mosaics of Tabgha, the traditional site of the feeding of the 5,000. Continue around the north side of the Sea of Galilee to visit the Church of St. Peter. Climb a small ridge to visit the Mount of Beatitudes, the traditional site of Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount. Conclude your journey in Capernaum by exploring the ruins of the city that was the center of Jesus’ ministry and spending a moment of prayer in the church built above the house of Simon Peter. Meet the shuttle for transportation to Tiberias. Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Tiberias.

  • DAY 12 | THURSDAY, OCTOBER 31, 2024 | CAPERNAUM – JERUSALEM (210 km)

    Transfer to Jerusalem. Stroll through the Old City to the Western Wall. Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Jerusalem.

  • DAY 13 | FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 1, 2024 | JERUSALEM

    Walk to the Mount of Olives, visit the Basilica of Agony, and the Garden of Gethsemane. Stations of the Cross to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre (Anastasis).

  • DAY 14 | SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 2, 2024 | JERUSALEM – TEL AVIV – MONTREAL

    Depart by bus to Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion Airport for your return flight home.

    ** Itinerary subject to change – Exclusive tour, all rights reserved **

Pricing

Early Booking: $6,299/person (double occupancy). $100 discount if registered before June 20, 2024.
Regular Price: $6,399/person (double occupancy)
Single Room Supplement: +$650 (Subject to availability – Limited quantity)
*Spiritours offers the possibility of pairing, but exceptionally, Spiritours cannot cover additional costs for single occupancy if we are unable to pair you.

* All prices are based on the exchange rate as of September 1, 2023.

**PACKAGE INCLUDES**

Round-trip flight Montreal-Tel Aviv with Air Canada or similar
Accommodations in 3* and 4* hotels for 8 nights, 1 night at sea level community, 1 night camping in the Tel al Qamar desert, 1 night with a local family, and 1 night in a vacation home
12 breakfasts, 4 light lunches during walking days, 12 dinners
All airport transfers and during the journey
Luggage transfers during walks
Services of an English-speaking local guide, a spiritual guide, and a Spiritours tour leader
All taxes.

**PACKAGE DOES NOT INCLUDE**

Travel insurance
Tips (approximately $150) and personal expenses
Meals not mentioned and drinks with meals
Additional transfers
Contribution to the Compensation Fund for clients of travel agents of the OPC, $3.50 for every $1000 spent.

REGISTRATION

Registration deadline: August 20, 2024 (60 days before departure or when the maximum number of passengers is reached). Possibility to register after this date, a supplement may apply.

To register: You can register on our website (see the top of the travel web page, on the right) or download and fill out the PDF form and send it to us with your deposit of $750. It is advisable to register as early as possible, as spaces are limited. Please attach a photocopy of your passport to your registration (for international travel only).

Travel Insurance: For travel insurance, contact us to determine your premium.

Number of participants: Minimum 15 – Maximum 20

Required documentation: All Canadian travelers going to Israel and Palestine must have a valid passport at least six months after the planned return date.

For more information, please contact:

Audrey Marebe
(514) 374-7965, ext. 200
audrey.marebe@spiritours.com

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Do I need a visa to travel to Israel?

Individuals traveling with a Canadian or American passport, provided it is valid for at least 6 months beyond the return date, do not need a visa. For any other nationality, please consult the website of the Embassy of Israel:

http://mfa.gov.il/MFA/ConsularServices/Pages/Visas.aspx

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