Pilgrimage to the Holy Land from April 19 to May 1, 2023 (13 days / 11 nights)
Experience an unforgettable Christian pilgrimage to the Holy Land (Israel and Palestine) in a group accompanied by a Franciscan priest in spring 2023.
THIS JOURNEY IS GUIDED IN FRENCH
4,996.00$ – 6,373.00$
Pilgrimage recommended by the Commissariat of the Holy Land
This pilgrimage to the Holy Land combines the spiritual animation and biblical expertise of Franciscan Guylain Prince. Focused on contemplation linked to geography, understanding of history and archaeology, it aims to provide a solid renewal in the understanding of biblical texts. Thus, a pilgrimage to listen to the words of the Bible, on the Earth that gave birth to it.
Born in Drummondville on July 31, 1964, Guylain Prince has been a Franciscan since August 1994 and a priest since November 2002. He holds a Master’s degree in Theology (Concentration: Sacred Scriptures) and is presently a doctoral student at Laval University in the Faculty of Theology and Religious Sciences. Specialty: Ancient Judaism and the origins of Christianity. He is a biblical scholar, YouTuber and speaker. He has accompanied groups to the Holy Land every year for many years. Translated with www.DeepL.com/Translator (free version)
Departure from Montreal on a transatlantic flight to Tel Aviv.
Upon arrival at Ben Gurion airport, you will be met by your local guide. Drive south by bus. First view of the Promised Land. Overnight in the Negev.
Transfer to the Mitspe Ramon lookout which offers a view of one of Israel’s most spectacular natural phenomena, the Ramon crater, as well as an exceptional view of the desert. Continue to Avdat, located on a hill where a spring flows in a beautiful canyon. Visit the Nabatean remains of the city of Avdat and the Ein Avdat nature park. The day continues with a visit to Kibbutz Sede Boker where the first head of state spent much of his life. Overnight in the Negev.
Discover Masada, the palace-fortress of Herod the Great. Then visit the ruins of Qumran and the Yahad sect of the time of Jesus. Swimming in the Dead Sea; the lowest point on earth, 400 meters below sea level. Overnight in Galilee.
Stop at Yardenit, the baptismal font of the Jordan River. Then, excursion to the top of Mount Tabor, the place of the transfiguration of Jesus. Meditation time at the shrine of the Transfiguration of Jesus. Then, visit the Franciscan church of Naïm. On the way back, stop at Cana (the place of Jesus’ first miracle). Finally, detour to Mount Arbel or Mitzpe Shalom to admire the mountains of Galilee. Overnight in Galilee.
Visit Nazareth, the childhood town of Jesus. You will see the Basilica of the Annunciation and the Franciscan Museum, the Mary of Nazareth International Center, the archaeological research of the Sisters of Nazareth, the Synagogue Church and the Orthodox Church of Saint Gabriel. Later, you can enjoy the view from Mount Precipice. Overnight in Galilee.
This morning you will visit the Mount of the Beatitudes, the traditional site of the Sermon on the Mount. You will then go to Tabgha to see the Church of the Primacy of Peter and the Church of the Multiplication of the Loaves. You will also enjoy a cruise on Lake Tiberias. The day will end in Capernaum with a visit to the Church of the House of Simon Peter and the archaeological site. Overnight in Galilee.
You will cross the Jordan Valley to reach the oasis of Jericho, the oldest city in the world (10,000 years). Visit the Church of the Good Shepherd. You will also see the Mount of Temptations and the tree of Zacchaeus. Later, walk to Bethany, where Martha, Mary and Lazarus lived. Visit the Shrine of the Resurrection of Saint Lazarus. From Bethpage, you will continue to the top of the Mount of Olives, and then begin the descent where you will visit the site of the Ascension, the church of the Pater Noster, and Dominus Flavit. Panoramic view of Jerusalem. Night in Jerusalem.
Transfer to Bethlehem, the birthplace of Jesus. Visit the Basilica of the Nativity and the cave where Jesus was born according to tradition. Walk to the Shepherds’ Field. Discovery of Ein Karem: birthplace of John the Baptist and place of the Visitation. It is here, according to tradition, that Mary met her cousin Elizabeth and sang the hymn of praise of the “Magnificat”: a song of gratitude to God. In addition, the small hermitage of St. John of the Desert is the memorial of the place where the Precursor found refuge during the massacre of the Holy Innocents. Night in Jerusalem.
You will have the opportunity to admire the Cenacle, the Dormition of the Virgin Mary and the Franciscan convent. Stop at the Church of St. Peter in Gallicant, where, according to tradition, one of the rooms served as a cell for Jesus while he awaited his judgment. From the Jaffa Gate, you can access the walls of the Old City. Visit the archaeological ruins at the foot of the Temple Mount. Walk through the Jewish Quarter and free time at the Western Wall, the most sacred site in Judaism. Overnight in Jerusalem.
Follow the “Via Dolorosa” (Way of the Cross) to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the place of the Resurrection. At the end of the day: Gethsemane and the cave of betrayal as well as the tomb of Mary. Walk in modern Jerusalem. Basilica and museum. Night in Jerusalem.
Departure to Caesarea Maritime, where St. Paul was imprisoned and visit of the site. Finally, a tour of Jaffa. Christian tradition locates in Jaffa several episodes of Peter’s apostolate. Overnight in Jerusalem.
Transfer from Jesusalem to Tel Aviv for your return flight to Montreal. ** Itinerary subject to change – Exclusive tour, all rights reserved
*Spiritours offers the possibility of pairing, but exceptionally, Spiritours cannot assume the additional costs for single occupancy if we are unable to match you.
* All prices are based on the exchange rate in effect on September 1, 2022.
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Registration deadline: February 19, 2023 (60 days before departure or when the maximum number of passengers is reached). Possibility to register after this date, additional fees may apply.
To register: You can register on our website (see top of the trip webpage, right) or download and fill out the PDF form and send it to us with your $750 deposit. Please register as soon as possible as space is limited. Please include a photocopy of your passport and proof of travel insurance with your registration.
Travel Insurance: For travel insurance, contact us to find out your premium. Please note that cancellation insurance is not refundable if the trip is cancelled due to lack of registrations. We therefore suggest that you purchase cancellation insurance when the trip is officially confirmed.
Number of participants
Minimum 18 – Maximum 25
Documentation required: All Canadian travellers to Israel and Palestine must be in possession of a passport valid for at least six months beyond the expected date of return.
For more information please contact
(514) 374-7965, ext. 2 email@example.com
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“We lived a unique personal experience, thanks to the competence of the accompanist and her sense of organization, as well as the pastoral charisma of the spiritual guide, who was constantly concerned with strengthening the bonds of brotherhood among the pilgrims. Oh, the very fact of putting our steps in the footsteps of Jesus allowed us to grow and transform our daily lives.”
– Claire et Jeanne, Lasalle, Qc.
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