INTERFAITH PILGRIMAGE IN THE HOLY LAND

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Join us as we journey with open hearts to The Holy Land — to walk in the footsteps of men and women of faith who carved the pathways that continue to entice Pilgrims and Seekers, the Children of Abraham & Sara, to come and drink the Milk and Honey and breathe in the Holiness and Hope.

We will walk, explore, pray, learn, and open to the present-day reality. We will come, not as mere tourists, but as visionaries; a group representing many faith traditions, engaging with one another’s Sacred Story and leaving seeds of the wisdom that is Deep Ecumenism.

Along with the program itinerary articulated below, our group leaders will engage travelers in shared spiritual practice, study and debriefing of daily experiences, powerful encounters with residents pursuing grassroots relationship-building and peacemaking – all with the goal of manifesting meaningful and healing interfaith relationships in our lives at home and in the dynamic Israel/Palestine region.

PROGRAM ITINERARY

The following is our projected itinerary, subject to reasonable change based on availability and local considerations

TUESDAY – MARCH 22, 2022

  • Arrive to Israel's Ben Gurion Airport – VIP greeting at Ben Gurion Airport, meet our Israeli staff team, and the journey begins
  • Check-in to our hotel in Tel Aviv (travelers have the option to check-in early on Monday – extra cost applies)
    A Tel Aviv walking tour will be offered today for travelers arriving early 
  • Welcome dinner and program orientation at Balinjera Restaurant, celebrating the traditions of Israel's Ethiopian community

OVERNIGHT: Artist Hotel, Tel Aviv
Meals Included: Dinner

WEDNESDAY – MARCH 23, 2022

  • Morning intention setting along the beach
  • Travel to the Neot Kedumim Gardens to explore the ecology of the Bible and take part in a tree-planting ceremony
  • Continue on to the ancient seaport of Jaffa overlooking the Tel Aviv Coast with free time to explore the flea market and artists' colony
  • Lunch is included at Dr. Shakshouka Restaurant in Jaffa
  • Volunteer at the Jaffa Institute - An innovative charity dedicated to combating poverty in one of Israel's most diverse neighborhoods
  • Meet with Ihab Balha, a Suffi Imam, a resident of Jaffa, and learn about his Orchard of Abraham's Children co-existence project
  • Free evening and dinner on own in Tel Aviv

OVERNIGHT: Artist Hotel, Tel Aviv
Meals Included: Breakfast & Lunch

THURSDAY – MARCH 24, 2022

  • Depart Tel Aviv and travel northwards to the Galilee, stopping to view the Jezreal Valley from the Tel Megiddo excavations
  • Walking tour of Nazareth, including the Church of the Annunciation
  • Explore the Sea of Galilee holy sites of Magdala, Mt. of Beatitudes & Capernaum
  • Check-in and dinner at our kibbutz accommodations overlooking the Sea of Galilee

OVERNIGHT: Ramot Resort, Galilee
Meals Included: Breakfast & Dinner

FRIDAY – MARCH 25, 2022

  • Ancient Tsfat – Explore the historic center of Jewish mysticism in the Galilee highlands and meet with local Kabbalistic artist, David Friedman
  • Ascend the Golan Heights where we'll explore the ruins of Nimrod's Castle in the foothills of Mt. Hermon
  • Return to our accommodations and prepare for Shabbat
  • Evening: Kabbalat Shabbat experience followed by a festive Shabbat dinner

OVERNIGHT: Ramot Resort, Galilee
Meals Included: Breakfast & Dinner

SATURDAY – MARCH 26, 2022

  • Shabbat morning worship service with Rabbis Nadya & Victor
  • Lunch is included at our accommodations and enjoy free time on the resort campus
  • Afternoon: Encounter with multi-faith and multi-cultural initiatives in the Galilee
  • Evening: Visit Tiberias for dinner on own and a Sea of Galilee cruise (weather permitting)

OVERNIGHT: Ramot Resort, Galilee
Meals Included: Breakfast & Lunch

SUNDAY – MARCH 27, 2022

  • Morning worship service led by Pastors Linda & Larry Daniels-Block
  • Depart the Galilee and travel to Haifa and Mount Carmel – where we'll explore the Bahai Temple, the Ahmediyya Mosque, and the Stella Maris Monastery
  • Ascend to Jerusalem, stopping in Abu Ghosh to visit Emmaus (Luke 24:13-35)
  • Check-in to our hotel in central Jerusalem
  • Evening: Enjoy a group dinner of traditional Moroccan-Jewish cuisine at Darna 

OVERNIGHT: Prima Kings Hotel, Jerusalem
Meals Included: Breakfast & Dinner

MONDAY – MARCH 28, 2022

  • Panoramic introduction to the contours of Jerusalem from the Haas Promenade
  • City of David Excavations —  Discover the foundations of Jerusalem dating back to King David's time
  • Enter the Old City at Zion Gate — Explore the Jewish Quarter's neighborhoods & rooftops
  • Free time for personal exploration and shopping in the historic Cardo area
  • Reflections at the Kotel — The Western Wall complex — and visit the Southern Wall Excavations
  • The Kotel Tunnels - Explore millennia of history deep under the Old City
  • Evening: Group dinner at Joy Restaurant in the Mamilla pedestrian mall

OVERNIGHT: Prima Kings Hotel, Jerusalem
Meals Included: Breakfast & Dinner

TUESDAY – MARCH 29, 2022

  • Visit the holy sites on the Mount of Olives, including the garden and grotto of Gethsemane
  • Re-enter the Old City at Jaffa Gate and explore the Christian Quarter, including the Via Dolorosa and the Church of the Holy Sepulcher
  • Break for lunch at Linna Hummus in the Christian Quarter
  • Free time to browse the shops of the Arab Suq (Bazaar) in the Muslim Quarter
  • Continue on to Mount Zion, site of King David's Tomb and the Upper Room
  • Free evening and dinner on own in Jerusalem

OVERNIGHT: Prima Kings Hotel, Jerusalem
Meals Included: Breakfast & Lunch

WEDNESDAY – MARCH 30, 2022

  • Visit to the Tomb of Rachel, the Biblical Matriarch, and then enter Palestine for a walking tour of Bethlehem
  • Engage in a dialogue and search for common ground under the Roots Tent with a Palestinian and Jewish resident of the West Bank (a packed meal is provided)
  • Herodium — Ascend to the mountain-top tomb of Herod, the enigmatic Roman-era Judean King
  • Free evening and dinner on own in Jerusalem

OVERNIGHT: Prima Kings Hotel, Jerusalem
Meals Included: Breakfast & Lunch

THURSDAY – MARCH 31, 2022

  • Depart Jerusalem and enter Ramallah — visit the Palestinian Authority Headquarters
  • Enjoy lunch and a beer tasting at the Taybe Brewing Company
  • Meet with the leaders of Canaan Fair Trade — tour their olive farm and traditional oil press
  • Evening: Return to Jerusalem and dinner on own

OVERNIGHT: Prima Kings Hotel, Jerusalem
Meals Included: Breakfast & Lunch

FRIDAY, APRIL 1 – 2022

  • Yad VaShem World Holocaust Remembrance Center
  • Time for reflections over a picnic-style lunch at a nearby park
  • Mahane Yehuda — Experience Jerusalem's open-air market as the city prepares for Shabbat
  • Evening: Kabbalat Shabbat worship service followed by a group dinner at our hotel

OVERNIGHT: Prima Kings Hotel, Jerusalem
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

SATURDAY, APRIL 2 – 2022

  • Shabbat morning contemplative worship service with Rabbis Nadya & Victor
  • Lunch is included at the hotel
  • The rest of the day is a free day to relax and explore Jerusalem on your own (e.g. the Israel Museum, the Tower of David Museum, etc.)
  • Beyond the Walls — Montefiore's Windmill, Yemin Moshe and Mishkenot Sheananim
  • Wrap-up conversation and closing ceremony overlooking the Old City walls
  • Evening: Return to Ben Gurion Airport for overnight flights back to North America

OVERNIGHT: Prima Kings Hotel, Jerusalem (included for all travelers)
Meals Included: Breakfast & Lunch

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WHAT’S INCLUDED

  • VIP greeting at Ben Gurion Airport and transfer to our Tel Aviv arrival hotel
    Included for travelers arriving by 4:30pm on March 22
  • Return transfer to Ben Gurion Airport
    Included for travelers departing on the evening of April 2 (i.e. for overnight flights)
  • 12 days with a licensed Israeli guide
  • 12 days with a luxury touring bus
  • Accommodations per the itinerary, including hotel porterage
  • Breakfast daily and additional meals according to the itinerary
    Including taxes and tips for restaurant meals
  • Entrance fees, guest educators, speakers, and programming per itinerary
  • Gratuities for the guide, driver, and restaurant waitstaff
  • All applicable taxes
    A 17% VAT (tax) applies for Israeli passport holders at hotels. Contact us to make arrangements

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

  • International flights
  • Hotel incidentals and beverages at group meals
  • Travel insurance (optional)


TRAVELING TO AND FROM ISRAEL

Travelers are responsible for booking their own travel to and from Israel. A VIP airport greeting and transfer to our hotel will be provided for anyone arriving to Ben Gurion Airport between 6:00am and 4:20pm on the arrival day. Guaranteed hotel check-in is available starting at 3:00pm (luggage can be stowed earlier). On the final evening of the program, a transfer will be provided back to Ben Gurion Airport in time for flights departing between 11:00pm and 1:00am. A professional travel agent is available for assistance booking your flights. Travelers arriving in Israel early or staying beyond the tour dates can extend their stay at the group hotels based on our group rates. Contact us for additional details.

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WHAT IT COSTS

LAND PACKAGE | $3,950/person

  • Based on double room hotel occupancy rate
  • Single Room Supplement: $1,200/person

REGISTRATION | Sign up for the program by completing the online Registration Form

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PAYMENT & CANCELLATION TERMS

  • A $250/person deposit is due to reserve your place on the program
  • The deposit is refundable up to four months prior to the program start date, after which it is non-refundable
  • The balance is due no later than two months prior to the program start date, after which it is non-refundable
  • Cancellations must be made in writing, and we encourage you to obtain travel insurance*
  • Payments may be made by check or credit/debit card, however, a 3.0% processing fee applies for credit/debit card payments (does not apply to the initial $250 deposit). Note: credit card fees are not refundable
  • Pricing is subject to a minimum of 25 confirmed participants as of October 15, 2021, and we encourage you to avoid booking non-flights until the program is fully confirmed. If the minimum group size is not reached, your deposit will be refundable.

* Your travel insurance policy must be purchased before final payment is made. Some benefits are available if the policy is purchased within 14 days of your deposit.

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