Christian Pilgrimage

# To walk in the Holy Land, to experience “the Fifth Gospel” of pilgrimage, to meet and engage with the local people, the “living stones” of the Holy Land….is far more than an exciting tour.

Locations
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All Tours Include
  • Land transportation (private air-conditioned motor coach)
  • All accommodations during tour
  • Breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • Shared double room (Private room available upon request at additional cost)
  • Licensed English speaking guide
  • All entrance fees
  • Honorarium fees for speakers & organizations
This Tour Includes
Casarea Maritima
Dead Sea
Jordan River
Old City Jerusalem
Sea of Galilee Boat Ride
Shepards Field
Mt Carmel
Not Included

Flight Ticket
Travel Insurance
Pickup from Airport (can be arranged for $120 USD)
Lunch on Arrival & Departure Day

Overview

To walk in the Holy Land, to experience “the Fifth Gospel” of pilgrimage, to meet and engage with the local people, the “living stones” of the Holy Land… is far more than an inspiring tour. It is a rite of passage in one’s faith journey that will define life before and after. The tour programs of Holy Land Trust began nearly 20 years ago with a historic retracing of the “Journey of the Magi” from Iraq to Bethlehem, and have carried the same mark of authentic, individual and purpose-made pilgrimages for people of all faiths ever since.

Our Pilgrimage programs range from open-brochure bookings to custom-made experiences for faith communities, small groups, and families, couples, and individuals. Each program offers a unique experience designed for the specific needs of the pilgrims or pilgrims. Members of every faith, denomination, and confession are welcome to join us, based on their needs, interests, length of time, and price range.

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Customizable Experiences 

As new historical discoveries emerge in the Holy Land, as the social landscape changes in your own communities back home, Holy Land Trust ensures that each tour is updated to reflect the most pressing issues of your group. We spend as much time as it takes to ensure we are building just the right package for you.

History

The life and times of Jesus, while short, was expansive, rich, and diverse. From his time in the Galilee to his final days in Jerusalem, this tour covers a lot of ground. We unpack the history of Christianity in the Holy Land and firmly place in the larger regional context while making the intimate connections to personal spiritual growth.

Cultural

As it is in any country, there is a multitude of different perspectives on the life of Christ. The Palestinian Christian community is not a homogenous unit, but rather a rich culture that has sprung to life from their own unique history and theological underpinnings. Exploring the rich tapestry of the local Christian Palestinian communities will prove to be an enlightening experience.

Political

While this tour is specifically about the spiritual dimensions of this land, it is impossible to separate the Christian communities, their culture, and history from the political dynamics of this land. While it isn’t heavily integrated into the program, there is always open space for you to dig deeper into these urgent questions.

Local relationships

One of the unique features of our program is our integrative “homestay” approach to long-term living here. Over the course of your time here in the Holy Land, we house you with local families, so you have space where authentic, and long-lasting relationships can be fostered into a commitment to pursuing justice. Our experience has been, that is through these homestays and the friendly and intimate environment that it provides, it creates a situation where stories that otherwise might not be shared are opened up. It gives you a deeper insight into how the average Palestinian experiences and navigates life in this matrix of complexities and contradictions. While the homestay is optional, they are always highly recommended.

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What to expect after your Christian Pilgrimage?

For many Christians, a pilgrimage to the Holy Land is a life-changing and an affirmation of their faith journey. These tours bring to the surface important theological considerations and new questions about how the life of Christ applies to the individual. It opens up altogether different understandings of the Bible by giving you a physical context to play the stories and homilies in.

Explore all the essential geographical areas of the life of Christ: Jerusalem, Bethlehem, the Galilee.
Meet the longest living Christian communities in the world and explore how the histography of Jesus has remained at the heart of families for thousands of years.
Not to be taken lightly, the Palestinian cuisine is something of an experience all unto itself – particularly home-cooked meals!

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Day 1: Arrival at Tel Aviv Airport, meet and head to Bethlehem for dinner and briefing.
 
Day 2: Bethlehem, Church of the Nativity, Shepards field 
 
Day 3: Ein Gedi, Dead Sea & Jericho
 
Day 4: Old City Jerusalem

Day 5: Bethlehem
 
Day 6: Jaffa, Caesarea, Megiddo & Mt. Carmel
 
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Day 7: Nazareth & the Sea of Galilee
 
Day 8: Nablus & Mt Gerizim
 
Day 9: Travel Home

Explore Our Tours

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Summer Encounter / Program participants of Summer Encounter are invited to discover Palestine through the three-pillared foundation of Faith, Culture, and Justice. Explore
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Catholic Pilgrimage / Exploring the spiritual underpinnings of the land, how geography, history, and culture has shaped personal understandings of life and God. Explore
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Christian Pilgrimage / To walk in the Holy Land, to experience “the Fifth Gospel” of pilgrimage, to meet and engage with the local people, the “living stones” of the Holy Land….is far more than an exciting tour Explore
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Fact Finding Tour / This tour provides a deeper understanding of Israel’s program of settler colonialism. Explore
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Olive Harvest / Holy Land Trust Olive Harvest Program is a response to the Israeli military and Israeli settler movement uprooting, poisoning, and setting fire to hundreds and hundreds of olive trees each year. Explore
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Bet Lahem Live Festival / The largest creative resistance festival in Palestine Explore
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From Past Trips...

My time spent there was perhaps the most influential thing I’ve ever done, it has greatly ignited my passion for social justice and encouraged me to advocate for the ‪injustice of this conflict as much as I can. 

Julia Brown // Summer Encounter Participant 2013 //

The tour went very smoothly. Adjustments were made appropriately to itineraries due to traffic conditions or time constraints, transport was comfortable and efficient, the guides were all informative and (mostly!) sensitive and the hotels looked after us well. We all enjoyed the food!

St. Peter Church/ UK // //

The most amazing thing is how the Palestinians have retained their amazing spirit! I felt so welcomed by everyone I spoke with and met while at PSE. By the end of my time in Palestine, I had a new family that I loved... many new friends from around the world... and I am happy to let you know I consider Palestine my other home. Inshallah"

Lila Coddington Middlebury/USA // //

My own Christian faith has been deepened from my experience. I have more hope for the region from having met so many incredible people.

Lauren Brownlee/USA // //

This program gives you a truly extensive immersion experience across The Holy Land. The community projects, the family visits, and access to policymakers sets this program apart from all the rest.

Marcus Owtram/UK // //

From a group of individuals, with varying motivation, we left as friends, not only with each other but with the people we met along the way and felt united as a group, bound by the shared and varied experiences which Holy Land Trust had given us. It was exhausting and amazing in equal measure, but above all, a once in a lifetime experience.

St. Peter Church/UK // //

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