Jordan and Israel Pilgrimage 2025

See the WHOLE Holy Land! One of our most popular pilgrimages! Jordan is Fantastic!

14 February 2025 to 28 February 2025



About the Pilgrimage

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When I pick you up at the airport in Amman I always say, “Welcome to the land of the Bible — where over 50 Jordanian sites are  mentioned in the Bible.”

This is one of our most popular trips, to see the biblical land of Jordan before crossing over into Israel. The Holy Land is really Israel AND Jordan. We only do this once every year or two. No one who goes to Jordan ever regrets it!

I am no fan of Ophrah Winfrey, but on this matter she got it right!

“Visited Jordan this week, so much to see and experience! We visited the site where John the Baptist baptized Jesus, Petra and all its fascinations, camels, and the spot where the big boulder comes rolling out of Indiana Jones. So much history there in the ‘Rose City,’ voted one of the 7 new wonders of the world. It takes 3 days to really see it all, we only spent 3 hours. Put it on your must see list if you haven’t already!” — Oprah Winfrey, March 2023

This is a beautiful time of the year to tour the Holy Land. Usually warm but not too hot with almost no chance of rain. We have the best Mass sites selected for you and we will visit the Rosary sites and pray that Mystery while there. Join us!

We look forward to our much beloved priest Fr. Frans Berkhout as chaplain. He is a regular with this and is not only devout and reverent but a lot of fun and a good “people person”. Everyone always loves him!

Our guide in Jordan is a friend of ours. We are godparents for his daughter Leah. We baptized her in the Jordan River over 25 years ago! His name is Elias Khzuz. He is a Catholic from a Bedouin tribe and owns two wonderful restaurants which we will eat at. He is an encyclopedia of knowledge.

Steve and Janet have partnered with the same Catholic Nazarene guide for all their trips over the last decade. We have done 100 pilgrimages together. Amer is a practicing Catholic and a walking encyclopedia. We consider him the finest Christian guide in the Holy Land–and we are not alone in that assessment. Having a Christian guide is very important.

You’ll enjoy Steve and Janet’s trusted hotels and delicious meals including some amazing dinner experiences away from the typical hotel buffets.

Wine is provided with all dinners along with a wide range of cuisines to experience the Holy Land to it’s fullest.

You will receive their 110-page color handbook, daily YouTube videos so your family and friends can join you virtually every day and a fully edited movie of your trip upon your return home.

Steve personally teaches at the holy sites and shares experiences from over 180 previous trips to Israel and other biblical lands since 1995. We do everything we can to support the local Christians who only make up 1.5% of the population.

Remember, daily Mass at the holiest sites and Rosary Mysteries prayed at the sites. Also, pray the Stations of the Cross on the way to Calvary and Mass at the Tomb.

Enjoy a group of like-minded Catholics from around the country for a marvelous pilgrimage through the land of our Lord and Our Lady.

 

JORDAN ITINERARY

Day 1 | February 14, 2025 Depart USA Depart USA on overnight flights for Amman.

Day 2 | February 15, 2025 Arrive in Jordan | Amman

Arrival at Amman Queen Alia International Airport. You will be greeted upon arrival by Steve and Janet Ray and by our Jordanian Catholic guide Elias Khzuz. Mass at Amman Peace Center. Dinner and overnight at your hotel in Amman. (D)

Day 3 | February 16, 2025 Anjara | Jerash | Jabbok River

Mass at the Our Lady of the Mountain Church in Anjara, a pilgrimage site. Tour the fantastic Roman city of Jerash, one of the best preserved Roman archaeological sites. Visit Mar Elias (Tishbe, hometown of Prophet Elijah, 1 Kings 17:1). Lunch at local authentic restaurant. Visit Jabbok River where Jacob wrestled with the Angel. Back to Amman for dinner and overnight. (B, L, D)

Day 4 | February 17, 2025 Madaba | Jordan Valley | Machaerus | Petra

Drive to the mountain village of Madaba. Mass at Mount Nebo. Look out over the Jordan Valley and Israel like Moses did before he died here. See where Joshua crossed over the Jordan River. Visit St. George’s Church to see the famous Madaba “Holy Land Mosaic Map.” Themed lunch at Elias Khzuz’s family restaurant. Visit to the mosaic factory and store. Drive to Petra. See Machaerus where John the Baptist was imprisoned and beheaded. Dinner and overnight in Petra. (B, L, D)

Day 5 | February 18, 2025 Petra

Visit Petra all morning. Lunch at Petra. Transfer back to Amman and stop en route for Mass at the Our Lady of Peace Center with some of the most beautiful biblical art covering the walls. Dinner and overnight at the Dead Sea Resort. (B, L, D)

Day 6 | February 19, 2025 Free Day at Luxurious Seaside Resort

Enjoy a free day at the incredible Marriott Dead Sea Resort. Enjoy a day at the resort with picturesque views of the Jordan Valley and time to relax at the pool or spa, float in the Dead Sea before heading to Israel. Celebrate Mass at the hotel. (B, D)

Day 7 | February 20, 2025 Bethany | Jordon River

Drive to Bethany-beyond-the-Jordan for Mass at the site where John the Baptist baptized Jesus. Stop at the authentic site to renew our baptismal vows. Visit site and the new Catholic Church being built. Continue on to Sheikh Hussein Bridge to cross into Israel. Drive to your hotel in Tiberias to begin Israel portion of pilgrimage. (B, L)

Day 7 continued on “Israel Itinerary”

 

ITINERARY IN ISRAEL

Day 7 | February 20, 2025 Arrival in Israel | Galilee | Tiberias

Upon arrival at the hotel in Tiberias enjoy dinner before overnight in Tiberias. (D)

Day 8 | February 21, 2025 Mount of Beatitudes | Caesarea Philippi | Tabgha | Tiberias

Mount of Beatitudes for Mass. Continue on to Caesarea Philippi where Jesus said, “You are Peter (Rock)!”  Steve’s talk “Peter, the Rock, the Keys & the Chair”. Drive through Golan Heights’ view the Syrian border. Lunch at Druze restaurant. Visit Tabgha where Jesus multiplied loaves and fishes. Visit the Primacy of Peter where Jesus said, “Feed My Sheep.” Dinner and overnight in Tiberias. (B, L, D)

Day 9 | February 22, 2025 Mount of Transfiguration | Cana | Nazareth | Tiberias

Ascend the Mount of Transfiguration (Mount Tabor) early to miss the crowds; then depart for the Wedding Church in Cana for Renewal of Wedding Vows. After lunch in Nazareth, visit the Church of Annunciation and celebrate Mass there. Visit the House of the Holy Family and Steve’s talk “A Day in the Life of the Holy Family”.  Enjoy an elegant dinner at a local restaurant in Nazareth overlooking Annunciation Church. Overnight in Tiberias. (B, L, D)

Day 10 | February 23, 2025 Sea of Galilee | Capernaum | Jerusalem

Drive to Capernaum for Mass at St. Peter’s House and the synagogue where Jesus said “Eat My Flesh!” Hear Steve’s famous talk on the Eucharist. Next, enjoy a boat ride on Sea of Galilee. St. Peter’s fish for lunch. Drive to Jerusalem stopping along the way at Ein Karem to visit the Church of the Visitation. Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem. (B, L, D)

Day 11 | February 24, 2025 Bethlehem | Jerusalem

Spend the day in Bethlehem. Visit the Olive Wood store to support local Christians. Mass at Shepherd’s Field and visit the Church of the Nativity where Jesus was born.** Tonight, enjoy a special dinner with the atmosphere of a Bedouin Tent with traditional Dabka dancers and dancing in Bethlehem. Overnight in Jerusalem. (B, L, D)

Day 12 | February 25, 2025 Via Dolorosa | Calvary | Western Wall | Jerusalem

Depart early this morning and travel along the Via Dolorosa. Arrive at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre and celebrate Mass. Touch the top of Mount Calvary and tour the church. Return to the hotel for breakfast. Depart for prayer at the Western Wall. Enjoy a group lunch together in Jerusalem. Free time this afternoon. Optional tour of the Shroud of Turin Exhibit. Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem. (B, L, D)

Day 13 | February 26, 2025 Gethsemane | Mt. Olives | Mt. Zion | Jerusalem

Begin today with Mass at the Garden of Gethsemane. Drive to the Mount of Olives to visit the Church of Pater Noster. At the scenic Promenade, hear Steve give his invigorating History of Salvation in 20 minutes. Enjoy lunch at Jewish kibbutz. Drive to Mt. Zion to visit the Church of the Mary Dormition and the Upper Room, ending at the Church of St. Peter in Gallicantu. Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem. (B, L, D)

Day 14 | February 27, 2025 Free Day | Optional Dead Sea Excursion | Jerusalem

Celebrate morning Mass at Notre Dame Chapel. Free day for shopping, prayer, rest, personal visit to Holy Sepulchre or optional side trips. Optional Excursion (tour escort will advise price) to the Ancient Jerusalem Temple model and shrine of the Book, Qumran, Jericho and swimming in the Dead Sea. We will renew Baptismal vows at the authentic baptismal site of Jesus. We also have Sammie the camel ready to give you a ride. We keep your room for you so you can return to the hotel for a shower, pack, rest, and have dinner. This evening, get ready for flights, through the night, back home. (B, L, D)

Day 15 | February 28, 2025 Return to USA

Depart on your return flight back to the USA.

* Itinerary subject to change

** We will visit the grotto of the Nativity as possible based on the length of lines and conditions within the Church of Nativity

$10648 Regular price, per person after August 14, 2024
-100 Early Booking Savings
-300 Discount for payment entirely by cash or check
*$10248 Early Booking / Cash Discount price per person (double occupancy)

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