Dr. Bergsma Pilgrimage to the Holy Land May 2019
10 Day program

3 nights Tiberias / 5 nights Jerusalem

May 16 - 25 , 2019

Day 1 Thu. May 16:  Departure from USA Departure from the United States on overnight flights to Tel Aviv.

Day 2 Fri. May 17:  Arrival in Israel | Galilee | Tiberias Arrival in Tel Aviv’s modern Ben Gurion Airport. We meet our local Catholic guide and transfer to Galilee. Mass and dinner on the shore of the Sea of Galilee. Overnight in Tiberias. D

Day 3 Sat. May 18: Mount of Transfiguration | Cana | Nazareth | Tiberias Ascend the Mount of Transfiguration (Mount Tabor) early for Mass 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. Visit the House of the Holy Family.  Dinner and overnight in Tiberias. B,D 

Day 4 Sun. May 19: Mount of Beatitudes | Tabgha | Tiberias Mount of Beatitudes for Mass. Continue on to Caesarea Philippi where Jesus said, You are Peter.  Drive through Golan Heights; view the Syrian border and pray for our persecuted brothers and sisters. Lunch at Druze restaurant. Visit Tabgha where Jesus multiplied loaves and fishes. Visit the Primacy of Peter where Jesus said, “Feed My sheep”. B,D  

Day 5 Mon. May 20: Sea of Galilee | Capernaum | Jerusalem Today enjoy a boat ride on Sea of Galilee. Arrive by boat to Capernaum for Mass at St. Peter’s House and the synagogue where Jesus said “Eat My Flesh!” Drive to Jerusalem stopping along the way at Ein Kerem to visit the Church of the Visitation. B,D 

Day 6 Tue. May 21: Bethlehem | Jerusalem Today we will support our Christian brothers and sisters by shopping in the local Olive Wood stores.  We will celebrate Mass at Shepherd's Field and visit the Church of the Nativity where Jesus was born. B,D

Day 7 Wed. May 22: Via Dolorosa | Calvary | Western Wall | Jerusalem Depart early this morning and travel along the Via Dolorosa. Arrive at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Touch the top of Mount Calvary. Mass at the tomb of Christ (subject to confirmation.) Return to the Notre Dame for breakfast. Depart for prayer at the Western Wall. Spend the remainder of the afternoon at your leisure. This evening we will have the opportunity to spend some time in meditation in the Garden of Gethsemane where Jesus prayed the night before he was crucified, pending confirmation. B, D

Day 8 Thu. May 23:  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.   Enjoy lunch at Jewish kibbutz. Drive to Mt. Zion to visit the Church of the Dormition and the Upper Room, ending at the Church of St. Peter in Gallicantu. B, D

Day 9 Fri. May 24: Dead Sea Excursion | Jerusalem  Start the day with a visit the the Israel Museum to look at the Model of Jerusalem at the time of Christ. We visit the section of the Museum called the Shrine of the book, home of the Dead Sea Scrolls. We then leave Jerusalem and drive down to the Judian desert and visit the site of Qumran where the Essene community dwelt and wrote the scrolls.  Mass at the Good Shepherd Church in Jericho. Continue on our Excursion to  Jericho and Mass at the Good Shepherd Church in Jericho. Time for swimming in the Dead Sea. We will renew Baptismal vows at the authentic baptismal site of Jesus.  Dinner and overnight. Depending on flight schedule we may leave this evening or very early in the morning for the airport for our return flight home. B

Day 10 Sat. May 25: Early departure from the Hotel to the Airport for our flight back home.

NOTES: While no changes are anticipated, there may be occasions when certain alterations become necessary to this itinerary due to changes beyond

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Price Per Person in US American Dollars based on minimum of 25 people:-   $3730
Single Supplement  $885

 The above rates include:

 -8 nights Accommodation on HB basis (Breakfast & Dinner). 
- Round trip airfare  NYC -TLV -NYC
-Tour  guide  throughout
-Transportation in deluxe buses .
-All entrance fees
-Special Farewell Dinner
-Audio guiding system in Holy Land.
-Porterage fees at all hotels and airport.
-Mass reservation as per Itinerary
-Taxes on all services, including hotel taxes
- Dead Sea excursion including Qumran and Israel Museum

The above rates do not include:

-Tips for guide , bus driver, restaurants and hotels staff.  ($140 Per person to be collected seperately) 
-Any personal expenses such as telephone calls, beverages, laundry, and medical insurance.

Payment Schedule:

50% Due Oct. 20, 2018
Remainder Due Feb. 20, 2019

Flight Itinerary:





Once a deposit or partial/full payment has been made, cancellations will only be accepted in writing. Cancellation terms will be applied based on the date that the written cancellation is received. In addition to a $500 per person administration fee, the following charges apply:

60 - 46 days prior to departure 50%

45 - 22 days prior to departure 80%

21 - days prior to departure or less no refund

Additionally, once tickets are issued the ticket value is non-refundable. Requests for a refund must be in writing (mail, fax or e-mail). Phone calls cannot be used as a form of cancellation. Refunds will be issued within 30 to 60 days of receipt of written notice No change of names or substitutions are permitted. No refund or cancellation fees will be waived due to death or sickness.


Please print out this form, fill it out, sign it, and then scan it and email it to amerguide@gmail.com in order to register for the pilgrimage: