Pilgrimage to the Holy Land

November 20 – 30, 2021 / $3590.00

On this trip the faculty and students of Tyburn Academy will visit the many incredible and holy sites throughout the Holy Land. The itinerary features five nights in Jerusalem, three nights in Tiberias and one night in Tel Aviv, with multiple excursions to many different sites along the way. We will attend Mass daily and our Catholic tour guides will share with us their love and knowledge of the holy places. From Bethlehem to Bethany, Nazareth to Jerusalem, our Faith will come to life as we walk in Christ’s very footsteps. This trip is staffed by dedicated Catholics who will earnestly share their love and knowledge of the faith for you. Our tour director is even from Nazareth!

Special Features and Amenities

Although there will be lots of walking, we will have our very own private motor coach to take us throughout the Holy Land. We've also arranged round-trip airfare from Newark (EWR), comfortable hotels, and private transportation and tour services.

Walk in Christ's Footsteps

Our itinerary is comprehensive and comfortable. We’ve selected two cities – Jerusalem and Tiberias – from where we will set out to explore the Holy Land.

All-Inclusive

We’ve packaged everything into the price – flights, lodging, transportation, most meals and gratuities! You need to bring some spending money for daily lunch, souvenirs and any extras.

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Dedicated Catholic Guides

This trip is staffed by dedicated Catholics who will earnestly share their love and knowledge of the faith for you. Our tour director is from Nazareth!

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Private Transportation

We’ll have our very own private motor coach to take us all over the Holy Land. We will have to walk, however, as most cities don’t have streets bug enough for buses!

Full Itinerary

November 20-21

Getting There

Saturday, November 20

Today we meet at Tyburn Academy at 2:00 PM. We’ll then depart in a private coach for Newark airport, with scheduled arrival at 7:00 PM. Our flight LOT Polish Airlines 016 then departs at 10:30 PM.

Sunday, November 21

Today we arrive in Warsaw at 12:40 PM. After a brief layover we depart for Tel Aviv at 3:25 PM on LOT Polish Airlines flight 155, arriving at 8:00 PM. Upon arrival in Tel Aviv we will depart directly for Jerusalem. Welcome to Israel! We will collect our baggage and take a private coach directly to our hotel for dinner and a well-earned rest.

November 21-24

Jerusalem and Environs

Monday, November 22

Today we will begin our exploration of the Holy Land by following the footsteps of Our Lord in the final hours leading up to His crucifixion. Entering the Old City through St. Stephen’s Gate (The Lion’s Gate), we will initially pause to visit the Crusader-constructed St. Anne’s Church and the site of the Pool of Bethesda. After that, our path will lead us along the Via Dolorosa, from the judgment seat of Pilate all the way to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. The Stations of the Cross are marked along this route. After visiting the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, we will make our way to the Western Wall (also known as the Wailing Wall), which is the only structure of the Temple to have survived the sacking of Jerusalem in 70AD.

Tuesday, November 23

After breakfast, we will take a private coach to the south side of the city, where we will visit three sites in the Mount Zion area: the location of the Upper Room where the Last Supper took place, Dormition Abbey Church which commemorates Our Lady’s Assumption, and the church of St. Peter Gallicantu which is the fourth structure to stand on the grounds where Peter denied Our Lord. Dinner will then be served in the hotel.

Wednesday, November 24

We will begin our final day of touring Jerusalem by traveling to the summit of the Mount of Olives. There we will visit the Chapel of the Ascension and the Church of the Pater Noster. Underneath the Church is a cave in which tradition tells us Christ gave the Our Father to His disciples. From there, we will walk the road Jesus traveled amid the shouts of the jubilant Palm Sunday throng until we will reach the Dominus Flevit Chapel. In translation, the name means “The Lord wept,” and this chapel marks the place where Our Lord cried over Jerusalem. The current structure is less than 100 years old, but there have been churches in this panoramic spot since the 5th century! After lunch, a private coach will take us down to the Dead Sea for the afternoon (about a 45 minute drive). While there, you will have the option to swim in this body of water whose salt content is so high (33.7%) that you will float! We will return to the hotel for dinner.

November 25

Thanksgiving

Thursday, November 25

Happy Thanksgiving! In the morning, a half hour drive will bring us to Bethlehem. We will first visit the field where the shepherds received the “good tidings of great joy,” and then enter the city proper to see two churches which sit right next to each other: the Holy Grotto of the Nativity and the Chapel of Saint Catherine. What better place to give thanks, than the very place where Jesus Christ was born! After lunch, our bus will take us to Ein Karem, a place about four miles west of Jerusalem. There, in the place where Zachary and Elizabeth lived, Our Lady pronounced her Magnificat and Zachary wrote the instruction regarding his newborn son, “he shall be called John.” We will pause at the Church of Saint John the Baptist and the Visitation Church before returning for our final night in Jerusalem.

November 26-29

Tiberias & Environs

Friday, November 26

After packing our bags and breakfasting, our private coach will take us northeast of Jerusalem to visit the home of Martha, Mary, and Lazarus in an area formerly known as Bethany. From there, we will travel east across the desert to Jericho, on the outskirts of which lies the Mount of Temptation. In Jericho we will also visit the place of the sycamore tree where Jesus bade Zacheus “make haste and come down.” Continuing east to the Jordan River, we will visit the site of Christ’s baptism by Saint John. After that, we will follow the river north until we come to the Sea of Galilee and the city of Tiberias (about a three hour trip). Upon arrival, we will have dinner, and then check into our hotel which will serve as our home base for the next three nights.

Saturday, November 27

Having come north, away from Bethlehem and Jerusalem, we will spend the remaining days of our pilgrimage visiting sites associated with Jesus’s daily life in the time between His birth and passion. Today we will have the opportunity to reflect on Our Lord’s teachings in a new way as we physically experience Mount Tabor; it was there, upon seeing the Transfiguration, Peter exclaimed “Lord, it is good for us to be here.” We will also visit Capernaum (Jesus’s “own city”), and the places where He multiplied the loaves and the fishes, designated Peter as head of the church and gave the Beatitudes. Dinner will be at the hotel.

Sunday, November 28

After breakfast, our bus will take us about an hour north of the Sea of Galilee to visit the ruins of Caesarea Philippi, where Peter professed Jesus “Christ, the Son of the living God.” Then, we will return to the edge of the Sea of Galilee where once stood Bethsaida, the town which gave rise to Peter, Andrew, and Phillip. Our final stop for the day will be Kursi, the spot along the Sea’s shore where Jesus freed the Gerasene demoniac.

November 29-30

Tel Aviv

Monday, November 29

Our final day of pilgrimage will bring us to places of beginnings: Nazareth, the very point on earth where the Word was made flesh at the Annunciation, and Cana, where Christ performed His first miracle. After checking out of our hotel in Tiberias, our bus will take us to Nazareth, where we will visit the churches of the Annunciation and St. Joseph. We will eat lunch in Nazareth before driving about 20 minutes northeast to visit Cana. While there, couples will have the opportunity to renew their wedding vows. From Cana, we will head west towards the Mediterranean coast, stopping to visit Mt. Carmel. This mountain, associated with the prophet Elijah in 1 Kings, was also home to the 12th century hermits from whom the Carmelite order traces its history. The rest of our day will be spent driving south along the coast until we reach Tel Aviv, where we will check into our hotel. Here we will enjoy a farewell dinner together.

Tuesday, November 30

Following an early breakfast we depart for Tel Aviv airport. We then depart on LOT Polish Airlines flight 156 at 11:25 AM, arriving in Warsaw at 2:25 PM. We then board LOT Polish Airlines flight 015, with scheduled departure for Newark at 4:45 PM. We arrive back in Newark at 8:30 PM. Our private coach will then bring us directly back to Tyburn Academy.

Planning Timeline

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TRIP DETAILS

Pricing & Registration

Payment Details

Only $200.00 is due to register - the remaining balance is due later.

$200.00 / due @ registration

$1695.00
due June 1, 2021
$1695.00
due September 1, 2021
Check Payment or CC (3% Surcharge)

Regular Price

Consult brochure for a fill list of inclusions and exclusions.

$3590.00 / person

Roundtrip Airfare & Airport Shuttles
All Tours, Tour Fees and Most Meals
Tour Director & Private Guides
9 Nights Lodging

Airfare Information

Group flights have been arranged from EWR.
Private transportation from Tyburn to Newark and return is included.
Luggage is included.
Seat selection is not included.
Meals onboard will be included.
*Upgrades available for a fee. Please inquire.

Meet the Team

Joe Long

  • Founder & Managing Director of ProRome

  • Dual Citizen of US & Italy

  • Masters in Church History

  • 112 Trips, 30 Countries Visited

Joe Long is the founder and managing director of ProRome, LLC, a tour operator based in his home state of Virginia. Since 2014 he has actively organized and led trips all throughout Europe. Joe is a dual-citizen of the US and Italy and is married with two young children. 

Amer Shehadeh

  • 30+ Years Leading Groups

  • Knight of the Holy Sepulcher

  • Fluent Speaker of English, Arabic and Hebrew

  • Native of Nazareth, Israel

My name is Amer Shehadeh and I am from Nazareth, Israel. I am Roman Catholic. My wife Omaima and I have three children and are blessed with two grandchildren. I have been in the travel business since 1988. I am a licensed travel expert and licensed tour guide, with degrees in English, Middle Eastern History and Teaching. I am a proud member of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulcher with a rank of KCHS. Ten years ago I established BesTouR, a boutique travel agency organized to handle select Catholic groups originating from North America and provide A to Z services in Israel, Jordan, Egypt, Sinai, Greece and Turkey. Together with ProRome, we offer exceptional trips throughout the Holy Land and the greater Mediterranean world.

Conor O'Donnell

  • M.A. in Theology

  • Professor of History, Theology, Economics & Philosophy

  • Experienced World Traveler

Conor is the Chairman of Theology at Tyburn Academy of Mary Immaculate in Auburn, NY. In 2014 he graduated with B.A. in Philosophy from Christendom College, and in 2019 he graduated from Christendom Graduate School with M.A. in theology, concentrating in Sacred Scripture. Experienced in foreign travel, Conor has spent significant time in Rome and Ireland, and looks forward to walking in Christ’s footsteps in the Holy Land.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is your cancellation and refund policy?

The deposit is non-refundable. The balance is refundable up until 79 days prior to departure. Our full terms and conditions can be found here: www.prorome.com/terms-conditions

Can I fly separately?

No. Group members must fly with the group.

Can I apply points towards the airline ticket?

No. Unfortunately points cannot be applied towards tickets that are a part of a group contract.

Are you insured?

Yes. We are fully insured with Travel Agents and Tour Operators Professional Liability Insurance through Zurich American Insurance Company . And yes, travel insurance can be purchased through ProRome Tours.

Will I be safe with your group?

Safety is our #1 priority. We alway stay together as a group. We’ll never take you anywhere unsafe.

What do you do in the event of an emergency?

We remain in close contact with the American embassies in Israel, who issues safety and security messages for Israel on their website. In the case of an emergency, we will first ensure that all of our group members are safe and able to communicate immediately with their family at home. We will then follow the instructions of the local authorities and make an informed decision on how to proceed.

Our staff receives training before the trip, which involves reading, understanding and committing to memory a forty-page crisis management plan. If you would like to see a copy of this plan please inquire.

Can you accommodate people with food allergies or specific dietary restrictions?

Absolutely. Vegetarian or vegan, gluten-free or celiac, we work only with restaurants and caterers who have ample options for you.

Trip Patron

Our trip patron is St. James the Greater. Following the Descent of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost, St. James set out for Spain where he preached the good new. Following his missionary work in Spain, St. James returned to his home country and was eventually beheaded in Jerusalem, in 44 AD. His relics were returned to Spain but his head remained in Jerusalem, in the church of St. James. We’ll pay our patron a visit while in Jerusalem!

“Five gospels record the life of Jesus. Four you will find in books and the one you will find in the land they call Holy. Read the fifth gospel and the world of the four will open to you.“ – St. Jerome

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