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God is Near

A Pilgrimage to the Holy Land

May 14 - May 25, 2021

About

Experience the Sacraments like never before. Never read Scripture the same again. Contemplate Jesus, the story of his life and his homeland. Discover the riches of Israel and Palestine. Your faith will never be the same. A pilgrimage with Duke Travels and the Duke Catholic Center.

Trip Details

Group Type & Size

Duke Travels and Duke Catholic Center, 15-45 pilgrims

Activity Level

Moderate

Length

12 days, 11 nights

Accommodations

Premium

Cost

As low as

$5,399

Deposit:

$500

What's Included

Dedicated pilgrimage director, supplemented by local guides
Custom booklet for each pilgrim
Private transportation on motor coach
All tickets and donations for included activities listed on itinerary
Premium accommodations
All meals, including wine at dinner
Gratuities for pilgrimage director, guide(s), driver(s), and meals
Whisper headsets

Itinerary

May 14
Depart U.S.
  • Depart U.S. (flights not included in the package)
May 15
Tel Aviv
  • Arrive Tel Aviv and transfer to hotel
  • Welcome Dinner
  • Overnight in Tel Aviv
  • Accommodations: Renaissance Hotel or similar
  • Meals included: Dinner
May 16
  • Tour of Caesarea Maritima and Haifa with the Stella Maris Monastery
  • Visit Korazim
  • Conclude the day with Mass at Magdala
  • Overnight in Nazareth
  • Accommodations: Ramada Hotel or similar
  • Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
May 17
Nazareth, Cana
  • Visit Nazareth, including Mass at the Basilica of the Annunciation and St. Joseph’s Church
  • Renew your wedding vows at Cana
  • Overnight in Nazareth
  • Accommodations: Ramada Hotel or similar
  • Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
May 18
Sea of Galilee, Galilee Churches
  • Boat ride on the Sea of Galilee, including Mass
  • Pray at Galilee churches including Mount of Beatitudes, Church of the Multiplication, Peter’s Primacy, and Capernaum
  • Overnight in Nazareth
  • Accommodations: Ramada Hotel or similar
  • Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
May 19
Mount Tabor, Jordan River, Jericho
  • Drive through West Bank to Jericho
  • Renewal of baptismal promises at the Jordan River
  • Lunch in Jericho, then view the Mount of Temptation
  • Overnight in Jerusalem
  • Accommodations: Dan Jerusalem Hotel (executive rooms) or similar
  • Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
May 20
Bethlehem
  • Day in Bethlehem including Mass in the Church of the Nativity and visit to Shepherds’ Fields
  • Shop at a Christian cooperative store
  • Overnight in Jerusalem
  • Accommodations: Dan Jerusalem Hotel (executive rooms) or similar
  • Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
May 21
Qumran, Dead Sea
  • Mass at the Good Samaritan Inn
  • Visit to Qumran, site of the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls
  • Float in the Dead Sea
  • Overnight in Jerusalem
  • Accommodations: Dan Jerusalem Hotel (executive rooms) or similar
  • Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
May 22
Mount of Olives, Mount Zion
  • Mount of Olives including Pater Noster, Dominus Flevit, Garden of Gethsemane, and Mass in the Church of All Nations
  • Visit the Western Wall
  • Mount Zion including St. Peter in Gallincantu, Cenacle, and Dormition Abbey
  • Overnight in Jerusalem
  • Accommodations: Dan Jerusalem Hotel (executive rooms) or similar
  • Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
May 23
Temple Mount, St. Anne's
  • Visit to the Temple Mount
  • Mass at St. Anne’s Church and the Pools of Bethesda
  • Free afternoon in the Old City
  • Overnight in Jerusalem
  • Accommodations: Dan Jerusalem Hotel (executive rooms) or similar
  • Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
May 24
Via Dolorosa, Holy Sepulchre, Ein Karem
  • Early morning Stations of the Cross along the Via Dolorosa
  • Mass at the tomb of Christ in the Basilica of the Holy Sepulchre
  • Explore Ein Karem, including the Church of St. John the Baptist and the Church of the Visitation
  • Farewell Dinner in a local restaurant
  • Overnight in Jerusalem
  • Accommodations: Dan Jerusalem Hotel (executive rooms) or similar
  • Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
May 25
Departure
  • Depart Tel Aviv (flights not included in the package)
  • Meals included: Breakfast

Led by

TRIP LEADER
Duke Travels & Duke Catholic Center
Durham, NC
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Pricing

As low as

$5,399

Package Cost (without savings)

$5,699

Trip Savings

Early bird (first 20 pilgrims to register)
Save $200/person
Pay balance by check
Save $100/person

Optional Add-ons

Single room supplement (limited availability)
$1,627/person
Travel Insurance
Please contact Duke Travels*
Individually arranged flights with LUXE Travel
Published fare +$40/person

“As low as” price includes savings for early bird and pay balance by check.
Pricing listed per person in double-occupancy rooms and does not include airfare.
The number of available single-occupancy rooms is limited.

*Travel insurance quotations and information are available through Duke Travels. Please visit Duke Travels website for more information.

Rates assume a minimum of 15 full-paying pilgrims.

  • Roundtrip airfare (optional add-on)
  • Passport, visa, or luggage fees
  • Any personal purchases
  • Meals while traveling
  • Drinks at meals, other than wine at dinners
  • Recommended travel insurance (optional add-on)
  • Anything else not explicitly mentioned as included

Premium Accommodations

  • Tel Aviv: Renaissance Hotel or similar
  • Nazareth: Ramada Hotel or similar
  • Jerusalem: Dan Jerusalem Hotel (executive rooms) or similar

 

Arranging your own flights? Designated arrival and departures times

  • Please arrive to Ben Gurion Tel Aviv Airport (TLV) between 7:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. on May 15, 2021. Pilgrims arriving during this window will be transferred in groups according to arrival time to the Renaissance Hotel.
  • Please depart from Ben Gurion Tel Aviv Airport (TL) on May 25, 2021  anytime. Pilgrims departing on May 25 will be transferred to the airport in groups according to departure time.
  • If you elect to arrive/depart at times different than those listed here, private transfers (fee will apply) can be arranged on your behalf.

 

Need to get around? Private transfers

  • Private transfer between Tel Aviv airport to Tel Aviv hotel/city center – $175 per transfer (up to 4 pax)
  • Private transfer between Tel Aviv airport and Jerusalem hotel/city center – $175 per transfer (up to 4 pax)
  • Private transfer between Tel Aviv airport and Tiberias hotel/city center – $360 per transfer (up to 4 pax)
  • Please note: If you arrive/depart outside of the designating times at the Tel Aviv airport, private transfers (fee applies) can be arranged on your behalf. Airport transfers outside of the designated arrival/departure times are not included in the package pricing.
  • Need to book? Contact us at hello@versoministries.com or call us at (574) 383-9396.

 

Arriving early or staying late? Pre-stay and post-stay options

Deposit due upon registration – $500/person
Final balance due 120 days prior to departure – Final balance

Please note: Payment plans can be arranged if needed. Please contact us if you would like to pay in several installments.

 

Cancellation Policy

Cancellations are possible at any time, but refunds are subject to cancellation fees at the rates listed here.

  • Within 2 weeks of deposit: Free Cancellation*
  • 91 days or more from departure: Deposit is retained
  • 90-61 days prior to departure: 25% of trip cost is non-refundable
  • 60-31 days prior to departure: 50% of trip cost is non-refundable
  • 30 days or less prior to departure: 100% of trip cost is non-refundable

*Free cancellation (if deposit is made more than 180 days prior to departure)

Any cancellation charges incurred from other suppliers or vendors (flight, lodging, ground transportation, tickets, etc.) may come in addition to the administrative fees listed here. All group flight airline tickets, optional excursions, trip options, pre/post extensions, private transfers, and additional hotel nights are non-refundable 100 days or less prior to departure unless otherwise noted.

FAQ

The sooner you register for the pilgrimage, the better! Not only does registering guarantee you a spot on the pilgrimage before the departure fills up, but if you are one of the first 20 pilgrims to register you will receive the early bird discount. Also, there is no risk for 14-days after you register should you then have to cancel (must register 180 days or more prior to departure). So let’s say you register for a pilgrimage, but then realize you can no longer attend, as long as you cancel your pilgrimage within 14-days of registering and registered more than 180 days prior to the departure, then we will fully refund your deposit no questions asked. Just send us a written confirmation of your cancellation and we will take care of the rest. Plus, the sooner you register the sooner your journey begins. Register today!

There is no risk! Your deposit will be fully refunded as long as you cancel within 14-days of registering and you have registered more than 180 days or more prior to departure. With no risk, why wait? Get registered today!

Registration closes when the pilgrimage reaches the maximum number of pilgrims. If the pilgrimage is filled when you register, you will be added to our waiting list, and contacted in the event that space on the pilgrimage becomes available. Don’t miss your chance, register now and begin your journey.

We highly recommend that all pilgrims buy travel insurance. Travel insurance is not only for peace of mind, but helps protect you and those you are traveling with from unforeseen emergencies, which always seem to happen at the worst possible time. In the event of emergencies, both before and during your travels, as well other circumstances, like travel delay, lost baggage, missed connection(s), and much more, travel insurance can help. Upon registration you will receive a travel insurance quotation. If you have any questions regarding your quotation, please call the issuing company. If you need an updated or new quotation, please contact us at hello@versoministries.com or call us at 574-383-9396. We are happy to help!

Including optional add-ons with your pilgrimage can really add to your experience whether it is one of the optional extension or arranging an extra night stay beforehand so you are rested when the pilgrimage begins. If you would to add on any optional arrangements, as listed above, please email us at hello@versoministries.com or call us at 574-383-9396.

A pilgrimage, at its simplest, is a trip of faith. Which means a pilgrimage can be anything from a walk around your city to an encounter of Jesus in the Holy Land. For Catholics, it’s a trip of faith that people have been taking for hundreds or even thousands of years, many times in the same exact places you can visit today. It’s an opportunity to experience the spots God has made his presence known most in time and space, whether that’s where Jesus walked, where Mary appeared, or where the saints have lived and worked.

At Verso, we believe in crafting pilgrimages that offer you a view of God’s world and his work in it that you can’t get anywhere else. We believe everything from the holy sites, to the meals, to daily Mass, to your fellow pilgrims are ways God can speak to you, which means we’re intentional about it all. We also believe a pilgrimage isn’t just the days you travel, it’s how you prepare from the moment you sign up, to the days and weeks after you arrive home. Which means it’s our intention to shepherd you through the entire process — before, during, and after — so you can have the best, most transformative experience possible. We’re not just travel experts, we’re experts in Catholic pilgrimage.

We know from experience that preparing for a journey is just as important as the journey itself. Our goal is to make sure you’re physically, logistically, and spiritually ready for your pilgrimage. You’ll receive essential emails that will walk you through the process and give you ways to prepare your mind and heart for what you’ll encounter. A pre-trip webinar will make sure you are in touch with the Verso leader of the trip, can get trip-specific info, and can ask questions. We’ll send you a pilgrim kit that contains a comprehensive booklet for your trip along with some Verso swag (such as a bag, pen, and sticker) that you can bring along with you on your pilgrimage. And of course, we’re always available by phone or email if you have any questions or special needs.

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Activity Level

Easy
This trip’s activity level is easy. It’s recommended that travelers be in good health to enjoy this itinerary and be able to walk and climb stairs on their own. Trips at this activity level may include half or full-day itineraries with 1-3 hours of leisurely walking per day on smooth or slightly inclined terrain. The pace is more relaxed, with opportunities to rest throughout the day.

Moderate
This trip’s activity level is moderate. Travelers must be in good health and be in good physical condition to enjoy this itinerary. Travelers must be able to walk and climb stairs on their own. Trips at this activity level may include full-day itineraries of 3-5 hours of walking at a normal to brisk pace per day on varied terrain including uneven surfaces, stairs, and hills. The pace is faster and more demanding, with some breaks throughout the day.

Difficult
This trip’s activity level is difficult. Travelers must be in good health and physically fit to enjoy this itinerary. Trips at this activity level may include full-day itineraries with up to 5-7 hours of walking at normal to brisk pace per day on varied terrain including uneven surfaces, stairs, and steep hills. The pace is vigorous and demanding, with little down time each day.