God is Near

A Pilgrimage to the Holy Land

November 11 - 20, 2025

About

Join Verso Ministries through the very epicenter of the Christian faith. As we tour Israel and the West Bank, walking where Jesus walked, and visiting the very places that have changed the world, you’ll experience God closer than ever before. And with special access to many of these locations, Verso provides a Holy Land pilgrimage like no other.

Trip Details

Group Type

Open to All

Length

10 days, 9 nights

Accommodations

Premium

Cost

As low as

$5265

Deposit:

$500

What's Included

Dedicated pilgrimage director (30 pilgrims or more), supplemented by local guides
Custom booklet for each pilgrim
Catholic Chaplain
Daily Mass
Private transportation on motor coach
All tickets and donations for included activities listed on itinerary
Premium accommodations
All meals, including wine at dinners
Gratuities for pilgrimage director, guide(s), driver(s), and meals
Audio headsets

Itinerary

November 11
Depart U.S.
  • Depart U.S. (flights not included in the package)
November 12
Tel Aviv, Nazareth
  • Arrive in Tel Aviv, and if time allows, explore the city or travel to Jaffa on your own
  • Opening Mass and Welcome dinner at the hotel
  • Overnight in Tel Aviv
  • Accommodations: Renaissance or similar
  • Meals included: Dinner
November 13
Nazareth, Cana
  • Spend a day in Mary’s hometown including Mass at the Basilica of the Annunciation and a visit to St. Joseph’s Church
  • Visit Cana and have the opportunity to for a Renewal of Wedding Vows
  • Overnight in Tiberias
  • Accommodations: Ramot Resort or similar
  • Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
November 14
Sea of Galilee, Galilee Churches
  • Morning boat ride with Mass on the Sea of Galilee, followed by a visit to the ancient boat museum
  • Continue to the Sea of Galilee Churches, including Capernaum, Peter’s Primacy, Church of the Multiplication, Mount of Beatitudes, and Magdala
  • Overnight in Tiberias
  • Accommodations: Ramot Resort or similar
  • Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
November 15
Mount Tabor, Jordan River, Dead Sea, Jerusalem
  • Ascend Mount Tabor to the Basilica of the Transfiguration and celebrate Mass
  • Drive through the Jordan River Valley as you enter the West Bank
  • Visit the baptismal site of Jesus on the Jordan River and renew baptismal promises
  • Take a float in the Dead Sea at Kalia Beach before continuing to your hotel for the evening
  • Overnight in Jerusalem
  • Accommodations: Dan Panorama or similar
  • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
November 16
Bethlehem, Tantur
  • Day in Bethlehem including Mass in the Church of the Nativity and visit to Shepherds’ Field
  • Shop at a Christian cooperative store supporting the small Christian community in the West Bank
  • Overnight in Jerusalem
  • Accommodations:Dan Panorama or similar
  • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
November 17
Jerusalem, Mount of Olives, Mount Zion
  • Walk in Jesus’ footsteps by starting on the Mount of Olives including Pater Noster, Dominus Flevit, the Garden of Gethsemane, and Mass in the Church of All Nations
  • Visit the iconic Western Wall to pray and learn of its significance See Mount Zion the home of St. Peter in Gallicantu, the Cenacle, and Dormition Abbey
  • Overnight in Jerusalem
  • Accommodations: Dan Panorama or similar
  • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
November 18
Jerusalem, Via Dolorosa, Holy Sepulchre
  • Early-morning Stations of the Cross along the Via Dolorosa Mass at the tomb of Christ in the Basilica of the Holy Sepulchre
  • Optional Visit to St. Anne and the Pools of Bethesda
  • Closing pilgrimage reflections and farewell Dinner at a local restaurant
  • Overnight in Jerusalem
  • Accommodations: Dan Panorama or similar
  • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
November 19
Departure
  • Visit Ein Karem including the Church of St. John the Baptist and Mass in the Church of the Visitation
  • Free time in the Old City to explore, shop, and reflect
  • Evening transfer to airport to depart for the U.S. on late night flights
  • Meals included: Breakfast
November 19
Ein Karem - Old City Jerusalem - Depart Israel
  • Visit Ein Karem including the Church of St. John the Baptist and Mass in the Church of the Visitation
  • Free time in the Old City to explore, shop, and reflect
  • Evening transfer to airport to depart for the U.S. on late night flights
  • Meals included: Breakfast
(extension)November 20
Madaba, Mt. Nebo, Petra
  • Transfer to Allenby Bridge and cross the border into Jordan
  • Continue to Mount Nebo to visit the Memorial Church of Moses and where Moses viewed the promised land before his death
  • Finish today’s visit at Madaba – the “City of Mosaics” – home of the “Madaba Map” inside the Church of St. George, a 6th Century mosaic that is known as the oldest surviving map of the Holy Land
  • Transfer to Petra
  • Overnight in Petra
  • Accommodations: Old Village Hotel, Petra Moon or similar
  • Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
(extension)November 21
Amman, Departure
  • Transfer to Amman
  • Panoramic city tour followed by lunch
  • Afternoon free time before transfer to Amman Airport
  • Depart Amman (flights not included in the package)
  • Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
(extension)November 22
Amman, Departure
  • Transfer to Amman for panoramic city tour, followed by lunch
  • Free time to explore the city and shop
  • Transfer to Amman airport
  • Depart Amman (flights not included in the package)
  • Meals included: Breakfast

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Pricing

As low as

$5265

Package Cost (without savings)

$5665

Trip Savings

Early bird (first 10 pilgrims to register 6 months prior to departure))
Save $400/person

Optional Add-ons

Single room supplement (limited availability)
$1,671/person
Extension - Petra, Jordan (March 24-26)
$2,050
Extension single room supplement (limited availability)
$567
Travel Protection
Travel protection price is calculated based on a variety of factors and optional plans are provided by Travel Insured International.

“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.

*For your convenience, the Alumni Association has partnered with Travel Insurance Select (TIS) to provide travel insurance to travelers. We encourage you to call (800) 937-1387 or click here for details, coverage options, and to get a quote.

Rates assume a minimum of 30 full-paying pilgrims.

  • Roundtrip airfare
  • Passport, visa, or luggage fees
  • Any personal purchases
  • Any required COVID tests or vaccinations
  • Any meals not listed on itinerary
  • Drinks at meals, other than wine at dinners
  • Recommended travel insurance
  • Anything else not explicitly mentioned as included

Designated Arrival and Departures Times

  • Arrival information
    • Arrive by: November 12, 2025
    • Arrival time: Between 7:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.
    • Arrival airport: Ben Gurion International Airport, Tel Aviv (TLV)
    • Arrival transfer: Pilgrims will be transferred in one group from Ben Gurion International Airport (TLV) to the hotel in Tel Aviv.
  • Departure information
    • Depart on: November 19, 2025
    • Departure time: 11:00 p.m. or later
    • Departure airport: Ben Gurion International Airport, Tel Aviv (TLV)
    • Departure transfer: Pilgrims will be transferred to the airport in one group.
  • Extension departure information
    • If you have elected to add on the Extension package, please arrange your departing flight plan according to the following information.
      • Depart on: November 22, 2025
      • Departure time: Anytime 7:00 p.m. or later
      • Departure airport: Queen Alia International Airport, Amman (AMM)
      • Departure transfer: Pilgrims departing on November 22 at 7 p.m. or later will be transferred to the airport in groups according to departure time.

Want to arrive or depart outside of the designated times?

  • Please note: If you arrive/depart outside of the designated times, 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.
  • Private transfer information and pricing can be found in the Additional Information section below.
  • Need to book a private transfer? Contact us at hello@versoministries.com or call us at (574) 383-9396.

 

Want help arranging your flights?

Premium Accommodations

  • Tel Aviv: Crowne Plaza Hotel or similar
  • Tiberias: Ramot Resort & Hotel or similar
  • Jerusalem: Dan Panorama or similar

 

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

  • Pre-stay at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Tel Aviv – $554/night for single or double-occupancy, breakfast included
  • Post-stay at the Dan Panorama in Jerusalem – $702/night for single or double-occupancy, breakfast included
  • Need to book? Contact us at hello@versoministries.com or call us at (574) 383-9396.

 

Need to get around? Private transfers

  • Private transfer between Tel Aviv airport to Tel Aviv hotel/city center – $195 per transfer (up to 4 pax)
  • Private transfer between Tel Aviv airport and Jerusalem hotel/city center – $195 per transfer (up to 4 pax)
  • Private transfer between Tel Aviv airport and Tiberias hotel/city center – $400 per transfer (up to 4 pax)
  • Please note: If you arrive/depart outside of the designated 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.

 

Additional services

Petra, Jordan Extension
November 20 – 22 (3 days, 2 nights)

Price: $2,050 /person in double occupancy room
Rates assume a minimum of 4 full-paying pilgrims. 

Single room supplement: $567/person

Premium Accommodations

  • Jerusalem: Dan Panorama or similar
  • Petra: Old Village or Petra Moon Luxury or similar

Extension includes:

  • English-speaking professional, licensed guide(s)
  • Verso Pilgrimage Director (groups 20 or more)
  • Private transportation
  • All tickets and donations for included activities listed on itinerary, including Jordanian visa and Allenby border tax
  • Premium accommodations
  • Breakfast and lunch daily, and 2 dinners with wine
  • Audio headsets (groups 20 or more)
  • Gratuities for Pilgrimage Director, guide(s), driver(s), hotels, and meals (groups 20 or more)

Extension does not include:

  • Airfare
  • Passport or luggage fees
  • Any personal purchases
  • Any required COVID tests or vaccinations
  • Any meals not listed on itinerary
  • Drinks at meals, other than wine at dinners
  • Recommended travel insurance
  • Gratuities for pilgrimage director, guide(s), driver(s), and meals (groups less than 20)
  • Anything else not explicitly mentioned as included
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.

Final package price is estimated. Prices are based on the exchange rate as of August 2022. Any drastic fluctuations in currency exchange rates could affect the final pilgrimage pricing. If you have any questions about pricing and when final pricing decisions will be communicated, please do not hesitate to contact us at any time.

 

Cancellation Policy

All cancellations must be submitted to Verso Ministries in written form and received via email or mail. Any refunds, as applicable, will be processed based on the date stamp of email or mail received. Cancellation fees are for individual pilgrims and fees will be charged per person per booking.

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

*To qualify for free cancellation within 2 weeks of deposit, deposit must be made 180 days or more 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 180s 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 God’s 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.

Accommodation Level

Simple
For the duration of your trip, enjoy a range of lodging accommodations — from quaint guesthouses to simple-styled hotels. Discover a newfound appreciation for each of these locations which often have a unique character of their own. With your private bathroom and sleeping quarters, these locations will provide you with a clean, comfortable, and cozy place to settle into during your journey.

Standard
Venues at this level will provide you with the best accommodations at a reasonable cost. Not only will you have access to modern amenities and services, but special care is taken to ensure hotels are located in close proximity to the area’s local attractions. Expect your stay at this level to provide you with an added feeling of comfortability and convenience as you experience your pilgrimage.

Premium
Your stay at the premium level will ensure that your travel involves the opportunity to experience some of the most unique and luxurious stays that a destination has to offer. You’ll find that traveling at this level will afford you the opportunity to optimize your experience at each spot. From fine dining to scenic views, anticipate that your pilgrimage will provide you with breathtaking experiences no other location could provide.

How will I know what my stay will be like?
Each of our pilgrimage locations come with their own unique accommodations. From simple to luxurious, you can know that the care and satisfaction of each pilgrim is our greatest priority. While specific amenities will vary, we are sure that each of these handpicked locations will leave you rested, rejuvenated, and ready for each day.