11 Day Terra Santa with Fr. Anselm Ofodum

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11 Day Terra Santa with Fr. Anselm Ofodum



EARLY BOOKING DISCOUNT:
Enjoy a savings in the amount of $100.00 with deposit paid by March 10, 2020.
Savings will be credited on the final invoice.


Due to high volume travel to the Holy Land, we suggest early deposits.
Make checks payable to Regina Tours. Final payment is due September 5, 2020.
Invoices will be generated by Group IST, New York.


For inquiries and to send payments:
Fran Boudreaux:
8 Resplandor Loop •  Hot Springs Village, ARkansas 71909
Cell 501-984-1519 •  Email: frantrvl@gmail.com

Additional Contact Info:
Father Anselm: Phone/Text: 337-504-1804
George Hoelzeman: 1 Waldorf Lane, Hattieville, AR 72063
George@ghstudios.com  •  Phone/Test: 501-416-0514
 



 

Day 1: Saturday November 21: New Orleans

We depart on our domestic flight to the gateway city and fly to Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion Airport. Dinner and breakfast are served on board.

Day 2: Sunday November 22 Jaffa: Muhraqa/Caesarea Augustus/ Carmelite Monastery Haifa

Christ the King tus/Sunday, arrival in the land of Jesus Christ, King of the Universe. Arrival Ben Gurion Airport. Shalom!!! Following baggage claim we will be met by our expert guide and skilled driver. We drive to Caesarea Augustus, ancient walled Crusader and Roman city. View the amazing Roman aqueducts and the amphitheatre commemorating where St. Paul preached. Experience the amazing acoustics. Today the theatre is in use as an entertainment or religious event venue. Paul was imprisoned in Caesarea and it was here that Philip the Evangelist foretold the troubles ahead in Jerusalem and Rome for Paul the apostle. Here, Peter baptized Cornelius and his household, the first Christian gentile. Time permitting we will see Muhraqua and visit the site of the battle that Elijah defeated the pagan priests of Baal. Enjoy the panorama beyond of the Valley of Jezreel, considered the breadbasket of Israel. Further on, visit Haifa by the Sea where the Carmelite order began. Perhaps lunch on your own, overlooking the beautiful city of Haifa. Mass Convent chapel. Overnight Galilee. (B,D)

Day 3: Monday November 23: Galilee

Our exploration of the Galilee begins with a boat cruise and Mass on the Sea of Galilee. (originated by Fran Boudreaux several years ago) We imagine Jesus calming the storm and imagine the fishermen, followers of Jesus. Disembark at the Ginosar dock and proceed to the museum that houses the 2,000 year old boat of Christ's time. IMAGINE!!!!!! Next we visit sites along the shores of the Sea of Galilee where Jesus taught, lived and performed many Miracles. We visit the Church of Beatitudes with a commanding view of the Sea of Galilee where Jesus preached the Sermon on the Mount. We continue to Tabgha, site of the Miracle of the Loaves and Fishes. A mosaic commemorating this miracle is located near the altar at Tabgha. We then bring awareness to our Catholic religion when visiting the church of the Primacy of Peter. Jesus said to Peter, “Feed my Sheep”. Visit Capernaum and the church built over the site of Peter's house. Jesus is said to have spent much of his adult life here and in the region. Visit ancient Bethsaida, home of the fishermen/apostles, Andrew, Peter, James, John and Philip. Here Jesus healed a blind man, (Mark 8:22- 26) Moving forward travel the scenic, winding road to the historical Golan Heights for a spectacular view. Time permitting, (view or) enjoy a dip in the Jordan River that will bring to mind our own baptism and the baptism of Jesus by John the Baptist. Overnight Tiberias. (B,D)
**Today lunch menu Peter's Fish optional on your own in a restaurant near the Galilee.
*** This evening we go to the ancient City of Beit She'an for a spectacular multi media sound and light show.

Day 4: Tuesday November 24: Magdala/Caesarea Philippi

This morning following a hearty and delicious Israeli breakfast, TIME PERMITTING, we will visit the recently excavated hometown of Mary Magdalene, Magdala, which was the first stop from Nazareth as Jesus traveled further to Capernaum. Mass at the new Magdala church. Then we travel north to Caesarea Philippi where Jesus commissioned Peter as “the rock”. “Thou art Peter and upon this rock I will build my church.” Refer to the gospels of St. Matthew and Mark. The area is now situated in a national nature park and includes one of three main sources of the Jordan River which flows out from a rock cliff. Return to Tiberias by the Sea. A special evening awaits at Magdalena Restaurant or similar. Overnight Tiberias. (B)

Day 5: Wednesday November 25: Tiberias/Akko (Best preserved city 2nd to Jerusalem)/Cana/Nazareth/Jerusalem

Early departure takes us to the port city of Akko, gateway of the Crusaders, situated on the Mediterranean coast. This well preserved walled town was visited by St. Francis of Assisi. St. Paul arrived at the port here and preached to Christians for 1 year. The first Franciscan church in Israel was here. Too, following Jerusalem location, was the Monastic Order of the Military Knights Templar. Soldiers for Christ. On order of the Pope, the Knights Templar, also aided pilgrims who came to visit sites of the Holy Land— “Terra Sancta”. Another Franciscan church, St. John is located by the lighthouse. Enjoy this important town to Christianity before traveling to Cana, site of the most renowned wedding feast and miracle of all times at which Jesus turned water in to wine. RENEWAL OF WEDDING VOWS HERE. See too, the house site of Nathaniel, also known as Bartholomew, an early disciple of Jesus. You may wish to purchase “Cana” wine in Cana. Proceed to Nazareth, the boyhood town of Jesus, passing by the Mount of Precipice where the Nazoreans attempted to kill him before time in the Galilee area. MASS in the Church of the Annunciation, built over the Grotto of the Annunciation, where early Christian tradition says the angel Gabriel spoke to Mary saying, “Rejoice full of grace, the lord is with you”. Mary soon replied to the angel, “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord, let it be done to me as you have said”. And the angel left her. Luke: 1: 26-38. We continue to Joseph's carpentry workshop. NOTE: Time and weather permitting, upon availability, we will experience a traditional lunch of Jesus's day in “Nazareth Village”. (On your own) Overnight in Nazareth. (B,D)

Day 6: Thursday November 26 US Thanksgiving Day: Nazareth/ Megiddo (Please be aware that a visit to Megiddo is subject to time and weather permitting)/Mass Ein Kerem

Following breakfast we travel to the ancient 4000 year old “Solomonic Chariot” town of Tel Megiddo. A city too, known as the iron age, “Royal city” is among the most interesting excavated areas of the old Testament. Situated on ten acres are 25 layers of ancient Old Testament prominent sites. See the historical “High Altar” which means high place. Some believe that the book of Revelation interprets the last battle will be in Megiddo (Armageddon). Proceed to Ein Kerem, birthplace of John the Baptist”. “Mary remained with Elizabeth about 3 months and returned home”. Luke 1: 49-56 Time permitting, and availability allows a very special stop is next—BEIT JALA—home to many Catholics, Orthodox and other Christians. Special visit--St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church built over a cave where the saint lived for about 3 years while on pilgrimage from Asia Minor. Saint Nicholas, a most venerated saints known as one of many miracles and charity, thus; the persona of the future Santa Claus. Too, Saint Nicholas was a prominent defender of the Holy Trinity, opposing Arias, at the Council of Nicea, origin of the Nicene Creed. We journey on to Jerusalem for the anxiously awaited entrance in to the Holiest of Holy cities. We are standing on Holy ground. Hosanna to Our King !!!!. “I was glad when they said to me, Let us go to the house of the Lord, (Psalms: 122) Time permitting visit the Shrine of the Book Museum and model of the ancient city of Jerusalem. Overnight Jerusalem. (B,D)

Day 7: Friday November 27: Bethlehem/West Jerusalem/Shiloh

Our day begins with a privileged visit to the newly excavated town of Shiloh where the Ark of the Covenant rested 369 years. Then we travel to Bethlehem. Visit the Church of the Nativity that marks the place of Jesus' birth. It is said that this is the oldest complete church in the world. It is also believed the low entrance door once built for defense purpose is also a suggestion that all must bow before entering this holy edifice. Here too, is the cave where St. Jerome translated New Testament scriptures. Mass in the Roman Catholic chapel of Saint Catherine. Perhaps a delicious lunch on your own, in a popular Bethlehem restaurant. Continue to Shepherd's Field and sing carols in the beautiful chapel. Visit the famous Olive Wood Factory Store. Overnight Jerusalem. (B,D)

Day 8: Saturday November 28: Jerusalem (Mass and an hour in the chapel of Golgotha early, if possible)/Church of Holy Sepulchre

Breakfast, then ascend the Mount of Olives. Visit the chapels of Pater Noster, Ascension, Dominus Flevit before walking the Palm Sunday path. On the way see the Tomb of Absalom, 3rd, son of David in the distant Kidron Valley. Handsome Absalom, was known as the “Father of Peace:” Prayer in the Garden of Gethsemane; visit the Church of the Agony. Proceed to the House of Caiphas, (St. Peter in Gallicantu,) where Peter denied Christ 3 times. One can look beyond and see the path upon which Jesus walked from the Garden of Gethsemane. Look to the back and see the area where Judas the Iscariot committed suicide. Visit Mt. Zion and the “Last Supper Room” and where Pentecost took place. Known to be one of the holiest sites for Christians. Overnight Jerusalem. (B,D)

Day 9: Sunday November 29 First Sunday of Advent: Jerusalem

Very early Mass Tomb Holy Sepulchre or later after the Via Dolorosa. We begin the day early in the Old City of Jerusalem, visiting St. Anne Church, the Pool of Bethesda, Chapel of the Flagellation and see the Ecce Homo Arch. We continue through the Bazaar to the Via Dolorosa which winds through the streets of Old Jerusalem commemorating the path that Jesus walked on his way to Calvary. Our hearts are heavy as we pray and take turns carrying a wooden cross along this same path ending at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. With special permission, Mass in the tomb where Jesus was buried and rose from the dead. Tour the church before going on to the Western Wall. The wall runs along the Holy of Holies and is the last remnant of Solomon's splendid temple. The Dome of the Rock Moslem Mosque currently occupies the temple area. Now, we go back to the Chapel of Flagellation, second station before the via Dolorosa and visit the newly opened Multi Media Terra Sancta Museum built by the Franciscans. Next, imagine the doubting Thomas on the road to Emmaus as we journey to Abu Ghosh, (subject to time availability) one of three places believed as the Emmaus location. The Benedictines are the keepers of this location. Overnight Jerusalem. (B,D)

Day 10: Monday November 30: Leisure Day or Optional Excursion to the Dead Sea & Masada *(additional fee)

Our destination today is the Dead Sea region, lowest point on earth. Mount of Temptation is near where Jesus spent 40 days and nights. John the Baptist also lived in the surrounding wilderness and it is believed that the authentic baptism spot of Jesus was only a few miles away in the River Jordan southern area. On the route we celebrate Mass at the traditional spot of the Good Samaritan Inn. We drive to Masada and ascend by cable car to the phenomenal fortress where Jewish Zealots held off the armies of the Roman Empire before choosing death over surrender. We continue to Ein Gedi, where King David found shelter from the wrath of King Saul. This afternoon we can opt to “float” on the Dead Sea. Shop for Dead Sea mineral skin products. We view the caves of Qumran where, in 1947, the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered by shepherd children. We return to Jerusalem for a farewell dinner and return flight home on a midnight or after midnight flight. (B,D)

Day 11:Monday December 1: Departure/Arrival U.S.

Today our journey ends with good memories as we head home. Arrival the same day.

Note: This is a custom itinerary designed by Fran Boudreaux/Regina Tours. Please be aware that the arrival time in Tel Aviv could necessitate a change in included site seeing. Our goal is to include everything possible. Sequence of the itinerary could change according to time constraints. Our intention is to provide the very best possible pilgrimage. This will be a trip of your lifetime.

*(B,L,D) Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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Inclusions

INCLUDED IN PRICE:
Round trip coach airfare from New Orleans or Lafayette
(Lafayette, upon availability and cost by the airline)
(Does not include transportation to the U.S. domestic airport)

• Airport transfers in Israel 
• Ground transportation with a highly skilled driver
• Air conditioned bus
• All taxes, hotel airline etc.

• Excellent Experienced Guide
• Porter service

• Superior First Class (3-4 star) Double occupancy
• All entrance fees for sites included in the itinerary
• S.M.I.L.E greeter at Ben Gurion airport
• Spir
itual Leader: Father Anselm Ofodum & Deacon Timothy Maragos
• Daily Mass • Orientation Meetings
• Whispers (transmission hearing device from guide to pilgrim)
• Regina Tours Representative/ Tour Director: Fran Boudreaux

• Israel Operator/Partner: Vered Hasheron
 

NOT INCLUDED:
Daily lunch
• Air carrier upgrades

• Single room supplement if needed: $850.00
• Transportation to and from the domestic airport
• Transportation for early morning transfers to sites not included
• Optional cancellation comprehensive insurance (Pre-existing conditions are applicable
   if insurance is purchased with deposit or no later than 14 days from paid deposits)
   Insurance is not mandatory for Regina Tours/Group IST passengers 

• Tips: $150.00 - Tips for service included are to be paid separately,
by check or cash, to Fran Boudreaux who will distribute to the appropriate recipients


 

 


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Fran Boudreaux: Fr. Anselm - 11 Day Terra Santa
Tiberias Superior Tourist Class Hotel
Jerusalem Superior Tourist Class Hotel

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Dates Land Only Air & Land
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