Update on Pilgrimages

Here is the itinerary of a very successful pilgrimage.  Heidi’s 82

October 7-19, 2018, Pilgrimage to the Holy Lands of Israel and Jordan with Reverends David Meng and Mark Mullaney

SUN 7 OCT    Depart from USA from Washington  in the evening.

MON 8 OCT    Arrive in Tel Aviv and after Passport Control, be greeted by our guide and driver.  Drive north along the Mediterranean Seacoast to Stella Maris on Mount Carmel.    Check in, dinner.  MASS.      Overnight Haifa

TUE 9 OCT   After breakfast, depart for Muhraka, overlooking the Jezreel Valley.   Father will celebrate Mass in the Franciscan chapel which recalls Elijah’s victory over the gods of Ball.    Continue to Nazareth and Stop for an included lunch before visiting the Church of the Annunciation to see where The Word Became Flesh and then visit the upper parish church and then the museum built over the village of Nazareth.  Learn about the many churches that have been built over the House of Mary.  Stop at Joseph’s Carpenter Shop, and then walk through the town where Jesus grew up.  Continue up to the Synagogue Church to read scripture and pray.  walking to Mary’s Well where the Angel Gabriel came to Mary.   Check into our hotel for dinner.  Afterwards celebrate Mass in the Chapel.   Overnight in Nazareth.

WED 10 OCT     After breakfast, we depart for the the Sea of Galilee. Recalling when Jesus calmed the storm and called Peter to walk on water to Him, take a boat across the lake to Caphernaum where Jesus called St. Peter and many of the other apostles.   Visit the Synagogue where He healed and taught and see Peter’s House.   Afterwards, have time for prayer and reflection on the Beatitudes as we stop at the beautiful Franciscan property overlooking the Sea of Galilee.  After our included lunch, continue  to the Primacy where He confirmed St. Peter’s mandate after His resurrection, and to Tabgha where he fed the 5000.  Stop in Magdala to visit the newly revealed first century synagogue.  Father will celebrate Mass on the banks of the lake in the new chapel in the city of Mary Magdalene.     Return to Nazareth for dinner and overnight.

THUR 11 OCT   Start the day in the  Sepphoris, a cosmopolitan Jewish-Hellenistic city, close to Nazareth, was the capital of the Galilee in Roman times. Especially interesting because the area was probably familiar to Jesus.  Highlights include a colonnaded street, a mosaic synagogue floor, and a masterpiece mosaic portrait of a Roman-era woman dubbed “the Mona Lisa of the Galilee.”   In  Cana  we’ll take time to renew the vows of our couples at the site of Jesus’ first miracle when he changed water in wine at the wedding feast.  After a lunch stop, drive up to Mount Tabor, site of the Transfiguration, where Father will celebrate Mass.    Return to Nazareth for dinner and overnight.

FRI 12 OCT    Father will celebrate Mass in the Church of the Annunciation infront of Mary’s House before we have breakfast.   We depart to drive south through Samaria to ancient Shechem and Jacob’s Well.  Continue to Bethlehem for an included lunch at Casa Nova.   After visit the oldest Christian church in the world, built over the place where Our Lord was born.   While in Bethlehem, have time to visit one of the Christian shops to support the community before going to Jerusalem to check into our hotel for dinner and overnight.

THR 13 OCT     After breakfast,we depart East towards the Dead Sea and then South to Massada!  We’ll take the aerial tram up to the top of this fortress which Herod the Great built between 37 and 31 BCE.  Learn more about the story of 960 people who died rather than submit to the Romans.  After lunch, we’ll drive North to Qumran to visit the excavations where the Essenes lived and wrote the Dead Sea Scrolls.  Have time to “float” in the Dead Sea before stopping at Kaser el Yahud, the Jordan Baptismal site where we’ll renew our Baptismal promises.  In Jericho we’ll see the Mount of Temptations and Zechaias’ Sycamore Tree  and then return to Jerusalem for dinner and overnight.

FRI 14 OCT     After breakfast, drive to Ein Karem to visit the birthplace of St. John the Baptist and then  the Church of the Visitation where Mary went to help her cousin Elizabeth. After visit the Shrine of the Book where some of the Dead Sea Scrolls are now kept, and see a model of Jerusalem at the time of Christ.  See the 1/50th scale model of the city and understand how the walls have changed.   After lunch,  pray the Via Dolorosa, carrying a cross up through the Old City to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre where we’ll stop on Calvary, and have an opportunity to enter the Tomb.  Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem.

SAT 15 OCT     Drive around  the Old City to visit the Western Wall.  Many Jewish boys will come to celebrate their Bar Mitzvah here today and we can pray at and leave our petitions in the Wall.  After, walk up onto the Temple Mount where Jesus taught and prayed; where he was presented by his parents after birth; where he was tempted by the Devil to throw himself down; and, where he was angered by the money changers.  Today on this Moslem property we find the Al-Aqsa Mosque and the Dome of the Rock.  We pass the closed Golden Gate as we leave and enter the Crusader church of St. Ann’s and the Pools of Bethesda.  Leave the city by  St. Stephen’s Gate.

After lunch drive up on the Mt of Olives and walk down from the place of the Ascension to the Carmelite Convent where we remember Jesus teaching the Our Father, and continue down to Dominus Flevit where He wept over the city, and down to Gethsemane.  Continue to Mt .Zion to visit Dormition Abbey where “Mary Slept” and the Upper Room.  Go to  St. Peter in Gallicantu where our Lord was held by the high priest when he was arrested and where Father will celebrate Mass.   SPECIAL MIDEAST FEAST in Bethlehem.    Overnight in Jerusalem.

TUE 16 OCT      Depart for JORDAN.  Cross the Jordan River at the Allenby Bridge and then drive up on Mt. Nebo where Moses looked into the Promised Land.  Father will celebrate Mass for us in the Franciscan Chapel before we continue to Madaba to see the world’s oldest map of the Middle East on a mosaic floor in the Greek church. Continue driving south on the King’s Highway to PETRA and check into our hotel for dinner and overnight.

WED 17 OCT   A full day to explore the famed PETRA, rose-red city of the Bedouins.  A guided tour in through the Siq brings you to the overwhelmingly beauty of the Treasury, carved into the mountain.  Continue to see all of the tombs carved into the hills.    Mass in the hotel.  Dinner and overnight in Petra.

THR 18 OCT  Return north to the Allenby Bridge border crossing and re-enter Israel.  Free time in Jerusalem before Mass in the Chapel.           Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem

FRI 19 OCT  Depart for home with many memories to  Give Thanks and Remember.


PRICE:    $3791.00**


  • Airfare to and from Tel Aviv  from Washington, DC
  • Airline taxes and fuel surcharges**
  • All transfers and assistance with arrival and departure
  • Deluxe bus transportation as required
  • Hotel accommodations in double and triple rooms using first class hotels with private baths
  • Half board (Breakfast and dinner) daily
  • 3 lunches and special mid-east feast
  • Services of English speaking local guides
  • Services of a  Certified Tour Manager from the U.S.A.
  • All entrance fees as shown on  the itinerary
  • Daily Mass and spiritual direction
  • All service charges
  • Jordanian visa and entry fee


  • A Tip fund of $15.00 per day, per person  ($180.00 total collected with balance).    Covers all tips including hotels, dining rooms, porters, driver and guide.
  • Expenses of a personal nature
  • Meals not mentioned.  Drinks with dinner.
  • Single Supplement  of $750.00 when no roommate  (Note:  limited # singles)

IMPORTANT NOTE:     **Not always but Sometimes AIRLINE TAXES AND FUEL SURCHARGES  may change and cause an increase in the rate.You will be notified and billed for these changes with final invoice.


This is a small group pilgrimage.

 Send deposit of $500.00 to

 Give Thanks and Remember LLC

1484 Morris Pond Drive, Ste B2

Locust Grove, VA 22508

QUESTIONS?  Contact Heidi at 540-760-6387 or gvthnks@aol.com


Terms and Conditions


A $500.00 per person deposit is required at the time of booking, plus passenger’s full name as it appears on their passport.  Full payment is due no later than ninety (90) days prior to departure – July 9, 2018


Personal and bank checks are acceptable.  No credit cards are accepted.


A valid US Passport is required for travel.  Passports must be valid 6 months after return date.  It is the passenger’s sole responsibility to obtain any necessary passport, visas or other necessary documentation for travel.  If you are not a US citizen, please consult your local embassy or consulate for visa requirements. Please send a copy of your passport face page to me 90 days before final payment is due.


Once issued, airline tickets are not refundable, under any circumstances.  Airlines do not allow change of names.  No change of names or substitutions are permitted.  No change fee will be waived due to sickness.


Travel Insurance through Travel Guard International is available and recommended.  The premium is dependent on the age of the passenger and length of the trip.  Pre-existing conditions are covered if travel insurance is applied for within fifteen (15) days of initial deposit for trip.  Phone 1-800-549-9037 or apply online at www.travelguard.com.  ARC number is 006467 for Give Thanks and Remember.


Give Thanks and Remember acts as a Tour Operator and all trips are sold as a package.  The suppliers providing transportation, sightseeing arrangements and hotel accommodations are independent contractors and not employees of Give Thanks and Remember.  By utilizing the services of the suppliers, you agree that Give Thanks and Remember will not be liable for any accident, loss, injury or damage to you or to those traveling with you in connection with any accommodations, transportation or any other service resulting directly or indirectly from any occurrence or conditions beyond its control, including: acts of God, acts of war, defects in vehicles, breakdown in equipment, thefts, delay or cancellation/changes in itinerary for any act, omission, or event during the time you are on board the aircraft.  Neither Give Thanks and Remember, nor agents of the airlines concerned are to be held responsible for the late arrival of passengers at airports due to inclement weather, nor are they to be held liable for payment of any refund for unused hotel accommodations or meals occasioned by such late arrivals at the hotels holding confirmed reservations.


We cannot guarantee special facilities or assistance for disabled, special need or elderly passengers and it is the client’s responsibility to arrange for any such assistance that may be required.


The less the better. (If in doubt, leave it home).  Each tour participant is advised to bring one suitcase weighing no more than 50 pounds and one overnight bag weighing less than 20 lbs.   Porter services are for ONE bag only and any additional bags will be charged $2.00 every time it is carried by a porter. 


We strongly recommend that you carefully review the terms and conditions of all travel insurance policies.  Insurance premiums are non-refundable.  Any cancellation MUST BE RECEIVED IN WRITING BY THE PARTY CANCELING (a telephone call does not qualify as a medium of cancellation).  In addition to a $100 per person administration fee (applied to all cancellations regardless of the proximity to departure), the following charges apply.

These penalties are non-negotiable. 

  • More than 90 days prior to departure – $100 pp.
  • Between 60-90 days prior to departure: 25% of tour
  • Between 45-59 days prior to departure: 50% of tour
  • Between 31-44 days prior to departure: 75% of tour
  • Less than 30 days to departure: 100%


Air transportation is in economy class on IATA approved carriers. The selection of all air carriers and flight itineraries is the sole discretion of Give Thanks and Remember.  Ticketing will be completed no later than 14 days prior to departure.   Passengers wishing to make their own flight arrangements must get approval and pay the land arrangements in full on the same schedule as all other group participants.  Meeting  the group at the destination is the sole responsibility of any  passenger making their own travel arrangements.  The group will not wait an unreasonable time or make arrangements to meet those making their own travel arrangements.


Random seats are assigned for all group participants.  Once on the plane, group members can graciously change amongst themselves so that couples can sit together or special needs can be met.


All rooms are twin-bedded rooms.  In some countries double beds are possible.  No reductions are available for triple rooms.  A limited number of single rooms are available at an additional price listed for each tour.  Single rooms provide privacy but are often smaller and sometimes are poorly located, especially in older hotels.  Single supplements are subject to confirmation and availability


There is no refund for unused meals.  The type of meal offered is at the discretion of the restaurant preparing any given meal.  Special requests cannot be guaranteed.


Items of a personal nature such as telephone, laundry, room service, items from minibars, or additional hotel services.  Travel insurance, passport and/or visa fees.


A tip fund of $10.00 per day per person will be established for each group and covers drivers, guides, hotel and restaurant personnel and porters.  This should be included in your final payment. 

Registering and paying for any tour

constitutes agreement of these terms and conditions.