2019 Father Jack Peterson Pilgrimage to Israel 13-23 May

MON 13 MAY    Depart from USA from Washington Dulles airport at 6:05 pm on Lufthansa Airlines.  Dinner and movie on board.

TUE 14 MAY  Arrive in Frankfurt, Germany at 10:20 am and transfer to our flight toTel Aviv, arriving at 3:20 pm. After Passport Control, be greeted by our guide and driver.  Drive north along the Mediterranean Seacoast to Sea of Galilee hotel.   Check in, dinner and overnight.

WED 15 MAY    After breakfast, we take a boat across the Sea of Galilee, recalling when Jesus calmed the storm and called Peter to walk on water to Him.  Visit 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.   Continue to The Primacy where Jesus confirmed St. Peter’s mandate after His resurrection and  where Father will celebrate Mass, and then to Tabgha where he fed the 5000 and Enjoy an included St. Peter’s Fish lunch.

Drive to Mount Tabor, site of the Transfiguration and have time for personal prayer before returning to the hotel  for dinner and overnight.

THR 16 MAY   After breakfast, depart for Nazareth to visit the Church of the Annunciation to see where The Word Became Flesh then visit the upper parish church and then the museum built over the village of Nazareth and 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 before walking to Mary’s Well where the Angel Gabriel came to Mary. 

After included lunch, depart for Cana where Father will renew wedding vows of couples in the area where Jesus performed his first miracle changing water into wine.

Return the Sea of Galilee and stop at  Magdala to visit the newly revealed first century synagogue.  Father will celebrate Mass in the new chapel overlooking the Sea of Galilee.    Return to hotel  for dinner and overnight.

FRI 17 MAY    After breakfast, depart hotel driving South through Samaria, stopping at Jacob’s Well. Visit the well in the Greek Orthodox church.

Continue to Bethlehem to enjoy an included lunch before visiting the oldest Christian church in the world, built over the place where Our Lord was born.  Father celebrate Mass in Shepherd’s Field.  Have time to shop before checking into our hotel in Jerusalem

SAT 18 MAY    After a breakfast, drive up on the Mt of Olives and walk down from the place of the Ascension to the Carmelite Convent where we celebrate Pater Noster, the prayer Our Lord taught us.  Continue to  Dominus Flevit where He wept over the city, and down to Gethsemane.

After lunch, 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 ElizabethFather will celebrate Mass.

Return to the hotel  for dinner and overnight.

SUN 19 MAY       Aftr breakfast, drive around the Old City to Mt .Zion.   Father will celebrate Mass at the Cenacle and then visit the Upper Room before going  to St. Peter in Gallicantu where our Lord was held by the high priest when he was arrested.

Visit the Israeli Museum 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.  This 1/50th scale model of the city helps you understand how the walls have changed.

Return to the hotel for dinner and overnight.

MON 20 MAY      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, 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.

Return to the hotel for dinner and overnight.

TUE 21 MAY     After breakfast, depart for Jericho where Father will celebrate Mass.  See the Mount of Temptations where Jesus was tempted, before Father celebrates Mass.   Visit the Jordan Baptismal site to renew our baptismal promises.  Continue along the shores of the Dead Sea to Qumran.  Visit the excavations of the Essene’s community and see the caves where the Dead Sea scrolls were found in 1947.  Afterwards, we’ll take a break by the sea and have the opportunity to ‘float’ in the mineral-laden waters of the Dead Sea.  Continue driving up from this lowest place on earth back to have our Farewell Banquet in a Beduoin Tent.  Overnight in Jerusalem.

WED 22 MAY      Father Peterson will celebrate Mass In the Tomb of Our Lord before breakfast and then you’ll have a FREE DAY to enjoy Jerusalem on your own (with lot of suggestions).  Dinner and overnight at the hotel/religious house.

THR 23  MAY      Depart for home with many memories to Give Thanks and Remember.

PRICE:    $3,380.00**


  • 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 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
  • All entrance fees as shown on the itinerary
  • Daily Mass and spiritual direction
  • All service charges
  • All tips for hotels, dining rooms, porters, drivers and guides.


  • Expenses of a personal nature
  • Meals not mentioned.  Drinks with dinner.
  • Single Supplement of $520.00 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 not a large group pilgrimage.


Send deposit of $500.00 to

Give Thanks and Remember LLC

1484 Morris Pond Drive, Ste B2

Locust Grove, VA 22508