Heights School. Holy Land. Crescite Week Holy Land Tentative Itinerary
February 24-March 4, 2023

Please browse the Tentative itinerary for The Heights School Crescite Week-Holy Land Pilgrimage:


Departure: 24 FEB Dulles Airport (IAD)

6:05 PM Austrian Air Flight #94 via Vienna


  • A visit to the new Saxum Center in Jerusalem will be added to the itinerary.
  • MEALS- All meals included. Breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 1 in Israel FEB 25

Tel Aviv – Nazareth

  • Arrive in Tel Aviv 2:55 PM / Austrian Air 857 from Vienna
  • After Passport Control, be greeted by our guide and driver
  • Drive north along the Mediterranean Seacoast to Nazareth
  • Father will celebrate Holy Mass after we check into our hotel and then have dinner and rest

Day 2

Nazareth – Mt. Tabor – Cana – Nazareth

Today, Father will celebrate a special Holy Mass at Mt. Tabor where Jesus revealed His Glory in the Transfiguration

After breakfast

  • Walk across the street to the Church of the Annunciation to visit the Grotto where Mary ‘heard The Word’ and the upper parish church
  • After, visit 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 in the Greek Orthodox Church
  • Enjoy lunch in a local restaurant

In the afternoon

  • Drive to Mount Tabor
  • Transfer to taxis and go up to visit Antonio Barlucci’s magnificent church. Here where Jesus revealed His Glory in the Transfiguration
  • Holy Mass
  • Return to Nazareth, drive to the Wedding Church in Cana
  • Return to Nazareth for dinner and overnight
  • After dinner, experience praying the Rosary in the Grotto if possible
Sea of Galilee

Day 3


This morning, Father will celebrate Holy Mass in the Annunciation Basilica in Nazareth

After breakfast

  • Depart for the Sea of Galilee to visit Tabgha where Our Lord fed the 5,000 men with 2 loaves and 5 fishes
  • Continue to The Primacy where he asks Peter, “Do you love me?” and then to the Mount of Beatitudes. Mass-TBA
  • Stop to enjoy the Lunch of Saint Peter’s fish (there’s other choices if you don’t care for fish)

In the afternoon

  • Boat ride / meditation on the Sea of Galilee

In the evening

  • Transfer back to Nazareth, dinner and overnight in our hotel
Bethlehem Church of Nativity

Day 4


Today, Father will celebrate the Holy Mass in the Grotto of St. Joseph at the Basilica of the Nativity in Bethlehem

After breakfast

  • Drive to the Mediterranean Seacoast to visit Caesarea Maritime and visit of the ancient city, with the Roman theater and crusader’s fortress
  • Visit the city of Bethlehem, the oldest Christian church in the world, built over the place where Our Lord was born
  • Father will celebrate Mass at the Basilica of the Nativity-Grotto of St Joseph
  • Drive down to Shepherd’s Field
  • Lunch at the Franciscan Casa Nova


  • Time to shop in one of the Catholic stores before return to our hotel in Jerusalem.
  • Check in to our hotel in Jerusalem. Dinner and overnight

Day 5


Today, Father will celebrate Holy Mass in the desert of Wadi Kelt* subject to change

After breakfast

  • Drive South to the Judean Desert
  • Stop at the Jordan River, where Father will renew our Baptismal promises before continuing to the Holy City of Jerusalem
  • Enter Palestine, and visit the old city of Jericho.
  • See the Mount of Temptations and the excavations of the oldest city in the world
  • Stop at the Sycamore tree
  • Lunch
  • Transfer to the Dead Sea, and visit the excavation of Qumran, where the Dead sea scrolls where found
  • Enjoy floating (optional) the very lowest and saltiest waters of the world
  • Return to Hotel in Jerusalem
  • Dinner and overnight
Foot of Mount of Olives

Day 6


Today, Father will celebrate Holy Mass at the Basilica of Gethsemane/ Agony Main Altar

After breakfast

  • We’ll 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
  • Continue down to Dominus Flevit where He wept over the city
  • Down to the Garden of Gethsemane
  • Continue to St. Peter in Gallicantu where our Lord was held by the high priest when he was arrested

After Lunch

  • Drive around the Old City to Mt Zion to visit Dormition Abbey where “Mary Slept” and the Upper Room (Last Supper)
  • Depart to Ein Karem to visit the Birthplace of St. John the Baptist
  • Holy Mass Basilica of Gethsemane/ Agony Main Altar
  • Climb to the Church of the Visitation where Mary went to help her cousin Elizabeth
  • Return to hotel in Jerusalem. Rest.
  • Depart by bus for a Special Farewell Middle-East Feast Dinner
  • Return to hotel in Jerusalem for overnight

Day 7


Early this morning, Father will celebrate the Holy Mass at the Holy Sepulchre on Golgatha/ Calvary altar.

After breakfast

  • Father will celebrate Mass at the Holy Sepulchre
  • (Time TBA) Pray and walk the Via Dolorosa, (the actual Stations of the Cross) carrying a cross up through the Old City to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre
  • Stop on Calvary, and have an opportunity to enter the Tomb
  • Drive around the Old City to visit the Western Wall
  • Lunch
  • 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
  • Enjoy a free afternoon in the Old City, in the market or for another visit to the Holy Sepulchre
  • Back to hotel dinner and overnight
  • Special evening activity.
Holy Sepulchre church

Day 8


Early AM

  • Holy Mass early AM
  • Coffee and breakfast cake before departure to Tel Aviv for our flights home

Departure from Israel

  • March 4, Tel Aviv (TLV) 7:55 AM Lufthansa Flight #0695 via Frankfurt
    Arrive: March 4, 3:55 PM Lufthansa Flight #418, Dulles

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