2020 Bethlehem University Foundation Holy Land Pilgrimage, Register Today!
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Early registration ends January 10!

2020 Bethlehem University Foundation Holy Land Pilgrimage
April 20-25
With Optional Extension to Jordan April 25-28
Day 1: Sunday, April 19, 2020 , FLIGHTS UNDER OWN ARRANGEMENT, individually booked flights to Tel Aviv
A bus will be scheduled at 4 PM to pick up the entire group outside the security/baggage claim area at the Ben Gurion airport. We will then proceed to Jerusalem where we check in at the Ambassador Hotel. 
Day 3: Tuesday 4/21 JERUSALEM / BETHLEHEM / JERUSALEM Today will be spent in Bethlehem celebrating the dedication of the Halina and Stanislav Zbierski library. 
Lunch to follow the dedication. This afternoon, the Bethlehem Development Fund will provide a behind-the-scenes tour and update on the renovations of the Church of the Nativity. We visit Bethlehem University, tour campus and learn about the current building projects with a tour those sites. For those wanting to do so, we will have a break for shopping in Bethlehem at the Canavati shops. Then, we enjoy an evening dinner reception celebrating the dedication of the Zbierski Library. Overnight in Jerusalem.
A visit to Mt. Tabor, site of the Transfiguration, located on a hill that rises above the Jezreel Valley. We proceed to Wadi Kelt to see the cliff side hermitage of St. George’s Monastery. We conclude our day as we return to Jerusalem for dinner and overnight.

Day 5: Thursday 4/23 JERUSALEM Subject to confirmation , Mass at the Apostolic Delegation to Jerusalem celebrated by Archbishop Leopoldo Girelli, Apostolic Delegate to Jerusalem and Apostolic Nuncio to Israel. Archbishop Girelli is the Chancellor of Bethlehem University. From there, we prayerfully follow the Via Dolorosa (Stations of the Cross) through the old city to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, where we pray on top the Rock of Calvary and inside the Lord’s tomb. Then, we proceed to the rooftop of the Notre Dame Center where we will have a comfortable lunch overlooking the old city.
Next, subject to availability and confirmation , we visit the Patriarch’s private chapel, where we enjoy an audience with His Excellency Archbishop Pierbattista Pizzaballa (Apostolic Administrator of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem. Knights and Dames of the Order of the Holy Sepulchre are asked to vest for this meeting. We return to our hotel for dinner and overnight.
Day 6: Friday 4/24 JERUSALEM / HEBRON / QUMRAN / JERUSALEM This morning we visit the ancient city of Hebron, believed to be the archeological site where Abraham, Sarah, Jacob, Leah, Isaac and Rebecca lived. The cave believed to be their burial site, as well as that of Adam and Eve, is located here. We will stop in at the Hebron Heritage Museum to see and experience the city’s ancient history in 4D. And, there will be time in the bustling market and lunch on our own. We will also have an opportunity to interact with the local community in Hebron. Then, we proceed to the excavations of Qumran, the Essene community connected with John the Baptist which is the site of the caves where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found. Our day concludes as we return to Jerusalem. This evening, we enjoy a farewell dinner. Overnight in Jerusalem.

Day 7: Saturday, April 25, 2020 , FLIGHT OR JORDAN OPTION {for those traveling back to the United States} Individuals returning to the U.S. will transfer to Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion Airport for independently pre-booked flights returning home.

Jordan Extension (Optional...add $850*)

Day 7: Saturday, April 25, 2020, JERUSALEM / ALLENBY HUSSEIN BRIDGE / MT NEBO / MADABA / KARAK / DEAD SEA This morning we depart Jerusalem and cross over the Allenby Bridge into Jordan. We spend some time at Mount Nebo, the location where Moses saw the Promised Land. Moses spent his final days and was laid to rest here. Then, we visit the sanctuary at Nebo. This is one of the most revered holy sites of Jordan. We make our way to the Roman Byzantine town of Madaba (biblical Medeba), the city of fruit and water. We visit the Greek Orthodox St. George Church to view the mosaic map of Jordan, Jerusalem and Egypt. En route to our hotel we stop at Karak, location of the old 12th-century crusaders fortress which is labeled one of the most legendary for its role in Nabataean history. We check in at our hotel on the eastern side of the Dead Sea for dinner and overnight.

Day 8: Sunday 4/26, DEAD SEA (DAY OF REST) Enjoy some down time to relax as the entire day is yours to enjoy at the resort. This evening, dinner is on your own. 

Day 9: Monday 4/27, DEAD SEA / PETRA / DEAD SEA We take a day trip to Petra, the Nabatean city. From the El Ji Post, we pass through the Siq (natural gorge) to visit the treasury, theater, Royal Tombs of the Urn/Silk, Corinthian and the Palace, and other amazing sites as we travel on foot back through the siq. Those who wish to skip this part of the journey are free to sit back and enjoy the scenery until the others return. Return to our hotel for dinner and overnight. 

Day 10: Tuesday, April 28, 2020, FLIGHTS UNDER OWN ARRANGEMENT An airport transfer will take us from the Dead Sea to Amman International Airport for independently pre-booked flights returning home.
Early registration price per person $1,800 if deposit is paid by 1-10-2020
Base price $1,900 after 1-10-2020

Travel Arrangements and registration contact : www.pentecostours.com
Tour : 00419

For more information contact John Schlageter at 240.241.4381 or jls@bufusa.org
About Bethlehem University Foundation:
The Bethlehem University Foundation is the U.S. registered not-for-profit organization entrusted with the sole mission of supporting and promoting Bethlehem University. The Foundation is a means for United States citizens to make a tax deductible donation in support of Bethlehem University.

About Bethlehem University:
Jointly founded by the Vatican and the De La Salle Christian Brothers, Bethlehem University annually enrolls more than 3,200 students in bachelor, master, and professional diploma programs. A Catholic co-educational institution, the University is the only Catholic/Christian university in the Holy Land. The University's mission is to provide quality higher education to the people of the Holy Land and to serve them in its role as a center for the advancement, sharing, and use of knowledge.

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