St. James Armenian Church 6th Pilgrimage to The Holy Land 2020 with Rev. Fr. Arakel Aljalian

12 days
The Holy Land
Starting from $3400* Taxes & Fees Apply

Discover the heart of the World Jerusalem with Rev. Fr. Arakel Aljalian and St. James Armenian Church in 2020! From August 20th through September 1st experience places such as the Nativity Church in Bethlehem, the Western Wall in the Old City of Jerusalem, and the Dead Sea. Pricing for this 12 day tour starts at $3,400 including flights from Boston.

*Pricing reflects a 4% cash discount

What’s Included

  • All Inclusive Pricing
  • Breakfast and Dinner Daily
  • Deluxe A/C Motor Coaches
  • Entrance and Program Fees
  • First Class Hotels
  • Fuel Surcharges and Gov't Taxes
  • Gratuities
  • Guided Tours
  • Learning Opportunities
  • Live Audio Headsets

Daily Itinerary

Day 1 August 20, Thursday: USA / Tel Aviv

Your spiritual pilgrimage begins as you depart on your overnight flight to Tel Aviv. Meals and refreshments will be served aloft. 

Day 2 August 21, Friday: Arrive Tel Aviv Airport / Jerusalem

After arrival in Tel Aviv, you will be met by Educational Opportunities representative who will be with you during your stay in the Holy Land. Transfer to your hotel in Jerusalem.

Day 3 August 22, Saturday: Bethany and Jerusalem

Visit Bethany, where our Lord would come to recuperate in the home of His loving friends, Mary, Martha and Lazarus. Visit the Tomb of Lazarus, the site of one of the Christ miracles. This morning, drive to the top of the Mt. of Olives for a spectacular view of Jerusalem. Visit the Church of Pater Noster (commemorating the Lord’s Prayer, "Our Father"), the Chapel of Ascension (commemorating the Ascension of Jesus into Heaven), and the Russian Ascension Church where you will see Armenian Mosaics from Byzantine period. Proceed to the Chapel of Dominus Flevit, where Jesus wept over Jerusalem and foretold its complete destruction. On to the Garden of Gethsemane and the Church of All Nations, which commemorates the Agony in the Garden. Visit the Church of the Virgin Mary, and the Tomb of Our Lady where the Virgin Mary is believed to have laid before her Assumption. Drive to visit the Armenian Convent of Polyeucte and peek at the Mosaic of Birds. This brilliantly colored and delicate mosaic floor is thought to be one of the first monuments to the Unknown Soldier; beneath it is a grave containing the bones of Armenian warriors.

Day 4 August 23, Sunday: Sunday Service and the Audience with the Archbishop

Attend Divine Liturgy at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher and the audience with His Beatitude Archbishop Nourhan Manougian. In the afternoon visit the Armenian Quarter in Jerusalem.

Day 5 August 24, Monday: Jerusalem

Enter into the Old City through St. Stephen's Gate. View the Pool of Bethesda where Jesus cured the paralytic who had been ill for thirty-eight years and visit the Church of St. Anne. Follow the Via Dolorosa (Way of the Cross) to visit Lithostrotos, Flagellation and Ecce Homo. Proceed through the exotic Arab bazaar and winding cobble stoned streets to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, that is the most venerated shrine in Christendom, and the center of Christian worship in Jerusalem. See the stone of Unction, Golgotha, the Armenian Gallery (Vernadoon), the domed twelfth century Armenian Chapel of Helena, which is one of the most attractive places in the church, its rock walls covered with crosses scratched by medieval pilgrims. From here thirteen narrow steps lead down into the Crypt of the Finding of the Cross itself. Finally, pay special homage to Calvary and the Tomb of Our Lord Jesus. Visit one of the archaeological sites in the Old City. 

Day 6 August 25, Tuesday: Bethlehem

Travel to Bethlehem. Above the traditional Grotto of Jesus' birth, visit the Nativity Church. Tour the Manger. Behold the fourteen-pointed star that bears the inscription: "Here Jesus Christ was born to the Virgin Mary". Of the fifteen lamps burning around the recess, five belong to the Armenians. See the two altars that belong to the Armenians, one is dedicated to the Blessed Virgin and the other is known as the Alter of the Kings. Visit the Armenian Monastery, most of which dates from the Byzantine and Crusader periods. Once a major center for the Armenian hermits, later full of seventeenth century scribes copying and illustrating Bibles. The roof of the monastery offers a unique panoramic view of Bethlehem and its terraced environs. The water of the well facing the arched entrance is believed by pilgrims to have curative properties.

Day 7 August 26, Wednesday: Galilee Sightseeing

Today will be spent visiting the sights around the Sea of Galilee.  We will begin the day by visiting the Church of the Beatitudes, the traditional site of Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount. Enjoy time for meditation and prayer in the tranquil site with its breathtaking view of the Sea of Galilee. Walk down the hill to Tabgha, the traditional place of the Multiplication of the Loaves and Fishes.  Visit Capernaum, the center of Jesus ministry in Galilee for three years. Visit the excavations and the remains of the Ancient Synagogue where Jesus preached and see the House of Peters mother-in-law. Take a most memorable boat ride across the Sea of Galilee. Visit the Jordan Baptismal site where you can remember your Baptism. This afternoon drive to Cana of Galilee, where Our Lord performed the first miracle - changing water into wine at the wedding feast and then continue to Mount Tabor to see the site of the Transfiguration of Jesus.  Return to Jerusalem.

Day 8 August 27, Thursday: Free Day in Jerusalem

Have a free day in Jerusalem.

Day 9 August 28, Friday: Dead Sea, Jericho, Masada

Depart Jerusalem for the Jordan Valley. Continue through the Judean Wilderness to view the Dead Sea, on to ancient Jericho, the oldest known city in the Western world. From the top of the ancient "tel", you’ll have an excellent view of Elisha's Fountain, the Qarantal, and the Mount of Temptation. Drive along the shores of the Dead Sea to reach to the Archeological excavations of Qumran, where the Dead Sea scrolls were found by a wondering shepherd. Visit Masada, Herod’s mountaintop fortress that became the last stronghold of the Jewish Rebellion against the Romans. Ride the cable car to the top to explore. Peer down upon the remains of the Roman camps and siege ramp below. Time permitting; you’ll stop briefly at the Shores of the Dead Sea for a quick dip in the salt and mineral-laden waters.

Day 10 August 29, Saturday: Armenian Patriarchate and the Vigil Service.

Visit the Armenian Patriarchate and tour the Armenian Monastery Complex. Attend evening Vigil service at Gethsemane. 

Day 11 August 30, Sunday: The Feast of the Assumption of the Holy Mother

Attend the Divine Liturgy at Gethsemane celebrating the Assumption of the Holy Mother of God at the Tomb of St. Mary.

Day 12 August 31, Monday: Free Day

Have a free day in Jerusalem. 

Day 13 September 1, Tuesday: Return home

Depart to the U.S.A on your flight with the same day arrival.

Departure Dates

  1. Thursday, August 20, 2020
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*Prices reflect a 4% cash discount