Pilgrims in the Holy Land
For Jeff Cavins, an American Catholic, author, and biblical scholar “A pilgrimage is not a tour, it is not a vacation, it’s an opportunity to walk with someone, and that someone is Jesus, and when you walk with Jesus, your life will be transformed.”
For more than 20 years, Amiel has had the privilege of working with Jeff & Emily Cavins, public figures and hosts of pilgrimages to the Holy Land. In these special journeys, our goal is to create and deliver an authentic pilgrimage experience as if it took place somewhat 2,000 years ago here in the Holy Land, following the steps of Jesus, Mary, and the disciples.
Our most recent pilgrimage featured here took place in January 2023.
Upon arrival to the Holy Land, 250 pilgrims joined for group mass followed by a lovely welcome dinner. There was great excitement in the room, as for most this was a first visit to the Holy Land and they were about to embark on a life changing experience.
In 13 days, the group was shepherded by the amazing and well-educated tour guide Mr. Roni Winter from Amiel, following the footsteps of Jesus, traveling north from Caesarea Maritima to Mt. Carmel and then to the Galilee visiting Megiddo and Magdala. We visited Mt. Precipice, Nazareth, Mt. of Beatitudes, Caesarea Philippi, Tel Dan and the Dead Sea and then dedicated the second week to Jerusalem and its surroundings.
Throughout the pilgrimage, the stories of the bible came to life, walking where Jesus walked, taught and performed miracles. The group joined in mass and teachings at inspiring locations and connected with the passion of Christ in a series of events including the renewal of vows in Cana, an unforgettable biblical life experience in Kfar Kedem where we made olive oil and feed goats dressed in costume, a ride on an ancient boat replica on the Sea of Galilee and more.
Although most pilgrimages visit the same sights, no pilgrimage is like the other. Each journey is created to fit character and needs of the specific group, making it special, unique and unforgettable.
With a 250-people group, logistics can be challenging. To deliver an unforgettable experience, we traveled in three well equipped tour buses which took our pilgrims from one location to another. We coordinated site visits to avoid large crowds, allowing our pilgrims enjoy a complete experience. We selected special locations for teaching and prayer, and carefully planned logistics to deliver a smooth and hassle-free experience.
Accommodations were selected to enhance the experience and to give our pilgrims a home away from home feeling. To this end, we stayed in two wonderful hotels, one in the north, the other in Jerusalem and made them our base.
Much attention was also given to meals, with traditional local food served in many places.