Holy Land Pilgrimage

Journey through the land of the Bible.

Plumb the depths of the faith as you discover the geographical origins of Christianity and experience our shared Biblical history in an entirely new light. Explore ancient Old Testament sites, walking in the footsteps of Israel’s patriarchs, matriarchs, kings and prophets. Visit New Testament locations and come to know the land where Jesus' birth, ministry, death and resurrection took place.

Gain a transformative understanding of the Christian faith.

Sea of GalileeThis 13-day journey is designed to provide a unique intellectual and spiritual experience, nourishing the mind, heart and spirit. Sites visited will be considered from biblical, theological, historical and archaeological perspectives, enabling a deep understanding of the Jewish roots of the Christian faith and the evolving ancient culture that shaped the lives of the great men and women of the Bible. Personal and group reflection on the religious significance of the land and the world-changing events that occurred there, and time for prayer and celebration of the liturgy will also be part of our daily itinerary. 

Site visits include...

Caesarea Maritima, Carmel, Nazareth, Golan Heights, Dan, Meggido, Magdala, Capernaum, Sea of Galilee, Cana, Mt. Tabor, Jordan Valley, Qumran, Jericho, Jerusalem (Temple Mount, Tomb of King David, Kidron Valley, Gethsemane, Mt. of Olives, Israel Museum), Dead Sea, Masada, Eliat, Timna and Beersheba. 

Find out more about the full itinerary >

Meet your tour guides.

Experience firsthand the transformative grace of visiting the Holy Land in an educational tour alongside Neuhoff School of Ministry instructor Fr. Rafael Ramirez, SSD and archaeologist Maura Sala, Ph.D. Moshe Malka will also join the team as a tour guide.

Fr. Ramirez

Fr. Rafael Ramirez, SSD 

Moshe Malka

Moshe Malka

Maura Sala

Maura Sala, Ph.D. 


About the guides:

Fr. Rafael Ramirez, SSD 

Affiliate Assistant Professor of Theology, Neuhoff School of Ministry

Fr. Ramirez earned a licentiate and doctorate in biblical sciences from the Pontifical Biblical Institute in Rome. He holds baccalaureates in philosophy from the Pontifical Gregorian University and in theology from Pontifical Athaeneum Regina Apostolorum. His field of expertise is the Old Testament. He has taught biblical theology in Rome, San Antonio, Texas and Baltimore, Maryland. Fr. Ramirez has been leading tours to the Holy Land for almost 20 years.

Maura Sala, Ph.D.

Visiting Professor at the Theological Faculty of Northern Italy (Milan) and Chercheur associé at the École biblique et archéologique française (EBAF) of Jerusalem for the study of archaeological materials stored in the EBAF Museum

Maura Sala has a doctorate in archaeology from the Università la Sapienza in Rome. She also held a post-doctoral fellowship in the field of Mediterranean and Near Eastern Archeology at the Italian Institute of Human Sciences (SUM) in Florence. Maura has been the field director of the Archaeological Expedition to Tell es-Sultan/ ancient Jericho and has extensively published on the archaeology of the Levant (Syria-Palestina). Since 2010, she has organized study journeys and trips to Israel, Palestine and Jordan for students and professors of various universities including Sapienza University of Rome, Faculty of Theology of Lugano and Pontifical Urban University (Vatican).

Moshe Malka

Tour guide

Moshe Malka has more than 22 years of experience in tourism, organizing and leading tours throughout Israel. He is licensed with the Ministry of Tourism and is the co-owner and CEO of “Gates to Israel,” a tour company providing full VIP tailor-made services to both English and Spanish-speaking tourists.

Since 1992, Moshe has been an active tour guide. He has experience working with diverse audiences. He has guided individuals and families on private tours as well as full size groups, Jews and non-Jews, congresses as well as pilgrims, leisure tours, incentives, small groups and big groups.

Specializing in leading Christian tours and Biblical trips to Israel for different denominations, Moshe has a deep knowledge of Christianity and Judaism, especially the Jewish roots of Christianity. As such, he also travels to the U.S. to promote tourism to Israel, give lectures and presentations and answer questions about Israel.

Moshe grew up in religious schools, supportive in both teaching and practice. His deep knowledge of Judaism is both theological and practical. This background, together with his deep understanding of Christianity, allows him to provide a rich and meaningful experience for his tourists. 

Register now. 

Dates: May 19-31, 2017
Travel Arrangements & Cost: $4,500 per person includes... 

  • International airfare from DFW airport (participants are responsible for getting to DFW airport)
  • Assistance at Ben Gurion Airport and guide-escorted transfers on arrival and departure
  • Four-star hotel accommodation (price based on double occupancy rooms)
  • Full Israeli buffet breakfast and dinners at hotels (lunch on your own).
  • Deluxe motor-coach transportation and tours with professional, government-licensed guides 
  • All tour-itinerary associated entrance fees and tips for drivers, guides, hotel and restaurant staff
  • Educational and spiritual presentations throughout the week
  • Pilgrim certificates

Registration Process: 

  1. Complete and submit the Online Registration Form, Online Health Form, and the Online Release Form.
  2. Download and complete the Travel FormMail your Travel Form and the $500 Deposit check to Explore Your Faith: 400 E Royal Lane, Suite 290, Irving, TX, Att: Explore Your Faith. Make all checks payable to Explore Your Faith. 
  3. Download the Travel Tips to read our most frequent asked questions. 

Personal academic expenses, travel/ medical insurance and drinks during meals are NOT INLCLUDED. 
$500 non-refundable deposit due Feb. 1, 2017. All fees are non-refundable after March 1, 2017. 

Questions? Contact us:
Fr. Ramirez at 972-721 4061; frramirez@udallas.edu

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