Travel Tips

Jericho: The School of Grace

2019-06-07T05:59:49-05:00 June 6th, 2019|Categories: Blog, News|Tags: , , , , , , |

by Claire Burkel A view across 10,000 years of history: Between the two arteries leading out of the city stands the Tell es Sultan. The first traces of the inhabitants of the site go back to the ninth millennium before Christ. Up to 17 different periods of occupation have been identified. Photo © Nadim [...]

Bethsaida – Lost City of the Apostles

2019-05-30T14:26:35-05:00 May 23rd, 2019|Categories: Blog, News|Tags: , , , , , , |

by Beatrice Guarrera Have archaeologists finally found this mysterious location? Excavations are underway at a new location. In the Master Bath: During the excavations of 2017 on the site of el-Araj, in what had to be the Roman baths. © Zachary Wong The excavations continue at et- Tell, the site originally [...]

The Mosaics of the Basilica of the Nativity

2019-04-25T08:40:12-05:00 April 10th, 2019|Categories: Blog, News|Tags: , , , , , , |

By Frederic Manns, OFM The Theology of the Mosaics in the Church of the Nativity In the recent restoration of the Basilica of the Nativity in Bethlehem, about a tenth of the original mosaics which graced its walls have been restored, giving a new look at the glorious past of this holy [...]

St. Helena, the Legend of the True Cross, and the Holy Sepulcher

2019-02-21T19:00:39-05:00 February 21st, 2019|Categories: Blog, News|Tags: , , , , , , |

Discovery of the True Cross by Agnolo Gaddi St. Helena, the Legend of the True Cross, and the Holy Sepulcher This is a legend unlike any other. It all started with a young servant girl named Flavia Julia Helena. Born in 248 C.E. in Bithynia, a province of the [...]

10 Ways to Handle Anxiety While Traveling Abroad

2019-02-21T09:51:50-05:00 January 4th, 2019|Categories: Blog, News|Tags: , , , , , , , |

By Alyssa Ramos of If you said you felt a little anxious about traveling to the Middle East or traveling in general, you wouldn't be alone! Being in a foreign place where you don't know the culture or the language is intimidating for most and can lead to some anxiety, especially for [...]

Pilgrimage Highlight: Chartres Cathedral – The Greatest Example of French Gothic Architecture

2019-01-04T07:23:39-05:00 December 20th, 2018|Categories: Blog, News|Tags: , , , , , , |

From One of the stops on our special summer pilgrimage through France, the Chartres Cathedral is one of the finest examples of French Gothic architecture and said by some to be the most beautiful cathedral in France. Chartres Cathedral Located 80 kilometers southwest of Paris, the cathedral is a milestone in [...]

The Top 5 Things That Make Franciscan Holy Land Pilgrimages Unique

2018-11-30T10:46:09-05:00 November 27th, 2018|Categories: Blog, News|Tags: , , , , , , |

There are many companies and organizations planning trips to the Holy Land, which is why we often get asked, “What makes you different? What is the advantage of taking a Franciscan Holy Land Pilgrimage?  What do you offer that I might not get if I traveled with another group?” Good question! And, because we hear [...]

A Helpful Travel Planning Form for Your Holy Land Pilgrimage

2018-11-21T16:14:29-05:00 November 21st, 2018|Categories: Blog, News|Tags: , , , , , , |

Alyssa Ramos of makes a living traveling the world and sharing her expert tips with amateur travelers. Her expertise below can help you stay organized when taking a Franciscan Holy Land Pilgrimage. It has taken me [Alyssa Ramos] a while to actually create this Travel Planning Form for important trip details, because I [...]

7 Ordinary Items to Pack for Your Holy Land Pilgrimage

2018-03-31T09:50:49-05:00 March 7th, 2018|Categories: Blog, News|Tags: , , , |

Does your pilgrimage packing list have these 7 helpful items? Regardless of how organized you are or how many lists you make, packing for a 10-day trip in a foreign country can be daunting. The Holy Land Franciscans’ 800 years of experience certainly enhance each Franciscan Holy Land Pilgrimage regardless of what ends up [...]