Pilgrimage to the Holy Land Jan '13--on Waitlist

Our annual pilgrimage to the Holy Land, January 7-20, 2013, is at capacity and we are on a waitlist basis now. Contact Bonnie Lane 952-474-0903, goldeneagletraveltours@msn.com to see if there have been any cancellations. 

To reserve your spot, download the registration form and send it with a deposit of $300 per person along with a copy of your passport facepage to the address on the form. (Please note that the published fare price includes air taxes, surcharges and fees, whereas on previous tours these fees were not included in the fare price.)

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Pilgrimage Highlights:Pilgrims viewing the model of 1st century Jerusalem

  • Daily mass at holy sites like Church of the Holy Sepulchre, St. Peter's in Capernaum & Annunciation in Nazareth!
  • Praying a decade of the rosary on locations where the mysteries happened!
  • Individual audio transmitters so you can hear it all!
  • On site teaching by Jeff Cavins on topics like the Papacy, the Mystery of Suffering, and Discipleship
  • At least one priest per motor coach
  • Supporting Christians shops in Bethlehem
  • Free study manual and pilgrims guide to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre
  • Our pilgrimages are inspirational and educational as well as opportunities for spiritual growth, making new friends and just having fun!

Staff to accompany the pilgrimage:

Jeff & Emily CavinsYour hosts, Jeff and Emily Cavins, who have led dozens of pilgrimages together, are eager to show you the wonders of the Holy Land. Jeff will be the main bible teacher at key locations and Emily will add her archeological insights at several sites. Emily has written a "Pilgrim's Guide to the Holy Sepulchre and Golgotha in Jerusalem" which will be shared with those who accompany the pilgrimage. Students of Jeff's Great Adventure Bible Studies have found these pilgrimages deeply enriched their understanding of the bible. 

Fr. Michael Schmitz

Our Spiritual Director:

Fr. Mike Schmitz from the Diocese of Duluth, MN will be the spiritual director for this pilgrimage. Fr. Mike has served on several pilgrimages and brings his enthusiasm for the Catholic faith through his inspirational homilies and his love for people. 

Jackie Francios

Our Cantor:

Jackie is a singer, songwriter, guitarist, speaker, and youth minister from Placentia, CA. For 22 years Jackie attended St. Joseph Catholic Church in Placentia. Through retreats, youth conferences, and World Youth Day 2000 in Rome, Jackie experienced Jesus in a deeper way.

In 2006, she served as the youth minister at Our Lady of the Assumption Catholic Church in Ventura, CA. In 2007, Jackie moved back to Placentia to begin full time music ministry, serving the wider Catholic Church.

Jackie is currently a host for spiritandsong.com's webcast, "The Commons," and for spiritandsong.com's Perfect Playlist Podcasts. Her debut album,Your Kingdom Is Glorious, was released through spiritandsong.com in 2008.


Mark & Sarah ChristmyerSarah Christmyer, co-author of the Great Adventure Bible Studies and her husband Mark will join us with several members of their local parish, St. Norbert's, in Paoli, PA. Mark will serve as the site logistics coordinator and Internet communcations coordinator.

Fr. Michael LeeFather Michael Lee, O.Praem., is a member of the Norbertine community at the Daylesford Priory located in Paoli, PA.  Fr. Lee has been a high school educator, principal and President of Bishop John Neumann High School in Philadelphia and, for the last 20 years, a parish priest serving the Archdiocese of Philadelphia first in Center City Philadelphia as pastor at St. Gabriel Parish (where he was born and raised) and currently pastor at St. Norbert Parish in Paoli.  Fr. Mike is a world traveler having visited many countries and religious sites around the world including Europe, Machu Picchu, Egypt and Mt. Sinai, Tibet and China but never Israel and the Holy Lands which he is looking forward to experiencing.

Here is what some of our recent pilgrims have said about our pilgrimages! 

Please accept our thanks for the most wonderful experience of our lives. The entire Pilgrimage was wonderful. It was so well organized and everything was run so smoothly. The accommodations were excellent, the food tasty and not weight gaining (love the salads), the bus driver (Badar) and bus were outstanding and our guide, Ronnie Winter, was exceptional. He is not only extremely knowledgeable but a very nice and engaging person. Jeff, your teaching and Bible knowledge were inspiring and given us a hunger to really study and learn the Bible. Rest assured, we will be enthusiastic ambassadors for this Pilgrimage with all our friends and family. We will follow your journey on your web site and ALWAYS keep you and your family in our prayers. ~~Pat and Tom D

Thank you so much for all you did to make our pilgrimage the most memorable travel experience we have ever had, and certainly the most spiritual and holy and fulfilling! We will never be the same! ~~  Bill & Sue M

Thank you for a most wonderful, spiritual experience these past 2 weeks. The pilgrimage surpassed any expectations I had. Your teachings, Jeff, were so meaningful at each site. You are able to pull together all the history, the spirituality, the geography of the area, the archeological aspects, etc. so well to make the whole story make sense. You have challenged us to grow spiritually not only with questions to ask ourselves, but ways to ponder those question in our lives, and the wonderful "weapons" we have to tackle them, grow from them, and make necessary changes in our lives so that we may be better disciples of the Lord and spread the Good News to others. Certainly my times in adoration, and daily prayer will be enriched because of this Holy Land experience. ~~ Barb K

Please feel free to contact us at Cavins Tours phone number --763-420-1074.