Dr. Tom McCollough is the Nelson and Mary McDowell Rodes Professor of Religion at Centre College in Danville, Kentucky. He is the director of the archaeological excavations at Khirbet Qana (Cana of Galilee).
Dr. McCollough has been involved in archaeological excavations in Israel for 35 years serving as the Associate Director of the excavations at the ancient city of Sepphoris before taking over the excavations at Cana.
In addition to his academic and archaeological work, Dr. McCollough has led study tours  to The Holy Land for more than 20 years, and so is well prepared to serve as your guide as well as your educator when you join his tour of the Holy Land.


God has accomplished remarkable things for humankind through the work and words of women. Mary the mother of Christ stands at the pinnacle of these instruments of God, but there were (and continue to be) many others who said ‘yes’ to the call of God and in doing so made God present in the world, in our lives.

This tour will use the women of the Bible as our guide to the holy land and our sense of God’s presence among us. While we will visit all those places in the Holy Land where God was working out God’s plan for humanity and those places where God walked upon earth, we will make a special effort to travel to those sites that bring us into contact with the lives of these blessed women.

Our travels will be enhanced by daily lectures, meditations, discussions, and specially arranged services in Jerusalem, Magdala, and Nazareth.


Tuesday May 23rd

 Depart from JFK airport / NYC to Amman.

Wednesday May 24th

Arrive Amman International airport.

Meet, assist and transfer to hotel.

Dinner & Overnight.

Thursday May 25th


Petra Sightseeing (including Lunch)

Dinner & Overnight in Petra.

Friday May 26th


Leave Petra early morning and drive north across Jordan / Israeli border to Nazareth.


Visit Basilica of Annunciation. (Mass)

Evening Presentation at Marie D’Nazareth

(Holy Hour)

Dinner & Overnight in Nazareth.

Saturday May 27th


Visit Sephoris, Home of Anna and Yoakim. (Lecture)

Primacy – Tabgha – Capernaum.

Lunch at the Sea of Galilee.

Boat-ride on Lake of Galilee. (Mass)

Magdala – Home of Mary Magdalene – Women Centre. (Briefing + Lecture)

Holy hour in “DUC IN ALTUM”.

Dinner & Overnight in Nazareth.

Sunday May 28th


Full day visits to Mt. Tabor and Cana.

Lunch at Stella Maris on Mt. Carmel / Haifa.

Afternoon visit to Ein Karem. (Mass)

Dinner & Overnight in Bethlehem.


Monday May 29th


Morning visit to Church of Nativity (Mass). Walk to Milk Grotto.

Lunch in a traditional tent after visit of the Shepherds Field

Afternoon visits  to Abu Ghosh. (Lecture – Meditation)

Dinner & Overnight in Bethlehem.

Tuesday May 30st


Morning visits to Mt. of Olives – Gethsemane and Mt. Zion.

Lunch in Notre Dame.

Afternoon drive to Sebastia and to Nablus to visit Jacob’s Well (the Samaritan woman).

Dinner and Overnight in Jerusalem.

(Evening Lecture + Reflections)

Wednesday May 31st


Visit to St. Anne’s Church, Church of Flagellation. Walk the Via Dolorosto the Holy Tomb. (Mass)

Lunch at Notre Dame.

Walk to Mt. Zion. Visit St. Peter’s Church in Galicantu, and Dormition Abbey.

Shroud Museum. (Reflections)

  Dinner and Overnight in Jerusalem.

Thursday June 1st

Early morning Devotional walk of the Via Dolorosa.



Visit to Bethany – Home of Mary and Martha. Continue via Jericho and  Mt. of Temptation to Jordan River. (Baptism Renewal)

Lunch and swimming time at Dead Sea.

Dinner and Overnight in Jerusalem.

(Holy Hour at Gethsemane)

Farewell. (Closing Session / Distribution of Pilgrims Certificates & Testimonies)

Friday June 2nd

Transfer to airport for departure back home.


 $3985.00 (Per person in Twin-bedded room).
 $4435.00 (Per person in Single-bedded room).
 $350.00 Additional Registration Fees – (To be waived if  deposit is made by Jan 31st 2017).

 – Round Trip Economy flight from JFK  airport.

 – Half Board accommodation (Bed, Breakfast and Dinner) in Twin Bedded-rooms at Quality Christian Pilgrims Guest Houses and / or Tourist Class Hotels.

 – Airport – Hotel – Airport Transfers in Israel and Jordan.

 – Visits to all major Churches and Holy Places with emphasis on sites related to the Women of the Bible.

 – English / Spanish speaking spiritual guides throughout the program.

 – Lunches daily.

 – Entrance Fees & Activities in Holy Land and Jordan.

– Boat-ride on Lake of Galilee.

– Visa Handling to Jordan.

– Border Taxes and Fees.

 – All transfers and transportation for sightseeing in   private air-conditioned motor-coach.

 – Porterage at Hotels.

 – Tips to Hotels, Restaurants, Guides and Drivers.

– Pilgrims’ Certificates.

– All Taxes and Service Charges.


 – Travel and Health Insurance.

 – Lunches on days of arrival and departure.

 – Items of personal nature (drinks, coffee and laundry and the like).

Payment / Cancellation:

 – A non refundable deposit of $1000.00 required upon registration.

  •  – Balance of payment to be paid no later than 90 days prior to departure.

 – Full payment will be non-refundable if cancellation takes place within 45 days prior to departure.



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