Lebanon: Ancient Monasteries and Modern Saints 2023

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      27 reviews
      Sep 16 - 24, 2023
      Group size: 10 - 18
      Lebanon: Ancient Monasteries and Modern Saints 2023
      Lebanon

      27 reviews

      Sep 16 - 24, 2023
      Group size: 10 - 18

      About this trip

      Lebanon is a small, beautiful country of seacoasts, hills, mountains and rivers and majestic cypress trees which has a history stretching back thousands of years, to the Phoenicians and the invention of writing itself in Byblos. 

      View the Pilgrimage Overview on our Inside the Vatican pilgrimage website.


      Tucked in between Syria and Israel, the country is a crossroads between Asia and Europe, between the Christian, Muslim and Jewish worlds. Christians have been here since the very beginning, and the Maronite Catholics are a treasure in the global Catholic community. 

      Many have reflected on the unique situation and mission of the country as a special place of dialogue and living together which deserves to be supported and protected. 

       

      Our trip is not only a pilgrimage to holy places and shrines, but also a time for us to go within, toward one place only — toward the heart of God, to that place where we find our own personal unity with Him. 


      Our itinerary is a living itinerary. Each day could present unexpected encounters. Our prayer and hope is that we allow the Holy Spirit to be our guide. 


      Come with us to Lebanon to encounter this ancient land where Jesus walked and to meet modern day saints!

      Why Choose ITV Pilgrimages?

      With 30 years of publishing Inside the Vatican magazine, we have colleagues and friends all over the world — and many of them have become part of our Pilgrimage family. 


      Designing an Inside the Vatican pilgrimage begins with a theme or a particular country; then we weave in encounters with real people who live and work there, as well as those with expert knowledge in its historical and spiritual perspectives. Our itineraries include both world-renowned and little-known places, and every detail has been arranged to create a truly unique experience; we do not have cookie-cutter pilgrimages! 


      Whether you choose one of our intimate-sized Signature Pilgrimages,  or a Classic Pilgrimage with budget-friendly pricing, we work hard to ensure that every pilgrimage is a moving experience, an authentic spiritual journey for each pilgrim 

      What is a Signature Pilgrimage?

      Our aim on these Signature pilgrimages is to have your journey with us be a peaceful, enjoyable, unforgettable experience, one that enriches your life and deepens your faith. Although we will visit many very famous places of cultural and artistic significance, our journey is primarily a pilgrimage, not a tour. The spiritual dimension – the search for a deeper understanding of God and a better appreciation of the history and life of the Church – is central. This is why the pace of our pilgrimage will be slow and peaceful, not hurried. There will be time to reflect and to pray.


      Lebanon: Ancient Monasteries and Modern Saints is one of our Signature line pilgrimages which aims to create “boutique” pilgrimage experiences through small, private groups averaging 15 pilgrims, but never more than 20.

      Terms and Conditions

      Inside the Vatican Pilgrimages, Inside the Vatican, Inc., its employees, shareholders, officers and directors are collectively referred to herein as “ITVP.” 


      Household: ITVP defines household as those participants who dwell under the same roof and have the same address for at least 6 months per year. 


      Rates and Payments: Rates are based on applicable rates as of March 2023 and could change due to fluctuations in currency exchange rates or failure to have a minimum number of 10 pilgrims. If they change, we will invoice participants accordingly. Payment of the initial deposit for this trip indicates you have accepted these pricing terms and all terms specified in the Terms and Conditions.


      Land Package: $4,500.00 per participant. Does not include airfare.

      1st Payment: $500.00 non-refundable deposit – Due at time of booking.

      2nd Payment: Balance due Monday, July 17, 2023, 60 days before departure.

      Single Supplement fee: $600.00 for single occupancy room, if applicable. Due with 2nd payment.

      Early Booking Discount: $250.00 discount – register by Thursday, June 1, 2023. 

      Additional Discounts: If any discount/s have been credited to your total cost, they will be applied to the final payment. 

      Credit Card Fees: Applicable Credit Card fees are to be paid by the participant. These fees will be added to your invoice. 


      Reservations and Payment Schedule: A $500.00 per participant, non-refundable Evergreen deposit is due at the time of booking. Balance is due 60 days prior to departure. If your reservation is received less than 60 days prior to departure, then full payment is due at the time of booking. Receipt of your non-refundable deposit shall act as your agreement to and understanding of these terms and conditions. Fax, internet, e-mail or phone reservations are welcome. The non-refundable deposit and/or payment in full must be received within 7 days of booking or reservation will cancel. 


      Disputes: A contract is made when your reservation and payment are accepted by ITVP and any dispute shall be governed by Virginia law and must be litigated in Warren County, Virginia circuit or Virginia courts. In the event that an attorney is hired to enforce any part of these Terms and Conditions, participants are liable for all attorney fees and costs incurred by ITVP for enforcing or defending these Terms and Conditions. 


      Deposit: The non-refundable $500.00 deposit due at the time of booking is an Evergreen Deposit.  An Evergreen Deposit will not expire and can be transferred to another pilgrimage even if you choose to cancel, regardless of the reason.  This Evergreen Deposit is transferable to another person.  The transfer of the deposit must be communicated in writing.  


      Form of Payment: Bank/Certified Checks, Money Orders, ACH or Wire Transfers (please fax a copy of bank confirmation when wiring funds) are accepted forms of payment at any time. Personal checks are acceptable if received more than 30 days prior to departure date. You may also make Direct Credit Card Payments to ITVP (Discover, Visa and MasterCard). Every reservation must be accompanied by a signed Registration Form. All returned Checks will incur a $50.00 service fee  If there is a returned check, then we will only accept certified checks thereafter.

      In case of computer or human billing error, we reserve the right to re-invoice participants with corrected billing. 


      Transfers: Two (2) individual transfers to and from Beirut-Rafic Hariri International Airport (BEY) are included if participants arrive into BEY between 8:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 16, 2023 and depart BEY between 8:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. on Sunday, September 24, 2023. If participants arrive or depart outside of these times listed, there will be additional transfer fee/s. If the participant arrives a day early into Beirut (BEY), the transfer is included if the participant arrives between 8:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. 

      It is the responsibility of participant to notify ITVP of any flight delays. If the participant’s flight is delayed and this delay causes the participant to miss the transfer window between 8:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 16, 2023, the cost of the transfer from the airport to the hotel becomes the participant’s responsibility.



      Flight schedule: Land Package participants are responsible for purchasing their own airline tickets to arrive into Beirut (BEY) on Saturday, September 16, 2023 between 8:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. and to depart Beirut (BEY) on Sunday, September 24, 2023 between 8:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m.. Do NOT book your airline tickets before you have received written notification from our office that this pilgrimage will travel due to meeting the minimum number of participants required to travel. Should a participant encounter a flight delay/cancellation, it is the participant’s responsibility to notify ITVP. 

      ITVP recommends all participants consider arriving one day before the pilgrimage start date in order to rest before the pilgrimage begins. 


      Insurance: Travel insurance is not included in the Land Package; however, we strongly recommend that you purchase it


      Travel Documents: All travel documents are the responsibility of the participant. A valid passport is required for travel to Lebanon and must remain valid for at least 6 months after your departure date from Lebanon. For passport holders from countries other than the United States, you are responsible for determining the required travel documents. ITVP will not be responsible for any delays, damages and/or losses, including missed portions of the pilgrimage, due to improper travel documentation. Cancellations due to lack of appropriate documents will incur the usual penalties. 


      U.S. State Department & Other Agencies: From time to time the U.S. State Department (www.state.gov) and the Center for Disease Control (www.cdc.gov) and other government agencies and departments issue travel advisories or warnings for one or more of the destinations that you may be visiting on pilgrimage. We encourage you to contact these agencies directly to obtain the most current information. ITVP cannot change the cancellation terms or conditions based on the issuance of any such warning or advisory or the occurrence of any terror, problems or ill health, or other incident in one or more of the places this pilgrimage is scheduled to visit. All cancellation penalties must remain in full force and effect as outlined on this form. Travel insurance may or may not cover these possible causes for cancellations. 


      Photography: Agents of ITVP may take photographs or videos of its pilgrimages and pilgrimage participants. Participants grant ITVP permission to do so and allow ITVP to use such photos and videos for promotional or commercial use without payment of any fees or royalties. These photos will be available on our photo website InsideTheVaticanPhotos.com following the pilgrimage. A code is required to download these photos from Inside the Vatican’s photo gallery. The code will be provided after the pilgrimage. 


      Private Rooms and Single Supplement: A limited number of single rooms is available at the single supplement rate. If the allotted number of single rooms is booked, any additional single rooms that we may be able to book, if available, incur a fee in addition to the Single Supplement fee. 


      Cancellations and Refunds: Cancellations must be received in writing in order for any refunds to be issued, and will be processed according to the date the written notice is received. Although a verbal cancellation is also appreciated, it will not be accepted as official notice. Please mail the cancellation notice to 14 W Main Street, Front Royal, VA 22630 U.S.A. In the event of cancellation, monies will be refunded minus the cancellation fee. The cancellation fee will be calculated as follows: 

      • 60 days or more prior to departure: $500.00 per participant deposit becomes an Evergreen deposit*

      • 59 to 30 days prior to departure: $500 per participant deposit and 50% of total cost**

      • 29 days or less prior to departure: 100% of total cost* (no refund)


      * Evergreen Deposit will not expire and can be transferred to another pilgrimage even if you choose to cancel, regardless of the reason.

      ** Cost includes: Land Package and single supplement, if applicable. 

      If you purchase travel insurance, it may cover the amount remaining after refund, depending on the circumstances of the cancellation and the conditions of the policy. Check with your travel insurance provider, if applicable. 


      Tour/Pilgrimage Cancelation by ITVP: On rare occasions a pilgrimage may have to be canceled due to lack of participation. 

      In such a case, ITVP’s sole responsibility is to provide a full refund. ITVP is not responsible and does not assume responsibility for any additional costs or any fees relating to the issuance and/or cancellation of air tickets or other arrangements not made through ITVP. 

      Cancellations due to state advisories and/or state warnings, acts of war, war, terrorism, acts of God, natural disaster or any other circumstance outside the control of ITVP, are not the fault of ITVP. Great effort will be made to accommodate transfers to another pilgrimage or to revise the itinerary; however, cancellation for any of these reasons will not be eligible for a refund. 


      Room Service and Other Extraneous Charges: Room Service and extraneous charges not expressly listed as part of the Pilgrimage Package are not included. Should a participant request room service, or any other extraneous charge, including, but not limited to, mini bar, laundry services, internet charges or pay-per-view, the participant will be financially responsible for those charges to be paid at the time of check-out. If these charges are not paid at check-out, ITVP will bill the participant accordingly. Payment due upon receipt. Any unpaid bills will bear interest at 1.5% monthly (18% annually).


      Luggage: Baggage is at owner’s risk throughout the pilgrimage. 


      Airfare: No airfare is included in the cost of the Land Package. To obtain assistance purchasing airfare, please contact our office. 


      Gratuities: Gratuities are not included.


      Health Requirements: This pilgrimage requires significant walking. Any medical conditions or special equipment needs must be listed on the registration form. ITVP is not responsible for any medical condition that occurs prior to, during or after the pilgrimage. 


      Final Package: A final package containing documents, applicable airline ticket information, local contact information, a pilgrim book, and travel tips will be mailed to each participant approximately one (1) to two (2) weeks prior to departure. Upon receipt of your documents, you are responsible to check your itinerary, spelling of your name, dates, times and other important information to ensure their validity. Should your final documents have any errors, it is the participant’s responsibility to contact ITVP immediately. Documents, including tickets, are not guaranteed if final payment and booking forms are not received by the deadline. 


      Unused Services: There will be no refund for any unused portions of the pilgrimage. Refunds will not be made to participants who miss any part of the pilgrimage for any cause whatsoever. 


      Itinerary: Although ITVP and its agents and representatives will make every effort to adhere to the printed program and itinerary, on rare occasions it may be necessary to adjust arrangements due to unforeseen circumstances beyond our control (including, but not limited to, such circumstances as weather, acts of God, airline schedule change, hotel requisitions, political disturbances, or transportation mechanical problems). 

      Should such adjustments be necessary, substitutions will be made to the best of our abilities. A refund will not be given. Any additional costs necessitated by such changes are the full responsibility of the participant. We do not guarantee preferred seating at events. 

      Pricing Terms:

      Price stated is as of March 2023 and could change due to fluctuation in currency exchange rates or failure to have a minimum of 10 pilgrims. If the price increases, an invoice will be issued before the final payment is due, which is 60 days prior to departure. Payment of the initial deposit for this pilgrimage indicates you have accepted these pricing terms and all terms specified in the Terms and Conditions.


      Printing Disclaimer: ITVP is not responsible for typographical or printing errors including errors in trip cost. We reserve the right to re-invoice or correct billing at any time. 

      Release

      Inside the Vatican Pilgrimages, Inside the Vatican, Inc., its employees, shareholders, officers and directors (collectively “ITVP”) does not own or operate any entity which is to or does provide goods or services for your trip/pilgrimage, including, for example, lodging facilities, transportation companies, local ground operators, including, without limitation, various entities, which may utilize the ITVP name, guides, sightseeing companies, entertainment, food or drink service providers, equipment suppliers, etc. As a result, ITVP is not responsible for any negligent or willful act or failure to act of any person or entity it does not own or control. Without limitations ITVP is not liable for any direct, indirect, consequential, or incidental damage, injury, death, loss, accident, delay, inconvenience or irregularity of any kind which may be occasioned by reason of any act or omission beyond its control, including, without limitation any willfully or negligent act, failure to act, breach of contract or violation of local law or regulation of any third party such as a cruise line, airline, train, hotel, bus, taxi, van, local ground handler or guide, whether or not it uses the ITVP name, financial default or insolvency of any supplier which is to, or does supply any goods or services for this trip. 


      Similarly, ITVP is not responsible for any loss, injury, death or inconvenience due to delay or changes in schedule, overbooking of accommodation, default or any third party, attacks or bites by animals, insects or pests, injury or death while on activities sponsored by lodging facilities or by other third parties, sickness, the lack of appropriate medical care, evacuation to same, if necessary, weather, strikes, acts of God or government, acts of terrorism, or the threat thereof, force majeure, war, quarantine, epidemics, or the threat thereof, criminal activity or any other cause beyond its control. Participant agrees to indemnify and hold harmless ITVP and its employees, owners, officers, directors, shareholders and agents from any and all claims, damages, losses, or actions resulting from or arising out of the Inside the Vatican Pilgrimage.


      Should Dr. Robert Moynihan, Deborah Tomlinson or any other guest leader be unable to participate in this event, reasonable efforts will be made to secure a substitute. Regardless of the participation of Dr. Robert Moynihan, Deborah Tomlinson or any other guest leader, the tour will proceed as scheduled on the dates listed. By signing this form to participate on this trip you agree that the terms of the cancellation penalty will be binding upon you regardless of whether Dr. Robert Moynihan, Deborah Tomlinson or any other guest leader is able to participate. ITVP is not responsible for any loss incurred by a participant including lost days of the scheduled cruise/tour, due to a canceled flight or other means and modes of transportation. We will have daily Mass and strive to be in places as indicated. However, sometimes this is not possible as the site may not be available for Mass or itinerary changes are forced upon us. In this case, an alternative site for Mass will be arranged, if possible.

      To Register By Mail

      If you prefer to register by mail, please call our U.S. Office +1.202.536.4555. 

      Discount Codes

      $250 Early Booking Discount - To apply this discount apply on or before Thursday, June 1, 2023 and use discount code: EARLY, when registering.


      Call our office at +1 202.536.4555 for information about any additional discount codes – we have several!

      What’s included

      • Meals
        Eight (8) breakfasts, seven (7) lunches and eight (8) dinners are included.
      • Taxes and Fees
        All local taxes are included
      • Entrance Fees
        All entrance fees are included
      • Arrival Transfers
        There will be a group transfer from/to BEY
      • Departure Transfers
        There will be a group transfer from/to BEY

      What’s not included

      • Airfare
        Airfare to and from Lebanon
      • Gratuities
        Gratuities payable to bus drivers
      • Meals
        Meals not specifically identified
      • Other Personal Expenses
        Other personal expenses, included but not limited to laundry services, minibar in hotel rooms, et cetera
      • Other Items
        Items not specifically mentioned in the pilgrimage description literature

      Available Packages

      Double Room
      $4,500
      Deposit: $500
      Single Room
      $5,100
      Deposit: $500

      Itinerary

      Day 1: Sat. Sep. 16
      Welcome to Beirut!

      We will arrive to Beirut and board a private transfer to the Hilton Beirut Habtoor Grand Hotel. After we check into our hotel, we will have time to rest before our welcome dinner on the 32nd floor overlooking Beirut and the Mediterranean Sea.

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      Inside the Vatican Pilgrimages
      27 reviews
      With more than 30 years of publishing Inside the Vatican magazine, we have colleagues and friends all over the world — and many of them have become part of our Pilgrimage family. Designing an Inside the Vatican pilgrimage begins with a theme or a particular country; then we weave in encounters with real people who live and work there, as well as those with expert knowledge in its historical and spiritual perspectives. Every detail has been arranged to create a unique experience; an authentic spiritual journey for each pilgrim.

      Reviews

      I find it hard to put into words how wonderful this trip was. First of all, the accomodations were excellent; the food was delicious and plentiful; all the places we visited were beautiful and thought -provoking. Also all travel accomodations were expertly handled. However, the pious nature of this pilgrimage was what I am taking home with me and continuing to ponder daily. I highly recommend this trip to anyone who feels called to a deeply spiritual pilgrimage. It will truly bring you closer to the face of Christ, our Blessed Mother, and to God Himself!
      By Kristin K for Italy: Easter 2024 on Apr 07, 2024
      Great experience visiting southern Spain. Evening with father Murr was wonderful Nice to meet and spend time with other pilgrims from around the world
      By thomas a for Spain: Pilgrimage and Lenten Retreat with Father Murr on Mar 26, 2024
      GN
      All was as we expected . Excellent presentations by Fr Charles Murr each day. Carmona Convento was a very well managed and safe place to stay as our home for the week. We would return there if planning another visit. Travel was planned on first rate buses with professional drivers. The event at Fr Murr’s residence was a pleasant surprise and was very enjoyable. A memorable evening! The Seville trip could have had some better planning ahead of time we were unable to participate in a few venues due to tickets being unavailable and that was disappointing for many of us. Would have enjoyed time in the Cathedral.
      By Gary N for Spain: Pilgrimage and Lenten Retreat with Father Murr on Mar 22, 2024
      The talks were the best retreat talks, I think, that I have heard so I am very glad I made this retreat. Fr. Murr has the ability to explain theology in a way that is easy to understand as well as adding in his good humor and stories. An added bonus was being with such pleasant people which made it all the more enjoyable.
      By Thomas L for Spain: Pilgrimage and Lenten Retreat with Father Murr on Mar 21, 2024
      Excellent trip. Amazing people. Great accommodations. Deborah and Damian were wonderful. Beautiful experience that I will always remember.
      By Viviana V for Spain: Pilgrimage and Lenten Retreat with Father Murr on Mar 21, 2024
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      References

      This was a wonderful pilgrimage! I am impressed by the vastness of the land, farms , rivers and lakes. The Catholic-European influence in the Heartland of Mary is undeniable. I enjoyed the Catholic spirit that was present among the pilgrims and at our accommodations. Thanks for all the work that went into planning this beautiful event. Mechtild Boles, Pilgrim "Wisconsin, the Heartland of Mary"
      By Mechtild B on 13 Sep, 2022