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EXTENSION FROM HOLY LAND TO AMMAN, MADABA, MOUNT NEBO, PETRA AND JERASH IN JORDAN – OCT. 9-11, 2017 – 3 DAYS

Fr. Patrick Tepoorten
OCTOBER 9-11, 2017
Spiritual Director: Fr. Patrick Tepoorten
Parish Priest of Our Lady of the Assumption, Powell River, BC
Customized Itinerary Copyright © 2017 Diesenhaus Unitours of Israel

DAY 1 – Monday, October 9, 2017

ISRAEL – AMMAN – MADABA – MOUNT NEBO
Transfer to the border to cross to Amman, drive to Madaba and visit the church, home to a beautiful 6th century mosaic map of the Holy Land. Then, from the summit of Mount Nebo, we view the “Promised Land”. Dinner and overnight in Amman.

DAY 2 – Tuesday October 10, 2017

PETRA
This morning we drive to Petra for an unforgettable visit of the “rose red” city. We begin at the “Siq”, a winding canyon road. At the nd of the passage, we will see Petra’s most beautiful monument – the Treasury. We will discover temples, royal tombs, a theater and water channels. Dinner and overnight in Petra.

DAY 3 = Wednesday, October 11, 2017

JERASH – BORDER CROSSING INTO ISRAEL
This morning we drive to the ancient Roman city of Jerash, which is one of the most preserved cities of the Decapolis, cities built by the Romans to connect the world with Rome. We walk through the Triumphal Arch to the Amphitheater and we see churches, colonnaded streets and from there we go down to the Jordan Valley to cross the borders on the river Jordan into Israel, Transfer to Ben Gurion airport for your departure flight.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

Price: US$550.00/person

NOTE: This extension will go ahead with minimum 15 pilgrims.

Included:
1. Assistance upon arrival and departure.
2. Round trip transportation from Tel Aviv to Jordan.
3. All transportation by A/C bus.
3. Double occupancy hotel accommodation for 2 nights on HB basis.
4. There is an extra charge of US$100.00 for single occupancy.
5. Accompanied by an English speaking tour guide.
6. Visa fees at Allenby Bridge or Sh. Hussein Bridge Free of charge
(We need full passport details.)
7. All entrance fees plus horse ride in Petra.
8. WiFi in the bus.
9. Mineral water in the bus.

Not Included:
1. Any tips to tour guide, bus driver, porters and waiters.
2. Lunches.
3. Departure tax from Jordan to Israel Allenby Bridge US$15.00 per person.
5. Departure tax from Israel to Jordan Allenby Bridge US$55.00 per person.
6. Expenses of a personal nature.

Bring with you:
1. Passport valid for at least 6 months after departure.
2. Jordan tourist visa, if necessary.
3. Signed Waiver of Liability.
4. Travel insurance is strongly recommended.

Payments, Deadlines and Cancellation Policies:
1. Register with full payment of US$550.00 by cash or credit card.
2. US$150.00 of the full payment is the deposit that is non-refundable/non-transferable/non-creditable.
3. To facilitate the organization of the trip, please register on
or before Tuesday, August 1, 2017.
5. If you cancel before the deadline, you will receive a full
refund less the US$150.00 deposit.
6. If you cancel after the deadline, your full payment is non-
refundable/non-transferable/non-creditable.
7. If we cancel, you will receive a full refund.

CONTACT: TERESITA NIXON
TEL: (604) 868-2354 or (604) 940-7006
EMAIL: info@aquinasinstitute.ca

ADDRESS: 205-938 Howe Street, Vancouver, BC V6Z 1N9
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PILGRIMAGE TO THE HOLY LAND – OCT. 1-9, 2017 – 9 DAYS

Fr. Patrick Tepoorten

Spiritual Director: Fr. Patrick Tepoorten
Parish Priest of Church of Assumption, Powell River, BC
Partner Tour Company: Diesenhaus Unitours of Israel
Customized Itinerary Copyright © 2017 Diesenhaus Unitours
Featured Photo Credit to the Israel Tourist Information Office
All Photos Copyright © 2017 Aquinas Institute

LET US FOLLOW OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST IN HIS LIFE
IN THE HOLY LAND, FROM HIS BIRTH TO HIS ASCENSION,
AND EXPERIENCE HIS LOVE, MERCY AND PEACE FOR US!

LET US HONOR THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY, HIS MOTHER AND
OUR MOTHER.

LET US HONOR SAINT JOSEPH, HIS FOSTER FATHER.

LET US HONOR ST. PETER, THE SUCCESSOR OF JESUS CHRIST ON EARTH.

LET US HONOR ELIJAH AND LEARN THE ROOTS OF THE CARMELITE ORDER.

DAY 1 – SUNDAY, OCT. 1, 2017 – ARRIVAL IN HOLY LAND

Horse drawn cart in Tel Aviv
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The Mediterranean Sea in Tel Aviv
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The Jaffa Clock Tower
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St. Peter’s Church in Old Jaffa
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Arrival at Ben Gurion Airport.
Met by a Diesenhaus’ representative and transfer to the hotel and a welcome dinner. Overnight in Tel Aviv.

DAY 2 – MONDAY, OCT. 2, 2017 – TEL AVIV/CAESAREA/ACRE/GALILEE

A beautiful view of the Jezreel Plain from the Carmelite Monastery of Muhraqa
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Icon of Our Lady in the Chapel of the Monastery of Muhraqa
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Entrance Sign to the Carmelite Monastery of Muhraqa
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The Chapel in the Carmelite Monastery of Muhraqa
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The Carmelite Monastery of Muhraqa
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Old leaning trees in the Carmelite Monastery of Muhraqa
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A Discalced Carmelite Priest joyfully sharing God’s love
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Map with arrows pointing to the Cities of Israel written on the roof of the Carmelite Monastery of Muhraqa
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The Garden in the Carmelite Monastery of Muhraqa
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Barry Nixon in front of the Statue of Elijah in the Monastery of Muhraqa
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After breakfast, we drive North to Caesarea Maritima. Visit the Roman Theater, the Herod’s Palace, the Palace of Roman Procurator (Apostles 23:23 and Apostles 26:23 – Paul; Apostles 10:20-48 – Peter and Cornelius), the Amphitheater, the Crusaders’ City and Harbor. Proceed to Mount Carmel to visit the Monastery of the Muhraqa, where Elijah fought with the Baal priests. From the roofs of this Monastery, we have a beautiful view of the Jezreel Plain. Through the Druze Villages, Daliyat el Carmel and Usifiya, we proceed to Haifa with a panoramic view of the city and harbor. Continue to the Church of Stella Maris, a Carmelite Monastery, where underneath the altar is the cave of the Prophet Elijah. Proceed to Acre to visit the old city with the city walls, the Knights’ Halls and the Harbor. Through Galilee we proceed to Nazareth for overnight. (B, D)

The Altar in the Church of Stella Maris in Haifa
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The Dome of the Church of Stella Maris in Haifa
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The Cave of Elijah under the Altar of the Church of Stella Maris in Haifa
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The Interior of the Church of Stella Maris in Haifa
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Barry & Teresita Nixon with the Mediterranean Coastline of the Bay of Haifa and the Tech City of Haifa in the background.
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Our Lady of Mount Carmel with St. Simon Stock in a painting at the Church of Stella Maris in Haifa
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DAY 3 – TUESDAY, OCT. 3, 2017 – BANYAS/GOLAN HEIGHTS/TABGHA

Jesus preaching the people about the Beatitudes
Painting in the Church of the Beatitudes
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Capharnaum the Town of Jesus
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A Faithful prays before the Blessed Sacrament in the Church of the Beatitudes
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Church of the Beatitudes
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The Blessed Sacrament in the Church of St. Peter
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The Church of St. Peter in Capharnaum, site of his house
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After breakfast drive to the Mount of Beatitudes (Matthew 5:7) where we shall visit the heptagonal church that was built by the Italian architect Berluzzi, and to gain a panoramic vista of the Sea of Galilee. Here we can celebrate Mass. Proceed to Banyas, the ancient Caesarea Philippi (Matthew 16:13-20) one of the main sources of the Jordan River. Through the Golan Heights, drive to Capharnaum, the town of Jesus, where He lived in the house of Peter performing from there His miracles and healings (Matthew 4:13, Matthew 8:14-15). Proceed to Tabgha, where we shall visit the Church of the Loaves and the Fishes (Matthew 14:14-34) and the Church of Mensa Christi, where Jesus elected Peter as His Representative on Earth (John 21). We continue to the Baptismal Site at the Jordan River to renew our baptismal vows, then return to Nazareth for the balance of the day. Dinner and overnight. (B,D)

Jesus in Tabgha
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The Church of the Loaves and Fishes
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A Filipino Benedictine Nun ringing the bell of the Church of the Loaves and Fishes
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The Altar in the Church of the Loaves and Fishes
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The Blessed Sacrament in the Church of the Loaves and Fishes
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The Decorated Floor of the Church of the Loaves and Fishes
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The Jordan River where Jesus was baptized
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Jordan River Baptismal Place
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DAY 4 – WEDNESDAY, OCT. 4, 2017 – GALILEE/NAZARETH/CANA

The Sea of Galilee where Jesus walked on the water during the storm
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Home of the Blessed Virgin Mary located inside the Basilica of the Annunciation
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The Church of the Annunciation in Nazareth
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St. Joseph’s Workshop in Nazareth
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The Altar in the Church of St. Joseph in Nazareth where his workshop is located underneath.
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The Steps to the Workshop of St. Joseph
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After breakfast, boat ride on the Sea of Galilee, where Jesus walked on the water (Matthew 14: 22-23). The ride will end at Ginnosar, where we shall visit the Ancient Boat from the time of Jesus that was found nearby. Proceed to Nazareth, visiting the Church of the Annunciation (Luke 26: 28), the Church of St. Joseph and Mary’s Well (in the Greek Orthodox Church). We depart to Cana, site of Jesus’ first miracle at the wedding feast (John 2: 1-11 and John 4: 46-54). Here we celebrate Mass and invite couples to renew their marriage vows. Overnight in Nazareth. (B, D)

Mary’s Well in the Greek Orthodox Church
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DAY 5 – THURSDAY, OCT. 5, 2017 – MOUNT TABOR/MEGIDDO/JAFFA/JERUSALEM

After breakfast drive to Mount Tabor, the site of the Transfiguration, visiting the Catholic Church (Matthew 17: 1-8) and celebrate Mass here. From the rooftop of the church we can enjoy a beautiful view of the Lower Galilee and the Plain of Jezreel. Through the town of Afula, drive to Megiddo, named also Armageddon – the place where the last battle of mankind is due to take place (the Apocalypse of St. John) – (Via Maris) that connected the old Eqypt to Mesopotamia, proceed through the Hills of Judea to Jerusalem.that connected the old Egypt to Mesopotamia; then, proceed through the Hills of Judea to Jerusalem. Overnight in Jerusalem. (B, D)

DAY 6 – FRIDAY, OCT. 6, 2017 – JERUSALEM – THE NEW CITY/BETHLEHEM

Drive to the Israel Museum. Visit the Shrine of the Book where the Dead Sea Scrolls are housed and the minuature model of Jerusalem as it was during the second temple period. Proceed for a tour oat the Knesset, Israel’s Parliament. Continue to visit Mount Hertzel cemetery and Yad Vashem, the memorial to the Holocaust. Drive to the outskirts of Bethlehem to visit a monastery of Mar Saba’s also St. Savas and Mar Saba. This monastery was founded by St. Sabas in 478 as an Anchorite colony of monks. We leave Mar Saba for Bethelem, celebrating Mass at Shepherd’s Field, then visit the Church of the Nativity, St. Jerome’s Chapel, and St. Catherine’s Church. Returning, we stop in Ein Karem where we visit the Church of St. John the Baptist and the Church of the Visitation. Overnight in Jerusalem.

Bed Where Jesus Was Laid Down after Dying on the Cross
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Big Stone in Calvary, where Jesus died
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Damascus Entrance to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher
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The Blessed Sacrament in the Chapel in the Holy Sepulcher
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A Filipino Priest offers Mass at the Basilica of the Agony
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Old Bell Tower in front of the Garden of Gethsemane
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Basilica of the Agony
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Garden of Gethsemane
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DAY 7 – SATURDAY, OCT. 7, 2017 – MASADA/THE DEAD SEA/QUMRAN

After breakfast, drive to the Mount of Olives to observe the holy city, from there a short walk will take us to the Church of Dominus Flevit (Luke 19:41-44) for the visit and proceed to the Garden of Gethsemane, the place where Jesus was arrested (Matthew 26:36-58) to see the old olive trees and visit the Basilica of the Agony. Drive to the Church of Gethsemane for a morning Mass. Then proceed to the Good Samaritan Inn (Luke 8: 25-37) to the mountain fortress of Masada, stronghold of the Jews in the war against the Romans. Ascend to the fortress by cable car to visit the palaces of Herod the Great with its Roman baths and pools. Descend for a possible “dip” and “float” in the salty water of the Dead Sea, the world’s lowest place (time permitting). On the way back to Jerusalem, stop in Qumran – the city of the Essens – where the Dead Sea scrolls were found in a cave by a shepherd. Overnight in Jerusalem.

The Blessed Sacrament in the Church of St. Catherine
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The Church of St. Catherine in Bethlehem
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A Jewish Faithful
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The Wailing Wall – The Holiest Place for the Jews
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The Altar in the Church of St. Catherine
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The Church of the Visitation – Interior
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The Church of the Visitation in Ein Kerem
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DAY 8 – SUNDAY, OCT. 8, 2017 – JERUSALEM – THE OLD CITY/CHAGALL WINDOWS

After breakfast drive to Mount Zion to visit the Room of the Last Supper (Cenacle) and the Tomb of King David. Walking through the Jewish Quarter, reach the Wailing Wall – the holiest place for the Jews – and the Dung Gate, to drive through the New City ofr Jerusalem to Ein Kerem to visit the Church of St. John (Luke 1:1-25). From there proceed to Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital to visit the magnificent Chagall Windows, depicting the 12 tribes of Israel. Drive to the Lion’s Gate we shall walk into the Old City to visit the Church of St. Anne and the Pool of Bethesda (John 5:1-5). Proceed through the Via Dolorosa walking along teh Sations of the Cross from the remains of the Antonia to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. Here we can celebrate Mass. Ascend the Mount of Olives to visit the Chapel of the Ascension (Luke 24:50-53), the Church of the Pater Noster (Luke 11:1-4) and have a wonderful pnanoramic view of the Old City of Jerusalem, with the Temple Mount. Overnight in Jerusalem. (B,D)

Cable Car Ride to go to Masada
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The Desert on the way to Masada
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Bird chirping on top of the rocks in Masada
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Entrance to the Masada Fortress
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The Remains of a Kibbutz Village in Qumran
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The Dead Sea with White Salt on the edges
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Remains of a Byzantine Church in Masada
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The Dead Sea – The Saltiest and Lowest Place on Earth
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DAY 9 – Monday, Oct. 9, 2017

MASS BEFORE DEPARTURE FROM HOLY LAND
RETURN TO CANADA

Handsome Bull
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Beautiful Gazelle
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Camel Ride by Teresita Nixon
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Hugging a Friendly Camel
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A Lovable Donkey of a Bedouin
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Hugging a Lovable Donkey
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Foods served in an Israeli restaurant in addition
to the main entree
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Wild Animal in Israel
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St. Peter’s Fish
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THE SUKKOT HOLIDAY IN ISRAEL

This pilgrimage trip coincides with the Sukkot Holiday in Israel. Sukkot is the Feast of Tabernacles. It is a biblical Jewish holiday celebrated on the 15th day of the month of Tishrei. During the existence of the Jerusalem Temple it was one of the Three Pilgrimage Festivals on which the Israelites were commanded to perform a pilgrimage to the Temple. In the Book of Leviticus, God told Moses to command the people: “On the first day you shall take the product of hadar trees, branches of palm trees, boughs of leafy trees, and willows of the brook” (Lev. 23:40), and “You shall live in booths seven days; all citizens in Israel shall live in booths, in order that future generations may know that I made the Israelite people live in booths when I brought them out of the land of Egypt” (Lev. 23:42-43). The origins of Sukkot are both historical and agricultural. Historically, Sukkot commemorates the forty-year period during which the children of Israel were wandering in the desert, living in temporary shelters. Agriculturally, Sukkot is a harvest festival and is sometimes referred to as the “Festival of Ingathering”, as it celebrates the gathering of the harvest. (Wikipedia)

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TERMS AND CONDITIONS

Price: US$3,200.00/person or CDN equiv.

Included:
1. Round trip airfare from Vancouver to Tel Aviv.
2. Meeting and assistance upon arrival at Ben Gurion Airport by a Diesenhaus Unitours representative.
3. Portage at airport and portage at hotels.
4. Double occupancy hotel accommodation for 8 nights.
5. Extra charge of US$600.00 for single occupancy accommodation.
6. Breakfast and supper at the relevant hotels.
7. Seven (7) full days air-conditioned deluxe bus plus transfers upon departure.
8. English speaking Catholic Guide
9. Entrance fees as per the itinerary.

Not Included:
1. Any tips to tour guide, bus driver, porters and waiters.
2. Lunches and any meals not mentioned in No. 6.
3. Border tax/visa fees.
4. Optional excursions/activities/evening outings.
5. Expenses of a personal nature.
6. Anything else not mentioned under “Included”.

Bring with you:
1. Passport valid for at least 6 months after departure.
2. Israeli tourist visa, if necessary.
3. Signed Waiver of Liability.
4. Travel insurance is strongly recommended.

Payments, Deadlines and Cancellation Policies:
1. This trip requires a minimum of 15 pilgrims plus the spiritual director.
2. Register with full payment by cash or credit card only.
3. $500.00 of the total price is a deposit that is non-refundable/non-transferable/non-creditable.
4. We need to remit the full payment for each pilgrim on August 1, 2017 to the tour operator company.
5. If you cancel before the August 1, 2017, you will receive a full
refund less the US$500.00 deposit.
6. If you cancel after August 1, 2017, your full payment is non-
refundable/non-transferable/non-creditable.
7. If we cancel, you will receive a full refund.

CONTACT: TERESITA NIXON
TEL: (604) 868-2354 or (604) 940-7006
EMAIL: info@aquinasinstitute.ca

ADDRESS: 205-938 Howe Street, Vancouver, BC V6Z 1N9
BC Travel Agent Licence #71122 Consumer Protection BC