Pilgrim group tour from the Ivory Coast - Groupe Pere Donatien D.N.O.C
23 Catholic pilgrims from the Ivory Coast came on a 12 day Easter pilgrimage to the Holy Land at the beginning of April.
After their arrival at Ben Gurion Airport they were transferred to their hotel in Jerusalem. The next day they drove to Bethlehem and visited the Shepherd’s Field, the Basilica of the Nativity and the Milk Grotto.
While in Jerusalem the pilgrims visited the Mount of Olives, Chapel of the Ascension, Church of the Pater Noster, Dominus Flevit, Garden of Gethsemane, as well as the Church of St. Anne, TheWay of the Cross on the Via Dolorosa and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.
On Holy Saturday there was time for visits to the Cenacle, the Tomb of David and St. Peter in Gallicantu and in the evening the Easter Vigil in St. Etienne.
On Sunday after attending Easter Mass at St. Etienne they departed for the Dead Sea, stopping along the way at Qumran where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered and afterwards returning to their hotel in Jerusalem. While in Jerusalem they also visited Ein Karem and the Wailing (Western) Wall.
The group traveled to the Galilee region in the North of the country stopping along the way in Jericho. Their stay in the North included a stop in Nazareth to visit the Basilica of the Annunciation and St. Mary of Nazareth Center, and participation in a Mass on Mount Tabor. They enjoyed a day touring around the Sea of Galilee that included visits to Capernaum, Primacy of St. Peter, a lakeside lunch, Tabgha and a Boat Trip on the Sea of Galilee as well as Mass at the Mount of Beatitudes.
The last day of their tour included a renewal of baptismal promises on the banks of the Jordan River and after an afternoon of rest at the hotel and dinner the group were transported to the airport for their flight home.