California Missions Pilgrimage

October 8 - 15, 2020

Experience the glory of the California Missions on this pilgrimage.

Our California Missions pilgrimage begins as we touch down this morning at the San Diego Airport. We collect our baggage and belongings and are greeted in the arrivals hall by our Canterbury tour manager who will remain with us every step along our way. We board our private motor coach and arrive at our first stop, the Mission Basilica San Diego de Alcalá, the first of the 21 California Missions. We celebrate Mass inside the Mission and participate in a docent-led tour of the beautiful Mission church and grounds. We break for lunch on our own and journey to our second stop. Mission San Luis Rey de Francía is known as the “King of the Missions” for its original size, population and crop production. Today the mission acts as a parish, museum and retreat center. We enjoy a welcome dinner and settle into our hotel for the night. Overnight in Oceanside, CA (Dinner served today)

Today will start with a warm breakfast at our hotel. We set off to visit Mission San Juan Capistrano, named after the 14th century theologian, it remains one of the most picturesque sites in all of California. We continue on our journey, stopping to visit the Carmelite Sisters of the Most Sacred Heart of Los Angeles in Alhambra. We are privileged to be served lunch by the sisters and are impacted by their spirit of giving. Next, we visit the Mission San Gabriel Arcángel which serves as the final resting place for some 6,000 neophytes, the natives who converted to Catholicism there. We transfer to our hotel for dinner, check-in and relaxation. Overnight Pasadena (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)

Following breakfast, we head north to Santa Barbara. Here we visit the “Queen of the Missions,” Mission Santa Barbara. Mission Santa Barbara is the only mission to have remained in Franciscan custody since its founding date. Before leaving the city, we take time to appreciate its lovely shops and streets, enjoying lunch on our own and a little time for exploration. Satisfied, we’ll proceed to Solvang where the old-world charm of Northern Europe meets the blue skies of Southern California. Here, the Danish made settlement in 1911, building in the traditional Danish style- a style that the city has kept up, even until today. Upon arrival, dinner and overnight. Overnight Solvang (Breakfast & Dinner)

We enjoy breakfast at our hotel and remain in Solvang a bit longer to enjoy a tour of the Mission Santa Inés, noted as one of the best-preserved California Missions.  From here we journey north to visit the Mission San Luis Obispo, the 5th mission which was founded by St. Junipero himself. The area was dubbed by earlier hunters the ‘Canyon of the Bears’  and when food began to run low at other missions, Junipero sent a hunting mission to the area to test the legend. The mission was a huge success and St. Luis Obispo was founded. Lunch is on our own followed by leisure time in Morro Bay. We can see why the bay’s prominent ‘Morro Rock’, a volcanic plug, is commonly known as the Gibraltar of the Pacific. The area boasts miles of unspoiled beaches and nature trails to roam. Finally, we settle into our hotel for dinner and overnight. Overnight San Luis Obispo (Breakfast & Dinner)

After breakfast, we’re off to Monterey for our irreplaceable visit to Mission San Carlos Borroméo del Río Carmelo. Junípero Serra is entombed beneath the sanctuary of the mission church. Here we’ll view his sarcophagus, see his room where he passed away in 1784, and view several of his vestments. On to our next stop, we depart for Pebble Beach Resort’s famous ’17-Mile Drive,’ (learn more at pebblebeach.com/17-mile-drive) stopping along the way for lunch on our own. The 17-Mile Drive takes us through an enchanting world full of dramatic coastal cliffs and snow-white beaches, accompanied by luxurious golf-courses, deep forests and the giant trees at Crocker Grove. Before checking into our hotel, we enjoy leisure time and dinner at Monterey’s popular Cannery Row. Overnight Monterey (Breakfast & Dinner)

This morning we have breakfast at our hotel and transfer north to visit the Mission Santa Cruz, which at one time hosted as many as 32 buildings. Today it is an active participant in the Parish of St. Joseph of the Diocese of Monterey. We break for lunch on our own, and then proceed to visit the Mission San Francisco de Asís, the oldest surviving structure in San Francisco. We cap the day with dinner in the Pier 39 area of San Francisco and explore its many sights and shops as we desire. Ready to relax, we transfer to our hotel for a dinner and check-in. Overnight San Francisco (Breakfast & Dinner)

Breakfast at our hotel is followed by a pleasant drive to the famed Sonoma Wine Region and Marin County area, where the vineyards are aesthetically tucked between the Pacific Ocean and the Mayacamas Mountains. Our first stop is the beautiful Cline Cellars, a family-owned Napa winery located on the original Sonoma Mission site. Here we learn about the history of the property, see the Barrel Room, meet resident animals and visit the California Missions Museum which hosts miniature to-scale models of all 21 missions. We have lunch on our own and continue to the last of the originally established California Missions, Mission San Francisco Solano. The mission was founded in 1823 and is located 40 miles north of San Francisco across from the site of the 1846 Bear Flag Revolt. Tonight, we gather for a hearty farewell dinner and return to our hotel for our final overnight. Overnight San Francisco area (Breakfast & Dinner)

After breakfast we make way to the San Francisco airport. With a renewed sense of pilgrimage and an invigorated love of our Catholic faith, we bid farewell to our fellow pilgrims and new friends and board our plane for the flight home. (Breakfast)

Holy Land Pilgrimage

January 15 - 24, 2021

Follow in the footsteps of Jesus on this pilgrimage. Visit His birthplace, renew your wedding vows in Cana, see where He was baptized, where He preached, and where He walked with His cross to Calvary.

Our pilgrimage to the Holy Land begins as we board our flight from our local airport for an overnight flight to Tel Aviv, Israel.

Upon arrival in Tel Aviv, we’ll make our way to the baggage claim area and collect our luggage. We’ll proceed to the arrival’s hall, where we will be greeted by our tour guides and drivers. Transfer to our hotel in Tel Aviv to check-in. Overnight in Tel Aviv. (D)

Following breakfast, we depart to enjoy the sea, ruins, and salty air at Caesarea Maritima, where St Peter baptized the first Gentile, Cornelius, the ancient harbor from which St. Paul set off to spread the Good News, and where He gave his first defense of the church. Here, Patrick Madrid will give us a welcome address. Following this visit, continue to Nazareth to visit Mary’s home, where Jesus played as a child, learned a trade, and grew to manhood.  We visit the Basilica of the Annunciation where we celebrate Mass. After lunch, we head to Cana to visit the Wedding Church where our Lord performed his first public miracle. Here, we celebrate the renewal of Wedding Vows. Overnight in Tiberias. (B, L, D)

After breakfast, head to Caesarea Philippi where Simon Peter confessed Jesus as Messiah and Jesus declared Simon to be Peter, the Rock upon which he would build his Church (Mt 16:13-20). Patrick Madrid will speak with us here. We return to the Sea to visit the Mount of Beatitudes, where Jesus proclaimed His great Sermon on the Mount. Near the Mount is Tabgha, one of Jesus’ miracle sites. At Tabgha, Jesus fed the crowd of 5,000 people from five loaves of bread and two fish. We’ll also visit St. Peter’s Primacy where Jesus bestowed church leadership upon Peter.  After lunch, we continue to Capernaum, the launching place of Jesus’ ministry. In Capernaum, we visit the Synagogue where Jesus taught and gave His sermon on the Bread of Life. We’ll celebrate Mass here. End the day with a boat ride on the beautiful Sea of Galilee, where Patrick Madrid will provide commentary. Overnight in Tiberias.  (B, L, D)

After breakfast, we head to Mt. Tabor to visit the Church of the Transfiguration. Patrick Madrid will meet with us here and share commentary. Afterwards, we will drive to Jesus’ baptismal site on the Jordan River where we will have the opportunity to renew our baptismal vows. After some time at the Jordan River, we’ll continue south to the Jordan Valley to the oldest inhabited city in the world, Jericho, where we will have lunch. In Jericho, we can view the exact location of the Mount of Temptation, where the Devil tempted Jesus. Continue to Jerusalem to visit the Church of St. Savior Church where we will celebrate Mass. Following Mass, we’ll check in to our hotel in Jerusalem. Overnight in Jerusalem. (B, L, D)

After breakfast, we’ll head to Bethlehem to visit the Manger Square and the Church of the Nativity – the birthplace of Chris. We enter the Church and descend into the Grotto of Nativity. We see St. Helen Church, St Jerome and St. Catherine’s church; where we celebrate Mass. Continue to visit the Shepherd’s Field and Grotto. After lunch, head to Jerusalem to visit the Southern Steps where Patrick will address us. We finish our day with a visit to the Wailing Wall. After dinner, we’ll join Patrick Madrid for a live Q & A at our hotel. Overnight in Jerusalem. (B, L, D)

This morning we’ll begin the Via Dolorosa at the Antonia Fortress, where Jesus was condemned to death by Pontius Pilate. We’ll end by celebrating Mass at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Following Mass, we will return to the hotel to enjoy breakfast. We’ll continue the day with a meeting with the Latin Patriarch. After lunch on your own, we will visit the Church of St. Anne’s, the home of Jesus’ maternal grandparents (Anne and Joachim). Patrick Madrid will address us here. We end the day with Mass at the Pool of Bethesda. Overnight in Jerusalem. (B,D)

After breakfast, we will make our way to the Mount of Olives, starting at the Garden of Gethsemane where we celebrate Mass, visit the Grotto of Gethsemane, and the nearby Church of Assumption. Continue on to the top of the Mount of Olives visiting Patre Noster, where Jesus taught the Lord’s prayer and from where He ascended into Heaven. Here we can enjoy a panoramic view of Jerusalem. Historically, the Mount of Olives was a mandatory transit point for Jesus during many iconic moments. We’ll then walk the Palm Sunday road, stopping at Dominus Flevit, a Church that commemorates where Jesus wept for Jerusalem. Here, Patrick Madrid will share commentary with us. After lunch on your own, we will visit the Upper Room on Mount Zion where Jesus and His disciples celebrated the Last Supper and where Jesus appeared to His disciples after His Death and Resurrection. In addition, visit the nearby Benedictine Church of the Dormition. Tradition tells us that this Church is where Mary, the Mother of Jesus, “fell asleep.” Overnight in Jerusalem. (B, D)

After breakfast, we will take a short drive to the village of Ein Karem, where we visit the Church of St. John the Baptist, believed to be his birthplace. Continue to the Israeli Museum, where the Dead Sea scrolls are kept. We will also visit the Model City of Jerusalem. We’ll reach the lowest spot on earth today, the Dead Sea, where we will have lunch. After lunchtime and weather permitting, we will have the opportunity to take a float in the Dead Sea. Farewell dinner today is in a local restaurant with a folklore show. Overnight in Jerusalem. (B, L, D)

With a revitalized love of our Catholic faith, we will board our plane for our return flight home.

Jordan Post-Tour (optional)

January 24 - 26, 2021

Our Jordan tour begins today as we cross to Jordan through the Allenby border. We’ll proceed to visit Madaba and Mt Nebo where Mass will be celebrated. Overnight in Petra (L, D)

Breakfast will be served at our hotel this morning. Today we discover the ancient city of Petra. We’ll find this 2,400-year-old city hidden in deep canyons south of the Dead Sea, and will enter through the Siq, a narrow chasm between naturally sculpted cliffs. This passageway, which could have been easily defended against attack by an invading army, ends at the glorious sight of the world-famous Treasury. Here, we enjoy a guided tour, viewing hundreds of monuments and archaeological findings, Mass will be celebrated at the Petra Byzantine Basilica. We’ll head to Amman for dinner. Overnight in Amman (B, L, D)

With a revitalized love of our Catholic faith, we will board our plane for our return flight home.

What's Included?

An overview of our services that make us the preferred Catholic pilgrimage provider.

Roundtrip flight*

  • Los Angeles (LAX)
  • New York (JFK)
  • San Francisco (SFO)

For all other airports, call us at (800) 653-0017 for pricing.

Private bus

Luggage assistance*

4-star hotels

Tour manager

Admission fees

Breakfasts & dinners daily

  • 5 lunches in Israel
  • 1 lunch in California

Wine served with dinners

Daily Mass

Rosary & devotions

24/7 travel support

Name & luggage tags

*Roundtrip flight and luggage assistance at hotels are not included on your California Missions pilgrimage.

Please call (800) 653-0017 for special flight pricing.

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Lectures by Patrick

Each day will include a lecture and commentary by your host, Patrick Madrid. (Except for travel days)

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These itineraries are curated by Catholics, for Catholics, and conform with the USCCB pilgrimage guidelines.

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Testimonials

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Most Reverend James S. Wall

"I have been greatly privileged to serve as pilgrimage chaplain for numerous Canterbury pilgrimages. Each trip is Catholic through and through and creates the perfect environment in which to encounter the Living Christ. Every day is an opportunity to grow in our faith and understanding, to experience the reality of the Gospels. Throughout each Canterbury pilgrimage, one is spiritually lifted through daily Mass, rosary’s, prayers and reflections along the way. For this reason, Canterbury pilgrimages are not vacations, they are spiritual journeys that have the ability to impact us even after we’ve returned to our homes. In addition to the wonderful faith-oriented environment, Canterbury really excels in caring for its pilgrims. From the extremely helpful staff who are knowledgeable and timely, to the superb accommodations and hearty high-quality meals, Canterbury seamlessly brings you on the adventure of a lifetime. I highly recommend Canterbury Pilgrimages to anyone eager to grow in his or her Catholic faith."

Patrick and Nancy - Jerusalem City

Patrick Madrid

"Canterbury will treat you like family! It’s been wonderful to travel hassle free each year and to know that my needs and the needs of my pilgrims are well attended to, whether I bring 20 people or 300! Each pilgrimage with Canterbury is a turnkey operation. They work with me to piece together an itinerary I am enthusiastic about, provide beautiful promotional materials and take care of all the calls, registrations and payments. They work with pilgrims on specific requests to ensure a truly personalized pilgrimage- Do you want to meet your sister in Chicago and fly out with her? No problem! Would you like to upgrade your flight? Of course! Do you need a room near the elevator across from your friend? Say no more! Each pilgrim is important, and they’ve got it under control. I’ve really enjoyed the smooth travel itineraries, luxurious hotels, and the incredibly knowledgeable and friendly guides and staff. It’s a one-of-a-kind experience and it is fantastic to be able to sit back and relax while Canterbury takes care of every detail, small and large. They provide an environment in which pilgrims can focus on taking in the beauty and history of the places visited and, more importantly, they provide the opportunity for pilgrims to enrich their relationships with Christ in a once in a lifetime way. "

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October 9 - 16, 2020

Double Occupancy

$2,999
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Double Occupancy

$4,499
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Petra Extension

+$699

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*Early-bird discount of $250 for the Holy Land and $150 for the California Missions when you reserve by 5:00 PM EST on April 1 using promo code "PATRICK".

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