Holyland Pilgrimage

Travel in the footsteps of Jesus visiting the amazing historical sites in Galilee, Jerusalem, exploring the roots of Christianity, as well as enjoying all that the modern State of Israel has to offer. Join our fully escourted Holy Land Pilgrimage group on 4th June with spiritual director Fr Mark English. Our price of €1649 per person includes flights, coach transfers, 4* hotels, half board basis, tours and English speaking guide.

Tour highlights

Nazareth

Jerusalem

Sea of Galilee

Mount Tabor

Bethlehem

Dead Sea

Mount of Olives

Garden of Gethsemane

4th June 

Dublin 1050 - 1710 Istanbul

Istanbul 1945 - 2150 Tel Aviv

Arrive at Tel Aviv Airport where you will be met by our representative who will escort you to your transfer to your hotel in Tiberias, on the Sea of Galillee.

5th June

After breakfast, begin the day at the Mount of Beatitudes, the site of the Sermon on the Mount, for Mass and full reading of the Beatitudes. Next, view Tabgha, the traditional site of the Miracle of Loaves and Fishes and see the ruins of the ancient synagogue at Capernaum.  Drive to Magdala and view the ancient synagogue. End the day with a boat ride on the waters of the Sea of Galilee.

6th June

Begin the day in Nazareth. Visit  Joseph’s workshop and Mary’s Well. Celebrate Mass in the Basilica of the Annunciation, see the Cave –home of the Holy Family. In the afternoon, drive to Haifa and enjoy the panoramic view of the harbor and the Bahai Gardens. Visit the Carmelite church of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Stella Maris. Return to Tiberias by way of Cana and visit the Church of the Wedding Feast, site of Jesus’ first miracle. Renewal of Wedding Vows for married couples on the trip.

7th June

In the morning, begin our journey up to Jerusalem. Proceed to Mt. Tabor and drive to the Church of the Transfiguration for Mass. Enjoy a view of the Armageddon Valley.  Continue south through the Jordan River Valley to Qasr-Al-Yehud where according to tradition, John baptized Jesus. Enjoy a special welcome service atop Mount Scopus upon arrival. View the panorama of the city and proceed to your hotel in time for dinner.

8th June

This morning, begin on Mount Zion, overlooking the Kidron Valley. Visit Caiaphas' House, St. Peter in Gallicantu and the Upper Room of the Last Supper. In the afternoon drive to Bethlehem for Mass at the Basilica of the Nativity.  See the birthplace of Jesus and the Holy Manger.  Visit Shepherd's Field and the Milk Grotto before returning to Jerusalem.

9th June

Begin the day atop Mount of Olives, and view the Old City of Jerusalem. Walk down the Palm Sunday Road, stopping at the Church of Pater Noster where Jesus taught the disciples the Lord’s Prayer, and the Church of Dominus Flevit where Jesus wept over Jerusalem. Continue to the Garden of Gethsemane. Enter the Old City through St. Stephen’s Gate and walk the Via Dolorosa to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, stopping at the Stations of the Cross along the way.

Celebrate Mass at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. Return to hotel for dinner and overnight.

10th June

Today is spent in the Dead Sea Basin. Drive through the Judean Desert to Masada, the mountain top ruin of Herod’s Palace and the last fortress of the Jewish revolt against Rome.  Enjoy a swim in the Dead Sea. Continue to Jericho. See the ancient Sycamore Tree and view the Mount of Temptation from below. Celebrate Mass at the Church of the Good Shepherd in Jericho before returning to Jerusalem.

11th June

Today will be spent in the New City of Jerusalem.  First, visit the Memorial to the Holocaust at Yad VaShem.  Drive to Israel’s Parliament, the  Knesset,  and view the Menorah, pictorially depicting Israel’s history. Continue to the Israel Museum. View the Model of Ancient Jerusalem, a miniature of the city during the Second Temple period.  Visit the Shrine of the Book where the Dead Sea Scrolls are housed.  In the afternoon, drive to the village of Ein Kerem, traditional birthplace of John the Baptist. See the Church of the Visitation and celebrate Mass at the Church of St. John the Baptist. Join together in a Farewell Dinner at the hotel to summarize the tour.

12th June

Departure

Tel Aviv 0840 - 1055 Istanbul

Istanbul 1305 - 1435 Dublin

Our price of €1649 per person includes

·         Flights

·         8 Overnights,  Half Board basis.

·         Double room with bath/shower and air-conditioning

·         7  days sightseeing in air-conditioned tourist coach

·         Group transfer on arrival and departure

·         English speaking guide throughout  

·         Guide and driver overnights and meals outside of Jerusalem

·         Entrance fees

·         Reservation of all Holy Masses

·         Porterage at airport and hotels

·         Group assistance at airport

Not included

·         Lunches

·         Gratuities for guide, driver, hotel staff

  • Travel insurance

Single room supplement is €540

 

4* Royal Plaza, Tiberias

This relaxed, hillside hotel overlooking the Sea of Galilee lake is a 10-minute walk from Hamat Tverya National Park and 2 km from Ganim Beach. 

Unassuming rooms and suites offer full or partial lake views. They also come with Wi-Fi access, flat-screen TVs, minibars, and tea and coffeemakers. Upgraded quarters add whirlpool tubs. Room service is available.

Breakfast and parking are complimentary. The hotel has an English-style bar, and a polished buffet restaurant with communal tables. Other amenities include a seasonal outdoor pool, a spa and a gym (fee).

4* Hotel Yehuda, Jerusalem

A 14-minute walk from the Jerusalem Biblical Zoo train station, this modern hotel in palm-lined gardens is a kilometer from the Tisch Family Zoological Gardens and 7 km from the revered Church of the Holy Sepulchre.

Stylish, simply furnished rooms with muted decor feature flat-screen TVs, free Wi-Fi and safes, plus tea and coffeemaking facilities; some have terraces or balconies. Upgraded quarters add countryside views, along with dining and/or living areas with sofas. There's room service.

Parking and breakfast are free. An upscale kosher restaurant and a lobby lounge feature terraces; there's also an outdoor pool, a gym and a synagogue.

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