Ballybrack Parish Pilgrimage

Ballybrack-Killiney Pilgrimage to the Holy Land

Pilgrimage Directors Fr. Tom Dalzell and Sr. Consilio Rock

Friday 05 – Saturday 13 May 2023

We will begin our Pilgrimage in Tiberias on the Sea of Galilee from where you will visit Cana, Mount Tabor, Magdala, Caphernaum and Nazareth. A drive through the Jordan Valley will take us to the Baptismal site of Jesus, and to Jerusalem where you will visit the Old City and all the main sacred places, with an afternoon off to explore the Holy City at leisure. We will visit Bethlehem where you will have an opportunity to visit the Church of the Nativity and see the Shepherds Fields, and we will end our pilgrimage with Mass at Emmaus where the disciples recognised Jesus at the breaking of the bread.

Deposit: €300 per person

Balance can be paid in installments up to 10 weeks before travel.

Contact us on 046 9068600 / 0818 333 990 or email



Friday 05th of May

Depart Dublin for Tel Aviv.  On arrival meet and greet at the airport and transfer to Tiberias for overnight.

Saturday 06th of May

Commence with an unforgettable boat trip on Sea of Galilee followed by a visit to Magdala the ancient city on the shore of the Sea of Galilee. Mass in the Magdala church and see the newly returned Preaching Stone from the synagogue. We will also visit the 1st Century boat nearby. Afterwards drive to Cana of Galilee – site of the first miracle at the wedding feast. Renewal of Marriage Vows in the Main church. Return to Tiberias for dinner and overnight.

Sunday 07th of May

Breakfast at hotel. Today visit Capernaum, see the house of St. Peter and the Synagogue. Continue to the Church of the Primacy of St. Peter known as Mensa Christi and then to Tabgha – the site of the Miracle of the Multiplication of the Loaves and Fish. Mass in this church or outdoors. Visit the Mount of Beatitudes – Site of the Sermon of the Mount.  Return to Tiberias for dinner and overnight.

Monday 08th May

Breakfast at hotel. Check out and drive to Nazareth. See the Brow of the hill where Jesus was to be thrown down. Visit the Basilica of the Annunciation. Mass here. See the Grotto (place of Annunciation), the home of the Holy Family, and St. Joseph’s workshop, the synagogue, and Mary’s Well. Drive to Mount Tabor, scene of the Transfiguration and ascend the mountain by taxi. Check into hotel for dinner and overnight in Jerusalem.

Tuesday 09th May

Breakfast at hotel. Drive to the Jordan River Baptismal site, Yasar Al-Yahud for Renewal of Baptismal Vows. On arrival in Jerusalem, enjoy the panoramic view of old and new Jerusalem. Visit The Pater Noster Church, and Dominus Flevit. Mass in Dominus Flevit church. Afterwards visit the Garden of Gethsemane and the Church of All Nations. Return to hotel for dinner and overnight in Jerusalem.

Wednesday 10th May

An easy day. After breakfast, Visit Ein Karem, the Church of the Visitation, for Mass.

Return to Jerusalem for lunch at leisure. Free afternoon in Jerusalem, collected by bus in the evening for dinner at hotel and overnight in Jerusalem.

Thursday 11th May

Breakfast at hotel. Drive to St. Stephen’s Gate. Enter the Old City. Visit the Church of St. Ann and Pool of Bethesda. Proceed to the Chapel of Flagellation for Mass. Continue to Ecce Homo, Lithostrotos for Mass (Sisters of Zion). Walk along the Via Dolorosa, the way of the Cross. Visit the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Walk through the Jewish Quarter and the Cardo to the Temple Area for lunch. See the Western Wall. Return to hotel for dinner and overnight in Jerusalem.

Friday 12th May

Breakfast at hotel.  Drive to Bethlehem (10 km).  Visit the Church of the Nativity, the site of the Nativity, Manger Square, the Grotto of St. Jerome, & Milk Grotto. Visit the Shepherd’s Fields. Meet with the Christian community in Bethlehem for shopping. Drive to Abu Gosh Emmaus site for our Final Mass in Church of the Ark of the Covenant in the afternoon.

Return to hotel for dinner and overnight.

Saturday 13th May

Breakfast at hotel. Depart to Tel Aviv Airport for our return flight home to Dublin.

Flight details:

Friday 05 May     
Dublin/Istanbul      10.55 - 17.20

Istanbul/Tel Aviv    19.45 - 21.55

Saturday 13 May    
Tel Aviv/Istanbul    08.30 - 10.50 

Istanbul/Dublin     13.15 - 15.50 

Cost: €1995.00 per person sharing

  • Return flights Dublin – Tel Aviv via Istanbul
  • 8 nights  in 4 star hotels (twin sharing) (3 nights Tiberias/5 nights Jerusalem)
  • Dinner, bed and breakfast throughout
  • Services of expert local guide throughout the tour
  • Accompanied by Spiritual Directors
  • Entrance fees where applicable
  • Porterage at airport and hotels
  • Whisper audio headsets


Insurance from €35.00 per person (age related supplements apply)

Sole occupancy supplement €820.00 for duration of stay (limited availability)

Tips/gratuities for guide, driver and hotel staff €85.00

Covid related tests or expenses if applicable at time of travel


Royal Plaza, Tiberias

Royal Plaza has been renovated recently and is located on the outskirts of Tiberias overlooking the Sea of Galilee. All 160 en suite rooms have hair dryer and safety deposit box. It has its own restaurant, lounge and spa centre with swimming pool. Free Wi-Fi.

Ramat Rachel Hotel, Jerusalem

Ramat Rachel Hotel is located on the outskirts of the city in a tranquil garden setting. All its 165 en suite rooms have tea/coffee makers, hair dryer and safety deposit box. It has its own buffet restaurant, café and spa centre with outdoor and indoor swimming pools. Free Wi-Fi.

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