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 01st June with spiritual director Fr Mark English. Our price of €1795.00 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

Jericho

This is a provisional itinerary and it may change to suit local conditions such as traffic, suitable entrance times etc.

01  June 

Dublin 1055 - 1720 Istanbul

Istanbul 1945 - 2155 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.

02June

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.

03June

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.

04 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.

05 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.

06 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.

07 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.

08 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.

09 June

Departure

Tel Aviv 0830 - 1055 Istanbul

Istanbul 1305 - 1535 Dublin

Our price of €1795 per person includes

·         Return Flights

·         8 Overnights,  Half Board basis.

·         Double room with bath/shower and air-conditioning

·         All sightseeing in air-conditioned tourist coach

·         Group transfer on arrival and departure

·         English speaking guide throughout  

·         Entrance Fees.

·         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* Grand Court, Jerusalem

Enjoying a convenient location within walking distance of Jerusalem’s old city quarter, its famous cultural attractions, and historic sites, the luxurious 4-star Grand Court Hotel is an ideal base from which to explore everything the holy city has to offer.

All guest rooms and suites are elegantly decorated, fashionably furnished, and outfitted with a range of modern amenities that guarantee a pleasant and comfortable stay.

Guest at the Hotel Grand Court can start their morning with a rich, traditional breakfast and relax at the end of the day with an uplifting swim in the outdoor swimming pool. The hotel’s state-of-the-art fitness centre will keep you active during your visit.

After a long day of sightseeing, treat yourself to a cocktail in Grand Court’s sophisticated lounge bar.

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