Eight-Day Pilgrimage in the Steps of Christ
Travelling to The Holy Land, Spiritual Director Fr David Irwin, 19 Nov - 26 Nov 2015
DAY ONE: London or Manchester Airports - Tel Aviv
Check in at the airport for our departure to Tel Aviv. Depart London Luton at 11:40am or depart Manchester at 18:40. We arrive at Ben Gurion Airport early evening. After collecting our luggage we drive to Jerusalem area to check into our accommodation for a four-night stay.
DAY TWO: Jerusalem - Mount of Olives
Proceed to the Mount of Olives. Visit the Chapel of the Ascension, the Church of the Pater Noster, and stop for a panoramic view across the Kidron Valley to Temple Mount and the Old City of Jerusalem. Walk down to the Church of Dominus Flevit, and the Church of All Nations in the Garden of Gethsemane. We will celebrate Mass during the course of the morning. Afterwards we drive to the Old Walled City of Jerusalem. Visit the Western (Wailing) Wall and the site of the original Temple. Stroll through the Christian Quarter and the rediscovered ancient Cardo.
DAY THREE: Jerusalem - Holy Sepulchre - Ecce Homo - Bethesda - Mount Zion
This morning we visit the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in the Old City of Jerusalem where we hope to celebrate an early Mass, followed by a walk to the Ecce Homo Arch, where Jesus was presented to the crowd. Visit the Lithostrotos, the pavement where Jesus was tried and scourged within the convent of the Sisters of Zion. There will be a visit to the Ecce Homo terrace for a panoramic view. Afterwards, continue our walk to the pool of Bethesda and the Crusader church of St Anne. Follow the Way of the Cross along the Via Dolorosa through the narrow streets to Calvary, enshrined within the church of the Holy Sepulchre. This afternoon we visit Mount Zion to visit the Abbey of the Dormition, Room of the Last Supper (Cenaculum), and continue to the Church of St Peter in Gallicantu, where Peter denied Christ three times.
DAY FOUR: Ein Karem - Bethlehem
Drive to Ein Karem, the village where John the Baptist was born, and where Mary visited Elizabeth. Continue on to Bethlehem via the Shepherds’ Fields, then visit Manger Square, the Basilica and the Cave of the Nativity, the birthplace of Jesus Christ. Mass will be at either the Cave or the Chapel of St Jerome.
DAY FIVE: Jerusalem - Bethany - Qumran - Dead Sea - Jordan Valley – Tiberias
Depart Jerusalem and drive to Bethany, home of Mary and Martha and also of Lazarus, whom Jesus called to life from the tomb (John 11:1 - 44). Continue away from Jerusalem down the winding road that was the setting for the parable of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:30 - 37) before arriving at Qumran where, in nearby caves, the Dead Sea scrolls were discovered. Proceed to the shores of the Dead Sea, lowest spot on Earth (for a bathe, if time permits). We continue northwards through the Jordan Valley, stopping at the River Jordan where we visit the baptismal site before driving past Jericho, the oldest inhabited city in existence, where Jesus tarried on his way to Jerusalem (Matt. 20:29) and finally reaching Tiberias where we check into our hotel for dinner and a three- night stay.
DAY SIX: Sea of Galilee - Mount of Beatitudes - Caesarea Philippi
Drive along the shores of the Sea of Galilee to see the places where Jesus lived and worked. Start with the Mount of Beatitudes, where Jesus preached the Sermon on the Mount. Continue to Tabgha and the Church of the Loaves and Fishes. Visit the synagogue and celebrate Mass at Peter’s house at Capernaum. Head north towards the Golan Heights, through the ancient biblical capital of Dan, stopping to view Mount Hermon. Visit Caesarea Philippi, the site of Peter’s Confession that Jesus is the Christ of God. See Banias, one of the sources of the River Jordan.
DAY SEVEN: Nazareth - Cana - Tabor
Drive inland to Nazareth where we visit the Basilica of the Annunciation and the house of St Joseph and Mary’s Well. Continue to Cana, where Jesus performed his first miracle of changing water into wine. Drive to Mount Tabor, taking a taxi ride up the zigzag road to visit the Church of the Transfiguration. Mass will be celebrated during the course of the day.
DAY EIGHT: Galilee - Tel Aviv - London or Manchester Airports
Transfer to Ben Gurion Airport for our return flights. Arrive London Luton at 23:10 or arrive Manchester at 00:10 (+1day).
This tour involves a substantial amount of walking, some of which will be over irregular surfaces such as cobblestones and badly-maintained walking areas. If everyday walking is something you find difficult, this tour may be unsuitable for you.
This itinerary is a guide and subject to change.
Travel Insurance: £32
Single Room Supplement: £252
Return scheduled flights: London Luton - Tel Aviv – London Luton, or Manchester – Tel Aviv - Manchester. U.K. and Israel airport departure taxes. Seven-nights accommodation in shared twin-bedded rooms with private facilities. Meal plan: 7 buffet breakfasts and 7 dinners. All touring and transfers by air-conditioned coach as required in the itinerary. Local English-speaking guide to accompany you throughout the pilgrimage. Entrance fees to sites mentioned in the itinerary. Boat ride on the Sea of Galilee. ATOL and ABTA financial protection.
Travel insurance, currently at £32.00 per person. Single room supplement (limited availability) at £252 per person for 7 nights. Lunches and drinks. Fuel surcharges if passed on by the airline. Transport within the UK. Gratuities to guide, driver and hotels (we recommend US$55 from each person). Souvenirs.
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