Pilgrimage to the Holy lands
Travelling to the Holy Lands, Led by Fr Chris Vipers, 11th May - 18th May
Day One – Thursday 11th May 2017
Luton Airport - Tel Aviv
Check in at Luton Airport for our departure by Monarch to Tel Aviv. We arrive at Ben Gurion Airport early afternoon. After collecting our luggage we drive to Bethlehem area to check into our accommodation for a four-night stay.
Day Two – Friday 12th May
Mount of Olives - Bethlehem
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 (where we hope to celebrate Mass), and the Church of All Nations in the Garden of Gethsemane. Stroll through the Christian Quarter and the rediscovered ancient Cardo. This afternoon we return to Bethlehem via the Shepherds’ Fields.
Day Three – Saturday 13th May
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, Church of the Assumption, Room of the Last Supper (Cenaculum), and continue to the Church of St Peter in Gallicantu, where Peter denied Christ three times. Afterwards visit the Western (Wailing) Wall and the site of the original Temple.
Day Four - Sunday 14th May
Ein Karen - Bethlehem
Drive to Ein Karem, the village where John the Baptist was born, and where Mary visited Elizabeth. Continue on to Bethlehem via the Manger Square, the Milk Grotto, 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. This afternoon a visit will be made to meet local Christians on the West Bank.
Day Five – Monday 15th May
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. Mass will be celebrated during the day.
Day Six - Tuesday 16th May
Sea of Galilee - Mount of Beatitudes - Caesarea Philippi
We begin the day with a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee. We then drive along the shores of the lake 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 - Wednesday 17th May
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.
Day Eight - Thursday 18th May
Tel Aviv - Luton Airport
After our final Mass at St Peters Church, we transfer to Ben Gurion Airport for our afternoon return Monarch flight, arriving at Luton Airport at 9:15pm.
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: £33
Single room supplement: £209
Return scheduled flights on Monarch: Luton - Tel Aviv. U.K. and Israel airport departure taxes. 1 piece of luggage up to 20 kg.7-nights accommodation in shared twin-bedded rooms with private facilities. 11 - 15 Nov. Hotel Ararat (4 star), Bethlehem. 15 - 18 Nov.Dona Gracia Hotel (3 star), Tiberias. Meal plan: 7 buffet breakfasts and 7 dinners. All touring and transfers by air-conditioned coach as per the itinerary. Fully licensed English-speaking guide/tour escort to accompany the group whilst in Israel. All entrance fees as per the itinerary. ATOL and ABTA protection. Religious services.
Travel insurance at £33.00 per person (see our booking form for details). Single room supplement at £209 per person for 7 nights (the number of single rooms available is limited).Lunches. Drinks.Catering during the flights. Gratuities to guide, driver and accommodation staff at $55 per pilgrim (recommended). Fuel surcharges if passed on by the airline. Transport within the U.K.
Terms of Payment:
You can confirm your place on the tour by completing a booking form and returning it to Pax Travel Ltd with a deposit of £200 (with the insurance premium if necessary).