Pilgrimage to the Holy Land
Led by Peter Murphy. 7th - 17th September 2020
This unique pilgrimage will be led by Peter Murphy, internationally recognised Iconographer and teacher who will guide us through the fascinating icons related to the life of Jesus Christ in their geographical, theological and cultural context. Retired Anglican priest, artist and experienced pilgrimage leader David Chance will offer devotions en route including ecumenical Eucharists.
Check in at Luton Airport for our 9:45am departure to Tel Aviv (the flight duration is approx. 5 hours). After collecting our luggage we drive up to the Galilee area to check into our hotel for dinner and a three-night stay. Dinner will be in our hotels for each night of our pilgrimage.
The day is spent around Lake Galilee starting at the Mount of the Beatitudes where the Sermon on the Mount may have been preached. We continue the short distance to Et Tabgha (The Seven Springs) to visit the churches of the Primacy of Peter and the Multiplication of the Loaves. We plan to have a lakeside Eucharist. The afternoon is spent at Capernaum to visit the synagogue and to take a boat ride over the lake. We return to Tiberias.
In the morning we visit Mount Tabor the traditional site of Christ’s Transfiguration (in Greek Metamorphosis – an important Feast Icon of the Orthodox Church). We drive west to Nazareth to visit the Basilica of the Annunciation and the Convent of the Sisters of the Annunciation. We return via Cana, site of Christ’s First Miracle.
Depart Galilee for Jerusalem first visiting Magdala, home of Mary Magdalene, now commemorated by a dusty archaeological site. We stop here to celebrate an open air Eucharist. We continue on to the new site of the Baptism of Jesus on the Jordan River, at a spot where the river marks the border between Israel and Jordan. We visit Jericho (the world’s oldest inhabited city) and Qumran where, in nearby caves, the Dead Sea scrolls were discovered. Finally, we transfer to Bethlehem where we check into our accommodation for a three-night stay.
We visit Manger Square and the ancient Basilica and the Cave of the Nativity, Our Lord’s birthplace. The rest of the day will be at leisure.
Today will be a free day in Bethlehem to visit the Icon Centre as well as other Byzantine interests.
Morning free to join in worship at the Church of the Nativity for Orthodox Liturgy or the Church of St Catherine for Roman Catholic Mass. In the afternoon we visit Ein Karem which is the town in the hill country of Judah where Elizabeth was visited by Mary the theme of The Visitation Icon. We continue to our accommodation in the Old City of Jerusalem for a four-night stay.
The climax of Our Lord’s earthly ministry was in the holy city of Jerusalem. We start on the Mount of Olives, admiring the panorama across the Kidron Valley to Temple Mount and the Old City. We visit the remains of the Church of the Ascension and the Pater Noster Church, where, according to Luke, Jesus gave His disciples the Our Father. We make the Palm Sunday walk, stopping at the church of Dominus Flevit “When he drew near and saw the city He wept over it” (Lk. 19:41). We continue to the Garden of Gethsemane and the Church of the Agony. The afternoon is spent in the Old City, visiting the site of Solomon and Herod’s Temple and the Western (Wailing) Wall. On to the Cenacle, the Upper Room, where Jesus celebrated the Last Supper with the apostles. Then we walk to the Abbey of the Dormition and the church of St Peter in Gallicantu, where Peter denied Our Lord three times.
Today we visit the traditional site of Christ’s Crucifixion and Resurrection – the Basilica of the Holy Sepulchre for a guided tour. We hope to visit the Armenian Cathedral of St James. The afternoon will be an opportunity to follow the Via Dolorosa, the Way of the Cross.
Today will be a free day to explore Jerusalem or further afield (eg. The Shrine of the Book for the Dead Sea Scrolls; Yad Vashem, the Holocaust Memorial; the Chagal windows at the Hadassah Medical Center).
On our way to Tel Aviv Airport we stop to visit the 12th century Crusader church at Abu Gosh, Emmaus, for a Eucharist. Our flight (duration of approx. 51⁄2 hours) arrives at Luton at 10:10pm.
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.
Single Room Supplement: £395
Return scheduled flights by El Al: London Luton - Tel Aviv - London Luton. · Current (November 2019) U.K. and Israel airport departure taxes.· One piece of check-in luggage up to 23 kg. Ten nights’ accommodation in shared twin-bedded* rooms with private facilities:7 - 10 Sept. Restal Hotel, Tiberias http://www.restal.co.il/Site/en/pages/homePage.asp. 10 - 13 Sept. Shepherd Hotel, Bethlehem http://www.shepherdbethlehem.com/.13 - 17 Sept. Hotel 7 Arches, Jerusalem https://7arches.com/hp.· Meal plan: ten buffet breakfasts and ten dinners.· All touring and transfers in Israel by air-conditioned coach as per the itinerary. · Fully licensed local English-speaking guide/tour escort to accompany the group in Israel.· All entrance fees as per the itinerary.· Religious services. ATOL and ABTA financial protection.
*If you select to share a twin room when booking but have no one to share with, we will try to pair you up with someone of the same gender in the group. However, if there is no one available to pair you up with we will charge a supplement of £198 as you would have single occupancy of the rooms
Travel insurance. Single room supplement at £395 per person for ten nights (the number of single rooms available is limited).· All lunches and drinks.· Gratuities to guide, driver and accommodation staff at US$70 per pilgrim. · Transport within the U.K.
Terms of Payment:
To reserve your place on the tour you will need to complete a booking form and return it to Pax Travel with a non-refundable deposit of £250 per person. Cheques are to be issued in favour of Pax Travel Ltd. The tour price is guaranteed** for the first 30 people Pax Travel receives bookings from. Any bookings Pax receives after the 30 places are filled will be subject to availability and the possibility of a flight surcharge. If this arises, we would advise you before processing your booking. The balance payment to be received by Pax Travel no later than 1st July 2020.
**The guarantee does not cover fuel surcharges, increases in airport departure taxes or currency surcharges. Please read our Booking Conditions for details.