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Friends & Supporters Holy Land Sponsored Walk

This bi-annual event has become central to the McCabe Pilgrimages calendar. An opportunity for supporters of the McCabe Educational Trust to travel together and see first-hand the work we support in the Holy Land.

We have space for up to one hundred participants, all of whom commit to raising funds for projects supported by MET. All monies raised will be distributed among projects supported by the McCabe Educational Trust.

Our previous sponsored walks have been a huge success, thanks to the dedication of our loyal supporters. In 2016 over £57,000 was raised directly from sponsorships, and helped us provide over £250,000 of grants to supported projects throughout the year!


Participants will include McCabe Pilgrimages staff, MET trustees, regular travellers and Trust supporters. This is the ideal opportunity, if you have not travelled with McCabe before, to come and see what we do. We will give a warm welcome to travellers coming on their own.


Our 4th Sponsored Walk is multi location, beginning in Jerusalem, followed by a desert walk, a Galilee trail, and ending in the Huleh Valley nature reserve. Participants of all abilities will be accommodated with the emphasis, as always, on fellowship.


All monies raised will be distributed among projects supported by the McCabe Educational Trust. Fundraiser can choose to raise funds specifically for a favoured project or allow our trustees to allocate funds according to need.


  1. Monday 22nd January - To Jerusalem

    Flights from Heathrow, Manchester, Luton or Edinburgh.  Four night stay at the Golden Walls Hotel beside the Old City Walls of Jerusalem.

  2. Old City

    Our first walk is around and through the Old City finishing at the Holy Sepulchre.  Lunch en route and visits to key sites with the option of including a Ramparts Walk .

  3. A group at Shepherds Fields, Bethlehem


    We plan a mix of traditional and innovative visits which will include the opportunity to visit the Al Shurooq Blind School and Bethlehem Rehabilitation Centre as well as the Church of the Nativity. Lunch in Bethlehem .

  4. Bethany and Jericho

    We begin on the Mt of Olives then visit the Jeel al Amal Boys Home in Bethany. We drive to Jericho for lunch in a garden restaurant. Our second walk is in Wadi Qelt beside St George’s desert monastery.

  5. Nazareth

    We drive to Megiddo in the Jezreel valley and on to Nazareth where we have lunch at Nazareth Village.  Afternoon drive to  Tiberias. Three night stay at the Ron Beach Hotel on the shore of the Sea of Galilee.

  6. Lakeside visits

    Our third walk is between biblical sites on the shore of the Sea of Galilee. Holy Communion at Magdala with visits to the Tabgha churches , Mt of Beatitudes and Capernaum.  Lunch en route and afternoon sail on the Sea of Galilee.  Pre-dinner briefing on tomorrow’s walk.

  7. Sponsored Walk

    Our final and principal walk of the week is along a seven mile trail in the Huleh Valley nature reserve.  Bikes and buggies are available for the less fit.  We will have lunch at Caesarea Philippi and visit Banias. Option to join the Church of Scotland evening service.

  8. Monday 29 January: Homeward Bound

    A day by the Mediterranean, visiting the Roman capital of Caesarea en route to Ben Gurion airport. Afternoon and evening homebound flights.

  9. Something for everyone.

    The programme each time is different with something for everyone. If you have never visited the Holy Land, you will see the major sites. If you have visited many times, we hope that our walking theme will illuminate the Land in a different way. We are assured a wonderful welcome from the staff of Jeel al Amal Boys Home and Al Shurooq Blind School, core MET partner projects of more than twenty five eventful years.

Essential Information

The cost

The cost is £1,095 sharing a twin-bedded room with private facilities.

More or less everything is included. Meals, including lunch en route each day, are provided and we have included an amount to cover all gratuities to guide, driver and hotel staff

Single Supplement: £345, Travel Insurance Premium: £59


Flights, Hotel accommodation, Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, Sightseeing programme, Entrance fees & guiding, Gratuities

Not included

Travel Insurance, Single Room supplement

Passports, visas and health

Passports should be valid for at least six months after the time of travel and a visa is issued free of charge to UK passport holders on entering Israel. There are currently no further requirements for entering the Palestinian territories. Non-British passport holders should consult the McCabe office as they may be required to apply in advance for a visa. No inoculations are essential but we advise travellers to consult their GP regarding personal requirements.

Travel Insurance

The McCabe recommended insurance policy is designed for the older traveller. The premium for a Holy Land pilgrimage is £59. Travellers over 75 pay a 50% supplement and we also recommend that older travellers obtain a note from their doctor stating that they are fit to travel. Do feel free to shop around. There are very many insurance options including annual policies. We do insist that all travellers take out medical insurance.

A key feature of our recommended policy is that there is no requirement to call a Medical Help Line as most pre-existing conditions are covered.

You can read the full policy wording here.


London Heathrow - El Al. Depart 1420/2110. Return 1715/2050

London Luton - easyJet. Depart 1110/1810. Return 1905/2230

Manchester - easyJet. Depart 1230/1940. Return 2035/0010

Edinburgh - Lufthansa outbound & Brussels Air return

Depart Edinburgh 1230 arrive Frankfurt 1530. Depart Frankfurt 1750 arrive Tel Aviv 2300

Depart Tel Aviv 1600 arrive Brussels 2000. Depart Brussels 2115 arrive Edinburgh 2205

Please indicate your choice on the Booking Form.


We stay in our favourite hotels. Jerusalem’s Golden Walls Hotel overlooks the Old City walls and is within walking distance of the Holy Sepulchre. The Tiberias Ron Beach Hotel has a wonderful location right on the lakeside. Both are family owned and have been looking after McCabe guests for more than thirty years.

Golden Walls Hotel, Jerusalem / Ron Beach Hotel, Tiberias

Travelling Alone

Many of our passengers travel alone and object to expensive single room supplements. McCabe Pilgrimages will accept individual bookings on a 'guaranteed share' basis. We charge the basic price and accommodate you with a person of the same sex also requesting shared accommodation. If we do not find someone to share with you, you will be accommodated in a single room at only 50% of the usual single room supplement. For single travellers who do require single accommodation this should be requested when booking and, if available, the normal supplement will be payable.


Practical information

The 4th McCabe Sponsored Walk

I hope you agree, we have come up with a different idea for our 4th Sponsored Walk. Our walk is divided into four parts and covers the Holy Land from south to north. The first three sections will be familiar to many, but our final walk is I hope new to most. On our last day we will walk in the Huleh Valley nature reserve, renowned for its bird life, and from a pilgrimage perspective near to Caesarea Philippi , a source of the River Jordan, in the foothills of Mt Hermon, which we will visit.

Our four Walks

Jerusalem: From our hotel, we will walk around the walls to the Wailing Wall, then through the Old City and along the Via Dolorosa to the Holy Sepulchre, a distance of about four miles. We will stop at sites en route and pray and worship together.

St George’s Monastery: A shorter walk in spectacular scenery. We will walk down in to the Wadi to the monastery and return the same way. The distance is about two miles.

Sea of Galilee: Our walk takes us part of the route of our last Sponsored Walk between Tabgha and the Jordan River. Distance up to five miles.

Huleh Valley: A circular walk around the nature reserve of about seven miles. Golf carts are available for the less able.

The challenge

We are asking all participants to raise a minimum of £300 sponsorship. All of the money raised will go to projects supported by The McCabe Educational Trust. None of it will be used for administration or travel costs.

You will visit the Jeel al Amal Boys Home and the Al Shurooq Blind school during your time in Jerusalem. Both of these institutions will benefit from your fundraising. Emphasize to your supporters that all money raised will directly help needy children.


We will send you an official sponsorship form for you to collect support. You can also set up your own donations page affiliated to the McCabe website Just Giving pages. Follow some simple steps and your supporters can donate on-line. Call the McCabe office and we will help you set this up.

Fitness Levels

Each of our walks during the week will be relaxed and we will cater for what we expect to be a mixed ability group. As with all of our Sponsored Walks the emphasis is on participation and a coach will accompany us. Those unable to walk long distances will walk the parts they can and be transported the rest of the way.

We will walk in smaller groups for our first three walks, but enjoy a group experience on the culmination of our week when we walk in the Huleh Valley.

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