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5 Day Holy Land Pilgrimage

It is always very moving to make a pilgrimage to the Holy Land, there is so much to see and experience and learn together.  St Jerome said: ‘Five gospels record the life of Jesus. Four you will find in books and the one you will find in the land they call Holy. Read the fifth gospel and the world of the four will open to you.’

We invite you to come and know this for yourselves on this special long-weekend visit to stay in Jerusalem, taking in many sites of the city as well as visiting Bethlehem and the Sea of Galilee and sites connected with the lakeside ministries of Jesus.

A highlight will be to worship with our brothers and sisters there too. To have the chance to meet the ‘living stones’, the local Palestinian and Israeli Christians who are the ongoing, living church in the region, is humbling and we have this opportunity on the Sunday morning at St George’s Cathedral.

We hope that if you have never been on pilgrimage to the Holy Land before you will choose to join us and, if you have been before, we welcome you back. Our journey is a life changing as well as faith changing experience.

We invite you to journey with us and to share in this great opportunity to see some of those places we read of in the Scriptures.

 

Itinerary

  1. View from the Terrace at Golden Walls Hotel

    Travel to Jerusalem

    We meet at Manchester Airport.  easyJet flight EZY1827 departs at 12:55 arriving Tel Aviv at 20:05.

    Transfer to  Jerusalem. Four night stay at the Golden Walls Hotel close to the Old City and the biblical sites we shall be visiting.

  2. A group at Shepherds Fields, Bethlehem

    Bethlehem

    We drive to the Bethlehem area and begin our tour in Manger Square where we visit the Basilica and Grotto of the Nativity and St Jerome's Caves. We lunch at the Shepherds Tent restaurant at the Shepherds’ Fields (Holy Communion) .

    In the afternoon, we return to Jerusalem. We have a panoramic view over the city and then visit the Church of St Peter in Gallicantu on Mount Zion, site of the High Priest’s House. We also visit the Western Wall as the Jewish Sabbath begins.

  3. Sea of Galilee

    The Lakeside Ministry

    An early start as take a full-day tour to the Galilee. We drive through the Judean wilderness and via the Jordan Valley. We take a short detour to visit the monastery of St George in the spectacular Wadi Qelt. On arrival at the Sea of Galilee we visit the sites associated with Jesus' life around the lake: we start with Capernaum, Jesus’ Galilean base then continue to Mensa Christi, where Jesus appeared to his disciples after His resurrection. We celebrate Holy Communion at Tabgha by the Sea of Galilee and the Church of the Loaves and Fishes. Lunch at the Convent of the Beatitudes with a visit to the church and garden commemorating the Sermon on the Mount. We drive down to the lake and sail across the Sea of Galilee to Tiberias from where we drive back to Jerusalem.

  4. Jerusalem & Mount of Olives

    Optional pre-breakfast visit to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre to witness the variety of liturgy.  We then have the opportunity to join with the local congregation at St George’s Cathedral. We continue to St Andrew’s Guest House for an early lunch. In the afternoon we drive to the Mount of Olives where we have a panoramic view of the walled city. We walk down to visit Dominus Flevit Chapel and the Church of All Nations in the Garden of Gethsemane.

  5. Pilgrimage Holy Land Cross

    Old City

    We enter the walled city and begin our morning by the Pool of Bethesda and St Anne’s Church.  We then walk along the Via Dolorosa to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. We also visit the site of the Garden Tomb before returning to our hotel for lunch. In the afternoon we drive via Abu Guosh (a possible site of Emmaus) to Jaffa, where we have time for a coffee before heading to the airport for our return flight.

    easyJet flight EZY1828 departs Tel Aviv at 21:00 arriving into Manchester at 00:35.

Essential Information

The price you pay is inclusive

The only extras you need to budget for are drinks and shopping. We include lunches, not only for the meal but to give a relaxing break in the middle of the day. We also include all gratuities to guide, driver and hotel staff.

2021 Prices

£1,225 per person sharing a double or twin bedded room.

Single Supplement: £235

Travel Insurance Premium: £53 for travellers aged up to 75 and £93 for travellers aged 76 and upwards.

Included

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

Not included

Travel Insurance, Single Room supplement, Masada optional excursion (some itineraries)

Touring information

You will be accompanied by a local experienced guide, and touring is done by air-conditioned private coach. Days usually begin at 8am, and generally returning between 5pm, with dinner served from 7pm onwards. Touring days feature morning and afternoon excursions, with an organised lunch stop to break up the day.

Travel Insurance

The McCabe recommended insurance policy is designed for the older traveller. The premium for a Holy Land pilgrimage is £53. Travellers 76 and over pay £93 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 as there are very many suitable insurance options available, 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.

Airlines

easyjet flights from Manchester direct to Tel Aviv. When we book easyJet flights, we include a 23 kgs baggage allowance and allocated seat but you do have to purchase your own meal on board, or bring something with you.

Hotels

Your pilgrim party will be accommodated at our partner hotel in Jerusalem, the Golden Walls. This property has looked after McCabe groups with great care and attention for over thirty years. It has an excellent location, is privately owned and managed, and offers good food and accommodation with private facilities.

Golden Walls Hotel, Jerusalem

 

Practical information

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.

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.

The McCabe Educational Trust

For many, meeting the ‘Living Stones’ of The Land becomes a real highlight of their pilgrimage. The McCabe Educational Trust is an independent registered charity with the aim of helping inspiring people we meet on pilgrimage. On your pilgrimage you will meet some of these people. As ‘the haves’ encounter the ‘have nots’ the Trust has become a practical tool for one to help the other.

McCabe Pilgrimages invite all travellers to become partners in this work. A £15 voluntary donation to the Trust’s work is added to every pilgrim’s invoice and all money raised in this way is given in full to the projects the Trust supports. This scheme is voluntary and confidential with nobody put under any pressure to participate.

Full Financial Security

All money paid to McCabe is fully secure. Holidays including flights are covered by our ATOL license from the Civil Aviation Authority, and holidays without flights are protected by our membership of the ABTOT bonding scheme. If a pilgrimage is cancelled, for instance through lack of numbers or for political considerations, McCabe will promptly refund all monies paid.

AITO Quality Statement

McCabe Pilgrimages is a member of the Association of Independent Tour Operators. The Association represents Britain’s leading independent tour operators and encourages high standards of quality and service. McCabe abides by the Association’s Code of Conduct and adheres to the AITO Quality Charter.

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Dates

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Long Weekend Pilgrimage Prices from £1225 pp Pastor David Grimshaw 04/11/2021 for 5 days Download brochure Book now

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