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8 Day Holy Land Musical Pilgrimage

Following two successful, significant and moving musical experiences of our Pilgrimages for Peace in January 2016 and April 2018 with singers from across the UK, we are now planning another musical pilgrimage through the Holy Land. As well as visiting some of the holy sites, the primary focus of the week will be to meet local people and share a broad spectrum of music with others in concerts and acts of worship in a variety of settings.

As we make our pilgrimage we shall pray for justice and peace, joining with Palestinian Christians - our brothers and sisters in Christ - the ‘living stones’ who live and worship, often under great pressure, singing songs of lament and hope. We hope to present Liturgies for Peace in Nazareth, Ramallah and Bethlehem, sharing with local musicians wherever we can.

We invite participants of all ages to join us and would particularly welcome some young adults as we will hopefully be meeting with young people in some of the places where we will be singing. We will be singing a very wide variety of music. Participants should have some experience of choral singing and are asked to note their relevant experience when applying. All music will be supplied in advance.

We invite you to join us on what promises to be an informative, challenging, memorable and uplifting experience.

Itinerary

  1. Travel to Nazareth

    We meet at London Luton Airport.  easyJet flight EZY2085 to Tel Aviv departs at 12:30 and arrives at 19:30. Three night stay at the Sisters of Nazareth Convent Guest House.

  2. Basilica of the Annunciation

    Nazareth

    We have Morning Office and rehearsals, then a break for lunch. In the afternoon we visit the Basilica of the Annunciation and also Mary’s Well (St. Gabriel’s Church). Further rehearsals are followed by dinner and a talk from the Vicar of Nazareth and Night Prayer.

  3. The Lakeside Ministry

    We visit some of the sites associated with Jesus’ life around the Sea of Galilee: Capernaum, Jesus’ Galilean base, and Mensa Christi where he appeared to his disciples after his Resurrection. We end the morning at the Church of the Loaves and Fishes at Tabgha where we celebrate the Eucharist by the lakeside. After a lunch break we sail (and sing) across the Sea of Galilee from Nof Ginosar to Tiberias.  Return to Nazareth. Liturgy for Peace after dinner.

  4. The Jordan Valley

    We leave Nazareth and drive down the Jordan Valley to Jericho. Our first stop is at the Jordan River baptismal site (Qasr el Yahud), with the opportunity to renew our baptismal vows. Lunch break in Jericho. Driving up towards Jerusalem and Bethlehem, we take a detour to visit the spectacularly situated St. George’s Monastery in the Wadi Qelt. We continue to Bethlehem. This afternoon we plan to visit one of the refugee camps of Dheisha or Aida. After check-in and dinner we meet with Sami Awad. Four night stay at the Sancta Maria Hotel.

  5. Bethlehem

    We visit Wi’am Centre for Conflict Reconciliation, close to the Separation Wall. We continue to Beit Sahour and the Shepherds’ Fields (Eucharist).  After a break for lunch we travel to Ramallah to meet Fr Fadi Diab, Rector of St. Andrew’s Church. There will be a rehearsal and then dinner. Liturgy for Peace in Ramallah and return to Bethlehem.

  6. Jerusalem

    On our way into Jerusalem we stop on the Mount of Olives for a panoramic view of the Holy City. We walk down, visiting Dominus Flevit Chapel and the Church of All Nations adjoining the Garden of Gethsemane en route. We enter the Old City through St. Stephen’s Gate to visit St. Anne’s Church with the opportunity to sing.  We follow the Via Dolorosa (Way of the Cross) to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Late lunch break in the Old City. Return to Bethlehem with an opportunity for local shopping. After dinner we welcome representatives of the Parents Circle.

  7. Jerusalem

    We return to Jerusalem. Our morning begins with an Arabic/English Eucharist in St. George’s Anglican Cathedral, where we meet some of the local congregation over coffee afterwards. Following a break for lunch there will be a shopping opportunity and a final rehearsal.  After dinner we have our last Liturgy for Peace at Bethlehem University.

  8. Home

    We leave Bethlehem after breakfast and visit Abu Ghosh (a possible site of Emmaus) where we celebrate a final Eucharist. Continue to Ben Gurion Airport for our return EasyJet flight EZY2084 to Luton departing at 15:10 and arriving at 18:45.

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Essential Information

The price you pay is inclusive

The only extras you need to budget for are lunches (suggest £8-£10 per day) drinks and shopping. We include all gratuities to guide, driver and hotel staff.

2021 Prices

£1,575  per person sharing a twin or double room

Single Supplement: £340

Travel Insurance Premium: £64 up to age 75; £113 aged 76 and up.

Included

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

Not included

Lunches, Travel Insurance, Single Room supplement Personal Travel Expenses

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 £64. Travellers 76-90 pay £113 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.

Airline

easyjet flights from Luton 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

In Nazareth we stay at the Sisters of Nazareth Convent Guest House and in Bethlehem at the Sancta Maria Hotel. The tour is on a half-board basis with buffet breakfast and evening meal included daily.

Sisters of Nazareth Convent Guest House

Sancta Maria Hotel Bethlehem

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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