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8 Day Holy Land Pilgrimage

This is our recommended Holy Land pilgrimage. Spend four nights in Jerusalem, followed by three nights beside the Sea of Galilee and visit the major places associated with the life and ministry of Jesus in a surprisingly relaxed manner.

Each McCabe pilgrimage is different but all will visit the principal sites on the example itinerary below. These sites include the Mount of Olives, The Old City of Jerusalem, The Stations of the Cross, Bethlehem, Jericho and Nazareth.

Daily flights are available from various London & Regional airports. We regularly use easyJet, British Airways and El Al, who all provide an excellent service. Manchester scheduling only currently allows for Monday & Thursday departures.

This 8 day programme is a perfect introduction to the Holy Land. It covers all the key pilgrimage sites you would expect to see.

On the menu of departure dates you can read the actual itinerary of any particular pilgrimage. Prices vary according to season and airline. Lunches are usually included in the tour price, along with all gratuities, so you need to budget for very little on top of the basic price. The only extras are often drinks and personal shopping expenses! Call the McCabe office and we will help you find the ideal pilgrimage for you.

The itinerary below is our standard programme. For full details of the itinerary on this featured date click download brochure above.

Itinerary

  1. View from the Terrace at Golden Walls Hotel

    Travel to Jerusalem

    Choice of flights to Tel Aviv. Four night stay in Jerusalem at the Golden Walls Hotel overlooking the Old City walls.

  2. The Mount of Olives

    We visit the Mt. of Olives, Garden of Gethsemane and Peter in Gallicantu church on Mt. Zion. Lunch at St. Andrew’s Guest House. Afternoon visits to Ein Karem and a model of Jerusalem at the time of Jesus.

  3. The Old City

    We walk from Zion Gate through the Jewish Quarter to the Western Wall, continuing to the Pool of Bethesda. After lunch at the Ecce Homo convent, we follow the Via Dolorosa to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. A visit to the Garden Tomb can be included.

  4. A group at Shepherds Fields, Bethlehem

    Bethlehem

    We celebrate the Eucharist in the Shepherds’ Fields. Lunch at the Rehabilitation Centre and visit to the Basilica of the Nativity in Manger Square. Many groups visit Al Shurooq Blind School.

  5. Jericho to Tiberias

    We visit Lazarus tomb in Bethany and the Jeel al-Amal Boys’ Home. After lunch in a Jericho garden restaurant, we drive north visiting the Jordan River Baptismal Site. Three night stay in Tiberias at the Ron Beach Hotel on the shore of the Sea of Galilee.

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  6. Nazareth

    We ascend Mt Tabor to visit the church of the Transfiguration, before driving to Nazareth for a biblical-style lunch at Nazareth Village, a reconstruction of 1st Century Galilean life. This afternoon we visit the Basilica of the Annunciation and Cana.

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  7. The Lakeside Ministry

    This morning enjoy visits to Capernaum and Mensa Christi, followed by a lakeside Eucharist at Tabgha and lunch on the Mount of Beatitudes. We finish the afternoon by sailing across the Sea of Galilee.

  8. Caesarea and home

    Drive along the Mediterranean coast to Caesarea, the Roman capital of the Holy Land and have lunch at the Port Cafe before continuing to Ben Gurion airport for an evening flight home.

  9. Common itinerary variations

    You might wish to consider some of our popular variations: move a night from Tiberias to Jerusalem; including a visit to Masada and the Dead Sea; beginning the pilgrimage in Tiberias; adapting to fit mid-term; staying in Bethlehem instead of Jerusalem; including Yad Vashem. Some groups focus on visits, others on meeting local people.

    Each of our pilgrimages has been tailor-made with the party leader and will include these and other variations. On the menu of departure dates you can read the actual itinerary of any particular pilgrimage.

     

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.

2020 Prices

Low Season from £1,645  - February and late November

Regular Season from £1,695 - March, May, June, September, early November

High Season from  £1,745 - April, October

Single Supplement: £365

Travel Insurance Premium: £59

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 £59. Travellers over 75 pay £89 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

Each pilgrimage is based on one particular flight to Tel Aviv. You can check which flight on each individual itinerary. Flights we use are:

Easyjet flights from Luton and Manchester direct to Tel Aviv. When we book EasyJet flights, we include a 20 kgs baggage allowance and allocated seat but you do have to purchase your own meal on board, or bring something with you. This is the basic price option. Pilgrimages using other airlines cost a bit more.

For Heathrow flights, prices include a supplement of £50 for EL AL or £100 for British Airways.

From Scotland, the best option is currently Turkish Airlines flying from Edinburgh via Istanbul and prices include a £50 supplement. Flights via London include a £200 supplement.

There are daily flights from Edinburgh, Luton and Heathrow airports, but flights from Manchester are currently only on Mondays and Thursdays.

Hotels

Most pilgrim parties are accommodated at our partner hotels in Jerusalem, the Golden Walls and in Tiberias, the Ron Beach. These properties have looked after McCabe groups with great care and attention for over thirty years. They are in excellent locations, privately owned and managed, and offer good food and accommodation with private facilities.

Golden Walls Hotel, Jerusalem / Ron Beach Hotel, Tiberias

We have a long association with two Church of Scotland owned properties: the Scots Hotel in Tiberias is a deluxe property. Parties staying here include a supplement of about £36 per night. In Jerusalem, St. Andrew’s Guest House accommodates some of our smaller parties, and our prices include a supplement of £10 per night.

Scots Hotel, Tiberias / St Andrews Guest House, 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

Our Programme Tour Leader Tour Dates Availability
London area pilgrimage Prices from £1795 pp The Revd Elizabeth Price 09/09/2020 for 8 days Download brochure Book now
Southend area pilgrimage Prices from £1845 pp The Revd Colin Baldwin 17/09/2020 for 8 days Download brochure Book now
Hitchin area pilgrimage Prices from £1795 pp The Revd Terrance Bell 12/10/2020 for 8 days Download brochure Book now
North London area pilgrimage Prices from £1765 pp The Revd Kostas Christodoulou 12/11/2020 for 9 days Download brochure Book now
Methodist Church pilgrimage Prices from £1795 pp Mr Fola Oyeleye 16/03/2021 for 8 days Download brochure Book now

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