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.
Flights, Hotel accommodation, Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, Sightseeing programme, Entrance fees & guiding, Gratuities
Travel Insurance, Single Room supplement, Masada optional excursion (some itineraries)
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.
The McCabe recommended insurance policy is designed for the older traveller. Do feel free to shop around as there are 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.
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.
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
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.
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.
You can read McCabe reviews on the AITO website HERE