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Extended Holy Land Pilgrimage

When we started arranging pilgrimages more than thirty five years ago, durations were much longer. For people with more time available for their Holy Land tour, an extra two days or more will open up more options including perhaps a free day in Jerusalem or an optional excursion to Masada and the Dead Sea.

Our 10 day itinerary still currently remains our most popular option, giving a more relaxed time in the Holy Land. Even longer itineraries can include Sunday worship in Jerusalem with a local congregation.

Manchester flying days currently only allow an 11 day duration, giving an extra day usually beside the Sea of Galilee. However 10 day programmes can be offered from any London airport, and we will always endeavour to provide suitable alternative regional or connecting flights.

You may also wish to add an optional extension to Jordan, the less visited Holy Land. We offer a recommended 5 day extension itinerary.

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.


  1. View from the Terrace at Golden Walls Hotel

    Travel to Jerusalem

    Choice of flights to Tel Aviv. Six 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 with views of the Temple area mosques, finishing by 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. Floating in the Dead Sea

    Masada & Dead Sea Optional Excursion

    Drive to Qumran where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found, and on to Herod’s Masada fortress. Lunch and a floating experience at the Dead Sea. Our final stop is at Wadi Qelt for views of St George’s Monastery. (We give the option today to explore Jerusalem at leisure)

  5. A group at Shepherds Fields, Bethlehem


    We celebrate the Eucharist in the Shepherds’ Fields. After lunch at the Rehabilitation Centre, we visit the Basilica of the Nativity in Manger Square. Many groups visit Al Shurooq Blind School.

  6. Local worship in Jerusalem

    Morning, worship with a local congregation. After lunch at St George’s guest house, we visit the Yad Vashem memorial to the Holocaust

  7. Drive North to the Sea of Galilee

    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 at the Ron Beach Hotel on the shore of the Sea of Galilee.

  8. Nazareth

    We ascend Mount 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.

  9. Sea of Galilee Boat Cruise

    The Lakeside Ministry

    We visit Capernaum and Mensa Christi. Lakeside Eucharist at Tabgha and lunch on the Mount of Beatitudes. Afternoon sail across the Sea of Galilee.

  10. Caesarea and home

    Drive along the Mediterranean coast to Caesarea, the Roman capital, and have lunch at the Port Café. Continue to Ben Gurion airport for an evening flight home.

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.


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. 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, TiberiasSt 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.

You can read McCabe reviews on the AITO website HERE

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Boston Spa Area Pilgrimage with Optional Jordan Extension Extended Holy Land Departing From Heathrow Prices from £2195 pp The Revd Steve Jakeman 09/05/2022 for 11 days Download brochure Book now Make an enquiry
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