- Ancient Roman port of Caesarea
- Nazareth Village and Basilica of the Annunciation
- Megiddo archaeological site
- Sea of Galilee cruise
- Capernaum and Tabgha - site of the feeding of the 5,000
- Mount of Beatitudes - site of the Sermon on the Mount
- Magdala archaeological site
- Banias Nature Reserve and the Golan Heights
- Jordan River Baptismal site
- Masada including cable car
- Qumran, the Dead Sea Scrolls
- Ein Gedi Nature Reserve and 'David's Falls'
- Swim in the Dead Sea
- The Shepherds Fields with worship
- Bethlehem - Basilica of the Nativity
- The Mount of Olives
- Palm Sunday Path & Church of the Holy Sepulchre
- Guided stroll of Via Dolorosa "the sorrowful way"
- Old Jerusalem, Jewish Quarter and Western Wall
- Judea and Samaria Mountain range day
- Ein Karem (Mary's Well)
- Israel & Yad Vashem Holocaust Museums
None! All excursions, entrance fees and extras as listed above and below are included.
- Hotel baggage porterage
- Local guide and drivers’ gratuities
- All restaurant and hotel gratuities
- Other small local gratuities
- Personal audio guiding system
Included meals & drinks
Meals: half-board and five lunches. Your lunches will be in local restaurants. Dinners, for the most part, will be in your hotels.
Drinks: juices and tea or coffee are available with all breakfasts. All other drinks will be at your own expense.
Our team in The Holy Land
This itinerary includes a qualified local guide to bring the holy sites and ancient wonders to life. They will be staying with you and escorting you throughout.
Direct flights to Tel Aviv are available from Heathrow, Gatwick, Luton, Manchester and Dublin.
UK regional flights to Heathrow as well as flight seat upgrades for additional comfort and ease through the airport can also be arranged on all El Al, Virgin Atlantic and British Airways flights from Heathrow.
Flights from Gatwick, Luton and Manchester are with easyJet and do not always operate daily so some itineraries may need to be longer to allow for this.
Flight times from the UK to Tel Aviv are approximately five hours and mostly daytime flights arriving in the mid to late afternoon or evening into Tel Aviv.
The transfer from Tel Aviv Airport to Jerusalem is approximate 90 minutes and to Tiberias approximately two and a half hours.
NETANYA: RAMADA HOTEL & SUITES (4*)
Situated half a nile from the centre of Netanya on Israel's Mediterranean coast.
Hotel facilities: elegant spa, outdoor swimming pool, sun terrace, bar, lounge and restaurant.
Your room: all come with terrace balcony with partial sea views, equipped with air-conditioning/ heating, mini-bar, safe, tea and coffee making facilities, iron and ironing board and complimentary WiFi.
Your bathroom: bath or shower, hairdryer and complimentary toiletries.
TIBERIAS: LEONARDO CLUB (4*)
Situated in the city centre next to the promenade on the shores of the Sea of Galilee and just a 10 minute stroll to the Old City Bazaar and harbour area with its café’s and boutique shopping area.
Hotel facilities: outdoor swimming pool, sun terrace, fitness centre, spa and wellness centre, bar, lounge and restaurant.
Your room: all come equipped with balcony, air-conditioning/ heating, mini-bar, safe, tea and coffee making facilities and complimentary WiFi.
Your bathroom: shower over the bath tub, hairdryer and complimentary toiletries.
ARAD: KFAR HANOKDIM DESERT CAMP
Tucked away in the Kana`im Valley in the Judean Desert, between the city of Arad and the ancient citadel of Masada, there is a green oasis: Kfar Hanokdim. The picturesque desert resort features goat hair Bedouin style tents, spacious lodges made of local stone and many relaxing spots to unwind among palm trees and captivating nature.
Camp facilities: gathering area to listen to local music after dinner, breakfast room and dining room decorated with traditional fabrics and rugs.
Your lodge: you will stay in a lodge made of local stone and fabrics and very simply furnished but equipped with an electric kettle. These are designed for six or eight people but we only place four maximum in each lodge and only of the same sex.
Your bathroom: nearby shower block with shower and toilet cubicles.
JERUSALEM: GRAND COURT HOTEL (4*)
Five hundred metres from the Garden Tomb and the Damascus Gate which enters into the old walled city and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. The new Jerusalem light rail stops just across the street and can easily take you around the city.
Hotel facilities: roof-top swimming pool, fitness centre, bar-lounge and restaurant.
Your room: all come equipped an additional seating area, air-conditioning/ heating, fridge, safe, tea and coffee making facilities and complimentary WiFi.
Your bathroom: shower over the bath tub, hairdryer and complimentary toiletries. Ample towels are provided for both bathroom and pool use.
Single supplements and 'twin to share' rooms
Where possible we try to keep single supplements to a minimum. We charge the basic price and accommodate your member with a person of the same sex from your group who has requested shared accommodation. If we do not find someone to share with them, they 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.
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.
For the latest and most up to date travel advice including entry requirements please consult the Foreign & Commonwealth Development Office travel advice website.
Health & wellbeing
If you haven't had a booster in the last ten years it is recommended that you be vaccinated for Tetanus and Polio. Food and waterborne diseases are more common, so we recommend vaccinations for typhoid (valid 3 years) and Hepatitis A (validity varies). Vaccination, Covid-19 and health information can change so please contact your local health care provider for the most up to date information. We will send up to date information on entry requirements with your final paperwork approximately 14 days before departure.
Adequate insurance cover will be required for all hospital emergencies and doctors’ visits.
Israel has a warm, sunny and dry climate. The weather is often sunny and clear in Israel. It is one of the least cloudy and least rainy regions on Earth.
The peak season is March, April and May when temperatures are on average in the low 20’s and Autumn (September, October and November) when temperatures are in the high 20’s in the center of the country. Temperatures are generally higher in the south of the country and the Galilee area. Winters are milder so the lower seasons of November, December, January and February will still be much warmer that the UK. Hotel and flight prices at these times are better and offer a greater value for money tour for your group.
Israel is hot in the summer months with average temperatures across country over 30C.
Israel is more liberal than its neighbouring countries, but you should dress inconspicuously and avoid wearing clothes that could be regarded as provocative (e.g. very short skirts, skimpy shorts, strappy tops where shoulders are exposed and low plunging neck lines). Shorts and t-shirts are fine as long as they are not too short and skimpy. Swimwear around hotel pools is perfectly acceptable. For some church visits legs and arms are required to be covered but a headscarf is not necessary, and you will find next to no other restrictions elsewhere throughout your holiday in the Holy Land.
We recommend you take clothing for spring/summer weather and a couple of warmer items such as a fleece or sweater for the evenings when it may be a bit cooler. Sports shoes with fairly thick cushioned soles for uneven pavements are also recommended.
There is a certain amount of walking (and stairs) involved on a daily basis on this pilgrimage so please make sure you pack comfy footwear for this so that you are prepared. Your Local Guide will keep you updated on a daily basis with what to expect the following day. If you are finding it difficult to keep up then please make sure you tell them so they can help you to find places to rest and relax and then you can re-join the group at a later stage.
Whilst this is not a trekking or adventure holiday there will be some walking required where you may be on your feet for up to 90 minutes at some ancient sites and must be able to walk up to a mile as well as climb two to three flights of stairs. The paving may not always be smooth and seating not always available.
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The McCabe Educational Trust
The McCabe Educational Trust is an independent registered charity with the aim of helping inspiring people we meet on some of our pilgrimages. 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 £20 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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