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The Holy Land

Palm Sunday in The Holy Land

It is always very moving to make a pilgrimage to the Holy Land, but never more so than before Holy Week. There is the opportunity to participate in the joyous Palm Sunday procession. We recreate together the last weeks of Jesus’ earthly ministry and celebrate his triumphal entry into Jerusalem. There will be crowds, but the atmosphere will be uplifting.

There is so much to see and experience on this tour. Come and learn this for yourselves, whether you are new to the Holy Land or have been many times before. There are always new sights and sounds to reflect upon. Reading the gospels will never be the same again. By visiting the Holy Land, we are standing in solidarity with our brothers and sisters there too. To have the chance to meet the ‘living stones’, the local Palestinian and Israeli Christians who are the ongoing, living church in the region, is humbling.

We spend three nights on the Mount of Beatitudes overlooking the Sea of Galilee and four in Jerusalem right next to the Old City walls. Included are all the sites where the most important events in Our Lord’s life and ministry took place.

If you have never been on pilgrimage to the Holy Land before, please join us. If you have been, we invite you back at this special time. Our journey is a life changing as well as faith changing experience.

Itinerary

  1. To Galilee

    Depart from London Heathrow direct to Tel Aviv. Three night stay by the Sea of Galilee.

  2. sea-of-galilee

    Lakeside Ministries

    A leisurely breakfast before we visit the church and gardens commemorating the Sermon on the Mount. We then head to Capernaum and Tabgha (Holy Communion by the lakeside). Lunch at Tanureen with a relaxing afternoon boat trip sailing on the Sea of Galilee.

  3. Nazareth

    We spend the day in and around Nazareth with visits to Cana, Sindyanna (a Fair Trade non-profit organisation encouraging Arab-Jewish co-operation) Nazareth Village, Mary's Well, the Synagogue Church and the Basilica of the Annunciation as well as Mount Tabor and the Basilica of the Transfiguration. Lunch at a restaurant in the old city.

  4. The Old City

    Leave for Jerusalem stopping at the Jordan River baptismal site. Lunch in Jericho. Walk from Bethphage over the Mount of Olives (visit Pater Noster Church and Dominus Flevit Chapel) to the Church of All Nations in the Garden of Gethsemane. Time to relax at our hotel before dinner. Four night stay at the Golden Walls Hotel.

  5. Bethlehem

    We visit the Garden Tomb and head to the Bethlehem area to visit the Shepherds’ Fields (Holy Communion). On to the Bethlehem Rehabilitation Centre to hear about their work (lunch here). Afternoon visit to Manger Square, the Basilica and Grotto of the Nativity and St Jerome's Caves. Time for some shopping at an olivewood co-operative before returning to Jerusalem.

  6. Via Dolorosa

    Visit the Church of St Peter in Gallicantu and the Upper Room on Mount Zion. Walk through Zion Gate to the Western Wall to view Temple Mount (Dome of the Rock and el Aqsa mosques). Continue to the Pools of Bethesda and St Anne’s Crusader Church. Lunch at Ecce Homo Convent. Walk along the Via Dolorosa to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.

  7. Palm Sunday Procession

    08:00am Mass at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre with the rest of the morning free. Lunch on the Mount of Olives at the Seven Arches Hotel with panoramic views over Jerusalem. We then remember Jesus’ Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem and join the procession from Bethphage down the Mount of Olives across the Kidron Valley into the Old City singing hymns and bearing palm fronds.

  8. Happy boys

    Returning Home

    Morning visit to Bethany for The Church and The Tomb of Lazarus and Jeel Al Amal Boys’ Home, sponsored by The McCabe Educational Trust. Lunch in Nicopolis, a possible site of Emmaus, before heading to the airport for return flights to London.

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.

Single Supplement: £345

Travel Insurance Premium: £59 or £89 if aged 75+

Included

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

Not included

Travel Insurance, Single Room supplement.

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. 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 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

Fly El Al from London Heathrow direct to Tel Aviv. In flight meals, drinks, snacks and 23kg of checked in luggage are included.

Hotels

For this pilgrimage, we stay at the Mount of Beatitudes Convent Guest House in a wonderful, peaceful location overlooking the Sea of Galilee. In Jerusalem, we stay at our partner hotel, the Golden Walls, a property which has looked after McCabe groups with great care and attention for over thirty years. They are in excellent locations, and offer good food and accommodation with private facilities.

Golden Walls Hotel, Jerusalem / Mount of Beatitudes Convent Guest House

 

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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