- The Mount of Olives
- Ein Karem - home of Elizabeth, mother of John the Baptist
- Old Jerusalem, Jewish Quarter and Western Wall
- Guided stroll of Via Dolorosa "the sorrowful way"
- The Shepherds Fields with worship
- Bethlehem - Basilica of the Nativity
- Jordan River Baptismal site
- Mount Tabor and the Church of the Transfiguration
- Nazareth and Basilica of the Annunciation
- Capernaum and the Mensa Christi Church
- Tabgha - site of the feeding of the 5,000
- Mount of Beatitudes - site of the Sermon on the Mount
- Sea of Galilee cruise
None! All excursions, entrance fees and extras as 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: all meals are included. throughout your pilgrimage you will enjoy lunches in local restaurants and 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 holiday 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. Each departure also includes a member of the clergy who will offer optional opportunities for worship and reflection for all during and after these moving visits.
The flight is direct to Tel Aviv with El Al from London Heathrow. Flight upgrades, for that extra comfort and ease through the airport, as well as regional flights from some UK airports can be arranged at a supplement. An overnight stop at Heathrow may be required which we can assist you with. Please enquire at time of booking.
Flight LY316 departs Heathrow: 15:20 arrives Tel Aviv: 22:05
Flight LY 317 departs Tel Aviv: 17:20 arrives Heathrow: 20:45
Length of flight to Tel Aviv: four hours and 40 minutes
Flight times maybe subject to change and are confirmed with your final paperwork.
Seven nights based in a double or twin room. This pilgrimage is accommodated in 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 many years. They are in excellent locations, privately owned and managed, and offer good food and comfortable accommodation with private facilities.
Golden Walls Hotel, Jerusalem / Ron Beach Hotel, Tiberias
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 most comfortable times to visit are spring (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.
Israel is hot in the summer with average temperatures in the center of the country over 30C and closer to 40C in the South and Galilee.
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. You should also be able to manage 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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