Fr John writes …

 

Parish Pilgrimage to the Holy Land,

Owing to restrictions on travel the pilgrimage will not take place until not only Israel but the whole of the occupied territories are sufficiently free of coronavirus so as to admit pilgrims.   

Itinerary

Day 1: Fly from Luton to Tel Aviv and onwards to hotel in Bethlehem.

Day 2: Visit the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem then to Jerusalem, retracing the steps of Jesus on Palm Sunday and visiting the garden of Gethsemane.

Day 3: In the morning we follow the way of the Cross and visit the Basilica of the Holy Sepulchre. In the afternoon we visit Mount Zion and the Western wall, before returning to Bethlehem.   That evening we will meet a member of the local committee of the Friends of the Holy Land in Bethlehem.

Day 4: Visit two projects for the local Christians, St Martha’s House and the School of Joy.   In the afternoon we go to the Shepherds’ Fields

Day 5: We head north from Bethlehem to Galilee, stopping at Jacob’s Well and the ancient city of Sebastiye.

Day 6: We travel to Nazareth, stopping at Cana on the way, and visit the Basilica of the Annunciation. In the afternoon we go to Mount Tabor.

Day 7: In the morning we will celebrate Mass on the shore of Lake Galilee then travel to the site of the Feeding of the Five Thousand and the Mount of Beatitudes and Capernaum.  The day will finish with a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee.

Day 8: We check out of the hotel and visit the river Jordan and the Baptismal site before heading to the airport, arriving back in the UK in the early evening.

This is just a taste of the places we will visit.   If you are thinking of going I can provide you with a fuller itinerary.

Price: £1,490 per person sharing a twin/double room on a half-board basis. Single rooms are available at a supplement of £250. Price includes return airfare including hold baggage, accommodation in 3* hotels, all transport whilst in the Holy Land, services of a professional guide, gratuities and all entrance fees. Price does not include lunches, drinks or items of a personal nature. Please note that this itinerary is not suitable for the less able traveller.