Meath Diocese Pilgrimage to the Holy Land

Led by Bishop Tom Deenihan, Bishop of Meath

Our 9 day pilgrimage begins in Bethlehem where we will spend 5 nights. During this time we will visit all of the main sites in Bethlehem and Jerusalem including the Via Dolorosa, the Holy Sepulchre, Mount Zion. We will visit Qumran where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found and have time for a dip in the Dead Sea! We will visit Emmaus on our way to Tiberias, our base for the final 3 nights. From there we will visit Nazareth, Cana, the Mount of Beatitudes, Mount Tabor, Capernaum and enjoy a boat trip on the Sea of Galilee. Ethiopians who will welcome you with a cup of their famous coffee!

Highlights

  • Walking in the footsteps of Jesus
  • Visit to the Holy Sepulchre
  • Birthplace of Jesus in Bethlehem
  • Nazareth and Cana
  • Mount of Beatitudes and Mount Tabor
  • Capernaum
  • Boat trip on the Sea of Galilee
  • Dip in the Dead Sea

What is Included

  • Return flights Dublin – Tel Aviv via Frankfurt
  • Accommodation in 4 star hotels (twin sharing) (5 nights Bethlehem/3 nights Tiberias)
  • Dinner, bed and breakfast throughout
  • Services of an English speaking guide throughout the tour
  • Entrance fees where applicable
  • Porterage at airport and hotels

What is Not Included

  • Insurance: €40.00 per person (66 - 79 years – double premium)
  • Sole occupancy supplement:€58.00 per person per night for duration of stay (limited availability)
  • Tips/gratuities for guide, driver and hotel staff: €45.00

Itinerary Details

Monday 4 November

Depart Dublin via Frankfurt to Tel Aviv. On arrival meet and greet at the airport and transfer to Bethlehem for check in at hotel.

Tuesday 5 November

Breakfast at hotel. Celebrate Mass in the Church of the Nativity.Visit the site of the Nativity, Manger Square, Milk Grotto and Grotto of St. Jerome. Visit the Shepherds Fields. Afterwards visit a TROCAIRE project in Bethlehem as a sign of our Solidarity with the Christians here. Return to hotel for dinner and overnight.

Wednesday 6 November

Enter the old City - celebrate Mass in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Visit the Church of St. Ann and Pool of Bethesda.Then continue to the Church of Flagellation, Lithostrotos and along the Via Dolorosa. Walk through the Jewish Quarter and the Cardo to the Temple Area. See the Western Wall. Afterwards visit the Tomb of King David on Mount Zion, the Upper Room, the Dormition Abbey and St. Peter in Gallicantu. Dinner and overnight in Bethlehem.

Thursday 7 November

After breakfast visit Ein Karem – Birthplace of St. John the Baptist. Celebrate Mass in the Upper Church of the Visitation. Return via the Haas Promenade and enjoy the view of old and new Jerusalem. Dinner and overnight in Bethlehem. Holy hour in the Church of Gethsemane.

Friday 8 November

Breakfast at hotel.See the Dome of the Ascension and visit the Church of Pater Noster.Walk along the Palm Sunday road to Dominus Flevit.Celebrate Mass here.Afterwards continue to the Jordan river for renewal ofBaptismal vows. Continue along the shores of the Dead Sea to Qumran - site of the Dead Sea Scrolls. Lunch break and relaxation at the Dead Sea.Return to hotel for dinner and overnight in Bethlehem.

Saturday 9 November

Breakfast at hotel and check out. Visit Emmaus (Latrun) and afterwards the Mukraha Monastery. Drive through the Sharon Valley to Nazareth. Visit the Church of the Annunciation.Celebrate Mass in Nazareth.Afterwards drive to the shores of the Sea of Galilee to Tiberias for dinner and overnight in Tiberias.

Sunday 10 November

Breakfast at hotel.Drive to the Mount of Beatitudes - site of the Sermon of the Mount. Celebrate Mass here.Continue to the Church of the Multiplication. Afterwards visit the Church of the Primacy of St. Peter (also known as Mensa Christi) and then Capernaum. Continue to Cana of Galilee for renewal of vows. Dinner and overnight in Tiberias.

Monday 11 November

Breakfast at hotel. Enjoy a boat trip on Sea of Galilee. Drive to Mount Tabor – celebrate Mass here. Remainder of day at leisure. Dinner and overnight in Tiberias

Tuesday 12 November

Breakfast at hotel. Visit to Magdala and celebrate our final Mass here. Transfer to Ben Gurion Airport in time for your return flight to Dublin.

Accommodation

Jacir Palace Hotel, Bethlehem (5 nights)

This hotel is located in Bethlehem.All its 250 soundproofed rooms provide a bathroom with bathtub, balcony and seating area with satellite TV. Other amenities include restaurants, a bar/lounge and a health club.

Royal Plaza Hotel, Tiberias (3 nights)

This hotel is located on the outskirts of Tiberias overlooking the Sea of Galilee. All its 160 rooms have air conditioning, hair dryer and a safety deposit box (no tea/coffee making facilities in bedroom). It has its own restaurant, lounge and spa centre with swimming pool (seasonal).

Proposed Flights

Dates

From / To

Departure

Arrival

Monday 04 November

Dublin / Frankfurt

08.35 hrs.

11.35 hrs.

Monday 04 November

Frankfurt / Tel Aviv

14.05 hrs.

19.10 hrs.

Tuesday 12 November

Tel Aviv / Frankfurt

16.20 hrs.

20.00 hrs

Tuesday 12 November

Frankfurt / Dublin

21.40 hrs.

22.45 hrs.

Dates & Prices

Start Date

End Date

Price PPS

Monday 4 November

Tuesday 12 November

€1,525.00*

*half board basis

Important Information

  • Passport: your passport must be valid for at least 6 months beyond your return date
  • Visa: not required by Irish passport holders
  • Vaccinations: not required

How to reserve a place(s): a completed booking form with deposit of €250.00 (+ cost of insurance if required) per person - payment by cash/cheque/debit or credit card - should be sent directly to MAP Travel. The balance will be due 10 weeks prior to departure - payment by cash/cheque or debit card only.