Holy Land Pilgrimage (Direct flight)

This very special pilgrimage will commence with a direct flight which will take you from Dublin to Tel Aviv in just under 6 hours. You then begin your Pilgrimage in Tiberias on the Sea of Galilee from where you will visit Cana, Mount Tabor, Capernaum and Nazareth. A drive through the Jordan Valley will take you to Jerusalem where you will visit the Old City and all the main sites of interest and to Bethlehem where you will have an opportunity to visit the Church of the Nativity and see the Shepherds Fields.

Highlights

  • Visit Capernaum and the Mount of Beatitudes
  • Boat trip on the Sea of Galilee
  • Explore Nazareth and visit the Church of the Annunciation
  • Visit the Birthplace of Jesus in Bethlehem
  • Walk along the via Dolorosa where Jesus walked on the way to his crucifixion
  • Celebrate Mass in the Holy Sepulchre
  • Take a dip in the Dead Sea and feel 10 years younger

What is Included

  • Direct flights Dublin – Tel Aviv return
  • Airport taxes and charges
  • 8 nights accommodation in 4 star hotels - 3 nights Tiberias, 5 nights Jerusalem (twin sharing)
  • Dinner, bed and breakfast basis throughout
  • Transfers and coaching as per programme
  • Entrance fees where applicable
  • Porterage at airport and hotels
  • Expert local guide throughout the tour
  • Irish Spiritual Director

What is Not Included

  • Insurance: €40 per person (+ 66 years – double premium)
  • Sole occupancy supplement: €520.00 for the duration of stay
  • Tips/gratuities for guide, driver and hotel staff: €45.00
  • Individual ‘whisper’ headsets approx. €20.00

Itinerary Details

Day 1 – Dublin, Tiberias

On arrival meet and greet at the airport and transfer to Tiberias for supper and overnight.

Day 2 – Sea of Galilee, Capernaum, Mont of Beatitudes

Commence the day by enjoying a boat trip on Sea of Galilee. Afterwards visit Capernaum and proceed to Tabgha - visit the site of the Miracle of the Multiplication of the Loaves and Fish. Continue to Church of the Primacy of St. Peter the place is also known as Mensa Christi. Celebrate Mass here. Visit the Mount of Beatitudes - Site of the Sermon of the Mount. Return to Tiberias for dinner and overnight.

Day 3 – Mount Tabor, Nazareth

Breakfast at hotel. Drive to Mount Tabor scene of the Transfiguration. Ascend the mountain by taxi. Drive to Cana of Galilee - site of the first miracle at the wedding feast, couples may renew their marriage vows here. Drive to Nazareth. Visit the Church of the Annunciation celebrate Mass here. Visit the home of the Holy Family, St. Joseph’s workshop, the synagogue and Mary’s Well. Return to Tiberias for dinner and overnight.

Day 4 – River Jordan, Jerusalem

Breakfast at hotel. Check out and drive to the Jordan River – Baptismal site. Continue to Jericho and view the Mount of Temptation, The Walls of Jericho, Zacchaeus’ tree. Continue through the Jordan Valley and onwards to Jerusalem. On arrival enjoy the panoramic view of old and new Jerusalem. Visit the place of the Ascension, The Pater Noster Church and Dominus Flevit – celebrate Mass here. Afterwards visit the Garden of Gethsemane and the Church of All Nations. Check into hotel in Jerusalem for dinner and overnight.

Day 5 – Bethlehem

Breakfast at hotel. Drive to Bethlehem (10 km) and visit the Church of the Nativity. Visit the site of the Nativity, and the Grotto of St. Jerome, the Manger square. See the Shepherd’s Fields and celebrate Mass here, visit the Milk Grotto. Dinner at hotel. Holy Hour at the Rock of the Agony in the Church of All Nations. Return to hotel for dinner and overnight.

Day 6 – Mount Zion, Ein Karem

Breakfast at hotel. Afterwards drive to the Church of St. Peter in Gallicantu. Visit the Tomb of King David on Mount Zion, the Upper Room and the Dormition Abbey. Continue to Ein Karem – Birthplace of St. John the Baptist – Celebrate Mass at the Church of St. John. Visit the Church of the Visitation. Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem.

Day 7 – St. Stephen’s Gate, Via Dolorosa, Holy Sepulchre

Breakfast at hotel. Drive to St. Stephen’s Gate. Enter the Old City. Visit the Church of St. Ann and Pool of Bethesda. Continue to the Chapel of Flagellation – celebrate Mass here. Continue to Lithostrotos, carry the cross along the Via Dolorosa. Visit the Church of the Holy Sepulchre including Calvary and the Tomb of Christ. Walk through the Jewish Quarter through the Cardo to the Temple Area. Visit the Western Wall. Return to hotel for dinner and overnight.

Day 8 – Dead Sea, Jerusalem

Breakfast at hotel. Drive through the Wilderness of Judea (celebrate Mass in the Judean Desert) before bypassing the Inn of the Good Samaritan. Proceed along the shores of the Dead Sea. Visit Qumran - site of the Dead Sea Scrolls. Take a dip in the Dead Sea before returning to Jerusalem for dinner and overnight.

Day 9 - Dublin

Transfer to Ben Gurion Airport in time for your return flight to Dublin

Accommodation

Royal Plaza Hotel, Tiberias 4* (or similar)

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).

Grand Court Hotel, Jerusalem 4* (or similar)

This Hotel is within walking distance of the old city of Jerusalem. All its 442 rooms are comfortably furnished and have air conditioning, TV, telephone, mini-bar, hairdryer and tea/coffee making facilities. There is a dining room and a spacious bar/lounge in the lobby.

Proposed Flights

Carrier

Date

From / To

Departure Time

Arrival Time

Sundor

Tue 23 Oct

Dublin / Tel Aviv

13.50 hrs.*

21.20 hrs.*

Sundor

Wed 31 Oct

Tel Aviv / Dublin

15.50 hrs.*

20.00 hrs.*

*provisional timings

Dates & Prices

Start Date

End Date

Price PPS

Tue 23 Oct

Wed 31 Oct

€1,575.00 *

*Half Board

Important Information

  • Passport: your passport must be valid for at least 6 months beyond your return date.
  • Visa: not required by Irish passport holders
  • No vaccinations required

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