9 Day Pilgrimage to the Holy Land (Ex Cork)
Tuesday 18th – Wednesday 26th August 2020
Tiberias (3 nights) – Jerusalem (5 nights)
Spiritual Director: Fr Liam Crowley
Pilgrimage Director: Jim Keogh
Envisaged day to day programme
Tuesday 18 August
Depart Cork via London to Tel Aviv. On arrival meet and greet at the airport and transfer to Tiberias for light supper and overnight.
Wednesday 19 August
Breakfast at hotel. Commence the day with an unforgettable boat trip on Sea of Galilee followed by a visit to Magdala the ancient city on the shore of the Sea of Galilee. We visit the beautiful Church “Duc in Altum” and celebrate Mass in the Boat Chapel here. Afterwards we visit Capernaum “The Town of Jesus” see the house of St Peter and visit the Synagogue then continue to the Church of the Primacy of St. Peter the place is also known as Mensa Christi a beautiful location near the Sea of Galilee. Proceed to Tabgha – the site of the Miracle of the Multiplication of the Loaves and Fish. Visit the Mount of Beatitudes – Site of the Sermon of the Mount. Return to our hotel for dinner and overnight.
Thursday 20 August
Breakfast at hotel. 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 Basilica of the Annunciation celebrate Mass here, see the Grotto and the home of the Holy Family and St. Joseph’s workshop, the synagogue and Mary’s Well. Drive to Mount Tabor scene of the Transfiguration ascend the mountain by taxi. Return to Tiberias for dinner and overnight.
Friday 21 August
Breakfast at hotel. Check out and drive to the Jordan River – Baptismal site. Continue to Jericho and stop at the sycamore tree associated with Zacchaeus, view the Mount of Temptation, the historic Walls of Jericho, 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.
Saturday 22 August
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. Visit the Milk Grotto. Visit the Shepherd’s Fields and celebrate Mass here. Dinner at hotel.
Sunday 23 August
Breakfast at hotel. Afterwards drive to the Church of St. Peter in Gallicantu and celebrate Mass here. 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. Visit the Church of St. John and the Church of the Visitation. Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem. After dinner an opportunity for a Holy Hour at the Rock of the Agony in the Church of All Nations. Return to hotel for overnight.
Monday 24 August
Breakfast at hotel. Drive to Jaffa Gate. Enter the Old City. Visit the Church of the Holy Sepulchre including Calvary and the Tomb of Christ, celebrate Mass in the Chapel of the Apparition. Drive to St. Stephen’s Gate. Visit the Church of St. Anne and the Pool of Bethesda. Continue to the Chapels of Flagellation and Condemnation, onwards past Lithostrotos, walk along the Via Dolorosa. Continue through the Jewish Quarter through the Cardo to the Temple Area. Visit the Western Wall. Return to hotel for dinner and overnight.
Tuesday 25 August
Breakfast at hotel. Visit Bethany and celebrate Mass at the Church of St Lazarus followed by a visit to the Tomb of Lazarus. Drive through the Wilderness of Judea 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.
Wednesday 26 August
Transfer to Ben Gurion Airport in time for your return flight to Cork via London.
Tuesday 18 August Cork/London 11.35 hrs. 13.05 hrs.
London/Tel Aviv 15.25 hrs. 22.10 hrs.
Wednesday 26 August Tel/Aviv London 10.10 hrs. 13.35 hrs.
London/Cork 18.10 hrs. 19.30 hrs.
Carriers: Aer Lingus / EL AL
Proposed accommodation – 4 star hotels or similar
Sea of Galilee Hotel, Tiberias (3 nights) Grand Court Hotel Jerusalem (5 nights)
Price: €1,972.00 per person sharing – dinner, bed & breakfast basis
- Return flights Cork/Tel Aviv/Cork (via London)
- 8 nights accommodation (twin sharing) – 3 nights Tiberias and 5 nights Jerusalem
- Dinner, bed and breakfast throughout
- Transfers and coaching as per programme
- Services of an English-speaking Christian guide throughout the tour
- Spiritual Director
- Services of GTI Travel Pilgrimage Director, Jim Keogh
- Entrance fees where applicable
- Porterage at airport and hotels
- Insurance: €49.00 per person (69 – 79 years – double premium)
- Tips/gratuities for guide, driver and hotel staff: €45.00
- Sole occupancy supplement: €580.00 for duration of stay (limited availability)
- Whisper sets (headsets) – €15.00
- 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
GTI Travel, Network House Block 2, Donabate, Co. Dublin, K36 WE24 Tel: 01 843 4734
Jim Keogh (Pilgrimage Director) 021-4885371 or 087-2678793