- The above cost includes
- Return flights Dublin/Istanbul/Tel Aviv
- 3 nights in Tiberias with dinner, bed & breakfast
- 5 nights in St. Gabriel Hotel in Bethlehem with dinner, bed & breakfast
- All travel in modern air-conditioned coach
- English-speaking Christian guide throughout
- Services of Marian Pilgrimages Irish Rep.
- All admission charges as per itinerary
- Boat trip on Sea of Galilee
- Taxis up & down Mount Tabor
- Tips for hotels, coach driver, and guide
- All airport & local taxes
- 1 piece of check-in luggage per person (20kg)
- *** NOT INCLUDED ***
- Single Room supplement
- Comprehensive Travel Insurance (25, 50 for pilgrims over the age of 80)
- **Please Note**
- We are happy to facilitate those people who are willing to share. In the event that a share cannot be found, it will be necessary to take a single room which is subject to a supplement.
- Itinerary and flight details may be subject to change.
Day 1 - Wednesday 19 December
Check-in at Dublin airport for Turkish airlines flight to Istanbul. On arrival in Istanbul, connect with onward flight to Tel Aviv. Meet coach and guide, and transfer to your hotel in Tiberias for 3 nights, dinner, bed & breakfast.
Day 2 - Thursday 20 December
Drive along by the Sea of Galilee to the Mount of Beatitudes for Mass and a full reading of the Beatitudes. Take a boat trip across the Sea of Galilee to Ein Gev, with relevant readings. Return to Capernaum to visit the old Synagogue and see the excavations of St Peters house. Nearby, visit the church of the Primacy by the sea-shore and the church of the Multiplication of the Loaves and Fish at Tabgha. Return to hotel for dinner.
Day 3 - Friday 21 December
Morning drive to Mount Tabor and ascend by taxi for Mass at the church of the Transfiguration. Enjoy the view of the Armageddon Valley. Drive to Cana and visit the church of the Wedding Feast site of Jesus first miracle. Renewal of Marriage Vows for married couples on the trip. Continue to Nazareth and visit the Basilica of the Annunciation for Mass, see the Cave home of the Holy Family, St Josephs workshop and Marys Well. Return to hotel for dinner.
Day 4 - Saturday 22 December
Morning drive to Yardinet Baptism site on the river Jordan and renew our Baptismal Vows. Drive along the Jordan Valley into Jericho. Here we can see the Mount of Temptation and the Sycamore tree of Zacchaeus. Drive by the Inn of the Good Samaritan to Bethany for Mass, and visit the tomb of Lazarus. Continue to Bethlehem and check into the 4 star Manger Square Hotel, located just a stone's throw from the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem for 4 nights, dinner, bed & breakfast.
Day 5 - Sunday 23 December
Drive to the Mount of Olives. Take a group photo and view the Old City. Visit the Ascension Dome, Pater Noster Church, Dominus Flevit, Assumption church and Grotto and the Garden of Gethsemane. This afternoon celebrate
Mass in the church of St Peter in Gallicantu Church of the Cock-Crow, see the dungeon where Jesus was held
on Holy Thursday night. Afternoon visit to Ein Karem the churches of the Visitation and St John the Baptist.
Return to hotel.
Day 6 - Monday 24 December
Day in and around Bethlehem. Visit the Basilica of the Nativity, the Holy Manger, Churches of St Catherine, St Jerome, St Joseph, and the Holy Innocents. Visit the beautiful Milk Grotto. Afternoon visit to the Shepherds Fields, where we celebrate Mass. Dinner at hotel.
Day 7 - Tuesday 25 December
Full day in Bethlehem. Morning visit to the church of the Nativity and see the birthplace of Jesus, and the Holy Manger, and celebrate our 3rd Christmas Mass. Christmas Lunch at hotel. Afternoon free. Dinner at hotel.
Day 8 - Wednesday 26 December
Morning in the Old City of Jerusalem. Visit the Church of St Anne and Pool of Bethesda. Walk the Via Dolorosa to the church of the Holy Sepulchre and the Rock of Calvary. Visit the Western Wall. Walk on Mount Zion and visit the church of the Dormition, Tomb of David, and Room of the Last Supper. Final dinner at hotel.
Day 9 - Thursday 27 December
Early morning transfer to Tel Aviv airport for flight to Istanbul. Connect with flight to Dublin.
*It is our intention to follow the itinerary as outlined above, however due to many factors like local holidays, traffic or weather conditions it may be necessary to make changes to the order of events or even the cancelation of certain events.