- Return direct flights from Dublin to Tel Aviv with El Al Airlines
- Transfer on arrival from Tel Aviv airport to hotel with guide assistance
- 4 nights in the 4-star Legacy Hotel, Nazareth
- 4 nights in the 4-star Manger Square Hotel, Bethlehem
- Breakfast and evening meal served each day at hotels
- Luxury air-conditioned coach throughout the itinerary
- Services of Marian Pilgrimages representative based locally
- Professional English speaking guide throughout the pilgrimage
- Full religious programme organised by Marian Pilgrimages with daily Mass
- Fully guided programme of sightseeing including admissions to sites of interest as detailed in the itinerary below
- Wireless Audio tour guide system
- Boat ride on Sea of Galilee
- Return taxi transfers to Mount Tabor
- Tips for Hotels, Coach Driver, and Guide
- All airport & local taxes
- *** NOT INCLUDED ***
- Single Room supplement
- Comprehensive Travel Insurance (€25, €50 for pilgrims over the age of 80)
Tuesday February 16 – Ireland to the Holy Land
Depart Dublin Airport in the evening for an overnight flight direct to Tel Aviv on El Al.
Wednesday February 17 – Bethlehem
Upon arrival in Ben-Gurion Airport, we will be met by a Marian Pilgrimages representative and guide before boarding the tour coach to Bethlehem to check into the 4-star Manger Square Hotel with dinner and breakfast.
After time to rest, we will visit the Milk Grotto before lunch with some members of the local Christian community. Afterwards, we will visit the Church of the Nativity for Mass before returning to the hotel for free time and dinner.
Thursday February 18 – Jerusalem
We will drive to Jerusalem and enter the Old City to the Church of St Anne and nearby see the Pool of Bethesda. Close by we begin the Via Dolorosa and follow the stations of the cross through the markets and narrow streets of the Old City to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre – the site of Calvary where Jesus was crucified and His tomb. Here we will celebrate Mass and take some time to reflect at this sacred site.
We will enjoy some free time in Jerusalem for lunch before visiting the Western Wall. In the afternoon, we will drive to Taybeh – a town where Jesus stayed before going to Jerusalem to endure the Passion. It is the last all-Christian town in the West Bank and here pilgrims will hear about efforts to keep the local Christian community vibrant, including local wine-making before returning to the hotel in Bethlehem for dinner.
Friday February 19 – Jerusalem: the Mount of Olives
We will drive to the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem to take a group photo and enjoy the view of the Old City below. The pilgrimage now moves to the highest point on the Mount of Olives to the Ascension Dome. Continue to visit the Pater Noster Church, Dominus Flevit, the Church of the Assumption and grotto and the Garden of Gethsemane.
In the afternoon, Mass is celebrated in the Church of St Peter in Gallicantu or ‘cock’s crow’, where St Peter denied Jesus three times. Visit the dungeon where Jesus was held the night of Holy Thursday before walking around Mount Zion to visit the Church of the Dormition of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Tomb of King David and the Room of the Last Supper.
Saturday February 20 – Bethlehem and Ein Karem
We take the short drive to the Shepherds’ Field where the angels revealed the news of Christ’s birth and then on Ein Karem to the Church of the Visitation for Mass before returning to Bethlehem for free time in the town.
Sunday February 21 – Bethany and Jericho
This morning we leave Bethlehem and visit Bethany for Mass.
Drive via the Inn of the Good Samaritan to the Dead Sea. Take some time to relax and float on the water near Qumran, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found.
Continue to Qasr el-Yahud the baptismal site of Jesus on the River Jordan, here we can renew our baptismal vows.
Continue to Jericho to see the Mount of Temptation where Jesus was tempted by the devil, and the Sycamore tree of Zacchaeus.
Drive along the Jordan Valley to Nazareth and check into the 4-star Legacy Hotel for 4 nights with dinner and breakfast.
Monday February 22 – Nazareth
Walk the short distance to the nearby Basilica of the Annunciation to celebrate Mass. On the lower level of the basilica we see the remains of Mary’s house and where the Archangel Gabriel visited her. Adjacent to the basilica is St Joseph’s Church, where we will visit the site of Joseph’s workshop and the house of the Holy Family.
Visit the synagogue church and the market of Nazareth before a short walk to Mary’s Well where pilgrims have the opportunity to draw water from the same well as the Virgin Mary followed by free time in Nazareth before dinner at the hotel.
Tuesday February 23 – Mount Tabor and Cana
After breakfast, we have a short drive to Mount Tabor to ascend by taxi for Mass at the Church of the Transfiguration where Jesus is transfigured and speaks to Moses and Elijah. There is time to enjoy the view of the Valley of Armageddon and the Jezreel Valley – bread basket of the Holy Land.
After time for lunch we take the short coach journey to Cana in Galilee. Here we visit the Wedding Church, the site of the first miracle of Jesus. Couples on the pilgrimage can take part in the special ceremony to renew their wedding vows and there is also prayers and blessings for spouses at home and deceased husbands and wives. In the lower level of the church, we will see artefacts from the site before having an opportunity to taste and purchase some of the famous wine from this sacred site before returning to Nazareth for dinner in the hotel.
Wednesday February 24 – Mount of Beatitudes
This morning we make our way to the Mount of Beatitudes overlooking the Sea of Galilee where Jesus delivered the Sermon on the Mount, Capernaum and Tabgha. Visit the site of the multiplication of the Loaves and Fish at Tabgha, and the Church of the Primacy of St Peter. After lunch on the short of the Sea of Galilee, continue to Capernaum and see the old synagogue and the excavations of St Peter’s house before taking a boat trip on the lake. Before returning to the hotel we visit Magdala, the home of Mary Magdalene, a prosperous fishing village at the time of Jesus.
Thursday February 25 – Emmaus
After breakfast at the hotel, we board the coach for the journey to Emmaus where we will have Mass and lunch before proceeding to the airport for the direct flight back 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.