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FRANCISCAN HOLY LAND

Price Fr. €1695

NATIONAL FRANCISCAN  PILGRIMAGE         

HOLY LAND

30TH SEPTEMBER – 8TH OCTOBER 2019

Led by Fr. Bernard Jones O.F.M.

Commissary to the Holy Land

Depart From: DUBLIN
Departure Date: 30 Sep 2019 - 08 Oct 2019
Duration: 8NTS
Destination: Holy Land

INSURANCE:        IMPORTANT – PLEASE READ

Insurance covers cancellation, Personal Accident, Medical Expenses etc.A MEDICAL QUESTIONNAIRE MUST BE COMPLETED.  FOR PERSONS WHO HAVE A PRE-EXISTING MEDICAL CONDITION OR DISABILITY AND/OR THOSE WHO ARE 80 YEARS AND OVER NEED TO HAVE A FORM COMPLETED BY YOUR DOCTOR.  THIS FORM IS AT THE BACK OF THE MEDICAL QUESTIONNAIRE, AND HAS TO BE RETURNED DIRECTLY TO US.  EACH CLAIM IS SUBJECT TO AN EXCESS.  Please contact us for medical questionnaire if you require insurance. If you have your own travel insurance it is necessary for you to supply us with a copy of your insurance document.

FOR RESERVATIONS:

Please complete  booking form and return to Premier Travel with a non refundable deposit of €300.00 per person travelling.  If you require our travel insurance this has to be paid at time of booking with your deposit.  Please contact us for booking form.

PASSPORT: 

A VALID PASSPORT IS REQUIRED FOR ENTRY INTO TEL AVIV. PLEASE CHECK THAT YOUR PASSPORT HAS NOT EXPIRED.  YOUR PASSPORT HAS TO BE VALID FOR AT LEAST SIX MONTHS FROM THE DATE YOU DEPART THE COUNTRY. It is extremely important at time of booking that you give us the NAME exactly as it appears on your PASSPORT for your ticket.  Failure to do so will incur a fee for ticket re-issue.

 Outline Itinerary

MONDAY, 30TH SEPTEMBER:

Flight ex Dublin via Istanbul to Tel Aviv arriving at 21.55 hrs.  On arrival into Tel Aviv you will be met by your local guide who will assist with all airport formalities.  Coach transfer to St. Gabriel’s Hotel Bethlehem for light refreshments and overnight.

TUESDAY, 1ST OCTOBER:

Breakfast in Hotel.  We will have a late morning start to our day. After breakfast we will start our Pilgrimage in Bethlehem, visiting Nativity Basilica, Grotto (where Jesus was born), St. Joseph’s and St. Jerome’s Grottos, St. Catherine’s, the lovely Milk Grotto.  Tradition tells us it is from here the flight into Egypt took place.  In the afternoon, we will visit the Shepherd’s Field, where the angels sang their great hymn of glory on the first Christmas night.  Return to Hotel for dinner and overnight.

WEDNESDAY, 2ND OCTOBER:

Breakfast at Hotel. After breakfast depart hotel for the Old City of Jerusalem.  We go to the Lion’s Gate, where we make the Stations of the Cross in the footsteps of Christ along the Via Dolorosa.  First we visit St. Anne’s Church on the site of the home of Joachim and Anne and where Our Lady was born.  Here also is the Pool of Bethesda.  We continue to the Lithostrotos (Pilate’s Court) and on to the Flagellation and Condemnation Chapels for the first Station, finishing with the last station in the Holy Sepulchre Basilica.  Visit Mount Calvary and tour Basilica including the Holy Tomb, where the Body of Jesus lay until His glorious resurrection.  Passing by Cardo Maximus we continue to the Wailing Wall and the Temple Area, and viewing the Dome of the Rock.  Visit to Mount Zion and visit the Upper Room and Dormition Abbey.  Return to Hotel for dinner and overnight.

THURSDAY, 3RD OCTOBER:

After breakfast we depart for Ein Karem.  Visit the shrine of the Visitation and St. John the Baptist’s Birthplace.  Returning to our coach we drive to the Mount of Olives for a panoramic view of the Old City of Jerusalem.  Visit Dominus Flevit (built in the shape of a tear drop to commemorate Jesus weeping over Jerusalem).  Visit the Garden of Gethsemane and All Nations Church.  We now visit Church of St. Peter in Gallicantu – Christ’s prison on the night of His arrest – this experience will give you a greater understanding of the passion of Jesus.  Outside are the original steps Jesus walked up on the first Holy Thursday.  Return to Hotel for dinner and overnight.

FRIDAY, 4TH OCTOBER:

Breakfast at Hotel.  Today we leave Bethlehem and enter the Judean desert, travelling northwards to Tiberias.  We begin our journey with a visit to Bethany, where Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead.  Passing the Good Samaritan Inn we descent to Jericho, the oldest inhabited City in the World, viewing the Sycamore tree of Zaccheus and on to the Mount of Temptation where Jesus was tempted by Satan. Drive to the River Jordan for renewal of baptismal vows. Proceed to Kalia Beach where you will have time to bathe in the waters of the Dead Sea or just relax in the sun (entrance fee of approx. €7 payable for use of changing facilities).  Proceed along Jordan Valley to the Caesar Hotel Tiberias for dinner and overnight.

  SATURDAY, 5TH OCTOBER:

Breakfast in Hotel.

After breakfast we depart for Sea of Galilee and boat crossing in a reproduction boat from the time of Jesus.  Drive to Caphernaum – tour of city of Jesus – centre of his Messianic work.  Visit the Church built on the site of St. Peter’s House and the Old Synagogue.  Continue to St. Peter’s Primacy, a small unforgettable place where after the Resurrection, Christ made Peter the first Pope.  We then visit Mount of Beatitudes, site of the Sermon on the Mount and the Church commemorating the Multiplication of the loaves and fishes.  Return to Tiberias Hotel for dinner and overnight.

SUNDAY, 6TH OCTOBER:  

Breakfast in Hotel.  Drive to Cana where we will have Mass.  Renewal of vows (each person has a part in this ceremony whether they are married, single, widow, widower or religious).  Proceed to Nazareth and visit Annunciation Basilica and tour Upper Basilica.  Visit St. Josephs Church (where the Holy Family lived), Synagogue of Jesus (where He read the prophesy of Isaiah), Mary’s Well (Church of St. Gabriel) – here the Holy Family drew their water and finally we drive to Mount Tabor (taxis up mountain). Afterwards we return to Tiberias Hotel for dinner and overnight.

MONDAY, 7TH OCTOBER:

Breakfast in Hotel.

Mass.

Free afternoon for optional activities.  Dinner and overnight in Hotel.

TUESDAY, 8TH OCTOBER:

Early morning departure, therefore, breakfast boxes will be provided.

Transfer to Tel Aviv Airport for flight to Dublin via Istanbul.  Arrival time into Dublin Airport is approximately 15.35 hrs.

 

 

 COST PER PERSON: €1695.00

COST INCLUDES:

  • Return flights from Dublin via Istanbul to Tel Aviv on the services of Turkish Airlines.
  • Coach services for duration of tour as per itinerary.
  • Half board Accommodation in St. Gabriel’s Hotel Bethlehem (or similar) for 4 nights and the Caesar Hotel Tiberias (or similar) for 4 nights.
  • Entrance fees as per the Itinerary.
  • Local English speaking guide throughout.
  • Taxes (Taxes are subject to change and a surcharge may be applicable as airports are continuously revising taxes and charges)

EXTRAS:

  • Single room supplement: €540.00 for duration. Single rooms are scarce and are on a first come first served basis.
  • Insurance: €50.00 per person.
  • Lunches en route.
  • Tips for Guide, Driver and Hotels.
  • Price is subject to any significant difference in currency rates and fuel surcharges. *Contact us for full details. 
  1.  St. Gabriel’s Hotel in Bethlehem
  2. Caesar Hotel in Tiberias.

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