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Price Fr. €1695
PILGRIMAGE TO THE HOLY LAND
9TH – 18TH SEPTEMBER, 2019 (9 nights)
Flight Ex Cork via London to Tel Aviv
FULLY ESCORTED PILGRIMAGE
Spiritual Director: Fr Bill Bermingham
|Departure Date:||09 Sep 2019 - 18 Sep 2019|
To visit the Holy Land is probably a dream that every Christian cherishes, to pay honour to the Son of God in the places where he lived, worked and died. It is a remarkable sign of living faith of the Church that this tradition of pilgrimages to the Holy places, far from declining in the course of two thousand years has grown ever more rapidly. No place has such sacred associations and our pilgrimage will take you in the Footsteps of Our Lord visiting all the shrines and bringing alive the Gospel story. The programme is carefully arranged to ensure that all aspects of the pilgrimage compliment and enrich your discovery of the sites so closely associated with Biblical history and the life of Christ.
Bethlehem is located just 5 miles from Jerusalem, the birthplace of Jesus Christ. One of the oldest surviving churches in Bethlehem is the Church of the Nativity. Built over a grotto it is believed to be the site where the Virgin Mary gave birth to Jesus. Close to Manger Square lies the Milk Grotto. This is where Mary, St. Joseph and Baby Jesus took refuge from Herod’s soldiers while fleeing to Egypt.
Regardless of Geography, Jerusalem stands in the centre of the world, in the eyes of all those who love and revere here as the holy City, weighed down by a long and torturous history, wept and prayed over by countless generations. Of the four hills on which it is built, the holiest is Mount Moriah, on which the splendid Dome of the Rock stands today. Here, tradition has it, the Patriarch Abraham prepared to sacrifice his only son Isaac. King David conquered it some seven hundred years later and made it the capital of his kingdom. His Son, Solomon built the first Temple on the legendary site of the sacrificial altar. In the following centuries the city was attacked and destroyed by successive invading hordes of Assyrians, Babylonians and Greeks. It was retaken for Israel by the Hasmoneans in the second century BCE. The Temple was rebuild by King Herod under whom it reached its zenith of grandeur, only to be destroyed by the Roman conquerors who razed the city.
Tiberias is located in north eastern Israel. It is one of the lowest lying towns in the world. It was founded in AD 20 by Herod Antipas and named for the Roman emperor Tiberius. After the destruction of Jerusalem by the Romans in AD 70 it became a centre of Jewish learning and later the seat of the Sanhedrin and rabbinical schools. The modern town was refounded under the British mandate in 1922 and became part of independent Israel in 1948. Historic sites include the tomb of the great Jewish scholar Moses Maimonides.
INSURANCE: ** IMPORTANT – PLEASE READ **
Insurance covers Cancellation, Personal Accident, Medical Expenses etc.A MEDICAL QUESTIONNAIRE MUST BE COMPLETED AND DATE OF BIRTH IS COMPULSORY. 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 THEIR 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.
If you have your own travel insurance it is necessary for you to supply us with a copy of your insurance document.
Please note that single rooms are limited and are on a request basis only. There is a supplement payable. We will accommodate Pilgrims who are willing to share as far as possible, however, sometimes we can have uneven numbers and in this instance it will be necessary to use three bedded rooms (if available), or alternatively if a single room is available it may be necessary to allocate a single and the supplement will then be payable.
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 your 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.
Cost Per Person: €1695.00 Per Person
Our Hotels are as follows:
9th – 14th October: (5 nights) Manger Square Hotel Bethlehem or similar.
14th – 18th October: (4 nights) Restal Hotel Tiberias or similar.