Aid to the Church in Need’s Pilgrimage to The Holy Land
We hope you will join us on this wonderful opportunity to walk in the footsteps of Our Lord. We will not only visit Holy sites, but we will have the chance to visit ACN projects, as well as meeting with local Church leaders and Christian families. The pilgrimage will be led by Father Dominic Robinson SJ, ACN UK’s National Ecclesiastical Assistant and Neville Kyrke-Smith, National Director of ACN UK. The nine-day itinerary will take in locations of religious and historical importance: Bethlehem, Mount of Olives, Mount Zion, Old City Jerusalem, Qumran, Dead Sea, Galilee, Cana, Nazareth and Tiberias.
Itinerary This itinerary is a guide and subject to change
Day One – Friday 13th November We shall depart from London Heathrow to Tel Aviv, where we shall transfer to the Nativity Bells Hotel in Bethlehem where dinner will be served.
Day Two – Saturday 14th November In the morning there will be Mass at the Basilica in Bethlehem. After breakfast at the hotel, we will visit Manger Square, the Basilica and the Cave of the Nativity. Lunch will be at the seminary. Afterwards, we will transfer back to Bethlehem, where we will have a presentation given by the Pontifical Mission of Palestine, and then have dinner at the hotel.
Day Three – Sunday 15th November After breakfast at the Hotel, Mass will be celebrated at the Big Grotto (1st Altar) at Beit Sahour in the Shepherds’ Fields. After returning to Bethlehem to have lunch, we shall meet with Fr. Butros Nimeh at the Syrian Orthodox Church. In the afternoon, we visit local Christian families in Bethlehem and return for dinner at the hotel.
Day Four – Monday 16th November We shall travel to the birthplace of John the Baptist. Afterwards, we shall depart for Jerusalem, where we will have a panoramic view over ancient and modern Jerusalem, and visit the Western Wall. After lunch, we shall travel to Mount Zion. Mass will be celebrated at the Chapel of Dominus Flevit. We return to Bethlehem where dinner will be served at the hotel.
Day Five – Tuesday 17th November We shall travel to Jerusalem to visit St Anne’s Church and the Pool of Bethesda before we walk the Via Dolorosa. Afterwards, we visit the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. There will be a presentation at the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem. Mass will be celebrated in the Cathedral at the Latin Patriarchate, and after lunch, we shall then return to Bethlehem. Dinner will be served back at the hotel.
Day Six – Wednesday 18th November We shall travel to Jerusalem, where we will visit the Church of All Nations, the Garden of Gethsemane and Mary’s Tomb. We shall also visit the Church of the Ascension and the Church of Mary Magdalene and afterwards celebrate Mass in the desert. After lunch we visit Qumran, the site where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found. From here we drive to the Dead Sea. We then drive to Jericho after which we continue to the baptismal site where Jesus is said to have been baptised in the River Jordan. Afterwards, we check into the Hotel in Tiberias where dinner will be served.
Day Seven – Thursday 19th November We travel to the lakeside for a short journey on the Sea of Galilee. We will then continue to the Mount of Beatitudes where we visit the church and gardens. We then continue to Capernaum where we will celebrate Mass at St. Peter’s Memorial. After Mass, we will visit Tabgha (site of the loaves and fishes), The Primacy of Peter. After lunch we will ascend Mount Tabor, the Mount of Transfiguration, and visit the church. We then return to the hotel where dinner will be served.
Day Eight – Friday 20th November After breakfast at the hotel, we travel to Cana and visit the Church dedicated to Jesus’ first miracle. We then travel to Nazareth, where we will visit the Basilica of Annunciation, the house of St. Joseph and Mary’s Well. After lunch, Mass will be celebrated in the Upper Basilica at the Basilica of Annunciation in Nazareth. Dinner will be back at the hotel.
Day Nine – Saturday 21th November We shall travel by coach to Ben Gurion Airport and fly back to London Heathrow. Booking your place on Aid to the Church in Need’s Pilgrimage to The Holy Land
Price £1,429 includes: Half-board accommodations Gratuities All transfers All entrance fees £10 donation to ACN ATOL and ABTA financial protection (This will be subject to fuel surcharges)