Aid to the Church in Need’s Pilgrimage to The Holy Land 2021 (POSTPONED – 2022)

Chapel of Dominus Flevit - View through window over altar to Jerusalem
Chapel of Dominus Flevit - View through window over altar to Jerusalem

Aid to the Church in Need’s Pilgrimage to The Holy Land (POSTPONED)

Tuesday 3rd – Wednesday 11th May 2022(To be confirmed)

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 important religious and historical importance: Bethlehem, Mount of Olives, Mount Zion, Old City Jerusalem, Qumran, Dead Sea, Galilee, Cana, Nazareth and Tiberias.

How to book

Itinerary

This itinerary is a guide and subject to change. This pilgrimage is subject to travel being permitted, following government COVID-19 guidelines.

Day One – Friday 12th 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 13th 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. We travel by coach to Beit Jala where we visit the Latin Patriarchal Seminary, meet with the Rector and share lunch with seminarians at the 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 14th 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 visit the Syrian Orthodox Church in Bethlehem. In the afternoon, we visit local Christian families in Bethlehem and return for dinner at the hotel.

Day Four – Monday 15th November

We shall travel to Ein Karem, 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 16th 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.
Mass will be celebrated in the Cathedral at the Latin Patriarchate. After Mass, we will have a presentation by the General Patriarchal Vicar & Moderator Curiae, at the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem. Dinner will be served back at the hotel.

Day Six – Wednesday 17th 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. Afterwards we drive to the desert where Mass will be celebrated. After lunch we visit Qumran, the site where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found. From here we drive to the Dead Sea where there will be time for bathing.
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 18th 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 19th 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 20th 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

Pax Travel will be taking all bookings on behalf of Aid to the Church in Need. Please contact them on:

Tel: 07787346099
Tel: 07825992733

or by emailing [email protected]

for more information and to book your place.
Price of this pilgrimage is yet to be determined, but will include:

  • 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)
This itinerary is a guide and subject to change. This pilgrimage is subject to travel being permitted, following government COVID-19 guidelines.