Holy Land 2020

Details

About the event

Flights

Outbound: BA165, 08:05 London Heathrow to Tel Aviv 14:50

Return: BA164, 16:40 Tel Aviv to London Heathrow 20:00

Accommodation

23 – 26 November: Franciscan Guesthouse on the Mount of Beatitudes, the site of the Sermon on the Mount overlooking the Sea of Galilee.

26 November – 1 December: Hotel Angel, Beit Jala, Bethlehem, a short transfer away from Jerusalem and the centre of Bethlehem.

Price is £1445 based on two sharing. £279 single room supplement. £75 travel insurance (optional).

Price is fully inclusive of flights, accommodation, full board at hotels and local restaurants, a local guide to accompany the group, coach and driver for all travel, porterage and tips.

Please note that all pilgrims must have travel insurance and be able to provide details of their policy. If a pilgrim has not arranged travel insurance of their own, they will need to buy travel insurance from the tour operator at the price quoted above.

Itinerary

The provisional itinerary includes visits to Nazareth, Cana, Capernaum, the Mount of Beatitudes, the site of the Transfiguration, the site of the feeding of the multitude, the site of the primacy of Peter, the Sea of Galilee (including boat ride), the Church of the Holy Sepulchre (site of the crucifixion and resurrection), the Via Dolorosa, the Mount of Olives, the Garden of Gethsemane, the Western Wall, the Church of the Nativity, Jericho, the Dead Sea, the River Jordan and elsewhere!

Spiritual input and daily Mass in the Holy Land will be provided by our Diocesan Youth Chaplain.

The pilgrimage is open to young adults aged 18 to 35 inclusive. Any other pilgrims are welcome to join the main annual Diocese of Westminster Holy Land Pilgrimage, which takes place at the same time (details of which can be found here)

Booking

Places are limited to 20 so book early to avoid disappointment.

To reserve your place, please fill in the registration form immediately below and send it to youth@rcdow.org.uk.

Holy Land 2020 Registration Form

If there is space remaining, you will be sent a full booking form, which should be returned as instructed, together with payment of a £400 non-refundable deposit. Only once the full booking form and deposit have been received will the space be confirmed. The remaining balance will be due by 14 September 2020.

The above details are correct at time of publication and should remain substantially unchanged. However, arrangements are subject to change depending on circumstances and the above details will be corrected as soon as possible if any changes occur.

Please note that it is the responsibility of the pilgrim to ensure they have the appropriate passport, visa or travel documentation necessary for travel to Israel and the West Bank. For more information, click here >

Tips for travel

1. Get some small change when you arrive for the public toilets (1 shekel) and collections and tipping.

2. The weather ranges from wet and mild and chilly (especially in the evenings), so bring a waterproof jacket and jumper.

3. Bring a swimming costume and flipflops – the marble at the Dead Sea is slippery.

4. Bring a small bible.

5. Bring good walking shoes.

6. Bring water with you during the pilgrimage – falling hydration can creep up on you and causes fatigue; we will be walking quite a lot.

7. There will be plenty of opportunity for shopping, but we suggest that you try to use Christian shops.

8. You will see guns (military and police); this is pretty normal.

9. Israel has British three-pin plugs but sometimes there are the European two-pin sockets, so bring an adaptor just in case.

10. Use a modest dress code, especially at religious sites. Women, bring a shawl just in case; men, below-the-knee shorts are advised.