Pilgrimage to the Holy Land

From €1695 per person
  • Depart From:
  • Destination:
  • Depart Date:
    20 Oct 2020
  • Return Date:
    28 Oct 2020
  • Duration:
    8 Days

Transport & Accommodation

  • Direct flight from Dublin to Tel Aviv
  • Transfer on arrival from the airport to your hotel with guide assistance
  • 4 nights in Bethlehem in hotel accommodation
  • Daily breakfast and evening meal served at hotel
  • 4 nights in Tiberias in hotel accommodation
  • Daily breakfast and evening meal served at hotel
  • Transfer from your hotel to Tel Aviv Airport for return flight
  • Direct flight from Tel Aviv to Dublin
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach for all transfers and tours

Tours & Religious Programme

  • Full religious programme organised by Joe Walsh Tours and led by Spiritual Director
  • Daily programme of sightseeing and escorted tours accompanied by local Christian guide
  • Sites visited: Chuch of St. Jerome | Chapels of St. Jospeh and the Innocents | the Milk Grotto | Herodium | Field of Shepherds | Mount of Olives | Ascension Dome | Pater Noster church | Dominus Flevit | Assumption church | Grotto and the Garden of Gethsemane | Church of St Peter in Gallicantu | Ein Karem | | Churches of the Visitation and St John the Baptist | Church of St Anne | Pool of Bethesda | Church of the Holy Sepulchre | the Rock of Calvary | Western Wall | Walk on Mount Zion | church of the Dormition | Tomb of David | Tomb of Lazarus | Dead Sea | Mount of Temptation | the Sycamore tree of Zacchaeus | Mount of Beatitudes | Boat trip across the Sea of Galilee | Capernaum | Basilica of the Annunciation | St Joseph’s workshop | Cana | Carmelite shrine of Our Lady of Mount Carmel | Valley of Armageddon | Yardinet | Baptismal site on the River Jordan
  • Full assistance of Joe Walsh Tours English speaking guides and representatives throughout the pilgrimage

Day 1
Connect with onward flight to Tel Aviv, meet coach and guide, and transfer to our Hotel in Bethlehem. Upon arrival, we have our breakfast, get your rooms for sleep and rest. In the afternoon, we meet at the reception desk and start our day by visit to the church of the Nativity and see the birthplace of Jesus and the Holy Manger. In addition, we visit the church of St Jerome and the chapels of St Joseph and the Innocents. We also drop a visit to the Milk Grotto. Back to our hotel for dinner and overnight.

Day 2
This morning we take an excursion south to Herodium, a cone-shaped hill near Bethlehem where Herod the Great built a fortress and palace, and where he was buried. At the base of the hill, Herod built a kind of royal “country club,” including a large pool, a bathhouse, and a roofed pool, surrounded by magnificent gardens. Then we drive by the traditional Field of Shepherds, where the angel announced the birth of Jesus to shepherds. Shopping can done in one of the local souvenirs in Bethlehem. Then we return to our hotel in Bethlehem for dinner and overnight.

Day 3
Drive to Jerusalem and the Mount of Olives for group photo and view the Old City. Visit the Ascension Dome, Pater Noster church, Dominus Flevit, Assumption church and Grotto and the Garden of Gethsemane. Afternoon visit to the church of St Peter in Gallicantu – church of the Cock-Crow for Mass. See the dungeon where Jesus was held on Holy Thursday night. Visit Ein Karem, and the churches of the Visitation and St John the Baptist.

Day 4
Morning in the Old City of Jerusalem. Visit the church of St Anne and Pool of Bethesda. Walk the Via Dolorosa to the church of the Holy Sepulchre and the Rock of Calvary. Visit the Western Wall. Walk on Mount Zion to visit the church of the Dormition, Tomb of David and the Room of the Last Supper.

Day 5
Mass in Bethany and see the tomb of Lazarus. Drive via the Inn of the Good Samaritan to the Dead Sea. Time to relax and float on the water. See where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found at Qumran. Drive into Jericho and see the Mount of Temptation and the Sycamore tree of Zacchaeus. Continue along the Jordan Valley to Tiberias, and check into our Hotel for 4 nights, dinner, bed & breakfast.

Day 6
Visit the Mount of Beatitudes overlooking the Sea of Galilee for Mass and full reading of the great Sermon on the Mount. Boat trip across the Sea of Galilee with relevant Bible readings. This afternoon visit Capernaum, see the synagogue and the excavations of Peters house. Visit the church of the multiplication of the Loaves & Fish at Tabgha, Church of the Primacy of Peter on the lake shore.

Day 7
Drive to Nazareth and visit the Basilica of the Annunciation, see the Cave home of the Holy Family, St Joseph’s workshop and Mary’s Well. Afternoon drive to Cana and visit the church of the Wedding Feast – the site of Jesus’ first miracle. This afternoon drive to Haifa and visit the Carmelite shrine of Our Lady of Mount Carmel.

Day 8
Drive to Mount Tabor and ascend by taxi for Mass at the church of the Transfiguration. Enjoy a view of the Valley of Armageddon. Continue to Yardinet, the Baptismal site on the River Jordan where we renew our Baptismal Vows. Afternoon free in Tiberias.

Day 9
After breakfast, get prepared for check out and transfer to Tel Aviv airport for our return flight back home.

  • Price per person sharing twin or double rooms with private facilities
  • Prices are inclusive of airline taxes and charges
  • Passengers are entitled to check in one piece of hold luggage (20kg) and one piece of hand luggage (10kg)
  • Single rooms are on request at a supplement from €75 per night; sharing can be arranged
  • Full assistance of Joe Walsh Tours representatives at airports is included
  • Porterage at airports and hotels is included

Prices are subject to change and availability at the time of booking.

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