Palestine Pilgrimage : Diocese of Norwich Provisional Pilgrimage Itinerary
Day one: Monday 26th January 2015
We will depart from Luton airport on our flight to Tel Aviv, arriving late early evening. After clearing immigration and customs we will meet our guide and bus and will be taken to our hotel in Galilee for our evening meal and overnight.
Day two: Tuesday 27th January 2015
We will begin our first day of pilgrimage with the Eucharist on the shore of the lake of Galilee where Jesus shared breakfast with his disciples after his resurrection.
After spending some time here we then visit the site of the feeding of the five thousand and the Mount of Beatitudes. We will then visit the town of Capernaum, central to the ministry of Jesus in this area; after which we will enjoy a boat ride across the lake and then stop for lunch at a local Arab restaurant.
After lunch we will drive to the north and visit Caesarea Phillipi, here we can see the place where Peter acknowledged Jesus as “Lord” and then walk to the beautiful waterfall at the start of the River Jordan. We then return to our hotel for our evening meal and our overnight accommodation
Day three: Wednesday 28th January 2015
After breakfast we travel to Cana where Jesus performed his first miracle. Then we travel on to Nazareth where we visit the Basilica of the Annunciation, built over the traditional site of the house of Mary.
We will then tour Nazareth, visiting the site of Joseph’s workshop and the synagogue where Jesus preached. We will call at Mary’s well, now in a beautiful orthodox church, and then break for lunch.
After lunch we will travel to Mount Tabor, the traditional site of the transfiguration; after a taxi ride to the top of the mountain we will visit the church and enjoy the spectacular views. We travel to our hotel in Bethlehem for our evening meal and overnight accommodation.
Day four: Thursday 29th January 2015
After breakfast we will have a meeting with the Holy Land Trust where we can learn about the work of this “non-violence” organisation which will followed by a tour of the area around Bethlehem to see the effects of the occupation.
We will break for lunch. After lunch we travel to Jerusalem to visit the Western Wall after which we will walk through the Jewish Quarter of the old city to Mount Zion, seeing the Upper Room, the tomb of King David and the site of the Dormition of our Lady. Dinner this evening will be at the Latin Patriarchate Seminary in Beit Jala.
Day five: Friday 30th January 2015
After breakfast we visit the Church of the Nativity where we will celebrate the Eucharist. Then we will walk to Bethlehem University to visit the campus, meet the students and staff and see how the Church is contributing to the hopes for education and peace in the region.
After lunch we will go to the Shepherd’s fields, here there will be the opportunity to visit a local co-operative souvenir shop; nearly 70 families make and sell their work here. We return to our hotel for our evening meal and overnight accommodation.
Day six: Saturday 31st January 2015
After breakfast the coach will take us for a full day walking tour of Jerusalem. We will visit the Mount of Olives, starting at the church of the Our Father and then re-tracing the steps of Jesus on the first Palm Sunday we will walk down to the church of Dominus Flevit (the Lord wept) where we will celebrate the Eucharist and enjoy the panoramic view over the Old City.
Then we will walk to the Garden of Gethsemane and the Church of All Nations, visit the cave of betrayal and the “tomb of the virgin”. We will conclude the morning with a visit to the Church of St Peter in Gallicantu, the site of Caiaphas’ house. We break for lunch after which we visit the church of St Anne built near the pool of Bethesda and then follow the way of the cross to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.
We will tour the church and then walk through the souk to Jaffa Gate where the coach will meet us and take us back to Bethlehem for our evening meal and overnight accommodation.
Day seven: Sunday 1st February 2015
After breakfast, we will travel to celebrate Sunday Eucharist with the Anglican community in Ramallah, St Andrews. We will have coffee with the parishioners and the opportunity to meet with the priest and families of the parish. There will be the chance to explore the parish and then enjoy lunch.
After lunch we will travel to Jerusalem for a meeting with B’Tselem, the Israeli Justice and Peace group. We will the return to our hotel for packing and in the evening have a farewell dinner at a local Bedouin restaurant.
Day eight: Monday 2nd February 2015
After breakfast we leave the hotel and visit St George’s Cathedral in Jerusalem. We will have a presentation about the work of the Anglican Diocese before driving to Abu Gosh, the site of Emmaus. After visiting the 12thcentury Crusader church we will drive to the convent of Our Lady to enjoy the views back to Jerusalem and to have our final lunch. We will then make our way to the airport where we will catch the evening flight to Luton.
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