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Welcome to ITS Pilgrimages

May 18, 2017   //   by admin   //   Uncategorized  //  Comments Off on Welcome to ITS Pilgrimages

Welcome to ITS Pilgrimages
The pilgrimage travel specialists since 1991

Whether you’re organising a pilgrimage for your church group or your immediate family, ITS Travel specialise in organising custom made and escorted pilgrimages to a wide range of countries across the world. Our Christian and Catholic pilgrimages are designed around the requirements of your group in order to provide you with everything you need to enjoy the religious pilgrimage of a lifetime. With numerous awards and recognition over the years, you can rest assured that the team at ITS Travel will ensure your Christian pilgrimage runs smoothly and according to plan.

Our company motto is “The Company that Cares”, and from your initial enquiry up to returning safely from your pilgrimage, we’re here every step of the way to ensure your Christian pilgrimage is successful every step of the way.

Our Christian pilgrimage tours operate across the world
Whether you’re looking to reconnect with God, deepen your existing faith or expand your understanding of your faith and connection to God, religious pilgrimages offer you the opportunity to get closer to the Lord.

We offer escorted Christian pilgrimages all over the world, including (but not limited to):

• Israel
• Egypt
• Italy
• Greece
• Turkey
• France
• Spain
• Portugal

Why choose your Christian pilgrimage with ITS Travel?
As well as our considerable experience in organising religious pilgrimage tours, we are both ABTA and IATA accredited and we have an ATOL number to ensure all your payments are protected. We’re passionate about helping church groups and individuals to organise truly religious pilgrimages that’ll help you to develop and deepen your connection with your faith.

For more information about our Christian and Catholic pilgrimage tours to a variety of destinations, including the Holy Land, simply 0161 839 1111 or get in touch online.

The Best Time of Year to Visit the Shrine of Fátima, Portugal

May 16, 2017   //   by admin   //   Uncategorized  //  Comments Off on The Best Time of Year to Visit the Shrine of Fátima, Portugal

The shrine of Fátima is 100 years old this year, and is one of the world’s most important sites of Marian worship, with pilgrims visiting from all round the world. Located at Cova da Iria, three young shepherds, Lúcia, and her cousins Jacinta and Francisco witnessed multiple apparitions of Our Lady of the Rosary, they were told three secrets by the Virgin Mary. The Bishop of Leiria acknowledged the phenomenon in 1930, leading to the development of the village into a city by 1997.

There are a number of different celebrations you should keep in mind when planning your pilgrimage to Fátima.

12-13th May & 12-13th October
The height of the religious celebrations occur on the 12th-13th May and 12th-13th October, as the 13th are the anniversaries of the first and final apparitions. However, should you arrive on the 12th of either of these months, you will see there are thousands of pilgrims arriving in all manner of ways, from bicycles, ox and donkey carts to walking and even crawling.

On the morning of the 13th, the stature of Our Lady of Fátima is paraded in front of the Basilica and through the central square in front of over 500,000 devoted pilgrims. There is another procession by candlelight in the evening to witness.

13th June and July, and the 19th August
These dates are anniversaries of the other apparitions the young children witnessed, yet they bring in significantly fewer pilgrims and visitors than May and October. This makes them perfect dates if your group of pilgrims wish to avoid large crowds but still witness religious passion. If you’re in Fátima on the 10th of June, you’ll also be able to witness the small but interesting ‘Pilgrimage of the Little Children’ too.

Portuguese public holidays
Many shops will be closed during public holidays, including New Years’ Day, February’s Carnival, Good Friday and Easter Monday. There is also Freedom day on the 25th April, Labour Day on 1st May, Corpus Christi (occurring 60 days from Easter Sunday) and National Day on the 10th June.

Visiting the Shrine of Our Lady of Fátima at any other time of the year will be significantly quieter during the rest of the year and give you the chance to experience a stunning and important holy site.

For more information on organising a pilgrimage to Fátima this October, simply give the team at ITS Travel a call now on 0161 839 1111.

Mrs Christine Sherrard

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I worked in Administration for many years before I studied and qualified as a Youth Worker and also a Youth and Adult Counsellor. This was followed by my Degree in Social Sciences and a PGCE (+16) to enable me to teach the subjects. I later retrained to teach Literacy and Numeracy so that I could teach full time in a local prison.

I worked as an Area Representative for Christian Friends of Israel until three years ago.

Although I am now retired I am still active in my local church where I am part of the prayer ministry and intercession teams. I also teaching the Biblical (Hebraic) Roots of the Christian Faith at the York branch of the U3A.

Over the past few years I have taught about the Biblical Feasts and The Tabernacle and their relevance to the Christian Faith as well as endeavouring to encourage a love for God’s chosen people and their land.

I have attempted to compose a tour that incorporates socialising with the wonderful and very hospitable Israeli Jews; hence the Shabbat (Sabbath) meal with a Jewish family, the visit to Yad Hashmona, (Biblical Gardens) owned and run by Israeli Messianic Jews and a visit to Christ Church, Jerusalem, where hopefully we’ll be able to join them in one of their services.

THE ROOTS OF CHRISTIANITY – A TOUR OF ISRAEL – 15th to 25th October 2018

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Day 1 – Monday 15th October Manchester – Tel Aviv

Take a low cost airline flight from Manchester Airport to Tel Aviv. Meeting and assistance and transfer to Netanya for overnight stay.

Day 2 – Tuesday 16th October Netanya – Tiberias

Full day sightseeing on transfer to Tiberias. Visiting Caesarea Maratima, Megiddo, and Safed. Dinner and overnight stay in Tiberias

Day 3 – Wednesday 17th October  Sea of Galilee

Full day sightseeing in and around the Sea of Galilee (Lake Kineret). Visit, Mount of Beatitudes, Capernaum, Kibbutz Nof Ginosar and the ‘Jesus Boat, Boat ride on the Sea of Galilee and the traditional baptismal site of Yardenit. Dinner and overnight stay in Tiberias

Day 4  Thursday 18th October Tiberias – Jerusalem

Full day sightseeing on transfer to Jerusalem, visiting Mt Tabor the site of the Transfiguration, The Biblical Gardens of Yad Hashmona, celebrate Communion at the Garden Tomb overnight Jerusalem

Day 5  Friday 19th October  Jerusalem

Full day sightseeing, City of David, Temple Mount, Western Wall and the Tunnels, Hezekiah’s Tunnel end the day at the Haas Promenade. Visit an Israeli Family http://shabbatofalifetime.com/

Day 6  Saturday 20th October Jerusalem

Visit Christ Church (join in worship if possible), visit the Friends of Zion Museum, The Israel Museum and the Shrine of Book (Dead Sea Scrolls) and the Model of the Old City end the day at Yad Veshem the Museum of the Holocaust. Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem.

Day 7  Sunday 21st October  Old Jerusalem – Bethlehem

Full day sightseeing starting at the Mt. of Olives, walk down the Palm Sunday route, visiting the Church of Dominus Flevit and the Church of the Agony at the Garden of Gethsemane. Enter the Old City, visit the Pool of Bethesda, St Anne’s Church, Ecco Homo, Via Dolorosa, Church of the Holy Sepulchre; in the afternoon visit Bethlehem and Manger Square and the Grotto. Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem.

Day 8  Monday 22nd October  Dead Sea

Visit Genesis Land, Ein Gedi, Qumran and Masada – time permitting a float in the Dead Sea. Dinner and overnight in Dead Sea.

Day 9  Tuesday 23rd October  The Negev Desert

Drive to Timna to see the Tabernacle in the Desert, drive the Beersheba visit Abraham’s Well Dinner and overnight Beersheba

Day 10 Wednesday 24th October   Beersheba- Tel Aviv

Drive to Jaffa – see the House of Simon the Tanner, visit Independence Hall enjoy a city tour of Tel Aviv Dinner and overnight Tel Aviv

Day 11  Thursday 25th October Tel Aviv – Manchester

Morning at leisure afternoon transfer to Ben Gurion airport for flight home.

Educational* Tour to Israel – The Holy Land 29th November – 6th December 2017

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Day 1 Wednesday 29th November UK – ISRAEL
Depart UK for Israel, London Heathrow terminal 4 on LY316 departing at 14.20hrs – the Holy Land. Arrive in the evening at 21.10hrs, where our local representatives, Diesenhaus – Unitours, will help you with the formalities at Ben Gurion Airport. After passing through customs you will be introduced to your guide and driver, who will be with you throughout your pilgrimage. Transfer to your hotel on the shores of the Mediterranean staying at the King Solomon Hotel in Netanya.

Day 2 Thursday 30th November NAZARETH – TIBERIAS
Drive on to Caesarea; see the excavations of the Crusader City, the Herodian Port. Proceed to Mount Carmel, the site of the encounter between the Prophet Elijah and the Baal priests, proceed to Zippori the 2nd century BCE capital of the Galilee. Continue to Nazareth where Jesus spent his early years and visit Mary’s Well and the Church of the Annunciation. Just north of Nazareth is the village of Cana, the site of Jesus’ first miracle. Drive to Nazareth – the birthplace of Jesus and stay at the Rimonim Hotel for dinner and over night stay.

Day 3 Friday 1st December SEA OF GALILEE
Start the day with a visit to Yardenit on the shores of the Jordan River Continue to Kursi (The Land of the Geraseenes) where Jesus healed the two demon possessed men. Onwards to Capernaum, centre of Jesus’ Ministry, – located here are the ruins of an ancient synagogue and the site of Peter’s House. Visit Taghba, Mensa Christi in the afternoon. We will visit the Mount of Beatitudes- the site of the ‘Sermon on the Mount’. Drive to Nof Ginossar and see the ancient Jesus boat and end the day with a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee. Return to Nazareth to stay at the Rimonim Hotel for dinner and over night stay.

Day 4 Saturday 2nd December TIBERIAS – JERUSALEM
After checking out of the hotel, drive to Mt Tabor, the site of the Transfiguration. Proceed through the Jordan River rift valley, passing the city of Beit Shean, a Roman city of the Decapolis. Continue to Jericho, the oldest inhabited city in the world and ascend by cable car the Mount of Temptation. Climb the Judean Hills towards Jerusalem. Visit Bethany and the Tomb of Lazarus. Continue to your hotel in Jerusalem for dinner and overnight stay at the Ramada Hotel.

Day 5 Sunday 3rd December CITY TOUR JERUSALEM & BETHLEHEM
Begin the day’s tour on the Mount of Olives for a breathtaking view of the entire city. Walk down the traditional Palm Sunday route to the Church of All Nations and the Garden of Gethsemane. Proceed to the Israel Museum and visit the Model of the ancient Jerusalem in the time of the Second Temple and the Shrine of the Book where the Dead Sea Scrolls are displayed. In the Afternoon we drive to the Manager Square in Bethlehem and visit the Church of the Nativity. Dinner and overnight stay at the Ramada Hotel.

Day 6 Monday 4th December DEAD SEA & MASADA
Depart Jerusalem and descend the Judean Wilderness, via the Inn of the Good Samaritan, to the lowest place on earth-the Dead Sea. Drive along the shore to Masada and ascend by cable car. Tour this mountain top fortress, which was the last stronghold of the Jews against the Romans. Drive to a nearby oasis and relax and enjoy an opportunity to “ float” in the Dead Sea. Before returning to Jerusalem, visit the Qumran caves where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered. Dinner and overnight stay at the Ramada Hotel.

Day 7 Tuesday 5th December VIA DOLOROSA
We will start our day with visit of the excavations at the City of David, Proceed to the Davidson Centre- The Jerusalem Archaeological Park – that reveals the most amazing discoveries of Jerusalem during the Second Temple period. At the foot of the southern wall of the Temple Mount, in the area known as the Ophel, the visitor can climb up the original steps of the Hulda Gates that led to the Temple Mount. Continue our visit in the Christian Quarter; visit St Ann’s Crusader Church, Ecce Homo, Antonia Fortress and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. On the last day at the Holy Land we will visit the Garden Tomb. Dinner and overnight stay at the Ramada Hotel.

Day 8 Wednesday 6th December Israel – UK
Early departure and transfer to Airport for your El Al flight to London Heathrow terminal 4 LY315 departing at 09.05hrs and landing at 12.35hrs at terminal 4.

END OF SERVICES

 

FURTHER DETAILS

*This tour is designed for potential pilgrimage group leaders ONLY, who are either members of the clergy or lay leaders in their church. We follow a multi denominational policy.

The costs are as follows: – on half board – breakfast and dinner, all sightseeing entrance fees and transfers on arrival and departure.

Basic cost per person (including return scheduled flight) £410.00
Airline surcharges £270.00
ATOL – CAA levy £2.50

 

Supplements to the above: –

Spouse/companion £185.00
Single room supplement £330.00

 

Extras – not included: –

Travel insurance, visa fees, lunches, gratuities for the guide and driver (we suggest £3.50 & £1.50 per person per sightseeing day), hotel staff, and items of a personal nature

Everything you need to know about Pentecost

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Pentecost is one of the most significant dates in the calendar for Christians across the world, and it known as Whitsun in the UK. This year, Pentecost falls on the 4th June and celebrates the Holy Spirit coming to the disciples after the death of Jesus Christ.

In the Bible, we read how after gathering to celebrate Shavuot (the Jewish harvest festival), the apostles started to talk in foreign tongues with onlookers simply assuming they were drunk. However, St Peter tells us that the truth was that the Holy Spirit inspired the disciples to preach the first Christian sermon – leading to the conversion and baptism of 3,000 people. It is this first Pentecost that signifies the Christian Church becoming a meaningful, distinct and official movement.

Why is it called Pentecost?
Pentecost comes from the Greek word ‘Pentekostos’, which means fifty. This is because the celebrations of Pentecost fall on the seventh Sunday after Easter, and 50 days since the last Sabbath of Passover. This means that Pentecost falls on a different date each year, but you can easily find the date online.

Why Pentecost is called Whitsun in the UK
Pentecost has always been celebrated in the UK, although many churches will commonly refer to it as Whitsun or Whit Sunday. This is due to Whitsun being a common day for baptisms, where many people wear white.

It is also thought that the Anglo-Saxon word ‘wit’, which means ‘to understand’, has influenced the name Whitsun, as the day is a celebration of the Holy Spirit filling the apostles with His wisdom.

How is Pentecost celebrated?
From 1871 to 1978, the UK enjoyed a bank holiday on Whit Monday, before being replaced with the Late Spring bank holiday at the end of May. Whitsun remains a popular day to get baptised and some churches host Whit Walks. Pentecost Monday is a public holiday throughout many countries in Europe, including Germany, France and Belgium.

To find out how ITS Pilgrimages can help you to organise a pilgrimage in England, Europe or further afield for next year’s Pentecost celebrations, call us on 0161 839 1111 or contact us online today.

Itinerary for Israel 16th – 23rd April 2018

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Day 1 Monday 16th April UK – ISRAEL
Depart UK for Israel – the Holy Land. Arrive in the evening, where our local representatives, Diesenhaus – Unitours, will help you with the formalities at Ben Gurion Airport. After passing through customs you will be introduced to your guide and driver, who will be with you throughout your pilgrimage. Transfer to your hotel on the shores of the Mediterranean.

Day 2 Tuesday 17th April NAZARETH – TIBERIAS
Drive on to Caesarea; see the excavations of the Crusader City, the Herodian Port. Proceed to Mount Carmel, the site of the encounter between the Prophet Elijah and the Baal priests, proceed to Zippori the 2nd century BCE capital of the Galilee. Continue to Nazareth where Jesus spent his early years and visit Mary’s Well and the Church of the Annunciation. Just north of Nazareth is the village of Cana, the site of Jesus’ first miracle. End the day at Yardenit – the traditional site of the Baptism, on the shores of the Sea of Galilee Drive to Tiberias for dinner and over night stay.

Day 3 Wednesday 18th April SEA OF GALILEE (National Memorial Day)
Start the day with a visit to newly excavated site of Magdala on the shores of the Sea of Galilee. Continue to Kursi (The Land of the Geraseenes) where Jesus healed the two demon possessed men. Onwards to Capernaum, centre of Jesus’ Ministry, – located here are the ruins of an ancient synagogue and the site of Peter’s House. Visit Taghba, Mensa Christi in the afternoon. We will visit the Mount of Beatitudes- the site of the ‘Sermon on the Mount’. Drive to Nof Ginossar and see the ancient Jesus boat and end the day with a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee.

Day 4 Thursday 19th April TIBERIAS – JERUSALEM (Independence Day)
After checking out of the hotel, drive to Mt Tabor, the site of the Transfiguration. Proceed through the Jordan River rift valley, passing the city of Beit Shean, a Roman city of the Decapolis. Continue to Jericho, the oldest inhabited city in the world and ascend by cable car the Mount of Temptation. Climb the Judean Hills towards Jerusalem. Visit Bethany and the Tomb of Lazarus. Continue to your hotel in Jerusalem for dinner and overnight stay.

Day 5 Friday 20th April CITY TOUR JERUSALEM & BETHLEHEM
Begin the day’s tour on the Mount of Olives for a breathtaking view of the entire city. Walk down the traditional Palm Sunday route to the Church of All Nations and the Garden of Gethsemane. Proceed to the Israel Museum and visit the Model of the ancient Jerusalem in the time of the Second Temple and the Shrine of the Book where the Dead Sea Scrolls are displayed. In the Afternoon we drive to the Manager Square in Bethlehem and visit the Church of the Nativity.

Day 6 Saturday 21st April DEAD SEA & MASSADA
Start the day with a visit to the Garden Tomb. Depart Jerusalem and descend the Judean Wilderness, via the Inn of the Good Samaritan, to the lowest place on earth-the Dead Sea. Drive along the shore to Massada and ascend by cable car. Tour this mountain top fortress, which was the last stronghold of the Jews against the Romans. Drive to a nearby oasis and relax and enjoy an opportunity to “ float” in the Dead Sea. Before returning to Jerusalem, visit the Qumran caves where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered.

Day 7 Sunday 22nd April VIA DOLOROSA- Walking Tour OLD CITY
We will start our day with visit to St James Cathedral – the Eastern Orthodox Church near the Jaffa Gate, continue to the Kotel and the Temple Mount. Onwards to the Christian Quarter; visit St Ann’s Crusader Church, Ecce Homo, Antonia Fortress and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Farwell dinner at the hotel.

Day 8 Monday 23rd April Israel – UK
Morning at leisure – Early afternoon transfer to Airport

NB;

1. A visit to a synagogue is planned for subject to date/days of travel and availability.

2. An evening lecture with the title The Three Abrahamic faiths is to be arranged.

3. The group is subject to a minimum number of 15 persons.

Mrs Mavis Thompson, Israel,16th – 23rd April 2018

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Dear unknown Friend or possible Pilgrim,

I am delighted you have selected my tour and you may be interested in coming to the Holy Land next April. This will be my seventh visit. I have been on two pilgrimages with ITS training as a leader. My son Daniel is assisting me. He has already done this twice and enjoys the experience as much as I do. Two years ago he renewed his Baptism vows in the River Jordan. I am an Anglican Reader.

Each time I go I learn something new about the country and its people and I enjoy adding to my Biblical knowledge. People go for many reasons; history, archaeology, bird spotting, flowers, choral singing, music, to bring the Bible alive, sunshine and warmth last but not least walking in the footsteps of Jesus. Recently I chatted to a Jew who had been in Israel taking part in a scrabble competition and another who goes every year to visit his Mum.

It is a beautiful country with dramatic landscapes from the lakes and hills to desert and of course the oldest inhabited city in the world Jericho. I like driving down the Jordan Valley and spotting fruits; oranges, bananas, lemons, dates, vines and pomegranates I have even picked and eaten figs.

I have every confidence in ITS and the hotels which they reserve for us. The pilgrimage is extremely good value for what you receive. A Professional Guide who will be with us for the duration of our pilgrimage will guide us.

The most important things are your up to date passport valid until six months from the date of return, with a copy of the main page, insurance and COMFORTABLE shoes. I like to take Shekels simply for the fun of using them. However some people prefer to take US dollars, which are equally acceptable.

Please do not hesitate to get in touch with me simply for a chat or for more information.

As you can see on your form it suggests you give a cheque for £400 made out to ITS. This is to verify you really are coming and will not be submitted until we have a viable group. If you are travelling alone and would be willing to share please state so as there will no doubt be others in this situation.

Shalom

Mavis Thompson.
01928 732745 and 07710 614225

Mavis Thompson MA Reader Emeritus. I have been to Israel many times and my son has assisted me twice he loves it as much as I do. It is great meeting the people and travelling in such a beautiful country with dramatic landscapes from lakes mountains and deserts and going to the oldest city in the world Jericho.

*The price shown does not include the cost of the easyJet low cost flight. Single supplement is £415.00

We can forward to you a dedicated brochure upon request.

Mr Adrian J. Cohen of ITS Pilgrimages – Malta

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Adrian is the Managing Director of ITS Pilgrimages and has led multiple educational tours to numerous pilgrimage destinations.
This tour is designed for clergy and/ or lay leaders who wish to one day lead their own pilgrimage tour to the beautiful island of Malta.

The basic cost of the tour will be refunded to the participants when he/she takes out their own pilgrimage tour.

The tour is designed for the first time visitor

Please note that each parish and /or potential leader is entitled to one place at the very special basic price of £330.00. For an accompanying spouse/companion, they pay the basic charge plus an additional supplement of £100.00. A very small number of single rooms are available at a supplement of £99.00; in addition to this each participant will have to pay airport taxes and current fuel surcharges – which are at the time of writing £70.00. There is also a small charge of £2.50 per person, which is the C.A.A. levy.

The group in size we expect to be 15/ 20 passengers.

We only allow one representative per church and it must be from a UK based church.

Please be advised that we adhere to a multi-denominational policy.

Allow me to remind you that this is an educational tour and so organised. All those involved – from the airline Air Malta, down to the guide are subsidising this tour – to enable you to see and enjoy the marvels of Malta and to help you plan, one day in the near future, your own group your own tour.

Your on line booking form – is at ‘request’ status until verified by your completion of our application form (which we shall forward to you) and our written confirmation, where we shall request a non refundable deposit of £200.00 per person.

Malta Educational Tour – 15th to 19th January 2018

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ACCOMMODATION

San Antonio Hotel & Spa 4* in Qawra San Antonio Hotel & Spa
Malta welcomes you in its newly refurbished hotel offering Moorish styles and flavours in the heart of the Mediterranean Sea. The hotel will have the facility of 407 rooms and suites, a variety of restaurants, bars, and outdoor pools overlooking the picturesque St. Paul’s Bay, fitness facilities and a Spa in its purely Moroccan atmosphere. The hotel is situated in the northern part of the island of Malta, right in the heart of Qawra, St. Paul’s Bay and at a walking distance to the sandy beach, bars, restaurants, casino, National Aquarium, public transport and other amenities including fashion outlets, commodities and services.

Including:
Complimentary non-alcoholic welcome drink on arrival
Free use of hotel’s wellness centre including gym, saunas, steam bath, indoor pool, Jacuzzi, outdoor swimming pools.
Free use of safe in room.
Free tea and coffee making facilities in the room.
Free Wi-Fi in the hotel.

ITINERARY

Day 1 – Monday 15th January 2018 London Heathrow to Malta
Group arrives Malta on Flight. (TBA). Welcome by Liberty representative and transfer group to Hotel ceck in and assistance by Liberty Representative Dinner at Hotel & Overnight

Day 2 – Tuesday 16th January 2018 Valletta, Rabat & Mdina
Breakfast at hotel –
09.00 hrs Group departs hotel accompanied by a licensed English-speaking guide and proceeds to Valletta. The group will visit the following sites: Upper Barracca Gardens- These commands a magnificent view of the Grand Harbour and the Three Cities. Proceed towards St. James Cavalieri and pass by the New Parliament building designed by the famous architect, Renzo Piano. St. Johns Co-Cathedral – This was formerly the conventual church of the Order built by Gerolamo Cassar and completed in 1578. Once built, the Knights lavished adornments in their languish chapels most of which are real treasure of art. Here one finds the most important painting that Caravaggio made in Malta as well as one of his most extraordinary creations, for many it is his greatest masterpiece – The Beheading of St. John the Baptist.
Proceed towards the Grand Master’s Palace and the guide will give an explanation
Some time at leisure
13.00 hrs – Malta Experience – Multivision Show depicting over 7000 years of Maltese history
14.00 hrs- Proceed to Rabat to visit St. Paul’s Catacombs an underground Christian burial place dating back to the 4th and 5th century. (Explanation of St. Paul’s grotto will also be given by the guide)
Proceed on foot towards Mdina. Walk through the medieval city and visit St. Paul’s Metropolitan Cathedral – rebuilt following the earthquake of 1693, the interior of this magnificent Cathedral deserves full attention. Proceed towards the Bastions – Enjoy the magnificent views from the Silent Cities defence bastions. Proceed towards Dingli Cliffs, the highest point on the island
18.00 hrs- Return to hotel Dinner at Hotel & Overnight

Day 3- Wednesday 17th January 2018 Tour to Gozo
Breakfast at hotel –
08.00 hrs – Group departs hotel in an air-conditioned coach accompanied by a licensed guide to the north of the island, Cirkewwa, for the ferry crossing to the Island of Gozo.
09.00 hrs- Ferry to Gozo In Gozo the group will visit the following sites:
Dwejra – Also known as the Inland Sea and window, the delightful bay encompasses Fungus Rock, A crater-like depression forms the Inland Sea, a land locked fishermen’s harbour. Proceed to visit Ta Pinu Church. Afterwards Victoria – Gozo’s Capital city and the Citadel
Some time at Leisure
In the afternoon the group will proceed to Xlendi – The land locked bay, lies at the foot of the fertile valley under towering cliffs, has a character of its own. It is still a fishing hamlet and a tower guards the bay.16.30 hr s- Return Ferry to Malta Dinner at hotel & Overnight

Day 4- Thursday 18th January 2018 Tour to Hagar Qim, Blue Grotto, Ghar Dalam & Three Cities
Breakfast at hotel 09.00 hrs- Group departs hotel accompanied by a licensed guide for a full day tour. Drive to Wied iz- Zurrieq to visit the Blue Grotto – Lying beyond the cliffs, the guests has to take a boat to visit the grotto. (Boat trip optional)
The group will proceed to Hagar Qim – This temple is unique among other Maltese temples due to the limestone used throughout its construction.
Proceed to visit the cave of Ghar Dalam and then to the fishing village Marsaxlokk
Some time at leisure
In the afternoon the group will proceed to the historical area known as the Three Cities: Vittoriosa, Cospicua and Senglea. A drive past Cospicua will bring the group to Vittoriosa. The visitors will stroll its lanes, stepped streets and winding alleys and admire its beautiful buildings. The group will visit St. Lawrence Church. The group will proceed on the bridge to Senglea for a short stop.
17.00 hr s- Return to hotel Dinner at hotel & Overnight

Day 5 – Friday 19th January 2018 – Departure
Breakfast at hotel. Check out – Group departs hotel and proceeds to Malta International Airport accompanied by Liberty representative. Group departs Malta on Flight. (TBA)

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