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Education Tour to Israel – Mr Adrian J. Cohen of ITS Pilgrimages

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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 Holy Land. 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 and they will enjoy seeing the scriptures ‘come to life’.

Please note that each parish and /or potential leader is entitled to one place at the very special basic price of £440.00. For an accompanying spouse/companion, they pay the basic charge plus an additional supplement of £300.00. A very small number of single rooms are available at a supplement of £330.00. In addition to this each participant will have to pay airport taxes and current fuel surcharges – which are at the time of writing £280.00. 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 25/30 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 El Al, down to the guide are subsidising this tour – to enable you to see and enjoy the marvels of the Holy Land 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

EDUCATIONAL TOUR – Israel – 18th to 25th June 2019

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EDUCATIONAL TOUR to the Holy Land – Israel – 18th – 25th June 2019

Day 1 Tuesday 18th June July UK – ISRAEL
Depart UK for Israel, from either Manchester or London Heathrow on El Al Israel Airlines direct flight to 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 Wednesday 19th June 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, 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 Tiberias for dinner and overnight stay.

Day 3 Thursday 20th June 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.

Day 4 Friday 21st June 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. Continue to your hotel in Jerusalem for dinner and overnight stay.

Day 5 Saturday 22nd June CITY TOUR JERUSALEM & BETHLEHEM
Begin the day’s tour on the Mount of Olives for a breath-taking 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 Sunday 23rd June 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.

Day 7 Monday 24th June 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. Farewell dinner at the hotel.

Day 8 Tuesday 25th June ISRAEL – UK
Early departure and transfer to Airport

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, who every intention of one day leading their own group with ITS PILGRIMAGES. We adhere to a multi -denominational policy.

The costs are as follows:

Basic cost per person £440.00 sharing a twin bedded room
Airline surcharges £280.00
ATOL – CAA levy £2.50
Spouse supplement: £300.00
Single room supplement: £330.00

Including
•El Al Israel Airlines scheduled return flight from London Heathrow or Manchester to Tel Aviv
•7 nights hotel accommodation in 4 star style hotels on half board basis (breakfast and dinner)
•6 full days guided sightseeing in an air conditioned coach with free WIFI
•Transfers on arrival & departure
•All entrance fees to the tourist sites.
•English speaking licensed guide throughout the tour.
•Gratuities to the guide and driver
•Full escorted by a senior member of the management of ITS PILGRIMAGES

Supplements to the above:
Spouse/companion £300.00
Single room supplement £330.00

Extras – not included:
Travel insurance, visa fees, lunches and items of a personal nature

Shalom Tour – An Interfaith Itinerary (9 DAYS)

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SHALOM TOUR – AN INTERFAITH ITINERARY – 8 NIGHTS / 9 DAYS

DAY 1 – UK – Israel
Arrive at Ben Gurion Airport, where our local representatives, Diesenhaus – Unitours will help you with formalities. Transfer to hotel for overnight stay in Jerusalem

DAY 2 – Jerusalem
Enter the Walled City by foot. In the Jewish Quarter visit the Cardo and the Western Wall and enjoy a panoramic view of the Dome of the Rock on the Temple Mount. Enter the Christian Quarter and visit St Ann’s Crusader Church. Beginning at the Antonia Tower walk the Via Dolorosa ending at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Continue through the winding streets of the Old City to the Tower of David Museum, covering 3000 years of Jerusalem’s history. Later this afternoon visit Garden Tomb.
Dinner and overnight stay in Jerusalem

DAY 3 – Jerusalem
Start the day with a visit to the Hadassah Medical Centre to view the world famous Chagall windows depicting the twelve tribes of Israel. Continue to the Yad Vashem Memorial to the Holocaust and the Children’s Museum. In a nearby forest, take a few moments to plant a tree. Stop at Mt. Herzl to view the grave of the late Prime Minister, Yitzhak Rabin. End the day with a visit to the Israel Museum to see the scale model of ancient Jerusalem in the time of the Second Temple and the Shrine of the Book housing the Dead Sea Scrolls.
Dinner and overnight stay in Jerusalem

DAY 4 – Jerusalem – Bethlehem
Today we start with a visit to Bethlehem. Driving via the Tomb of Rachel, visit the Church of Nativity and the milk grotto. Continue to the Scripture Gardens at the Biblical Study Centre. Return to Jerusalem and have the rest of the day at leisure.
Dinner and overnight stay in Jerusalem

DAY 5 – Jerusalem – Dead Sea
Descend through the Judean Wilderness, via the Inn of the Good Samaritan, to the lowest place on earth – the Dead Sea. Drive along the shore to the base of Masada, the last stronghold of the Jews against the Romans. Ascend by cable car and tour this mountaintop fortress including Herod’s Palace, an ancient synagogue and a bathhouse. After descending drive to a nearby oasis and enjoy the opportunity to swim or ‘float’ in the unique waters of the Dead Sea. Before returning to Jerusalem, visit the Qumran Caves, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered.
Dinner and overnight stay in Jerusalem

DAY 6 – Jerusalem – Tiberias
Depart Jerusalem and drive to Jericho, the oldest inhabited city in the world. Continue through the Jordan River Valley Rift to Beit Shean, dating back more than 5,000 years, where excavations have revealed 18 levels of history. Proceed to Beit Alpha and view the ruins of an ancient synagogue with a mosaic floor. The next stop will be Mt. Tabor, site of the Transfiguration. Visit Nazareth, where Jesus grew to manhood and tour the Church of Annunciation. End todays tour at Yardenit, he Baptism site on the River Jordan.
Dinner and overnight stay in Tiberias

DAY 7 – Tiberias
Begin the day with a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee from Tiberias to Nof Ginosar. View the remains of a boat from the time of Jesus. Continue to Capernaum, centre of Jesus’ Ministry. Located here are the ruins of an ancient synagogue and the site of Peter’s house. Proceed to Tabgha, the site of the Miracle of the Loaves and Fish and see the mosaic from the 5th century Byzantine basilica. Drive to Mount of Beatitudes, site of the ‘Sermon on the Mount’. Continue to Safed, one of the four holy cities and once the Jewish centre of Mysticism and today a picturesque artists’ colony. Travel through the Upper Galilee to Banias Springs (Caesarea Philippe) where Peter made his confession of faith.
Dinner and overnight stay in Tiberias

DAY 8 – Tiberias – Tel Aviv
Depart Tiberias and drive towards the Mediterranean coast. Stop at Mukraha, site of Elijah’s confrontation. Visit a Druze village and enjoy home hospitality while learning more about this culture and interesting life style. On Mt. Carmel visit the Stella Maris Monastery built over the caves of Elijah and the Bahai Shrine with its beautiful Persian Gardens. Travelling south on the coastal highway, stop at Caesarea and view the archaeological ruins of this ancient Herodian, Byzantine and crusader city.
Dinner and overnight stay in Tel Aviv

DAY 9 – Israel – UK
Leave Israel and transfer to Ben Gurion Airport for your flight home to the UK.

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BLUE & WHITE TOUR (8 DAYS)

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Day 1 – UK – Israel

Arrive at Ben Gurion Airport, where our local representatives, Diesenhaus – Unitours will help you with formalities. Transfer to hotel for overnight stay in Tel Aviv

 

Day 2 – Tel Aviv – Haifa

After breakfast depart hotel for a morning of sightseeing in modern Tel Aviv and Old Jaffa, driving via Dizengoff Circle, the Habimah National Theatre and Mann Auditorium to the ancient port of Jaffa, now an Artist’s Quarter. Continue along the coastal road to Caesarea to view the archaeological ruins of this ancient Herodian Port City, important Byzantine centre and crusader stronghold.

Dinner and overnight stay in Haifa.

 

DAY 3 – Haifa – Tiberias

Begin the day with a tour of Haifa visiting the Bahai Temple situated in the beautiful Persian Gardens and then onto Mt. Carmel for a panoramic view of Haifa and the north. Drive south to Zippori, remains of an early settlement, mainly from the Roman and Byzantine periods and then onto Safed, the ancient centre of Jewish mysticism and now and Artist’s Quarter. After a visit to a Kibbutz, drive through the Golan Heights.

Dinner and overnight stay in Tiberias.

 

DAY 4 – Tiberias – Jerusalem

Start the day with a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee before visiting Capernaum to view the ruins of an ancient synagogue. Continue to Nazareth with its Christian sanctuaries and visit the Church of the Annunciation. Drive to Beit Shean, the most monumental Roman/Byzantine city in the area and then proceed to Jerusalem via the Jordan Valley and Jericho, the lowest and oldest inhabited city on earth.

Dinner and overnight stay in Jerusalem.

 

DAY 5 – Jerusalem – Bethlehem – Jerusalem

Tour the Old City of Jerusalem beginning at the Mt. of Olives for a breath-taking view of the entire city spread out below. Enter the Old City through the Jewish Quarter to view the Byzantine Cardo and the Herodian Mansions. Visit the Western Wall and view the Dome of the Rock on the Temple Mount. Walk along the Via Dolorosa to view the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Drive to Bethlehem to visit the Church of Nativity. Return to Jerusalem via Haas Promenade for a view of the City of David from its southern side. Continue to the Israel Museum to view the Model of Jerusalem and the Shrine of the Book, housing the Dead Sea Scrolls. During the course of the day you will visit Caprice fine jewellery – the national diamond centre.

Dinner and overnight stay in Jerusalem

 

DAY 6 – New Jerusalem

Sightseeing tour of the New City of Jerusalem beginning at the Hadassah Medical Centre to view the famous Chagall Windows depicting the Twelve Tribes of Israel. Continue to Jewish national Fund Forest in the Jerusalem Hills to enjoy the experience of planting a tree with your own hands. Continue to the Yad Vashem Memorial – the Holocaust Museum – and then onto the Herzl Cemetery to view the grave of the late Yitzhak Rabin. Return to your hotel via the Knesset, the Presidents House and the Jerusalem Theatre.

Dinner and overnight stay in Jerusalem.

 

DAY 7 – Jerusalem – Dead Sea – Jerusalem

Descend through the Judean Hills to Qumran, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered. Drive along the shores of the Dead Sea, the lowest spot on earth, to visit Masada. Tour the famed archaeological site including King Herod’s Palace. Drive by Ein Gedi and enjoy the opportunity to float in the Dead Sea.

Dinner and overnight stay in Jerusalem.

 

DAY 8 – Jerusalem – UK

Transfer to Ben Gurion Airport for your return flight home.

 

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ISRAEL JOURNEY (12 days)

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(Based on Thursday arrival)

DAY 1 – UK – Israel

Arrive at Ben Gurion Airport, where our local representatives, Diesenhaus – Unitours will help you with formalities. Transfer to hotel for overnight stay in Tel Aviv

 

DAY 2 – Tel Aviv – Jaffa

Sightseeing tour of modern Tel Aviv, the city that never stops. Sites included are the Diaspora Museum, which tells the history of the Jewish people in other lands; Ben Gurion House, the Tel Aviv residence of Israel’s first Prime Minister, Rabin Square to see the memorial to late Yitzhak Rabin and Dizengoff Street with its many boutiques and coffee houses. Continue to Neve Tsedek, the original centre of Tel Aviv cultural life, now restored preserving the design and colour of the historical buildings. Drive by Jaffa and ancient port city over 4,000 years old and today as picturesque artist’s quarter.

Dinner and overnight stay in Tel Aviv

 

DAY 3 – Tel Aviv  – Day at leisure

 

DAY 4 – Tel Aviv – Haifa

Depart Tel Aviv and drive north along the coastal road to Caesarea and view the archaeological ruins of this ancient Herodian port city, Byzantine centre and Crusader stronghold. Continue to Megiddo, where excavations have uncovered a millennium of history. Drive to Beit Shean an area commemorating the first settlers of modern Israel as well as burial chambers dating back to 2nd century Jewish scholars. Proceed to the Druze village of Daliyat-El-Carmel and learn more about the unusual and interesting life style.

Dinner and overnight in Haifa

 

DAY 5 – Haifa – Galilee

Begin the day with a tour of Haifa visiting the Bahai Temple situated in the beautiful Persian Gardens and then onto Mt. Carmel for a panoramic view of Haifa and the north. Drive to Acre, an ancient port city steeped in history. Cross the mountains in the upper Galilee to Safed, famous since the Middle Ages as a centre of Jewish mysticism and now a popular artist’s quarter. Drive to the Golan Heights. First stop Banias springs, one of the sources of the Jordan River, then visit Katzrin the capital of the Golan.

Dinner and overnight stay in Galilee

 

DAY 6 – Galilee – Jerusalem

In the morning drive to Capernaum and view the ruins of an ancient synagogue. Enjoy a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee to Tiberias, one of the four Holy Cities. Continue to Nazareth, the town where Jesus spent his early years and visit the Church of Annunciation. Drive through the Jordan Valley Rift to Beit Shean dating back more than 5,000 years, where excavations have revealed 18 levels of history. Continue to Jericho the oldest inhabited city in the world.

Dinner and overnight stay in Jerusalem

 

DAY 7 – Jerusalem

Start the day with a visit to the Knesset then drive to the Hadassah Medical Centre to view the world famous Chagall Windows depicting the Twelve Tribes of Israel. In a nearby forest take a few moments to plant a tree. Proceed to Yad Vashem Memorial to the Holocaust and then to Mt. Herzl to view the grave of the late Yitzhak Rabin. End the day with a visit to the Israel Museum to view the model of Jerusalem in the time of the Second Temple and the Shrine of the Book housing the Dead Sea Scrolls.

Dinner and overnight stay in Jerusalem

 

DAY 8 – Jerusalem – Bethlehem – Jerusalem

Capture the drama of Jerusalem with a breath taking view of the entire City of David from Mt. Scopus and the Mt. of Olives. Enter the Walled City and visit the Jewish Quarter with its reconstructed Byzantine Cardo and the Herodian Mansions. Continue to the Western Wall and view the Dome of the Rock. Walk the Via Dolorosa ending at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Exit the Old City via Mt. Zion and King David’s Tomb. Drive to Bethlehem via Rachel’s Tomb to visit the Church of Nativity.

Dinner and overnight stay in Jerusalem

 

DAY 9 – Jerusalem – Dead Sea – Jerusalem

Descend through the Judean Wilderness, via the Inn of the Good Samaritan, to the lowest place on earth – the Dead Sea. Drive along the base of Masada, the last stronghold of Jews against the Romans. Ascend by cable car and tour this mountain top fortress including Herod’s palace, an ancient synagogue and a bathhouse. After descending, drive to nearby oasis and enjoy an opportunity to float in the unique waters of the Dead Sea. Before returning to Jerusalem visit the Qumran Caves, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered.

Dinner and overnight stay in Jerusalem

 

DAY 10 – JerusalemDay at Leisure

 

DAY 11 – Jerusalem

Today’s touring will be begin in the Walled City in the Tower of David Museum which depicts 3,000 years of Jerusalem’s history. Drive to the Judean Hills and visit the Soreq Caves, a wonderland of stalactite and stalagmite caves. Continue to the Scrolls of Fire Sculpture, a memorial which depicts the horrors of the Holocaust and the foundation of Israel and the hope and peace.

Dinner and overnight stay in Jerusalem.

 

DAY 12 – Israel – UK

Leave Jerusalem and transfer to Ben Gurion Airport for your flight home to the UK.

 

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LAND OF THE BIBLE (8 DAYS)

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DAY 1 – UK – Israel

Arrive at Ben Gurion Airport, where our local representatives, Diesenhaus – Unitours will help you with formalities. Transfer to hotel for overnight stay in Tel Aviv

 

DAY 2 – Tel Aviv – Tiberias

Depart hotel and visit biblical Joppa where Jonah the Prophet boarded a ship bound for Tarshish. Drive to Caesarea where Paul was imprisoned and tried, and where he converted Cornelius. Continue to Megiddo (Armageddon) one of King Solomon’s chariot cities. Proceed 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.

Dinner and overnight stay in Tiberias.

 

DAY 3 – Tiberias – Capernaum – Tiberias

Begin the day with a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee from Tiberias to Nof Ginosar. View the remains of a boat from the time of Jesus. Continue to Capernaum, centre of Jesus’ Ministry. Located here are the ruins of an ancient synagogue and the site of Peter’s house. Proceed to Tabgha, the site of the Miracle of the Loaves and Fish and see the fish mosaic from the 5th century Byzantine basilica. Drive to the Mt. of Beatitudes, sight of the ‘Sermon on the Mount’. Take some time for personal meditation. Travel through the Upper Galilee to Banias Springs (Caesarea Philippe) where Peter made his confession of faith.

Dinner and overnight stay in Tiberias

 

DAY 4 – Tiberias – Jerusalem

Depart Tiberias and drive to Yardenit on the shore of the Jordan River with an option to renew Baptismal promises. Visit Mt. Tabor site of the Transfiguration. Drive through the Jordan Valley Rift to Beit Shean, where excavations have revealed 18 levels of history. Continue on to Jericho, the oldest and lowest inhabited city in the world. Ascend the Judean Hills passing the Inn of the Good Samaritan. Visit the Tomb of Lazarus in Bethany.

Dinner and overnight stay in Jerusalem.

 

DAY 5 – Jerusalem

Begin the day’s tour on the Mt. of Olives for a breath taking view of the entire city. Walk down the traditional Palm Sunday route to the Church of All Nations and the Garden of Gethsemane. Drive via Kidron Valley to Mt. Zion and visit the Room of the Last Supper and David’s Tomb. Continue on foot to the Walled City. In the Jewish Quarter see the Cardo and Western Wall. Enjoy the panoramic view of the Dome of the Rock on the Temple Mount. In the Christian Quarter visit St. Ann’s Crusader Church, Ecce Homo (Lithostrotos) Antonia Fortress and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. End the day with a communion service in the garden Tomb (Gordon’s Calvary)

Dinner and overnight stay in Jerusalem

 

DAY 6 – Jerusalem

Tour the New City of Jerusalem beginning at Yad Vashem Memorial to the Holocaust and the Israel Museum to see the scale model of 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 drive to Mangers Square in Bethlehem and visit the Church of Nativity and the grotto.

Dinner and overnight stay in Jerusalem.

 

DAY 7 – Jerusalem – Dead Sea – Jerusalem

Depart Jerusalem and drive through the Judean Wilderness to the lowest point on earth – the Dead Sea. Stop for a scenic view of St. Georges Monastery in Wadi Kelt. Drive along the shores of the Dead Sea to the base of Masada, the last stronghold of the Jewish Zealots against the Romans. Ascend by cable car and tour the famed archaeological site including Herod’s palace, an ancient synagogue and a bathhouse. After descending drive to a nearby oasis and enjoy an opportunity to swim or ‘float’ in the unique waters of the Dead Sea. Before returning to Jerusalem visit Qumran where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered.

Dinner and overnight stay in Jerusalem

 

DAY 8 – Israel – UK

Leave Jerusalem and transfer to Ben Gurion Airport for your flight home to the UK.

 

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Why all Christians Should Remember St. Bernadette

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On the 7th January1844 the little town of Lourdes in France bore witness to the birth of a baby girl who would grow up to become one of the more prominent Catholic figures in history.

The world would later come to know Bernadette Soubirous as St. Bernadette. Born the eldest of nine children to a miller Francois Soubirous and his wife, a laundress called Louise she was baptised at the local parish church, St. Pierre’s two days later, the day of her parent’s wedding anniversary.

Desperately poor, the family lived in poverty, squashed into a single tiny room. A sickly child, Bernadette was raised in part by her aunt and had little in the way of formal education, remaining unable to read or write for most of her life.

Her Visions

On 11th February 1858,Bernadette, then aged 14 was our gathering firewood with her sister, and a friend near the grotto of Massabielle (Tuta de Massavielha) when she experienced her first vision. Whist the other girls crossed the small stream in front of the grotto, Marie Bernadette stayed behind, looking for a safe and dry place to cross.

When she finally sat down to take her shoes off, the sound of the wind filed her ears, yet the landscape remained still and calm. She gazed across the horizon and spotted a dark alcove and saw a dazzling light and a white figure.

According to historical accounts, the woman inBernadette’s vision wore blue and white and smiled at her before her hands made the sign of the cross with a rosary and gold. She fell to her knees, took out her own rosary and began to pray.

Three days later,Bernadette and the girls returned to the grotto. Kneeling, she fell into a deep trance. One of her companions threw holy water and another a rock, which is said to have shattered when it hit the ground and disappeared. These have come to be known as the first of 18 visions of what she referred to as a ‘aquero’ or a small, young lady.

Upon her next visit, on 18th February 1858, it was said that the vision of the small, young lady asked Bernadette to return to the grotto every day for a fortnight. This period of almost daily visions came to be known as la Quinzaine sacree or ‘holy fortnight.’ The vision did not identify herself until Bernadette’s seventeenth visit, the townsfolk, intrigued by her experiences, believed her to be witnessing the virgin Mary. Bernadette herself never once claimed this to be the case, only identifying the vision as an ‘aquero.’

A Scientific and Medical Examination of St. Bernadette’s Visions

Unsurprisingly, Bernadette’s visions drew a great deal of attention. The townsfolk were divided in their opinions on whether she was telling the truth. Some believed her to be suffering from a mental illness and demanded that she be admitted to an asylum.

In 1862, after conducting extremely rigorous scientific and medical examinations of the water surrounding the grotto, the Lourdes Medical Bureau failed to find an explanation for the visions, with the church proclaiming them to be inexplicable.

Bernadette requested that the local priest build a chapel on the site of her visions – something that the church acquiesced to. This gave rise to several chapels and churches at Lourdes.  Today, The Sanctuary of Our Lady of Lourdes is one of the preeminent Catholic pilgrimages in the world.

St. Bernadette’s Time in Nevers

Never entirely comfortable with the attention her vision’s garnered, Bernadette eventually travelled to a hospice school that was run by the Sisters of Charity of Nevers. Here she learned to read and write.

On 29th July 1866, along with 42 other candidates, she took the religious habit of a postulant (one who is seeking ordination to the diaconate or priesthood) and joined the Sisters of Charity at Nevers.

She spent the rest of her life here, working as an assistant in the infirmary and later as a sacristan, creating beautiful embroidery for altar cloths and vestments. She eventually died at the age of 35 on 16th April 1879 while praying the holy rosary and her body was laid to rest in the Saint Gildard Convent.

The Exhumations of Marie Bernadette Soubirous

Bishop Gauthey of Nevers and the church exhumed the body if Bernadette Soubirous on 22nd September 1909. According to historical accounts, although the crucifix in her hand and her rosary were both oxidized, her body appeared incorrupt – preserved from decomposition. This was cited as one of the miracles to support her canonisation.

The church exhumed her body for a second time on April 3rd 1919. The body was observed to have a notable layer of calcium salts, but the skin was still present on most of the body. In 1925, the church exhumed her body once more. Her personal affects were sent to Rome and a precise imprint of her face was moulded so that the Pierre Imans in Paris could sculpt a wax mask – something that was common practice in France at the time.

Bernadette Soubirous was declared blessed and beatified on 14th June 1925 by Pope Pius XI. She was canonised on 8th December 1933. Today, the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Lourdes is expanded to include several other chapels and churches in honour of St. Bernadette.

The Basilica of St. Pius X is one such holy place and can accommodate up to 25,000 people. Dedicated by the future Pope John XXIII when he was still the Papal Nuncio to France, The Basilica of St. Puis X is one of the more notable pilgrimages Christians the world over take every single year.

November – 20th – 27th 2019

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Day 1 UK Wednesday, November 20 – ISRAEL
Arrival at Ben Gurion Airport at late evening, where you will be met and given assistance by Diesenhaus Unitours representative. Transfer to Netanya for overnight stay. Cold plate dinner due to late arrival El Al flight LY 316 ETA 21:10 hr.

Day 2 Thursday, November 21 – 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 Tiberias for dinner and over night.

Day 3 Friday, November 22 – SEA OF GALILEE
Start the day with a visit to Yardenit on 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, where we shall celebrate Communion. Drives to Nof Ginossar see the ancient Jesus boat and end the day with a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee.

Day 4 Saturday, November 23 – TIBERIAS – JERUSALEM
After checking out of the hotel, drive to Mt Tabor, site of the Transfiguration. Proceed through the Jordan River Valley rift, 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 Bethlehem for dinner and overnight stay.

Day 5 Sunday, November 24 – 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 Monday, November 25 – 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 mountaintop 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 Bethlehem, visit the Qumran caves where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered. On the last day at the Holy Land we will visit the Garden Tomb.

Day 7 Tuesday, November 26- 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 feet 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 Sepulcher. Farwell dinner at the hotel.

Day 8 Wednesday, November 27 – Israel – UK
Early departure and transfer to Airport for El Al flight LY 315 ETD 09:05 must arrive to BGN airport at 06:00 depart Jerusalem at 05:00 hr. Coffee/Tea and cake in lieu of breakfast.

REV’D MARCIA DA COSTA

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REV’D MARCIA DA COSTA MSc CQSW

Marcia has previous experience of arranging Holy Land tours with ITS.

Marcia has been an ordained minister since 1991, accepted Christ 46 years ago, personal
encounter 39 years ago. She graduated from Hampstead Bible College in 1987 before going into
ministry in 1988 when she became a bible college lecturer. She has lectured since then, in many
countries across the world as an itinerant speaker/Minister/Pastor.

In January 2001 Marcia pioneered Love Fellowship Church. She started a not-for-profit
organisation for the large homeless population living in the London’s Waterloo area. Every
Sunday, for 15 years, they also attended church service, were fed, and received clothing and
other services. It has been an unconventional church and a true example of ‘church without
walls’. Rev Da Costa is known as the ‘Skippers Pastor’. Her heart in ministering to the rejected
and broken enabled her to move in the gifts of the Spirit in powerful yet unique way, seeing
weekly salvations and physical emotional and spiritual healing in so many lives. The membership
grew greatly over the years, coming from all over the world, most living on the streets. Lives were
changed, people rehabilitated into their homes, pastoral support.

Much of her life has been given to a dynamic prayer and teaching ministry, which took her to
many nations of the world. She had God given assignment to encourage and equip women in
leadership and ministry, including pastor’s wives, through ‘Women in Ministry and Leadership
Network’. She mentors many young men and women, and is a ‘spiritual mother’ to many, is a
Pastor to Pastors.

Inside and outside of the church Marcia’s experience is extensive, from being a staff minister in
her local church, teaching, preaching and travelling to many nations on missions. Marcia was a
member of the Board of Trustees for the African and Caribbean Evangelical Alliance (ACEA) and
lectured there. She is a member of the Evangelical Alliance, and has been on the Board of a
number of Christian organisations, a Chaplain to an organisation supporting ex-military personnel
and other organisations.

She does a lot of training in religious/faith and community groups on children, young people,
families and child protection; also does training in social work and management practice. The
breadth of her expertise in the Social Work Profession has enabled her to work extensively with
children, young people and their families on youth, management and Child Protection issues
which has enhanced her love for people.

Over the past 18 years Marcia has been a consultant to a number of strategic organisations,
giving independent advice at top levels, on various issues affecting different communities in
London.

Previously Marcia received a Role of Honour Certificate of Recognition, from The African and
Caribbean Evangelical Alliance and sponsored by Premier Christian Radio, for outstanding
contribution towards Black Christian Faith in the UK. Marcia has received 2 nominations for the
Wise Women Awards 2012 – Christian Leadership and Woman in Community. Also received a
Commendation from the local Police for work with their staff and young people.

Our Suggested Itineraries

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OUR SUGGESTED ITINERARIES

 

The Holy Land – Israel

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2 day itinerary

3 day itinerary

4 day itinerary

5 day itinerary

6 day itinerary

7 day itinerary

8 day itinerary

9 day itinerary

10 day itinerary

11 day itinerary

12 day itinerary

Women in the Old and New Testament (9 days)

Fun Through Faith (8 days)

The Holy Land – Biblical Tour (15 days)

The Holy Land – Hidden Gems (15 days)

Holy Land Pilgrim Tour – Low Budget Winter Option (8 days)

Greek Orthodox Tour (8 days)

Greece

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Greece – Footsteps of St.Paul (8 days)

Greece – A Grand Tour of Biblical Greece(13 days)

Malta

Malta – Footsteps of St Paul (8 days)

Malta & Italy (9 days)

Egypt

Holy Family Trip from Cairo to Asyut 9 Nights – 10 Days + Nile Cruise’ (10 days)

Egypt – Land of the Pharaohs (8 days)

Jordan

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Jordan – A Biblical Journey

Jordan – A Taste of Jordan (8 days)

Italy

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Italy – Rome and Assisi (8 days)

Cyprus

Cyprus – St.Paul and Early Christianity (8 days)

Turkey

Turkey – 7 Churches (8 days)

Footsteps of St Paul (13 days)

Jewels of Turkey & Greece – Land & Cruise (11 days)

Portugal

Portugal – Fatima (4 days)

Spain

Santiago de Compostella (8 days)

France

Lourdes (8 days)

Germany

Oberammergau Passion Play 2020 (6 days)

Austria

PASSION PLAY IN ERL 2019* (5 days)

Bosnia & Herzegovina

The great pilgrimage to Medjugorje (9 days)

European Highlights

Marian Sanctuaries Tour (13 days)

Poland

Primeval Forest and Land of 1000 Lakes(7 days)

Panorama of Poland (14 days)

7 Days in Northen Poland (7 days)

Magic of Poland (7 days)

Carnival of Taste (7 days)

Poland – Religious Tour (6 days)

8 Days in Western Poland (8 days)

8 Days in Eastern Poland (8 days

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