Day 1: Fly Manchester to Catania, transfer to Palermo and our hotel.
In the late early evening we walk to the Church of St. peter and St. paul for a Eucharist at 7pm then to a nearby restaurant for dinner.
Day 2: Walking tour of Palermo incl. the catacombs and the 11th century cathedral of St. Agatha we then celebrate Eucharist at the Anglican Church of The Holy Cross. Free time for lunch then on to Monreale and the cathedral and cloistered garden then back to Palermo and dinner in the evening.
Day 3: To Erice, free time then off to the Trattoria del Sale (near to Trapani) for lunch. After lunch we travel to Marsala and the Cantine Florio for a wine tasting tour then on to the Greek Temple at Segesta before returning to Palermo for dinner.
Day 4: The valley of Agrigento and its temples, then into the old town. We then travel to Catania and to the hotel where we will be staying for the rest of our stay.
Day 5: To Ortygia, the ancient district of Syracusa and a guided tour.
Day 6: To Taormina and a guided tour including the Greek Amphitheatre, back to the hotel and some free time before departing to the airport and return to Manchester.
Faith is a journey that we are all on. As we travel we meet various people and walk with them for a time and as we journey we discover new places.
Every two years we undertake a parish pilgrimage - an opportunity to travel together to explore a new place and learn together from the heritage of faith.
Over the years we have travelled to Italy: Florence, Sienna, Verona, Ravenna and Venice; to Greece: following the journey of St. Paul from Thessalonika to Athens and Corinth; to Italy again; Rome and then Subiaco and Monte Cassino in the steps of St. Benedict; to the Holy Land; Jerusalem and Galilee; to Spain and the Camino from Burgos to Leon and Santiago de Compestella and finally Italy again; Padua (St. Anthony) and Assisi (St. Francis).
Have a look at some of our past travels in the gallery
Pilgrimage was often seen and used as a penance - but things have changed.
In times past the journey was long and arduous and stretched the pilgrim financially, physically, emotionally and spiritually as they walked through strange lands relying on the hospitality and generosity of strangers on a journey that might well take months.
That's not how things are for us - our trips are not a penance but a celebration of our faith.
We fly to our destiantion and then travel by air conditioned coach to explore place of religious, historical and cultural importance.
Our time together lasts onnly a week or two and during this time we share lots of fun.