Pilgrimage to Sicily: 26th September - 1st October 2018
Price: £919 incl flights, rooms, breakfasts and dinner, air conditioned coach, guided tours and entrance fees.
Day 1: Fly manchester to catania, transfer to Palermo and our hotel.
Day 2: Walking tour of Palermo incl. the catacombs and the 11th century cathedral. Free time for lunch then on to Monreale and the cathedral and cloistered garden.
Day 3: To erice, free time then Paceco for lunch and the museum. On to Marsala and a wine tasting at a vineyard then the Greek Temple at Segesta.
Day 4: The valley of Agrigento and its temples, then into the opld town. Then on to our hotel in catania where we stay for the last two nights.
Day 5: To Ortygia, the ancient districty of Syracusea 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.