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English Heritage Trips

June 12 - 23, 2017


Following in
Celtic Footsteps
led by
The Very Rev. Gail E. Greenwell
Dean of Christ Church Cathedral
& Bishop John Pritchard


June 27 - 8 July, 2017


Following the Celtic Saints
Iona & Northumbria
led by
Fr Kevin Morris
and
Fr Keith Voets


7 - 18 September, 2017


Celtic Saints
Scotland & Northumbria
led by
The Rev. Claudia Smith
and
The Rev. Gail Wheatley


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“Mesmerizing!  Inspiring!
A Spiritual Re-awakening!
My pilgrimage to the Holy Land changed my outlook on life
and has allowed me to refocus my purpose here on Earth.

Visiting the places where
Jesus brought his message
to mankind has given me
a new perspective on his teachings and helped me figure out how I can
carry on His message
in my own life.

Shelley and David
touched my soul in a
way that will forever
change my life.“

– Christine Miceli

Ten questions you should ask
about your pilgrimage...

1. What is distinctive about a Lightline pilgrimage?

Our pilgrimages are designed to help benefit Christians struggling in the Holy Land. We employ Arab Christian guides and drivers, stay at Christian-run hotels and guest houses whenever possible, and organize our shopping to bring maximum benefit to Christian families, workers and shopkeepers. We give generously to ministries in the Holy Land, including those of the Episcopal Diocese. In recognition of this, Archbishop Suheil names Lightline as the ‘official and preferred’ pilgrimage operator for the Episcopal Diocese in 2013.

2. Where are we staying?

We plan our trips to stay near the Sea of Galilee or in the heart of Christian Nazareth, and on the edge of Manger Square adjacent to the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem. We have a uniquely close relationship with the Guest House at St. George’s Episcopal Cathedral in Jerusalem and to date we have booked more groups into St. George’s than any other tour operator, worldwide. We also work with Christian hotels located in the Christian Quarter of the Old City of Jerusalem.

3. What is the history and reputation of Lightline Pilgrimages and its affiliates?

We have worked in the pilgrimage industry for over 30 years with an unbroken record of safety and reliability. Our partner in Israel/Palestine was established in 1965 and is one of the most highly regarded travel agencies in the Holy Land. We choose from the best Arab Christian guides and bus drivers to insure that your pilgrimage is not dependent on the health or availability of any single individual.

4. Where are our deposits and payments held until our pilgrimage is confirmed?

Lightline Pilgrimages North America keeps 100% of all funds on deposit in trust in a US bank until the tour is fully booked and confirmed. Your funds are insured by the bond, and by the FDIC.

5. What happens if the company cancels the pilgrimage for political or security reasons?

You will be offered the option to either transfer your funds to a pilgrimage at a later date, or receive a full refund.

6. What happens to my deposit if the pilgrimage doesn’t make operating numbers?

You get a full refund.

7. What happens if I cancel my booking?

If you cancel prior to 90 days before departure, you forfeit your $500 deposit. A cancellation closer to the time of departure requires a higher penalty. We require Trip Insurance for all Lightline Pilgrimages, which should allow you to recover 100% of the cost.

8. Do I get a contract and a specific itinerary?*

Yes. At Lightline Pilgrimages our brochure contains a contract and booking form that clearly spells out the terms of travel and our obligations. We encourage you to read it carefully before booking. This explicit contract is not only required under our travel license and bond, but we have discovered through the years that clarity at the time of booking leads to satisfied customers at the end of the trip. We recommend that you do NOT make a deposit on ANY trip without a clear, specific written contract.

9. Why does this pilgrimage cost more than others?

We believe pilgrimage is a once-in-a-lifetime experience for most people and we make every effort to live up to that expectation. Some things in our trips simply cost more. Because we choose to support Christian companies in the Holy Land, we do not benefit from Israeli government tourist subsidies, nor do we have the benefit of bulk-buying blocks of rooms in large hotels in the commercial centers. With that said, you will find that our pilgrimages are an excellent value.

10. Is it safe?

Yes–as safe as any foreign travel might be. We carefully track US State Department recommendations and we have an unblemished reputation for safety, which we intend to keep. Our large organization is connected to a network of information sources that allow us to steer clear of any local trouble spots. We reserve the right to cancel any trip that we believe might jeopardize the safety of the travelers.*

*The exact details of any particular pilgrimage may vary and we reserve the right to make changes to the program for just and reasonable cause, as necessary.

 

Holy Land Trips

October 17 - 28, 2017


Led by
The Rt. Rev. Jay Magness

November 24 - December 5, 2017


Led by
The Rev Chris Jillard,
The Rev Cynthia Espeseth
& The Rev Dr Dennis Tierney

December 4 - 15, 2017


Led by
Fr William
& Mary Willoughby

January 15 - 26, 2018


Led by
The Rev. Tommy Dillon
& Ana Hernandez

January 19 - 29, 2018


Led by
The Rt Rev Greg Rickel

January 21 - February 1, 2018


Led by
Bishop Geralyn Wolf,
Fr Kevin Morris
& Fr Keith Voets

January 24 - February 3, 2018


Led by
The Rt Rev Barry Beisner,
& The Rev Dr Ann Hallisey

February 21 - March 4, 2018


Led by
The Rev Erika von Haaren,

April 13 - April 24, 2018


Led by
The Rev Dr Steve Danzey,

May 13 - 24, 2018


Led by
The Very Rev'd Craig Loya