By Chinedu Eze
Foremost travel management group with subsidiaries in the United Kingdom and South Africa, Peacock Travels and Tours Limited, has introduced two interesting pilgrimage tour packages to the Nigerian travelling public.
Specifically, Peacock Travels and Tours, in collaboration with partners in Rome and Israel, on Wednesday announced Holy Pilgrimages to Rome and Israel.
A nine-day special tour package to Rome, holding from August 29 to September 8, 2016, has been designed around the Canonisation of the renowned Mother Teresa in the Vatican City of Rome.
Similarly, an eight-day special tour package to Israel, holding from November 7 to 14, 2016, will equally afford practising Christians the opportunity to follow the footsteps of our Lord Jesus Christ while taking an amazing pilgrimage of the Holy Land.
The landmark events will give pilgrims the opportunity to also visit key religious and historical sites in Rome and Israel.
The Rome Pilgrimage Package will include visit to Rome, and other adjoining places like Cascia, Assisi, Padua, Rotondo and Pompeii.
In Rome, participants will visit St. Mary Major, enter the Catacombs and also have an audience with the Pope.
In Cascia, pilgrims will see the Shrine of St. Rita, while opportunity will also be given to them to touch the incorrupt body of Padre Pio in Rotondo.
In Padua and Assisi, participants will see the tongue to St. Anthony and also pass through the Way of St. Francis respectively. In Pompeii, pilgrims will also be allowed to see Our Lady of the Rosary.
According to a statement by the fast-growing travel management firm, the entire package is coming at an affordable price of only 2050 Euros and an administrative charge of N30,000 per participant.
Also, the eight-day special tour package to Israel covers a long list of interesting biblical and amazing historical sites.
These include the Church of All Nations, Bethlehem, Church of Nativity, Church of the Holy Sepulcher, The Dead Sea and Church of St. Peter.
Others are Garden of Gethsemane. Jerusalem, Western Wall, Mt. Carmel, and Mount of Olives at an affordable price of $1590 and an administrative charge of N30,000 per participant.
Just like Rome, the amount paid for Israel pilgrimage grant each of the intending participants: a return economy class ticket, travel insurance, ground transportation, three meals per day throughout the trip, licensed English-speaking tour guides, a 3-Star hotel accommodation, and entrance fees to the Holy Sites.
According to the travel company, participants interested in visiting Rome will need to register at the Peacock brach Office not later than the first week of August, while participants in the guided visit to the Holy Land of Israel must also register at the office not later than the first week of October. The holy trip will be rounded off with an exciting ceremony to be conducted for the presentation of certificate to all the participants which automatically accord them the title of a JP.
Speaking on the packages, the Executive Chairman, Peacock Group, Aare Segun Phillips, said each of the two packages would afford the participants an opportunity for spiritual development, adding that “it is a better way to prepare for the hereafter.”
Aare said, “It gives them the opportunity to perform their religious rites once in their life time. It is also an opportunity to see important historical and biblical sites live as well as offer prayers”