The trip of a lifetime starts here!
We depart from Aberdeen Airport in the morning, (times are yet to be confirmed) to arrive at London Heathrow in the afternoon (times are yet to be confirmed) where we will connect to our night flight departing for Tel Aviv at approx 22:30 to arrive at approx 05:20 the next day.
Arriving in Tel Aviv at approx 05:20 in the morning we are met by an assistant who will escort the group to meet the guide. We then transfer to the Deborah Hotel in Tel Aviv to drop off our luggage and have breakfast. After breakfast we depart for a tour of Jaffa (see right) including the port, the Artists’ Quarter and the Visitor Centre. We return to our hotel for check-in, dinner and overnight stay, enjoying some free time in Tel Aviv.
After breakfast we travel to Caesarea, the town and port built by Herod the Great more than 2,000 years ago. We continue on to Megiddo, built upon 26 layers of different settlements over 3,500 years. Next we travel to the Biblical town of Nazareth, Jesus’ hometown and we visit the Nazareth Village (see left) for a re-enactment of life at the time of Jesus, and time for an authentic Biblical lunch (lunch is not included and is payable locally). After lunch we visit the Christ Episcopal School in Nazareth. We end our day with dinner and an overnight stay at the Galil Hotel in Nazareth.
We start today with a visit to the Basilica of the Annunciation and St Joseph’s Church, after this we will ascend to Mt Tabor before transferring to the Galilee area. We continue our day at the Church of the Loaves and Fishes at Tabgha, onto the Mount of the Beatitudes, Capernaum (see right) and Magdala (home town of Mary Magdalene) before transferring to the Leonardo Hotel in Tiberius for dinner and overnight stay.
After breakfast, we enjoy a trip on the Sea of Galilee in a replica wooden boat (see left). We will disembark at the Kibbutz Ginosar to see the Ancient Galilee Boat and visit the gift shop. We continue to the baptismal site at Yardenit where the group leader will conduct a short 30 minute service in the new small private amphitheatre. There will be time to look around, shop, and have a lunch of St Peter’s Fish (this is payable locally). We transfer back to Tiberias in time to attend the Scots Hotel at 6pm for an evening Communion service. We will be given a short tour of the hotel. Dinner and overnight in Leonardo Hotel once more.
We depart Tiberias travelling south to the ancient site of Qumran, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered and we have an opportunity to float in the Dead Sea (see right). (Here you can shave 10 years off your age by applying special Dead Sea Mud to both your face and body.) We then travel to Masada, Herod’s desert fortress which we ascend by cable car. We travel through the Judean hills for our dinner and overnight in Jerusalem at the Seven Arches Hotel.
We enter the Old City of Jerusalem and ascend the Temple Mount to view the El Aqsa Mosque and the Dome of the Rock (view from the outside only as non-Muslims are not permitted to enter them) before stopping at the Western Wall (see left) and visiting the Western Wall Tunnels. It should take 25 minutes to walk through and it’s advised only those with good mobility take part in this site as some bending/ducking will be needed to avoid collision with rocks, very narrow passages etc. We walk to the Pool of Bethesda and then follow the Via Dolorosa to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher (one of the two sites recognized as the place of Calvary and the resurrection of Jesus – most of the archeological evidence supports this site) and the Cardo. We leave the Old City to end the day at the tranquil Garden Tomb (the other major site of Calvary – traditionalists believe this to be the place due to its story and more spiritual nature). Dinner and overnight in Seven Arches Hotel Jerusalem.
We drive to the Mount of Olives (the place where Jesus ascended into Heaven – Acts 1:12, and shall return – Zechariah 14:4) where we have a panoramic view of the Old City and visit the garden of Garden of Gethsemane (see right) (the place where Jesus was betrayed by Judas Iscariot and arrested by the Romans – John 18) We travel to Machane Yehuda food market to experience the smells and delights of Israeli food, and then on to Ein Kerem which is the birthplace of John the Baptist. We end our day at Yad Vashem, the Holocaust Museum; this will no doubt be a very emotional experience for everyone. We then move on for a short stop in Bethlehem. In the evening, we enjoy The Night Spectacular, a sound and light show which tells of the story of Jerusalem amidst the archaeological remains of the Tower of David. Dinner and overnight in Seven Arches Hotel Jerusalem.
Free day in Jerusalem for shopping and exploring at leisure. You can find some very interesting souvenirs down in the Shuk (see left) and the atmosphere in Ben Yehuda Street is well worth the experience.
Dinner and overnight in Seven Arches hotel Jerusalem.
Today we say goodbye to Israel.
After breakfast, we transfer to the airport for our return flight departing Tel Aviv early in the morning, arriving in London Heathrow at lunchtime, we will continue to make our connecting flight for Aberdeen departing in the late afternoon, arriving in Aberdeen around tea time/early evening.
*Please note: All times and sites are subject to change depending on local prevailing conditions and airline scheduling.
Western Wall Tunnel:
(Here shorts or 3/4 leggings/trousers are required, plus old trainers or sandals, t-shirt with no sleeves, etc, as Hezekiah’s tunnel has water up to knee level.)
Included: (Prices below are ESTIMATED and will be re-confirmed once flight prices are known).
£1790 per person sharing in a double/twin room.
Single room rate of £2189.
Flights from Aberdeen to Tel Aviv return.
Hotels are of good 3* standard throughout on a half board basis.
All touring as per the itinerary with English speaking guide.
Gratuities (Israel has a tipping culture, expected to cost around £8 per day as a guideline)
Lunches except where mentioned.