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11 day Israel Tour “where the Bible comes to life” with Rev. Donald N. Martin. 9-19 May 2022

Tour Code: ET150 Country: Israel Leader: Rev. Donald Martin Departure Date: 9th May 2022 Number of nights: 10

Whatever name you give it: The Promised Land, The Holy Land, or simply Israel, each name invokes awe and wonderment. Whether you think of it historically or geographically, spiritually or theologically you will find it there, and more. Come with us, for we are going again to this amazing part of the world. There the Bible will come alive in ways you never could imagine. Such is the testimony of so many who have toured Israel with us over the last ten years. While we shall visit many of our favourite sites, we shall also visit many sites which first time visitors rarely see, as you can read in the itinerary below. We meet with local Jewish and Arab followers of Jesus, which is all part of the experience. Our Guide in Israel will be a licensed experienced guide who has an extensive knowledge and experience of the land of the Bible and a deep love for Jesus. Are you ready to join us and take advantage of this amazing opportunity to visit Israel? People who have toured with us in the past speak about it as being the best holiday ever. That’s why many return, two, three and four times. Do pray about joining with us on this trip of a lifetime – it’s also where lasting friendships are made.

Israel here we comeRead More

Monday 9th May

We fly from Edinburgh via Istanbul and arrive
in Ben Gurion Tel Aviv. There we will be met by our Israeli guide and coach driver for the transfer to our hotel.

Nazareth VillageRead More

Tuesday 10th May

Our tour begins with a visit to the Biblical Garden and model of the Tabernacle at our hotel. We drive to Shilo, first capital of Israel at the time of the Judges and where the Tent of Meeting was set (Jos 18:1) until destroyed by the Philistines. Then on to Beit El, where Abraham built an altar to the LORD (Gen 12:8) and where Jacob woke from his dream saying, “this is none other than the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven.” (Gen
28:17) Driving north we get an overview of Mount Gerazim, the Mount of Blessing (Deut 11:26-32) where Israel gave oaths upon their entry to the Promised Land. Then we head for Nazareth Village where we see a re-enactment of a working village in the time of Jesus. Time permitting we shall visit the Church of Annunciation and the nearby Synagogue Church.

Tel DanRead More

Wednesday 11 May

This morning we drive to Upper Galilee where we will be given a presentation by the Malkia Lebanon Security on how Israel’s borders are protected. Afterwards, we walk through the Tel Dan Nature Reserve, see the River Dan , the Canaanite Gate and more. It was here that King Jeroboam set up an altar to prevent the people from going to Jerusalem to worship (1 kings 12). Next visit is to Banias (Caesarea Philippi), and from there drive through the Golan Heights overlooking the Syrian border. Before returning to our hotel, we shall visit the Ein Zivan winery.

Boat trip on the Sea of GalileeRead More

Thursday 12 May

We shall have a Communion Service at a convenient point today. Our day begins with a relaxing boat trip on the Sea of Galilee. This will be followed by a visit to Ginnosar (Beit Igal Alon) where we shall view the First Century Jesus Boat which was discovered by fishermen in 1986 and preserved for us to see. Jesus denounced cities where he performed most of his miracles , because their inhabitants didn’t repent. (Mat 11:20) We visit two of them, Capernaum, home town of Jesus, and Korazim. We also visit Tabga, where Jesus appeared to his disciples for a third time after Resurrection , and served them fish.  We have the opportunity to enjoy a St. Peter’s Fish for Lunch today. Finally, today, we visit Magdala, the home town of Mary Magdalene, a faithful disciple of Jesus. The site was  rediscovered fairly recently and is well worth a visit. Rest of the afternoon to relax.

Dead SeaRead More

Friday 13 May

It’s time to leave Galilee and drive down the Jordan River Valley, visiting either Naharayim/Geshur and hear about Israel’s pioneering spirit, or Beit Shean. We stop at
Gilgal, where Joshua and his men camped as they prepared to enter the Promised Land. To the east of Jericho we branch off to Qsar Al Yehud, on the Jordan River to the site where Jesus was baptised by John the Baptist. Then it’s onto Qumran, where the Dead Sea scrolls were found, and to Ein Gedi, where David spared Saul’s life (1 Sam 24). Check into the David Dead Sea Resort for dinner/overnight. There we can enjoy The Spa and float on the Dead Sea

MasadaRead More

Saturday 14 May (Shabbat)

We take a cable car up to Herod’s Fortress at Masada and for those able to do so we can walk down the snake path. Afterwards we travel to the Fountains of Tears (Arad), where we are given a very moving  presentation of the Last sayings of Christ on the Cross. If time permits we can visit Ben Gurion’s Grave. From being in Dan in the north a few days ago, today we visit Tel Beersheba in the south, and then it’s up to Jerusalem for dinner at our hotel, where we will stay for 4 nights.

Temple MountRead More

Sunday 15 May

Temple Mount is our first visit today, where Abraham was told to sacrifice his son Isaac. Obediently they go to Mt Moriah where the Lord provided a ram for sacrifice. Then to the City of David Museum with 3D movie, and walk through the Priest’s Tunnel. We shall visit the Southern Steps of the Temple Mount, Western Wall, Jewish Quarter including the Cardo and Broad Wall & Tower of David  Museum. Worship at King of Kings Church for 5.00 p.m., and back to the hotel for dinner.

Garden of GethsemaneRead More

Monday 16 May

We begin today walking from the Mount of Olives, down the Palm Sunday Path, to the Garden of Gethsemane where Jesus often prayed with his disciples. Then we enter the Old City through the Lion’s Gate and on to St. Anne’s Church, and the Pools of Bethesda. We then visit the Upper Room on Mt. Zion, the site of the last supper. There will be a personal time at the Shuk, (Market) next to our hotel.

Yad VashemRead More

Tuesday 17 May

Our day begins at Yad Vashem, the Holocaust Museum, then to Barry & Batya Segal’s Millennium Center. From there we go to Tel Lachish, a Canaanite city, and recall the story of 5 Amorite kings who fought against Joshua in their attempt to block the invading Israelites after their victories in Jericho and Ai. (Jos 10 5). We have an overview of Elah Valley where David defeated Goliath, and an overview of Tel Beit Shemesh where the Philistines returned the Ark of the Covenant.

Garden TombRead More

Wednesday 18 May

This morning we arrive at Bethlehem, the birthplace of our Saviour. We visit the Church of the Nativity, then drive to the Shepherds Fields. There will also be an opportunity to buy olive wood products made in Bethlehem. Later, we shall visit Herodium, (or Herodion) the fortress built by Herod the Great in 42 B.C. Our final visit before heading north is Ein Kerem, the town where Mary visited Elizabeth and in which John the Baptist was born. We shall have the option to visit the  Friends of Zion Museum, a gift from Sarel Tours. A visit to Israel would not be complete without a visit to the beautiful Garden Tomb. After we are given a tour, we will hold a Communion Service, before returning to our hotel.

Farewell to IsraelRead More

Thursday 19th May

We leave Jerusalem early morning with a lifetime of memories. Our flight home, TK865, is scheduled for 08:30 and with a 2 hour stopover in Istanbul. We leave Istanbul on flight TK1345 at 13.05 arriving Edinburgh 15:40.

Shalom and Lehitraot (see you again)

Tour InformationRead More

Please note: all itineraries, flight details and hotels are subject to change.

Price: £1848 per person
based on a group of 25+

All prices are per person and inclusive of each of the following items:
What is included in the price:
۞ Return scheduled flights with Turkish Airlines from Edinburgh Airport
۞ All airport and local taxes
۞ Meeting and assistance on arrival and departure at Tel Aviv Ben Gurion Airport

۞ 10 nights Half board accommodation with private facilities in Israel
۞ Private air-conditioned coach for all tours and transfers
۞ Touring and sightseeing program as per itinerary
۞ All entrance fees as per itinerary
۞ Israeli English-speaking licensed guides throughout the tour
۞ Porterage at hotels

Not included
۞ Fully comprehensive Travel Insurance (Travelink offer excellent coverage for competitive prices, details to book this insurance can be found on the booking form)
۞ Lunches, drinks and other personal items
۞ Gratuities (We suggest $12.00 pp per day payable on first day)
۞ Single Room Supplement £693 per person

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