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11 day Israel Tour “where the Bible comes to life” with Rev. Donald N. Martin

Tour Code: ET123 Country: Leader: Rev. Donald Martin Departure Date: 16th March 2020 Number of nights: 11

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 16th March

We fly from Edinburgh via Istanbul and arrive
in Ben Gurion Tel Aviv. There we will be met and transferred to Eshel Hashomron Hotel, Ariel in Samaria.

Nazareth VillageRead More

Tuesday 17th March

At our Hotel in Ariel we find a Biblical Garden and full-size Model of the Tabernacle. We
drive to Shilo, the first capital of Israel in the period of the Judges and where the Tent of
Meeting was set (Jos 18:1) until it was destroyed by the Philistines. We travel 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 Mt. Gerazim, the Mount of Blessing (Deut
11:26-32) where Israel gave oaths upon their entry to the Promised Land. Our next stop
is Nazareth Village where we see a re-enactment of a working village in the time of Jesus.
Check into the Ohalo Manor Hotel’s Superior Garden Rooms for 3 nights.

Boat trip on the Sea of GalileeRead More

Wednesday 18th March At a convenient point today, we shall have a short Communion Service. Our activities
begin with a relaxing boat trip on the Sea of Galilee. This will be followed by a visit to
the Museum at Ginnosar where we shall see the First Century Jesus Boat which was
discovered by fishermen in 1986 and preserved for us to see.
Jesus denounced cities in which most of his miracles had been performed, because their inhabitants did not repent. (Mat 11:20) We shall visit two of them, Korazim and Capernaum, which was also the home town of Jesus. Finally, today, we visit Magdala, the home town of Mary
Magdalene, a faithful disciple of Jesus. The site was rediscovered only ten years ago and is well worth a visit.
We have the rest of the afternoon to relax.

Tel DanRead More

Thursday 19th March

We drive this morning to Upper Galilee and to the Hula Valley National Park, a stop for
many species of migratory birds, and teeming with wildlife. A most interesting visit
today will be on the borders of Lebanon, there we shall meet soldiers and be given a
presentation by the Malkia Lebanon Security on how Israel’s borders are protected.
We then walk through the Tel Dan Nature Reserve, see the Dan River, the Canaanite
Gate and more. It was here that King Jeroboam set up an alter to prevent people from going to Jerusalem to worship. ( 1 kings 12) Afterwards we go to Banias (Caesarea
Philippi), and then drive through the Golan Heights overlooking the Syrian border. We
shall visit the Ein Zivan winery, and then back to our hotel.

Dead seaRead More

Friday 20 March

It’s time to leave Galilee and drive down the Jordan River Valley, visiting the site at
Naharayim/Geshur and hear about Israel’s pioneering spirit. We stop at Gilgal, where
Joshua and his men camped as they prepared to enter the Promised Land. On the way
south we go to the Jordan River to Qsar Al Yehud, 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 Resort & Spa Hotel for dinner, and have an opportunity to float
on the Dead Sea.

MasadaRead More

Saturday 21 March

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. Later we travel to the Fountains of Tears (Arad), where
we are given a very moving presentation of the Last saying of Christ on the Cross.
We’ve been to Dan in the north, and today it’s Tel Beersheba in the south. We then
have an overview of Elah Valley where David defeated Goliath, and up to Jerusalem
for dinner at the Jerusalem Gardens Hotel, for 4 nights.

JerusalemRead More

Sunday 22 March

We begin the day walking from the Mount of Olives, on the Palm Sunday Path, to the
Garden of Gethsemane, where Jesus often prayed with his disciples. Further along the
Kidron Valley we visit the City of David Museum with 3D movie, and walk through the
Priest’s Tunnel up towards Davidson’s Center. We walk to the Southern Steps of the
Temple Mount, Western Wall, Jewish Quarter including the Cardo and Broad Wall.
Worship at King of Kings Church for 5.00 pm and back to the hotel for dinner.

Temple MountRead More

Monday 23 March

Today we visit Temple Mount, the area where Abraham was told to sacrifice Isaac, his
son. Obediently they go to Mt Moriah where the Lord provided a ram for sacrifice. We
also visit St. Anne’s Church, the Pools of Bethesda, Upper Room on Mt. Zion, the site
of the last supper. We visit Ammunition Hill, the site of one of the fiercest battles of
the Six-Day War and Yad Vashem, the Holocaust Museum.

Garden TombRead More

Tuesday 24 March

This morning we travel 4 miles out from Jerusalem to Bethlehem, the birthplace of
our Saviour, we shall also include a visit to the Shepherds Fields. Then we travel to
Hebron, which according to Jewish tradition is where the Patriarchs Abraham, Isaac
and Jacob, as well the Matriarchs Sarah, Rebecca, and Leah are all buried.
At Tel Lachish, one of the Canaanite cities, we recall the story of the five Amorite kings
who fought against Joshua in their attempt to block the invading Israelites after their
victories in Jericho and Ai. (Jos 10 5). Tel Beit Shemesh where the Philistines handed
back the Ark of the Covenant.
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 short Communion Service, before returning to our hotel.

JerusalemRead More

Wednesday 25 March
We will have the opportunity to volunteer at the Joseph Storehouse Millennium Center
with Barry and Batya Segal. Details will be given nearer the time. Another option is to
spend the time relaxing or shopping around Jerusalem.

Farewell to IsraelRead More

Thursday 26 March

We leave Jerusalem early morning with a lifetime of memories. Our flight home, TK865, is scheduled for 08:45,
arriving Edinburgh 15:40.

Tour InformationRead More

Price: £1878 per person
based on a group of 35+
£1939 (30+) £1970 (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 £596 per person

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