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”In The Footsteps of Jesus” A Tour of The Holy Land led by The Rev’d Marian Jones 19th – 28th April 2022

Tour Code: ET145 Country: Israel Leader: Rev Marian Jones Departure Date: 19th April 2022 Number of nights: 9

The Rev’d Marian Jones

Marian is a minister in the Methodist Church and many years ago, was a nurse.  For almost 40 years, she has been leading groups to the Holy Land, Greece (In the Steps of St Paul), Turkey (The Churches of Revelation), Rome and Assisi and Jordan.  She’s also visited Israel and Palestine many times ‘under her own steam’ and is still excited by the Biblical sites and new discoveries.  If you’ve been before, there are always new things to see or, if you’ve always longed to visit, Marian would love to share this pilgrimage with you.

Israel here we comeRead More

Day 1 Tuesday 19th April 2022

Depart UK for Israel – the Holy Land. On arrival our local representatives,  will help you with the formalities at Ben Gurion Airport. After passing through customs you will be introduced to your guide and driver, who will be with you throughout your pilgrimage.

Transfer to your hotel The Leonardo Hotel in Jerusalem.

Old City of JerusalemRead More

Day 2  Wednesday 20th April

Start our day at the Mount of Olives for a panoramic view the Old City of Jerusalem; walk part of the Palm Sunday route down the Mount of Olives, visiting the churches of Pater Noster and Dominus Flevit (where Jesus wept over Jerusalem), arriving at the foot of the Mount of Olives to visit The Church of All Nations in the Garden of Gethsemane.  We will celebrate Holy Communion among the olive trees in the Garden then cross the Kidron Valley to the site of the house of Caiaphas, where the Church of St Peter in Gallicantu now stands.  From there, we will visit the Western Wall and the Archaeological Park before returning to the hotel for dinner and overnight. There will be a break in the itinerary for lunch.

BethlehemRead More

Day 3   Thursday 21st April

To Bethlehem, in the Palestinian Authority, to visit Shepherds’ Fields, The Church of the Nativity and an opportunity to shop at a craft centre and for gifts in Bethlehem. In the afternoon, we will visit the Tent of Nations, a Peace Organisation outside Bethlehem, whose leader, Daoud Nassar, was awarded the World Methodist Peace Prize in 2018.

Then back to the hotel for dinner and overnight.

Garden TombRead More

Day 4  Friday 22nd April 

Visit the Israel Museum to see the Jerusalem model and The Shrine of the Book, then to a possible site of Emmaus at Abu Ghosh and on to Ein Kerem (birthplace of John the Baptist). On our way back to the hotel in Jerusalem, we will visit the Garden Tomb.

Dead SeaRead More

Day 5  Saturday 23rd April 

Today, with an early start, we visit Masada, the mountain top fortress, and ascend by cable car, then on to Qumran, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered, and take time out to ‘swim’ in the Dead Sea. A short detour takes us to Qasr el Yehud, a possible site of the baptism of Jesus.

Return to hotel for dinner and overnight stay.

Church of the Holy SepulchreRead More

Day 6  Sunday 24th April 

After joining the congregation at St George’s Cathedral for their early morning service (8am) we set out for the Old City of Jerusalem through St Stephen’s Gate, visiting the Pool of Bethesda and St Anne’s Church. Walking the Via Dolorosa, the Way of the Cross, we make our way to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, then, if possible, we will visit the Syrian Church of St Mark.

Return to hotel for dinner and overnight stay.

Beit She'anRead More

Day 7  Monday 25th April 

On our way to Tiberias, we visit Bethany, home of Mary, Martha and Lazarus before stopping in Jericho and ascending the Mount of Temptation by cable car. Then continue travelling on the journey to see the excavations at Beit She’an, the place where King Saul was killed.

Arrive at our hotel Ron Beach in Tiberias for dinner and overnight stay.

Mount of BeatitudesRead More

Day 8  Tuesday 26th April

Visit sites around the Sea of Galilee – Magdala and the Mount of Beatitudes, Capernaum, Tabgha (the loaves and fishes), the Church of Peter’s Primacy. Continue to the Golan Heights and Banias (Caesarea Philippi) where there Jesus asked his followers: ’Who do you say that I am?’ There will be an opportunity to renew the vows made on our behalf at our baptism.

Return to our hotel for dinner and over night stay.

Sea of GalileeRead More

Day 9  Wednesday 27th April 

This morning, we take a boat trip on the Sea of Galilee and see the ‘Jesus’ boat in the museum at Kibbutz Ginnosar. Then, we ascend Mount Tabor, a possible site of the Transfiguration and continue to Nazareth to visit the significant churches there – the Basilica of the Annunciation, the Church of Mary’s Well, St Joseph’s Church and the Synagogue Church – then to Cana, the place of Jesus’ first miracle.

Return to hotel for dinner and overnight stay.

Return home with a lifetime of memoriesRead More

Day 10  Thursday 28th April 

On our way to Ben Gurion Airport, Tel Aviv, for a late afternoon flight, we stop at a site on the shore of Galilee for Holy Communion  and then travel for a quick overview of Caesarea where Paul was imprisoned and where Peter baptised Cornelius and his household before arriving at the airport for our flight back to the U.K.

Tour Information and PricesRead More

Price: TBC

What is included in the price:

  • Return direct flights to Tel Aviv
  • Meeting and assistance on arrival and departure at Tel Aviv Ben Gurion Airport
  • Travel in luxury air conditioned coaches
  • 9 nights Half board accommodation in popular hotels
  • Experienced leader
  • Qualified Tour Guide

 

Price does not include

  • Transport to London Airport
  • 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
  • Tips for hotel porterage, guide and driver.

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