A Tour Of The Holyland with Inverness Cathedral with The Very Rev Sarah Murray

Departure Day: 2018/10/10 Country: Israel Leader: Very Rev Sarah Murray

A fascinating tour of the Holy Land with Inverness Cathedral and the Very Rev Sarah Murray. Travel from Aberdeen for this experience of a lifetime to the Holy Land! Come walk with us along the trails of the land of the Bible, where God still speaks to the hearts of those who seek him.

This is a unique opportunity to tour around the splendours of the Galilee, Jerusalem, Bethlehem and the Dead Sea.


Wednesday 10th October 2018

The voyage of a lifetime starts here!

We depart from Aberdeen Airport in the morning, to arrive at London Heathrow in the afternoon where we will connect to our flight to Tel Aviv.  We are escorted to the Deborah Hotel in Tel Aviv.



Thursday 11th October 2018

After our first hearty Israeli  breakfast, we experience a tour of historic Jaffa including the port and the Artists’ Quarter. We return to our hotel with some free time to enjoy all of the delights of that Tel Aviv has to offer.





Friday 12th October 2018

We visit ancient 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. We travel to the Biblical town of Nazareth, Jesus’ hometown and visit the Nazareth Village for a re-enactment of life at the time of Jesus. Following an authentic Biblical lunch, we also visit the Christ Episcopal School in Nazareth and stay overnight at the Galil Hotel in Nazareth.

Saturday 13th October 2018

We experience the marvels of Basilica of the Annunciation and St Joseph’s Church and ascend to Mount Tabor before transferring to the Galilee area. We also visit 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 Tiberias.




Sunday 14th October 2018

We enjoy a magical trip on the Sea of Galilee in a replica wooden boat. We visit the Kibbutz Ginosar and  the Ancient Galilee Boat. We continue to the baptismal site at Yardenit where the group leader will conduct a short, inspirational  service in the private amphitheatre. In Tiberias we attend an evening Communion service before dinner.




Monday 15th October 2018

We depart Tiberias travelling south to the ancient site of Qumran, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered We have an opportunity to float in the Dead Sea. (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 to our hotel in Jerusalem, the Seven Arches Hotel.




Tuesday 16th October 2018

We enter the Old City of Jerusalem and ascend the Temple Mount to view the El Aqsa Mosque and the Dome of the Rock before experiencing the Western Wall and  the Western Wall Tunnels.  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 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).




Wednesday 17th October 2018

We visit 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 (the place where Jesus was betrayed by Judas Iscariot and arrested by the Romans – John 18.) We sample the Machane Yehuda food market to experience the smells and delights of Israeli food, and on to Ein Kerem which is the birthplace of John the Baptist. We also visit Yad Vashem, the Holocaust Museum; this will no doubt be a very emotional experience for everyone and 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.


Thursday 18th October 2018

A free day in Jerusalem for shopping and exploring at leisure. You can find some very interesting souvenirs down in the Shuk and to sample the atmosphere in Ben Yehuda Street.



Friday 19th October 2018

Today we say goodbye to Israel.

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 departing in the late afternoon, arriving in Aberdeen in the early evening.
The wonderful experience to the Holy Land is over.


Tour Information & Prices

£1790 per person sharing in a double/twin room.

Scheduled flights from Aberdeen to Tel Aviv return.
Hotels are superior 3* standard including full Israeli breakfasts and all evening meals.
All touring and entrance fees as per the itinerary with an experienced English speaking guide.

Not included:
Gratuities (Allow approximately £8 per day as a guideline.)
Travel Insurance
(Single room supplement of £399.)

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