Depart from London Heathrow for a 15:25 EL AL flight to Ben Gurion Airport, arriving at 22:20 in Tel Aviv. Transfer to kibbutz Hagoshrim in time for evening dinner* where some special fellowship will be shared as we meet the USA group members who have arrived on a different flight.
We start the day with a visit to the Mount of Beatitudes where we will arrive around 9am, connecting with delegates from the USA. Onto Mensa Christi (the shores of the Sea of Galilee which houses the Church of the Primacy of St Peter), and we will then visit Capernaum (Village of Naum and the town where Jesus lived – Matthew 4:13). A short stop for lunch to try St Peter’s Fish (tilapia) in one of the local fish restaurants (paid for locally). After lunch we will see the “Jesus Boat” located at Nof Ginosar museum and we will then end the day with a relaxing boat trip on the Sea of Galilee (see right) where you will have the opportunity to partake in Communion should you wish before returning to Kibbutz Hagoshrim for evening dinner and our optional meeting together.
Drive north for a walk in the Banias (also known as Caesarea Philippi). Onto Chorazin (one of the villages in Galilee where Jesus would have performed His mighty works!) it houses a typical Galilean style synagogue. We will then head through Cana before visiting the Nazareth Village (see left) which is a an open-air museum that reconstructs and re-enacts village life in the Galilee in the time of Jesus. We will travel to Jerusalem in time for dinner and optional evening meeting at the Dan Panorama Jerusalem hotel.
After breakfast we will visit the Israel Museum which houses the Shrine of the Book to see the Dead Sea scrolls, we will view the Model City (see right) which is a reconstruction of the City of Jerusalem from around the time of the 2nd Temple, it is in a 1:50 scale and is thought to be very accurate because of the detailed works recorded by Josephus Flavius. On to Yad Vashem (The Holocaust Museum) which will be a very emotional experience. From there to Bethlehem where we will stop for lunch at Beit Al Liqa, an amazing Christian ministry reaching out to the people of Bethlehem. Lunch will cost on around $10 per person to be paid for locally. We will visit the Church of the Nativity, view the Shepherds’ Fields and we will have a little time for shopping in the Bethlehem wood carving gift shop. Back to the Dan for the evening.
We will start the day with a view from the summit of the Mount of Olives, (see left) and walk along the Palm Sunday route to Dominus Flevit (the Tear Drop church) before visiting the Garden of Gethsemane including the private garden. We will cross through the Kidron Valley entering the Old City via the Lion’s Gate (also known as St Stephens Gate) to visit the Pool of Bethesda (which means “House of Mercy due to it being a pool known for healing) and then to the Church of St Anne (The acoustics in here are great for singing!). We will walk along the Via Dolorosa to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre believed by some to be the site of Calvary. A lunch stop in the Christian quarter (paid locally) before we view St Mark’s Church and Mount Zion with the traditional Upper room where the Last Supper is thought to have taken place. We will finally go to St Peter in Galicantu where Peter denied Jesus 3 times.
Departing at approx 07:30 from Jerusalem to reach the authentic baptismal site Qsar El Yahud in the Jordan river, thought to be around 200m from where Jesus was baptized. Next we ascend to the summit of Masada by cable car to hear its amazing story before traveling north to Qumran where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered. A lunch stop (paid locally) and a brief visit to the Ahava Dead Sea products base and an opportunity to buy some special cosmetics before an opportunity, if you wish, to float in the Dead Sea (the lowest point on earth, 1300ft below sea level, see right.)
We will start the days touring in the Jewish quarter, onto the Western (Wailing) Wall (see left) where you may see some Bar Mitzvah’s taking place. Onto the Southern wall and the steps of the Temple Mount, into the City of David and an optional walk through the wet Hezekiah’s tunnel which will take about 25 minutes. The water comes up to your knees at the highest point so appropriate clothing, flashlights (which can be purchased locally) and footwear required. Alternatively there is a option to walk through the dry tunnel instead. The bus will take us to the Jaffa Gate for some free time to buy some lunch before haggling in the Suk (the Arab market). Back to the Dan for the evening.
This morning we visit the Garden Tomb (see right) (Another possible site for Calvary and the Resurrection tomb) and you will have the opportunity for Communion here. We will have lunch at the Ramat Rachel Hotel (To be paid locally) before we transfer to Ben Gurion Airport for your 17:15 return flight arriving at London Heathrow for 20:45, a meal will be served on flight.
Please note: At times our daily program may change depending on local conditions and the advice of our guide. Every effort will be made to run the tour as per the itinerary above.
£1795 per person sharing a double/twin room (A double bed or two twin beds)
£2352 In as Single room (1 single bed)
Superior 4* hotel accommodation on a HALF BOARD Basis
All entrance fees and tours/excursions
Meeting and assistance on arrival at Ben Gurion Airport
All porterage at Israeli hotels
Fully licensed English speaking Israeli Guide throughout
Flights as below with EL AL: (See Left)
Tuesday 24th April Depart Heathrow at 15:25 (LY316) and arrive in Tel Aviv at 22:20.
Tuesday 1st May Depart Tel Aviv at 17:15 (LY317) and arrive London Heathrow at 20:45.
Gratuities, which will be collected in Israel, and will be passed in full to your driver, guide, and others who will serve us. Suggested gratuity is just $10 per day per person which must be paid in dollars. The total gratuity for the entire trip is $80 per person.
Itinerary may be altered or sequence changed based on local prevailing conditions.