CARMEL CITY CHURCH TOUR OF ISRAEL

Led by Ken & Julia Turner

Wednesday 20th - Thursday 28th June 2018

Come with us & experience the sights & sounds of the Holy Land. Meet the people of the land & even walk in the places where Jesus walked.

Whether you have been there before, or if this will be your very first visit, you will be truly amazed by the beauty of Israel & its capital Jerusalem.

Come away with us for times of fun & laughter & spiritual refreshment (not to mention the food!)

DAY 1 - Wednesday
We depart on our day flight to Tel Aviv. Check into our Hotel - Overnight Beersheba

DAY 2 - Thursday - Preparing the Ground
The British War Cemetery - Beersheba, the final resting place of thousands of British, Australian and New Zealand soldiers who fought and died to secure the land of Israel from the Ottoman’s during the First World War. Although an unusual start to the tour it will lay a good foundation in understanding the uniqueness of Israel.
Abraham’s Well Visitor Centre - starts with an impressive audio-visual display and a 3D movie telling the story of the life of the patriarchs. We will visit where Abraham, father of the Israelites, dug a well as part of his covenant with King Abimelech, it was also the place where both Isaac and his son Jacob lived.
Next to the city of Arad and the Fountain of Tears sculpture display that parallels the sufferings of Jesus with the Jewish Holocaust, very moving and thought provoking.
We drive east through the biblical Wilderness on the border of the Negev and Judean Deserts to spend a short time experiencing the peace and solitude of this amazing landscape.
Now for one of those ‘must do’ things in Israel, a float in the Dead Sea (lowest place on earth), or just enjoy lunch and scenery across to Jordan and the mountains of Moab.
Dinner and overnight - Jerusalem.

DAY 3 - Friday - Walking in the Footsteps of Jesus
The Mount of Olives with its spectacular views across the Kidron Valley and Jerusalem. From here we walk down Palm Sunday Road retracing Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem and visiting Dominus Flavit (where Jesus wept over Jerusalem). We will spend time gazing over the city before descending into the Garden of Gethsemane to consider Jesus’ last 24 hours.
We continue down through the Kidron Valley past Absalom’s Pillar and the towering walls of the Temple Mount above, before ascending into the Old Jewish quarter for lunch.
Next to the Davidson Centre for a film presentation of Jerusalem in the time of Jesus. Out into the sunshine and short tour of the Southern Wall Excavations of the Temple Mount to stand on the steps Jesus took to enter the temple. This site brings together archeology, history and the Bible, something never to be forgotten.
Our day finishes at the Church of St Peter on Mount Zion where he denied his friend Jesus three times. From here we can stand on the original steps Jesus walked up from the Lower City (City of David) to the House of Caiaphas the High Priest.
Time permitting we pay our respects at the grave of Oskar Schindler who is credited with saving the lives of 1,200 Jews during the Holocaust.
Dinner and overnight - Jerusalem.

DAY 4 - Saturday - Walking in the Footsteps of Jesus
Today starts at the Garden Tomb and the Place of the Skull where we share communion and consider the importance of what took place here. Next we take an easy clamber down into Solomon’s Quarries, huge caverns below the old city from where stones were cut for building of the 1st Holy Temple. After we walk around the northern walls of the Old City through St Stephen’s Gate, (possible location for his stoning) and visit the Pool of Bethesda where Jesus healed the crippled man. Following part of the Via Delarosa we take a lunch break at the Austrian Hospice. Behind the non-descript door lies an oasis of calm, like stepping back into Vienna in the 1890s, then go onto the roof for one of the best views of the Old City.
After lunch to the Western Wall Tunnel archaeological site of 1st century Jerusalem at its best, get within a few metres of the site of the ‘Holy of Holies’.
After, you have the opportunity to stand at the Western Wall (Kotel) where you can pray, or just absorb the atmosphere of this unique place.
Dinner and overnight – Jerusalem.

Day 5 - Sunday - Uniqueness of Israel
Morning starts at the Herzl Museum (Herzl was the founder of The World Zionist Organization) with a spectacular audio-visual encounter with the visionary of the Jewish State. We take a short walk through the woods to Yad Vashem the Holocaust Memorial Museum, a must for all visitors to Israel.
These two special experiences show God’s hand on the Jewish people and their Nation.
You have a free afternoon to watch every day Jewish life in action and wander around the Mahane Yehuda Market. It’s fascinating to see the variety of fruit, flowers and vegetables as well as the huge choice of coffee shops and restaurants.
Friends of Zion Museum - Visitors enter a whole new world, where they meet the biblical figures, academics, businessmen, and military officials who, through their faith, have forged an everlasting bond between the Jewish and Christian peoples.
Dinner and overnight – Jerusalem.

Day 6 - Monday - From the Depths to the Heights
Leave the hustle and bustle of Jerusalem for the peace and tranquility of Galilee.
Following part of the old Jericho Road, we turn north through the Hills of Samaria for Shiloh - the town where the tabernacle was set up after the conquest of Canaan. Samuel grew up and served here under the care of Eli. The “Haroeh Tower Museum” audio visual presentations and Archaeological Park bring this extremely important site to life, you feel as though you are back in the days of the Prophets.
Retracing our journey we visit the River Jordan and the Qasr el Yahud Baptismal site.
Tradition places this where Jesus was baptised also where the Children of Israel crossed into the Promised Land.
Passing AI and Gilgal, the journey takes us through the Jordan Valley to our hotel in Tiberius.
Overnight in Tiberius.

Day 7 - Tuesday - The Teaching Triangle Galilee is such a peaceful place, you will understand why Jesus spent so much time here. With this in mind we will not set an itinerary but will include visits to Capernaum, the centre of Jesus’ ministry, Chorazin and St Peter’s Primacy, the traditional site where Jesus appeared to Peter after his resurrection.
The rest of the afternoon is free to do your own thing.
Overnight in Tiberius.

Day 8 - Wednesday - Come Away with Me
We start on the Mount of Beatitudes, the traditional site of the Sermon on the Mount - a magnificent setting overlooking the Galilee. We cross the Jordan River to Kursi. It was in this region that Jesus landed on his first missionary journey into Gentile territory and cast evil spirits out of the demon possessed man. Nothing planned here let’s see what happens!
Free afternoon.
Before dinner we take an hour boat trip across the Sea of Galilee to watch the sunset while listening to some wonderful music. On previous trips this has proved to be one of the highlights of the tour.
Overnight in Tiberius.

Day 9 - Thursday - Eyes on the Future
After an early breakfast we leave for the Valley of Jezreel and Megiddo, or better known as “Armageddon” the location for the final battle. The immensity of the plain is so astonishing Napoleon Bonaparte was reported to have said: “There is no place in the whole world more suited for war than this [It is] the most natural battleground of the whole earth”. Had he been reading the book of Revelation?
Our final stop is on the Mediterranean coast and the town of Joppa, the place where Peter had his vision, also Jonah sailed from here. You can spend your final few hours walking around the picturesque harbour before the short drive to Tel Aviv for our return flight.

Itinerary subject to change.

Price £1695 per person

What the price includes

  • Return flights from London Luton to Tel Aviv (Details of flight numbers and times have not yet been finalised)
  • Accommodation in good quality 4* hotels in twin bedded rooms with private facilities on half board basis
  • Transfer of passengers and baggage
  • Sightseeing as in itinerary
  • Services of a fully qualified English speaking guide
  • Travel by air-conditioned coaches
  • Entrance fees, gratuities, service charges and porterage
  • Airport taxes
  • ATOL Protection Contribution*

Not included in the price

  • Single supplement £440 per person
  • Travel insurance (see below)

Please note that the cost of the tour may be subject to surcharges - please see the booking conditions. Currency exchange rates used £1 = US$1.3019 as published in the Financial Times on 28th September 2016.

* APC (ATOL Protection Contribution) provides passenger protection via the ATTF (Air Travel Trust Fund). For further information visit www.caa.co.uk



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