What makes this visit to the Holy Land special?
To be able to visit the place where the stories of the Old Testament will come to life and where Jesus lived and taught His followers is a very special adventure and spiritual experience. Add to this the fantastic opportunity to make new friendships and enjoy learning about culture and history, together with a lot of fun, will make this a very special tour!
Roger and Janice Rowland have 40 years’ experience of church based ministry within the Salvation Army and the Elim Pentecostal Church and have themselves had the privilege of visiting the Holy Land. Roger has travelled extensively throughout the UK and other areas of the world teaching, preaching and mentoring.
He is a visionary and energetic leader who will bring the Word of God alive as you travel this land.
We depart from London Heathrow on our flight to Tel Aviv. On arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel in Jerusalem.
May 22: Bethpage, Mount Olives, Garden Tomb
Today we start with a visit to Bethpage at the edge of Mount of Olives. Drive to the top of Mount of Olives for a panoramic view of the city. Walk down the “Palm Sunday Road” we visit the beautiful little church, Dominus Flevit - “The Lord wept.” It was here that Jesus wept over Jerusalem [Luke 19:41] as He foresaw the destruction of the Temple.
At Gethsemane Jesus’ spent his final night. The Garden contains trees, the roots of which go back 2000 years. Visit the Church of All Nations built over a section of bedrock identified as the place where Jesus prayed alone in the garden on the night of His arrest. From there He was taken up the Kidron valley to be interrogated and imprisoned at the house of the High Priest Caiaphas, now called the Church of Peter in Gallicantu. At the Antonia Fortress, Jesus was condemned to death by Pontius Pilate and taken through the city to be crucified. End the day at the Garden Tomb; a beautiful place to reflect on the Resurrection.
Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem.
May 23: Temple Mount, Old City, Mount Zion
We visit the Temple Mount, the Pool of Bethesda and St Annes Church. Continue along the Via Dolorosa which leads us to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre; here visit Calvary and the empty Tomb of Christ. Visit the Western Wall (also known as the Wailing Wall) continue to Mt. Zion to see the Tomb of David and the Upper Room-the place of the Last Supper, Pentecost and where Jesus appeared to his disciples after His resurrection.
Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem.
May 24: Bethlehem, City of David
Begin the day with a visit to Shiloh, stopping at the location where the tabernacle settled and Eli the Priest served and Hannah prayed for a son - see a replica of the Tabernacle with helpful explanations. Then drive to Bethlehem to visit the Church of Nativity and the Shepherd’ Fields where you can reflect on the birth of Jesus. Then continue to the City of David for a visit and for those who wish a walk through Hezekiah’s tunnel.
Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem.
May 25: Qumran, Masada, Dead Sea
After breakfast drive down to the Jordan Valley to Qumran, located on the Dead Sea’s northern shore, and the place where the Dead Sea scrolls were found. Now a national park, the caves were used for storage purposes by the Essenes, the sect that produced the Dead Sea Scrolls. In 1947, a young Bedouin shepherd discovered manuscript fragments in the caves hidden for centuries in airtight jars. The fragments from the Books of Exodus, Isaiah and Psalms are now on exhibit in the Israel Museum in Jerusalem. Then to Masada, where you take the cable car up to the last stronghold of the Zealots. Some 2000 years ago, Roman legions stormed one of the two paths to the top of this sandstone mountain to reach the Jewish Zealots headquartered there. The brave Israelite soldiers held out for three years against the invading Roman army before taking their own lives to avoid capture and enslavement. Many of their fortifications, originally built by King Herod, still stand. Visit the Oasis of Ein Gedi before returning to Jerusalem for dinner and overnight.
May 26: Jerusalem to Galilee
Today we Head north through Samaria, a land rich in Old Testament history. See the twin peaks of Mt Gerizim and Mt Ebal, known in the Old Testament as Mt. Blessing and Mt Cursing. Stop at Jacob‘s Well, hewn out of solid rock and over 100 feet deep, it is the place where Jesus met the Samaritan woman and many visitors drink the water from this very well from which Jesus drank. Continue to our hotel in Tiberias for dinner and overnight.
May 27: Sea of Galilee, Capernaum, Mt. Beatitudes
Begin this morning with a visit to Magdala, the hometown of Mary Magdalene then enjoy a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee, where you can recall Jesus calming the waters. The day continues at the Mount of Beatitudes to mark the Sermon on the Mount. A short distance away is the site known as “Peter’s Primacy,” the site where, after His resurrection, Jesus met with His disciples and told Peter to “feed my lambs; feed my sheep.” [John 21:9] From here visit Capernaum where Jesus began His Galilean ministry, to see the synagogue where He taught and the church built over the site of Peter’s home. Visit the Valley of Doves where Jews from Magdala hid from the Romans in the caves of Mt. Arbel during the Revolt of the Jews in AD 67. Jesus travelled this route on his way to Capernaum.
Dinner and overnight in Tiberias.
May 28: Caesarea Philippi, Nazareth, Tiberias
We visit Tabgha where Jesus fed the crowd of 5,000 before travelling north to Caesarea Philippi, also known as Banias, which was a major town and sacred place during the Hellinistic, Roman, Byzantine and early Moslem eras. It was here that Peter recognised Jesus as the Messiah. Banias is also the source of the River Jordan. Biblical Dan, Israel’s northern capital through which the Jordan River flows. Visited by Abraham to rescue Lot and where Jeroboam erected the “golden calf”. We then drive to Nazareth, the boyhood village of Jesus, now a bustling city and the Church of the Annunication. Continue to Nazareth Village depicting life as in the times of Jesus.
Return to Tiberias for dinner and overnight.
May 29: Departure
Leave Tiberias and drive through the Jezreel Valley, referred to as Armageddon in the Bible. Visiting Caesarea Maritima where we stop to see Herod’s major sea port and capital where Peter preached, Paul was imprisoned and Cornelius became the first Gentile convert. Visit the impressive Roman Amphitheater, walk by the sea shore excavations and stop by the Aqueduct. Continue on to Tel Aviv for our return flight to London Heathrow.
Itinerary subject to change
Price £1695 per person
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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.
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People of all ages are welcome, but, whatever your age, we must insist on a reasonable level of fitness. A number of sites involve rough walking.
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Our normal procedure is to deal with tips on a group basis and these are included in the price. The tour leader will distribute them to the guide, driver and hotels on your behalf. Individual tipping is not recommended unless the circumstances are exceptional.
Room Check In and Check Out Times
The standard international practice is to let rooms from midday to midday. However times do vary. Check-in times are usually between 2pm and 3pm, check-out times between 11am and 12 noon on the day of departure. Therefore, if you check-in immediately after a night flight this would normally count as one night’s accommodation. Similarly if your return flight is at night you will normally be required to vacate your room at 12 noon prior to leaving for the airport. Day rooms are subject to availability/cost and should be arranged locally with the accommodation management.
Page published July 2017
“My wife and I have just returned from the Mothers Union Pilgrimage to the Holy Land led by Jennie and Malcolm Jones. The hotel, guide, itinerary and leadership were excellent, making it 7 unforgettable days. Many thanks to all involved. ”