I was an elder at Jubilee Church Shepperton, part of the Commission group of Newfrontiers churches for 25 years. This was at first alongside my career in teaching and then full time.
I have been to Israel on three separate occasions the last being in October 2017. On that trip I went with four of my grandchildren who had a wonderful time. In fact I would go so far as to say that they brought a great deal of fun to the group.
Following that experience it seems a good idea to take a party containing youngsters. I am hoping that the group will include a number of families as well as couples and single people. A consequence would be that visits to the various sites are likely to be at a much gentler pace.
London - Tel Aviv
We depart from London Luton on our flight to Tel Aviv. On arrival we will be met and transferred to our hotel in Bethlehem for dinner and overnight.
Bethlehem - Mount of Olives
This morning we visit Bethlehem and the Church of the Nativity and Shepherds’ Fields. We continue to Jerusalem and drive to the top of the Mount of Olives to admire the spectacular views of the walled Old City and to view the Place of the Ascension. We walk down the Palm Sunday Road to Dominus Flevit where Jesus wept over the city and the Garden of Gethsemane, before moving to our hotel in Jerusalem for dinner and overnight.
Way of the Cross - Mount Zion
This morning we visit David’s Palace and then walk through the tunnels to the Pool of Siloam. We visit the Western (Wailing) Wall and then the Church of St Peter in Gallicantu. We end the morning at the Garden Tomb (Gordon’s Calvary).
In the afternoon we begin our tour at the Pool of Bethesda and continue to the Tower of Antonia where Jesus was tried and walk along the Via Dolorosa (the Way of the Cross).
Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem.
Masada - Dead Sea
Today we drive to Masada and visit Herod’s hilltop fortress that we will ascend and descend by cable car. We then enjoy a float in the Dead Sea and visit Qumran where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered before returning to Jerusalem for dinner and overnight.
Jericho - Galilee
We drive to Bethany and then to the baptismal site at Qaser el-Yahud near Jericho. We visit the ancient city of Jericho and travel along the Jordan Valley Road to Beit Shean and finally to Tiberias for dinner and overnight.
Mt Beatitudes - Capernaum - Galilee
This morning visit the Mount of Beatitudes which commemorates Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount. We continue to Capernaum, “the home town of Jesus”, the Church of the Primacy of St. Peter and Tabgha, the site where Jesus fed the 5,000.
In the afternoon we take a wonderful boat trip across the Sea of Galilee back to the hotel.
Dinner and overnight in Tiberias.
Cana - Nazareth
We visit Mt Tabor which we ascend and descend by taxis before continuing to Nazareth and the Church of the Annunciation. We then visit Nazareth Village, depicting life in the times of Jesus and finally to Cana.
We return to Tiberias for dinner and overnight.
Tel Aviv - London
We leave Tiberias and visit Mount Carmel and continue to Caesarea where we see the Roman amphitheatre and aqueduct. Continue to the airport for our return flight to London Luton.
Itinerary subject to change
Price £1665 per person
What the price includes
Not included in the price
Please note that the cost of the tour may be subject to surcharges - please see the booking conditions. Currency exchange rates used £1 = US$1.351 as published in the Financial Times on 2nd January 2018.
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Page published October 2018
“I have recently returned from a wonderfully inspiring 7 Churches of Asia Minor tour with Peter and Anne Whatton. The whole experience lived up to to the description and much more. Great leaders, a tour guide whose explanations were so clear and perceptive. Thank you for all the arrangements and care.”