It’s been said that the Holy Land is the fifth gospel – visiting places with such familiar names from the stories in the Bible (old and new) which helps bring those stories to life in such a vivid way.
On this trip, there will be history, archaeology, geology and theology – and you get to experience the sights, the sounds, the smells and the tastes of a culture that is so different. As well as seeing the ‘dead stones’, you will also meet some ‘living stones’, those Christians who live and witness in the land (Jewish and Palestinian) today. Being in Jerusalem at Easter, where Jesus’ death and resurrection occurred, is so special. We will share in a Passover meal and go to the sunrise service at the garden tomb on Easter Sunday.
I can’t wait to share the adventure with you!
Rev Andy Osmond
We leave London on a direct morning flight to Tel Aviv, where we will be met on arrival for transfer to our hotel by the Sea of Galilee.
Today, we visit sites in the Galilee associated with Jesus’ ministry. We sail on the Sea of Galilee on a replica boat - pausing during this for our Sunday worship. We visit the 2000 year old “Jesus Boat” at a nearby kibbutz, Capernaum (Jesus’ hometown, with its ancient synagogue and Peter’s house); and Tabgha (a possible site of the feeding of the 5000, and of a lakeside resurrection appearance of Jesus). St Peter’s Primacy, where Peter was reinstated. We finish the day celebrating communion on the hillside of the Mount of Beatitudes (the setting for the Sermon on the Mount).
We pass Mount Tabor (a possible site of the Transfiguration). We visit Cana (where Jesus turned water into wine) and continue to Nazareth. We visit Nazareth Village (depicting life in the time of Jesus), and the Mount of the Precipice (believed by some to be where Jesus was taken by the angry crowd after preaching at the Nazareth Synagogue), from which we view the Jezreel Valley, the Biblical location for Armageddon.
We visit Migdal (the home of Mary Magdalene, with a synagogue from the time of Jesus). Leaving the Galilee, we travel south to Jericho where we see the ruins of the ancient city captured by Joshua, recall the temptation of Jesus, and reflect on Jesus’ encounters with Bartimaeus and Zacchaeus. We see the river Jordan, where Jesus was baptised (it may be possible for members of the group to be baptised here). We continue through the Wadi Kelt (possibly the inspiration for the “Valley of the Shadow of Death”) where we see St George’s Monastery across the valley; and on to our new hotel in Bethlehem.
Today, we meet local Palestinian Christians – who will help us to understand the recent history of the region. We visit Bethlehem Bible College (where we will hear an Arab Christian Palestinian perspective on the conflict); and the Tent of Nations (a Christian-owned farm, surrounded by Israeli settlements). the Shepherds’ Fields; and the Church of the Nativity. Drive to Bethany – where we see the tomb believed to be the place where Jesus raised Lazarus.
We begin to explore the city of Jerusalem. First, we view the Old City from the Mount of Olives, and see the Western Wall. We visit the Western Wall Tunnels, and see the nearby Jerusalem Archaeological Park (including remains from the time of the second Temple). To conclude the day, we see David’s City; walk through Hezekiah’s Tunnel (constructed in the 8th century BCE to ensure a safe water supply); and see the recently uncovered Pool of Siloam, and a recently discovered paved street from the Pool to the Temple. We go to our new hotel in Jerusalem. Our evening meal will be a shortened form of the Passover seder, to help us understand what was happening at the Last Supper.
Returning to the Old City, we first visit the Pool of Bethesda (where Jesus healed a crippled man). We then follow part of the Via Dolorosa (the approximate route Jesus took to his death on the cross). Continuing the Via Dolorosa, we see flagstones which may be from the Antonia Fortress (the Roman barracks, possibly the location where Jesus was tried); on these can be seen an engraving known as the King Game, which may relate to the mocking of Jesus. At the Church of the Holy Sepulchre we see the traditional site of Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection. We end the afternoon viewing Gordon’s Calvary, and with quiet reflection and worship at the Garden Tomb (possible alternative locations for Jesus’ death and resurrection).
We take a “day out” to visit the desert area south- east of Jerusalem. We drive along the shore of the Dead Sea (the lowest place on the earth’s surface), and visit the ancient fortress of Masada (another of Herod’s fortresses, and a famed site of Jewish resistance); Qumran, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found, possibly associated with John the Baptist; and Ein Gedi, scene of David’s pursuit by Saul. Finally, we have the opportunity to “swim” in the Dead Sea.
We celebrate the resurrection of Jesus at dawn at the Garden Tomb. Back for breakfast.
We return to the Western Wall, where we will hope to witness a Bar Mitzvah; and we visit the Temple Mount. We then trace the Palm Sunday path down from the Mount of Olives into the city, pausing at the Dominus Flavit church (recalling Jesus weeping over Jerusalem). We see Gethsemane, where we will worship together, and have time for quiet reflection. We visit the church of St Peter in Gallicantu (reputedly where Peter denied Jesus, the site of Caiaphas’ House). We look across the Gehinnom valley, and reflect on the implications of this for Jesus’ teaching on judgement. Entering the old city again, we see a possible location of the Upper Room at St Mark’s Syrian Church.
Leaving our hotel, we visit Yad Vashem (the Holocaust Museum), just outside Jerusalem. We then travel on to Tel Aviv, and our flight home to London.
There will be quite a lot of walking so a degree of fitness is essential.
Itinerary subject to change
Full price £2099 per person
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“Just a note to report that the trip to Jordan went very well. We all arrived home safely yesterday morning.
The group gelled together well and we all thoroughly enjoyed the itinerary and magnificent scenery. Everyone was surprised to realise how much Bible history had taken place there.”