To walk in the footsteps of Abraham and David, Jesus and Paul is uniquely rewarding.
Join me for this life-transforming experience as we visit many of the best-loved sites, but also out-of-the-way places seldom included in an eight-day itinerary.
As we walk among the ancient stones, we’ll have opportunities to meet some of the ‘living stones’, local believers living and working in the land today.
It is possible to extend your visit by an additional 3 or 5 nights half-board.
~ Andy Paget, Tour Leader
Andy pastors an inner city church in Bristol. He is an experienced tour leader who has made many visits to the Holy Land and has close friends on both sides of the Arab-Israeli divide.
Day 1, Thursday 11th October
London / Tel Aviv
We depart from Gatwick airport on our flight to Tel Aviv.
On arrival we will be met and transferred to our hotel in Bethlehem for dinner and overnight.
Day 2, Friday 12th October
Mount of Olives / Western Wall / Bethlehem
We drive from Bethlehem to the top of the Mount of Olives, the place of Jesus’ ascension, to admire the spectacular views of the Old City of Jerusalem and the City of David. We walk down the Palm Sunday Road to Dominus Flevit, recalling how Jesus wept over the city, and continue to the Garden of Gethsemane, the Southern Wall excavations and the Western (Wailing) Wall. In the afternoon we visit the Bethlehem Bible College and the Shepherds’ Fields.
Dinner and overnight in Bethlehem.
Day 3, Saturday 13th October
Old City / Mount Zion
This morning we enter the Old City of Jerusalem, beginning our tour at the Pool of Bethesda and the Church of St. Anne. We continue to the site of the Antonia Fortress, where Jesus was tried by Pilate, and then to the Jewish Quarter. In the afternoon we visit Mount Zion and the Church of St. Peter in Gallicantu, identified as the site of the house of the High Priest Caiaphas and the dungeon where Jesus may have been imprisoned during his Jewish trials. Here Peter denied knowing Jesus.
Dinner and overnight in Bethlehem.
Day 4, Sunday 14th October
Masada / Qumran / Dead Sea
Today we visit Herod’s hilltop fortress of Masada, ascending and descending by cable car, and continue to Qumran where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered by a shepherd boy.
There will be an opportunity to swim or float in the Dead Sea before returning to Bethlehem for dinner and overnight.
Day 5, Monday 15th October
Garden Tomb / Jericho / Galilee
We visit the Garden Tomb for a communion service before leaving Jerusalem for Jericho to see the ancient city and to ascend the Mount of Temptation by cable car.
We travel north along the Jordan Valley to the baptismal site at Yardenit and then to our hotel in Tiberias for dinner and overnight.
Day 6, Tuesday 16th October
Sea of Galilee / Gamla / Banias
This morning we take a memorable boat trip on the Sea of Galilee, stopping for a time of worship on the lake. Passing the wilderness area of Bethsaida we drive to Gamla, the Zealot command post in the Galilee during the Jewish Revolt. We continue through the Golan region to Banias and the area of Caesarea Philippi.
Dinner and overnight in Tiberias.
Day 7, Wednesday 17th October
Nazareth / Capernaum / Mount Beatitudes
Today we drive to Nazareth, the town of Jesus’ childhood, to visit the outstanding Nazareth Village, depicting life in the time of Jesus, and the Mount of Precipitation with its magnificent panorama of the Jezreel Valley. In the afternoon we visit the Mount of Beatitudes, Jesus’ adopted home town of Capernaum and the Church of the Primacy of St. Peter, commemorating Jesus’ feeding of the 5,000 and his resurrection appearance by the lake.
Return to Tiberias for dinner and overnight.
Day 8, Thursday 18th October
Jezreel Valley / Caesarea / Journey Home
We leave Galilee and travel via Mount Carmel and the Jezreel Valley to Caesarea for a media presentation and to see the Roman aqueduct and amphitheatre en route to Ben Gurion Airport for our return flight to Gatwick.
Itinerary subject to change
Price £1385 per person
Option to extend your stay in Bethlehem from £34 per person per night staying in a twin room on half board basis.
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$1.310 as published in the Financial Times on 3rd November 2017.
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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.
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