Israel

The Land of Israel In The Footsteps of Jesus

A tour of Israel led by The Revd Mark Norris & The Revd Mark Madeley
23rd October—1st November 2017

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Our Provisional Itinery…

Day 1: Monday 23rd October 2017 Outbound flight

In the afternoon we fly from London Heathrow to Tel Aviv and then drive to the Mediterranean coast for our first night.

Day 2: Tuesday 24th October 2017 –To The North of Israel

Leaving Tel Aviv we head north to the magnificent ruins of Caesarea, the home of the first Gentile convert to Christianity and from where Paul sailed to Rome. There will be time to see the Hippodrome, Herod’s Palace and the beautiful aqueduct. After lunch we head to Haifa to see Elijah’s cave and then Muhraqa (on Mount Carmel) where Elijah fought the prophets of Baal.
Overnight Sea of Galilee region.

Day 3: Wednesday 25th October 2017—Around The Sea of Galilee

We spend our day around the Sea of Galilee visiting some beautiful places: The Mount of The Beatitudes, site of The Sermon on the Mount, Tabgha, possible site of the feeding of the five thousand, Chapel of Mensa Christi, possible site of the resurrection breakfast: Capernaum, the centre of Jesus’ Galilean Ministry, Qatzrin where you can see biblical life, The Golan Heights, Yardenit, the Pilgrims’ Baptismal site on the River Jordan and we shall have a wonderful boat trip across the Sea of Galilee.
Overnight Sea of Galilee region.

Day 4: Thursday 26th October 2017—Nazareth and Cana

Today we head for Mount Tabor, possible of the transfiguration, Village of Cana, the scene of Jesus’ first miracle where He turned water into wine and Nazareth, Jesus childhood home where we see the Basilica of the Annunciation over Mary’s house. St Joseph’s Church the Church of Mary’s Well, the Souk and the Old Synagogue. In Nazareth we shall also visit the Nazareth Village which is an excellent reconstruction of Nazareth from biblical times.
Overnight Sea of Galilee region.

Day 5: Friday 27th October 2017—Masada, Qumran and The Dead Sea

We drive South roughly following the River Jordan, to Qumran where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered after which we head to Masada, the famous rock fortress, the final resistance of the Zealots against Romans in the Jewish War of the 1st Century AD. After a relaxing time floating on the waters of the Dead Sea (the lowest point on earth), we head back to the stunning city of Jerusalem.
Overnight Jerusalem.

Day 6: Saturday 28th October—Bethlehem

We begin our day with a visit to Bethlehem to see Church of The Nativity and The Shepherd’s Fields. We will also visit Herod’s Bethlehem Palace. After lunch and a visit to a Christian shop to buy olive wood products, we return to Jerusalem. Today we return early to the hotel so there will be plenty of time to relax with friends, go for a walk or visit the Anglican Cathedral (near the hotel).
Overnight Jerusalem.

Day 7: Sunday 29th October—Worship at Christ Church and a tour of Jerusalem

We begin our day by joining the 9:30 a.m. service at Christ Church. Christ Church is the oldest Protestant Church in the Middle East. After the service, there will be time to look at their Heritage Centre which gives us an insight into Jerusalem’s history and layout. The afternoon will be spent in the Jewish Quarter to see the ancient wall from 10th century B.C., possibly built Solomon. We shall also see the Cardo which was an ancient Roman market. The day will end with time at The Western Wall.
Overnight Jerusalem.

Day 8: Monday 30th October 2017—Jerusalem—Ein Karem & Yad Vashem

Our day begins early so that we can go up onto Temple Mount to think about the Temple in Old Testament times. Afterwards we walk through the Arab quarter of The Old City. We then drive through New Jerusalem so that we can visit Ein Karem, home of John the Baptist’s parents and Yad Vashem –one of the best museums of the Holocaust.

Day: 9 Tuesday 31st October 2017—Jerusalem—The Last Week of Jesus’ Life

Starting in the Mount of Olives we view the Golden City of Jerusalem and the Temple Mount. As we walk down the Mount of Olives we stop at Dominus Flevit , where Jesus wept over Jerusalem and then Garden of Gethsemane, scene of Jesus agony, arrest and betrayal. We head next through The Lion Gate to visit the Church of St Anne and the Pool of Bethesda. Next we head to Sisters of Zion Convent where Pilate may have sat on the Roman Pavement before walking along the Via Dolorosa thinking of the Stations of the Cross tracing Jesus’ last steps to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre and Calvary. Our day ends with a Communion service at The Garden Tomb.
Overnight Jerusalem.

Day 10: Wednesday 1st November 2017—Jaffa and homeward bound

Our day begins slowly with a visit to Pater Noster, possibly the place where Jesus taught the Lord’s Prayer. Leaving Jerusalem, we drive to Jaffa, an ancient port in New Testament times. There will be time to walk around Jaffa and think of how it has progressed from an ancient sea port to its modern day status of an extension to Tel Aviv. In the afternoon we drive to Tel Aviv airport for our flight to the UK arriving in London late evening.
Please note: The itinerary is provisional and subject to change due to local circumstances. Whilst every effort will be made to visit the sites mentioned, some may need to be omitted and the order may well change. No refund is applicable for change or omission. Bethlehem is very much subject to the political situation and certainly cannot be guaranteed, although parties do usually go in at some point.

Tour Price £1,559

You can spread the cost and pay by standing order or by flexible instalments at St Thomas’ Church. Ask for details.

This price assumes at least 32 people actually travel on the tour. If there are less, the price will increase. The price may increase if the £/$ rate changes by more than 2%

Final price will include:

  • Good quality hotel accommodation in twin rooms with private facilities
  • Half board (bed, breakfast and evening meal)
  • All touring and transfers in modern air-conditioned coaches
  • Professional local guide throughout
  • All entrance fees,
  • Flights with El Al Israel Airlines from Heathrow.
  • Airport taxes and fees as known in January 2016.

Your journey to and from your departure airport, lunches and drinks are not included in the price.
A limited number of single rooms will be available at a supplement of £399.
Insurance for this tour starts at £36.50 (depending on age) . Why not upgrade your insurance to an annual policy? Price available on request—from £54.00

ATOL protected.

The tour is arranged by pilgrimage specialist Madeley’s Israel & Beyond Ltd, (trading as MIB travel) a retail agent of ATOL 2893. www.mibtravel.co.uk.
Recognised by the Israeli Embassy in London & The Israel Ministry of Tourism.