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An Ecumenical Pilgrimage to the Holy Land

Oct 1, 2010   //   by admin   //   Group Tours  //  Comments Off on An Ecumenical Pilgrimage to the Holy Land
IN THE COMPANY OF THE RIGHT REVEREND JAMES NEWCOME, BISHOP OF CARLISLE,
THE REVEREND RACHEL POOLMAN
PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED REFORMED CHURCH IN CUMBRIA

THE REVEREND RICHARD TEAL, CHAIR OF THE METHODIST DISTRICT IN CUMBRIA

 

16th – 26th May 2011

Day 1: Monday 16th May Manchester – Jerusalem
Depart for Ben Gurion Airport and on to our hotel in the Leonardo Hotel Jerusalem

Day 2: Tuesday 17th May Old Jerusalem
After breakfast, we begin today’s programme from the Mount of Olives for a breathtaking view of the entire city. Following the Palm Sunday route, halfway down the Mount of Olives is the teardrop shaped church of Dominus Flevit. The Garden of Gethsemane lies at the bottom of the hill, and nearby is the Church of All Nations. The day will continue with a visit to Ein Karem, birthplace of John the Baptist, ending with paying our respects at Yad Vashem, the emotive Holocaust Memorial.

Day 3: Wednesday 18th May Via Dolorosa & Garden Tomb
We celebrate the Eucharist in St. George’s Cathedral. Then we will begin today’s programme which includes visits to St. Anne’s Church, strikingly peaceful and with amazing acoustics and close by is the Pool of Bethesda. We then walk along the Via Dolorosa (the Way of the Cross) ending at the Church of The Holy Sepulchre, and at the end of the day we will visit the Garden Tomb by Skull Hill.

Day 4: Thursday 19th May Temple Mount & Bethlehem
After breakfast, we enter the Old City to see the Wailing Wall and the golden dome of the Sacred Rock – a magnificent gold and turquoise shrine, built on the site of Solomon’s Temple and later Herod’s Temple. Although the walls have been repaired, the ground plan and colonnades have remained unchanged. We will visit St. Peter in Gallicantu, ‘Upper Room’ where, traditionally Jesus and His disciples shared the Last Supper. After lunch we will visit Church of the Nativity and Shepherds’ Fields in Bethlehem.

Day 5: Friday 20th May Jerusalem At Leisure
Full day at leisure in order to return at your own pace to some of the Holy Sites, or just to relax or to shop.

Day 6: Saturday 21st May Dead Sea & Masada
Today’s programme will take you to the lowest point on earth, the Dead Sea. Drive along the shores of the Dead Sea to the base of Masada, the last stronghold of the Jewish Zealots against the Romans. Ascend by cable car and tour the famed archaeological site including Herod’s Palace. After descending we drive to the shores of the Dead Sea for a “swim”, and enjoy floating in these unique waters. When we return to Jerusalem we will visit Qumran where the Essene Community wrote the Dead Sea Scrolls, which were discovered in 1947. We shall visit Bethany, The Church of Mary & Martha and the Tomb of Lazarus.

Day 7: Sunday 22nd May – Tiberias
After breakfast, we shall go to St Anne’s Church for morning worship. We then travel onwards to The Galilee area via The Inn of the Good Samaritan passing Jericho. Drive through the great Jordan Rift Valley to Biet Shean see the archeological site of this biblical city and then onwards to – Nazareth, where Jesus spent His early years and visit the Basilica of the Annunciation, the traditional workshop of Joseph and Mary’s well. Continue to Tiberias on the shores of the Sea of Galilee for overnight stay at the Ron Beach Hotel Tiberias.

Day 8: Monday 23rd May The Sea of Galilee and Cana.
Begin the day with a boat ride across the Sea of Galilee from Tiberias to Nof Ginossar, which lies at the foot of Mount Arbel with a magnificent view of the Golan Heights. In the museum next to the hotel you will find fascinating evidence of the Galilee’s long history, including the 2000 year old boat recently discovered on the bed of the lake. Visit Mount Tabor the site of the Transfiguration of Jesus and visit the village of Cana, site of Jesus’ first miracle.

Day 9: Tuesday 24th May Sea of Galilee
Early in the morning, we go to the Mount of Beatitudes, to celebrate the Eucharist, at one of the most beautiful Gospel settings, overlooking the Sea of Galilee, and where Jesus gave His Sermon on the Mount. Time will be given afterwards for reflection. Onwards to Tabgha, where the Church of the Multiplication commemorates Jesus’ miracle of the feeding of the 5,000. We’ll visit the little chapel of Mensa Christi, ‘Table of the Lord’ with a breathtaking view over the Sea of Galilee. The chapel is built over an enormous rock depicting the traditional site where Jesus cooked breakfast on the fire of coals for the disciples. Continue to Capernaum, centre of Jesus’ Ministry, located here are the ruins of an ancient synagogue and the site of Peter’s house. We shall have an opportunity to enjoy a very special lunch of St Peter’s fish at Kibbutz Ein Gev Before going back to our hotel we will visit Yardenit, the Baptismal site on the River Jordan.

Day 10: Wednesday 25th May Galilee – optional tours*
* No reservations required first come first served basis
There will be two optional tours: The first departs 08.00 hrs will visit Megiddo (Armageddon), of great strategic importance and battlefield throughout the ages. Megiddo was one of King Solomon’s chariot cities. Proceed along the coastal road to Caesarea, the Roman capital of Israel, built by Herod the Great and see the Roman Theatre. It was here that Paul was imprisoned and tried and where he converted Cornelius.

The second tour, departing 09.00hrs will travel north to Caesarea Philippi, experience the Hermon Stream at Banias Nature Reserve, this is where Jesus said according to Mark Chapter 8 … and Jesus went on with his disciples, to the villages of Caesarea Philippi; and on the way he asked his disciples, “Who do men say that I am?” And they told him, “John the Baptist; and others say, Elijah; and others one of the prophets.” And he asked them, “But who do you say that I am?” Peter answered him, “You are the Christ.” And he charged them to tell no one about him. View Mount Hermon in the distance, and pass Tel Dan and the Golan Heights Return to Tiberias for overnight stay.

Day 11: Thursday 26th May: Tiberias Manchester
An early departure for our flight home

Registration

Bookings will be accepted on a ‘first come first served’ basis.
A deposit of £100 plus the applicable travel insurance premium should be sent at the time of booking(see note below regarding the deposit).
The Balance will be due 8 weeks prior to departure.
Hotels Jerusalem: Leonardo Tiberias: Ron Beach
Meals Half Board.
Main Tour Cost* £1497.00 (per person in a twin bedded room)
Single Supplement £445.00*
Tours and Transfers Included.
Guides English speaking guides will accompany on all travel days.
Itinerary This is a suggested outline. Minor variations may occur at the discretion of the guide or tour leader.
Passport A Full Passport is required valid at least until 1st December 2011. If you do not hold a UK passport please contact us regarding entry visa requirements.

Included:
1) Flights tours and transfers as per itinerary.
2) English speaking licensed guide on all days of touring.
3) Accommodation in twin bedded rooms. Morning and Evening meal at your hotel.
4) All excursions and entrance fees. Tips for Guides and Drivers.
5)Baggage Allowance- 20kg.
6) Airport Taxes and Fuel Surcharges £210 as at 1.3.10

Not Included:
1) Lunches and drinks with meals.
2) Travel Insurance
3) Gifts and items of a personal nature
4) Single Room Supplement, if required
5) Any additional Airport Taxes and Fuel Surcharges as of 1.3.10

General Information The Tour Operator for this pilgrimage is

I.T.S – Israel Travel Service
427/430 Royal Exchange,
Old Bank Street, Manchester, M2 7EP.
ABTA No.C6694/V1178
ATOL No.2893 & IATA Accredited.
Telephone: 0161-839-2222 Fax: 0161-839-0000.
The Booking conditions of I.T.S. apply and contain exclusion clauses. Copies are available on request. Prices are subject to minimum number of participants

* Prices are subject to seasonal increase and currency fluctuations.
E & O.E.

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