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Rev’d Marian Jones

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The Rev’d Marian Jones is a retired Methodist Minister, still working part time and living in North Wales. She is a former nurse, Hospital Chaplain and Prison Chaplain, and has worked in church based ministry in North Wales, Lancashire and Yorkshire.
Over the last 38 years, she has led numerous groups to the Holy Land as well as going on ‘private’ visits. There are always new discoveries – new places, new excavations, new things to see – and part of the experience is to share in the reactions of first time pilgrims. She has also taken groups to Greece and Turkey ‘In the steps of St Paul’, as well as to Jordan and Rome and Assisi.

There are those who travel regularly, joining the groups she leads, and each time there are newcomers who see the Biblical sites with new eyes and share their experience. A pilgrimage brings the Bible to life!

In the Footsteps of Jesus

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Day 1 Monday 29th October
Heathrow to Tel Aviv to Jerusalem
Meet at Heathrow to travel onwards to Tel Aviv from where we will continue the journey by coach to our hotel, The Leonardo Hotel (or similar) in Jerusalem.

Day 2 Tuesday 30th October
By coach to the Mount of Olives for a panoramic view the Old City of Jerusalem; walk part of the Palm Sunday route down the Mount of Olives, visiting the churches of Pater Noster and Dominus Flevit (where Jesus wept over Jerusalem) and The Church of All Nations in the Garden of Gethsemane where we will celebrate Holy Communion. Proceed across the Kidron Valley to the site of the house of Caiaphas, where the Church of St Peter in Gallicantu now stands.

Day 3 Wednesday 31st October
Today, we visit Masada and tour this mountain top fortress. Onto Qumran, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered, and then to ‘swim’ in the Dead Sea. A short detour takes us to Qasr el Yahud, a possible site of the baptism of Jesus, End the day at Jericho where we will ascend the Mount of Temptation and see Hisham’s Palace. Return to hotel in Jerusalem.

Day 4 Thursday 1st November
We have a walking tour of the Old City of Jerusalem starting at St Stephen’s Gate, visiting the Pool of Bethesda and St Anne’s Church. Walking the Via Dolorosa, the Way of the Cross we make our way to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, then to Temple Mount and a visit to the excavations. If possible, we will visit the Syrian Church of St Mark.

Day 5 Friday 2nd November
Visit the Israeli Museum for the Jerusalem model and The Shrine of the Book, then, in the afternoon, to a possible site of Emmaus at Abu Ghosh and Ein Kerem (birthplace of John the Baptist). Later in the day we go to the Garden Tomb.

Day 6 Saturday 3rd November
On to Bethlehem, in the Palestinian Authority, to visit Shepherds’ Fields, The Church of the Nativity and an opportunity to shop for gifts in Bethlehem. It is hoped to arrange a visit to Tent of Nations, a Peace Organisation outside Bethlehem.

Day 7 Sunday 4th November
After joining the congregation at St George’s Cathedral we set out on our mid morning transfer to Tiberias, via Bethany, where Martha, Mary and Lazarus lived. Then continue travelling along the mountain route to visit Jacob’s Well* stopping later on the journey to see the excavations at Beit She’an, the place where King Saul was killed, and the mosaics at the Beit Alpha Synagogue.
Arrive at our hotel, the Ron Beach in Tiberias.

Day 8 Monday 5th November
This morning, we visit sites around the Sea of Galilee – Capernaum, Tabgha (the loaves and fishes), the Church of Peter’s Primacy , Magdala and the Mount of Beatitudes. Take a boat trip on the Sea of Galilee and see the ‘Jesus’ boat in the museum at Nof Ginnosar.
See the river Jordan at Yardenit (a modern-day baptismal site) and visit the gift shop there.

Day 9 Tuesday 6th November
We visit Acre/Akko to see the Crusader Fortress, the Old Town and the Or Torah Synagogue. Continue to the Golan Heights and Banias (Caesarea Philippi) where there Jesus asked his followers: ’Who do you say that I am?’ There will be an opportunity to renew the vows made on our behalf at our baptism. Return to our hotel.

Day 10 Wednesday 7th November
Today we ascend Mount Tabor, a possible site of the Transfiguration and continue to Nazareth to visit the significant churches there – the Basilica of the Annunciation, the Church of Mary’s Well, St Joseph’s Church – then to Cana, the place of Jesus’ first miracle.

Day 11 Thursday 8th November
On our way to our overnight hotel near Tel Aviv
we stop at Peniel (a chapel on the sea shore) for Holy Communion before going on to visit the Ba’hai Temple Gardens in Haifa, view Elijah’s cave and continuing to Muhraqa on Mount Carmel, where Elijah confronted the prophets of Baal. Then we travel for a quick overview of Caesarea where Paul was imprisoned and where Peter baptised Cornelius and his household.

Day 12 Friday 9th November
Early departure for flight to Heathrow

*subject to the prevailing situation

Understanding Advent & its meaning in Christianity

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If you’re unfamiliar with the liturgical year, you may be somewhat confused about the meaning and significance of the Advent season. As well as focusing on the expectation and anticipation of Christ’s birth in the weeks leading up to Christmas, but there’s a lot more to Advent for Christians to understand.

The history of Advent
‘Advent’ comes from the Latin word adventus, which means ‘coming’. It’s thought that in the 4th and 5th centuries in Gaul and Spain, Advent was a time for the preparation for the baptisms of new Christians at Epiphany, Jesus’ baptism in the Jordan River by John the Baptist and Jesus’ first miracle at Cana. The 4th and 5th centuries saw Advent as a time for prayer, penance and fasting in order to prepare for celebrations at Epiphany – there was almost no connection between Christmas and Advent.

In the 6th century, however, things had changed and Advent was closely associated with the second coming of Christ as the judge of the world, and it wasn’t until the middle ages that Advent was linked with Christ’s first coming and Christmas.

Advent today
Advent today lasts for the four Sundays prior to Christmas, with the Christian new year beginning with the twelve days of Christmastide (which starts from Christmas Eve up until January 6th and Epiphany). This means that Advent can fall anywhere between November 26th and December 3rd, and this year it will fall on December 3rd.

Advent and modern Christian life
No one can deny that Advent is a great time of anticipation and celebration of Christ’s birth, but this time also helps us to fully understand the miracle of Christmas and Christian life. Advent is the time to think of Christ’s fulfilled promise of His first coming and the yet-to-be-fulfilled promise of His second coming.

For Christians worried about modern Christmas disconnecting them with the true meaning of Advent and its importance in Christian life, prayer will help you to distance yourself from those distractions and to open your heart to the hope and joy of Christ’s birth.

Here at ITS Travel, Advent is a special time for pilgrimages both in Israel and throughout the world. For more information, call us today on 0161 839 1111 or get in touch online.

Simple Things You Can Do to Make the Most of Your Pilgrimage

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With all the time and money that goes into organising a pilgrimage to Israel, it makes sense that you want to ensure you get the very most from your time in the Holy Land. There are a variety of spiritual and practical ways to prepare yourself as much as possible whilst on pilgrimage to a truly unforgettable, spiritual experience that’ll stay with you throughout your life.

 

Enjoy the new people you meet

Here at ITS Travel, we regularly hear of families becoming lifelong friends, having first met on pilgrimage. Pilgrimages have a great capacity to bring together like-minded people who want to learn the word of God and delve deeper into their relationship with Him.

 

Take time to reflect

As well as taking photographs and videos throughout your pilgrimage, remember to take a few moments here and there to soak in the wonders around you. Whilst you’ll be following an itinerary, you should have some time to take to yourself and breathe it in.

 

You’re a Christian, not just a tourist

Even though you’ve paid a lot of money to be in the Holy Land, you’re not just a tourist. Rather than experiencing your pilgrimage with a sense of entitlement, live God’s expectations of you, “The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. . . . If we live by the Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit” —Galatians 5:22–25

 

Make sure you can keep up

Time moves all too quickly when you’re on pilgrimage, and slow-moving groups have to drop great experiences from their itineraries. Usually people are straggling at the back because they either can’t meet the physical demands of a site or they’re too absorbed in the current moment and don’t look ahead.

 

If you’re worried that a site will be too physically demanding of you, we recommend having a quiet conversation with your guide to make sure it won’t be too tough for you to enjoy with the rest of the group.

 

Keep hydrated

The Holy Land is a very warm place, with glaring sunlight and you’re going to probably be active far more than you are in your day-to-day life. It’s essential that you drink enough water to avoid dehydration, and maintain your energy. For that reason, seeds, nuts and other trail snacks come in very handy.

 

Take a look at your itinerary before every day

Reviewing your daily itinerary the day before is the perfect way to understand the religious and historical importance of the places you’re going to visit, and you can focus your mind on looking forward to the spiritual experience you’re likely to have there. Another reason to check your itinerary the night before is so that you can plan quiet, devotional times to be with God and reflect on your faith.

 

Here at ITS Travel, we’re passionate about helping you to enjoy a life-changing pilgrimage that will cement your faith in God. For more information about our pilgrimages to the Holy Land, call us today on 0161 839 1111 or get in touch online.

 

Our Recommended Suppliers

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Airlines

El Al Israel Airlines

Wizz Air

easyJet

British Airways

Turkish Airlines

Royal Jordanian Airlines

Aegean Airlines

 

Tel Aviv

Dan Panorama

City

Gilgal

Grand Beach

 

Netanya

David Tower

Leonardo Plaza

Ramada

King Solomon

 

Eilat

Leonardo Plaza

Nova

Magic Palace

Caesar Premier Eilat

 

Haifa

Leonardo

 

Dead Sea

Leonardo Plaza

 

Jerusalem

Jerusalem Gate

Leonardo Jerusalem

Ramada

Dan Jerusalem

Grand Court

St George’s

Prima Park

Ramat Rachel

Jerusalem Gardens

Prima Royal

Caesar Premier Jerusalem

 

Tiberias

Prima Galil

Galei Kineret

Caesar Premiere Tiberias

Ron Beach Hotel

Kibbutz Kinar

Kibbutz Nof Ginosar

Leonardo Club

Leonardo

 

Others

Beatitudes Guest House

Israel sim cards – Smartalk

Dead Sea Travel 

S.K. Tours in Nature

Jesus Trail

Eshel Hashomron – Ariel

Leonardo – Ashkelon

Olivia Ramada Nazareth

Rimonim Nazaret

BSC Bethlehem Souvenir Centre

Mr Adrian J. Cohen of ITS Pilgrimages – Educational Tour

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Adrian is the Managing Director of ITS Pilgrimages and has led multiple educational tours to numerous pilgrimage destinations.

This tour is designed for clergy and/ or lay leaders who wish to one day lead their own pilgrimage tour to Holy Land.

The basic cost of the tour will be refunded to the participants when he/she takes out their own pilgrimage tour with ITS PILGRIMAGES.

The tour is designed for the first time visitor and they will enjoy seeing the scriptures ‘come to life’.

Please note that each parish and /or potential leader is entitled to one place at the very special basic price of £410.00. For an accompanying spouse/companion, they pay the basic charge plus an additional supplement of £185.00 The single room supplement is £330.00 In addition to this each participant will have to pay airport taxes and current fuel surcharges – which are at the time of writing £275.00. There is also a small charge of £2.50 per person, which is the C.A.A. levy.

The group in size we expect to be 40/ 50 passengers.

We only allow one representative per church and it must be from a UK based church.

Please be advised that we adhere to a multi-denominational policy.

Allow me to remind you that this is an educational tour and so organised. All those involved – from the airline El Al, down to the guide are subsidising this tour – to enable you to see and enjoy the marvels of the Holy Land and to help you plan, one day in the near future, your own group your own tour.

Your on line booking form – is at ‘request’ status until verified by your completion of our application form (which we shall forward to you) and our written confirmation, where we shall request a non refundable deposit of £200.00 per person.

Itinerary for Israel Educational Tour 02/12/18 to 09/12/18

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Day 1 Sunday 2nd December UK – ISRAEL

Depart UK for Israel – the Holy Land. Arrive in the evening, where our local representatives, Diesenhaus – Unitours, will help you with the formalities at Ben Gurion Airport. After passing through customs you will be introduced to your guide and driver, who will be with you throughout your pilgrimage. Transfer to your hotel on the shores of the Mediterranean in Tel Aviv at the Grand Beach Hotel

Day 2 Monday 3rd December Tel Aviv – Tiberias

Drive on to Caesarea; see the excavations of the Crusader City, the Herodian Port. Proceed to Mount Carmel, the site of the encounter between the Prophet Elijah and the Baal priests, proceed to Zippori the 2nd century BCE capital of the Galilee. Continue to Nazareth where Jesus spent his early years and visit Mary’s Well and the Church of the Annunciation. Just north of Nazareth is the village of Cana, the site of Jesus’ first miracle. Drive to Tiberias for dinner and over night stay. Kibbutz Kinar

Day 3 Tuesday 4th December Sea of Galilee

Drive to Nof Ginossar and see the ancient Jesus boat and enjoy a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee. Continue to Kursi (The Land of the Geraseenes) where Jesus healed the two demon possessed men. Onwards to Capernaum, centre of Jesus’ Ministry, – located here are the ruins of an ancient synagogue and the site of Peter’s House. Visit Taghba, Mensa Christi in the afternoon. We will visit the Mount of Beatitudes- the site of the ‘Sermon on the Mount’. End the day with a visit to Yardenit on the shores of the Jordan River

Day 4 Wednesday 5th December Tiberias – Dead Sea

After checking out of the hotel, drive to Mt Tabor, the site of the Transfiguration.  Proceed through the Jordan River rift valley, passing the city of Beit Shean, a Roman city of the Decapolis. Onwards to Qumran, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found. End the day with a ‘swim’ in the Dead Sea.  Overnight Dead Sea Region at the David Hotel

Day 5 Thursday 6th December Dead Sea _- Jerusalem

Start the day with a visit to the Roman fortress of Masada, onwards to Jerusalem, visiting Jericho and the Mt of Temptation. Pass the Inn of the Good Samaritan- view Wadi Kelt and the Monastery of St George. Overnight Jerusalem at the Grand Court Hotel

Day 6 Friday 7th December Old City of Jerusalem- Bethlehem

Begin the day’s tour on the Mount of Olives for a breathtaking view of the entire city. Walk down the traditional Palm Sunday route to the Church of All Nations and the Garden of Gethsemane.  Proceed to the Israel Museum and visit the Model of the ancient Jerusalem in the time of the Second Temple and the Shrine of the Book where the Dead Sea Scrolls are displayed.  In the Afternoon we drive to the Manager Square in Bethlehem and visit the Church of the Nativity.

Day 7 Saturday 8th December – Jerusalem

We will start our day with visit of the excavations at the City of David, Proceed to the Davidson Centre- The Jerusalem Archaeological Park – that reveals the most amazing discoveries of Jerusalem during the Second Temple period. At the foot of the southern wall of the Temple Mount, in the area known as the Ophel, the visitor can climb up the original steps of the Hulda Gates that led to the Temple Mount. Continue our visit in the Christian Quarter; visit St Ann’s Crusader Church, Ecce Homo, Antonia Fortress and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. On the last day at the Holy Land we will visit the Garden Tomb. Farewell dinner at the hotel.

Day 8 Sunday 9th December Israel – UK

Early departure from Jerusalem for Ben Gurion Airport for your flight home.

 

 

FURTHER DETAILS

*This tour is designed for potential pilgrimage group leaders ONLY, who are either members of the clergy or lay leaders in their church, who every intention of one day leading their own group with ITS PILGRIMAGES. We adhere to a multi denominational policy.

 

The costs are as follows:

 

Basic cost per person  £410.00 sharing a twin bedded room

Airline surcharges £275.00

ATOL – CAA levy £2.50

 

Including

  • Scheduled return flight from London Heathrow to Tel Aviv
  • 7 nights hotel accommodation in 4 star style hotels on half board basis (breakfast and dinner)
  • 6 full days guided sightseeing in an air conditioned coach with free WIFI
  • Transfers on arrival & departure
  • All entrance fees to the tourist sites.
  • English speaking licensed guide throughout the tour.
  • Full escorted by a senior member of the management of ITS PILGRIMAGES

 

Supplements to the above: –

Spouse/companion £185.00

Single room supplement £330.00

 

Extras – not included: –

Travel insurance, visa fees, lunches, gratuities for the guide and driver (we suggest £3.50 & £1.50 per person per sightseeing day), hotel staff, and items of a personal nature

How Much do you Know about the Assumption of Mary?

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The Assumption of Mary is an internationally celebrated Christian festival falling on the 15th August. Many Christians consider this day to be the day when the Virgin Mary ascended to heaven, having come to the end of her life of earth. In the past, the festival was celebrated with bonfires in the night and public illuminations and some cultures threw coins into the street in order to spread prosperity.

The colour blue is popular for the celebration, symbolising both truth and clarity, as well as being the traditional colour for both the Virgin Mary and Heaven. Lilies are also a common sight during the Assumption of Mary as they symbolise simplicity, purity and divinity.

How is the Assumption of Mary celebrated throughout the world?
In both the USA and Italy, streets are decorated in lights of different colours and there are fireworks in the night. Rome is home to the bowing procession, probably the most important event throughout the day, is where a statue of the Virgin Mary is taken through stunning archways of flowers towards another group of people holding a statue of Jesus, symbolising him waiting for her arrival in Heaven.

Similar events take place in Brazil and the procession of Our Lady of Navigators is a popular feast there, and in France the Assumption of Mary is seen as a monumental holiday.

Greece and the surrounding islands see the Assumption of Mary as a popular summer festival, and the small state of Andorra not only has a day of prayer, they have made the day a national holiday.

In Guatamala, the Assumption of Mary is celebrated by friends and family exchanging gifts and handing out food, as well as spending time together and organising large family feasts.

A global festival of love and peace
The Assumption of Mary is a festival focused on love and peace, celebrated by Christians all over the world with their own traditions and customs.

If you’re looking to go on pilgrimage during next year’s Assumption of Mary, don’t hesitate to get in touch with the team at ITS Travel today on 0161 839 1111 or get in touch online today.

FUN THROUGH FAITH IN THE HOLY LAND – ISRAEL

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Day 1 UK – ISRAEL
Depart UK for Israel – the Holy Land. Arrive in the evening, where our local representatives, Diesenhaus – Unitours, will help you with the formalities at Ben Gurion Airport. After passing through customs you will be introduced to your guide and driver, who will be with you throughout your pilgrimage. Transfer to your hotel on the shores of the Mediterranean in Tel Aviv.

Day 2 JAFFA/JOPPA – THE DESERT
Visit Jaffa – Joppa is located south of Tel Aviv, the name Joppa appears for the first time in the list of cities that Thutmose III captured (15th century BC) The biblical references to Simon the Tanner and Cornelius the centurion are based here in Joppa. The legend of Andromeda being bound to the rock was first associated with Joppa by Strabo (1st century A.D.).

Jaffa is one of the oldest functioning harbours in the world. Today it harbours only small fishing boats. This was the port to which Jonah came when fleeing from the Lord to Tarshish (Jonah 1:3). For the construction of Solomon’s Temple, cedars were floated from Phoenicia to Joppa and then transported to Jerusalem (2 Chr 2:16). Jaffa was the main port of entry during the Turkish period and pilgrims and visitors would enter the Holy Land here

Then onwards to visit Neot Kedumim, the Biblical Landscape Reserve in Israel, which is a Biblical garden and nature, preserve located near Modi’in, midway between Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. Onwards to Mini Israel is a miniature park located near Latrun, Israel in the Ayalon Valley. Opened in November 2002, the site contains miniature replicas of hundreds of buildings and landmarks in Israel.

Then drive to Kfar Hanokdim which is nestled in the Kana`im Valley in the Judean desert, between the city of Arad and the ancient citadel of Masada, there is a green oasis: Kfar Hanokdim. Picturesque guest rooms, goat hair Bedouin tents, spacious lodges made of local stone, and inviting niches for lingering under the dappled shade of the palm trees and orchards.

Ever since Kfar Hanokdim was established in 1991 it has provided high-level personalized hospitality that allows each guest to experience the desert in the way they choose. The Kfar is the perfect place for a desert vacation or for holding an unforgettable event in the heart of the wilderness of the Judean Desert. Dinner and overnight in the desert.

Day 3- CAMEL REK AND DEAD SEA
Enjoy a camel trek in the morning drive to Masada ascend by cable car. Tour this mountain top fortress, which was the last stronghold of the Jews against the Romans. Drive to a nearby oasis and relax and enjoy an opportunity to “float” in the Dead Sea Overnight a kibbutz of the shores of the Dead Sea.

Day 4- JERICHO – JERUSALEM
In the morning visit Qumran caves where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered, onwards to Jericho the oldest inhabited city in the world and ascend by cable car the Mount of Temptation, before climbing to the eternal city of Jerusalem. Overnight Jerusalem – in the evening enjoy a tour of Jerusalem by night.

Day 5 JERUSALEM – BETHLEHEM
Visit the Garden Tomb, onwards to the Mount of Olives for a breathtaking view of the entire city. Walk down the traditional Palm Sunday route to the Church of All Nations and the Garden of Gethsemane. Continue our visit in the Christian Quarter; visit St Ann’s Crusader Church, Ecce Homo, Antonia Fortress, Via Dolorosa and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.

In the afternoon we drive to the Manager Square in Bethlehem and visit the Church of the Nativity.

Before dinner visit The Time Elevator Jerusalem. This is a journey through the rich 3,000-year history of Jerusalem. Star of “Fiddler on the roof” Chaim Topol plays the lead character who amid crashing ceilings, leads us on an unforgettable journey moving through Jerusalem’s historic turning points: beginning with the City of David and ending in the 1967 Six- Day War.

Audiences will witness Prophet Jeremiah’s confrontation with King Zedekia and relive the destruction of the first and second temples. They will be led through the Roman conquest, the birth of Christianity, the emergence of Islam and the drama of the establishment of Israel. Combining motion based seating, visitors have the sensation of viewing the movie as a participant rather than a spectator.

Day 6 BIBLICAL EXPERIENCE – NAZARETH – SEA OF GALILEE
Depart Jerusalem and descend to the Sharon Plane and drive northwards towards The Galilee.

Visiting Kfar Kedem located in the lush hill country of the Galilee, in view of Nazareth and a stone’s throw from Sepphoris; Kfar Kedem recreates the day-to-day life of this ancient land. A hands-on experience, Kfar Kedem will transport you back to the roots of your heritage.

Ride the rolling hills as Abraham rode them. Take in the scents that Jacob smelled tending Laban’s flocks. Hear the words of the prophets as you thresh grain, make cheese, spin wool, press oil from fresh olives and wine from fresh grapes. You’ll even dress like them!

At Kfar Kedem the Galilee comes to life. Located at Hoshaya, Kfar Kedem creates a holistic experience using all your senses, involving you in the actual production of household staples such as milk, wool, and bread, and connecting these tangible experiences with the values and spirit of the ages from the time of the Bible that are still part of our lives today.

Your experience will be enriched with historical and spiritual context provided by our professional guides. Complete the experience with warm hospitality and delicious, rustic dining in our shepherds’ tent.

Visit Nazareth and pass through Kfar Cana– overnight on a kibbutz on the Shores of the Sea of Galilee

Day 7 BOAT TRIP – SEA OF GALILEE – HAMAT GADER – DECKS
Start the day with a boat trip on the Sea of Galilee. Visit Mt of Beatitudes and in the afternoon relax at Hamat Gader. This resort is one of the most unique places in the north of Israel.

Tucked away under the Sea of Galilee (Kinneret) and eastward of the Jordan River, Hamat Gader featured a ton of unique attractions for all ages. The main attraction is obviously the thermal springs, which have been exploited by mankind since the Romans, some 2,000 years ago.

But there is more, Hamat Gader also hosts the only crocodile farm in all of the Middle East. Farwell dinner at one of Israel’s finest concept restaurants on the Shores of the Sea of Galilee – Decks. Overnight on a kibbutz on the Shores of the Sea of Galilee

Day 8 ISRAEL -UK
Depart Tiberias for Ben Gurion Airport via Caesarea Maritima – to see the excavations of the Crusader City and the Herodian Port. Onwards to Ben Gurion airport for your flight home.

1 night Tel Aviv
1 night Kfar Hanokdim Desert Experience
1 night Dead Sea Kibbutz
2 nights Jerusalem
2 nights Kibbutz on the Shores of the Sea of Galilee

Note: Suitable itinerary for youth groups, young at heart pilgrims and pilgrims who have visited before and are looking for new sites to visit and experience.

Israel – 8th January to 14th January 2018 – Itinerary

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7 DAY OPTION 2
Monday 8th January – Sunday 14th January 2018

Day 1 Monday 8th January UK – Israel
This is a unique trip to visit Israel at the very beginning of their 70th year back in their promised land where they are to stay forever according to Amos 9:15 “And I will plant them upon their land, and they shall no more be pulled up out of their land which I have given them, saith the Lord thy God”. Israel became a nation in 1948. It will be wonderful to see Israel at 70 years since independence. Our inspiration will be Psalm 122:6 “pray for the peace of Jerusalem they shall that love thee”. We are going to bless Israel by spending our time, money and praying in a blessed one week holiday there in the very first month of the new year 2018. It will be part of our prayer time and rededication for the new year while in Israel at the wailing wall. We will depart UK for Israel the Holy Land on Monarch budget flight from Manchester Meeting and assistance at Ben Gurion Airport Transfer to Prima Hotel Tel Aviv with beach front by the Mediterranean sea for dinner and overnight stay.

Day 2 Tuesday 9th January The Galilee
After breakfast we can enjoy a small walk by the shores of the Mediterranean Sea, Enjoy the breeze and pick up some sea shells. We will visit Simon Tanner’s house (Acts 9) , the place where Jonah took a ship to Tarshish (Jonah 1:1-3) and where Tabitha lived and did her good deeds and almsgiving and was raised back to life after death (Acts 9:36). We then proceed to Caesarea Maratini where the Holy Ghost fell for the first time on the gentiles (Acts 10:44-48, see the arena, water works and watch a movie of the history of Caesarea. From here we proceed to Mount Carmel where Elijah lived (1 Kings 17:1). View the valley of Jezreel from the top of the mountain. Also visit Elijah’s cave. We visit Tel Megiddo the site of the final battle of Armageddon (Rev. 16:16). We will watch the movie about the history of Megiddo and walk to the ancient water works of Megiddo. After Lunch we move onward to Nazareth and Cana. Visit the Basilica of the Annunciation see the Cave – home of the Holy Family, St Joseph’s workshop and Mary’s Well. VISIT NARARETH VILLAGE WHERE THEY HAVE RECREATED HOW LIFE WAS 2000 YEARS AGO. Drive to Cana, and visit the church of the Wedding Feast – site of Jesus’ first miracle. Renewal of Wedding Vows for married couples on the trip. Taste and buy some wine from Cana. Dinner and overnight stay in Tiberias at our hotel Prima Galilee Hotel

Day 3 Wednesday 10th January The Galilee
We start our day by climbing to the top of the Golan Heights to the little village city on the Golan Heights and enjoy the unique geographical views of the Golan Heights from a volcanic mountain top stop by an agricultural Kibbutz in the Golan Heights to be told the story and history of the Golan heights and watch a movie of the Galilee experience. We visit and see the road to Damascus where Paul met with the Lord. We visit Mt Hermon drive close to Mt Hermon (Psalm 133). We then visit Tel Dan where Jeroboam reared some altars and committed his sins 1 Kings12 & 13. We proceed to Caesarea Philippi where one of the sources of the Jordan River starts and where Jesus asked the disciples who do man say that I am and Peter said thou at the Christ the son of the living GOD. Matthew 16. We then descend the mountain and stop over at the Mount of Beatitudes and recall the sermon on the mountain. Drive along by the Sea of Galilee to take a Boat trip across the Sea of Galilee by sailing on the Sea of Galilee in a replica of a boat 2000 years ago, we will read relevant Bible readings. While in the boat we point out at the biblical cursed cities Magdala, Chorazin, Bethsaida and Capernaum. Return to Capernaum to visit the old Synagogue and see St Peters house.

Day 4 Thursday 11th January Jericho – Jerusalem
Start the day By visiting a Botanical nature reserve and each one will plant a tree in Israel fulfilling holy scripture Isaiah 41:19 ( “I will plant in the wilderness the cedar, the shittah tree, and the myrtle, and the oil tree; I will set in the desert the fir tree, and the pine, and the box tree together: 20 That they may see, and know, and consider, and understand together, that the hand of the LORD hath done this, and the Holy One of Israel hath created it.” we proceed to the site of the Transfiguration on Mount Tabor and ascend by taxi at the church of the Transfiguration. We enjoy seeing the Jezreel valley and Tel Jezreel and the place of Naboth’s vineyards, We will visit Herod’s well or Gideon’s well where he chose his warriors by the way they drank water (Judges7). our next stop will be Jacob’s well in Shekem we point at Mt Gerizim we then proceed to Shiloh the ancient capital of Israel where we remember the story of Samuel in the old city of Shiloh the old capital of Israel for 369 years.(Gen 49:10, Judges 21:19 and 1 Sam 1-3) We pass by Tel Gilgal where Joshua erected 12 memorial stones Joshua 4:19-20 Visit Jericho (Num. 22:1, Josh 2:1, 6:20) the ancient city climb by cable cars to Mt Temptation and have a good overview of Jericho, See Elisha’s well 2 Kings 2:19-22. After lunch in Jericho Continue to the Baptismal site by the River Jordan. This is the same place where John the Baptist baptised Jesus Christ Matt. 3:13-17 . Same place where prophets Elijah and Elisha parted the waters 2 Kings 2:8. Here we have an opportunity to baptise those who want to be baptized, We proceed to the Dead Sea – The lowest place on Earth, and enjoy a “dip” and float in the dead sea by our hotel in the Prima Hotel by the dead sea.

Day 5 Friday 12th January – Jerusalem
In the morning we have a time to float in the dead sea before breakfast then We start our day by climbing Masada by cable cars to see the last fortress of the Jewish people during the Rome revolt. We will see what David meant by fortress and rock in (Psalms 18:1-33) We visit En Gedi Oasis this time we visit the oasis have an opportunity to see and hear the history of En Gedi we will walk up half the mountain and visit the showers where David’s men would shower during the day and experience the strongholds of En Gedi (1Samuel 23:29 &24:1-22), then proceed to Qumran where the dead sea scrolls were found and we see a movie of the discoveries that were made at Qumran. After Lunch In Qumran we Drive by the Inn of the Good Samaritan, to Bethany and visit Tomb of Lazarus. Drive to nearby Mount of Olives for group photo, and view the Old City of Jerusalem “(Luke 19:41-44) Jesus looked and wept over the city of Jerusalem (Luke13:34-35)”. From there descend to the Garden of Gethsemane. Visit the temple Institute where they are preparing to build the third temple in Jerusalem Finish our day by visiting the Davidson centre where we see a movie of the ancient visitor to the temple and Jerusalem after this we have a time of prayer at the wailing wall. Proceed to our Hotel in Jerusalem. We may have supper with a Jewish family and do the Shabbat shalom experience

Day 6 Saturday 13th January Old City
Walk around Mount Zion and visit the old city of David see a 3D movie of Jerusalem 3000 years ago, and Room of the Last Supper. We then proceed to Caiaphas house and see where he was put in dungeons and read about his sufferings in Psalm 88:6 and see for ourselves where it was fulfilled. We visit the Pool of Siloam (John 9:7) and the Pool of Bethesda (John 5:2) . we visit the Pilate’s judgement hall, follow the Walk the Via Dolorosa to the church of the Holy Sepulchre and the Rock of Calvary and visit the garden tomb. After lunch Drive to Bethlehem and visit the Shepherds Fields. Visit the church of the Nativity and see the birthplace of Jesus and the Holy Manger. See the tomb of Rachel on the way. Visit to the Milk Grotto. After dinner, visit the Jerusalem shopping mall.

Day 7 Sunday 14th January
In the morning we proceed to Hebron to the cave of Machpelah, (Genesis 23:9-20) to see where the patriarchs were buried Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. We have a chance to see the western wall tunnels .We see the Jerusalem Museum and the Holocost memorial.
In the afternoon we prepare for departure to the airport for our afternoon flight home en route to the airport visit Ein Kerem the birthplace of John the Baptist and also Emmaus. Depart with Monarch flight to Manchester

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