Day 1 Monday 16th April 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.
Day 2 Tuesday 17th April NAZARETH – 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. End the day at Yardenit – the traditional site of the Baptism, on the shores of the Sea of Galilee Drive to Tiberias for dinner and over night stay.
Day 3 Wednesday 18th April SEA OF GALILEE (National Memorial Day)
Start the day with a visit to newly excavated site of Magdala on the shores of 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’. Drive to Nof Ginossar and see the ancient Jesus boat and end the day with a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee.
Day 4 Thursday 19th April TIBERIAS – JERUSALEM (Independence Day)
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. Continue to Jericho, the oldest inhabited city in the world and ascend by cable car the Mount of Temptation. Climb the Judean Hills towards Jerusalem. Visit Bethany and the Tomb of Lazarus. Continue to your hotel in Jerusalem for dinner and overnight stay.
Day 5 Friday 20th April CITY TOUR 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 6 Saturday 21st April DEAD SEA & MASSADA
Start the day with a visit to the Garden Tomb. Depart Jerusalem and descend the Judean Wilderness, via the Inn of the Good Samaritan, to the lowest place on earth-the Dead Sea. Drive along the shore to Massada and 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. Before returning to Jerusalem, visit the Qumran caves where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered.
Day 7 Sunday 22nd April VIA DOLOROSA- Walking Tour OLD CITY
We will start our day with visit to St James Cathedral – the Eastern Orthodox Church near the Jaffa Gate, continue to the Kotel and the Temple Mount. Onwards to the Christian Quarter; visit St Ann’s Crusader Church, Ecce Homo, Antonia Fortress and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Farwell dinner at the hotel.
Day 8 Monday 23rd April Israel – UK
Morning at leisure – Early afternoon transfer to Airport
1. A visit to a synagogue is planned for subject to date/days of travel and availability.
2. An evening lecture with the title The Three Abrahamic faiths is to be arranged.
3. The group is subject to a minimum number of 15 persons.