Day 1: UK Israel- Ashkelon
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 in the Holiday Inn at Ashkelon.
Day 2: Beersheba
In the morning you will visit the most southern city in biblical times Beersheba. Where Abraham resided. Visit the well and take a tour of this now modern city. (If touring on Thursday visit the Bedouin market) Onwards to Mamshit to enjoy a camel trek along the northern Incense Route: a view of the Nabataean city-Mamshit, Hitann wadi, Yamin plain, Machlik wadi. Overnight in Inbar Hotel in Arad.
Day 3: Dead Sea
Full day touring on route to the Dead Sea. Visiting Masada the Roman Fortress at the time of King Herod and onwards to Qumran, where the Dead Sea scrolls were located. Time will be allowed for a ‘swim’ in the Dead Sea. Overnight at Kibbutz Almog guest house in the region.
Day 4: Jericho – Jerusalem
Visit to the Kasr el Yehud Baptismal site on the Jordan River, located in proximity to where John the Baptist would have lived preached and baptized Jesus. Onwards, to Jericho, the lowest city on Earth. See the ‘Sycamore tree’ of Zacchaeus. Visit the excavations of the walled city and take the cable car to the Mt of Temptation. On the road to Jerusalem visit the biblical encampment of Genesis Land, situated in the heart of the Judean desert, in the land where the Patriarchs lived. A magical place, it enables visitors to experience life as it was in biblical times.
Onwards to the Leonardo Jerusalem for overnight stay.
Day 5: Mt of Olives – Bethlehem
Full day touring commencing at the Mt Of Olives, visit the Chapel of the Ascension, Church of Our Father Pater Nostre, where Our Lord’s prayer is displayed in many languages and dialects. Walk the Palm Sunday route to Dominus Flevit the Church where Jesus wept over Jerusalem and then onwards to the Garden of Gethsemane passing the Russian Orthodox Church of Mary Magdalene, with its golden domes. In the afternoon visit Bethlehem and the Church of the Nativity and Shepherds Fields. Overnight Jerusalem.
Day 6: Old City Garden Tomb
Full day walking tour enter the walled city of Jerusalem at St Stephens Gate, walk the Via Dolorosa, visiting Pool of Bethesda, St Anne’s Church, Ecco Homo and finishing up at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Onwards to Mt Zion, the Room of the Last Supper and the Church of Peter in Gallicantu. End the day at the Garden Tomb. Overnight Jerusalem.
Day 7: Emmaus – Caesarea
Full day touring on transfer to Netanya. Visit Emmaus at Abu Gosh. Onwards to Neot Kedumim the Biblical Landscape Reserve in Israel, a unique recreation of the physical setting of the Bible. Finish the day at Caesarea, a city on the shores of the Mediterranean, on the great road from Tyre to Egypt, about 70 miles northwest of Jerusalem, at the northern extremity of the Plain of Sharon. It was built by Herod the Great (B.C. 10), who named it after Caesar Augustus, hence called Caesarea Sebaste (Gr. Sebastos = “Augustus”), on the site of an old town called “Strato’s Tower.” It was the capital of the Roman province of Judaea, the seat of the governors or procurators, and the headquarters of the Roman troops. It was the great Gentile city of Palestine, with a spacious artificial harbour. Overnight at the King Solomon Hotel in Netanya.
Day 8: Nazareth The Galilee
Full day touring on transfer to the Galilee. Visit Nazareth, the birth town of Jesus, The Basilica of the Annunciation, Mary’s’ Well and onto the Nazareth Village, where a visitor commented – I thank God for the wonderful opportunity of visiting the Nazareth Village. It was like stepping into the ancient world of Jesus and the
Nazarene community! It was an unforgettable, most memorable and life changing experience! (Winsome Loraine Peter). Onwards to Cana, here Jesus performed his first miracle changing water in to wine. An opportunity will be given to those participants who wish to renew their vows. Overnight on the shores of the Sea of Galilee at Kibbutz Nof Ginosar
Begin the day with a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee, then visit the sites where Jesus preached and performed His miracles: The Mt of Beatitudes, Capernaum, Tabgha and Mensa Christi. Onwards to Kursi (Gergesa). Visit the ruins of Bethsaida the fisherman’s village and see the ancient boat from the time of Jesus. Overnight the Galilee
Start the day with a visit to the Church of Transfiguration on Mt Tabor onwards to Kfar Kedem; 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, press oil from fresh olives and wine from fresh grapes. You’ll even dress like them!
Overnight to the Galilee.
Day 11: Israel -UK
Departure transfer to Ben Gurion airport to return home.
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