EDUCATIONAL TOUR to the Holy Land – Israel – 18th – 25th June 2019
Day 1 Tuesday 18th June July UK – ISRAEL
Depart UK for Israel, from either Manchester or London Heathrow on El Al Israel Airlines direct flight to 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 Wednesday 19th June 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, 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 overnight stay.
Day 3 Thursday 20th June SEA OF GALILEE
Start the day with a visit to Yardenit on the shores of the Jordan River 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 Friday 21st June TIBERIAS – JERUSALEM
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. Continue to your hotel in Jerusalem for dinner and overnight stay.
Day 5 Saturday 22nd June CITY TOUR JERUSALEM & BETHLEHEM
Begin the day’s tour on the Mount of Olives for a breath-taking 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 Sunday 23rd June DEAD SEA & MASADA
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 Masada 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 Monday 24th June VIA DOLOROSA
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 Tuesday 25th June ISRAEL – UK
Early departure and transfer to Airport
*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 £440.00 sharing a twin bedded room
Airline surcharges £280.00
ATOL – CAA levy £2.50
Spouse supplement: £300.00
Single room supplement: £330.00
•El Al Israel Airlines scheduled return flight from London Heathrow or Manchester 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.
•Gratuities to the guide and driver
•Full escorted by a senior member of the management of ITS PILGRIMAGES
Supplements to the above:
Single room supplement £330.00
Extras – not included:
Travel insurance, visa fees, lunches and items of a personal nature