PILGRIMAGE TO THE HOLY LAND
UNDER THE LEADERSHIP OF
REV RON CORNE, REV. GYULA FIAK & REV. SUSAN ROWE
1st – 8th November 2019
Day 1 Friday 1st November UK – ISRAEL
Depart UK for Israel from London Luton on El Al scheduled services 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 in Bethlehem.
Day 2 Saturday 2nd November BETHLEHEM & CITY TOUR JERUSALEM
Start the day by visiting Manager Square in Bethlehem and visit the Church of the Nativity. Then onto 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. End of the day visit the Garden Tomb Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem.
Day 3 Sunday 3rd November 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. Dinner at the hotel.
Day 4 Monday 4th November 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 5 Tuesday 5th November JERUSALEM – TIBERIAS
After checking out of the hotel in Jerusalem, visit Bethany and the Tomb of Lazarus, continue to Jericho, the oldest inhabited city in the world and ascend by cable car the Mount of Temptation. Proceed through the Jordan River rift valley, passing the city of Beit Shean, a Roman city of the Decapolis. Visit Mt Tabor, the site of the Transfiguration. Dinner and overnight in Tiberias.
Day 6 Wednesday 6th November 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 7 Thursday 7th November TIBERIAS – NETANYA
Leave Tiberias and drive to Cana, the site of Jesus’ first miracle and then onwards to Nazareth, where Jesus spent his early years and visit Mary’s Well and the Church of the Annunciation and proceed to Zippori the 2nd century BCE capital of the Galilee. Then visit Mount Carmel, the site of the encounter between the Prophet Elijah and the Baal priests. Onwards to Caesarea; see the excavations of the Crusader City, the Herodian Port. Dinner and overnight in Netanya.
Day 8 Friday 8th November Israel – UK
Early departure and transfer to Airport for London Heathrow