The aim of our Christian tour itinerary is that by seeing and experiencing the historical and geographical contexts of the stories in the Bible, with the help of our knowledgeable and experienced leader and local guides, you will not only grow your understanding of the scriptures, but also be encouraged and inspired in your faith.
Have a look at the details below of all the sites and places of interest we will be visiting during the tour. Please note that the itinerary is subject to alterations. There will be early starts on most mornings to make sure you get to see as much as possible and a lot of walking involved during some excursions, meaning relative fitness is required.
DAY 1: Flight to Tel Aviv
Leave the UK to arrive at Ben Gurion Airport, Tel Aviv and transfer to the hotel where Eric and Helen will greet you.
A welcome meeting will be arranged for our first evening together and you will be advised as to the time and the venue on your arrival at the hotel.
(Overnight Tel Aviv)
DAY 2: Caesarea
We will head north to Caesarea Maritima, the city of Cornelius the Centurion, the first Gentile convert, and the port from which St. Paul set out to Rome. We will visit the Roman theatre and the palace of King Herod, see the massive Crusader walls and the impressive aqueduct built along the Mediterranean Sea. We will then drive to the Mukhraka to wonder from the top of Mt Carmel, before a wonderful lunch stop. Driving through the Jezreel Valley, we will next visit Mt Tabor where we will recall the story of the Transfiguration. Finally, we continue to our hotel in Tiberias on the Sea of Galilee for a two-night stay.
DAY 3: Bethsaida, Sea of Galilee
This day is devoted to sites from the ministry of Jesus. We will begin the day with an excellent visit to Bethsaida, home town of three of the disciples of Jesus and the town in which Jesus healed a blind man. We will visit the church on Mount Beatitudes, where Jesus gave the Sermon on the Mount, the excavations at Capernaum and the centre of Jesus’ ministry. Our highlight of the day will be to sail on the Sea of Galilee.
DAY 4: Jordan Valley, Jerusalem
We will say goodbye to the Galilee this morning and head ‘up’ to the Holy City of Jerusalem. We will begin the day with a visit to Yardenit, the baptism site on the Jordan River. En-route south we will visit Beit Shean, one of the cities of the Decapolis, where we can walk the ancient streets, visiting the Roman period bath-house, theatre, and shops.
Continuing down the Jordan Valley, we will pass ancient Jericho, the city of palms in the midst of the Judean Wilderness. After journeying up the Jerusalem-Jericho road, like the Galilean pilgrims of ancient times, our first view of the Holy City will be from the Mount of Olives. We will walk down the Palm Sunday Road to the Garden of Gethsemane. We will end the day at our hotel in Jerusalem where we will stay for five nights.
DAY 5: Garden Tomb, Western Wall
We will start the day with a visit to the Garden Tomb, believed by many to be the location of the tomb from which Jesus rose from the dead. We enter the city through the Zion Gate to the rebuilt Jewish Quarter. After lunch, we’ll descend to the western retaining wall of the platform, better known as the Western (or Wailing) Wall, the holiest site in Judaism and then head for the southern wall of the mount. Here, at the Davidson Center, we will understand how this magnificent structure was built and join millions of pilgrims throughout the ages who were moved by the holiness of this site.
DAY 6: Old City Jerusalem
This morning is devoted to sites connected with the Temple Mount. We will begin our visit to the Old City at the Dung Gate to ascend the Temple Mount where we’ll see the impressive size of the platform where the temple once stood and is now currently the site of one of Islam’s most notable and photographed building - the Dome of the Rock.
Afterwards, we will visit the Pools of Bethesda where Jesus healed a man who had been crippled for 38 years. We continue on the Via Dolorosa to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, the other possible site of the tomb of Jesus.
After lunch, we will visit the Israel Museum which includes a scale model of Jerusalem from the time of Jesus that will help us understand the layout of Jerusalem in His day; the two-thousand year old Dead Sea Scrolls; and artifacts from the time of the Old and New Testaments. Lastly we will visit Yad Vashem - Israel’s memorial to the six million lost in the Holocaust - to better understand the miracle of Israel’s survival and return to the Land.
DAY 7: Dead Sea and Masada
Today we will descend to the lowest place on earth. We travel east, then south, to visit Qumran where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found. Passing the lush oasis of Ein Gedi, where David cut the corner of King Saul’s robe, we will reach the fortress of Masada. We will ascend by cable car to hear the dramatic story of the last of the Jewish rebels in the war against Rome and see the excavated site where it took place. We will finish the day with a relaxing float in the waters of the Dead Sea, the world’s saltiest natural water body.
DAY 8: City of David and Free Time
This morning we will visit the very oldest part of the city. We will drive to the City of David to see the tunnel through which Joab, David’s right-hand man, climbed to capture the city from the Jebusites. We will have the opportunity to walk through Hezekiah’s tunnel that saved the city from capture by the Assyrians in 701 B.C. A change of clothes is recommended here as there is a possibility of getting wet in one of the tunnels! However, to walk through the water tunnel is not obligatory. We will sit by the Pool of Siloam where the blind man washed after being healed by Jesus.
The afternoon is free time. Where we will have a number of choices:
1. Those who wish could stay longer in the Old City and then get a taxi back to the hotel.
2. We may be able to offer an opportunity to go to Bethlehem. If we consider this is to be a possibility we will advise you during the tour as to the cost as this would be an optional extra. We will be taking advice from the guide on this option.
3. Other possibilities on your free afternoon would be for you to return to the Old City where you could walk on the City Ramparts or visit the Western Wall tunnels. There will be an entrance fee for both of these activities.
You may want to just take some time in the hotel to reflect and relax.
DAY 9: Flight to the UK
Return flight to UK
Please note that this itinerary is subject to alteration.