SPECIAL UPCOMING TOURS
Holy Land Tour with Inverness Cathedral
Good 3 star hotels
This special tailor made tour will be led by the Very Rev Sarah Murray, Provost of Inverness Cathedral. Sarah will provide spiritual leadership. Your own private tour guide will provide expert information on all the sites, plus the history and culture of Israel. A private, air conditioned coach will be provided for your comfort.
Day 1 – Wednesday 10 October 2018
Departing Aberdeen Airport in the morning (times to be confirmed) to arrive at London Heathrow in the afternoon (times to be confirmed) where we connect to our night flight departing for Tel Aviv at approx 22:30 (EL AL) to arrive at approx 05:20 the next day.
Day 2 – Thursday 11 October 2018
Arriving in Tel Aviv at approx 05:20 in the morning we are met by an assistant who will escort the group to meet the guide. We transfer to the Deborah Hotel in Tel Aviv to drop off our luggage and have breakfast. After breakfast we depart for a tour of Jaffa including the port, the Artists’ Quarter and the Visitor Centre. We return to our hotel for check-in, dinner and overnight stay, enjoying some free time in Tel Aviv.
Day 3 – Friday 12 October 2018
After breakfast we travel to Caesarea, the town and port build by Herod the Great more than 2,000 years ago. We continue to Megiddo, built upon 26 layers of different settlements over 3,500 years. Next we travel to the Biblical town of Nazareth, Jesus’ hometown. We visit the Nazareth Village for a re-enactment of life at the time of Jesus. An authentic Biblical lunch is available and payable locally). After lunch we visit the Christ Episcopal School in Nazareth. The day ends with dinner and an overnight stay at the Galil Hotel in Nazareth.
Day 4 – Saturday 13 October 2018
Next we travel to the Biblical town of Nazareth, Jesus’ hometown and visit the Nazareth Village for a re-enactment of life at the time of Jesus and time for an authentic Biblical lunch (lunch is not included and is payable locally). We continue our day at the Church of the Loaves and Fishes at Tabgha. Next we visit the tranquil Mount of the Beatitudes. We continue to Capernaum and Magdala before transferring to the Leonardo Hotel in Tiberias for dinner and overnight stay.
Day 5 – Sunday 14 October 2018
After breakfast we enjoy a trip on the Sea of Galilee in a replica wooden boat. We disembark at the Kibbutz Ginosar to see the Ancient Galilee Boat and visit the gift shop. Next we continue to the baptismal site at Yardenit on the River Jordan. The group leader will conduct a short 30 minute service in the new small private amphitheatre. There will be time to look around, shop, and have a lunch of St Peter’s Fish (this is payable locally). We transfer back to Tiberias in time to attend the Scots Hotel at 6pm for an evening Communion service. We will be given a short tour of the hotel. Dinner and overnight in Leonardo Hotel.
Day 6 – Monday 15 October 2018
Today we depart Tiberias travelling south to the ancient site of Qumran, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered. There will be an opportunity to float in the Dead Sea**. (Here you can shave 10 years off your age by applying special Dead Sea Mud to your face and body.) We then travel to Masada, Herod’s desert fortress which we ascend by cable car. From here we travel through the Judean hills for our dinner and overnight in Jerusalem at the Seven Arches Hotel.
Day 7 – Tuesday 16 October 2018
We enter the Old City of Jerusalem and ascend the Temple Mount to view the El Aqsa Mosque and the Dome of the Rock (view from the outside only as non-Muslims are not permitted to enter them) before stopping at the Western Wall and visiting the Western Wall Tunnels. (Here shorts or 3/4 leggings/trousers are required, plus old trainers or sandals, tee shirt with short sleeves, etc, as Hezekiah’s tunnel has water up to knee level. It should take 25 minutes to walk through and it’s advised only those with good mobility take part in this site as some bending/ducking will be needed to avoid collision with rocks, very narrow passages etc.)
From here we walk to the Pool of Bethesda and then follow the Via Dolorosa to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre (one of the two sites recognized as the place of Calvary and the resurrection of Jesus – most of the archeological evidence supports this site) and the Cardo. Then we leave the Old City to end the day at the tranquil Garden Tomb (the other major site of Calvary – traditionalists believe this to be the place due to its story and more spiritual nature). Dinner and overnight in Seven Arches Hotel Jerusalem.
Day 8 – Wednesday 17 October 2018
We remain in Jerusalem and drive to the Mount of Olives (the place where Jesus ascended into Heaven – Acts 1:12, and shall return – Zechariah 14:4) where we have a panoramic view of the Old City and visit the garden of Garden of Gethsemane (the place where Jesus was betrayed by Judas Iscariot and arrested by the Romans – John 18). From there we travel to Machane Yehuda food market to experience the smells and delights of Israeli food, and then on to Ein Kerem which is the birthplace of John the Baptist.
Later we visit Yad Vashem, the Holocaust Museum; this will no doubt be a very emotional experience for everyone. We then move on for a short stop in Bethlehem*. In the evening, we enjoy The Night Spectacular, a sound and light show which tells of the story of Jerusalem amidst the archaeological remains of the Tower of David. Dinner and overnight in Seven Arches Hotel Jerusalem.
Day 9 – Thursday 18 October 2018
Free day in Jerusalem for shopping and exploring at leisure. You can find some very interesting souvenirs down in the Shuk and the atmosphere in Ben Yehuda Street is well worth the experience. Dinner and overnight in Seven Arches hotel Jerusalem.
Day 10 – Friday 19 October 2018
After breakfast, we transfer to the airport for our return flight departing Tel Aviv early in the morning, arriving in London Heathrow at lunchtime, we will continue to make our connecting flight for Aberdeen departing in the late afternoon, arriving in Aberdeen around tea time/early evening.
* Bethlehem is under Palestinian Authority jurisdiction. Visit subject to local conditions.
** Visit subject to weather conditions.
This tour includes transfers on arrival and departure.
This tour requires a minimum of 20 passengers to operate.
Prices will vary depending on room types chosen.
The itinerary is subject to change depending on local prevailing conditions, although every effort will be made to adhere to the itinerary.