TAILOR MADE GUIDED GROUP TOURS
Israel example itinerary 2
We depart the UK for our overnight flight to Tel Aviv.
Arriving in Tel Aviv at 05:30 in the morning, we are met by an assistant who will escort the group to meet the guide. We drive north and visit Muhraka, on top of Mount Carmel where Elijah challenged the false prophets. Before making our way to our hotel, we visit Nazareth Village, a re-enactment of a Galilean village as it was during the times of Jesus. Overnight in Nazareth.
After breakfast we enjoy the drive to the Sea of Galilee and see the Ancient Galilee Boat discovered by a fisherman and said to be 2,000 years old. We take a boat trip on the Sea of Galilee. Continuing to Capernaum, we visit the 5th century synagogue and the centre of Jesus’ ministry. After this we visit Mount of Beatitudes, site of the Sermon on the Mount. Later we ascend the Golan Heights and visit the ancient Caesarea Philippi (Banias). After descending the Golan Heights we visit the baptismal site of Yardenit on the River Jordan. Overnight in Nazareth.
This morning we have an early departure, driving through the Jordan valley to reach Qumran. We visit the site where the Dead Sea scrolls were found. Afterwards, we go to Masada, King Herod’s fortress and winter castle, ascending by cable car to see the ancient bath houses, storage areas, ancient synagogue and living quarters. After descending the mountain the group can enjoy an unsinkable swim in the mineral rich therapeutic waters of the Dead Sea, before ascending the Judean hills to Jerusalem. Overnight in Jerusalem.
Day 5 (Shabbat)
We will attend a Hebrew service at Christ Church today. We drive to the Mount of Olives for a panoramic view of the city. We walk through the Garden of Gethsemane, followed by a visit to the Garden Tomb for prayer and communion service. We will have a photo opportunity at the Haas Promenade, followed by a visit to the Israel Museum where we see the miniature model of Jerusalem as it was 2,000 years ago and visit the Shrine of the Book where the Dead Sea scrolls are housed. Overnight in Jerusalem.
This morning we start with a Holy Communion service (in English) at 09:30 at Christ Church. Today we enter the Old City, and walk along the ancient Roman road known as the Cardo. We go on to visit the Rabbinical Tunnels and the Western Wall. Later we visit the archaeological garden of the Davidson Center. We spend the afternoon at the Christian Embassy. We then go on to Succat Hallel for a prayer service. In the evening we have the option to attend an English service at Christ Church. Overnight in Jerusalem.
This morning we visit the headquarters of Christian Friends of Israel, and then take a drive to Ein Kerem and visit the studio of Yitzhak Greenfield. After this we visit Yad Vashem, Israel’s memorial to the Holocaust victims, walking along the Avenue of the Righteous, and visiting the Children’s Pavilion and museum complex. The afternoon is at leisure. Overnight in Jerusalem.
After breakfast we drive to Rehovot to visit the Leket Project (Israel’s National Food Bank). We continue to the ancient port of Jaffa to see the artisan quarter and bustling flea market. Then it’s time for a trip to the colourful open air Carmel Market in Tel Aviv. We drive though Rothschild Boulevard where the Bauhaus architecture dominates the landscape. Overnight in Jerusalem.
We have an early start for our flight to London Heathrow.
We plan to have times of fellowship in the evenings with some guest speakers.