Tour overview

A Journey Of Faith And Discovery

Under the leadership of
Bishop Eric Brown & The Revd Trevor Whyne

You are invited to join this special tour of the Holy Land of Israel designed for you to study the Bible in the Places where it’s events took place.

This is a unique and exciting itinerary that will cover the key Biblical sites in this Land of the Bible and stay on the shore of lake Galilee and in one of Israel’s ancient cities, Jericho, the city of palms.

You will be thrilled by all the New Testament and Old Testament places alike and your Bible will come alive as you walk in the footsteps of our Saviour and of the Old Testament characters who were at the root of our faith.

The organisers, Lightline Pilgrimages have well over 35 years of operating experience to the Holy Land.

Along with your guide we will ensure you a wonderful experience of Israel, the Land of the Bible.

We hope you can join us on this journey of a lifetime.

Bishop Eric Brown                         The Revd Trevor Whyne

Included

  • Scheduled flights on EL AL Airlines from London Heathrow
  • All airport departure & passenger taxes (UK & Israel)
  • Accommodation at selected 3/4 star hotels
  • All entrance fees and local government taxes
  • Qualified English speaking gide throughout the tour
  • All touring in modern air-conditioned tourist coaches

Not Included

  • Single room (limited availability) £325
  • Travel Insurance
  • Gratuities £72
  • Any items of a personal nature (laundry & drinks etc)

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Day 1, Tuesday 17th November

DEPARTURE TO THE HOLY LAND
We meet our Lightline representative at London Heathrow Airport at around 19:30(7:30pm) who will assist us with check-in formalities. We then join our EL AL Israel airlines overnight flight to Tel Aviv. Dinner will be served in-flight. The lights in the cabin will be dimmed to allow us to get some sleep.

Day 2, Wednesday 18th November

CAESAREA & MOUNT CARMEL
We arrive at dawn and we will be greeted by our guide who will be waiting to drive us north along the Mediterranean. After a stop for breakfast near Caesarea we will visit the ancient Roman and Crusader port city where Paul was imprisoned for almost two years before his trial in Rome . It was here too, where Peter baptised the first Gentile, the Roman Centurion Cornelius. We then continue along the coastline to Mount Carmel to visit Muhraqa. A 17th-century monastery marks the site where, according to the Bible, the prophet Elijah confronted the prophets of Baal. After a break for lunch we continue to Tiberias and our hotel in time to spend an afternoon relaxing by the shores of the Sea of Galilee. Dinner and overnight stay in Tiberias.

Day 3, Thursday 19th November

NAZARETH, CANA & MOUNT TABOR
We begin our tour after breakfast by driving to Nazareth, the town where Jesus grew up to visit the Saints. We then proceed to visit the Church of the Annunciation, Mary’s Well and the Old Synagogue-Church. We then proceed to visit Cana, the site of Jesus' first miracle - changing of the Water into Wine at the wedding feast before breaking for lunch. In the afternoon we drive to Mount Tabor to visit the church on the summit built to commemorate the Transfiguration of Jesus before Peter James and John. From the summit one can look across the fertile valley of Jezreel and the Biblical scene of Armageddon. Finally we return to Tiberias and our hotel. Dinner and overnight stay in Tiberias.

Day 4, Friday 20th November

JESUS’ GALILEAN MINISTRY - TIBERIAS
After breakfast we drive to Tiberias pier to sail across the Sea of Galilee to Nof Ginosar and our waiting coach. We then drive to the summit of the Mount of Beatitudes, and the church built to commemorate Jesus' Sermon on the Mount. After a short prayer overlooking the places where Jesus lived and worked we walk down to the lakeside to visit Tabgha, the church which commemorates the miracle of the Feeding of the Five Thousand. Continue to The Church of Peter's Primacy and break for lunch. In the afternoon we visit the ancient fishing village of Capernaum, the `Town of Jesus" where we will view The House of Peter, and a partially reconstructed fourth century Synagogue, foundations of which date back to the time of Jesus. We return to our hotel for relaxation, swimming or to stroll in to the nearby town of Tiberias for shopping and an opportunity to walk along the promenade. Dinner and overnight stay in Tiberias.

Day 5, Saturday 21st November

CAESAREA PHILIPPI - BAPTISMAL SITE
This morning we leave Tiberias after breakfast and drive up into the Golan Heights to visit Caesarea Philippi in the foothills of snow-capped Mount Hermon, a source of the River Jordan. It was here that Jesus walked with His disciples and where Peter made his great profession of faith in Him. We then begin our journey south driving along the Jordan valley following the River Jordan as it meanders south. Our first stop will be at Qasr al Yahud, on the banks of the Jordan where ancient Christians marked Jesus’ baptism. Now on the peaceful international border between Israel and Jordan, the ancient site is once again open for pilgrims’ baptisms after been closed for almost 50 years. On Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox Epiphany, thousands of pilgrims from around the world flock to the site. We too will have an opportunity to renew of baptismal vows in the very same place that John baptised Jesus. Leaving the Jordan we continue a short distance and stop in the desert to view the Mount of Temptation and the monastery that is perched precariously on a cliff face and marks the site where Jesus may have fasted for forty days and nights, before finally continuing up through the Judean Hills towards Bethlehem and our hotel in good time for dinner and overnight stay.

Day 6 , Sunday 22nd November

THE DEAD SEA - MASADA - QUMRAN
This morning we leave Bethlehem after an early breakfast and drive down to the Dead Sea and south along its shores passing Sodom, near the lowest point on earths surface to visit the mountaintop Fortress of Masada, which we ascend by cable car. It was on this flat-topped mountain that a large group of Jewish Partisans resisted the Romans advance for almost three years after the fall of Jerusalem and where they committed mass suicide rather than give up to slavery. Here we view the vast water cisterns and Herod's grand stepped-palace almost three years after the fall of Jerusalem and where they committed mass suicide rather than give up to slavery. Here we view the vast water cisterns and Herod's grand stepped-palace. In the afternoon we will have the opportunity to bathe in the unusual mineral laden waters of the Dead Sea. Late afternoon we start our journey back to Jericho passing by the Qumran Caves, the site where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered by a shepherd in 1947. We plan to arrive back in Bethlehem in good time for rest before dinner.

Day 7, Monday 23rd November

MOUNT OF OLIVES & MOUNT ZION AND BETHLEHEM
After breakfast we drive to the summit of the Mount of Olives where we will stop briefly for a breathtaking view of the Old City of Jerusalem and its beautiful surrounding medieval walls. View the Dome of the Ascension which was converted to a mosque by the Moslems after the Crusaders were defeated and we then begin our walk down the hill, visiting the Church of Dominus Flevitt, which commemorates the place where Jesus wept over the destruction of the Temple, The Church of the Pater Noster and finally to the Garden of Gethsemane and The Church of All Nations. We then cross the Kidron Valley and drive up to the summit of Mount Zion to visit the Room of the Last Supper, King David's Tomb, and The Church of St. Peter in Gallicantu (the church of the Cock-crowing), built over the House of Caiphias where we can see the prison cells where Jesus was probably held. Outside we can see the recently unearthed pathway and steps that lead down to the Old City. After a break for lunch we drive to the town of Bethlehem, which is today surrounded by a nine-metre high partition wall. We proceed though the check-point and on to Manger Square to visit the Church of the Nativity, probably the oldest church in the Holy Land built over the cave. We then proceed to the nearby Shepherd's fields for worship. Return to Bethlehem for dinner and overnight stay.

Day 8, Tuesday 24th November

JERUSALEM - THE OLD WALLED CITY
We begin our day after breakfast by driving back to Jerusalem to spend the morning exploring the Old City. We enter via the Zion Gate and walk through the Jewish quarter to view the Roman Cardo Maximus, Nehemiah's Wall, before proceeding to the Western Wall, We then, if permitted visit the Temple Area on Mount Moriah to visit the El Aksa Mosque and The Dome of the Rock which stands on the site of Solomon’s Temple, before proceeding to the Crusader Church of St. Anne. St. Stephen's Gate and the twin pools of Bethesda. After a break for lunch we continue through the colourful markets and bazaars to visit the Convent of the Sisters of Zion built on the foundations of the Antonia Fortress, the Roman Garrison of Jerusalem - part of the pavement is venerated as the place where Jesus was condemned by Pilate. We then view the Ecce Homo Arch, before continuing on to the site of Calvary enshrined within the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. We bring the day to a close by driving to the Garden Tomb for evening service. Finally we proceed down to Bethlehem and our hotel. Farewell dinner and overnight stay in Bethlehem.

Day 9, Wednesday 25th November

EMMAUS - JAFFA - TEL AVIV AND OUR JOURNEY HOME
After breakfast we leave Bethlehem and drive to Emmaus Qubebeh to visit the Crusader Church in this probable site of Emmaus. It was on the road to Emmaus that Jesus appeared to his disciples following his resurrection and revealed himself in the breaking of the bread. We then continue to the beautiful town of Jaffa on the Mediterranean coast and break for lunch before driving to Ben Gurion Airport and check-in for our return flight to London. We plan to arrive back at Heathrow at around 8:30 in the evening.

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