Tour overview

A journey of Faith & Discovery through the Biblical Lands of
Palestine & Israel

An Invitation to visit The Holy Land

The Holy Scriptures take on a new and beautiful significance when we stand and celebrate on the very spots that the great heroes of the Bible lived, breathed, and gave their affirmations to God. Beautiful scenery, a marvellous culture, and of course a wonderful people are all waiting for us; what is even more incredible is what we celebrate as having happened there. Mary, Joseph and all the great heroes of the Holy Scriptures had to believe they were the special ones of God. Jesus himself had to grow up in insignificant places, with ordinary people, in ordinary circumstances, and dare to believe he was the Son of God.

It all becomes ‘extraordinary’. If they believed, maybe we can believe too, that God really can take our ‘ordinariness’ and transform it into something extraordinary. Can we believe, that we too, are special?
Come and enjoy.

Father Paul Fox

Included

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

Not Included

  • Single room (limited availability) £595
  • Travel Insurance
  • Gratuities £80
  • Any items of a personal nature (laundry & drinks etc)

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Day 1, Monday 22 June

Journey to the Holy land
We gather at London Heathrow Airport for our evening flight to Tel Aviv. A light snack will be served and an in-flight movie screened. The cabin lights will be switched off to enable those who wish to sleep.

Day 2, Tuesday 23 June

The Mount of Beatitudes
We arrive at dawn and after collecting our luggage we meet our guide and drive north along the Mediterranean to Galilee, stopping for breakfast en-route. We begin our day with a Pilgrim Mass in the open air on the summit of the Mount of Beatitudes overlooking the places where Jesus lived and worked. We then proceed down to our hotel on the shores of the Sea of Galilee and check-in. The rest of the afternoon will be free to relax and acquaint ourselves with our new surroundings. Dinner and overnight stay by the Sea of Galilee.

Day 3, Wednesday 24 June

Day 3, Wednesday 24 June
Cana - Nazareth - Banias
After breakfast we drive to Cana, the site of Jesus’ First Sign, then on to Nazareth to visit the Basilica of the Annunciation for Mass. The Basilica has a rock cave reputed to be the home of Our Lady and the workshop of St Joseph. A short walk through the suk will bring us to the Synagogue Church recalling Jesus’ preaching from Isaiah and proclaiming the Good News to the Poor. We then visit the traditional site of Mary’s Well. We then drive east up into the Golan Heights and break for lunch. In the afternoon we will visit Banias (Greek Panias)and Caesarea Philippi in the foothills of Mount Hermon. A spring fed by the melting snow of Mount Hermon forms a source of the River Jordan. It was near here that Jesus walked with his disciples and Peter made his great profession of faith in Him. We then return to our lakeside hotel for dinner and overnight stay.

Day 4, Thursday 25 June

Mount of Beatitudes & Rest by Galilee
After breakfast we drive to the summit of the Mount of Beatitudes overlooking the places where Jesus lived and worked and where we will celebrate Mass. We then drive up into the Galilean mountains to visit Safed, a beautiful old city with cobbled streets and the centre for the study of the Kabbalah and Jewish mysticism and is today a beautiful artist’s colony. We return to our lakeside hotel for a relaxing afternoon by the Sea of Galilee.

Day 5, Friday 26 June

Lakeside Churches - Nablus - Jerusalem
After an early breakfast we visit the Primacy Church (for Meditation) and after we set off on foot and walk along the shores of the lake to the ancient fishing village of Capernaum for Mass over the House of Peter. We visit the excavations of the old synagogue, foundations date back to the time of Jesus. We leave Capernaum by boat and sail across the Sea of Galilee to Tiberias and break for lunch. We then leave Galilee and begin our journey south along an ancient route through the heart of the West Bank to visit the city of Nablus in which is found Jacob’s Well - the very site which Jesus himself visited on a journey to Jerusalem and where He met a Samaritan woman drawing water. We continue south through the West Bank to Jerusalem and to the summit of Mount Scopus for a breathtaking view of Jerusalem and it’s beautiful surrounding medieval walls. Finally we proceed to our hotel and check in. Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem.

Day 6, Saturday 27 June

Baptismal Site - Jericho - Qumran and the Dead Sea
After breakfast we leave Jerusalem and drive past Jericho, the city of palms and continue to Qasr Al Yehud, the site on the River Jordan where John baptised Jesus. We then return to Jericho for lunch, shopping for souvenirs and for a view of the Mount of Temptation which overlooks this green and fertile oasis. In the afternoon we drive the short distance to the Dead Sea to visit Qumran, the site where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered by a Bedouin shepherd in 1947, excavations nearby revealed an early Essene Monastery where the scrolls probably originated. We then proceed to the shores of the Dead Sea where we will have an opportunity to swim in it’s unique warm mineral laden waters before we return to Jerusalem. Dinner and overnight stay in Jerusalem.

Day 7, Sunday 28 June

Ein Karem & Bethlehem
After breakfast we leave for the village of Ein Karem to visit the Church of the Visitation and home of John the Baptist. We then continue to Bethlehem to visit the Church of the Nativity, the oldest church in Christendom and is built over the cave. “Christmas Mass” will be celebrated in St Jerome’s Cave below the Church of St Catherine’s. After a break for lunch and time for some souvenir shopping we continue to Beth Sahour to visit The School of Joy to witness the amazing work they do with orphans and children of the street before visiting the nearby Shepherds Fields. Late afternoon we leave Bethlehem and return to Jerusalem and our hotel. Dinner and overnight stay in Jerusalem.

Day 8, Monday 29 June

Palm Sunday Walk, Mount of Olives & Mount Zion
This morning we begin with a drive to the summit of the Mount of Olives where we will stop for another amazing panoramic view of Jerusalem before taking the Palm Sunday path from Bethpage to the Garden of Gethsemane. En route we visit the Church of the Pater Noster, the Dome of the Ascension to the Church of Dominus Flevit, commemorating where Jesus wept over Jerusalem, before finally reaching the Basilica of the Agony set in the Garden of Gethsemane and where Jesus was betrayed by Judas. Adjacent to the Garden is the Church which is located on the traditional site where Jesus prayed and is built over the agony rock. After a break for lunch we then cross the Kidron Valley and drive up Mount Zion to visit St Peter in Gallicantu, the house of Caiaphas, the pool of Siloam and the Cenacle, Franciscan Room of the Last Supper where we will celebrate Mass. Evening Holy Hour at Gethsemane. Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem.

Day 9, Tuesday 30 June

The Old Walled City - The Via Dolorosa
This morning we enter the Old City by St Stephen’s (Lion Gate) for a mornings walking tour. We begin by visiting the Crusader Church of St Anne’s by the pools of Bethesda before beginning the Way of the Cross (Full scriptural stations visit) along the narrow winding streets of the Via Dolorosa including the Ecce Homo Arch, the Lithostratos “the pavement where Jesus was condemned. View from the roof of the Antonia Fortress the Temple Areas, before proceeding through the Souks and over the roof of the Holy Sepulchre and through the Ethiopian Monastery to visit the Basilica built over the tomb on Calvary. We will celebrate Mass (Resurrection) in the Franciscan Chapel before breaking for lunch. The rest of the afternoon will be free for relaxation, revisiting sites of particular interest and for shopping in the Old City. Dinner and overnight stay in Jerusalem.

Day 10, Wednesday 1 July

Mount Zion - Jaffa - Tel Aviv
After a leisurely breakfast we leave Jerusalem drive towards the airport and en-route we visit Emmaus, the traditional site of the Resurrection story, before breaking for lunch. Finally we proceed to Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion Airport and our afternoon flight to London, arriving back in the evening.

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