Tour overview

A journey of faith and discovery following in the Footsteps of Our Lord

led by
Rev. Bro. Paul Pryce

Following the success of our last pilgrimage I have been asked to arrange another pilgrimage. You are invited to join this special tour of Israel and Palestine 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 length and breadth of the Promised land of Israel will allow us to stay near the shore of lake Galilee and in Israel’s ancient capital Jerusalem.

You will be thrilled by all the New 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 are at the root of our faith.

The organisers have well over 40 years of experience of the Holy Land and this tour represents a special opportunity for you.

I look forward to the pleasure of your company on this journey of a lifetime.

Brother Paul Pryce

Included

  • Scheduled flights on British Airways from London Heathrow
  • All airport departure & passenger taxes (UK & Israel)
  • 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) £365
  • Travel Insurance
  • Gratuities £64
  • Any items of a personal nature (laundry & drinks etc)

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Day 1, Wednesday 2nd September

DEPARTURE TO THE HOLY LAND
We meet our Lightline representative at London Heathrow Airport for our flight to Tel Aviv. On arrival we will be greeted by our guide and driven north to the city of Tiberias near the Sea of Galilee and our hotel. Dinner and overnight stay in Tiberias.

Day 2, Thursday 3rd September

MT TABOR, CARMEL, NAZARETH & CANA
We begin our tour after an early breakfast by driving to Mount Tabor to visit the church on the summit built to commemorate the Transfiguration of Jesus before Peter, James and John. On descending Mount Tabor we continue west to Mount Carmel and the site where Elijah defeated the prophets of Baal. After a break for lunch we drive across the Biblical plains of Armageddon to Nazareth, the town where Jesus grew up and visit the Church of the Annunciation followed by Mary’s Well and the Old Synagogue-Church. We then visit Cana, the site of Jesus' first miracle, the changing of the water into wine at the wedding feast, before returning to Tiberias and our hotel. Dinner and overnight stay by the Sea of Galilee.

Day 3, Friday 4th September

JESUS’ GALILEAN MINISTRY
After an early breakfast we sail across the Sea of Galilee and then by coach to the summit of the Mount of the 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. We 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 then board a boat and sail on the Sea of Galilee before returning to Tiberias for a relaxing afternoon to explore the town of Tiberias and it’s promenade, cafes and shops. Dinner and overnight stay in Tiberias.

Day 4, Saturday 5th September

CAESAREA PHILIPPI - BAPTISMAL SITE
This morning we leave Tiberias after an early 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 towards the Dead Sea. 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 being 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 our baptismal vows in the very same place that John baptised Jesus. Leaving the River 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 which which marks the site of the cave where Jesus fasted for forty days and nights before we finally continue to the oasis city of Jericho “the city of palms” and our hotel in good time for dinner.

Day 5, Sunday 6th September

THE DEAD SEA - MASADA - BETHANY
This morning we leave Jericho after an early breakfast and drive down to the Dead Sea. Passing Sodom near to the lowest point on earths surface to visit the mountaintop fortress of Masada which we ascend by cable car. It was on here that a large group of Jewish Partisans resisted the Romans advance for almost three years after the fall of Jerusalem and 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. We then leave the Dead Sea area and make our way up through the hills of the Judean Wilderness towards Bethany, the home town of Jesus’ friends Mary, Martha and Lazarus to visit the Tomb of Lazarus. We finally make our way back down to Jericho. Dinner and overnight stay in Jericho.

Day 6, Monday 7th September

BETHLEHEM - MT OF OLIVES & MT ZION
After an early breakfast we visit Manger Square and the Church of the Nativity, the oldest church in Christendom which is built over the cave of the Nativity. After visiting the nearby Shepherd's Fields we make our way to Jerusalem and the summit of the Mount of Olives where we will stop briefly for a breathtaking view of the Old City of Jerusalem and it beautiful surrounding medieval walls to view the Dome of the Ascension which converted to a mosque by the Moslems after the Crusaders were defeated. 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. After a break for lunch we drive to 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). The church is built over the House of Caiphias where we can see the prison cells where Jesus was probably held and outside we can see the recently unearthed pathway and steps that lead down to the Old City. We then continue to the Old City of Jerusalem where we will have the rest of the afternoon free to shop in the narrow streets of the souks. Late afternoon we meet up and then return to Jericho in good time to relax before dinner. Overnight stay in Jericho.

Day 7, Tuesday 8th September

JERUSALEM - THE OLD WALLED CITY
We begin our day after an early 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 Aqsa Mosque and The Dome of the Rock which stands on the site of Solomon’s Temple, before proceeding to the beautiful Crusader Church of St. Anne, St. Stephen's Gate and the twin Pools of Bethesda. In the afternoon 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. Here we can see a section of the pavement which is venerated as the place where Jesus was condemned by Pilate. We then view the Ecce Homo Arch before continuing along the Way of the Cross 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 back to Jericho and our hotel in good time for Dinner. Overnight stay in Jericho.

Day 8, Wednesday 9th September

EMMAUS - JAFFA - JOURNEY HOME
After breakfast we leave Jericho 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 for lunch and a short break before driving to Ben Gurion Airport and check-in for our return flight to London. We plan to arrive back at Heathrow at around 8:30pm in the evening.

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