DAY 4 – Friday 8th Oct.
The Passion Journey
Tracing the last days of Jesus in Jerusalem;
Bethphage – Call at the small chapel on the Mount of Olives which commemorates the beginning of Jesus’ ‘Palm Sunday’ journey by donkey.
The Mount of Olives – Stop on the summit for the breathtaking panorama of the Holy City and hear something of its great history. Then stroll down the Palm Sunday Path to Dominus Flevit Chapel commemorating Jesus weeping over Jerusalem. On a little further to the Garden of Gethsemane and Church of All Nations.
Pool of Bethesda – Enter the Old City through St. Stephen’s Gate to see the pool where the cripple was healed by Jesus and also St. Ann’s Crusader church with its unique acoustic.
The Via Dolorosa – Follow the ‘way of the cross’ to the Antonia Fortress and Judgment Hall where Christ was tried by Pilate. Then through the narrow streets, markets and bazaars to the Church of Holy Sepulchre – traditional site of the crucifixion and resurrection of Christ.
The Garden Tomb – On to the tranquil garden just outside the city walls and view a 1st century rolling-stone tomb and ‘Gordon’s Calvary’ nearby. A private Communion service to close the day.
Dinner & Overnight in Jerusalem
DAY 5 – Saturday 9th Oct.
The Lowlands & Desert
Depart Jerusalem after breakfast by coach stopping at;
Yad Vashem – Start the day with a visit to Israel’s memorial to the Holocaust on Mount Herzl, west of Jerusalem.
Valley of Elah – On south to the valley where David fought Goliath and to Tel Azekah for an impressive view of the valley and biblical battle scene.
Lachish – On to this ancient and important biblical site and the second most important fortified city in the kingdom of Judea, after Jerusalem. It guarded a main road from Egypt to Jerusalem. The city is referred in many Biblical accounts, including the Assyrian and Babylonian campaigns when Lachish was a key city for the conquest of the Judean Kingdom. The highlights of the visit to the ruins of the city include the Assyrian siege ramp, the base of the Judean palace-fort, and the gate complex.
Tel Be’er Sheva – South to the location in the Negev Desert where Abraham dug a well and made an oath of peace with Abimelech the Philistine king. The well can still be seen today and a bedouin settlement on the site, reflects the nomadic life-style of Abraham.
Dinner & Overnight in Be’er Sheva
DAY 6 – Sunday 10th Oct.
Dead Sea to Galilee
Most of the day at the lowest point on the earth’s surface visiting;
Herod’s Masada – Ascend to the 1300 feet summit by cable-car to explore the site where Jewish Zealots withstood the Roman Army after the fall of Jerusalem.
Ein Gedi Nature Reserve – Follow the nature trail to see the caves where David hid from King Saul with sights of the flora, fauna and wild life.
Dead Sea float – Time for a lunch break and for those who wish to experience the unique medicinal waters or to just relax and enjoy the region.
Jericho – Ascend the short ride by cable-car to the Mount of Temptation before visiting the ‘fallen walls’ of the city conquered by Joshua.
The Rift Valley – Travel north by Mounts Gilead and Gilboa to Galilee’s shores and the hotel.
Dinner & Overnight by Galilee