ISRAEL - A JOURNEY OF FAITH

Destinations:

Africa & Middle East

$2,835.00 per person, twin share (Member)

$2,919.00 per person, twin share (Non Member)

Includes

  • Stroll through the winding alleys of historic Jaffa.
  • Visit Capernaum, the center of Jesus' ministry in Galilee.
  • Stop at Shepherds' Field, where the angels appeared Christmas night.
  • Explore the Garden of Gethsemane, the site of Christ’s betrayal by Judas.
  • Visit the Pools of Bethesda, where Jesus healed the paralytic.
  • Gratuities are included

Join us on an inspirational journey that will strengthen your faith and bring you closer to God. From Bethlehem and Nazareth to Cana, the site of the First Miracle, find new understanding of the life of Jesus. Follow in His footsteps along the Via Dolorosa as you walk the path of the Stations of the Cross. Experience the Valley of Armageddon and visit Ein Karem, birthplace of St. John the Baptist. Cross the Sea of Galilee. Visit the River Jordan, Yardenit Baptismal site. An extensive Jerusalem tour features the Mount of Olives, the Tomb of the Virgin Mary, and the Western Wall. This life-changing tour also includes time to explore on your own

Itinerary Details

Day 1

Overnight Flight Travel to the Holy Land on an inspirational journey that visits some of the most ancient sites in the world.

Day 2

Tel Aviv, Israel - Tour Begins Your tour begins in Tel Aviv, a bustling city brimming with culture and history, situated on the Israeli Mediterranean coastline. Tonight, join your fellow travellers for a welcome dinner. (D) Kfar Maccabiah Hotel

Day 3

Tel Aviv - Jaffa - Caesarea - Acre - Nazareth - Cana - Tiberias Journey to the ancient port city of Jaffa for a leisurely stroll through the winding alleys of the historic area. Visit the Roman Aqueduct and Theatre at Caesarea, a center of the early Christians where Cornelius became the first Gentile convert to the new covenant (Acts 10) by St. Peter; and where Paul was imprisoned before being taken to Rome for trial (Acts 23). Stop in Acre, an ancient crusader city and UNESCO World Heritage site. In Nazareth, Jesus’ boyhood home (Matthew 2:23), visit the Church of the Annunciation and the place where Joseph’s home and workshop were as well as the site of the fresh water spring used by the Holy Family. Your day continues with a visit to Cana, the site of Our Lord’s first miracle. Arrive in Tiberias for a 2-night stay. (B,D) Leonardo Hotel Tiberias

Day 4

Sea of Galilee-Capernaum-Golan Heights-Caesarea Philippi-Tiberias Cross the waters of the Sea of Galilee aboard a replica of the boat in which Jesus would have sailed. Travel to the Mount of Beatitudes where Jesus preached the “Sermon on the Mount" (Matthew 5-7). Nearby Tabgha is the traditional location for the calling of the disciples and the feeding of the five thousand. Visit the Church of the Fish and the Loaves (Luke 9:10-17). In Capernaum, Jesus performed many miracles and it was the center of Jesus’ ministry in Galilee. Visit the synagogue that stands on the site where Jesus taught and reflect on his teaching and preaching of the gospel of the kingdom (Matthew 4:13, 23). Visit the Chapel of the Primacy where Peter professed his devotion to the risen Christ (John 21) on three occasions. Get a taste of the local flavour when you enjoy lunch at a communal settlement, known as a kibbutz, in the Golan Heights. Visit Caesarea Philippi, where Jesus travelled with His disciples and near where Peter made his great confession to Jesus, “Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God” (Matthew 16:16). Your day ends at the River Jordan at the Yardenit Baptismal site. (B,L,D) Leonardo Hotel Tiberias

Day 5

Tiberias - Tel Megiddo - Bethlehem - Jerusalem Visit Tel Megiddo (Armageddon), the site of the final battle before the coming of the Messiah. In Bethlehem, the birthplace of Jesus (Luke 2), enter the Church of the Nativity, the oldest continuously functioning church in the world. View the cave where Jesus was born. Stop at Shepherds’ Field, where the angels appeared on that first Christmas night, spreading good tidings of great joy for all the people. Later, arrive in one of the holiest cities in the world, Jerusalem. (B,D) Leonardo Jerusalem Hotel

Day 6

Jerusalem - Mount Zion - Ein Karem Your time in Jerusalem begins with a visit to the Mount of Olives. Afterwards, visit the Church of the Pater Noster, built on the traditional site where Christ taught the Lord's Prayer; its name refers to the “Our Father” prayer. Continue to the Church of All Nations, built over the rock on which Our Lord prayed the night before He was crucified. Nearby is the Tomb of the Virgin Mary and the Garden of Gethsemane, the site of Christ’s betrayal by Judas. Travel to Mount Zion and stand in the Upper Room, near the traditional site of the Last Supper (Mark 14). Then, continue to Ein Karem, the birthplace of John the Baptist and the place to which Mary travelled to share her good news with Elizabeth. (B,D) Leonardo Jerusalem Hotel

Day 7

Jerusalem Today you are free to explore the city on your own. Perhaps you’ll choose to take an optional excursion to the Dead Sea to discover where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found; visit Masada; and perhaps even float on the salty waters of the Dead Sea. (B,D) Leonardo Jerusalem Hotel

Day 8

Jerusalem Your day begins at St. Stephen’s Gate where St. Stephen, the first Christian martyr, was stoned to death. Continue to the Church of St. Anne, marking the place where the parents of the Blessed Mother lived. Visit the nearby Pools of Bethesda, where Jesus healed the paralytic. Then, follow the Via Dolorosa, the Way of the Cross, walked by Our Lord on the way to His crucifixion; pass by the Ecce Homo Arch, the site where Pontius Pilate presented Our Lord to the crowds. Next, visit the Western Wall of the Temple before stopping at the Garden Tomb, the possible site of the garden of Joseph of Arimathea and site of the resurrection of Jesus. Enjoy a farewell dinner with your fellow travellers to celebrate the end of this unforgettable and holy experience. (B,D) Leonardo Jerusalem Hotel

Day 9

Jerusalem - Tour Ends (B)

Price based on 18 October 2017 departure. International airfares are additional. Book your airfares with Collette Tours and receive complimentary airport limo transfers in Australia (conditions apply) and airport transfers in Israel . The tour activity level is Level 4 which means to truly experience the program and destination, you need to be able to participate in physical activities such as longer walking tours, walking over uneven terrain, climbing stairs and periods of standing. Some of the touring days may be longer, with select included activities occurring later in the evening and cobblestoned streets. Return airport transfers in Israel can be purchased separately for an additional $120 per person. Alternate hotels may be used.