Israel with Liam Hennessey
SUNDAY 30 OCTOBER 2022
Depart Dublin for your connecting flight to Tel Aviv. You will be met by our ground representative will escort you to a local hotel for 1 night. Later light bites and overnight.
MONDAY 31 OCTOBER 2022
This morning you will depart for your coastal drive to Caesarea. A most fascinating city where excavations have reveals an amphitheatre, roadworks and the history of this important coastal town in Jesus’ time. It was here that Agrippa said to Paul said – ‘Almost thou persuaded me to be a Christian’
Just after lunch you will make a short stop at Muhraka (Mount Carmel) where Elijah slew the prophets of Baal – boasting great views across the vast planes of the Jezreel Valley with your back to the city of Caesarea.
Your final stop today is heading east towards Galilee to the Nazareth Village. Here you will step back in time to shepherds, a carpenter, wool spinning and learn much about Jesus’ ministry from this true-to life encounter. This is an excellent enactment of life in Jesus times.
Proceed to hotel in Galilee for dinner and stay of 2 nights.
TUESDAY 1 NOVEMBER 2022
After breakfast, depart the hotel for a short drive to the Mount of Beatitudes. From here you will have time to visit a magnificent discovery found by accident less than 10 years ago – the city of Magdella. A whole fishing village has been excavated with over 12 acres still preserved for excavations. It is of a certainty that Jesus would have passed this way during His ministry. You will also have time to visit Capernaum – Jesus’ town and the home of Peter’s mother.
This afternoon you will head south of the lake to Yardenit the Baptismal site on the Jordan River.
Early evening you will travel to Ein Gev (if time permits you can make a short visit to the Kibbutz). Time permitting on route you will visit Mount Tabor today. Enjoy a boat trip back to Tiberias across the Sea of Galilee.
Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
WEDNESDAY 2 NOVEMBER 2022
This morning depart the Galilee region towards the Dead Sea.
On route you will bypass Jericho and Samaria.
Some of the biblical events which likely occurred on this route include: David’s flight from Absalom (2 Sam 15-16), Zedekiah’s flight from the Babylonians (2 Kgs 25:4), the story of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:25-37), and Jesus’ travels from Jericho to Jerusalem (e.g., Luke 19:28).
Enjoy free time at the Dead Sea.
Dinner and overnight in Kalia Beach Kibbutz hotel at Dead Sea.
THURSDAY 3 NOVEMBER 2022
After breakfast depart this region to head towards Jerusalem. Today you will travel to Bethlehem for a short visit at the Shepherds fields. From Old Testament to New Bethlehem has played a significant role in the Bible.
After lunch a visit to Yad Vashem Memorial to Jewish Holocaust.
End the day at the Knesset, the Israeli parliament and view the Menorah, the symbol of the State of Israel. 2,000 years of history is graphically engraved on the menorah.
Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem for 3 nights.
FRIDAY 4 NOVEMBER 2021
This morning after breakfast head to the Old city and visit the Western Wall. An opportunity to visit the Western Wall Tunnels and the wall itself before departing viewing the Southern Wall Excavations & Davidson Center near Western Wall.
You will then visit St. Peter in Gallicantu, more widely known as House of Ciaphas before ending your day in Jerusalem at the Garden Tomb for communion service.
Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
SATURDAY 5 NOVEMBER 2021
Full day tour of Jerusalem. Your morning begins at the Mount of Olives and from there you will remember the site of the Ascension. Walk the Palm Sunday walk down to the Garden of Gethsemane to explore the wonderful church there and remember where our Lord prayed before he was taken to the cross.
Enter the Old City at St Stephen’s Gate and stop briefly at the Pool of Bethesda. Walk through the Old City and the route Jesus would have taken to the cross.
Wonderful views of the Old City can be seen across the Kidron Valley before you return to your hotel for an early dinner.
Your evening will finish at the Sound & Light Show on the Walls of David’s Citadel
Overnight and Evening Meal in Jerusalem
SUNDAY 7 NOVEMBER 2021
After early breakfast return to the airport for homeward flight to Dublin.