• Delve into layers of history at Bethlehem, Caesarea, and the archaeologically astonishing fortress of Masada – built by Herod the Great
• Explore the landscape of the New Testament in Galilee, rich in ancient and Byzantine remains
• Trace the evolution of Jerusalem, from ancient times until the present day
BA, BD, FSAScot
specialist in archaeology and ancient history
Depart Heathrow 1420 on El Al airlines, arriving Tel Aviv 2105. Transfer to Dan Panorama Hotel, Jerusalem, for four nights.
Morning talk: Jerusalem. Visits in the Old City: Mount of Olives, Dominus Flevit Church (built by Franciscans in 1954), Church of All Nations, Garden of Gethsemane and Lion’s Gate. Afternoon: walking tour of Via Dolorosa including St Anne’s Church (beautiful 12th century Crusader church) and Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Evening talk followed by ‘Shabbat of a Lifetime’ dinner.
Morning visits in Bethlehem: Manger Square, Church of the Nativity, Shepherds’ Fields. Afternoon: Israel Museum (including Shrine of the Book, home of Dead Sea Scrolls). Evening talk: The Dead Sea Scrolls.
Further visits in the Old City: Jaffa Gate (16th century Ottoman gate), Tower of David, Jewish Quarter (including Cardo and Herodian Quarter) and Temple Mount (time permitting). Afternoon: Yad Vashem Museum (memorial to the Holocaust). Evening talk: The Romans in Palestine.
Dead Sea: Masada (Herod the Great’s rock fortress) and Qumran (site of discovery of Dead Sea Scrolls), then to Tiberias (capital of Galilee) for three nights at Scots Hotel. Evening talk: Bronze and Iron Age in Israel.
Morning: Beit Alfa and Beit She’an (important Decapolis City). Afternoon: Tel Megiddo (site of battle of Armageddon) followed by some free time in Tiberias. Evening talk: The Quest for the Historical Jesus.
Visits around Sea of Galilee: St Peter’s Primacy (Franciscan chapel on shores of Galilee), Capernaum (Jesus’s ‘own town’), Church of Beatitudes (built on traditional site of Sermon on the Mount), Tabgha (traditional site of the feeding of the five thousand and post-resurrection appearance of Jesus in Christianity), the so-called Jesus Boat at Ginosar, Hamat Tiberias (3rd–5th century synagogue, beautiful mosaics).
Caesarea (hippodrome, amphitheatre, port, fascinating Crusader fortifications). Continue to Tel Aviv for 1715 departure, arriving Heathrow 2045.
16 Jan — 23 Jan 2020
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Please note there is some demanding walking around the sites. In particular, the day excursion into the Old Town of Jerusalem includes walking for long periods, over cobbled streets, uneven surfaces, and up steps. Participants should feel comfortable with these conditions and possess a good level of overall fitness.
For customers who wish to make their own travel arrangements, ACE are pleased to be able to offer a flight reduction of:
Cost of £2795 includes: return airfare, accommodation based on sharing a twin or double bedded room, breakfast, dinner with water & coffee, excursions & admissions, gratuities.
Not included: travel insurance, double room for single use supplement £625.