• 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 London Heathrow 0805 on British Airways, arriving Tel Aviv 1450. 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: Shabbat.
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 & Iron Age in Israel.
Morning: Beit She’an (important Decapolis city) and Beit Alfa. 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. Some free time or optional visit to Hamat Tiberias (3rd–5th century synagogue, beautiful mosaics).
Caesarea (hippodrome, amphitheatre, port, fascinating Crusader fortifications). Continue to Tel Aviv for 1640 departure, arriving Heathrow 2000.
13 Jan — 20 Jan 2022
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“Wonderful holiday: life-enhancing experience. Many thanks”
ACE customer on a previous tour with Andrew Wilson
FITNESS / PRACTICALITIES
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 and 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 is pleased to be able to offer a flight reduction of £300.
TOUR DIRECTOR ANDREW WILSON WRITES,
“This tour offers the contrasts of busy Jerusalem and its complicated history, both secular and inevitably religious, with the peaceful scenery of the Sea of Galilee, as well as the splendid archaeology of places beside the Dead Sea, the Jordan Valley and the Mediterranean coast. I think it's a marvellous introduction to the Holy Land!”
Cost of £2995 includes: return airfare, accommodation based on sharing a twin or double bedded room (deluxe rooms at Scots Hotel), breakfast, dinner with water & coffee, excursions & admissions, gratuities.
Not included: travel insurance, double room for single use supplement (deluxe rooms at Scots Hotel) £675.