• Delve into layers of history at Bethlehem, Caesarea, and the archeologically astonishing fortress of Masada – built by Herod the Great
• Orthodox New Year lends a festive character to the Old City of Jerusalem and surrounding sites
• Explore the landscape of the New Testament in Galilee, rich in ancient and Byzantine remains
Andrew Wilson, BA, BD, FSASCOT
specialist in archaeology and ancient history
Depart Heathrow 0805 on British Airways, arriving Tel Aviv 1455. Transfer to Mount Zion Hotel, Jerusalem, for four nights.
Morning lecture: Jerusalem, followed by 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: ‘Shabbat of a Lifetime’ dinner.
Bethlehem: Manger Square, Church of the Nativity, Shepherds’ Fields. Afternoon: Israel Museum (including Shrine of the Book, home of Dead Sea Scrolls). Evening lecture: The Romans in Palestine.
Further visits in the Old City: Jaffa Gate (16th century Ottoman gate), Tower of David, Jewish Quarter (including Cardo and Herodian Quarter), Western Wall and Western Wall Tunnels, Temple Mount and views of Dome of the Rock (Muslim shrine with great golden dome), Yad Vashem Museum (memorial to the Holocaust). Evening lecture: The Dead Sea Scrolls.
Early departure for Dead Sea: Masada (Herod the Great’s rock fortress) and Qumran (site of discovery of Dead Sea Scrolls), then on to Tiberias (capital of Galilee) for three nights at Scots Hotel. Evening lecture: The Quest for the Historical Jesus.
Morning: Tel Megiddo (site of battle of Armageddon). Afternoon: Beit She’an (important Decapolis City) followed by Hamat Tiberias (3rd-5th century synagogue, beautiful mosaics). Evening lecture: Bronze and Iron Age in Israel.
Morning 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) and 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 in Tiberias.
Early departure for Caesarea (hippodrome, amphitheatre, port, fascinating Crusader fortifications) then continue to Tel Aviv for 1635 departure, arriving Heathrow 2005.
11 Jan — 18 Jan 2018
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Cost of £2450 includes:
return airfare, accommodation based on sharing a twin or double bedded room, breakfast, dinner with water & coffee, excursions & admissions, gratuities.
travel insurance, double room for single use supplement £490.