And we're off...
It's Sunday, 17th of March 2019, you've just said goodbye to your family and friends (or your Uber driver) at OR Tambo International airport and are checking in with the rest of our group excited to experience what many have called the most special country on earth. Check-in on your Egypt Air flight, and after getting to know your new travel mates over a coffee or dinner you're ready to take off.
Monday 18 March
After a short layover in Egypt, we've touched down in Tel Aviv! Hopefully you've had a great sleep on the plane, because we have an exciting day ahead. Before we start our tour of the Holy Land, we'll have a short coffee rest in the beautiful port of Jaffa. Then, it's off to visit Roman Ruins at Caesarea, known as Herods Harbour; Mt Carmel where Elijah contested the prophets of Baal; and enjoy the incredible views of. By now you're probably starting to get ready for some down time, so it's off to our hotel in Tiberias
Tuesday 19 March
Today we visit Mount Beatitudes where Jesus preached His famous 'Blessed are' sermon; the Jordan River Waterfall, Caesarea Philippi at the base of Mount Hermon where the transfiguration took place; Tabgha, the site of the Miracle of the Multiplication - Capernaum, on the northwest shore where Jesus began his preaching career; Magdala Site - Town of Magdalene and a highlight of this tour - a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee
After such an action packed day, you'll enjoy your dinner and a good night's rest back at the Tiberias hotel.
Wednesday, 20 March & Thursday 21 March
Today we pack our bags, and head south, passing Nazareth and visiting the Church of the Annunciation; Cana where Jesus performed His first miracle; drive along the Jordan Valley to Jericho where we will enter Elisha's fountain the ruins of the ancient city walls. We will have a special time of water Baptisms in the Jordan River, before checking in at our Dead Sea Resort Hotel
Before setting off for our next stop, we will have time to swim in the Dead Sea, visit Qumran where the Sea Sea Scrolls were found, and summit Mount Masada before heading off to Bethlehem for our overnight stay.
Friday, 22 March
Today we head to Jerusalem - The most amazing city in the world. We will walk along Mount Olive, visit the Church of Dominos Flevit, spend time at the Garden of Gethsemane and the very special 'Church of All Nations' before entering the famed old city through the St. Stephens Gate.
Here we will visit the Church of St Anne with its breathtaking acoustics, and spend time in prayer at the Pool of Bethesda. We will also begin our walk along the Via Dolorosa - the different stations commemorating Jesus' route to crucifixion. Our day ends with a visit to the Western Wall before settling in at our Jerusalem Hotel for the night.
Saturday, 23 March
Saturday, 24 March
This morning we will check out of our hotel and make our way to Tel Aviv to board our flight to Egypt.
Once we have landed, we will set off for a visit to to the Pyramids and Sphynx, Coptic Church and a Boat ride on the Nile Felucca. We have a Farewell Dinner together before our overnight flight to OR Tambo.