Israel Religious Studies Tour
Israel Religious Studies Tour
Known as the Holy Land, our religious studies tours to Israel follow the Biblical story in the ancient regions of Judea, Samaria and Galilee. We discover sites sacred to Jews, Christians and Muslims and try to gain an understanding of the present-day conflicts. After arrival in Tel Aviv we travel north via Nazareth to visit the sites of Jesus’s Galilee ministry. We take a boat trip on the Sea of Galilee and visit the Mount of Beatitudes where, by tradition, Jesus preached the Sermon on the Mount. We see the River Jordan baptismal site and follow Jordan valley to Masada, the mountain top fort which was besieged by the Romans. We learn about the Dead Sea Scrolls and float in the Dead Sea before finally we enter Jerusalem with its wealth of Biblical and religious history. Time in Jerusalem is combined with visits to Bethlehem and to the Holocaust memorial of Yad Vashem. We also have the opportunity to see modern Tel Aviv and the historic port city of Jaffa.
The itinerary featured here is intended to give you inspiration and an idea of what you could do on your tour. Your trip will be created individually by one of our travel advisors to match your requirements and budget.
Flight to Tel Aviv
Flight to Tel Aviv: On arrival you are met by your guide and private coach which will be with you for the duration of the tour. Transfer to your hotel for dinner.
Nazareth & the Sea of Galilee
Nazareth: You depart Tel Aviv and drive north to the town of Nazareth where Jesus lived in his early life. Nazareth is primarily an Arab town and one where you can experience the complexity of modern Israeli society, where Jews, Muslims and Christians all live side by side. You can visit the modern Basilica of the Annunciation where mass is said daily, as well as Mary’s Well, reputed to be the place where the Angel Gabriel appeared to Mary to tell her she would bear the Son of God.
Sea of Galilee: In the afternoon you take a traditional boat trip on the Sea of Galilee. On return to shore, you visit the Jesus Boat which is the excavated frame and timbers of a 2000-year old wooden fishing boat dating from the time when Jesus and his disciples fished these waters. The boat was recently discovered when the lake waters were low, and the boat was found partially submerged in the mud which had preserved it for two millennia.
Capernaum & the River Jordan
Capernaum: This morning you visit Capernaum, the home of the Apostle Peter and the centre of Jesus’ Galilee ministry. In Capernaum you can visit the second century synagogue before moving onto Tabgha, generally accepted as the site of the miracle of the loaves & fishes. You then continue to the Mount of Beatitudes where, it is believed, Jesus gave the Sermon on the Mount.
River Jordan: After lunch you travel to Yardenit on the River Jordan, one of the sites claimed to be where Jesus was baptised. People come here from all over the world to be baptised.
Jerusalem: You continue to the city of Jerusalem and your hotel.
Mount of Olives, City of David, Wailing Wall & Jerusalem Old City
Mount of Olives: You begin at the Mount of Olives for a spectacular view across the Old City. You first visit the Chapel of Ascension, believed to mark the place where Jesus ascended into heaven. You also visit the Church of Pater Nostre and the Church of Dominus Flevit before going to the Garden of Gethsemane and Church of All Nations.
City of David: You then enter the City of David where excavations are ongoing and walk through Hezekiah’s Tunnel, surely one of its most fascinating archaeological discoveries. The tunnel was created to bring water to the city but was also used to hide during the Roman occupation. The tunnel is over 500 metres in length and emerges besides the Temple Mount.
Wailing Wall: You then make your way to the Western Wall (the Wailing Wall), the Jews most holy place, which is all that remains of the original temple which was destroyed by the Romans.
Jerusalem Old City: Your day continues with an exploration of the Old City with its four distinct quarters – Muslim, Armenian, Jewish and Christian. You see the Pool of Bethesda, Pilate’s Judgment Hall, the Ecce Homo Arch and follow the Via Dolorosa to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. You leave the old city via the Damascus Gate and finally make your way to the Garden Tomb where Jesus rose from the dead.
Tower of David & Bethlehem
Tower of David: Also known as David’s Citadel, the Tower of David is one of Jerusalem’s best-known heritage sites and houses archaeological finds dating back almost 3,000 years. Located by Jaffa Gate at the entrance to the Old City, the tower was originally built in the 2nd century BC and from the top of the ramparts offers stunning panoramic views across Jerusalem to the Temple Mount.
Bethlehem: In the afternoon you cross the border to the Palestinian Authority to visit Bethlehem where you see the Church of the Nativity.
Yad Vashem, Flight Home
Yad Vashem: This morning you visit Yad Vashem, the museum and memorial to the millions of Jews who died in Europe during the Holocaust.
Flight home: After lunch you transfer to the airport in Tel Aviv for your flight back home.
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