While you can be a Christian without visiting Israel, you will most assuredly gain a greater understanding of the Bible and your faith after making this journey.
Come and walk with us on the very stones Jesus and the Disciples walked, hear the Gospel where it was originally heard and understand why things are said the way they are as we explore the connection of the text with the land, geography and culture of those times.
Together we will visit the key sites associated with The Christian faith and grasp how much of what we read is directly linked to where we are.book now
Day 1: Holy cities
We’ll start our day in Jaffa, one of the most ancient port cities in the world. As we wander the quaint alleyways of this timeless gateway to the Holy Land, we’ll visit St Peter’s Church and discuss the vision he had at Simon the Tanner’s House (Acts 10), before descending to the port where Jonah was swallowed by the whale.
Next, we’ll travel north to Caesarea, the regional capital that was built by King Herod the Great two thousand years ago. We’ll explore the remarkable ruins, and discuss Peter’s conversion of Cornelius (Acts 10) before visiting the port area from which the first Christian missionaries would have spread their message to the rest of the world.
We’ll continue north to Nazareth, the home of Jesus. After exploring the remains of the ancient city in the bottom of the grand Basilica of the Annunciation, where it’s believed that Mary was visited by the angel Gabriel (Luke 1), we’ll conclude our day on the edge of the city with a stunning view from Mt Precipice, where we will get a great insight into the geography of the Biblical Galilee. Overnight at hotel in Galilee.
Day 2: Jesus’ ministry in the Galilee
We’ll begin with a visit to Tel Dan where we’ll be able to discover remarkable Biblical ruins including the gate likely seen by Abraham (Genesis 14) and the altar likely built by King Jeroboam (1 Kings 12).
We’ll then ascend further into the Golan Heights and stop at the ancient pagan worship site of Caesarea Philippi, where Jesus gave Peter his name (Matthew 16). This evocative location, surrounded by a free-flowing spring and lush greenery, is a great place to reflect.
After a brief stop to enjoy some fantastic local olive oil (olives are one of the seven fruits and grains of the Holy Land named in Deuteronomy 7) our day will conclude at an observation deck near the Syrian border. We will look towards where Saul of Tarsus saw Jesus on the road to Damascus (Acts 9), and get an understanding of the complex relationship between contemporary Israel and Syria. Overnight at hotel in Galilee.
Day 3: Biblical Jerusalem
We’ll open our day with a spectacular panoramic view over Jerusalem from the Mount of Olives. We’ll use this view to locate and understand the key sites in the story of Jesus in Jerusalem, before descending the mountain, just as he would have done, to the Garden of Gethsemane (Matthew 26), where we’ll reflect on Jesus’ final moments before being arrested.
Our next stop will be at the Tomb of Mary where we will explore one of Jerusalem’s oldest churches and understand the unique sharing arrangement under which it is managed. We’ll then ascend from the Kidron Valley to the Old City where we’ll visit the Pools of Bethesda, where Jesus healed a paralytic man (John 5).
After seeing the most holy site for Muslims in Jerusalem, The Dome of the Rock, from a very unique angle, we will walk the ancient pilgrim route known as the Via Dolorosa, or the Stations of the Cross, marking Jesus’ path with the cross from his trial until his crucifixion. The route culminates at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, believed to be the location of Jesus’ crucifixion and burial (Matthew 27) and venerated by many as one of the most important holy sites in the world.
Optional: Continue to the alternative site of the Garden Tomb, recognized by many Protestants as the location of Jesus’ crucifixion and burial.