We had a brilliant time in Israel over the last few years, and will be returning again in late October 2020, exploring some of this intriguing country. We've planned a fun, active, informal trip aimed at those who haven't been before, who are young at heart and up for a challenge. As well as seeing and experiencing some aspects of this country, it's peoples and cultures, we hope to gain an insight into some of the complex issues of life in Israel today. We will also have the opportunity to meet with Jewish and Arab believers in Jesus. By the end of the week we hope that we will have grown in our knowledge and understanding, but most of all grown in our faith. (This is not an in depth study tour!)
Places and Activities
To give you an idea here are some of the places we hope to visit, however these are suggestions and but time will not permit them all. Also some activities will involve strenuous exercise, in hot temperatures, so a good level of fitness is required.
- Hike in the Golan Heights (including waterfalls and ladder descents into moving water)
- Try walking on Galilee, or swim if un-successful!
- Experience the Judean wilderness (the valley of the shadow of death)
- Float in the Dead Sea
- Search out where David cut off a corner of Saul's robe near En Gedi springs
- Climb Masada, (a rock fortress including Herod's palace)
- Camel trek in the Negev desert
- Travel the valley of Elah where David slew Goliath
- Walk the walls of the old city of Jerusalem
- Ascend the Mount of Olives
- Visit The Western Wall
- Retrace Jesus' route to the cross
- Golgotha, Garden Tomb
- visit Nazareth, Capernaum, Jericho and Bethlehem
- Navigate through Hezekiah's tunnel
- Mount of Evil Council - top photo opportunity
- Yad Vashem (holocaust museum)
- Relax in the Med
How: Flight. London - Tel Aviv (probably Easyjet from Luton)
NB: The situation in Israel is not always predictable, so flexibility and understanding may be required. If you need more details or have further questions please ask.
Our decision to exclude hold luggage from the holiday worked well in the past and was not principally based on cost or the convenience of escaping airports! We believe the kind of programme we envisage will operate far better if people travel light and are able to carry all their own luggage. This means we can cram easily into cars when we go for light weight overnight stops. If the idea of getting all you need for 1 week down to a rucksack 56x45x25cms. isn't a challenge you relish, then maybe this style of trip isn't for you!
[After this you can still join the holiday, if we have still have space, but may need to book your own flights, or pay a surcharge]