Visit to London & Israel with Jeff & Kay Lucas 2017
Ministry with Jeff & Kay staying in some of Israel’s very best 4 star hotels and the West End Thistle Hotel in London*
This package includes breakfast and a brunch in London. In Israel both breakfast and evening dinner is included. Lunch is not included in Israel – but the breakfast and dinner buffets are huge with a magnificent array of choices!
Jeff and Kay look forward to showing you their home town, the city they know so well. In Israel he will be teaching and sharing from the scripture in the ‘land of Jesus” in his own unique way. This will take place at the special sites and/or in the evenings following dinner, when an optional gathering is planned.
Fly from Denver to London arriving mid-morning the next day. (Flights and prices are based on British Airways flights from Denver)
You will be met at London’s Heathrow Airport and escorted to your bus, before transfer to your hotel where a ‘brunch’ will be served. Following a period to settle in, there will be an afternoon tour featuring the Tower of London (shown below). Famous for housing the Crown Jewels, the Yeoman Wardens (often called Beefeaters), the Ravens and the Bloody Tower, this amazing fortress/palace/prison has some stunning stories to tell. The ancient tower (actually a series of towers) has been the scene of beheadings, murders and imprisonment.
And then there’s a great opportunity to see London’s most famous landmark bridge, Tower Bridge (shown below). In the evening there’s an opportunity to find a restaurant of your choice, and for those with energy to spare, theater tickets for a West End show – your hotel is ideally situated for this.
We’re off on full day’s guided tour of London, seeing many historic sites including a visit and tour of stately and ancient Westminster Abbey, (where Elizabeth 1st and Mary Queen of Scots are buried) plus a walk through “Theatre Land” as well as photo opportunities of Buckingham Palace, The London Eye, The Royal Parks, and Kensington Palace. There’s a lunch stop/lunch shop opportunity at Harrods (shown below), one of the world’s most famous stores! In the evening, time for a dinner out of your choice, and again, a chance to take in one of London’s famous West End shows.
After breakfast a free day for you to explore London. Jeff and Kay will help you plan your day and help with directions too. The Thistle Hotel is on Oxford Street (shown below), arguably the world’s most famous shopping street, and just a 3 minute walk to Marble Arch Tube Station. Marble Arch is on the Junction of Oxford Street, Park Lane and Hyde Park.
DAY 5 – Galilee here we come!
Depart from the airport for a flight to Ben Gurion Airport, Tel Aviv. Transfer to your chosen hotel in time for evening dinner* where you will be checking-in to Ein Gev Kibbutz Hotel, where some special fellowship will be shared as we meet the UK group members who have arrived on a different flight.
DAY 6 - Nazareth & The Sea of Galilee
After breakfast we shall drive the short distance to Nazareth passing through Cana of Galilee where Jesus performed his first recorded miracle. We will visit the Nazareth Village (shown below) and the Basilica of the Annunciation before traveling the 30 minute journey to the shores of the Sea of Galilee. After a lunch stop in Tiberias we shall take a boat trip on the Sea of Galilee and hold a short communion service whilst ‘out at sea’. Landing in Capernaum we shall visit Tabgha (where the 5,000 were fed), and then, for the fit, there’s a short scramble up to the Eremos cave – where Jesus would pray alone (the cave can be seen from the road about 50 yards away for those not wishing to scramble!) We’ll visit the beach where Jesus cooked breakfast for his disciples after the resurrection, and then on to the Mt of Beatitudes before returning to our hotel..
DAY 7 - The Upper Galilee, Jordan Valley and Jerusalem
Drive north for a walk in the Banias (shown below) – Caesarea Philippi area to the waterfall. (moderate fitness required, but for those with mobility difficulties the bus will transfer to the coffee shop at the waterfall to await the group. Should timings work well, the lunch stop will be at a Druze Village where, if you choose, you can try their unique style of food. Drive through the Hula Valley and along the eastern Shore of Galilee with a stop at Bethesda, the site associated with the Gaderene demoniac, before driving south along the Jordan Valley passing Jericho and ascending to Jerusalem and check –in to the beautiful Dan Jerusalem Hotel.
First a visit to St Peter in Galicantu (shown below) (where Peter denied Jesus 3 times – the church is built over the dungeons where it’s believed that Jesus was held before his trial.) Walk to Mount Zion and the traditional site of the Upper Room…and then a walk through the Old City to St Mark’s, which is almost certainly the actual site of the Last Supper, The Upper Room and the first meeting place for believers…make sure you see the battered photos in the porch where the 1st Century Graffiti found in the room below the church gives evidence to this!
The Upper room can be visited if the Syrian Patriarch is in residence and no doubt he will serve you sweet tea and sweets in his throne room for a chat and a welcome..…The rear part of the Upper Room is today walled off as it is used as a crypt for the burial of the Patriarchs, there are steps within this part leading to the “downstairs.” Visitors are not allowed in these areas. The day is completed with a visit to the Memorial to the Children at Yad Vashem.
DAY 9 – The Old City Walk
Today we shall start our walk at the Western (Wailing) Wall (shown below) where it is likely you will see Barmitzvah’s taking place – don’t feel nervous about joining their celebrations, you will be welcome. Next to the Temple Mount, St Stephen’s Gate (Also known as the Lion Gate), Pool of Bethesda, the Via Dolarosa (the Way of Sorrows). A stop for rest and an amazing view from the Austrian Hospice, before continuing to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. A walk through the Suk (Bazaar) will bring you to the Cardo the main street from the time of Jesus. Next we visit the Davidson Centre with its superb dynamic of the Temple and the Southern Steps of the Temple where Jesus overturned the temple rogue traders. If time permits, a walk through Hezekiah’s tunnel – a small flashlight and some old shoes (there’s water in the tunnel) required….skirts/shorts are best if you don’t want to get wet!
DAY 10 – Bethlehem and Jerusalem
This morning we visit Bethlehem and view the Church of the Nativity (shown below) and the Shepherd’s Fields. A visit to the Bethlehem Bible College, to receive some of the inspiring teaching from a Palestinian Christian academic. In the afternoon starting from the Mount of Olives, we visit Dominus Flavit (The Tear Drop Church), the Garden of Gethsemane and the Garden Tomb, where there will be an opportunity for communion.
We travel down the Jericho Road to the lowest point on Earth, at approximately 1300 feet below sea level. There’s an opportunity for a short camel ride on the “Zero” Camel! First a visit to Qumran (shown below), where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found, next we ascend to the summit of Masada by cable car to hear its’ amazing story. A lunch stop at the Ahava Dead Sea products base and an opportunity buy some special cosmetics before spending time in mud baths, swimming in the Dead Sea, taking natural hot sulphur spring baths and swimming in the pool at one of the Dead Sea Spa resorts.
DAY 12 – Goodbye to Israel
This morning we visit the Israel Museum to see the Dead Sea Scrolls and the amazing model of the City (shown below) showing Jerusalem as it may well have been in the time of Jesus, before a final visit to the Old City for some haggling or simply relaxation. Transfer to Ben Gurion Airport for your return flight to London Heathrow, a meal will be served on flight. Overnight at either the Hilton, or Renaissance Hotel at Heathrow.
Following a traditional English Breakfast, we transfer the very short distance to the terminal building for your return flight to Denver.
Please note: At times our daily program may change depending on local conditions and the advice of our guide. Every effort will be made to run the tour as per the itinerary above.
Price TBC includes:
Superior 4* hotel accommodation on a HALF BOARD Basis (Breakfast only included in London)
Brunch in London
All entrance fees and tours/excursions
Meeting and assistance on arrival at Ben Gurion Airport
All porterage at Israeli hotels
Fully licensed English speaking Israeli Guide throughout
Gratuities, which can be prepaid in advance, and will be passed in full to your driver, guide, and others who will serve us. Suggested gratuity is just $10 per day, per person.
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