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10 Day Israel Encounter

ISRAEL ENCOUNTER

17th June 2024

At the heart of the Christian faith is the invitation to journey with the God of Encounter. Join us as we venture with Him...

Our pilgrimage will be Charismatic in flavour and Encounter will be our priority. Worship will be lead by Paul Oakley with teaching by Biblical and Cultural Historian Mark Hendley.

St Jerome (347-420AD) declared that the physical land of Israel was the key to understanding the Bible. Join us as we travel to encounter the History, Geography, Culture and Messiah at the heart of God’s Big Story.

Archaeology:
Beneath the modern streets and buildings of Israel and inside the ancient places of worship, hide some of the most amazing archaeological discoveries. The Stones really do Cry Out. You no longer have to imagine the world of the Bible – Now you can ‘Encounter’ it.

Geography:
Place your feet in the dust where milk and honey flows, heroes of old conquered, idols infiltrated, armies besieged and ‘God in Flesh’ walked. See for yourself how the land staged, shaped, and now illuminates His-story.

Theology:
Our passion for your ‘Encounter’ trip is to provide a grounded experience that will help you to recalibrate your faith, in light of the archaeology, geography, and culture of the land in which it was birthed. Come and experience Jesus with more colour, nuance and depth than you ever imagined.

Doxology:
Take the opportunity to walk in the footsteps of Jesus himself and the millions of pilgrims who have made this journey over the millennia. A deliberate journey with the goal of Encounter, will always result in fresh and deeper levels of praise and worship.

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Itinerary

  1. Travel to The Holy Land (D)

    We meet at London Heathrow Airport. Virgin Atlantic flight departs at 08:20 and arrives Tel Aviv at 15:15. Transfer to our hotel in Jerusalem. Five night stay at the Golden Walls Hotel close to the Old City and biblical sites we shall be visiting.

  2. Orientation Day (B, L, D)

    We head to Tel Lachish, the site of one of the most important cities in the Kingdom of Judea.  Back to Jerusalem for lunch at St Andrew’s Guest House. This afternoon we drive South West of Jerusalem to the archeological site of Ketef Hinnom to visit 7th century BC burial caves.  We end our afternoon at the Israel Museum where, amongst other artefacts, we see the model of Ancient Jerusalem and the Dead Sea Scrolls.

    Evening: dinner in the hotel.

    Key to symbols: B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner

  3. Bethlehem (B, L, D)

    We visit the Church of St Peter in Gallicantu (Caiaphas’ house). We then drive to the Bethlehem area. We visit Manger Square, the Church of the Nativity and Jeromes Caves. Lunch at the Shepherds’ Tent restaurant. This afternoon we visit the Shepherds’ Fields (worship in one of the outside chapels). Time for shopping before we return to Jerusalem. Enroute stop at the Separation Wall to see the Banksy artwork.

    Evening: dinner in the hotel.

    Key to symbols: B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner

  4. The Mount of Olives (B, L, D)

    We drive to the Mount of Olives for a panoramic view of Jerusalem and walk down the Palm Sunday Route to the Church of All Nations in the Garden of Gethsemane. We enter the Old City and visit the Pool of Bethesda for Healing Service and St Anne’s Church. We lunch at the Ecce Homo Convent before we walk to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. We walk to the Western Walls and continue to the Ophel Excavations. This afternoon we also visit the city of David.

    Evening: dinner in the hotel.

    Key to symbols: B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner

  5. Masada & the Dead Sea (B, L, D)

    We drive through the Judean wilderness to Qumran where the Dead Sea scrolls were found.  We continue to Masada, Herod’s desert fortress, by cable car. Lunch at the luxury Lot Hotel with the opportunity to float in the therapeutic waters of the Dead Sea and swim in the hotel pool. St Georges monastery view. On the way back to Jerusalem we stop in the Judean wilderness at Wadi Qelt.  Back in Jerusalem, we head to the Western Wall for the start of the Jewish Sabbath (18:20pm).

    Evening: dinner in the hotel.

    Key to symbols: B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner

  6. Jericho and Tiberias (B, L, D)

    We head to the Jordan River site where Jesus was baptised by John and we then continue the ancient desert oasis of Jericho and visit Tel Es-Sultan (Ancient Jericho). Lunch at the Rawda Restaurant. We head north to Tiberias stopping en route at the Mount of Temptation . Four night stay at the Ron Beach Hotel by the Sea of Galilee with visits to places associated with Jesus' early life and ministry.

    Evening: dinner in the hotel.

    Key to symbols: B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner

  7. Northern Galilee (B, L, D)

    We collect our packed lunch and head to Magdala (worship in the Encounter Chapel). We visit Tel Dan before driving through the Hula Valley to Banias (biblical Caesarea Philippi).

    Evening: dinner in the hotel.

    Key to symbols: B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner

  8. Nazareth (B, L, D)

    We start at Mt Arbel before we continue to Nazareth Village, a living history of 1st Century Galilean life. Lunch here. Afternoon visit of the excavations at the Sisters of Nazareth Convent and Synagogue Church. Time permitting we call at Mt of Precipice.

    Evening: dinner in the hotel.

    Key to symbols: B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner

  9. The Lakeside Ministry (B, L, D)

    Today we visit the sites associated with Jesus' life around the Sea of Galilee: we start with Capernaum, Jesus’ Galilean base then continue to Mensa Christi, where Jesus appeared to his disciples after His resurrection. We celebrate Holy Communion at Tabgha beside the Church of the Loaves and Fishes. Lunch at the Convent of the Beatitudes with a visit to the church and garden commemorating the Sermon on the Mount. We head to Kibbutz Nof Ginosar to see the ancient fishing boat and sail on the Sea of Galilee before we return to our hotel.

    Evening: dinner in the hotel.

    Key to symbols: B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner

  10. Caesarea, then depart for the UK (B, L)

    We leave Tiberias and drive to the Mediterranean coast and the Roman capital of Caesarea, where we visit the restored amphitheatre and aqueduct. Lunch by the sea at the Port Café and continue to Ben Gurion Airport for Virgin flight departing at 17:30 arriving back at London Heathrow Airport at 21:05.

    Please note the itinerary may be subject to change due to local conditions and flights can also be subject to alteration but are correct at the time of printing.

    We recommend that participants have a reasonable level of fitness and are comfortable walking in an hot climate.

Essential Information

Included excursions

  • Tel Lachish
  • Ketef Hinnom
  • Israel Museum & Dead Sea Scrolls
  • Caiaphas’ House
  • Bethlehem - Basilica of the Nativity
  • The Shepherds Fields with worship
  • The Mount of Olives
  • Guided stroll of Via Dolorosa "the sorrowful way"
  • Old Jerusalem, Jewish Quarter and Western Wall
  • City of David
  • Masada & the Dead Sea
  • Judean Wilderness
  • Jordan River Baptismal site
  • Capernaum and the Mensa Christi Church
  • Tabgha - site of the feeding of the 5,000
  • Mount of Beatitudes - site of the Sermon on the Mount
  • Sea of Galilee cruise
  • Ancient Roman port of Caesarea

Optional excursions

None

Included extras

  • Hotel baggage porterage
  • Local guide and drivers’ gratuities
  • All restaurant and hotel gratuities
  • Other small local gratuities
  • Personal audio guiding system

Included meals & drinks

Meals: all meals are included. throughout your pilgrimage you will enjoy lunches in local restaurants and dinners, for the most part, will be in your hotels.

Drinks: juices and tea or coffee are available with all breakfasts. All other drinks will be at your own expense.

Our team in The Holy Land

This holiday includes a qualified local guide to bring the holy sites and ancient wonders to life. They will be staying with you and escorting you throughout. Each departure also includes a member of the clergy who will offer optional opportunities for worship and reflection for all during and after these moving visits.

Your journey

Flight times from the UK to Tel Aviv are approximately five hours and mostly daytime flights arriving in the late-afternoon or evening into Tel Aviv.

Entry requirements

Passports should be valid for at least six months after the time of travel and a visa is issued free of charge to UK passport holders on entering Israel. There are currently no further requirements for entering the Palestinian territories. Non-British passport holders should consult the McCabe office as they may be required to apply in advance for a visa. No inoculations are essential, but we advise travellers to consult their GP regarding personal requirements.

This information can change so for the most up to date information please check with the UK Foreign and Commonwealth office website.

www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice

Your hotels 

Nine nights based in a double or twin room. Most pilgrimages are accommodated at our partner hotels in Jerusalem, the Golden Walls and in Tiberias, the Ron Beach. These properties have looked after McCabe groups with great care and attention for many years. They are in excellent locations, privately owned and managed, and offer good food and comfortable accommodation with private facilities.

Golden Walls Hotel, Jerusalem Ron Beach Hotel, Tiberias

 

Practical information

Travelling alone

Many of our passengers travel alone and object to expensive single room supplements. McCabe Pilgrimages will accept individual bookings on a 'guaranteed share' basis. We charge the basic price and accommodate you with a person of the same sex also requesting shared accommodation. If we do not find someone to share with you, you will be accommodated in a single room at only 50% of the usual single room supplement. For single travellers who do require single accommodation this should be requested when booking and, if available, the normal supplement will be payable.

Entry requirements

Passports should be valid for at least six months after the time of travel and a visa is issued free of charge to UK passport holders on entering Israel. There are currently no further requirements for entering the Palestinian territories. Non-British passport holders should consult the McCabe office as they may be required to apply in advance for a visa. No inoculations are essential, but we advise travellers to consult their GP regarding personal requirements.

For the latest and most up to date travel advice including entry requirements please consult the Foreign & Commonwealth Development Office travel advice website.

www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice

Health & wellbeing

If you haven't had a booster in the last ten years it is recommended that you be vaccinated for Tetanus and Polio. Food and waterborne diseases are more common, so we recommend vaccinations for typhoid (valid 3 years) and Hepatitis A (validity varies). Vaccination, Covid-19 and health information can change so please contact your local health care provider for the most up to date information. We will send up to date information on entry requirements with your final paperwork approximately 14 days before departure.

Adequate insurance cover will be required for all hospital emergencies and doctors’ visits.

Climate

Israel has a warm, sunny and dry climate. The weather is often sunny and clear in Israel. It is one of the least cloudy and least rainy regions on Earth.

The most comfortable times to visit are spring (March, April and May) when temperatures are on average in the low 20’s and Autumn (September, October and November) when temperatures are in the high 20’s in the center of the country. Temperatures are generally higher in the south of the country and the Galilee area.

Israel is hot in the summer with average temperatures in the center of the country over 30C and closer to 40C in the South and Galilee.

Clothing

Israel is more liberal than its neighbouring countries, but you should dress inconspicuously and avoid wearing clothes that could be regarded as provocative (e.g. very short skirts, skimpy shorts, strappy tops where shoulders are exposed and low plunging neck lines). Shorts and t-shirts are fine as long as they are not too short and skimpy. Swimwear around hotel pools is perfectly acceptable. For some church visits legs and arms are required to be covered but a headscarf is not necessary, and you will find next to no other restrictions elsewhere throughout your holiday in the Holy Land.

We recommend you take clothing for spring/summer weather and a couple of warmer items such as a fleece or sweater for the evenings when it may be a bit cooler. Sports shoes with fairly thick cushioned soles for uneven pavements are also recommended.

Mobility

There is a certain amount of walking (and stairs) involved on a daily basis on this pilgrimage so please make sure you pack comfy footwear for this so that you are prepared. Your Local Guide will keep you updated on a daily basis with what to expect the following day. If you are finding it difficult to keep up then please make sure you tell them so they can help you to find places to rest and relax and then you can re-join the group at a later stage.

Whilst this is not a trekking or adventure holiday there will be some walking required where you may be on your feet for up to 90 minutes at some ancient sites and must be able to walk up to a mile. The paving may not always be smooth and seating not always available.

Travel insurance

Ensuring that your holidays are appropriately protected is one of our main priorities. That’s why we have specifically chosen Holiday Extras as our *preferred travel insurance provider to ensure that you are protected before and whilst you are travelling. Holiday Extras offer McCabe Travel guests favourable rates for single trip, multi-trip and annual policies.

For more information or to obtain a quote click below for their website

https://www.holidayextras.com/travel-insurance

Or call them on 0800 083 3551 to speak to a friendly advisor.

Please quote AG628 upon calling to receive the best rates

The McCabe Educational Trust

The McCabe Educational Trust is an independent registered charity with the aim of helping inspiring people we meet on some of our pilgrimages. As ‘the haves’ encounter the ‘have nots’ the Trust has become a practical tool for one to help the other.

McCabe Pilgrimages invite all travellers to become partners in this work. A £20 voluntary donation to the Trust’s work is added to every pilgrim’s invoice and all money raised in this way is given in full to the projects the Trust supports. This scheme is voluntary and confidential with nobody put under any pressure to participate.

Full financial security

All money paid to McCabe is fully secure. Holidays including flights are covered by our ATOL license from the Civil Aviation Authority, and holidays without flights are protected by our membership of the ABTOT bonding scheme. If a pilgrimage is cancelled, for instance through lack of numbers or for political considerations, McCabe will promptly refund all monies paid.

AITO Quality Statement

McCabe Pilgrimages is a member of the Association of Independent Tour Operators. The Association represents Britain’s leading independent tour operators and encourages high standards of quality and service. McCabe abides by the Association’s Code of Conduct and adheres to the AITO Quality Charter.

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