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St. George’s by the River

Feb 18, 2020 - Feb 25, 2020

A Christian Journey to the Holy Land
Join St. George’s by the River on a unique journey to Israel. This pre-lenten trip (returning the morning of Ash Wednesday) will provide an insider’s look at the land, people, politics and possibilities of Israel. This is not your typical “pilgrimage” tour, though we will have many opportunities to explore our Christian heritage, history, and spirituality. We will also gain a window into the broader context of Israel and interfaith relations today.
Monday, February 17
  • Two recommended flights from Newark Airport
  • Other connections possible, if planning to arrive a day earlier
Overnight: In flight
Day 1
Tuesday, February 18
Welcome - Arrival in Israel
  • Early morning arrival
  • Head north to the Galilee, with a stop at Caesarea en route for an introduction and overlook of the sea
  • Lunch on own at the picturesque town of Zichron Yaakov
  • Overlook of Bahai Gardens in Haifa or visit to Ramat HaNadiv in Zichron, depending on traffic
  • Welcome dinner at the hotel
Overnight: Leonardo Club Hotel, Tiberias
Day 2
Wednesday, February 19
  • Full day visit to Tabgha and other Christian sites on the Sea of Galilee, including Jordan River baptismal site
  • Possible visit to Golan Heights
  • Lunch on own
  • Dinner at Decks overlooking Sea of Galilee
Overnight: Leonardo Club Hotel, Tiberias
Day 3
Thursday, February 20
  • Visit to Church of Annunciation in Nazareth
  • Lunch on own in Nazareth
  • Visit to Tzippori National Park (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sepphoris)
  • Special welcome to Jerusalem ceremony at an overlook onto the Old City upon arrival
  • Dinner on own in Jerusalem
  • Exploration of downtown and Machane Yehuda market by night
Overnight: Dan Jerusalem Hotel, Jerusalem
Day 4
Friday, February 21
  • Visit Yad Vashem, Israel’s Holocaust Remembrance Museum
  • Lunch on own in Machane Yehuda market
  • Visit to Gethsemane and Mt. of Olives
  • Dinner at the hotel
Overnight: Dan Jerusalem Hotel, Jerusalem
Day 5
Saturday, February 22
  • Tour of Old City of Jerusalem – 4 Quarters, including Church of the Holy Sepulchre and Stations of the Cross
  • Lunch on own in Christian Quarter
  • Visit to other churches in the Old City and other sites in Jerusalem
  • Sound and light show at the Tower of David Museum
  • Dinner on own in Jerusalem
  • Optional Western Wall Tunnel tour by night
Overnight: Dan Jerusalem Hotel, Jerusalem
Day 6
Sunday, February 23
  • Sunday morning services at St. Georges Cathedral, followed by discussion with local clergy
  • Visit Bethlehem, including the Church of the Nativity, Manger Square and the Roots Project
  • Lunch on own in Manger Square
  • Dinner in the hotel and follow up group conversation
Overnight: Dan Jerusalem Hotel, Jerusalem
Day 7
Monday, February 24
  • A morning Bedouin experience at Genesis Land
  • Ascent to Masada, an ancient Roman fortress and central story to modern-day Israel
  • A lunch and spa experience at a private hotel beach on the Dead Sea
  • A nice drive across the desert to Tel Aviv
  • Dinner on own at Sarona Market complex in Tel Aviv
Overnight: Metropolitan Hotel, Tel Aviv
Day 8
Tuesday, February 25
  • Tour of Old Tel Aviv
  • Visit the Stock Exchange and Taglit Innovation Center
  • Visit the artists fair at Nachalat Binyamin market, with lunch on own
  • Visit to Rabin Square and possibly Rabin Museum
  • Closing conversation and farewell dinner in Jaffa
  • Departure – overnight flights…or extend your trip to enjoy more of Israel!
Overnight: In flight

*Program is subject to change, pending confirmations.

Per person, based on double occupancy
Single supplement

* Prices do not include flights


The rates are based on:

  • 4 nights in Dan Hotel Jerusalem
  • 2 nights in Leonardo Club Tiberias
  • 1 night in Metropolitan Hotel Tel Aviv
  • Bedouin hospitality
  • Airport/Hotel assistance and transfers
  • Touring on a luxury bus accompanied by a great tour guide throughout
  • Most dinners at the hotels, including welcome dinner
  • Lunch & Swim at the Dead Sea: spa experience, private beach of the hotel and lunch at the hotel
  • Farewell dinner at a restaurant
  • Special activities: The new Sound and Light show at the Tower of David, Roots project, Tel Aviv Innovation Center and much more

Journey organized by boutique Israel, operated by IGT as part of its high standard Christian programs

Phone number: 1-402-404-5205
Mention promo code: IGT-MAKOR

There are no group flights organized for this tour.