Our Christian Friends of Yad Vashem tour offers an introduction to the modern State of Israel through its ancient history. The tour includes ancient Jewish sites (Shiloh, City of David and more) Christian sites (Capernaum, Garden of Gethsemane…) and sites related to the nation’s struggle for Independence in 1948 (Etzel Museum, Palmach Museum…). Whilst the Holocaust is an important element of the tour, which includes a behind-the-scenes time at Yad Vashem, The World Holocaust Remembrance Center, more standard sites in Jerusalem and the Galilee are included too. This is a VIP tour for repeaters and newcomers alike!
Remarkably, the tour compresses a variety of sites and more importantly, Israeli people into a short space of time. We will be meeting an Israeli policy-maker at the Knesset (the Israeli Parliament), and a Holocaust survivor at Yad Vashem. We will hear young soldiers located on the Israeli border share their experiences of defending the country. We will hear about the ethics of the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) from the man who teaches ethical conduct to the young soldiers.
We will be praying for the peace of Jerusalem at the Western Wall. We will be praying for the welfare of the nation as we tour strategic locations.
Come with us to celebrate Israel’s 70th birthday. Become a friend of not just Yad Vashem but of the Jewish State. Walk the Land at the time of Shavuot, New Testament’s Pentecost. In doing so, discover the Jewish roots of your Christian faith.
This is your personal invitation to join us in Prayer and Study to understand the ancient and the modern – prophecies fulfilled in our lifetime.
May 18th to 23rd 2018
Crowne Plaza Jerusalem Hotel
Ha Aliya Street 1
Tel.: +972 4 658 88 88
May 23rd to 25th 2018
Crowne Plaza Tel Aviv Beach
Ha Yarkon Street 145
6345313 Tel Aviv
Tel.: +972 3 520 11 11
May 25th to 26th 2018
Hotel Kinar Galil
12490 Sea of Galilee
Tel.: +972 4 673 88 22
Israel is a small country with great appeal, and while some arrive in the Holy Land on a spiritual quest, others arrive in search of cultural enlightenment, sunny white-sand beaches or becoming one with nature. From the barren, rocky deserts of the south, dotted with oases, ancient ruins and the great Dead Sea in its midst, to the green, rolling hills and valleys of the north steeped in Biblical history, Israel offers a variety like nowhere else. The old cities of Nazareth, Akko and Tzfat are a step back in time, while modern Haifa and Eilat, and the vibrant seaside city of Tel Aviv represent the secular, cosmopolitan side of the country. The Dead Sea, Red Sea, Sea of Galilee and Mediterranean Sea each emanate their own character, their appeals ranging from unique geological phenomena to tranquil spirituality or vibrant holiday resort.
And then there’s Jerusalem. Few cities in the world can attest to the life that Jerusalem has experienced. As the meeting point for three world religions – Judaism, Christianity and Islam – it is a fascinating living museum of ancient buildings, cobbled alleys and fervent worship. Market streets weave through the jumble of ecclesiastical buildings, each of the four quarters as different in its architecture as they are in the beliefs of their inhabitants. At the core of the Old City are three of the most significant religious buildings on the planet – the Western Wall, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre and the Dome of the Rock.
Israel is a modern country with excellent facilities for tourists. High class hotels, well-equipped budget hostels, charming guesthouses or desert eco-kibbutz are all represented, while those looking for something tasty to eat will find the country is positively bursting with good food. From the street snacks such as falafel and hummus to gourmet restaurants and trendy cafes, the choice is enormous. Public transport is efficient, the locals are welcoming and the weather idyllic.
There are crumbling temples, ruined cities, abandoned forts and hundreds of Biblical sites. There are extreme sports, cultural tours, nature and wildlife experiences, hiking and cycling opportunities and relaxing sea- or lakeside retreats. Most of all however, Israel is an incredibly diverse country with an eclectic population that will provide a wealth of unique experiences to entertain, challenge and move every visitor.
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Passport note: Due to a lack of diplomatic relations between Israel and many Arabic or predominantly Muslim countries, those with Israel entry stamps in their passports will not be allowed entry. Since January 2013, visitors are given an entry card instead of a stamp on arrival which you must keep until you leave.
Visas: Some nationals need a visa for entering Israel. Please click here to find out if you need a prearranged visa for your stay.
Note: Many hotels, tour companies, car rental agencies and other tourist services quote their prices in US dollars. It is customary to tip 12-15% in restaurants and cafés. Tipping in bars is appreciated but not expected, and it is the norm to round up to the nearest shekel in taxis. Bargaining is done only in open markets.
All major credit cards are accepted.
ATMs are widely available.
These are widely accepted. To avoid additional exchange rate charges, travellers are advised to take traveller’s cheques in US Dollars.
Sun-Fri 0830-1200 and Sun, Tues, Thurs 1600-1800 although these can vary slightly between banks.
Social conventions:Israelis are usually very informal but with the European style of hospitality. Israelis are typically blunt and direct in speech, which should not be misinterpreted as rudeness. Visitors should observe normal courtesies when visiting someone’s home and should not be afraid to ask questions about the country as most Israelis are happy to talk about their homeland, religion and politics. The expression shalom (peace) is used for hello and goodbye.
Dress is casual, but in the holy places of all religions modest attire is worn. For places such as the Western Wall, male visitors are given a smart cardboard yarmulke (skull cap) to respect the religious importance of the site. Businesspeople are expected to dress smartly, or at least in smart casual style, although ties are often not worn. The most expensive of restaurants and nightclubs may expect a similar standard. If formal evening wear is required this will be specified on invitations.
It is considered a violation of Shabbat (Sabbath, on Saturday) to smoke on that day. There is usually a sign to remind the visitor of this, and to disregard the warning would be regarded as discourteous.
Lightweight clothes for warmer months are required. Mediumweights are recommended for winters, although on the Red Sea coast they are unlikely to be necessary during the day.
Although only the size of Massachusetts, Israel contains a great variety of terrain and four climate zones. The north of the country is the fertile hill region of Galilee, rising to Mount Hermon and Golan in the northeast. The fertile Plain of Sharon runs along the coast, while inland is a range of hills and uplands with relatively barren stony areas to the east. The country stretches southwards through the Negev Desert to Eilat, on the Red Sea. The Dead Sea (the lowest point in the world) sits along the eastern border along the great Syrian-African Rift Valley. Israel’s largest freshwater lake, the Kinneret (also known the Sea of Galilee) is an important source of drinking water for the country and a significant religious destination for Jewish and Christian pilgrims.
Owing to its location on the climatic and geographical crossroads, where the northern steppes of Europe meet the Syrian-African Rift Valley, Israel has a surprisingly varied flora and fauna. It has 2,380 species of flora and more than 100 species of mammal. The country is also a crucial stop-over on the great bird migrations as they make their way north and south twice a year. Israel has 66 national parks and 190 nature reserves, under control of the Israel Nature and National Parks Authority.