How timely was this delicious post from Marlene about her recent trip to Israel! – just as I was about to tell you about the tour my DH (the Rev’d Canon Boak Jobbins) and I are escorting early next year.
I don’t believe in coincidences, so if you happen to be thinking about making the journey yourself sometime soon, this might be your opportunity.
“In the Footsteps of Jesus” is a 21 day tour, from 19 February to 10 March 2012, starting in the city of Amman in Jordan.
We’ll be flying there from Sydney, but if you want to join us, and don’t live in Australia, it’s very easy to arrange to meet us there.
We’ll travel to some fabulous sites in Jordan, including the ruins of the city of Jerash, and unforgettable Petra, before crossing into Israel near Aqaba and travelling north through the Negev Desert to the Dead Sea region. Here we’ll ascend to the fortress of Masada in a cable car, and even enjoy a float in the Dead Sea if you wish.
As we travel further up we’ll visit Qumran, Bethany, Joppa, Caesarea Maritima, Mt Carmel, Tiberias, Megiddo, Sepphoris, and Capernaum – all familiar names right out of the Bible.
We’ll take a ride in a small boat on the Sea of Galilee where the rolling hills that surround us have changed little since Jesus’ day.
The climax of any trip to the Holy Land has to be Jerusalem and our plan is to arrive via the Mount of Olives so that we can enjoy the spectacular vista before going down into the city.
As well as exploring Jerusalem in detail (we have 6 nights there) we will go out to Bethlehem , and to Jericho (security permitting).
This video has more photos of what you’ll see.
It will be my third time in Israel, and Boak’s fourth, and he, of course, is wonderfully knowledgeable about the significance of each of the sites we’ll visit. In addition we’ll have a local guide and bus driver to take us everywhere in air conditioned comfort, and we’ll stay in 4 star hotels (with ensuite facilities).
If you’d like to read about our adventures on the tour we led in 2008 pop over to the blog I wrote as we went along.
This tour works for me on so many levels. Like Marlene, I feel a very deep spiritual connection with this part of the world. For the historian it’s a treasure-trove. Photographers, artists and quilters will find so much to feed their creative appetite – and if our previous trip is anything to go by, we will enjoy making new friends.
Please contact me at email@example.com if you’d like more details including the costs.
We would like to know reasonably soon whether we have a viable number of participants.