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Easter in the Holy Land 2018

Available dates : 30 March - 10 April 2018

 

We are so excited to offer this incredible opportunity to visit the Holy City of Jerusalem during Easter.  This tour is full of historical experiences and  traditions that have celebrated Passover and Easter over 2000 years.  The tour will operate during the orthodox calendar of Easter (which in 2018 will be one week after Western Easter) which includes the Palm Sunday procession, a humbling foot washing ceremony and Good Friday’s dawn walk, the Way of the Cross.  There will be time for prayer and reflection as well as learning and lectures on faith.

The aims of the tour are: 

  1. To visit historical sites associated with Jesus’ Passion and Resurrection
  2. To participate in Holy Week and Easter observances in Jerusalem
  3. To learn from the theological and liturgical traditions of Christian Orthodoxy and to gain a greater appreciation for the common roots of our faith
  4. To study, pray and reflect together on the themes of Holy Week
  5. To return home renewed in faith. 

An incredible opportunity to be in the Holy City during Holy Week.

Walk the procession to Gethsemane, participate in the humbling foot wash ceremony and rejoice in the Easter Fire at the Holy Sepulchre.

Join pilgrims from all over the world as we remember all that Jesus did for us.

He is Risen! He is Risen indeed!

Itinerary

This itinerary is a guide only. The schedule may be subject to change without notice. A detailed itinerary will be provided on arrival in Jerusalem. 

Friday 30 March 2018 - Arrive Israel

We recommend you arrive today before the commencement of the Palestine of Jesus program tomorrow. Attend the 6pm evening prayer and Eucharist at St Georges Cathedral, followed by a welcome reception and dinner at St George’s College.

Saturday 31 March - Lazarus Saturday

Breakfast at the Guest House followed by a group photo.  Introductions and orientation will then commence.
Depart for Greek Orthodox procession to Lazarus’ tomb in Bethany (John 11.1-45) before returning to lunch at the Guest House.
In the afternoon we will experience an overview of Jerusalem by bus.
6pm evening prayer followed by dinner.
After dinner an "Introduction to Passover" lecture with a local Rabbi.

Sunday 1 April 2018 Palm Sunday

Breakfast at the Guest House followed by Holy Eucharist at St George’s Cathedral.
Lunch at the Guest House before we depart for Palm Procession, walking down the Mount of Olives from Bethpage (Mark 11.1-11/Matt 21.1-9/Luke 19.28-38). Back to the College for dinner  and  Christ in Quiet in the College Chapel.

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Monday 2 April 2018 Buried with him by Baptism

Early morning Eucharist followed by breakfast at the Guest House.
Depart for Jordan River for Renewal of Baptismal Vows then visit Monastery of St. Gerasimus
Visit the Sycamore tree in Jericho (Zacchaeus) (Luke 19:1-10) and an overview the Mount of Temptation  (Matt 4.1-11/Mark 1.12-13/Luke 4.1-13)
Lunch in Jericho followed by a visit to the Hebron Glass shop.
Depart for the College via Judean Wilderness, Wadi Qelt,  with reflection on Scripture (Luke 10:25-37).
Back to the college for evening Prayer with musical accompaniment.
Dinner at the Guest House,

Tuesday 3 April 2018 - Judgement and Condemnation

Briefing on Jesus’ Last Week with a walk down to the Western Wall/Wailing Wall (Matt 21.12-17/Mark 11.15-19/Luke 19.45-48/John 2.13-22).
Visit St. Peter in Gallicantu, the House of Caiaphas (Matt 26.57-58, 69-75/Mark 14.53-54, 66-72/Luke 22.54-62/John 18.15-18, 25-27).
Walk up to Jaffa Gate, Headquarters of Pontius Pilate (Mark 15.1-15/Matt 27.1-26/Luke 23.1-25/John 18.28-19.16).
Lunch in the Old City at the Maronite restaurant followed by The Lutheran Church of the Redeemer with the excavation visit.
Visit Alexander Nevsky (Judgement gate)  and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre (Mark 15.22-32/Matt 27.33-44/Luke 23.33-43/John 19:17-42)
Return to the College in time for evening prayer and dinner.
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Wednesday 4 April 2018 - Resurrection appearances

Breakfast at the Guest House before we depart for to the Sea of Galilee via Jordan Valley.
Visit the Church of the Multiplication (Mark 8:10), St Peter’s Primacy, Mensa Christi (John 21:1-25) before lunch and visit at the Mount of Beatitudes  with reflection on Scripture (Matt 28.16-20 see also Matt 5:1-12; 1 Cor 15.6).
Continue to Capernaum (Mark 1.21-38/Matt 4.12-17; 9.1-12; 8.5-18/Luke 7.1-10) before returning to Jerusalem.
Dinner at the Deanery. 

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Thursday 5 April 2018 - Maundy Thursday

Early Eucharist followed by breakfast before we depart for Ethiopian Orthodox foot washing ceremony (John 13:1–20).
Lunch in Old City and then a visit to the Armenian Orthodox foot washing ceremony at St. James’ Cathedral.
Early Dinner before 6pm Holy Eucharist at St. George’s Cathedral, followed by  procession to the Garden of Gethsemane (Mark 14.32-42/Matt 26.36-46/Luke 22.40-46).

When he had washed their feet, and taken his garments, and resumed his place, he said to them, “Do you know what I have done to you? You call me Teacher and Lord; and you are right, for so I am. If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I have given you an example, that you also should do as I have done to you. Truly, truly, I say to you, a servant is not greater than his master; nor is he who is sent greater than he who sent him. If you know these things, blessed are you if you do them…
Now is the Son of man glorified, and in him God is glorified; if God is glorified in him, God will also glorify him in himself, and glorify him at once. Little children, yet a little while I am with you. You will seek me; and as I said to the Jews so now I say to you, ‘Where I am going you cannot come.’ A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; even as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” (John 13:12–17, 31–35)

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Friday 6 April 2018 - Good Friday

On this holy day we depart at 6am for the Way of the Cross, Ecumenical Procession. 
Return to the Guest House for breakfast. 12 noon  Liturgy of Good Friday at St. George’s Cathedral followed by lunch.
Depart for St James Armenian Cathedral on foot for the Burial Service.

“Today is hanged upon the tree,
He who hanged the earth in the midst of the waters;
A crown of thorn crowns him,
who is the king of the angels;
He is wrapped about with the purple of mockery,
who wraps the heaven in cloud.” (From an Orthodox Good Friday hymn).

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Saturday 7 April 2018 - Holy Fire

This morning we depart on foot for Holy Fire Ceremony, at St James Armenian Cathedral.
Spend time in the Old City.
Easter Vigil at St. George’s Cathedral at 8pm.

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Sunday 8 April 2018 - Easter Day

Breakfast followed by Holy Eucharist at St George's Cathedral. Lunch at the College followed by free time to meditate and rejoice that He is Risen.

“If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. For you have died, and your life is hid with Christ in God. When Christ who is our life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.” (Colossians 3:1–4)

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Monday 9 April 2018 - The Road to Emmaus

Breakfast at the Guest House before we depart for Emmaus, Abu Ghosh (Luke 24:13-35).
Eucharist at the Sisters of St Joseph: Our lady of the Ark of the Covenant (Kyriat Ye’arim).
Return for lunch at the Guest House. 
Free afternoon. 
6pm - Departure Briefing / Final Course Reflections / Certificates / Reception area.
7pm  Farewell Dinner at the Deanery.

Tuesday 10 April 2018

After breakfast our time together comes to a close. You will be transferred to the Tel Aviv airport for your flight home.

If you would like to stay on in Israel or visit neighbouring Jordan, please speak to us about optional extensions.

 

We only have 6 places on this tour.

Contact us for a quote on airfares

 

Tour Price Includes:

  • Accommodation twin share for 11 nights at the St George's College Guest House, East Jerusalem
  • Airport transfers to/from Tel Aviv airport to Jerusalem
  • Full board - all meals
  • Sightseeing as listed
  • Gratuities

 

Not included:

  • Airfares - Contact us for a quote

  • Travel insurance (mandatory) Click HERE for a quote with 20% discount
  • Meals/snacks not indicated on itinerary
  • Drinks
  • Personal expenses – shopping, laundry, internet

Mission Travel has limited allocation of space on the tour. You must book no later than 120 days prior to the commencement of the tour (unless sold out).

To reserve a place on the tour complete the following steps:

Complete the booking and registration form and send this along with a copy of the photo page of your passport (you can register without your passport)
Pay a $500 per person non-refundable deposit (payment details on the booking form)

Send these details to:
Groups Department
Mission Travel
Suite 6, 670 Canterbury Rd
Surrey Hills VIC 3127

or email groups@missiontravel.com.au or call 1300 554 654.

The tour balance is due no later than 90 days prior to the commencement of the tour.

Payment can be made by direct deposit into our bank account:

BSB 033 050

Account 325074

Reference: Easter 2018 + surname

Visa/Mastercard payments attract a 1.2% fee and American Express a 3.2% fee.

 

FAQs

About St George's College

St George's College Jerusalem (SGCJ) is a continuing education centre of the Anglican Communion. It is an agency of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem, with a mission to the local church within the Diocese, to the wider Anglican Church in the Middle East, and to the global Anglican Communion.

The College programs focus on pilgrimage, community, study and reconciliation. 

The College is on the grounds of the St George's Cathedral in East Jerusalem. It is a three story building containing en suite rooms capable of housing up to 42 people. The 21,000 volume library is one of the largest English language libraries in Jerusalem.

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What Next?

Space on this amazing tour is strictly limited to only 6 people so please book in as soon as you can. 
Please complete a Mission Travel Booking Form and send to us with a $500 deposit

Groups Department
Suite 6, 670 Canterbury Rd
Surrey Hills VIC 3127

Email: groups@missiontravel.com.au

Flights to Israel

International flights from Australia to Israel are limited and at this busy time this should be investigated as soon as possible.
Please contact the team at Mission Travel to book your flights to accompany this tour.

Please do not book your flights until we have advised that the tour is guaranteed to proceed.

 

 

Accommodation

St Georges's College, Jerusalem - 11 nights

In Jerusalem you will be staying in the Guest House at St George's College in East Jerusalem.

The College is centrally located in a quiet, safe area that is walking distance to the Old City. There is CCTV and 24 hour security of the entire Cathedral Close area.
Bedrooms are clean and comfortable twin share with ensuite. For relaxation there are comfortable common areas including a lounge, dining area, library and a rooftop patio which is ideal for quiet times, reading and spending time with others.

There is a mini mart walking distance from the College.

 

Travel Insurance

It is mandatory to have travel insurance and it is strongly recommended to take out a policy at the time of paying your deposit.

For a quote and automatic 20% discount click HERE

Booking and Payment Deadlines

Bookings for this tour will close on 120 days prior to departure (Friday 30 November 2017)  unless sold out prior.

Final payment is due no later than Friday 29 December 2017.

Cancellation Penalties

The $500 deposit is non-refundable.
However, if the tour is cancelled by Mission Travel due to lack of numbers or security concerns, your deposit will be refunded.
Cancellation 120-91 days prior to departure: 25% cancellation fee of total trip cost
Cancellation 90 days or less prior to departure or once the tour has commenced: NO REFUND
It is vital that you are adequately insured for unforeseen cancellation.

Can I Stay On?

When in Israel why not take the opportunity and extend your stay to visit more of this incredible region! We suggest that you extend your stay AFTER the Easter tour rather then prior. There are options to visit neighbouring Jordan or Egypt or just more time in Israel. We work with on-ground operators and larger tour companies and have expert knowledge of the region. 

 

Fitness and mobility

Full participation in programs offered by St George’s College Jerusalem requires a good level of general fitness and the capacity to walk over uneven surfaces or up steep inclines. Please indicate any limitations on your fitness or mobility that may need to be taken into account.

For people over the age of 80 we ask for an assessment of your fitness by your medical practitioner.

More questions?

Please don't hesitate to speak to our groups team who have all visited the Holy Land before. 

They can be contacted on 03 9890 6555 (Press 3 for groups) or email groups@missiontravel.com.au 


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