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Footsteps of Jesus Study Tour

2018 dates:

    2 - 13 September | 1 - 12 October | 6 - 17 December (Special Christmas Program)    

The Footsteps  of Jesus study tour explores the Holy Land as Christian pilgrims where we study the life and ministry of Jesus of Nazareth. The tour integrates contextual biblical study with theological and spiritual reflection. The study tour enables you to encounter the roots and traditions of the Christian faith as well as allowing an understanding of some of the contemporary issues in Israel and Palestine.
You will then be able to relate your experiences to your life and ministry at home.

The Footsteps of Jesus study tour is run by St Georges College in Jerusalem and attracts pilgrims from all over the world.

Aims of the Course are: 

  • Explore the Holy Land as Christian pilgrims
  • Study the life and ministry of Jesus of Nazareth
  • Integrate contextual biblical study with theological and spiritual reflection
  • Encounter the roots and traditions of the Christian faith
  • Begin to understand some of the contemporary issues in Israel and Palestine
  • Relate your experiences to your lives and ministries in your home contexts.

 

Itinerary

Day 1 - Arrive Israel

A welcome transfer from Tel Aviv to St George's College in Jerusalem is included in the tour price. Mission Travel can assist you with an airfare to get you to Israel.

Attend the 6pm evening prayer and Eucharist at St Georges Cathedral, followed by a welcome reception and dinner at St George’s College. After dinner there is an Official Welcome and Orientation of the College.

Day 2 - Jerusalem

After breakfast there will be an introduction to the College staff and a group photo.

At 11am we do a geo-historical  exploration around Jerusalem. Return to the Guest House for lunch. This afternoon will be a lecture “The geographical context of Jesus’ ministry”. Evening prayer at 6pm followed by dinner.

 

Day 3 - The Birth of the Messiah

After breakfast we depart for Ein Karem (Luke 1:39-45) and visit the Church of the Visitation (Luke 1:39-56) and the Church of John the Baptist (Luke 1:57-66). Continue to Bethlehem (Luke 2:1-8) to visit the Church of the Nativity (Matt 1:18-25) and  Shepherd’s Fields ( Luke 2:8-20)  followed by lunch in Beit Sahour. We visit a co-operative craft shop for a spot of shopping before travelling to St George’s College for 6pm evening prayer and dinner. 

Day 4 - Galilee and the Sea

After breakfast we depart for the Sea of Galilee. Visit the Tabgha Church of the Multiplication (Mark 8:1-10) and St Peter's Prmiacy/Mensa Christi (John 21:1-25). Enjoy lunch and a visit of the Mount of Beatitudes (Matt 5:1-12). Continue to Capernaum (Matt8:5-18; Luke 7:1-10; John 6:52-59). Late afternoon we travel to Nazareth and check in at the Beit-Aram Guest House (or similar) for a 2 night stay.

 

Day 5 - Nazareth

This morning we share in the Eucharist at 7.30am followed by breakfast. Explore the excavations at the Sisters of Nazareth Convent and continue to the Basilica of the Annunciation with reflection on Scripture (Luke 1:26-38)

Whilst in Nazareth we also visit Mary’s Well and St Gabriel’s Orthodox Church.  Lunch at Awtar restaurant then travel north to Caesarea Philippi (Banias), source of the river Jordan, with reflection on Scripture (Matthew 16:13-28)  and the Golan Heights (Acts 9:1-19). Return to Nazareth for dinner and overnight.

Day 6 - The Transfiguration

After breakfast we check out of the Nazareth Guest House and travel to Mount Tabor, the site of the Transfiguration (Luke 9:28-35). Return to the Sea of Galilee for a boat ride followed by lunch. Return to Jerusalem via the Jordan Valley.
Evening prayer and dinner at St George's College.

Day 7 - The Day of the Lord

An early breakfast before we join the 11 am bilingual Eucharist at the Cathedral. Lunch at the guest house followed by a walk to the Western/Wailing Wall (Mark 11:15-19) and St Anne's Church and the Pool of Bethesda (John 5:1-15). Back to the college on foot for evening prayer and dinner.

Day 8 - Living Water

7:00 am Eucharist followed by breakfast. Depart for Ancient Shechem/Sychar (Nablus) and visit St. Phillip’s Anglican Church and meet Fr Ibrahim Nairouz.  Visit the Old City, St luke's Hospital Nablus and the Samaritan community centre followed by lunch. In the afternoon visit the Greek Orthodox Church of the Samaritan Woman at Jacob’s Well, with reflection on Scripture (John 4:4-42). Return to the College for evening prayer and dinner.

Day 9 - Mount of Olives

After breakfast we depart for the Mount of Olives on the outskirts of Old Jerusalem. Walk to Dominus Flevit, the church remembering when Jesus wept (Luke 19:41). Continue down Palm Sunday Road to the Garden of Gethsemane (mark 14:32-50). Lunch at back at the Guest House with the afternoon free. 

 

Day 10 - The waters of the Jordan

After breakfast depart for the Judean Wilderness for reflections on the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:25-37). Continue to the Jordan River for the renewal of baptismal vows (Mark 1:1-11). We then visit Jericho and the famous sycamore tree (Luke 19:1010). Do some shopping at the Hebron glass shop followed by lunch in Jericho.
Return to the college in the afternoon. After dinner attend a briefing on the Church of the Resurrection/Holy Sepulchre.

Day 11 - Cross and Resurrection

Depart early for The Way of the Cross, Via Dolorosa (on foot) ending at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre (John 20:1-18). Continue to Emmaus, Abu Ghosh (Luke 24:13-35). Eucharist at the Sisters of St Joseph: Our lady of the Ark of the Covenat (Kyriat Ye'arim). Return to the College for lunch.
Departure briefing, final reflections and certificates are handed out in the Lecture Room.
Closing reception and farewell dinner.

Day 12 - Depart

Depart after breakfast. Airport transfer to Tel Aviv airport is included in the tour price.

Inclusions:

  • 11 nights’ accommodation at St George’s College and guest house in Galilee

  • Full board from dinner on the arrival night to breakfast on the last day 

  • All transport for field trips and admission fees to sites and museums

  • Gratuities to guides, drivers and College staff

  • Airport transfers to/from Tel Aviv airport

Not included:

  • Airfare from Australia to Israel (please speak to us for a competitive quote)

  • Travel insurance click HERE for a quote and 20% discount
  • Beverages ordered with meals outside the College

  • Personal expenses – laundry, shopping, etc

  • Extra-curricular tours or events  

Bookings

Mission Travel has limited allocation of space on the Foosteps of Jesus study tour. You must book no later than 120 days prior to the commencement of the course.

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

Complete the booking and registration form, checklist and release 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 033 039
Account 829132
Reference: FOJ + surname

Visa/Mastercard payments attract a 1.5% fee and American Express a 3.5% 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, complete the checklist and sign the release 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 
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 with twin share and an 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.

In Nazareth you will spend 2 nights at the Beit Aram Guest House or similar.

 

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 unless sold out prior.

Final payment is due no later than 90 days prior to departure. You will receive an invoice in advance for payment.

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 extend my stay?

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 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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