The Palestine of Jesus tour held at St Georges College in Jerusalem combines biblical and historical studies with touring the region. The pilgrimage goes to selected sites connected with Jesus’ life, ministry, death, and resurrection. It is educational and has a great focus on the historical contexts and cultures in which Jesus’ exercised his earthly ministry, full of teaching and theological insights, it will be a holiday of a lifetime!
During your stay you will be a guest of ‘living stones’, the local Palestinian Christian community, with whom you will draw nearer to Christ in the breaking of the bread.
You should expect your faith to be transformed and renewed as you make your pilgrim journey through the Holy Land. We will learn together, pray together, and worship together as we go.
We recommend you arrive the day before the commencement of the Palestine of Jesus program.
Attend the 6pm evening prayer and Eucharist at St Georges Cathedral, followed by a welcome reception and dinner at St George’s College.
After breakfast there will be an orientation and overview of the course.
Depart by coach from the College for an orientation tour of 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.
After breakfast we depart for Bethlehem (Luke 2:1-8) and visit the Church of the Nativity with reflection on Scripture (Matthew 1:18-25) Continue to Shepherd’s Fields with a time followed by lunch in Beit Sahour. We visit a co-operative craft shop for a spot of shopping before travelling to nearby Herodian (Matthew 2:16-18).
Return to St George’s College for 6pm evening prayer and dinner. After dinner will be “Christ in the Quiet” in the College Chapel..
After breakfast we depart for the Judean wilderness. We pause for Good Samaritan reflections (Luke 10:25-37). Visit Jericho, the site of the sycamore tree (Zacchaeus - Luke 19:1-10) before taking the cable car to the Mount of Temptation (Matthew 4:1-11). After lunch in Jericho we visit the Hebron glass shop then continue to the baptismal site on the River Jordan for the opportunity to renew your baptism vows (Mark 1:1-13). Return to the college early afternoon for free time before 6pm prayer and dinner.
Today we farewell Jerusalem and travel to the Sea of Galilee via the Jordan Valley. Visit Tabgha Church of the Multiplication (Mark 8:1-10), Peter’s Primacy
“And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church” (Matthew 16:18). We then enjoy lunch at the Mount of Beatitudes with reflection on Scripture (Matthew 5:1-12). In the afternoon we visit Capernaum (Matthew 8:5-18, Luke 7:1-10; John 6:52-59). We then travel to Nazareth and check in at the Sisters of Nazareth Guest House for a 2 night stay.
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.
An early breakfast before we join the 10am Eucharist at the Anglican Christ Church in Nazareth. After lunch we travel to the Sea of Galilee for a boat ride and reflection on Scripture (Matthew 8:23-27).
Return to Jerusalem in the afternoon in time for 6pm evening prayer and dinner at the College.
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, 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.
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. Lunch at back at the Guest House with the afternoon free. Before dinner enjoy a lecture on Islam.
After breakfast depart for the Old City to see Lion Gate Haram ash-Sharif, Dome of the Rock, Al Aqsa Mosque
St Anne’s Church, Pool of Bethesda, with reflection on Scripture (John 5:1-18)
Continue to the Western Wall / Wailing Wall, (Matthew 21:12-17, Mark 11:15-19, Luke 19:45-48, John 2:13-22) before returning to the College for lunch and free time. Tonight’s lecture will be on Judaism.
An early departure for Masada via Ein Gedi (1 Samuel 24:1-22)as we tour the Masada excavations.
Lunch in Qumran followed by a visit of the Qumran Excavations (Community of the Essenes).
Float on the Dead Sea and cover yourself in mud before returning to the College for a hot shower and dinner!
Today we visit Israel Museum to see the spectacular Model of Second Temple Jerusalem and the Shrine of the Book (Dead Sea Scrolls)
Lunch at the Guest House followed by a lecture: Jesus in the Context of Judaism
Evening Prayer, dinner at the Guest House and Christ in Quiet (College Chapel)
Depart for Mount Zion to see St Peter in Gallicantu / the House of Caiaphas
(Mark 14:53-72, Psalm 88). Walk up to the Upper Room (Last Supper and Pentecost) with reflection on Scripture (Mark 14:17-26)
Lunch at the Maronite restaurant followed by a visit to the Church of St. Alexander Nevsky
Back to the College via Jaffa Gate, headquarters of Pontius Pilate (Mark 15.1-15/Matt 27.1-26/Luke 23.1-25/John 18.28-19.16)
Eucharist at St George’s Cathedral: Bilingual Arabic and English
Lunch at the Guest House with free time for the remainder of the day.
Evening Prayer at 6pm followed by dinner and an evening briefing on the Holy Sepulchre.
Depart early for The Way of the Cross, Via Dolorosa (on foot) ending at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre (John 20:1-18)
Lunch at the Guest House with the afternoon free. At 5.30pm we meet for departure briefing, final reflections, certificates (Lecture Room)
Closing reception & dinner Guest House
Depart after breakfast. Airport transfer to Tel Aviv airport.
15 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 (some exceptions apply in itinerary)
All transport for field trips and admission fees to sites and museums
Airport transfers to/from Tel Aviv airport
Airfare from Australia to Israel (please speak to us for a competitive quote)
Beverages ordered with meals outside the College
Personal expenses – laundry, shopping, etc
Extra-curricular tours or events
Mission Travel has limited allocation of space on the Palestine of Jesus course. 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 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:
Suite 6, 670 Canterbury Rd
Surrey Hills VIC 3127
or email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1300 554 654.
The tour balance is due no later than 90 days prior to the commencement of the Palestine of Jesus course.
Payment can be made by direct deposit into our bank account or phone through your credit card details:
BSB 033 039
Reference: POJ + surname
Visa/Mastercard payments attract a 1.5% fee and American Express a 3.5% fee.
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.
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.
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 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.
It is mandatory to have travel insurance and it is strongly recommended to take out a policy at the time of paying your deposit.
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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.
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.
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.
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.