Inner Faith Travel – Jewish Heritage Journey to Spain & Israel with Celebrate Messiah

Jewish Heritage Journey to Spain & Israel with Celebrate Messiah

18th October - 5th November 2017
CFI Dove
Tour dates: 18th October - 5th November 2017
Hosted by: Barry Buirski

Jewish Heritage Journey to Spain & Israel with Celebrate Messiah

PROPOSED ITINERARY:

WEDNESDAY 18th OCTOBER, 2017

Depart flights from Australia. (Meals on flights)

THURSDAY 19th

Arrival into Barcelona. Tour the Call (from the Hebrew word meaning “community”) of the Juderia, the Jewish Quarter, from where the Jews were expelled in 1492, including Spain’s oldest synagogue, Sinagoga Mayor Barcelona · Bus and walking tour of general highlights of Barcelona, including Casa Btlló, La Sagrada Familia Cathedral designed by eccentric architect Antoni Gaudi, Las Ramblas and Park Guell. Transfer to hotel.

Optional tour: of Museu Picasso, a museum dedicated to the history of Picasso’s work, with hundreds of his pieces on display.

Overnight Barcelona (B-D)

FRIDAY 20th

Travel to Girona, center of Kabala and Jewish mysticism, one of the most beautiful cities in Spain, with a rich heritage that allows us to immerse in Catalonia’s ancient and medieval history. Tour Girona by bus and on foot, including the enchanting Medieval streets of the Call with the Catalan Jewish Museum, the Catedral with its single turret and the Arab Baths · Continue to the charming Medieval town of Besalu, a beautifully preserved town in northern Catalonia, to view its bridge and the second oldest Mikveh (Jewish ritual bath) in Europe, from the Eleventh Century. Return to Barcelona. Visit Monjuic (Jew Mountain) and its Magic Fountain, a spectacular display of colour, light, motion, music and water acrobatics.

Overnight Barcelona (B-D)

SATURDAY 21st

By high speed train to Madrid · Transfer to hotel · Free time for individual exploration of Madrid · Shabbat dinner and meeting with local Jewish community representatives.

Overnight Madrid (B-D)

SUNDAY 22nd

Explore the Prado Museum, one of the great museums of the world, founded by Charles V in

the late Eighteenth Century. Tour of Madrid’s main cultural and architectural monuments, including the Parque del Buen Retiro, La Puerta de Alcala, El Parque Del Buen Retiro, Plaza de Cibeles, El Museo Reina Sofia y el Thyseen-Bornemisza and more. Visit the Plaza de España, including the Monument to Miguel de Cervantes, author of Don Quixote. Flamenco Dinner Show.

Overnight Madrid (B-D)

 

MONDAY 23rd

Travel by bus to Toledo, at one time considered the “Jerusalem” of the West. During the reign of King Alfonso Toledo X “The Wise”, there was a remarkable Jewish scientific and artistic activity here. · View the city from the Tagus River, a view inspired by the famous El Greco painting · Visit the majestic Alcazar Fortress. Sitting at the highest point in the city, this site commanded control of the city from Roman times through modern times, when it played a central role in the Spanish Civil War. · Continue to two synagogues which were converted to churches after the expulsion of Spanish Jewry: El Transito Church (Abulafia Synagogue), including the Sephardic Museum and Santa Maria La Blanca Church (the Grand Synagogue) · Train to Cordoba. Overnight Cordoba. (B-D)

TUESDAY 24th

After breakfast travel to Grenada by bus · Tour the Alhambra and the Generalife. Built by the emirs of late Moorish Spain and romanticized by Washington Irving in his epic poem Tales of the Alhambra, this extraordinarily beautiful series of buildings fell to the Christian rulers in the Reconquista. In 1492 two history-changing documents were signed in the throne room: the Alhambra Decree, otherwise known as the edict of Expulsion of Spanish Jewry and, a few months later, the decision to grant a charter to Christopher Columbus to search for a western route to India · Visit Taracean artisans working in traditional regional woodcrafts Overnight Cordoba (B-D)

WEDNESDAY 25th

A Dios! · Visit the Mezquita and the Cathedral of Cordoba, which in the 9th and 10th Centuries was the Great Mosque of Cordoba, the largest mosque in the world. · View the Roman Bridge · Wander the streets of this Roman and Medieval town, a UNESCO World Heritage site, viewing the Yehuda Halevy Plaza, Casa de Sefarad – including a Ladino music concert, Monument to Moses Maimonides and the Maimonides Synagogue · Transfer by train to the Madrid where we will overnight. Overnight Madrid (B-D)

THURSDAY 26th

Early departure to Tel Aviv Welcome dinner and check into our hotel . Overnight Tel Aviv. (B-D)

FRIDAY 27th

Visit Diaspora Museum and visit ancient Jaffa After we travel to the Valley of Elah, the biblical town and now national park of Beit Grovin. Originally a Jewish settlement dating back at least 3,000 years, the sprawling city over time became home to Byzantine Christians and later Muslims. Impressive bell-shaped caves and underground chambers were hollowed by hand out of the soft chalk creating an entire underground city. Hiking amongst the remains of ancient towns like Azeka and King Hezekiah’s Sokho help conjure up the epic biblical battle between David and Goliath, which the Bible tells us took place here. Sabbat dinner of a lifetime tonight as we welcome the Sabbath. Overnight Jerusalem. (B-D)

SATURDAY 28th

We begin our day with a visit to the “Jesus Boat” The boat is tastefully displayed in the Yigal Allon Museum on the grounds of Kibbutz Ginosar . We will depart on our own boat to sail across the Sea of Galilee where we will stop in the middle of the Sea for a time of worship and reflection. Baptismal site is our next stop. There will be time for those who wish to be Baptised or re dedicate their lived to the Lord.

Visit a Kibbutz, a collectively organized agricultural settlement, in the upper Galilee. Meet a Kibbutznik who will tell about life along the Lebanese border, some kilometers away from the area where Hezbollah, a militant Islamic movement, is in power. Meet Israeli soldiers, young guys that are responsible for Israel’s safety on Israel’s northern border with Lebanon. An on-site briefing regarding Israel’s security challenges concerning the Iranian supported Hezbollah in Southern Lebanon. (Note: a three hour coach trip one way)

Overnight Jerusalem. (B-D)

SUNDAY 29th

Visit to Masada, situated on the top of a mountain overlooking the desert panorama to the west and the Dead Sea to the east. The thrilling story of the site reveals the courage of the Jewish defenders of Masada and their battle against the conquering Romans. Swim and float in the Dead Sea, bathing yourself in the mineral rich water and mud. Visit the seven sculptured relief panels reflecting the crucifixion and seven life-size bronze figures reflecting the Holocaust. Visit to the Fountain of Tears, a dialogue between crucifixion and holocaust. An impressive art series made by Rick Wienecke in Arad. Overnight Jerusalem. (B-D)

MONDAY 30th

Visit Tel Beer Sheva, a national park with remains dating from biblical Beer Sheva. UNESCO has declared the hill a World Hertige Site. The strong position the Turks established here was a key obstacle to the conquest of the city and the ANZAC troops had to conquer it before storming the city itself. Visit the CJCUC (Center for Jewish-Christian Understanding and Cooperation). The CJCUC is a unique center, established by orthodox Jews who want to recuperate and deepen Christian-Jewish relations.

Visit to Bethlehem – the city where King David and Jesus were born followed by a meeting with the Palestinian Pastor Naim Khoury with an update about Christianity in the Palestinian Authority. Overnight Jerusalem. (B-D)

TUESDAY 31st

Visit the Park of the Australian Soldier, a memorial park and public playground with special facilities and equipment for children with various types of disabilities. The park aims to promote the integration of special needs children into the community. Then on to the Commonwealth War Graves Cemetery, established after the conquest of Beer Sheva in 1917. There are 1,239 soldiers buried there, among them member of the ANZAC troops, including 173 Australians and 31 New Zealanders. Visit the Beer Sheva Stream Park and Turkish Bridge, where the Australian soldiers overran the Turkish forces with lightning speed following a service commemorating the ANZAC victory at the Battle of Beersheva on 31st October 1917. Overnight Jerusalem (B-D)

WEDNESDAY 1st NOVEMBER

An introduction to modern Israel and the Jewish people in Yad Vashem, Israel’s main Holocaust remembrance and education center. Visit the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial Center including the Avenue of the Righteous and the Children’s Memorial In the heart of a neighborhood in downtown Jerusalem, the largest open market in Israel was built in 1928, the Machane Yehuda Market. Walking through the market’s alleyways is a good opportunity to meet Jerusalem and its fascinating human mosaic.

Walk through the atmospheric Jewish Quarter. Visit the Temple Mount Institute and the Western Wall.

Overnight Jerusalem. (B-D)

THURSDAY 2nd

Visit the scenes of Jesus’ prayer to His Father in the Garden of Gethsemane we examine the remains of the Pool of Bethesda. Visit the Garden Tomb. This ancient cemetery is a moving site in which to recall the crucifixion and burial of Jesus. Spend time in these peaceful garden surroundings in prayer, song, fellowship and communion. The rest of the day is yours to enjoy magnificent ancient Jerusalem

Overnight Jerusalem. (B-D)

FRIDAY 3rd

Join in worship at Christ Church. Tour of Christ Church and it’s Heritage Center. The CMJ Heritage Centre at Christ Church is housed in a beautiful 19th century building, the original home of the British Consulate in Jerusalem. It contains many unique artefacts that present the rich legacy of CMJ’s ministry among the Jewish people, and its invaluable contribution to restoration of Israel. Walk through the Biblical City of David, the very roots of Jerusalem, where archeology confirms the Bible. Walk through Hezekiah’s Tunnel to the Pool of Siloam. After traversing a newly discovered tunnel connecting the City of David with the Temple Mount, emerge beneath Robinson’s Arch to discuss the place and function of the Temple in Jesus’ time Visit the Davidson Center with excavations of the Herodian Temple, as it stood prior to its destruction by Roman troops in the year 70 CE. Walk the Southern Steps leading to the temple, where Jesus walked.

Overnight Jerusalem. (B-D)

SATURDAY 4th

Transfer to the airport Departures to Australia.

(Meals in Flight)

SUNDAY 5th

Arrival home with memories to last a lifetime.

(Meals in Flight)

Summary of Tour

Price includes:

Round trip airfare from Australia. New Zealand departures – airfares available upon request All airport assistance, touring expenses in all countries visited with an English speaking tour guide in modern air-conditioned coaches, nightly accommodation in 3 or 4 star hotels, majority of hotel and airport baggage handling, all entrance fees and meals where indicated (Breakfast – Dinner).

Price does not include:

Beverages with meals, tipping expenses, airline departure/ticket taxes, drinks, Visa cost (if applicable), or Travel Insurance.

Arrangements such as transfers, accommodation, etc. outside the set group arrangements/dates are at an additional cost.

COST AUD$ 9485

Plus: AUD $ 324 Tipping per person

(Cost subject to a minimum of 15 adults travelling).

SINGLE room supplement costs are available on request.

 

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