The Evangelical Lutheran Church in the Holy Land traces its origin to the middle of the 19th century when German and English Evangelical Christians came to Palestine to support the Christian minority in the area through diaconal and mission work. Their activities were many and were channeled through a variety of organizations and institutions. This tour is an introduction to some of these activities and gets you into contact with representatives and local congregations.
Arrive at Tel Aviv Airport and after formalities head to the Lutheran Guesthouse for your first night accommodation in Jerusalem.
Jerusalem – The Old City
Today, enjoy a walking tour of the Old City of Jerusalem. Your guide will meet you at your guesthouse for breakfast and from there the tour will start by visiting the Church of the Redeemer, the headquarters of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land; meet with the priest for a brief introduction and discussion. Continue by walking the Via Dolorosa and visiting the church of St. Ann, and then continue to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre for a visit. Return to your guesthouse for dinner and overnight.
The German Colony and the Augusta Victoria Hosptial and Church
You will have half a day of rest and leisure allowing you to stroll in the streets of the Old City and do some shopping. In the afternoon, head to the German Colony in Jerusalem, established in the second half of the 19th century by members of the German Templar Society. Today the area is an upscale neighborhood bisected by Emek Refaim Street.
Continue to the Augusta Victoria Hospital and Church compound on the Mt. of Olives. Meet with the director of the Hospital to view the services and the situation of local communities. Today the ELCJHL continues this call to witness through education and health care for Palestinians regardless of faith and provides for the spiritual needs of the Arab Lutheran community.
The Lutheran Mission in Palestine
The initial phase of the Lutheran mission began in 1841 when a joint British Anglican and Prussian Evangelical bishopric was established in Jerusalem. In 1851 Theodor Fliedner of Kaiserswerth, was invited to bring four deaconesses to the Holy Land to begin a hospital. Four years later, a school for girls, Talitha Kumi, was established. This was the first school to offer girls a proper education.
You will visit Talitha Kumi on your way to visiting Bethlehem and the Church of Nativity, the Milk Grotto and the Shepherds’ Field. Continue to the city of Beit Jala to visit the Lutheran church property, and the boy’s home built in 1945 as a part of the Schneller School operation, where they support orphaned and disadvantaged boys. Overnight at the Lutheran Guesthouse in Bethlehem.
Jericho, the Dead Sea and the Sea of Galilee
After breakfast you will head to the Galilee stopping by the oldest continually inhabited city in the world with a 10,000 year history – Jericho. After visiting the Jericho excavations and the Mt. of Temptation you will head to the Dead Sea for a visit and a swim.
Continue by bus north to the Sea of Galilee, where you will visit the baptismal site, the Sea of Galilee, Capernaum and Tabgha before checking into the Pilgerhaus Guesthouse in Tabgha.
Nazareth and the German Colony in Haifa
In the morning head to the city of Nazareth to visit the Church of Annunciation, the church of St. Gabriel and Mary’s Well. Head to the Nazareth village to view how local communities lived in the time of Jesus.
In the afternoon, continue to Haifa to visit the German Colony as well as the Baha’i gardens before returning to Tiberias for your dinner and overnight and the Pilgerhaus.
Today you will head to the airport to take your departure flight home.
All our tours are private tours including private transportation and private guiding.
- Meet & Assist at Tel Aviv Airport.
- 6 nights stay in mentioned places in good middle class hotels or church guesthouses (please tell us about your preferences), all overnight stays incl. breakfast.
- All mentioned sightseeing tours, including transportation by private modern & tourism-licensed a/c vehicles (according to group size).
- Professional guiding by a qualified & tourism-licensed guide, spiritual and faith oriented guiding available.
- Extra time for prayers and meditation throughout the tour.
- Chances to meet local congregations and attend local services (please let us know about your interests at the time of booking).
- Half board (breakfast + dinner, excl. beverages).
- Recommended gratuities.
- Travel Security Consultation prior to and throughout your tour.
- Special services for church groups and study groups.
All prices are inclusive of all mentioned services and valid throughout the year except major holidays during the high season. Please inquire for details.
- Private tour, 1 to 4 people: Please inquire for individual pricing.
- Private tour, 5 to 9 people: 990 €
- Private tour, 10 to 17 people: 930 €
- Private tour, 18 to 26 people: 895 €
- Private tour, 27 to 36 people: 780 €
- Private tour, 37 and more: Please inquire for individual pricing.
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