Germans and the Lutheran Church in the Holy Land

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.

Day 1
Arri­val Day

Arrive at Tel Aviv Air­port and after for­ma­li­ties head to the Lutheran Guest­house for your first night accom­mo­da­tion in Jerusalem.

Day 2
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.

Day 3
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.

Day 4
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.

Day 5
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.

Day 6
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.

Day 7
Depar­ture Day

Today you will head to the air­port to take your depar­ture flight home.

Tour Details


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.

Cust­o­mize Your Tour

Please feel free to pro­vide us with your own ideas and pre­fe­ren­ces about your tour. Our tra­vel pro­fes­sio­nals will be happy to tailor your per­so­na­li­zed tour exactly as you want it to be!

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