BIBLE LANDS STUDY
Lecture Tour by Dr Quek Swee Hwa
Dates & Countries Visited:
Dec 5 (Wednesday) to 14 (Friday), in Israel & Turkey
Accommodation & Board:
4 star hotel, full board
$3200 on twin-sharing basis
DAY 1 - Wednesday, 5 Dec
Depart Singapore via TK 61 at 2240hrs.
DAY 2 - Thursday, 6 Dec
Arrive Istanbul at 0725hr to catch connecting flight TK1184 to Tel
Aviv at 0850hrs. Arrive Tel Avivat 1045hrs. Day tour of Jerusalem. Check
in at Yad Hashmona, a Jewish-Christian moshav (community) which runs
an excellent motel situation on top of a hill near the site of biblical
DAY 3 - Friday, 7 Dec
Visit to the Model of the Second Temple (Jerusalem in the time of
Jesus), go to the "Seven Arches Hotel" at the top of the Mt of Olives for
the traditional "Melchizedek Welcome" to Jerusalem, have a panoramic view
of the Temple Mount and the ancient city of Jerusalem, walk down the hill
following the route Jesus took before he entered Jerusalem in triumph,
stop by Dominus Flevit ("Our Lord weeps", the Tear Drop Church), and go
to Gethsemane visit the garden as well as the Church of All Nations. From
there we shall proceed to the Dung Gate and visit the Wailing Wall and
take a unique tour of the Wailing Wall Tunnel, bringing us very close to
the location of the former Temple of Solomon. We shall visit the Pavement
(Gabbatha), the Pool of Bethesda (and the Church of St Anne), emerge through
St Stephen's Gate, and follow our bus to the Garden Tomb for a Holy Communion
Service and visit. We will return to Yad Hashmona for a Shabbat ("Sabbath")
dinner followed by an evening concert featuring David's Harp. Overnight
at Yad Hashmona.
DAY 4 - Saturday, 8 Dec
Day tour of Jerusalem and the Dead Sea. We leave the motel for Zion
Gate, visit the Armenian and Jewish Quarters, the Cardo (Main Street of
Aelia Capitolina, Jerusalem after AD 70), the Burnt House, the Wohl Archaeological
Museum featuring Herodian remains, the Southern Wall excavations. We re-join
our bus at the Dung Gate and drive to Kibbutz Qalia (Dead Sea).
DAY 5 - Sunday, 9 Dec
We visit Qumran where the Dead Sea Manuscripts were found, and travel
to Caesarea Maritima to visit the premier Roman City during the Herodian
period, where Paul sailed off for his missionary work and where he was
detained for two years in prison. Travel to Galilee or overnight at Tiberias
at the Jordan River Hotel (or at Kibbutz Maagan).
DAY 6 - Monday, 10 Dec
Day tour of Galilee, which includes a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee,
Lunch of St Peter's Fish at En Gev, visiting Chorazim, the Church
of the Beatitudes, Capernaum, Tabgha, Ginnosar ("The Jesus Boat"), and
"The Galilee Experience", a memorable, Messianic Jewish, multi-media presentation.
Overnight at Tiberias.
DAY 7 - Tuesday, 11 Dec
Tour of Nazareth (visiting the "Nazareth Village", a biblical theme
park featuring Nazareth in the time of Jesus and Cana where Jesus changed
water into wine. We end our short tour of Israel with a visit to Tel Megiddo,
where many ancient battles were fought. Some believe that this is the place
associated with the final Battle of Armageddon.
DAY 8 - Wednesday, 12 Dec
Half day tour of Emmaus, Beth-Shemesh, Bet Guvrim, Tel Maresha and
Joppa. Check in at Ben Gurion Airport (Lod) at 1720 hrs to depart for Istanbul
via TK 1187, arriving Istanbul at 1930 hrs. Check in to hotel in Istanbul
DAY 9 - Thursday, 13 Dec
Day tour of Istanbul. We start early in the morning, check out from
hotel, and visit Archaeological Museum, San Sophia, Topkapi, Chalcedon
(Asian part of Istanbul), ending with a shopping visit to the Grand Bazaar.
Go to airport for check in at 1945 hrs for departure via TK60 at 2145 hrs.
DAY 10 - Friday, 14 Dec
Arrive Singapore at 1520 hrs.
If you are interested to join
this tour, please contact Serene at 3538071 or firstname.lastname@example.org