Mar 26 - Apr 06, 2020



Our Jewish Heritage: A Hiking Pilgrimage of Israel


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Building on a successful and well-acclaimed pilgrimage to the Holy Land in 2019, The Rev. Gregory Farrand invites you to join him, parishioners and friends in a follow-up journey to Israel focusing on people, places and events of the Old Testament.  The program includes several days of hiking in sites south of Jerusalem, walking in the footsteps of Jewish men and women of faith.  We visit places associated with Abraham and Sarah – including Hebron, the site of King David’s battle with Goliath, and the area associated with the ancient tribe of Judah and the Judge Samson.  We continue with visits to historic and religious sites in Jerusalem and then head north to the Galilee region to walk in the footsteps of Jesus and his early disciples.  We will benefit from the guidance and expertise of the same guide we had in 2019 – Lior – and enjoy first class accommodations and delicious food throughout the program.  Sign up early to reserve your place on this memorable and enriching program. 


Program Itinerary


Thursday, March 26, 2020

Participants will make their own arrangements to arrive in Tel Aviv today. One group transfer will be provided this afternoon to the designated guest house near Beer Sheva. In order to be included on the transfer, your flight must arrive into Tel Aviv not later than 3 PM today.  Dinner & overnight Beer Sheva.

Friday, March 27, 2020

Theme:  Follow the footsteps of Abraham
Breakfast. Drive to the city of Beer Sheba & visit Tel Beer Sheba. Drive to Hebron* and visit the Tomb of the Patriarchs (Machpela cave) If time permit visit a local winery. Dinner/overnight Neve Shalom.

*depends on the security conditions

Saturday, March 28, 2020

Theme:  In the footsteps of King David (+-15 km hike)
Breakfast. Take the coming days to understand and walk on the footsteps of King David. We will start
with one of the great victories that the children of Israel fought against the Philistines: The battle
between David and Goliath from Gath at the Elah valley (1 Samuel 17). We will start to hike from the
battle field towards Jerusalem in the coming 3 days A packed lunch is included today. This is the first
section of the hike from Tel Azeka to Hurvat Hanut. Meet our driver and return to Neve Shalom for
dinner and overnight.

Sunday, March 29, 2020

(+-10 km hike)

Breakfast. We will continue the hike to Jerusalem in the beautiful hills sounding Jerusalem where the
enceinte tribe of Juda was located. This was the area where Samson the Judge lived and walked. Walk
from Hurvat Hanut to Ein Kobi. A packed lunch is included .   Dinner & overnight Neve Shalom.

Monday, March 30, 2020

(+- 12 km hike)

Breakfast. We continue the hike towards Jerusalem from Ein Kobi to Ein Karem where according to the
tradition was the birthplace of John the Baptist. A packed lunch is included. Proceed to Jerusalem for
dinner & overnight.

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Theme:  Jerusalem - City of David

After breakfast visit the City of David (optional: the Hezekiah tunnel), continue to the Davidson center,
Western Wall Tunnels. Proceed and walk along the Via Dolorosa – including the Pools of Bethesda &
Church of the Holy Sepulcher. Dinner & overnight in Jerusalem.

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Theme:  The Dead Sea

Breakfast. Visit Dead Sea area: including Qumran – Ein Gedi (which was one of the cities of Judah where David found shelter from King Saul) and Masada. Dinner & overnight in Jerusalem.

Thursday, April 2, 2020

Theme:  Jesus and His Prophetic Ancestors - the Transfiguration

Breakfast. Depart Jerusalem and drive to Mt. Tabor - Mt. of Transfiguration. Hike to the top and hike down with the beautiful view of the Jezreel. If time permits, continue to Nazareth to the Annunciation and Mount of the Leap. Proceed to the Sea of Galilee for dinner and overnight.

Friday, April 3, 2020

Theme:  In the Footsteps of Jesus

After breakfast, drive to Mt. Arbel and walk to Magdala and Capernaum on Jesus trail.  Return to hotel by bus for dinner/overnight.

Saturday, April 4, 2020

Drive to Kibbutz Misgav Am for view over Lebanon. Visit Tel Dan & Banias - Caesarea Phillipe. Wine tasting and light snack at Golan Wineries or Mt. Bental.  Return to hotel for dinner/overnight.

Sunday, April 5, 2020

Breakfast. Free morning. Possible baptism renewal at Yardenit if time permits. Visit to Caesarea Maritima and Tel Megiddo. Farewell dinner in Jaffa or Tel Aviv. One transfer will be included to Tel Aviv airport after dinner.

Monday, April 6, 2020

Arrival back in USA.

Inclusive Features:

10-nights accommodations in centrally located 4-star hotels and religious guest houses, breakfast daily, dinner daily, three sack lunches, one luncheon and wine tasting, one Farewell dinner with beverages at a local restaurant, local transportation via deluxe motorcoach, a full-time local tour manager and guide, and entrances and guided visits per the itinerary


Hotel Information:

Beer Sheva: Leonardo Negev

Neve Shalom: Neve Shalom-Wahat al Salam

Jerusalem: Prima Kings Hotel

Galilee: Nof Ginosar Hotel

Land Only Program Prices:

Excludes airfare.  One scheduled group airport transfer will be provided each direction.
$3450 per person based on double occupancy
+$200 gratuities to tour manager, expert guides, hotel staff, restaurant staff, motorcoach driver will be collected in cash to be distributed on site

$950 supplement for single occupancy

Please note: Single rooms for single use are limited to 15% of the total number of rooms reserved. If more single rooms are requested, the hotels will impose a single supplement for all single rooms of $1250.

All prices listed are discounted for payment by check. When paying with a credit card, you will be charged the standard base price, which is 5% higher.

All program prices are based on availability of services at the time registration material is received; currency exchange rates in effect July 11, 2019—and on 2019 land and air tariffs—and are subject to change. All services are provided subject to Illume’s Conditions and Clauses.

The program prices will be reviewed before the invoices for the final payment are mailed, and will reflect the current prices.

Program Registration:

With questions, please contact:

Rev. Gregory Farrand
Holy Trinity Episcopal Church
607 North Greene St.Greensboro, NC 27401
(336) 272-6149 ex. 228

Meredith Scott
336-272-6149 ex 237

Complete the Event Registration Form below before September 30, 2019.   


After filling out the registration form, submit your $1500 deposit check per person to Meredith Scott not later than September 30, 2019. First deposit checks should be made out to Holy Trinity. Please include the program number 20.10537 on the memo line.

You will receive a Welcome E-mail from illume after September 30, 2019. You will also receive a link to add optional Travel Insurance/Protection to your program at that time.

Balance of payment due not later than: December 13, 2019

Second and final payments will be invoiced from illume.  Checks for those payments should be made out to and sent directly to illume.

Registrations will be accepted after September 30 on a space-available basis. Additional costs may apply. Contact illume for pricing and availability after September 30.  For late registrations, deposit checks should be made out to and sent directly to illume.

Note: Any changes to the program will be outlined in the final documents which you will receive one month prior to departure. If changes are made that affect the program price, you will receive an invoice or a credit accordingly.

Program No. 20.10537