Come along with Adrian Snell on a journey of faith. It will give you new depth and understanding of your faith. Adrian will share with you his passion for the Jewish people and the land and what we can learn from them. This journey will explain why he wrote Song of an Exile, City of Peace and Alpha & Omega.
«I hope to see you next year in Jerusalem.» – Adrian Snell
Sunday, 13. March, Arrival Day – Tel Aviv
After our arrival at the airport Ben Gurion we check into our hotel in Tel Aviv. We enjoy the first evening and get to know Adrian over a welcome dinner. Optional for those who want: Evening tour on the beach to the Old Center of Jaffa.
A stone-paved path leads up to the top of the Tel Jaffa, where we find a gate-like sculpture by the artist Dan Kafri called a ‘Statue of Faith’ in the Abrasha Park. Several biblical scenes are carved on the sculpture, including the Binding of Isaac, the Conquest of Jericho and Jacob’s Ladder. The top of the Tell also offers an inviting view to the north of Tel Aviv’s Mediterranean coast.
Monday, 14. March, Jerusalem
We start our day at the Mount of Olives, overlooking the Old City of Jerusalem. We walk to the Garden of Gethsemane, going from the agony of Jesus experiencing the fear of the absence of God (Psalms 22-23). After that we are heading to Yad Vashem, Israel’s main Holocaust remembrance and education center. We Visit the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial Center including the Avenue of the Righteous and the Children’s Memorial. After this visit we enjoy our first concert with Adrian, directly at the Memorial Center.
The rest of the afternoon can be spent individually, processing all the impressions of the day.
We offer the following two options for those who want:
- City of David, Hezekiah’s Unterwater Tunnel. King Hezekiah built these tunnels during the big siege of the Assyrians to provide the city with water. We walk through knee deep water and experience what it must have felt like, building these tunnels.
- Shrine of the Book Museum. At this museum we take a look at the Qumran Scrolls exhibition. Those scrolls where discovered by a shepards boy in a cave in Qumran in 1947. They date back to 2000 years ago and contain – among others – the Isaiah scroll.
Friday, 18. March, Golan – Sea of Galilee
We start our day with a visit in the Kibbutz Malkia, a collectively organized agricultural settlement, in the upper Galilee. We meet a Kibbutznik who will tell us about life along the Lebanese border and Israeli soldiers, young guys that are responsible for Israel’s safety on Israel’s northern border with Lebanon. For our lunch, we drive to the Golan Heights Winery and learn about the wine production process, visit the barrel hall and enjoy wine tasting of local quality wines. The evening is spent over a Shabbat Dinner.
We are prepared. Even in this special season of the pandemic. You can cancel your trip free of charge up to 3 months before departure, due to COVID-19. Our flights can also be canceled free of charge up to 3 months before departure. After those 3 months, the maximum liability for customers is around € 135.00 (CHF 150.00) for flight cancellations. The land package (hotels, inland transport, etc.) can be canceled free of charge until departure due to COVID-19. Please note: In 2020 we were able to cancel all trips free of charge due to the COVID-19 situation! The maximum liability of around € 135.00 (CHF 150.00) by the customer did not come into effect in any single case. We will make the decision whether we travel to Isreal around 3 months in advance and of course contact all customers beforehand! So you do not take any risks when booking! Rather, we encourage you to sign up for the trip. In case we do have to cancel the trip – our word counts!
Usually, the billing takes place 2 months before the start of the trip. A deposit is not required unless it is specifically noted on the trip.
To enter Israel a valid passport is required, which is valid for 6 months after the return date. A visa is not required.
Our hotels have extensive buffets for breakfast and dinner. Even breakfast in the Orient always includes salad and vegetables. In this case, we ask you to note special meal requests in the comments. If you suffer from allergies, you should definitely bring enough snacks. In certain places it will not be possible to go to a supermarket. Please note: vegetables, salads, etc. are plentiful in every hotel.
Individual arrival and / or departure for group trips
We offer travel packages for group travel consisting of a flight and a travel program in Israel. Due to the group size and the negotiated travel contingents with the airlines, we officially do not offer travel extensions. If you would like to arrive in advance or extend your vacation on site, please contact us.
Payment in the country
Payments or withdrawals with a debit or credit card are possible everywhere. It is advisable to change some cash (shekel) in small notes while you are in your home country.
Security situation in Israel
The safety of our customers is our top priority. We are in close contact with the Swiss embassy and our local staff regarding the situation in Israel. We have never had to cancel a group trip for security reasons. A forecast several months in advance is not possible for such countries. Changes to the program are therefore possible at any time, also for political reasons.
Customers money hedge
We are a member of the travel guarantee «Reisegarant Genossenschaft FAIR». To secure customer funds, € 2.50 per participant will be charged on the invoice.