Centenary Tour

Centenary Tour to the Holy Land 29 November – 9 December 2017

The Society, in cooperation with the World Mission Council, is organising a tour to Israel / Palestine to coincide with the Centenary marking the entry of General Allenby into Jerusalem on the 11th December 1917.  This event sparked the Church of Scotland into establishing St Andrew’s Scots Memorial Church and Hospice.

The tour will focus on the sites of some of the strategic battles which led to the liberation of Jerusalem from the Ottoman occupation, and also sites of significance to the Christian faith in Jerusalem, Bethlehem and the Galilee.  We will meet many of the people and organisations working today with the people of Palestine.

Flights will depart from Edinburgh for Tel Aviv with local travel by bus. Accommodation will be in St Andrew’s Scots Guesthouse, Jerusalem, and the Scots Hotel in Tiberias.

The tour will cost £1426 including the air fare from Edinburgh, accommodation on a half-board basis, local travel, a guide and entry fees to sites. Insurance and your local spending money are not included.

Interested in joining us?  Want more details?  Booking form and full programme available from Walter Dunlop, Hon Secretary, The Society of Friends of St Andrew’s, Jerusalem c/o World Mission Council, The Church of Scotland, 121 George Street, Edinburgh, EH2 4YN, call 07925 481523 or email oxgangs9586@hotmail.com

Date Itinerary Overnight
Wed 29 Nov Fly Edinburgh – Tel Aviv via Amsterdam Arrive early am Thurs 30th
Thu 30 Nov


Jerusalem – Palestine Campaign Orientation, St John’s Eye Hospital, UN OCHA Presentation, St Andrew’s Day Service and Reception St Andrew’s Guest House
Fri 1 Dec



Beersheva and  Gaza – Battle of Beersheva, Beersheva Commonwealth War Graves, 1st, 2nd & 3rd Battles of Gaza, Battle of Sausage Hill St Andrew’s Guest House


Sat 2 Dec


Nebi Samuel and Capture of Jerusalem – Service Mt Scopus  CWGC; Visit to Lutheran Hospital, Battle of Nebi Samuel St Andrew’s Guest House
Sun 3 Dec



Jerusalem – Church Service  at St Andrew’s, Jerusalem; activities (eg Yad Vashem, Old City walk), Evening Talk ‘Israel – Contemporary Issues’ St Andrew’s Guest House
Mon 4 Dec



Gedera, Ramleh, Jaffa, Tel Aviv – Battle of Junction Station (Burkha / Brown Hill, Katrah / El Mughar, Junction Station), Visit to Tabeetha School, Tel Arsuf Defensive Line,  Crossing of the Auja St Andrew’s Guest House
Tue 5 Dec



Megiddo, Kefar Kanna, Hattin, Tiberias –  Megiddo – Battle of Megiddo, Pursuit to Nazareth, Olive Oil Visitor Centre, Battle of Hattin, Evening Talk ‘Christians in the Galilee’ Scots Hotel, Tiberias
Wed 6 Dec



Tabgha, Golan Heights, Upper Galilee –  Christian Sites – Mount of the Beatitudes, Church of Loaves and Fishes / Primacy of St Peter, Capernaum, followed by the Golan Heights ‘Pursuit to Damascus’, Upper Galilee Scots Hotel, Tiberias


Thu 7 Dec


Semakh, Beit Shean, Jordan Valley – Tel Katsir viewpoint, Semakh Battle site, Beit Shean Roman Ruins, Operations in the Jordan Valley. St Andrew’s Guest House
Fri 8 Dec


Bethlehem – Visit to include Christian Groups in Bethlehem and Church of the Nativity.  Dinner in Bethlehem. St Andrew’s Guest House
Sat 9 Dec


Fly Tel Aviv – Edinburgh via Amsterdam – late pm arrive Edinburgh