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The Lion of Israel Tour 2014

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The Lion of Israel Tour is a cost-effective small-group tour created specially for discerning, Bible-believing Christians who support Israel and the Jewish people.

The Lion of Israel Tour is different to every other Israel tour, because we deliberately avoid the well-trodden pilgrim trail, which is based on tradition rather than fact.

Together, we visit only the most biblically based, historically significant and archaeologically authenticated sites in Israel!

Karyn Markwell has hosted the Lion of Israel Tour since 2011, in partnership with the professional team at Australian Christian travel agency Uplift Tours and Travel.


Proposed Itinerary

Day 1: We’ll depart Brisbane with Thai Airways, transit in Bangkok, then continue on to Tel Aviv with El Al Airlines

Day 2 (Tel Aviv): We’ll arrive in Tel Aviv where we’ll be met by our tour guide, Eric. Free afternoon to rest or sightsee

Day 3  (Mediterranean Coast): Caesarea: Herod’s luxurious coastal palace. Nazareth Village: replica of Christ’s childhood village. Tree planting: we’ll each leave a living memorial of our visit to the Holy Land

Day 4 (Galilee): Boat cruise on the Sea of Galilee. Ancient fishing boat from the time of Christ. Capernaum where Christ famously taught in the synagogue. Fish lunch at St Peter’s Restaurant on the Sea of Galilee. Mount Arbel: likely site of the Mount of the Beatitudes. Jordan River which is steeped in biblical history

Day 5 (Negev Desert): Tel Megiddo: city from the time of Herod overlooking the Valley of Megiddo (Armageddon). Tel Sheva: ancient city from the time of Abraham. Park of the Australian Soldier: commemorating the 800 Lighthorsemen who liberated Beersheva in 1918. Dead Sea: we’ll stay overnight at a luxury hotel on the Dead Sea where we can float at our leisure on the health-giving mineral-rich water

Day 6 (Negev Desert): Masada: Herod’s desert fortress. Ein Gedi: oasis where David hid from Saul. Qumran: discovery place of the Dead Sea Scrolls

Day 7 (Jerusalem): City of David (including Hezekiah’s Tunnel and the Pool of Siloam): the original city of Jerusalem captured by David. Jerusalem Archeological Park: excavations at the foot of the Temple Mount. Christ Church: the first Protestant church built in Israel

Day 8 (Jerusalem): Mount of Olives: where Christ wept over Jerusalem. Garden of Gethsemane: where Christ was betrayed. Old City: where Christ walked. Western Wall: Judaism’s holiest site. Old City Markets: the best place for souvenirs. Night Spectacular: amazing sound-and-light show at the Tower of David

Day 9 (Jerusalem): Free morning to rest, sightsee or attend a local church. Knesset: Israel’s parliament. Israel Museum (including the Dead Sea Scrolls and scale model of Jerusalem from the time of Christ)

Day 10 (Jerusalem): Temple Institute: where the Jewish people are preparing to rebuild the Temple. Yad VaShem: Holocaust museum. Garden Tomb: likely site of the execution, burial and resurrection of Christ

Day 11: Free day to rest or sightsee. (Optional extra: day trip to Bethlehem)

Day 12: Free day to rest or sightsee. Farewell dinner: a delicious meal to say goodbye to Israel, our guide and driver. We’ll depart in the evening with El Al Airlines

Day 13: We’ll transit in Bangkok, then continue home with Thai Airways

Day 14: We’ll arrive back home in Brisbane


To book this exceptional 'special interest' unique Israel tour, contact the team at Uplift or your local travel agent.


‘We loved our time in Israel and would recommend the Lion of Israel Tour to anyone. Karyn has been extremely thoughtful and helpful and we really appreciate her.’

‘Thank you so much for taking such good care of us during our trip to Israel. Your experience and expertise regarding our travel to and from Israel were greatly appreciated. We all had such a great time and have been talking our heads off to anyone who wants to listen to our endless stories.’

‘I thank all concerned: Uplift Tours and Travel for their wonderful service; Karyn for her patience and dedication to our comfort and needs; Eric, the best guide ever, going the extra mile many times; and Amitai, the best driver in Israel. I thank God for taking us by the hand and leading us through His Land, blessing us and giving us the desires of our hearts.’

‘Instructions and information at each site was explicit and clear: communication was very good. Karyn went out of her way to assist everyone with our queries and needs. I could not think of anything that could be done to improve the Lion of Israel Tour.’

‘Keeping the numbers small is a big advantage for moving from site to site. We will be recommending the Lion of Israel Tour to others.’

‘The Lion of Israel Tour was a sensational trip; a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Karyn did a great job keeping us informed and addressing our needs. I had an absolute cracker of a time.’

‘Karyn was an excellent organiser: patient, kind, thoughtful, and always smiling. She has put a tremendous amount of work into organising this trip. Great job, Karyn!’

‘The Lion of Israel Tour is very professional. The itinerary was well-planned and suited to our theological perspective.’


Tour cost

Costings for 2014 are currently being worked on. Please register your interest in the tour today, and our consultants will contact you as soon as details are confirmed.

This price includes:

  • Economy airfares to and from Brisbane (we can also arrange transfers from other cities, business class upgrades and travel insurance)
  • 10 nights of 4½-star twin-share accommodation in Israel and 1 day of 5-star twin-share accommodation in Bangkok (single supplement $1055)
  • All breakfasts and dinners in Israel (guests will be required to purchase their own lunches)
  • All transfers, admission fees as specified in itinerary, hire of private tour guide and bus, and tips for tour guide and driver. On the free days, guests will be required to pay their own admission fees and transport costs. Guests will have the option to visit Bethlehem on Tuesday 7 May, for an extra $100 per person (cost subject to minimum numbers). The Bethlehem option must be pre-booked when booking for the Lion of Israel Tour

A $300 per person deposit will secure your booking, with progressive and final payments confirmed on booking.

To book, contact the Uplift team or book through your local travel agent.

*Price is subject to increase and currency fluctuations and is only guaranteed when paid in full. Price is dependent on a minimum tour of 16 guests. Please note that a moderate level of fitness is required for all guests. Tour itinerary and price is correct at the time of printing and subject to change without notice. Full terms and conditions are available at Tour is organised by Uplift Tours and Travel – Lic No TAG 3265094

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