13 Days Holy Land Journey
DAY 01: USA. Tour members will gather at the ticket counter at the airport two hours prior to their departure to The Holy Land. Dinner and breakfast will be served in-flight.
DAY 02: TEL AVIV. Upon our arrival at the Tel Aviv airport we will be met and transferred to our hotel in a suburb of Tel Aviv - situated on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea. Dinner will be served at our hotel. Weather permitting, we suggest a walk after dinner on the beach.
DAY 03: THE MEDITERRANEAN SEA / CAESAREA / MOUNT CARMEL / HAIFA / PLAIN OF ARMAGEDDON / TIBERIAS. After a good nights rest and a hearty breakfast we will begin the thrilling journey of following in the footsteps of Jesus. At Caesarea by the sea we'll visit the Crusader's Castle, the Roman Amphitheater and waterduct, and the port from which the Apostle Paul sailed to Rome. We will continue northward along the Mediterranean coast to Mount Carmel where Elijah defeated the prophets of Baal by the Brook Kishon. After Haifa we'll visit Megiddo and the Plain of Armageddon, Jezreel and Esdraelon. Eastward we will arrive in Tiberias for dinner and overnight at our hotel and get our first glimpse of the beautiful Sea of Galilee.
DAY 04: MT. TABOR / NAZARETH / CANA / ZIPPORI / DEBORIYA / NAIN / BETHSHEAN / TIBERIAS. Travelling westward across Galilee, we will view Mt. Tabor (Psalms 89:12). Visit Cana and then on to Nazareth, the hometown of Jesus, where we will visit the Church of the Annunciation (Luke 1:5-42) and Mary's Fountain (Luke 4:16-22). From Nazareth we visit Sepphoris (Zippori), a few hour’s walk from Nazareth and a prosperous town in Jesus’ day that would soon become known as the “ornament of all Galilee.” Deboriya, the hometown of the Prophetess Deborah at the foothill of Tabor (Judges 4 and 5). Continue to the Village of Nain where Jesus brought life to a dead child (Luke 7:11-18). We continue to Bethshean, and then back to Tiberias for an afternoon of leisure for activities of your own.
DAY 05: TIBERIAS / THE SEA OF GALILEE / CAPERNAUM / MOUNT OF BEATITUDES / TABGHA / CAESAREA PHILIPPI / MT. HERMON / GOLAN HEIGHTS / THE JORDAN RIVER. This day will be an exciting day in the Galilee area. After a delicious breakfast we will depart from the Roman hot springs resort city of Tiberias via a boat ride across the Sea of Galilee to Capernaum (John 6:24) to visit the ancient ruins of this first century synagogue where Jesus preached (Matthew 4:13-17). Then on to the Mt. of Beatitudes where Jesus preached the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7), and to Tabgha, the chapel dedicated to the multiplication of the loaves and fishes (Mark 6:34-44). On to Chorazim with an impressive synagogue which was built with black basalt stones and decorated with Jewish motifs. Close by is a ritual bath, surrounded by public and residential buildings.We will then proceed to Upper Galilee and the site of Peter's Confession (Matthew 16:16) at Caesarea Philippi and to Mt. Hermon (Psalm 89:12), the probable site of the Transfiguration (Matthew 17:1-8) and the present day Golan Heights where Israel, Lebanon and Syria come together. We will follow the fresh mountain waters of Mt. Hermon to the Sea of Galilee and to the outlet passage at the southern tip of the sea. We will stop at the beautiful Pilgrims Park at the Jordan River. Return to our hotel for overnight.
DAY 06: JERICHO / QUMRAN / DEAD SEA. We continue south through the Jordan Valley to ancient Jericho where the walls came tumbling down (I Kings 17:1-6 and II Kings 2:19-22) and a commanding view of the Mt. of Temptation (Matt. 4:1-11) and Elisha's Fountain. Continue to Qumran, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered for a visit. See the remains of the Community Center of the Essenes and the Caves of the Scrolls. Travel to the Dead Sea where we will spend the night.
DAY 07: MASADA / BETHANY / JERUSALEM. This morning we drive via the Judean Desert to Masada, a truly remarkable piece of history. Ascend to Masada by cable car to visit the magnificent ruins of the fortress where from 70-73 A.D. the Jewish defenders made the last stand of the Judean Revolt against Rome and where the remains of storehouses, cisterns and a sixth century Byzantine church are still on view. Return to Jerusalem visiting on the way the Inn of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:25-37), and Bethany, the home of Mary, Martha and Lazarus (John 11:1-46). On to our Jerusalem hotel for overnight.
DAY 08: JERUSALEM. Free day at leisure to shop, rest or visit other sites on your own.
DAY 09: JERUSALEM. After a night of rest and a hearty breakfast this exciting day will begin with a drive to Mt. Scopus and the Mt. of Olives (Matt. 24:3) for a panoramic view of the Old City of Jerusalem, visiting the Chapel of the Ascension, the Church of Pater Noster and the Dominus Flevit. Walk along Hosanna Road to the Gethsemane to visit the Church of All Nations which stands on the Rock of Agony where Jesus was betrayed by Judas (Matt. 26:36-57). See the Pillar of Absalom, the Eastern (Golden) Gate and the Pinnacle of the Temple. We then drive to Mt. Zion where we visit the Church of St. Peter in Gallicantu on the site of Caiphas' House, the Room of the Last Supper (Luke 22:14-20) and the Tomb of King David. Continue to tour New Jerusalem: Hebrew University, the Shrine of the Book that houses the Dead Sea Scrolls, Yad Vashem - the immensely moving memorial to the six million martyrs of the Holocaust - and the Model City of Jerusalem which depicts in miniature the Holy City as it appeared in the first century. Visit Ein Karem and return to our hotel for overnight.
DAY 10: JERUSALEM / BETHLEHEM. Today begins with a walking tour of the Old City of Jerusalem. Starting at the Western Wall (Wailing Wall) where the faithful Jews cry their petitions to God. Continue to the Temple Area of Mt. Moriah. Visit the El Aksa Mosque and the Dome of the Rock which is built on the ancient site of Solomon's Temple (Genesis 22:9-14) and over the Rock of Sacrifice where Abraham offered Isaac (Genesis 22) and the ceremonial sacrifice of animals took place. After this we walk along the Via Dolorosa to Pilate's Judgment Hall, the Chapel of the Flagellation, the Ecce Homo Arch (John 19:13) where Jesus was tried before Pilate (Mark 15:6). Then continue through the Old City bazaars to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Visit the Garden Tomb and Golgotha - Place of the Skull - for a worship service. This afternoon continue our tour to Bethlehem. We will visit the Church of the Nativity, the birthplace of Jesus, and Shepherds Fields (Luke 2:1-20) then the Field of Boaz and Ruth (Ruth 1:16-17 & 4:13). We return to Jerusalem passing Rachel's Tomb to our hotel for overnight.
DAY 11: JERUSALEM. Free day at leisure to shop, rest or visit other sites on your own.
DAY 12: JERUSALEM / JOPPA / Airport. This morning we visit the Biblical Gardens. Then travel to the Tel Aviv area. Stop at Ancient Joppa on the Sea where Jonah set sail and where Peter raised Dorcas from the dead. Joppa was the home of Simon the Tanner. Then to a local restaurant for a Farewell dinner. We continue to the airport for our late evening flight to the U.S.
DAY 13: TEL AVIV / NORTH AMERICA. Arrive this morning in the U.S. and continue home - the end of a most enjoyable and unforgettable journey.