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Day 1 - TRANSATLANTIC FLIGHT TO TEL AVIV
Today we depart from the USA to Tel Aviv, Israel. Meals served in flight.
Day 2 - ARRIVE IN ISRAEL
Arrive at Ben Gurion International Airport in Tel Aviv and transfer to our hotel in the Galilee area for check in, dinner and a good night's sleep.
Day 3 - SEA OF GALILEE / CAPERNAUM / JORDAN RIVER
After enjoying the Israeli buffet breakfast, we spend most of our day around the Sea of Galilee. Enter the 2,000 year old remains of Capernaum (Luke 4) and stand in what is left of the synagogue in which our Lord ministered. Visit the traditional site where Jesus preached His Sermon on the Mount (Matt. 5-7) and Tabgha, believed to be the place where Jesus fed the 5,000 from the two fish and the five loaves of bread (Mark 6). Enjoy a beautiful boat ride across the Sea of Galilee and then stop at the Jordan River for a time of spiritual blessing.
Day 4 - CAESAREA PHILLPPI / GOLAN HEIGHTS
After our delicious buffet breakfast, journey to Caesarea Philippi, where Peter proclaimed, "You are the Christ" (Matthew 16). You will also visit the ancient remains of Tel Dan and the altar built by King Jeroboam I (I Kings 12). Travel through portions of the Golan Heights to gain a better understanding of its strategic importance to the nation of Israel.
Day 5 - NAZARETH / MT. CARMEL / JERUSALEM
See Nazareth, the boyhood home of Jesus from atop the Nazareth Ridge. Visit Megiddo and the Valley of Armageddon (Rev. 16). See the top of Mt. Carmel, where Elijah prayed down the fire from heaven and defeated the 450 prophets of Baal (I Kings 18). Wonder at the Roman Aqueduct and Theatre at Caesarea, a center of the early Christians. Here, Cornelius became the first Gentile convert to the new covenant (Acts 10) and Paul was imprisoned before being taken to Rome for trial (Acts 23). Dinner and overnight in our hotel in Jerusalem.
Day 6 - MASADA / QUMRAN / DEAD SEA
Pass through the Judean Wilderness paralleling the ancient Roman road to view the Valley of the Shadow. From here, you can see St. George’s Monastery across the gorge. Continue the journey along the shores of the Dead Sea to Masada, the spectacular mountaintop fortress built by Herod. Masada is famous as being the last stronghold of the Jewish Rebellion against the Romans. Ride the cable car to the top to explore the fortress. Peer down upon the 2,000 year old remains of the Roman camps and siege ramp below. Visit Qumran, site of the Dead Sea Scroll discovery, to discuss the mysterious community of Essenes who once lived on the shores of the Dead Sea. While in the area, we will stop at the Dead Sea where those who desire may feel its salt and mineral laden waters, before returning to our hotel in Jerusalem.
Day7 - MT. OF OLIVES / GETHSEMANE / BETHLEHEM
Take in the breathtaking view of the “Golden City” of Jerusalem as you stand atop the Mount of Olives. From here you can see the Temple Mount and Dome of the Rock. Forty days after His resurrection, Jesus ascended into heaven from the Mount of Olives (Acts 1). Pray in the Garden of Gethsemane as Jesus prayed (Matt. 26). End your day in Bethlehem, birthplace of our Lord (Luke 2). Time for sightseeing and shopping will be allowed while in this historic city.
Day 8 - WESTERN WALL / OLD CITY TOUR / GARDEN TOMB
Our final day in Jerusalem might be our most memorable. Touch a part of Herod’s Temple as we pray at the Western Wall. Walk through the Old City and enjoy the preserved, ancient culture found in the narrow streets as well as the modernized Cardo in the Jewish Quarter. Also planned today is a stop at Gordon’s Calvary where we can sense the agony of Christ’s crucifixion and the exhilaration and reality of the resurrection at the Garden Tomb. At the end of our time in the Holy Land, we prepare for our return journey back to the USA.
Day 9 - ARRIVE USA
Arrive in the USA with a lifetime of memories to cherish.