May 20 - 29, 2017
May 20 - Depart USA
Depart the USA for Tel Aviv, Israel. Meals are served in flight.
May 21 - Arrive Tel Aviv
Arrive at Ben Gurion International Airport in Tel Aviv and transfer to your Jerusalem hotel for check-in, dinner and a good night's sleep.
May 22 - Mount of Olives, Garden of Gethsemane
Stand on the Mount of Olives as Jesus did and enjoy a remarkable view of the "Golden City" of Jerusalem. Forty days after His resurrection, Jesus ascended into heaven from the Mount of Olives (Acts 1). Stop at the Chapel of the Ascension to remember the commission of Christ to His followers. Walk down the Palm Sunday Road and enter the Garden of Gethsemane, where Jesus prayed among the olive trees the night he was betrayed with a kiss. Pray at the iconic Western Wall alongside the Jewish faithful and visit the Davidson Center and the Southern Wall Excavations including the Teaching Steps.
May 23 - Upper Room, Israel Museum, Yad Vashem
Step back in time in the Rabbi's Tunnel (Western Wall Tunnel) where foundation stones from the Second Temple still rest! On Mount Zion, visit the Upper Room in remembrance of the Last Supper. Learn about the Jerusalem of Jesus’ day with a look at the First Century Model of the City of Jerusalem, now housed at the Israel Museum. The museum itself contains 10,000 years of archeological artifacts, as well as the Shrine of the Book exhibit that displays the Dead Sea Scroll containing the book of Isaiah. Continue to Yad Vashem, Israel’s Holocaust Memorial, with its poignant exhibits honoring the millions of lives lost during the Holocaust.
May 24 - Masada, Dead Sea, FOZ Museum Event
Enjoy a visit to intriguing Masada, the spectacular mountaintop fortress built by Herod that later became the final tragic stronghold of the Jewish rebellion against the Romans. Ride the cable car to the top to explore the fortress and look down upon the remains of the Roman camps and siege ramp below. Stop at the shores of the Dead Sea, the lowest spot on earth, for an opportunity to take a quick dip in the salt & mineral laden waters. Back in Jerusalem, enjoy a special event at the Friends of Zion Museum, which celebrates the partnerships of Christians & Jews who supported the dream of a Jewish homeland.
May 25 - Caiaphas House, Old City, Pool of Bethesda, Gordon’s Calvary, Garden Tomb
Beneath the Church of St. Peter in Gallicantu, you can walk through some of the ancient rooms of the house belonging to Caiaphas the High Priest. Many believe that Jesus was held overnight here before His crucifixion (Luke 22). 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. View the Pool of Bethesda where Jesus performed the Sabbath miracle. Lift your voice in song in the Church of St. Anne. Walk the Via Dolorosa (the Way of Suffering). Reflect on the agony of the crucifixion at the Gordon’s Calvary and the glory of the Resurrection at the Garden Tomb.
May 26 - Jordan Valley, Beit Shean, Fish Lunch, Galilee Boat Ride, Jordan River
Travel north through the Jordan Valley along the route often taken by Jesus and other Galileans as they traveled to and from Jerusalem. Explore the massive excavations at Beit Shean, a city continuously inhabited for over 5,000 years, which was part of the Decapolis of Jesus’ day. Enjoy a St. Peter's Fish lunch (included) and then set sail on a boat ride across the waters of the Sea of Galilee. Share in a time of praise and worship on the water. Finish the day at the River Jordan for a time of spiritual blessing when you can remember or renew your baptism.
May 27 - Golan Heights, Peace Overlook, Chorazim, Bethsaida Capernaum, Mount of Beatitudes, Tabgha
Travel north through the Golan Heights and better understand their strategic importance to the security of Israel. Take in the panoramic view from the Peace Overlook of the Sea of Galilee. Walk the streets of Chorazim, listed as a "city of woe" by Jesus (Matt. 11). See neighboring Bethsaida, where Jesus chose five of His disciples. Explore Capernaum, the center of Jesus' ministry. Visit the synagogue on the site where Jesus taught (Matt. 4). Stop at Tabgha, where the feeding of the 5,000 is remembered at the Church of the Loaves and Fish (Luke 9). Stand on the peaceful Mount of Beatitudes that overlooks the water. On this hill, Jesus preached the Sermon on the Mount (Matt. 5-7).
May 28 - Nazareth Precipice, Megiddo, Caesarea Maritima
View the city of Nazareth from the vantage point of the Mount of Precipice, where an angry mob attempted to throw Jesus off a cliff (Luke 4). Travel the ancient caravan route to Tel Megiddo, where 20 different cities lie superimposed upon each other. Wander through the Roman aqueduct and theater at Caesarea, a center of early Christianity. This is where 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). Enjoy a special Tree Planting & then share in your final dinner together as a group. After dinner, transfer to the airport for your night flight.
May 29 - Return
Return home with a transformed faith and memories to last a lifetime!