December 4 - 13, 2017
Dec. 4 – DEPARTURE
Your journey begins when you depart the USA on your overnight international flight.
Dec. 5 – ARRIVAL
Welcome to Israel! Upon arrival in Tel Aviv you will be greeted by your guide and transferred to your hotel in Tiberias for dinner and a good night’s rest.
Dec. 6 – JESUS IN THE GALILEE
Begin your touring getting to know the Galilee region, where Jesus spent much of his ministry. Visit the recent excavations of Magdala, the hometown of Mary Magdalene. Explore Capernaum, and stand in the remains of the synagogue built over the one in which Jesus taught. Stand atop the Mount of Beatitudes where Jesus gave the Sermon on the Mount. At Tabgha, remember the miracle of the feeding of the 5,000 in the Chapel of Loaves and Fishes. Sail across the Sea of Galilee for a special time of worship on the water. Finish the day gathering at the River Jordan where you can remember or renew your baptism.
Dec. 7 – NORTHERN ISRAEL
Travel north through the Golan Heights and better understand their strategic importance to the security of Israel. Continue to Tel Dan, including the altar built by King Jeroboam I. Visit Caesarea Philippi, where Jesus traveled with His disciples and where nearby Peter made his great confession to Jesus, "Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God".
Dec. 8 – FROM SEA TO SEA
Bid the Galilee farewell and head towards the Mediterranean. First, view Nazareth, the boyhood home of Jesus, from the Mount of Precipice where an angry mob attempted to throw Jesus from the cliff. At Megiddo, see the ruins of 20 cities superimposed on one another overlooking the Valley of Armageddon. Travel the ancient caravan route to Mount Carmel, where Elijah defeated the prophets of Ba’al. Arrive at Caesarea Maritima, the port city of Herod the Great. Explore the extensive ruins including the Roman aqueduct and theater. Travel inland to Jerusalem and check into your hotel for dinner & overnight.
Dec. 9 – SOUTHERN WILDS AND RUINS
Travel south to Masada, the spectacular mountaintop fortress of Herod the Great, famous as the last stronghold of the Jewish rebellion against the Romans. Take the cable car to the top and peer down at the Roman camps and siege ramp below. At Qumran, learn about the mysterious Essenes community that once lived there. You’ll also learn about the discovery of the renowned Dead Sea Scrolls. Then you’ll visit the shores of the Dead Sea, the lowest point on earth & have the opportunity to float in the salt and mineral laden waters.
Dec. 10 – JERUSALEM & BETHLEHEM
Start your day on the Mount of Olives where you can take in a remarkable view of the “Golden City” of Jerusalem. It was here that Jesus ascended to heaven 40 days after the resurrection. Take time to pray among the olive trees in the Garden of Gethsemane, where Jesus prayed the night He was betrayed with a kiss & arrested. In modern Jerusalem, visit the Israel Museum and see the Shrine of the Book, which houses the Dead Sea Scrolls. Also on the museum grounds is the Model City of Jerusalem in the 1st century which you can view for an excellent perspective on the holy city. In Bethlehem, the birthplace of Jesus, look out over the Shepherds’ Field where the angel proclaimed “good tidings of great joy”!
Dec. 11 – JERUSALEM: OLD CITY
Conditions permitting, visit the Temple Mount. Once the site of the Jewish Temple, it is currently home to the golden Dome of the Rock and Al Aqsa Mosque. Tour 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 healed a man on the Sabbath. Walk a portion of the Via Dolorosa (the way of suffering) through the streets of the Old City. Wander through the excavations of the City of David. Walk the steps to the Pool of Siloam, recently uncovered at the foot of the City.
Dec. 12 – JERUSALEM
Pray alongside the Jewish faithful at the iconic Western Wall. Next, take a step back in time at the Rabbi’s Tunnel beneath the Western Wall, where stonework survives from the Second Temple! On Mount Zion, enter the Upper Room in remembrance of the Last Supper. Enter the House of the High Priest Caiaphas where it is believed Jesus was held before his crucifixion. Reflect on the agony of the cross at Gordon’s Calvary and celebrate the joy of the resurrection at the Garden Tomb.
Dec. 13 – RETURN
Return home with a transformed faith and memories to last a lifetime!