March 12 - 21, 2018
March 12 – TRANSATLANTIC FLIGHT TO TEL AVIV
Today we depart from the USA for Tel Aviv, Israel. Meals served in flight.
March 13 – ARRIVE IN ISRAEL
We arrive at Ben Gurion International Airport in Tel Aviv and are transferred to our hotel in Tiberias for check-in, dinner and a good night’s sleep.
March 14 – CAESAREA PHILIPPI, TEL DAN, GOLAN HEIGHTS
Today experience Israel north of Galilee. Journey to Caesarea Philippi, where Peter proclaimed that Jesus was the Messiah. Continue to Tel Dan, one of ancient Israel's boundary markers - "From Dan to Beersheba." Travel through the Golan Heights and better understand their strategic importance to the security of Israel.
March 15 – MAGDALA, CAPERNAUM, TABGHA, BOAT RIDE, FISH LUNCH, CHORAZIM, MOUNT OF BEATITUDES, JORDAN RIVER
After enjoying an Israeli buffet breakfast, we will spend most of our day around the Sea of Galilee. We start the day with a drive along the shores of the lake, visiting the area of Magdala, home of Mary Magdalene. Next, we travel to Capernaum, and stand in the ruins of the synagogue built atop the remains of the one in which our Lord Jesus taught. Further down the shoreline is Tabgha, the site of the feeding of the 5,000 (Luke 9). We will have great fellowship on a beautiful boat ride across the Sea of Galilee after which we can enjoy a fish lunch (included) at a restaurant located on the shores of the lake. We will walk the streets of Chorazim, listed as a "city of woe" by Jesus (Matt. 11). Visit the Mount of Beatitudes, the traditional site where Jesus preached His Sermon on the Mount (Matt. 5-7) before returning to our hotel for dinner and overnight.
March 16 – NAZARETH VILLAGE, MEGIDDO, MOUNT CARMEL, CAESAREA MARITIMA
After our delicious buffet breakfast and hotel checkout, we journey west to Nazareth, the boyhood home of Jesus (Luke 2), where we will step back in time at Nazareth Village, a living history of the life of Jesus of Nazareth. Continuing west, we will arrive at Tel Megiddo overlooking the Valley of Armageddon (Rev. 16). We’ll journey to the top of Mount Carmel, where Elijah prayed down the fire from Heaven and defeated the 450 prophets of Baal (I Kings 18). Arriving at the Mediterranean Sea, we will stop at Caesarea Maritima on the Mediterranean coastline. It was here that Cornelius the centurion and his household were saved and baptized (Acts 10), and it was also where Paul made his defense before Festus and King Agrippa prior to his final journey to Rome (Acts 25 - 26). After a full day of sightseeing, we will arrive in the capital city of Jerusalem, where we can check into our hotel and enjoy dinner and overnight.
March 17 – MASADA, DEAD SEA, QUMRAN, VALLEY OF THE SHADOW
Enjoy a visit to intriguing Masada, the spectacular mountaintop fortress built by Herod the Great 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. Go to the shores of the Dead Sea to experience the salt and mineral laden waters at the lowest point on earth! Visit Qumran, the location of caves out of which the Dead Sea scrolls were discovered after being hidden for over 19 centuries in its wilderness caves. As we make our way to Jerusalem, we will stop at the Valley of the Shadow, and overlook point in the quiet and desolate Judean Wilderness. Return to Jerusalem for dinner and overnight.
March 18 – MODEL CITY - SHRINE OF THE BOOK, MOUNT OF OLIVES, PALM SUNDAY ROAD, GARDEN OF GETHSEMANE
We begin our day by gaining some insights into the Jerusalem of Jesus’ day with a look at the First Century Model of the City of Jerusalem. Also in this location is the Shrine of the Book Museum displaying the book of Isaiah from the Dead Sea Scrolls. Next, we’ll stand atop the Mount of Olives (Luke 19 & II Sam. 15), pointing out the Site of the Ascension (Acts 1), the Temple Platform and other Biblical events from this vantage point. Together we’ll walk down Palm Sunday Road and take time to pray among the ancient olive trees in the Garden of Gethsemane (John 18).
March 19 – CAIAPHAS' HOUSE, RABBI'S TUNNEL, WESTERN WALL, SOUTHERN STEPS
Begin our day by visiting the House of the High Priest Caiaphas (John 18) and walk through some of the ancient rooms. We’ll follow the Herodian support wall and walk on First Century pavement in the Rabbi's Tunnel. A part of this visit will include time at the Western Wall, where we can touch a part of history, pray and insert written prayers into the crevices of this historic retaining wall of Herod's Temple. Around the corner from the Western Wall is the Southern Steps, access point to the Temple of our Lord's time. We can sit on these steps and enjoy a time of Biblical reflection on events that took place in this area. Return to the hotel for dinner and overnight.
March 20 – OLD CITY, SISTER'S OF ZION CHURCH, CARDO, POOL OF BETHESDA, GARDEN TOMB - GORDON’S CALVARY
This final morning morning of our journey will bring us into the Old City to the Cardo. This ancient marketplace has ruins that date back to the Judean monarchy among modern shops. Part of the Old City walk is the Via Dolorosa, including the Sister's of Zion Church, location of the Antonia Fortress and possible location of the trial of our Lord prior to the crucifixion. The games of the Roman soldiers are still etched in its stone floor. View the Pool of Bethesda (John 5) where Jesus performed the Sabbath miracle and sing in the church of St. Anne. Finally, reflect on the agony of Christ’s crucifixion at Gordon’s Calvary (Luke 23) and the exhilaration and reality of the resurrection at the Garden Tomb! After our final dinner in Israel, prepare for departure to the USA.
March 21 – ARRIVE IN USA
Today we arrive in the USA, filled with a lifetime of memories to cherish.