Register today for this exciting 10-day tour to Israel with Dr. Erwin & Rebecca Lutzer! The itinerary includes major sites from the Bible such as Jerusalem, Megiddo, Nazareth, the Jordan River, the Mount of Beatitudes, Jericho, the Sea of Galilee and more! A visit to Masada and the Dead Sea is included in this unique itinerary. Pricing starts at $3,999* from the New York area and $4,297* from Chicago, IL departing on March 16, 2019.
*All prices reflect a 4% cash discount
Starting from $3999
- All Inclusive Pricing
- Breakfast and Dinner Daily
- Deluxe A/C Motor Coaches
- Entrance and Program Fees
- First Class Hotels
- Fuel Surcharges and Gov't Taxes
- Guided Tours
- Learning Opportunities
- Live Audio Headsets
- Select Lunches
- Study Guide
Day 1 Transatlantic Flight to Tel Aviv
Day 2 Arrive in Israel
Day 3 Caesarea Maritima, Mount Carmel, Megiddo, Nazareth (Mt. of Precipice)
Day 4 Caesarea Philippi, Tel Dan, Fish Lunch, Capernaum, Mt. of Beatitudes, Jordan River Baptismal Site
Day 5 Boat Ride, Beit Shean, Harod (Gideon's Spring), Jordan Valley, Jericho, Jerusalem
Day 6 Model City - Shrine of the Book, Mount of Olives, Palm Sunday Road, Garden of Gethsemane
Day 7 Yad Vashem, City of David
Day 8 Masada, Dead Sea, Qumran
Day 9 Rabbi's Tunnel, Western Wall, Southern Steps
Day 10 Old City, Sister's of Zion Church, Cardo, Pool of Bethesda - St. Anne's Church, Garden Tomb - Gordon's Calvary
Day 11 Arrive in USA
Day 1 - Transatlantic Flight to Tel Aviv
Today we depart from the USA for Tel Aviv, Israel. Meals served in flight.
Day 2 - Arrive in Israel
We arrive at Ben Gurion International Airport in Tel Aviv and are transferred to our hotel in Netanya for check-in, dinner and a good night’s sleep.
Day 3 - Caesarea Maritima, Mount Carmel, Megiddo, Nazareth (Mt. of Precipice)
After our delicious buffet breakfast and hotel checkout, we journey north along the Mediterranean Sea. Our first stop will be at Caesarea Maritima on the Mediterranean coastline. It was here that Cornelius the centurion and his household were saved and baptized, and it was also where Paul made his defense before Festus and King Agrippa prior to his final journey to Rome. We’ll journey to the top of Mount Carmel, where Elijah prayed down the fire from Heaven and defeated the 450 prophets of Baal. Continuing west, we will arrive at Tel Megiddo overlooking the Valley of Armageddon. Nazareth, the boyhood home of Jesus, is where the Lord was raised. We will stand on a cliff overlooking the city which is known as the Mt. of Precipice. It is the traditional site where the people of the city attempted to throw Him over the edge after speaking in the local synagogue. After a full day of sightseeing, we will arrive on the shores of the Sea of Galilee where we can check into our hotel and enjoy dinner and overnight.
Day 4 - Caesarea Philippi, Tel Dan, Fish Lunch, Capernaum, Mt. of Beatitudes, Jordan River Baptismal Site
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 on our return to the lake and enjoy a delicious fish lunch (included) at a restaurant located on the shores of the lake. We travel to the north side of the Sea of Galilee to the ruins of Capernaum, and stand in what is left of the synagogue built atop the remains of the one in which our Lord Jesus taught. Visit the Mount of Beatitudes, the traditional site where Jesus preached His Sermon on the Mount (Matt. 5-7), then travel to the south side of the lake to visit the baptismal site before returning to our hotel for dinner and overnight.
Day 5 - Boat Ride, Beit Shean, Harod (Gideon's Spring), Jordan Valley, Jericho, Jerusalem
After enjoying an Israeli buffet breakfast, we can enjoy our final moments around the lake on a beautiful boat ride across the Sea of Galilee. We then say our goodbyes to this region and begin our journey south along the Jordan Valley. We will spend time at Beit Shean, a city continuously inhabited for over 5,000 years and which was part of the Decapolis in Jesus’ day. Explore the theater, Roman bath and colonnaded streets. Close by is Gideon’s Spring, where the 300 were selected by God for use through Gideon to defeat the Midianites. Travel through the Jordan River Valley, the route often taken by Jesus and other Galileans as they traveled to and from Jerusalem. Arrive at Jericho, where Joshua experienced his first victory in the Promised Land, where Zacchaeus received the gift of salvation and where the Lord healed the blind man. Pass through the Judean Wilderness paralleling the ancient Roman road to Jerusalem for check-in to your hotel, dinner and overnight.
Day 6 - 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).
Day 7 - Yad Vashem, City of David
The relatively recent tragedy of the Holocaust will be presented at Yad Vashem with the purpose of never allowing something like this to happen, again. On the south side of Jerusalem is the City of David where ruins have been uncovered that date back to the time of Abraham and David. Return to the hotel for dinner and overnight.
Day 8 - Masada, Dead Sea, Qumran
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. Return to Jerusalem for dinner and overnight.
Day 9 - Rabbi's Tunnel, Western Wall, Southern Steps
Begin our day by following 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.
Day 10 - Old City, Sister's of Zion Church, Cardo, Pool of Bethesda - St. Anne's Church, Garden Tomb - Gordon's Calvary
This final 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.
Day 11 - Arrive in USA
Today we arrive in the USA, filled with a lifetime of memories to cherish.