Starting from $3078
- 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
- International Airfare from NY
- Learning Opportunities
- Study Guide
Join Bishop Craig Bates for this 10-day Best of Israel tour! Departing on February 10, 2020 with prices starting at $3,078* from the New York area.
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Day 1 Feb. 10 – Depart USA
Day 2 Feb. 11 – Arrive Tel Aviv
Day 3 Feb. 12 – Sea of Galilee, Capernaum, Mount of Beatitudes, Tabgha, Boat Ride, Jordan River
Day 4 Feb. 13 – Northern Territory, Dan, Caesarea Philippi, Golan Heights
Day 5 Feb. 14 – Nazareth Precipice, Megiddo, Mount Carmel, Caesarea by the Sea
Day 6 Feb. 15 – Valley of the Shadow, Masada, Qumran, Dead Sea
Day 7 Feb. 16 – Mount of Olives, Garden of Gethsemane, Bethlehem, View Shepherds’ Field
Day 8 Feb. 17 – Caiaphas’ House, Western Wall, Cardo, Old City Tour, Sister’s of Zion Church, Pool of Bethesda, Church of the Holy Sepulcher
Day 9 Feb. 18 – Mount Zion, Upper Room, Pool of Siloam, Yad Vashem
Day 10 Feb. 19 – Arrive in the USA
Day 1 - Feb. 10 – Depart USA
Today you will depart from the USA to Tel Aviv, Israel. Meals served in flight.
Day 2 - Feb. 11 – Arrive Tel Aviv
Arrive at Ben Gurion International Airport in Tel Aviv and be transferred to your hotel in the Galilee area for check-in, dinner and a good night’s sleep.
Day 3 - Feb. 12 – Sea of Galilee, Capernaum, Mount of Beatitudes, Tabgha, Boat Ride, Jordan River
Drive along the shores of the Sea of Galilee, passing the area of Magdala, home of Mary Magdalene. 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 peaceful Mount of Beatitudes that overlooks the Sea of Galilee. On this hill, Jesus preached the Sermon on the Mount (Matt. 5-7). Stop at Tabgha, where the feeding of the 5,000 is remembered at the Church of the Loaves and Fish (Luke 9). Enjoy a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee and appreciate the special place this lake had in Jesus’ ministry. End the day with a stop at the Jordan River for a time of spiritual blessing.
Day 4 - Feb. 13 – Northern Territory, Dan, Caesarea Philippi, Golan Heights
Discover the Northern Territory, including Tel Dan, one of ancient Israel’s boundary markers – “From Dan to Beersheba.” 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” (Matt. 16:16). Travel through the Golan Heights and better understand their strategic importance to the security of Israel.
Day 5 - Feb. 14 – Nazareth Precipice, Megiddo, Mount Carmel, Caesarea by the Sea
View the city of Nazareth from the vantage point where tradition states the local populace attempted to throw the Lord off a cliff. Travel the ancient caravan route to Tel Megiddo, an exciting archeological dig with its layers of twenty different cities built on top of each other. Look across the Valley of Jezreel to the heights of Mount Carmel, where Elijah defeated the prophets of Baal (1 Kings 18). Wander through the Roman aqueduct and theater at Caesarea, a center of early Christianity. 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). Continue to Jerusalem for dinner and overnight.
Day 6 - Feb. 15 – Valley of the Shadow, 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. 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. Visit Qumran, site of the Dead Sea Scroll discovery, to learn about the mysterious community of Essenes who once lived on the shores of the Dead Sea. On your return to Jerusalem, stop at the shores of the Dead Sea, the lowest spot on earth, for an opportunity to take a quick dip in the mineral-laden waters.
Day 7 - Feb. 16 – Mount of Olives, Garden of Gethsemane, Bethlehem, View Shepherds’ Field
Stand on the Mount of Olives for a remarkable view of the “Golden City” of Jerusalem, and consider that this is the final place Jesus stood before ascending into heaven forty days after His resurrection (Acts 1). Enter the Garden of Gethsemane, where Jesus went to pray after the Last Supper and was arrested (Matt. 26:36-56). Cross the border into Bethlehem, the birthplace of Jesus (Luke 2). Visit Bethlehem, where the cave revered as Jesus’ birthplace resides in the world’s oldest functioning church, the Church of the Nativity (Matt. 1). Look out on the Shepherds’ Fields, where angels spread the Good News.
Day 8 - Feb. 17 – Caiaphas’ House, Western Wall, Cardo, Old City Tour, Sister’s of Zion Church, Pool of Bethesda, Church of the Holy Sepulcher
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). 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. Visit the Lithostrotos at the Convent of the Sisters of Zion. This area of pavement constructed with large slabs is associated with the condemnation of Jesus by Pilate (John 19). View the Pool of Bethesda (John 5) where Jesus performed the Sabbath miracle. Reflect on Christ’s sacrificial love at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.
Day 9 - Feb. 18 – Mount Zion, Upper Room, Pool of Siloam, Yad Vashem
Travel to Mount Zion and meditate on the events of the Last Supper as you visit the traditional location of the Upper Room (Mark 14). Stand on the steps of the Pool of Siloam, where Jesus healed the blind man (John 9). Walk the museum and grounds of Yad Vashem, Israel’s Holocaust Memorial, with its poignant exhibits honoring the millions of lives lost during the Holocaust. At the end of your time in the Holy Land, prepare for your return journey to the USA.
Day 10 - Feb. 19 – Arrive in the USA
Arrive in the USA with a lifetime of memories to cherish.