Join Kurt Foreman & Pastor Wayne Mancari Best of Israel with an optional extension to the 7 Churches of Revelation, starting at $4,197* from San Francisco, CA departing on September 12, 2022. Journey to places such as Galilee, Mt. of Olives, Garden of Gethsemane, Western Wall, Capernaum, Nazareth, Garden Tomb,...Read More

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  • All Inclusive Pricing
  • Breakfast and Dinner Daily
  • Deluxe A/C Motor Coaches
  • Domestic Airfare
  • Entrance and Program Fees
  • First Class Hotels
  • Fuel Surcharges and Gov't Taxes
  • Gratuities
  • Guided Tours
  • Overseas Transfers
  • Study Guide
  • Visas (U.S. Citizens)
  • International Airfare

^ Additional Baggage & Optional fees may apply.

Join Kurt Foreman & Pastor Wayne Mancari Best of Israel with an optional extension to the 7 Churches of Revelation, starting at $4,197* from San Francisco, CA departing on September 12, 2022. Journey to places such as Galilee, Mt. of Olives, Garden of Gethsemane, Western Wall, Capernaum, Nazareth, Garden Tomb, Masada, and much more!

 

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Daily Itinerary

Day 1 - September 12 – Depart Home

Your pilgrimage begins as you depart the USA on an overnight flight.

Day 2 - Septemberc13 – Arrive in the Holy Land

Once you arrive, you will be welcomed at the Tel Aviv airport by our representative and transferred to your hotel to enjoy dinner and overnight.

Day 3 - September 14 – Sea of Galilee

Visit Capernaum, the center of Jesus’ ministry in the Galilee, and visit the synagogue built on the site where Jesus taught (Matt. 4:13, 23). On the Mount of Beatitudes, contemplate the text of the Sermon on the Mount that Jesus preached there (Matt. 5-7). Explore the Church of the Loaves and Fish at Tabgha, traditional site of the feeding of the 5,000 (Luke 9:10-17). Cross the waters of the Sea of Galilee on a very special boat ride, complete with an onboard worship service. At Kibbutz Nof Ginosar, see the 2,000-year-old “Ancient Boat,” a rare example of the kind of boat in which Jesus might have sailed. Remember your baptism at the Yardenit Baptismal site, where the Jordan River exits the Sea of Galilee on its journey southward (Matt. 3).

Day 4 - September 15 – Chorazim, Hatzor, Caesarea Philippi, Tel Dan, Golan Heights

Visit Chorazim, where the teachings of Jesus come alive in the ancient insula and synagogue. Explore Hatzor, one of the oldest archaeological sites in Israel. Here, Joshua fought against Jabin (Josh. 11: 1-11). Journey to Caesarea Philippi, where Peter proclaimed' "You are the Christ" (Matthew 16). Visit the ancient remains of Tel Dan and the altar built by King Jeroboam I (I Kings 12:25-30). A scenic drive along the Golan Heights will give you some beautiful views of Syria and Jordan as well as Israel.

Day 5 - September 16 – Beth Shean, Nazareth, Megiddo, Mt. Carmel, Caesarea

Explore the massive excavations at Beth Shean, a city continuously inhabited for over 5,000 years, including when the Philistines hung the bodies of King Saul and his sons from its walls (1 Sam. 31). Later known as Scythopolis, the ruins of this once-opulent Roman city still impress visitors with its city streets, marble sidewalks, Roman public baths, and theater. Visit Nazareth, the boyhood home of Jesus (Matthew 2: 23) and the Mount of Precipice, where an angry crowd from the synagogue attempted to throw Jesus off a cliff (Luke 5:28-30). Travel the ancient caravan route to Tel Megiddo, an exciting archaeological dig with its layers of twenty different cities built on top of each other. Look out over the Valley of Jezreel from 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).

Day 6 - September 17 – Masada, Qumran, Dead Sea

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. Travel to Qumran, site of the Dead Sea Scroll discovery, to learn about the mysterious community of the Essenes who once lived on the shores of the Dead Sea. On the way back to Jerusalem, stop at the Dead Sea, the lowest spot on earth, for an opportunity to take a quick dip in the mineral-laden waters.

Day 7 - September 18 – Mt. of Olives, Site of the Ascension, Garden of Gethsemane, Western Wall, Shepherds’ Field

Stand atop the Mount of Olives, where Jesus ascended into Heaven 40 days after His resurrection (Acts 1). The Chapel of the Ascension marks the traditional site. Pray in the Garden of Gethsemane and envision the scenes of the night before Jesus’ crucifixion (Matt. 26: 36-44). Spend time at the Western or "Wailing" Wall, a section of Herod's Temple Mount retaining wall adjacent to the former Holy of Holies. Look out over the Shepherds’ Fields, where angels proclaimed the Good News.

Day 8 - September 19 – Model City, Shrine of the Book, Israel Museum, Upper Room, Caiaphas’ House, Emmaus, Valley of Elah, Samuel’s Tomb

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 archaeological artifacts, as well as the Shrine of the Book exhibit that displays the Dead Sea Scroll containing the book of Isaiah. Meditate on the events of the Last Supper as you visit the traditional location of the Upper Room (Mark 14: 12-26). Continue to Mount Zion to visit the House of the High Priest Caiaphas, where some say Jesus was questioned the night of His betrayal (Matt. 26:57). View the road of Emmaus where Jesus, after His resurrection, met two of His disciples who did not recognize Him until He later broke bread with them (Luke 24:13-35). Stop at the Valley of Elah, where one can gather a stone or two from the riverbed like David (1 Samuel 17). High on a hill just west of Jerusalem, we see the traditional site of Samuel's Tomb.

Day 9 - September 20 – Old City, Sisters of Zion Church, Pool of Bethesda, Garden Tomb, Gordon’s Calvary

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. See the pavement from the Antonia Fortress in the basement of the Sisters of Zion Church. Here "games" Roman soldiers played are carved into the stone. The grooved stones indicate that horses departed from the fortress here and is the traditional beginning of the Via Dolorosa. View the Pool of Bethesda (John 5:1-31), where Jesus performed the Sabbath miracle. Take time to reflect on the agony of the cross at Gordon’s Calvary and the miraculous reality of the resurrection at the Garden Tomb. Transfer to the airport for your late night flight back to the USA or begin the extension to Turkey.

Day 10 - September 21 – Return to the USA

Return home with a transformed faith and memories to last a lifetime!

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September 20 – Jerusalem to Istanbul
Tour in Jerusalem during the day before flying from Tel Aviv to Istanbul and checking into your hotel.
September 21 – Istanbul
Visit Istanbul’s Hippodrome which was influenced by the Circus Maximus in Rome. Though not much remains of the original structure, the legend behind the “Square of Horses” is fascinating. Walk through St. Sophia (Hagia Sophia), which was the largest church in Christendom for 1000 years. Built by Justinian (532-537 A.D.), the church has 107 columns; fossil embedded white marble floors, and beautiful glass mosaics. Today, it is the Museum of Byzantine Art. Istanbul’s Underground Cistern is a massive water cavern of beautiful arches and Roman support columns. Pools of water beautifully reflect the well-placed spotlights. This was ancient Byzantine’s main water storage when under siege or in hard times. Fly from Istanbul to Izmir and check in to your hotel. Dinner and overnight in Izmir.

September 22 – Smyrna, Pergamum & Thyatira
The third largest city in modern Turkey is Izmir, long a center for Jewish and Christian communities. In Paul's day, the town was known as Smyrna. It was also one of the Seven Churches of Revelation (Rev. 2:8-11). You will see the Agora, the colonnaded commercial center where Roman statues can still be seen. Pergamum, one of the seven churches mentioned in Revelations (Rev. 2:12). It displeased the Lord because it tolerated the doctrine of the Nicolaitanes which Christ hated (Rev. 2:13-17). The fabled Acropolis towers 1000 feet above the town and commands a spectacular panorama. As you pass through the Royal Gates, you will enter one of the great centers of classic Greek culture. You will see the foundations of the Temple of Zeus, the Temple of Athena, and the ruins of the Library which once held 200,000 parchment volumes. You will see the remains of the Temple of Trajan, the Grand Theatre, the Gymnasium, and the Health Center (Aesclepion). Visit Thyatira once a busy trading center, home to Lydia, the "seller of purple" (Acts 16). Today, it is famous for Persian rugs. Thyatira, one of the Seven Churches mentioned in Revelations, tolerated the false prophetess, Jezebel (Rev. 1:11; 2:18-29). Dinner and overnight in Izmir.
September 23 – Sardis, Philadelphia, Colossae
Travel to Sardis, another of the Seven Churches of Revelation. You will be impressed by the massive scale of the Temple of Artemis, by the white marble Royal Road, by the gymnasium, and by the synagogue. Visit the site of Philadelphia also one of the Seven Churches of Revelation (Rev. 3:7-13). Christ told those who overcame that He would write upon them "the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, which is New Jerusalem." (Rev. 3:12) You will see an ancient wall and the remains of a Byzantine basilica. Famous as the receiver of Paul's Letter to the Colossians, the town of Colossae has fallen into obscurity. While you can still see traces of the theatre, the Necropolis and the Church, the ancient city is mostly indistinguishable ruins. Dinner and overnight in Pamukkale.
September 24 – Hierapolis, Laodicea & Kusadasi
Hierapolis is blessed by hot mineral springs and some of the best-preserved Roman ruins in Asia Minor. Paul mentions Hierapolis in his Letter to the Colossians in saluting Epaphras, a fellow laborer, for his love of the brethren there (Colossians 4: 13). The ruins cover more than a mile. You will see the impressive amphitheater with seats still in perfect condition. You will see the City Gates, column-lined streets, and arches, which have stood through time and earthquakes. Today, the area is known as Pamukkale, meaning "Cotton Castle", named for the limestone-laden hot springs which cascade from one white-edged terrace pool to the next. The Christians of Laodicea, one of the Seven Churches (Rev. 3:14-22), were chastised for being lukewarm, "You are neither cold nor hot" (Rev. 3:15), and for being too comfortable incorporating pagan and Christian beliefs. In the famous scripture from Revelation (3:20-21), Jesus says to the Laodicean church: "Behold, I stand at the door and knock . . . ". Today, there are many acres of ruins to see, including the stadium and columned streets. Dinner and overnight in Kusadasi.
September 25 – Ephesus
Ephesus is one of the Seven Churches of Revelation (Rev. 1:11). In ancient days, Ephesus was a bustling port town of 250,000, graced with wide, colonnade-bordered streets. Today, you will be impressed with the spectacular excavations of the major streets of ancient Ephesus. You will view the library and the huge agora. The Temple of Artemis was declared one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Today, only a single column remains to mark the site. You will visit the Basilica of St. John, traditional site of his grave. From the basilica, enjoy a commanding view of the area. You will visit the Museum of Ephesus for an up-close look at artifacts from the ancient city. You will have time to explore this powerful city on your own and recreate some of the footsteps of Paul. In the evening, fly from Izmir to Istanbul to begin your journey back home.

September 26 – Return to the USA

Departure Dates

Monday, September 12, 2022
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