Day 1 - Feb. 7 - USA to the Holy Land
Depart the USA ready for your trip of a lifetime! Meals served in flight.
Day 2 - Feb. 8 - Arrive at Tel Aviv
Today, you will arrive in Tel Aviv. Your tour guide will meet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel in Jerusalem, where you’ll enjoy dinner and overnight.
Day 3 - Feb. 9 - Mount of Olives, Garden of Gethsemane, Armenian Quarter, Emek Tzurim
Today, you will stand on the Mount of Olives, where you will have a remarkable view of the “Golden City” of Jerusalem. This is the last place Jesus stood before ascending into heaven. Take a moment to pray in the Garden of Gethsemane, where trees have been dated back over 2000 years. Consider the idea that those trees witnessed the blood, sweat and betrayal of our Lord. Pause at the Crusader Church that is thought to mark the Tomb of Mary at the base of the Mount of Olives. Visit the Armenian Quarter of Jerusalem, enjoying lunch in one of their lovely restaurants. Enjoy your lunch before heading on to the see the archaeological study being done at Emek Tzurim, where excavations from under the Temple Mount are being studied.
Day 4 - Feb. 10 - Temple Mount, Yad Vashem, Model City of Jerusalem, Shrine of the Book, Christ Church Museum
Today’s touring begins by standing on the Temple Mount, which was once the site of the Temple of Solomon, now home to the Dome of the Rock. Explore the poignant exhibits of Yad Vashem, Israel’s Holocaust Memorial. Another of today’s stops is the first-century Model City of Jerusalem, now housed at the Israel Museum. The museum itself contains 10,000 yrs of archeological artifacts, as well as the Shrine of the Book exhibit that displays pieces of the Dead Sea Scroll containing the book of Isaiah. Visit the Christ Church Museum to explore the history and impact of the Protestant movement in the Holy Land.
Day 5 - Feb. 11 - Jaffa Gate, Temple Institute, Garden Tomb, Gordon’s Calvary
Walk through Jaffa Gate and into the Old City of Jerusalem. View the shops and Middle Eastern way of life that is embedded in this fascinating city. The Temple Institute contains implements being prepared for use in the next temple. End your day of touring by spending time at the Garden Tomb and Gordon’s Calvary. Consider the pain and suffering of the cross with Holy Communion at this traditional site.
Day 6 - Feb. 12 - Western Wall, Pool of Bethesda, Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Upper Room, Tomb of King David, City of David, Pool of Siloam
Enter the city through the Southern Dung Gate and pray at the Western Wall. View the Pool of Bethesda (John 5), where Jesus performed the Sabbath day miracle. Reflect on Christ’s sacrificial love during your visit to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Built over the traditional sites of the crucifixion and burial of Jesus, the church operates under both Catholic and Orthodox supervision. Continue on to Mount Zion to visit the Upper Room, where some say the Church was birthed (Acts 2). Also, have the opportunity to view the traditional site of the Tomb of King David. Then, wander through the excavations of the City of David and journey through time to see the Pool of Siloam (John 9). Return to your hotel for dinner and overnight.
Day 7 - Feb. 13 - Balm of Gilead Farm, Dead Sea, Jericho, Jordan River, Yardenit Baptismal site
Begin your journey towards Tiberius today. The first stop will be a visit to the Balm of Gilead farm, enjoying the aroma and wonder of the incredible Balm of Gilead. Have a quick visit at the lowest point on earth, the Dead Sea, and feel the mineral-laden waters. Stop in Jericho, where the ruins of the city conquered by Joshua (Joshua 6) are located. In the distance, see the traditional site of the temptation of Jesus (Matt 4). Follow the Jordan River Valley on your journey north. Remember your baptism at the Yardenit Baptismal site, where the Jordan River exits the Sea of Galilee before checking into your hotel for dinner and overnight.
Day 8 - Feb. 14 - The Galilee
Travel to Capernaum, the center of Jesus’ ministry in the Galilee. Visit the synagogue that stands on the site where Jesus taught. 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). Enjoy a “St. Peters Fish Lunch” before launching out on your boat ride for a unique time of worship and reflection on the Sea of Galilee. Finish your day of touring today by visiting the ancient boat museum, where you will see the remains of a 2,000-year-old boat that dates back to the time of Jesus.
Day 9 - Feb. 15 - Northen Israel
Visit the northern territory of Israel today, seeing the ancient remains of Tel Dan and the altar built by King Jeroboam (I Kings 12). 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). Travel through Golan Heights and gain a better understanding of their strategic importance to the security of Israel.
Day 10 - Feb. 16 - Mount Carmel, Tell Megiddo, Caesarea Maritima, Joppa
Today, you will journey to the top of Mount Carmel, where Elijah the prophet prayed fire down from heaven and defeated the prophets of Baal (I Kings 18). Travel the ancient caravan route to Tel Megiddo, an exciting archeological dig with its layers of 20 different cities built on top of each other. Next stop will be Caesarea Maritima. Here, you will wander through the Roman aqueduct and theater, a center of early Christianity. It was in Caesarea where Cornelius became the first Gentile convert to the new covenant (Acts 10) and Paul was imprisoned before being taken to Rome (Acts 23). Follow the coastline south to Joppa, now the port city of Jaffa. Enjoy dinner and airport transfer to the Tel Aviv Airport for your flight home.
Day 11 - Feb. 17 - Return to the USA
Return to the USA