Day 1 - April 29 – Depart the USA for Tel Aviv
Depart the USA for Tel Aviv
Day 2 - April 30 – Arrive in Tel Aviv
Welcome to Israel! You will be met at the Tel Aviv airport and transferred to your hotel in Tiberias for dinner and overnight.
Day 3 - May 1 – Caesarea Maritima, Mount Carmel, Megiddo, Nazareth (Mount Precipice), Tiberias
This morning, travel to the Mediterranean coast at Caesarea Maritima, where Paul was brought for trial before Festus and King Agrippa prior to his journey to Rome. See the extensive ruins, including the ancient theater and aqueduct. Drive to the top of Mount Carmel, where Elijah had his confrontation with the prophets of Baal. God and Elijah won! Travel the ancient caravan route to Tel Megiddo, where 20 different cities lie superimposed upon each other, overlooking the plains of Armageddon. Visit Nazareth, the boyhood home of Jesus, and stand on Mount Precipice, the place where an enraged hometown mob attempted to throw Jesus off the cliff. Return to your hotel in Tiberias for dinner and overnight.
Day 4 - May 2 – Boat Ride on the Sea of Galilee, Capernaum, Mount of Beatitudes, Tabgha, Fish Lunch, Golan Heights, Mount Bental
Today’s boat ride on the Sea of Galilee will help you understand the special place this lake had in Jesus’ ministry. In Capernaum, stand in the ruins of a synagogue that was built on the site of the synagogue in which Jesus taught. See the excavations that include where Peter’s house is thought to have been located. At the peaceful Mount of Beatitudes overlooking the Sea of Galilee, reflect on the words of Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount. After enjoying a fish lunch, travel up to the famous Golan Heights and better understand their strategic importance to the security of Israel. You can drive all the way to the Syrian border and enjoy this now peaceful view from Mount Bental. Stop at Magdala, the hometown of Mary of Magdala, and see the ruins of the synagogue that existed during the timeframe of the ministry of Jesus. Return to your hotel in Tiberias for dinner and overnight.
Day 5 - May 3 – Jordan Valley, Baptismal Site, Jericho, St. George’s Monastery, Bethany, Jerusalem , Kiryaat Ye-’arim, (Valley of Elah if time permits)
Bid the Galilee farewell as you travel south along the Jordan River Valley. Your first stop will be the baptismal site of Qasar el Yahud, where many Biblical events took place such as the Lord’s baptism, the children of Israel crossing into the promised land, and Elisha receiving a double portion of Elijah’s anointing prior to Elijah being taken to heaven. We can view Jericho, the city of palms and the first city to fall when Israel came to conquer their promised land. We turn our direction westward toward Jerusalem, entering the Valley of the Shadow to view St. George’s Monastery in the Valley of the Shadow. Bethany is located just prior to entering Jerusalem and is the location where the Lord raised Lazarus from the dead. We will enter the capital of Israel, Jerusalem, and take some time to view this city. Prior to check-in at our hotel, you will visit the modern town of Kiryat Ye’arim (Town of Forests), mentioned in the Bible as the site where the Ark of the Covenant has been kept for 20 years, according to the Book of Samuel. From here, the Ark was taken to Jerusalem by King David. If time permits, you will Journey through the Valley of Elah, where David defeated Goliath. Continue to your hotel for dinner and overnight.
Day 6 - May 4 – Masada, Qumran, Dead Sea
Ascend by cable car to Masada, Herod’s legendary mountaintop fortress, which became the last desperate stronghold of the Jewish Zealots against the Romans. You can still look down on the remains of the Roman camps and the siege ramp below. Continue to Qumran, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered in 1947. End your day with a dip in the salt and mineral-laden waters of the Dead Sea before returning to Jerusalem for dinner and overnight.
Day 7 - May 5 – Mount of Olives, Palm Sunday Road, Gethsemane, Mount Zion, Upper Room
Stand on the Mount of Olives, where Jesus ascended into Heaven forty days after His resurrection and, take in the remarkable panoramic view of the city of Jerusalem. Walk the Palm Sunday Road down to the Garden of Gethsemane and pray among the olive trees. Travel to the south side of the city and visit Mount Zion and the Upper Room, believed by some to be the tomb of King David and the site of the Last Supper and baptism of the Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost.
Day 8 - May 6 – Pool of Siloam, David’s City, Ein Karem, Temple Institute
Visit the recently uncovered Pool of Siloam, the site of John 9, detailing the account of the healing of the man born blind. Also in this area is David’s City, home of the palace of King David prior to the building of the Temple on Mount Moriah. Travel to Ein Karem, believed to be the birthplace of John the Baptist. Spend time in the Temple Institute, where efforts are being made to make the various articles that will be needed for the next Temple in Jerusalem.
Day 9 - May 7 – Rabbi’s Tunnel, Friends of Zion Museum, Leisure Afternoon in Jerusalem
Enter the Rabbi’s Tunnel and see retaining stones used by Herod to build up the Temple Mount platform, which are over 400 tons in weight! At the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, take time to reflect on His sacrificial love. The group will have a set appointment to visit the Friends of Zion Museum in the heart of Jerusalem, celebrating the contributions of the Christian community in helping Jews and securing the existence of the nation of Israel. In the afternoon, you can enjoy leisure time in the city of Jerusalem to revisit sites of interest, shop, or relax in your hotel.
Day 10 - May 8 – Pool of Bethesda, Antonia Fortress, Hulda (Southern) Steps, Western Wall, Gordon’s Calvary, Garden Tomb
Walk through portions of the Old City of Jerusalem and visit the Pool of Bethesda, where the man who was sick for 38 years was healed on the Sabbath. Spend time in the ruins of the Fortress of Antonia, a possible location of the trial of the Lord prior to His crucifixion. At the Davidson Center, sit on the 2,000-year-old Southern Steps that once led into the Herodian Temple complex on the Temple Mount. Pray at the Western Wall whose 2,000-year-old stones were a part of the retaining wall for the Herodian Temple Mount complex. Reflect on the agony of the cross at Gordon’s Calvary, and at the Garden Tomb, experience the exhilaration of Jesus’ resurrection.
Day 11 - May 9 – Return to the USA
Return home with a transformed faith and memories to last a lifetime!