On this tour, we will visit much of the Land of Israel but most importantly, we will follow the footsteps of Jesus; from His ministry in Galilee to His final days in Jerusalem. In each key biblical site, we will enjoy teachings from our hosts and experts at the actual sites being described.
If you make your own flight arrangements, be sure to arrive in Israel in the afternoon of May 22. Flying from the US is an overnight flight, requiring you to leave on May 21st
Welcome Home! Next stop-the Holy City of Yerushaliyim - Jerusalem!
This evening: Dinner in the main dining room 7 p.m.
Breakfast at your hotel. Today we will walk where Jesus walked; beginning the day with a panoramic view of the city, Mount Moriah and the Dome of the Rock from atop the Mount of Olives and then the Garden of Gethsemane. Walk between the ancient olive trees, read the scriptures of Jesus' prayer, and take time for personal reflection is important here.
Passing by the Protestant Cemetery, we visit the "Upper Room" just outside the Zion Gate where the disciple whom Jesus loved laid his head on His breast and where later Thomas cried, "my Lord & my God." While walking along the Via Dolorosa, we are reminded of His way of suffering along with a visit to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. Our guide will explain the differing opinions on the route that Christ was led and the actual place of crucifixion and burial is a very interesting study.
Return to your hotel for your final dinner.
After breakfast we will make our way to the Israel Museum. Walk through collections of centuries-old Israeli artifacts including the Dead Sea Scrolls and then a guided walk through an accurately detailed model of Biblical Jerusalem. This model will help put into perspective all that we have seen yesterday and what we will see later in the week. We make our way to visit Yad Vashem, the Holocaust Museum, for a needed reminder of what the Jews have suffered as a people. We then visit the Friends of Zion Museum to learn of the 19th and 20th century Christian heroes of the Jewish people
We now continue to the area of Golgotha (place of the skull) and the Garden Tomb, where we celebrate the resurrection with communion and a time of praise.
This evening we will partake in a most fervent “Kabalat Shabbat” service – the receiving of the Sabbath service at the Western Wall. Here we will mingle with thousands of Jerusalem Jews in praise & worship, this place is the only remnant of the temple atop Moriah.
This is “a not to be missed event” where young and old worship in song and dance in a way most never experienced before. This will follow with a traditional Shabbat Dinner.
After breakfast, we will make our way down to the lowest point on earth, the Dead Sea. Driving along the winding road of the Dead Sea we arrive to Masada.
Take the cable car ride up to the mountain top fortress where your guide will treat you to the history of the famous zealot stand. Afterward proceed to Ein Gedi, "Spring of the Goat", an oasis on the western shore of the Dead Sea. Because of its warm climate and abundant supply of water, the site developed a reputation for its fragrant plants and date palm groves. This is where King David hid from Saul, and where God defeated the enemies of the Israelites by praise and worship led by King Jehoshaphat.
Next, we visit Qumran Caves where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered, and then time to enjoy the mineral-rich waters of the Dead Sea
We make our way back to our hotel.
After breakfast, we will make our way to the City of David to see a film, its Canaanite and Israelite ruins, Jeremiah’s Cistern, King David’s palace, an optional walk thru Hezekiah’s Water Tunnel, view recently discovered 2nd Temple road, finishing at the Pool of Siloam where Jesus healed a blind man. Take the new underground tunnel visit the Southern Wall Excavations. This southern side of The Temple was the main entrance for the common folk, whereas the Priests and Levites had their own entrance from the higher eastern side. Parts of the giant stairs, which led to the Temple Mount from the courtyard have been unearthed along with the purification pools. From here Jesus entered the Temple Mount and drove out the vendors and money exchangers who were exploiting the people. It is also likely that this is the place that Peter stood and preached and where thousands were saved and baptized on the Day of Pentecost.
Conditions permitting we will visit the Temple Mount, with commentary on the Temple Periods, and the variety of belief systems past and present that make this area so valuable.
We will visit the Western Wall and then the fascinating Rabbinical Tunnels leading us through the Second Temple era. The tunnel and exhibit give a clear understanding of the amazing construction of the Temple Mount, giant stones, water supply and Roman street where our Lord was led to judgment. Before exiting the tunnel, we see the immense cornerstone rejected by the builders.
After breakfast we will take care of any extra hotel bills, identify our luggage as it is loaded on our motor coach.Twenty-five hundred years ago, as Jerusalem was rebuilt by those who returned from exile, Nehemiah said: “From that day on, half of my men did the work, while the other half were equipped with spears, shields, bows, and armor. The officers posted themselves behind all the people of Judah who were building the wall. Those who carried materials did their work with one hand and held a weapon in the other, and each of the builders wore his sword at his side as he worked” (Nehemiah 4:16-19). In accordance with biblical prophesies, Israel reborn, and just as in the days of Nehemiah, since her rebirth in 1948, Israel is in a continuous struggle for survival. More now than ever before Jewish soldiers, young Israeli boys and girls, are the “Shield of David”, the defends of God’s Land. To honor them, our special program today is in Laturn – the official Israel Defense Force Commemoration Center and armament display.
Latrun is the fortress that was strategically built on Israel’s main crossroads and throughout history protected the Holy City of Jerusalem. The program features a full army ceremony including the laying of a wreath at the “Wall of Names”, in honor of our fallen soldiers and to pay tribute to our living warriors. Here we will mingle with the young soldiers; we will be briefed by experts who will give us the opportunity to gain a better understanding and insight into the region’s conflict.
Our day continues north to the Galilee. We will travel through the Jezreel Valley to Megiddo, the Armageddon Battlefield, where archaeologists have unearthed 20 levels of civilization
We will take a beautiful view from the top of Mount Precipice, also known as Mount of Precipitation or Mount of Leap of the Lord. It is believed to be the site of the rejection of Jesus.
Continue to the city to the Basilica of Annunciation that church that celebrates the news from Gabriel that Mary would give birth to Jesus. We continue for a visit the little town of Cana where Jesus turned the water into wine at the wedding feast, ready to renew your wedding vow here? We will have just the right pastor at hand...
We continue to our hotel situated in Tiberias on the Sea of Galilee. Dinner and overnight.
After breakfast we will make our way to the northern border where will arrive to Kibbutz Misgav Am, one of the border communities overlooking Lebanon. We will receive an up-to-date briefing on the situation in the north. We will now drive to Banias – ancient Ceasarea Philippi – where Jesus said “On this rock, I will build my Church”.
Continue to the beautiful Golan Heights before making our way to the Mount of Beatitudes where Jesus preached the Sermon on the Mount, see the famous Church of the Beatitudes. We return now to our hotel for dinner and overnight.
After breakfast, we make our way to Magdala, hometown of Mary Magdalene. The recent excavation of the First Century Synagogue and preserved village makes Magdala one of the most interesting Biblical sites in Israel. We now make our way to Ginosar and begin with a visit to the “ancient Jesus boat”, the remains which dated back 2,000 year and was discovered during a drought in 1986. Board your own wooden boat and sail on the Sea of Galilee as the disciples did over 2,000 years ago. The Sea of Galilee, where the Lord calmed the storm and where He made one of the most dramatic miracles, walking on the water. It was here along the shores of the Sea of Galilee where Jesus appeared for a third time after being raised from the dead and asked his disciples to throw their nets to the right side of the boat and caught many fish and where He made the disciples breakfast. We will dock at Capernaum.
Jesus spent most of his ministry in what has been called “The Evangelical Triangle”. It is the area covering the biblical cities of Capernaum, Korazin and Bethsaida. Today, we will make our walk through these same biblical cities. Jesus chose to make his home in Capernaum. We will stand in what is left of the synagogue in which Jesus ministered, and where he performed many miracles. It is here that Peter’s mother-in-law lived and was healed. Chorazin (Korazin) next on our agenda, the town that was rebuked by Jesus for its lack of faith. The last stop on the triangle is Bethsaida, the place where Jesus was active as a preacher and healer.
We close out our day with the opportunity to be baptized at the Jordan River Baptismal site.
Return back to our hotel for dinner and overnight.
After breakfast we will make our way towards Tel Aviv and the last leg of our journey through the “Land”. Arrive to Mount Carmel (Mukraka), where Elijah issued his challenge to the false prophet.
We now make our way for a visit to Shiloh, the ancient biblical city which was the first capital of Israel. The city existed almost consecutively from the Israeli period up to the middle ages due to its sanctity and status. We will visit this unique and ancient site, hear the history of Shiloh throughout the generations and see with our own eyes the ancient ruins and the place where the tabernacle stood until it was destroyed by the Philistines. Next we will arrive to our last visit in the extraordinary journey….Caesarea Maritima, which was the center of early Christians, and the capital of Judea under the Romans. Visit the excavations of this ancient city, Roman theatre, and aqueduct where Paul made his defense before Festus and King Agrippa prior to his final journey to Rome.
We end our tour with a great multimedia explanation of the history of the port. Our next stop is Tel Aviv and our last night.
Dinner and overnight.