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Day 1 – Depart for Israel
Your Holy Land Tour begins with evening flights out of the USA to Ben-Gurion Ariport in Tel Aviv, Israel. The cost of that flight is not included in this package.
Day 2 – Arrive in Tel Aviv – Airport to Hotel Transfer
On arrival in Tel Aviv this afternoon your Christian Tour Guides will meet you at the airport and you transfer to your hotel for the night. Your hotel is the West Lagoon Netanya, Ramada Netanyna or similar. Dinner this evening, and every evening will be at nice local restaurant with menus typical to the region and culture. (D)
Day 3 – Galilee – Ruins of Herod’s Palace – Armageddon – Cana, Where Jesus turned Water into Wine
Your sightseeing begins. Again all tours are conducted by Christian Guides with a deep, deep knowledge of the Bible, History and Archaeology. They will connect the sites you see to both the Old Testament and New, and will make the Bible come alive for you. This morning, you will drive to Caesarea where the first Gentile was baptized into Christianity. Here you will see the Caesarea Amphitheater with it’s ancient seats and wonderful acoustics – like the girl pictured here chance to break out in song may be irresistible. Make sure someone in your group captures the moment on film.
An impromptu concert in the Amphitheater.
You will also visit the Roman ruins of this beautiful city and see the remains of Roman King Herod’s Palace. Then travel to Mt. Carmel, the place of the prophet Elijah’s fire-lighting challenge – it is one of the Old Testament’s most spectacular contests.
This afternoon you proceed to Megiddo (the Greek Word for Armageddon), here on the mound of the old city is where Christians believe the final battle will take place. You will continue through Nazareth the childhood home of Jesus, to the Village of Cana where Jesus turned water into wine, then to a kibbutz village on a lush and beautiful spot where it is but a short walk to the Sea of Galilee.
Then check into your Galilee hotel for a three night stay at the Kinar Galilee, Leonardo Plaza Tiberias or similar. Dinner is included this evening at a local restaurant. Some of your restaurants maybe able to provide you with a private room, and the opportunity to enjoy a little music. Some of your hotels may also have that available. When we begin working on your tour dates, we will discuss your interests and see if can provide you with many opportunities. (B,D)
Day 4 – Galilee Peninsula – Road to Damascus
After breakfast at the hotel, you travel to Tel Dan, on the Galilee Peninsula it is the northernmost city in Israel. Here you stroll through a lush nature preserve and come upon ruins from the Canaanite period.
Then continue on to Caesarea Philippi where Christ first revealed to his disciples that He was indeed the Jewish Messiah. Then to the strategic Golan Heights which Israel captured from Syria in 1967. Here on the the Israeli-Syrian border is the Road to Damascus, where the Apostle Paul was converted to Christianity. Returning to Galilee, you enjoy dinner at a local restaurant. (B,D)
Day 5 – Mount of Beatitudes (Sermon on the Mount) – Fishing Boat Cruise on The Sea of Galilee
Today, you visit the Mount of Beatitudes one of the most serenely beautiful spots in all of the Holy Land, overlooking the Sea of Galilee it was here that Jesus delivered the Sermon on the Mount.
Then in the afternoon, you will discover a unique place on the shores of the sea and a 2,000 year old fishing boat that was recently discovered. You will take a breathtaking spiritual journey, sailing on a similar wooden boat, upon The Sea of Galilee, where Jesus miraculously walked upon the water. In this replica fishing boat, your group will cruise onto the Sea in the same way as the fisherman of old. You may pull your boats together so that the Choir Members and Gospel singers in your group can harmonize and create a surreal moment.
Again returning to Galilee this evening, dinner is included at a local restaurant. (B,D)
Day 6 – Jordan River Baptisms – Beit She’an Ruins, Gideon’s Springs & The Holy City of Jerusalem
This morning’s touring starts at Yardenit, on the Jordan River, the baptismal site of Jesus. Any members of your group who wish may be baptized here. Note: This site is just outside of Jericho a city which is reputed to be the oldest on earth. Here the Isrealites brought down the walls with a great shout and trumpet blasts. Here Jesus healed Bartimaeus, the blind beggar and dined with Zacchaeus the rich tax collector. The area runs deep with history.
Then you stop at Beit She’an and see some of the best preserved ruins in the Middle East. This is where Saul, Israel’s first king was defeated by The Philistines. It was the leading city of the Decapolis and the only one located west of the Jordan River.
Next is Gideon’s Springs, where the famous Gilboa Iris blossoms it’s purple flowers in the Spring. Here the Spring of Harrod bubbles cold from the ground in Gideon’s Cave and flows into the Jezreel Valley. It was also here that Gideon gathered his army to do battle with Midianites.
By late afternoon you will be driving through the Jordan Valley and making your way to the Holy City. You will be staying the next five nights here in Jerusalem. Lodging will be at a Four-Star hotel such as the Olive Tree, Leonardo or Grand Court. Dinner is included this evening at a local restaurant. (B,D)
Day 7 – Shabbat-Sabbath in the Holy City
Enjoy a Shabbat – Sabbath breakfast at your hotel. This is a day of rest, a day of leisure to shop and explore on your own in the Holy City, with an option for fellowship with local Messianic believers. (B,D)
Day 8 – The Dead Sea – Judean Desert – Cave of the Dead Sea Scrolls
Today, you visit the Dead Sea, known in the Bible as the “Salt Sea” or the “Sea of Arabah.” At 1388 feet below sea level it is at the lowest on point on land. Be sure to bring your bathing suit and enjoy the healing waters that are ten times saltier than the ocean.
Then traveling into the Judean Desert you visit Ein Gedi, one of David’s places of refuge from Saul. Next you visit Masada, it’s been two thousand years since this great fortress, the last Jewish stronghold, fell to the Roman invasion. It is a place of gaunt and majestic beauty sitting on an isolated rock cliff overlooking the Dead Sea. You will also see the archaeological site of Qumran, on the West Bank, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found. Returning to Jerusalem, enjoy dinner at a local restaurant. (B,D)
Day 9 – Model of Jerusalem, City of David & Old City of Jerusalem – After breakfast begin the day by visiting the Israel Museum, among the World’s greatest Art & Archaeological Museums. Here you will see the Model of Jerusalem in the time of Jesus, among many other exhibits. You will then enter the City of David, an archaeological site that is speculated to contain the original center of ancient Jerusalem.
This afternoon your guide will walk you through the Old City of Jerusalem, visiting the Jewish Quarter, Western Wall, Western Wall Tunnels. You will walk parts of the Via Dolorosa on your way to the Pool of Bethesda. You will also see the Church of St Anne with its amazing acoustics. Here again, if you a have singers in your group this is an opportunity for another spontaneous concert.
Dinner is included at a local restaurant this evening. (B,D)
Day 10 – Mount of Olives, The Garden Tomb & Yad Vashem – Today, see a beautiful panoramic view of Jerusalem from the Mount of Olives, it was here that Jesus foretold his disciples of his Second Coming, and it was from here that he ascended into heaven. You will also visit the Garden of Gethsemane, and the Church of All Nations built around the Agony Rock where he prayed the night before his crucifixion.
Then you visit the House of Caiaphas where Jesus was taken when he was arrested. Followed by a visit to the Garden Tomb, a quiet place preserved for worship and reflection of the final events of Christ’s life; his death, burial and resurrection. As a group you gather just a few meters away from the empty tomb experience a Communion service and sing praise and worships songs.
Finish the day at the riveting Yad Vashem, Holocaust Remembrance Museum. Dinner is included at local restaurant. (B,D)
Day 11 – Depart for Home – This morning you bid farewell to your local guide, transfer to airport for your early morning flight back to USA, you will no doubt carry with you a renewed spirit and fond memories of the Holy Land. (B)