Your life transforming pilgrimage begins with an overnight flight to Israel, the land of the Bible. Set your heart on pilgrimage; tomorrow we will be walking in the Promised Land in the footsteps of prophets, priests, patriarchs, kings and apostles.
Upon our arrival we begin our Bible land experience by exploring the ancient port city of Joppa where Jonah ran from God and Peter received his vision to take the gospel to the Gentiles. We’ll set sail on a boat ride from Joppa to soak in an ocean front view of the Promised Land before checking into our hotel where we’ll enjoy our dinner and overnight. (Overnight in Tel Aviv).
We will trace the paths of David to the Philistine stronghold of Gath and trek the Elah Valley where he slew Goliath. We’ll recreate the battle positions and climb Elah fortress overlooking the valley. We dive into the Mediterranean Sea today; a snorkeling adventure exploring Herod’s underwater harbor at Caesarea. We end the day climbing historic Mt. Tabor, the highest peak jutting out of the Jezreel Valley and one of the possible sites of Jesus’ transfiguration. (Overnight on top of Mt. Tabor).
We begin our day with a visit to Ein Harod. Next we head north and climb the ancient Tel of Megiddo overlooking the Valley of Armegeddon. We’ll visit Nazareth where the Son of God grew up and also see the Hill of Precipice from which the townspeople wanted to throw Jesus to his death. We finish our day with a visit to the cliffs of Arbel and descend the mountain path to Wadi Hamam overlooking the Sea of Galilee. (Overnight the next four nights in Tiberias on the Sea of Galilee).
We begin this morning by exploring one of Solomon’s fortress cities, Hazor. We’ll visit Omrit which is likely the site of the 3rd temple built by King Herod in honor of Augustus. We probe the northern borders of Israel this afternoon at Dan where King Jeroboam placed his compromising calf, Caesarea Philippi where Peter makes his famous faith confession and view Israel’s highest peak, Mt. Herman, the most likely locale of the Transfiguration. We’ll explore the source waters of the Jordan River and kayak down its cascading waters.
Today we visit the New Testament sites of Magdala, Capernaum, the Mt. of Beatitudes, the Church of St. Peter’s Primacy, Tabgha, Kursi and climb the ancient Tel of Sussita. These sites and scenes hugging the Sea of Galilee are where the bulk of Jesus’ miracles and teachings took place.
We begin our day horseback riding at Vered HaGalil. We’ll explore the ruins of Bethsaida and Chorazin, sail the Sea of Galilee in a wooden boat reminiscent of the watery excursions of Christ and his disciples; and finish the day by scaling the heights of Mt. Berenice to probe the ruins of Herod Antipas’s palace perched high above the Sea of Galilee.
Today we visit Sebaste, Abraham’s altar at Shechem, Jacob’s well at Sychar where Jesus saves the woman at the well, Shilo where the Tabernacle of God first settled in the Promised Land, Joshua’s alter on Mt. Ebal and then we’ll scale the summit of Nebi Samwil to explore the impact of the prophet Samuel on ancient Israel. (Overnight the next two evenings in Jerusalem).
Today we recreate the pilgrim path of Jesus as he comes from Bethpage riding on a donkey over the Mt. of Olives into the Kidron Valley and up to the Temple. We’ll explore the original Jerusalem, the City of David, wading the waters of the Gihon Spring through Hezekiah’s Tunnel, climbing the underground ascent from the Pool of Siloam to the Temple Mount, climbing the Southern steps of the Temple where Peter likely preached on the day of Pentecost, praying at the Wailing Wall, the most sacred site of the Jewish people.
Today we descend into the Judean desert to rappel the cliffs of Qumran where the Essenes transcribed the Torah and hid what would become known as the Dead Sea Scrolls; we will swim in the gravity defying, salt-saturated waters of the Dead Sea and climb the mountains of En Gedi where David hid from Saul. (Overnight at En Gedi).
Today we explore the Jordan Rift Valley to Gilgal, Joshua’s base camp for the conquest of Canaan; we’ll climb the summit of Mt. Qarantal where Jesus was tempted by Satan in the Judean desert and trek the remains of the ancient Roman Road that led up to Jerusalem upon which Jesus often travelled; visit the site of Bahurim just west of the summit of the Mt. of Olives that played such a pivotal role in the life of David and the restoration of the kingdom and end the day climbing the heights of Herod’s palace and burial ground outside of Bethlehem called Herodian. (The final two nights in the holy city of Jerusalem).
Our final day of touring is spent retracing the Savior’s final journey on the way to the cross as we explore the Temple Mount where Jesus walked and so often taught his disciples and where the Ark of the Covenant once resided; the Garden of Gethsemane, the high priest’s house where Jesus was held, the place of the skull where we remember his crucifixion and the Garden Tomb to commemorate his death-defying resurrection!
We return home today with a rich and sacred grasp of the lands of the bible and the call of God upon our lives.
Itinerary subject to change while touring for the best interest of the group.