Day 1: Departure from US (April 26)
Depart from JFK airport at 7pm Thursday evening, April 26, for a direct flight through the night to Tel Aviv, Israel.

Day 2: Arrive Israel (April 27)
We arrive at Ben Gurion Airport where we will be met by our Messianic Tour guide and Israeli transport. We immediately travel northward to our hotel for one night in the coastal area near Netanya. The remainder of the day is free to walk along the Mediterranean coastline, relax, and have dinner. The time is right for a personal devotional with the sunset over the “Great Sea.” Enjoy a time of prayer of thanks for safety and the special blessings ahead, a prayer for the people of this land, and a good night’s rest.

Day 3: Caesarea, Mt. Carmel, Mt. Arbel (April 28)
After breakfast, we travel by private motor coach along the coast of the Mediterranean Sea to Caesarea, where Gentiles first heard the Good News from Peter and were baptized. We’ll see the Roman Amphitheatre and aqueduct, and then journey on to Mt. Carmel, where Elijah challenged King Ahab and the prophets of Baal. During our visit we spend time at Kehilat HaCarmel joining with Messianic believers for their Shabbat service. Next we travel to Mount Arbel where there is a vista of the Sea of Galilee—a great place to spend some devotional time looking down on the Sea. It is mentioned that Jesus went up in the early morning to the top of a hill in order to pray. Here, we overlook the Kinneret (Galilee) and have our personal devotion declaring in our hearts, Lord, here we are. We will have dinner and overnight lodging for the next two nights in the Tiberias area on the Sea of Galilee.

Day 4: Capernaum, Beatitudes, Tabgha, Galilee Cruise (April 29)
This morning we visit the synagogue where Jesus cast out an evil spirit (Mark 1:21-28) in Capernaum, and have a devotional down by the waterside. Next, we go to the Mount of Beatitudes and walk down the path along the side of the Church of Beatitudes. Following our visit, we have lunch before visiting Tabgha, the place of the feeding of five thousand. Time permitting, we visit Kursi, and see the place where the Legion demon was cast out. We enjoy a relaxing cruise on the Sea of Galilee. Worship and a brief scripture reading and devotional on board brings to life the experiences of Jesus and the fishermen disciples concluding a wonderful day

Day 5: Gideon’s Pool, Baptism, Jordan Valley, Jericho, Dead Sea (April 30)
Early morning baptism at Yardenit. From there we go to the Spring of Harod, the place where Gideon chose his 300 men to fight the Midianites. We will lap the water as those did and consider that each of us have been called up to fight our unseen enemy. We then go on to the site of Gilgal, near Jericho, the place of the rolling away of Israel's reproach, also the place where the Captain of the Lord told Joshua to take off his shoes on the holy ground. Possible visit to Jericho to visit Elisha's Spring and the tree of Zacchaeus. We continue south to our lodging for the evening at the Dead Sea – the lowest place on earth. Spend time in the special spa and enjoy mudding up and a relaxing float on the Dead Sea before dinner.

Day 6: Enter Jerusalem (May 1)
This morning we visit Masada, the stronghold of King David, and the place that held out against the Romans after the destruction of Jerusalem in 70 A.D. We then spend time at the springs of En Gedi and visit the caves where David hid from Saul. Afterwards we go up to Jerusalem, possibly viewing the city from the Haas Promenade, the view of Mount Moriah that Abraham would have seen when he came to offer Issac. Time permitting, we visit the Mahane Yehuda market before going to our hotel in Jerusalem. In the evening, take a walk down to the Western Wall.

Day 7: Around Jerusalem (May 2)
Watch the video production at the Southern Steps before taking time there in prayer, followed by a walk along the pathway around the wall to the Eastern Gate, the place where the Messiah will enter in His glorious appearing. We will then go up to the Temple Mount before heading to the Western Wall Plaza for a time of prayer at the Wall. Have lunch in the Jewish Quarter while giving time for those who want, to visit the place where they are preparing to rebuild the Temple of God. If there is time, we will walk along the Cardo in the Jewish quarter and shop for souvenirs. In the afternoon, visit the model of Herod's temple at the Israel Museum and the Yad Vashem, the memorial to the victims of the Holocaust.

Day 8: Jerusalem’s Origins (May 3)
This morning we will visit the Upper Room, the place believed to be where the disciples ate the Last Supper, and also the place where the Holy Spirit came. From there we go to the church of St Peter in Gallicantu, the church believed to be built over the ruins of the High Priest’s palace, the place where Peter three times denied the Lord, and where Jesus was held before trial. Afterwards, we go for lunch with Abraham at his tent--riding camels down to meet him. After lunch we return to the City of David and go down to the Gihon Spring and walk through Hezekiah's Tunnel to the Pool of Siloam. There, we will learn about the healing of the blind man in John 9. In the evening we have planned a visit to our hotel by the "Angel of the North", a beautiful Australian Christian mother in Israel, Christine Sakakibara. She will share stories of God's faithful provision, an inspiring woman who has lived in Jerusalem for 40 years. She will teach us about faith, while making us laugh and cry.

Day 9: Samaria (May 4)
From Jerusalem, travel north to Shiloh, the place where the Ark of the Covenant and the Tabernacle rested for 369 years--the place of Hannah's prayer for her son Samuel and the ministry of Eli, the High Priest--we will learn of the sacrificial system that the Israelites were to bring before God. Afterwards, we will go a further 12 miles to Nablus, the place of Jacobs well where Jesus talked to the Samaritan woman by the well in John 4. After lunch, we will go to Bethel, the place where Jacob saw his vision of the ladder and angels ascending and descending and the Lord standing above it (Genesis 28:10–22).

Day 10: Mount of Olives, Garden of Gethsemane & Garden Tomb
(May 5)

Visit the top of the Mount of Olives and view the Temple Mount and the city of Jerusalem below. Walk down the Mount of Olives just as Jesus did when they laid down Palm fronds on Palm Sunday when he rode into Jerusalem on a donkey. We visit the Garden of Gethsemane, taking time to pray and seek the Lord just as Jesus did just before He was arrested. From there we will walk up through Lion Gate, otherwise known as St. Stephens Gate, the place where he was martyred, to visit the Pool of Bethesda. It was here that the paralyzed man was healed by Jesus in John 5. Afterwards we will worship for a short while in St. Anne's church where we can enjoy the incredible acoustics while singing with others from all around the world. We will then walk the Via Dolorosa, the Way of Suffering, to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. Lunch and shopping in the Arab Bazaars. From there we will walk to the Garden Tomb for Communion, worship and prayer as we visit the empty tomb of Jesus.

Day 11: Depart for Home (May 6)
Leave our hotel for the Tel Aviv airport and our flight home. We arrive into JFK Airport, New York, at 5:50 local time on Sunday morning, May 6.

Itinerary subject to change while touring for the best interest of the group.

Price Per Person:

Single Supplement:

$3,475.00

$725.00

Information & Reservations:

Keith Thomas | keiththomas@groupbiblestudy.com | 513-255-8193
Erin Campbell | Erin@ecm.cc

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Based on Double Occupancy and a minimum of 30 passengers.

Included
Roundtrip air from JFK, NY including air taxes, 9 nights lodging in 4 & 4.5 star hotels, Breakfast and dinner daily, Full time English speaking Israeli tour guide, Porterage (1 Bag), Tips to drivers, guides, and hotel staff, Services of long distance deluxe motorcoach as appear on itinerary, All guides, entrances and transportation as appear on itinerary

Not Included
Lunches, Optional Travel Insurance, Optional Credit Card Payments (Additional 3% of total bill)