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

Day 1: Departure (June 5)
Today we embark on our Journey to the Holy Land. Prepare yourself for a life-changing experience. Get some rest on the flight…tomorrow you will be walking where Jesus walked!

Day 2: Arrive Israel (June 6)
Arrive in Israel and travel northward to our hotel for one night in the coastal area near Tel Aviv. The remainder of the day is free to walk along the Mediterranean, relax, and have dinner. The time is right for a personal devotional with the sunset over the “Great Sea.” Meet your Israeli guide, enjoy a time of prayer of thanks for safety and the special blessings ahead, a prayer for the people of the "Promised Land," and a good night’s rest. If we are able to secure a group flight to Israel with an early morning arrival, we will spend half the day touring the costal city of Jaffa.

Day 3: Caesarea, Megiddo, Sepphoris & Nazareth (June 7)
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, hippodrome, a film on history and remains of this famous port city, and aqueduct, and then journey on to Mt. Carmel, where Elijah challenged King Ahab and the prophets of Baal. Next we travel through the Jezreel Valley to Megiddo, the Armageddon Battlefield, where archaeologists have unearthed 20 levels of civilization. We drive through the area of Cana and Nazareth, the boyhood home of Jesus, where we visit the Nazareth Village - a wonderful recreation of Biblical times with costumed guides. We will have dinner and overnight lodging for the next two nights in the Tiberias area on the Sea of Galilee.

Day 4: Dan, Caesarea Philippi, Capernaum, Magdala, Sea of Galilee Boat Ride (June 8)
Following breakfast, our morning travels take us to two valuable northern sites. Dan is where the children of Israel fell to the depths of alternative sacrifice and Caesarea Philippi, the site of Peter’s Confession and pagan worship. We pass the possible site of the multiplication of loaves and fishes in Bethsaida. Returning to Tiberias for a St. Peter’s Fish Lunch (other selections available), we then visit the ancient Fisherman Boat followed Carmel’s Boat Ride. A brief scripture reading and devotional on board brings to life the experiences of Jesus and the fishermen disciples. In Capernaum we view the excavations of the sea-side village and Peter’s home, followed by a visit to Magdala, home town of Mary Magdalene. The recent excavation of the First Century Synagogue and well preserved village makes Magdala one of the most interesting Biblical sites in Israel.

Day 5: Mt. of Beatitudes, Beth Shean, Jericho, Fountain of Tears & Dead Sea (June 9)
Before leaving Galilee we visit and the Mount of the Beatitudes. Next we travel southward to Beit-Shean/Scythopolis, the most magnificent archeological site in Israel, located at the strategic juncture of the Jezreel and Jordan valleys. Like Jericho, it has been almost continuously occupied throughout history. After defeating Saul and his sons on Mt. Gilboa, the Philistines hanged their bodies on the walls of Beit-Shean. During the time of Jesus, Scythopolis was one of the chief cities of the Decapolis - a league of ten cities sharing Greek culture and government. Following the fertile Jordan Valley southward, we head to the ancient Jericho. This city famed as the oldest in the world. Farther south we visit the Fountain of Tears, (Arad). Our lodging for the evening is at the Dead Sea – the lowest place on earth. Spend time in the special spa and enjoy a dip in the Dead Sea for a relaxing float before dinner.

Day 6: Masada, Ein Gedi, Dead Sea Scrolls, Abraham's Tent (June 10)
Our day begins with a cable car ride to the mountain top fortress of Masada. Here our guide will treat us to the history of the famous zealot stand. Afterwards we 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. This afternoon we will take part in the Genesis Land/Dinner in Abraham's Tent, where we enjoy a trip back in time: a reliving of life in the time of the Patriarchs, complete with costume, dramatic presentation, camel ride and authentic food. Our lodging for the next five nights will be in Jerusalem. Tonight we will view the spectacular Light Show at the Tower of David.

Day 7: Around Jerusalem, Bible Times, (June 11)
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. From here we will also be able to see the Pool of Bethesda, Stephen's Gate and Sisters of Zion. 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." An interesting and educational time awaits us at the Israeli 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 will help to prepare you for what you will experience in the following days. During our time in Jerusalem we will visit the Temple Institute, Burnt house.

Day 8: Jesus' Steps, the Last Days - Messianic Lecture (June 12)
Today we 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. How many have wished to be whisked back in time to get a glimpse of our Lord or hear His voice if only for a moment? To walk between the ancient olive trees, read the scriptures of Jesus' prayer and take time for personal reflection is important here. Next we visit the House of Caiaphas where Jesus was beaten and spit upon. See a pit where he may have been held for the evening and the ancient hillside steps he walked as he was taken to be condemned. On our way into the city we will visit the Wailing 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. We move on to the Judgment Hall of Pilate, hear of those who conspired against Him and are reminded of His brutal beating and humiliation. This evening we enjoy a special lecture by a local believer prior to dinner, giving us a perspective of Messianic life in Israel.

Day 9: Way of Suffering, Garden Tomb, Pentecost, Dung Gate
(June 13)

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. The actual place of crucifixion and burial is a very interesting study. Our climax of the day is 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 afternoon we 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 Siloam 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. Here we will also visit St. Peter Gallicantu. We will enjoy a challenge from God’s Word and a song. Optional Shopping at Ben Yehuda's street.

Day 10: Bethlehem & Flight to Athens (June 14)
We begin our day with a tour to Bethlehem before our late day departure to Athens.

Day 10: Arrive in Athens from Tel Aviv and transfer to our hotel.

Day 11-14 Three Day Cruise on Aegean Sea (June 15-18)
This morning we transfer from our hotel to our cruise ship for our journey through the Aegean Sea. Here we will stop at the ports of Mykonos (Greece), Kusadasi (Turkey), Patmos (Greece), Heraklion (Greece), Santorini (Greece) & Piraeus (Greece)

Day 14: Disembark Cruise – Corinth/Athens (June 18)
We disembark the cruise this morning and we immediately travel west with a rest stop and photos at the Corinth Canal. We then travel to the ancient city of Corinth, another treat for the New Testament scholar. Corinth is the city that inspired many of Paul’s most familiar letters. See the Archaeological Museum, the Market Place, the Bema, and the Temples. To enjoy a devotional in the midst of the ruins of the church of Corinth and see the pillars, steps, and public worship place where Paul preached will enhance your understanding and love of I & II Corinthians. The ruins of this important cultural center are fascinating as we walk along the stone path that the Apostle Paul walked. After the visit to ancient Corinth we travel back to Athens to visit the Acropolis, the Parthenon, and Erectheum before viewing Athens atop Mars Hill where Paul stood and preached the truth to the Gentile nation. We have our farewell meal.

Day 15 – Temple of Poseidon & Flight home (June 19)
This morning before our flight departs, we take a quick trip south to Cape Sounion, where the Temple of Poseidon is located, with the remains perched on the headland, surrounded on three sides by the sea. From this site we head directly to the airport for our flight home.

Price Per Person:

Single Supplement:

$4,229.00

(Includes round-trip air from NY, JFK)

$1,095.00

Information & Reservations:

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*Price Based on Double Occupancy and on the current exchange rate of $1.18 USD to $1 Euro
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Included
Roundtrip air from NY, JFK, Israel: 8 nights lodging at 4 star hotels, breakfast and dinner daily at hotel, professional English speaking tour guide, services of long distance deluxe motor coach, whisper quiet hearing device in Israel, all entrances as appear on itinerary. Israel ONLY: Tips to guide, driver and hotel staff $98.00. 2 Nights in Athens, 3 Night cruise with inside cabin on Celestyal Cruise (Full Meals)

Not Included
Lunches (unless noted), optional travel insurance-6.5% or 8.7% of tour cost, Optional credit card payments-additional 3% of amount charged, Greece Portion: Tips to guide, driver and hotel staff $11.00 Per Day recommended