Day 1: Departure
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
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.
Day 3: Caesarea, Megiddo & Mt Carmel
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, harbor/palace area 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 will have free time, dinner and overnight lodging for the next three
nights in the Tiberias area on the Sea of Galilee.
Day 4: Dan, Caesarea Philippi, Bethsaida,
Following breakfast, our
morning travels take us to two valuable northern sites emphasizing the
loss of God's blessing on Israel. Dan is where the children of Israel fell to the depths of pagan
worship and Caesarea Philippi which is also the site of Peter’s Confession. Bethsaida,
Capernaum formed what has been called the "evangelical triangle,"
because most of Jesus’ miracles in Galilee were performed in these
cities. Of special interest are the ruins of a 1st century synagogue in
Chorazin, the House of the Fisherman in Bethsaida and Peter’s home in
Day 5: Jordan River Baptism Site, Nazareth,
Mount of Beatitudes
We begin our day with an opportunity to be baptized at the Jordan River Baptismal site. A mid-morning drive through the hills
of Galilee takes us 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.
Continuing toward Tiberias we drive up to Mt. Arbel for a spectacular
view of the northern Sea of Galilee allowing for an excellent time of
teaching on the region of Jesus' ministry. This afternoon we travel on
to the site of the multiplication of loaves and fishes and the Mount of the Beatitudes overlooking the Sea of Galilee followed by
a relaxing boat cruise. A brief scripture reading and devotional on
board brings to life the experiences of Jesus and the fishermen
disciples. We dock at a working Kibbutz and visit the famous
Fisherman Boat from the days of Jesus, a conclusion to a wonderful day.
Day 6: Beit Shean, Bethany & Dead Sea Spa
We begin our day by traveling 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 intertestamental period,
the city was renamed the "Scythopolis". Archaeologists have uncovered a
huge number of ruins of the Roman/Byzantine Scythopolis. 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, your guide will point out the agricultural restoration of the “Land of Milk and Honey” and Israel’s intricate irrigation development. We pass ancient Jericho, view from a distance this city famed as the oldest in the world, before coming to the Jordan River (Queser El Yehud) the Israeli side of Bethany Beyond the Jordan, the place where Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist, where Elijah and Elisha crossed the Jordan as well as the area where the children of Israel led by Joshua entered the Promised land. 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 7: Masada, Ein Gedi,
Dead Sea Scrolls,
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, and
authentic food. Our lodging for the next five nights will be in Jerusalem.
Day 8: Around Jerusalem, Bible Times,
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 a
then a guided walk through an accurately detailed model of Biblical
Jerusalem will help to prepare you for what you will experience in the
We conclude the day with a visit to Yad Vashem, the Holocaust Museum, for a needed reminder of what
the Jews have suffered as a people.
Day 9: Jesus' Steps, the Last Days - Messianic Lecture
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. From here we will
also be able to see the Pool of Bethesda, Stephen's Gate and St. Ann’s
Church. This evening we enjoy a special lecture by a local believer
prior to dinner, giving us a perspective of Messianic life in Israel.
Day 10: City of David, Jeremiah's Cistern,
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 continue our sightseeing just outside the Dung Gate on the
southeastern hill below the Temple Mount in the City of David. It
was during the time of Solomon that the city limits extended past this
part of Jerusalem. We visit Gihon Springs, the original water
source for Jerusalem, view new excavations including a typical Israelite
four-room house, the lower city wall and the cistern where Jeremiah was
imprisoned. A highlight today will be a water walk through the
incredible Hezekiah's Tunnel to the pool of Siloam, the place of Jesus'
miracle in John 9. Before returning to our hotel, our guide will
take us to an overview of the city from the hillside overlooking
Jerusalem and the Gehenna Valley. This meaningful
teaching time will bring together the many things that you have seen to
Day 11: Way of Suffering, Garden Tomb,
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. The climax of the
day is the area of
(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 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. We will enjoy a challenge from God’s word and a song before
an optional time this afternoon. Those who wish may stay in the city
marketplace for shopping, while
others may choose to spend the remainder of
the day surrounding the birth of Christ, with a visit to Bethlehem.
Important Note: Although the itinerary
above obviously emphasizes the spiritual aspect of this marvelous
country, our guides are also experts in and passionate about the miracle
of the return of the Jews and the restoration of the state of Israel.
This fact, along with many modern day topics (military, politics, education, and
other cultural aspects), will be woven into the commentary in order to
give you well rounded information.
Day 12: Home
A very early morning departure for the Tel Aviv Airport for our flight
homeward will allow for arrival home by early afternoon.