led by Dr. Ernie Schmidt
February 25 - March 11, 2006
Day 1: Depart USA
This afternoon we embark on our journey to the Holy Lands, a life changing
experience. Our night flight begins with dinner service and time to
fellowship with friends new and old, meditate on the treasures ahead, and
catch some shut-eye in route to Cairo.
Day 2: Arrive Cairo
We arrive in Cairo, check into our hotel for the next two
nights and enjoy dinner and an introductory fellowship before a good
Day 3: Cairo- Pyramids, Sphinx, and Museum
An entire day of exploring the ancient treasures of Egypt awaits us today.
We spend time at one of the seven wonders of the world - the pyramids.
Cheops, with an original height of 496 feet, is the most colossal pyramid
ever built. Today, we will also see the Sphinx and tour the Egyptian
Museum, location of Tutankhamon's treasures and ancient remains. We will
enjoy dinner and fellowship with new friends at our hotel this evening.
Day 4: Sinai and Eilat
After a hot buffet breakfast at our hotel we will board an air conditioned
bus and travel eastward under the Suez Canal and through the wilderness of
the Sinai. Since today is a long journey across Sinai, there will be ample
time to rest and catch up on jet lag on our modern motor coach. Upon our
arrival at the Israeli Red Sea resort town of Eilat, time permitting, you
may want to visit the famous underground aquarium of Eilat (tranporation
and admission not included).
Day 5: Tabernacle and Petra
After an early morning visit to the model of the Tabernacle, we cross the
border into Jordan and drive to Petra. Begin the tour with a walk through
the "Siq," an immense crack in the Nubian sandstone, to the city of Petra
carved out of the rose red rock. The Treasury, El Khazneh, is one of the
most elegant remains of antiquity. Beyond El Khazneh we are surrounded on
both sides by hundreds of Petra's carved and built structures. We
overnight in Petra.
Day 6: Mt Nebo, Mabada, Tiberias
On the King's Highway, we travel to Madaba - best known for its Byzantine
and Umayyad mosaics and at the Greek Orthodox Church of St. George we view
the earliest surviving map of the Holy Land. We continue on to Mt. Nebo,
believed to be the site of the "tomb of Moses," it commands a spectacular
view across the Jordan Valley and the Dead Sea. We cross the Jordan River
into Israel and check into our lodging for the next three evenings on the
Sea of Galilee in Tiberias.
Day 7: Safed, Tel Dan, Caesarea Philippi & The
Following breakfast we will visit Safed which is a unique community and
shopping opportunity. We continue to Tel Dan (ancient Leshem) and Caesarea
Philippi, site of Peter's confession of Jesus as Messiah. Next we drive
through the Golan Heights and breifly stop at Kubbutz Haon,and the office
of Baptists for Israel. We end our day with a visit to the Jordan Baptism
Day 8: Beit- Shean, Capernaum, & Mt. of
We begin our day with a visit 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 hung his body on the walls of
Beit-Shean. (1 Sam 31:10-12) 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. We continue with a visit to
the Nof Ginosar Kibbutz which houses the fascinating Jesus Boat exhibit.
This ancient boat from the time of Christ was uncovered as the Sea receded
during a recent drought. We travel on to visit the site of the
multiplication and the Mount of Beatitudes overlooking the Sea, concluding
our day in Capernum and visiting the ruins of an ancient synagogue and
Day 9: Sea of Galilee, Cana, Nazareth, Mt.
A relaxing cruise on the Sea of Galilee with easy viewing of the nearby
Golan Heights brings to life the experiences of the fishermen disciples.
We drive through Cana and Nazareth, the boyhood home of Jesus. Then we'll
journey through the Jezreel Valley to Megiddo, where archaeologists have
unearthed 20 levels of civilization and on to Mt. Carmel, where God
defeated the prophets of Baal. This afternoon we travel to the coast of
the Mediterranean Sea to Caesarea, where Gentiles first heard the Good
News from Peter and were baptized. We will see the Roman Amphitheatre and
aqueduct before we turn toward Jerusalem and our lodging for the next six
Day 10: Mt. of Olives, Garden of Gethsemane,
Begin 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. Walking between the ancient olive trees, reading the
Scriptures of Jesus' prayer and taking time for personal reflection will
be impacting. Next we visit the house of Caiaphas and the "Upper Room"
where the disciple whom Jesus loved laid his head on His breast and where
later Thomas cried; "my Lord & my God." Our next stop is the steep slope
and the Gihon Spring referenced in the OT City of David. We finish the day
with exploration of the amazing underground excavations of Warren's Shaft
and Hezekiah's Tunnel.
Day 11: Masada, Qumran Caves, Ein Gedi
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. We will hike to Ein Gedi, "Spring of the Goat," an oasis on the
western shore of the Dead Sea. This is where King David hid from Saul. (1
Sam 23:29-24:22) We'll visit Qumran Caves, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were
discovered and then take some time to float in the Dead Sea..
Day 12: Bethlehem, Shrine of the Book, and Bible
If we are permitted, we begin our day visiting Bethlehem, the Church of
the Nativity and the burial place of Jerome. We will view the Knesset and
The Holocaust Memorial before we travel to the Shrine of the Book with
time to enjoy the museum, including the Dead Sea Scrolls and the absolute
miracle of God's preserved Word. We will conclude our day will a visit to
the Bible Lands Exhibit in Ein Karem.
Day 13: Rabbinical Tunnel, Temple Mount, Via
This morning we visit the Western Wall and the nearby Rabbinical Tunnel
leading us through the Second Temple era and visit the Temple Institute.
Continuing in the Old City we view the Temple mount and the Pool of
Bethesda where Jesus cured a cripple. Following our visit to Bathesda we
will walk the Via Dolorosa ending at the church of the Sepulchre.
Day 14: Old City , Southern Wall Excavation, and
This morning will be a shopping day with an optional tour of the Old City
Wall. After lunch we will tour the southern wall excavation and conclude
with a visit to the Garden Tomb before we enjoy a farewell dinner.
Day 15: Home
A very early morning departure for the Tel Aviv Airport for our flight
homeward will allow for arrival home by late afternoon.
double occupancy (NYC)
This tour is available for college and seminary level credit.
Call 800.322.0788 ext. 105 for information
Single Supplement: $425.00 Land
Only Rate: $1745.00
Superior tourist class and
1st class lodging, roundtrip air fare form NYC (discount airfare available
nationwide), expert Biblical guides, admissions,
sightseeing, breakfast & dinner daily, visa,
border taxes, gratuities.
air taxes, lunches, optional travel insurance.
$300 per person will reserve your place. A $100 service fee
will be charged for cancellation at any time in addition to our normal
payment and cancellation policy.
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All of our tours over the past 18 years have returned without a hitch,
every person was blessed, they were stirred in their commitment to Christ and
not once did anyone feel threatened or in danger.
If you are praying for peace in Israel, we do believe that to be
Biblical, although we do not expect the situation there to
improve until the Messiah's return. Please, do not make a
reservation with us based on the hopes of a calm future. If you are
interested in the special blessings only available in Israel, we will
take you there and back and probably without a hint of trouble.
Our expert drivers and guides will keep you from public areas that could
present a problem and treat you to the riches of Israel as a special
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