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Date Price Single
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February 21 – 29, 2020 $3,199* $575
*Minimum of 20 travelers. Includes roundtrip airfare from Newark, NJ and roundtrip bus transportation from Valley View Community Church to Newark, NJ,

Reservation Due: November 8, 2019
Final Payment Due: December 9, 2019

Included

Flights from Newark, NJ including air taxes, 7 nights lodging in 4 star hotels, Breakfast and Dinner Daily (Buffet Style), Full time English speaking Israeli tour guide, Porterage at Hotel (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, roundtrip bus transportation from Valley View Community Church to Newark, NJ


Not Included

Lunches, Optional Travel Insurance (US Residence Only)

Day 1: Departure from US (Friday, February 21)

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 in Israel (Saturday, February 22)

After our arrival in Tel Aviv, we travel north to our hotel for one night along the coast near Netanya. The rest of the day is free to walk along the beautiful Mediterranean, relax, and enjoy a delicious dinner. The setting is ideal for personal devotions while viewing the sunset over the “Great Sea.” Meet our Israeli guide and enjoy a time of prayer giving thanks for safety, the people of the “Promised Land,” and the special blessings that lie ahead. Get a good night’s rest as our Holy Land adventure begins!


Day 3: Caesarea, Megiddo, Sea of Galilee (Sunday, February 23)

After a hearty breakfast, we travel by private motor coach along the Mediterranean Sea to Caesarea where Gentiles first heard the good news about Jesus from Peter and were baptized. We’ll explore the Roman amphitheater, aqueduct, and hippodrome. Then we’ll travel on to Mount Carmel, where Elijah defeated the prophets of Baal, and through the Jezreel Valley to Megiddo where archaeologists have unearthed 20 layers of civilization! We arrive at Mount Arbel for a breathtaking, panoramic view of the Sea of Galilee which helps us understand the ministry of Jesus. We end the day viewing the “Jesus Boat,” dating back to the time of Christ, before enjoying a relaxing cruise on the Sea of Galilee experiencing the life of his fishermen disciples. We conclude a wonderful day with dinner and overnight lodging for the next two nights in scenic Tiberias, right on the Sea of Galilee.


Day 4: Capernaum, Dan, Caesarea Philippi, Winery & Mount of Beatitudes (Monday, February 24)

Following breakfast, our Holy Land tour takes us to two significant northern sites emphasizing the loss of God’s blessing on Israel. Dan is where the children of Israel fell into the depths of pagan worship and idolatrous Caesarea Philippi is the site of Peter’s great confession that “Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the living God.” Coming back to Galilee we visit a Winery in northern Galilee where we tour the local products and learn of traditions passed down through generations. Arriving back at the sea we’ll visit Peter’s home and the synagogue where Jesus taught in Capernaum. Then we’ll travel to the site where Jesus delivered his famous Sermon on the Mount, fed 5,000, and restored Peter after his resurrection near Tabga.


Day 5: Nazareth, Beth Shan, Qumran, Dead Sea (Tuesday, February 25)

This morning we travel through the area of Cana where Jesus turned water into wine and Nazareth where he grew up. We visit the fascinating Nazareth Village, a wonderful recreation of biblical times complete with live animals and costumed guides. We then turn south to Beth Shan, also known as Scythopolis, the most magnificent archeological site in Israel, located at the strategic juncture of the Jezreel and Jordan valleys. Like Jericho, it’s been almost continuously occupied throughout history. After defeating Saul and his sons at Mount Gilboa, the Philistines hung their bodies on the walls of Beth Shan. Archaeologists have uncovered a massive amount of Roman and Byzantine ruins there. During the time of Jesus, Scythopolis was one of the leading cities of the Decapolis, a league of ten cities sharing Greek government and culture. As we continue south, we’ll pass Jericho, the oldest city in the world, before we visit the Qumran Caves where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered. Arriving at our lodging we’ll have free time to spend at the spa or to enjoy a relaxing float in the Dead Sea before dinner.


Day 6: Masada, En Gedi, Abraham’s Tent, City of David (Wednesday, February 26)

Our day begins with a cable car ride up to the mountain top fortress of Masada. Here our guide will share the amazing story of this famous zealot site. Afterward, we proceed to En Gedi, the “Spring of the Goat,” an oasis on the western shore of the Dead Sea. Because of its warm climate and abundant water supply, the site developed a reputation for its fragrant plants and date palm groves. En Gedi is where young David hid from King Saul and where God defeated the enemies of the Israelites by praise and worship led by King Jehoshaphat. 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. Now it’s on to Jerusalem, the climax of our tour! Arriving in the Holy City we immediately travel atop Mount Scopus for a panoramic view of both the Old and New cities of Jerusalem. We then travel just outside the Dung Gate below the Temple Mount to the historic City of David. It was here that King Solomon expanded the city limits. A highlight today will be a water walk through the incredible Hezekiah’s Tunnel to the pool of Siloam where Jesus healed the blind man in John 9. Our lodging for the next three nights will be in the heart of Jerusalem.


Day 7: Around Jerusalem (Thursday, February 27)

A remarkable day awaits as we begin our Jerusalem tour on the southern side of the Temple Mount which was the main entrance for the common worshiper, while the priests and Levites entered on the higher, eastern side. Remains of the giant stairs leading to the Temple courtyard have been unearthed. This is the same courtyard where Jesus drove out the vendors and the money changers who were exploiting the people. It’s also where Peter preached on the Day of Pentecost when thousands were saved and baptized. We’ll also visit the famous Wailing Wall which dates from the time of Christ and explore the fascinating Rabbinical Tunnels buried underneath the Temple Mount. From here we’ll see the ancient Roman Cardo and the bustling Arab marketplace.


Day 8: Way of Suffering, Golgotha, Garden Tomb (Friday, February 28)

We begin our final day with a breathtaking view of Jerusalem, Mount Moriah, and the Dome of the Rock from the Mount of Olives and then walk along the same route of Jesus’ triumphal entry to the Garden of Gethsemane. How moving it is to linger among the ancient olive trees, remember Jesus’ agony, and take time to reflect at this sacred spot. We then enter the Old City through Saint Stephen’s Gate and visit the Pool of Bethesda where Jesus healed a cripple. Then it’s onto the Judgment Hall of Pilate where Jesus was mocked, beaten, and humiliated. While walking along the famous Via Dolorosa, the “Way of Suffering,” we’ll view the Church of the Holy Sepulcher and Golgotha, before arriving at the climax of our tour – the empty Garden Tomb! Our faith will take on new meaning today as we celebrate communion in this holy place. The remainder of the day is free for shopping in the Arab Quarter or for sightseeing. Some recent tours may also include a visit to Bethlehem, the birthplace of Jesus, if conditions permit. We return for our final dinner and overnight.


Day 9: Depart for Home (Saturday, February 29)

This morning we travel to the airport in Tel Aviv for our non-stop flight home.


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