- All Inclusive Pricing
- First Class Hotels
- Breakfast and Dinner Daily
- Deluxe A/C Motor Coaches
- Fuel Surcharges and Gov't Taxes
- International Airfare
- Entrance and Program Fees
- Guided Tours
Day 1 Jan. 29 & 30 ‐ USA to the Holy Land
Your pilgrimage begins as you depart the USA on an overnight flight from Los Angeles. You will be welcomed at the Tel Aviv airport by our representative and transferred to your hotel in Netanya to enjoy dinner before retiring for the night.
Day 2 Jan. 31 ‐ Caesarea, Megiddo and Nazareth
Visit the Roman Aqueduct and Theatre at Caesarea, a center of early Christianity and where Paul was imprisoned for two years (Acts 10). Travel the ancient caravan route through the Jezreel Valley to Tel Megiddo, an exciting archeological dig with its layers of twenty different cities built on top of each other. Continue to Nazareth, Jesus’ boyhood home, and visit the Church of the Annunciation and the Synagogue Church, built by the Crusaders. Grab a snack at the Mahroum Bakery, known for its delicious sweets since 1890. Continue to Tiberias and check into our hotel along the Sea of Galilee for dinner and overnight.
Day 3 Feb. 1 ‐ The Galilee
Enjoy a time of worship as you sail across the Sea of Galilee. After your boat ride,visit Kibbutz Nof Ginosar and see the 2,000‐year‐old “Ancient Boat,” a rare example of the kind of boat in which Jesus might have sailed. Pass through the Valley of the Doves on our way to Kibbutz Ein Gev where you will enjoy the traditional “St. Peter’s Fish” lunch. After lunch, stand atop the Mount of Beatitudes and contemplate the “Sermon on the Mount” (Matt. 5‐7). Explore the Church of the Fish and the Loaves at Tabgha, traditional site of the feeding of the 5,000 (Luke 9:10‐17). Visit Capernaum, center of Jesus’ ministry in the Galilee, and visit the synagogue built on the site where Jesus taught (Matt. 4:13, 23). Return to your Galilee hotel for dinner and overnight.
Day 4 Feb. 2 ‐ Beit Shean, Jordan River, Qumran, Masada & the Dead Sea
This morning, visit Beit Shean, the city where Saul and his sons' bodies were hung from the walls (1 Sam. 31). The uncovered ruins date back to the Greek and Roman city that was part of the Decapolis of Jesus' day. See colonnaded streets with marble sidewalks, Roman public baths, and a theater. Visit the Baptismal Site at Qasr el Yahud, where many believe that Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist (John 1). Next stop is Qumran, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered in 1947 by a Bedouin shepherd. Enjoy a visit to intriguing Masada, the spectacular mountaintop fortress built by Herod that later became the final tragic stronghold of the Jewish rebellion against the Romans. Ride the cable car to the top to explore the fortress and look down upon the remains of the Roman camps and siege ramp below. End your day at the lowest point on earth where you will check into your Dead Sea hotel. Those who wish may coat themselves in the mineral laden mud and float on the salty water.
Day 5 Feb. 3 ‐ Bethlehem & Jerusalem
Drive to Bethlehem and visit the Shepherd’s Fields. Above the traditional Grotto of Jesus’ birth, visit the Church of the Nativity, built by the Emperor Constantine in the 4th century. Also tour the Manger and Grotto of St. Jerome. After lunch and time for shopping, continue to Jerusalem. Drive to the top of the Mount of Olives for a spectacular view of the city. Walk the “Palm Sunday Road” to Dominus Flevit, where Our Lord wept over Jerusalem. Continue down the Mount of Olives to the Garden of Gethsemane to pray beneath the ancient olive trees and visit the Church of All Nations. Check into your Jerusalem hotel for dinner and overnight.
Day 6 Feb. 4 ‐ Jerusalem & the Old City
Walk the Cardo, the ancient main street of the Old City. Explore the Davidson Center and the Southern Wall Excavations, including the Teaching Steps and the Western Wall. Visit underground Jerusalem, when you walk through the Western Wall Tunnels. Continue to Mount Zion to visit the House of the High Priest Caiaphas (St. Peter in Galicantu church), where Jesus was questioned the night of His betrayal (Matt. 26: 57). Return to your hotel for dinner and overnight.
Day 7 Feb. 5 ‐ Jerusalem
View the Pool of Bethesda where Jesus performed the Sabbath miracle (John 5: 1‐31). Sing a hymn in the Church of St. Anne and experience its rich acoustics. Visit Herod’s Antonia Fortress, where Jesus appeared before Pontius Pilate (Luke 23:1), and follow in Christ’s steps on the Via Dolorosa ("the Way of the Cross"). Stop at the Church of the Condemnation where Jesus was placed in kingly clothes (together with the crown of thorns) and given his cross to bear. Ascend further up the steep incline to station 7, where a small Franciscan Chapel marks Jesus’ second fall. End at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, take time to reflect on His sacrificial love.
Day 8 Feb. 6 ‐ Free Day
Today you are free to relax, shop, sightsee, and explore Jerusalem on your own.
Day 9 Feb. 7 ‐He Is Risen!
Explore the Israel Museum and its First Century Model of the City of Jerusalem. Another highlight is the museum’s Shrine of the Book exhibit showcasing the Dead Sea Scroll book of Isaiah. Explore the poignant exhibits of Yad Vashem, Israel’s Holocaust Memorial. Visit the Garden Tomb for a time of reflection and communion. Tonight, head to the airport for your return flight home.
Day 10 Feb. 8 ‐ Arrive in the USA or Enjoy the Wonders of Petra Extension
Enhance Your Journey
Wonders of Petra & Dead Sea
Feb. 8 Cross the Allenby Bridge into Jordan. Visit Jerash. Overnight in Amman.
Feb. 9 Visit Mt. Nebo & Madaba. Overnight in Petra or at the Dead Sea.
Feb. 10 Explore Petra. Travel to the Dead Sea area for a late dinner and overnight.
Feb. 11 Return to USA.
January 29, 2019From $3888*