Bible Land Exploration with Pastor Mark Carrara | Oct 30, 2023
Join Pastor Mark Carrara on a Bible Land Exploration tour starting at $4,370* from Miami, FL on October 30, 2023. You will see Caesarea by the Sea, Mount Carmel, Megiddo, Nazareth, Sea of Galilee, Tel Dan, Caesarea Philippi, Mt. Hermon, Golan Heights, Chorazin, the Jordan River, Beit Shean, Shechem, Shiloh, Caiphas House, Upper Room, Jericho, Qumran, Bethlehem, Jerusalem, and much more!
- 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
- Live Audio Headsets
- Guided Tours
- Overseas Airport Transfers
- Domestic Airfare
- Taxes and Hotel Gratuities
Day 1 Oct 30 - Depart USA
Your pilgrimage begins as you depart the USA on an overnight flight.
Day 2 Oct 31 - Arrive in the Holy Land of Israel
Once you arrive, you will be welcomed at the Tel Aviv airport by our representative and transferred to your hotel in Netanya to enjoy dinner and overnight.
Day 3 Nov 1 - Caesarea by the Sea, Mount Carmel, Megiddo, Nazareth & Sepphoris
Visit the Roman Aqueduct and the Theatre at Caesarea, a center of early Christianity (Acts 10) and where Paul was imprisoned for two years (Acts 23: 22). Continue north along the Mediterranean coastline to Mt. Carmel where Elijah defeated the priests of Baal (1 Kings 18). Visit Mount Carmel and recall Elijah’s dramatic victory over the prophets of Baal (I Kings 18). Follow an ancient caravan route through the Jezreel Valley to Tel Megiddo, an exciting archeological dig with layers of twenty different cities, all built on top of each other. Continue your day in Nazareth, Jesus’ boyhood home (Luke 26). Enjoy a visit to the Church of the Annunciation and stand atop Mt of Precipice, where Jesus was rejected by those from his hometown synagogue (Luke 4:29). End your day exploring Sepphoris, the cosmopolitan Roman capital of Galilee until Herod Antipas built Tiberias. It is heralded as the traditional birthplace of Mary.
Day 4 Nov 2 - Sea of Galilee
Pass through the Valley of the Doves and see Mount Arbel (Isaiah 9:2) on your way towards the Sea of Galilee. This was a major pathway in the time of Christ. He and his disciples passed through this valley as they walked through the Galilee. Enjoy Communion in Magdala, once home to Mary Magdalene (Luke 8:1-3), visit a recently discovered first-century synagogue. Enjoy lunch together before crossing the waters of the Sea of Galilee on a very special boat ride, complete with an onboard worship service. At Kibbutz Nof Ginosar, see the 2,000-year-old “Ancient Boat,” a rare example of the kind of boat in which Jesus might have sailed. Visit Capernaum, the center of Jesus’ ministry in the Galilee, and visit the synagogue built on the site where Jesus taught (Matt. 4:13, 23). On the Mount of Beatitudes, contemplate the text of the Sermon on the Mount that Jesus preached there (Matt. 5-7). Explore the Church of the Fish and the Loaves at Tabgha, the traditional site of the feeding of the 5,000 (Luke 9:10).
Day 5 Nov 3 - Tel Dan, Caesarea Philippi, Mt. Hermon, Golan Heights, Chorazin & the Jordan River
At the ruins of Tel Dan, see the altar built by King Jeroboam I (I Kings 12:25-30) and learn about where the “House of David” fragment from the First Temple Period was discovered. Continue on to Caesarea Philippi, where Peter told the Lord, "You are the Messiah, the Son of the Living God!” (Matt.16: 6). View Mount Hermon, probably the site of the Lord’s Transfiguration (Matt. 17: 1- 9) A scenic drive along the Golan Heights will give you some beautiful views of Syria and Jordan, as well as Israel. Travel to Chorazin and walk the streets of the reconstructed village listed as “city of woe” by Yeshua (Matthew 11) Visit and commemorate the baptism of our Lord at the Yardenit Baptismal site, where the Jordan River exits the Sea of Galilee on its journey southward (Matt.3).
Day 6 Nov 4 - – Beit Shean, Shechem, Shiloh, Caiphas House, Upper Room
Start your day at the ruins of Beit Shean here the bodies of Saul and his sons were displayed on the walls after they were killed in battle I Samuel 31:10, 12). Beit Shean is also noted for having the best-preserved ancient Roman theatre in Israel. Today visit modern day Nablus (ancient Shechem) and see Jacob’s well where Christ encountered the Samaritan woman (John 4). Visit Shiloh the newly refurbished and rebranded Tel of Shiloh, where the archeological remains of the Tabernacle lie. This visit includes the newly finished visitor’s center, which includes a viewing station as well as an interactive multi-media presentation in which visitors can pick any number of historical guides to give explanations of different parts of the ancient site. Continue to Mount Zion to visit the House of the High Priest Caiphas, where Jesus was questioned the night of His betrayal (Matt. 26-57). Recall the events of the Last Supper as you visit the traditional location of the Upper Room (Mark 14:12).
Day 7 Nov 5 - Jericho, Qumran & the Dead Sea
Head to Jericho to visit the ruins of the ancient city Joshua conquered (Josh. 6:20). Off in the distance, you can see the traditional site of the Temptation of Jesus (Matt. 4:1). Stop in Qumran, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered in 1947 by a Bedouin shepherd. On the way to Jerusalem, stop at the shores of the Dead Sea, the lowest spot on earth, for an opportunity to take a quick dip in the mineral-laden waters.
Day 8 Nov 6 - Bethlehem, Jerusalem
In Bethlehem, gaze out over Shepherds Field and visit the cave revered as Jesus’ birthplace (Matt. 1: 18-25). Visit the Church of the Nativity, built above the cave and considered to be the world’s oldest functioning church (Matt. 1: 18-25). Make your way to the Old City and visit the Southern Steps of the Herodian Temple where you can walk where Christ walked. Visit the Western (Wailing) Wall. Visit the Western Wall Tunnel Excavations. Outside of the modern city walls, walk the Cardo, visit the City of David and journey through time to see the Gihon Spring, Hezekiah's Tunnel, and the Pool of Siloam. Before leaving, walk the Pilgrim Road which connects the City of David to the Old City. Visit the Davidson.
Day 9 Nov 7 – Jerusalem
Stand on the Mount of Olives for a remarkable view of Jerusalem (the Golden City). Jesus stood here before ascending into heaven forty days after His resurrection (Acts 1:9-12). In the Kidron Valley across from the walls of Jerusalem, pray as Jesus did in the Garden of Gethsemane (Matt. 26:36), and visit the Church of all Nations. 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. Return to the Old City for an afternoon free to explore on your own.
Day 10 Nov 8 – Jerusalem
Walk the Temple Mount (conditions permitting), once the site of the Temple of Solomon (II Chronicles 3) and home to the Dome of the Rock. See where Jesus healed on the Sabbath at the Pool of Bethesda (John 5: 1-31), Visit the Church of St. Anne, Walk the Via Dolorosa ("the Way of the Cross") to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre (John 19), built over the traditional sites of the crucifixion and burial of Jesus. At the Garden Tomb, share communion together and experience the reality of the Resurrection (John 20).
Day 11 Nov 9 - Return to the USA
Return to the USA after fulfilling a lifetime dream of seeing, touching, and breathing the very place we have only read about until now. Arriving home, our Bible will never be the same for it will be alive in front of our eyes and in our hearts forever.
Enhance Your Journey
Jerusalem Extended Stay - 3 day Extension
WONDERS OF PETRA & THE DEAD SEA
Nov 10 – Jerash
This morning you will journey across the Allenby Bridge on your way to Jerash, one of the best preserved Roman cities in the world. Stroll through the oval piazza and wander along colonnaded streets etched by the wheels of ancient chariots. Stand in the grand theatre where an onstage whisper can be heard in the top row. Continue to your hotel for dinner and overnight.
Nov 11 – Petra
Begin your journey south towards Petra today. Explore the city of Petra. Its entrance passes through a long, narrow gorge known as the Siq and can only be accessed by carriage, horseback or on foot. Once inside the city, marvel at the intricate detail of a city that was cut into the cliff sides of rose-colored rock. Travel to your hotel at the Dead Sea for dinner and overnight.
Nov 12 – Madaba & Mt. Nebo
Travel to Madaba, the City of Mosaics, to visit the Church of Saint George with its sixth-century, Byzantine, mosaic map showing Jerusalem and other holy sites. Continue to Mount Nebo, where Moses caught a glimpse of the Promised Land (Deut. 34). On a clear day, you can see all the way across the Jordan Valley and the Dead Sea, to the rooftops of Jerusalem and Bethlehem. Return to your hotel for dinner and overnight.
Nov 13 – Free Morning at the Dead Sea
Enjoy a free morning at your hotel. Cross the border back into Israel and enjoy dinner in Jerusalem. Afterward, you will travel to the airport in Tel Aviv to begin your journey home.
Nov 14 – Return to USA
Monday, October 30, 2023From $4370