Christmas in the Holy Land with Dr. John & Tonya Matthews | Nov 27, 2023
Join Dr. John & Tonya Matthews for Christmas in the Holy Land starting at $2,997 from New York; Philadelphia, PA; Washington, DC; Miami, FL, Chicago, IL; Dallas/Ft. Worth, TX; Houston, TX; Los Angeles, CA; San Fransisco, CA; or $3,297* from Jackson, MS. You will see Caesarea, Nazareth, Cana, Tel Megiddo (Armageddon), the Church of the Loaves and Fish at Tabgha, the Mount of Beatitudes, Capernaum, the Sea of Galilee, Magdala, the Jordan River, Christmas Tree Lighting, Mt. Zion, the Upper Room, ancient rooms of Caiaphas’ High Priest's house, Temple Mount, pray at the Western Wall, the Teaching Steps, and much more!
- All Inclusive Pricing
- First Class Hotels
- Breakfast and Dinner Daily
- Deluxe A/C Motor Coaches
- Fuel Surcharges and Gov't Taxes
- Entrance and Program Fees
- Guided Tours
- International Airfare from NY
- Domestic Airfare
- Taxes and Hotel Gratuities
Day 1 November 27 - USA to the Holy Land
Your journey begins as you depart the USA on an overnight flight.
Day 2 November 28- Welcome to the Holy Land
You will be welcomed at the Tel Aviv airport by our representative and transferred to your hotel to enjoy dinner before retiring for the night.
Day 3 November 29- Caesarea, Megiddo, Nazareth & Cana
Today’s first stop is Caesarea, a center of the early Christians where an angel visited Cornelius, the first Gentile believer (Acts 10). Paul was imprisoned for two years before appealing to Caesar. Look out over Tel Megiddo (Armageddon) to view one of Israel's most important archaeological sites. See Nazareth, Jesus’ boyhood home (Matthew 2:23). Visit the Franciscan Wedding Chapel in Cana, the site of Jesus’ first miracle.
Day 4 November 30 - Sea of Galilee
Explore the Church of the Fish and the Loaves at Tabgha, the traditional site of the feeding of the 5,000 (Luke 9:10). On the Mount of Beatitudes, contemplate the “Sermon on the Mount” (Matt. 5-7). Visit Capernaum, the center of Jesus’ ministry in Galilee, and visit the synagogue built on the site where Jesus taught (Matt.4:13, 23). Cross the Sea of Galilee waters on an extraordinary boat ride, complete with an onboard worship service. In Magdala, once home to Mary Magdalene, visit a recently discovered first-century synagogue. Recall Jesus’ baptism by John the Baptist at the Jordan River.
Day 5 December 1 - Leisure Day (Masada/Dead Sea Option)
Today you have free time to explore on your own, or you may choose to visit Masada and the Dead Sea (additional charge). Ascend by cable car to Masada, Herod’s legendary mountaintop fortress, which became the last desperate stronghold of the Jewish Zealots against the Romans. You can still look down on the remains of the Roman camps and the siege ramp below. End your day with a dip in the salt and mineral-laden waters of the Dead Sea.
Day 6 December 2 - Jerusalem & Christmas Tree Lighting
Visit Mt. Zion and stand in the Upper Room (John 13), near the traditional site of the Last Supper (Mark 14). Walk through some ancient rooms of Caiaphas' High Priest's house beneath the Church of St. Peter in Gallicantu. Here Jesus was held overnight before His crucifixion (Luke 22). Visit the Temple Mount, once the site of the Temple of Solomon. Take time to pray at the Western Wall. Sit on the Teaching Steps where Jesus once taught. After an early dinner, we join fellow Christians from around the world and the local community in the Holy Land to participate in the annual “Lighting of Christmas Tree” ceremony.
Day 7 December 3 - Bethlehem, Bethany & Jericho
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, where the cave revered as Jesus’ birthplace resides in the world’s oldest functioning church (Matt. 1: 18-25). Visit the Franciscan Church and the tomb of Lazarus in Bethany. Travel to Jericho, the oldest known inhabited city in the world. Visit the ruins of the ancient city, which was conquered by Joshua (Josh. 6: 1,2,20), and see parts of the ancient city walls that have been uncovered. From Jericho, you can see the traditional site of the Temptation of Jesus (Matt.4: 1-11) and the Judean wilderness.
Day 8 December 4 - Jerusalem
Stand atop the Mount of Olives as Jesus did and enjoy a remarkable view of Jerusalem’s “Golden City.” Forty days after his resurrection, Jesus ascended into heaven from the Mount of Olives (Acts 1: 9-12). Pray in the Garden of Gethsemane (Matthew 26) among olive trees in the Kidron Valley across from the walls of 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, known for its fantastic acoustics. Visit Herod’s Antonia Fortress, where Jesus was brought before Pontius Pilate (Luke 23: 1-11). Walk the Via Dolorosa, “the Way of the Cross,” and stand in reverence at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Your final destination allows time for reflection at the Garden Tomb. Enjoy dinner tonight before transferring to the airport for your return flight.
Day 9 December 5 - Return to USA
Return to USA
Enhance Your Journey
Wonders of Petra & the Dead Sea
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 Amman to check in for dinner and overnight.
December 6 – Madaba & Mt. Nebo
Begin your journey south towards Petra today. Stop in 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. End your day at the shore of the Dead Sea and check in to your hotel.
December 7 - Petra
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. Return to your hotel at the Dead Sea for dinner and overnight.
December 8 - 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.
December 9 - Return to USA
Monday, November 27, 2023From $2998