Holy Land Classic with Gayla Nelson and Susie Hunt | Feb. 20, 2024
Join with Gayla Nelson and Susie Hunt for a Holy Land Classic tour starting at $3946 from New Orleans on February 20, 2024. You will see the Sea of Galilee, Capernaum, the Mount of Beatitudes, the Church of the Loaves and fish at Tabgha, the Chapel of the Primacy, Magdala, Jordan River, the Franciscan Wedding Chapel in Cana, Tel Megiddo (Armageddon), Nazareth, Caesarea, Bet Shean, Jericho, Qumran, Bethlehem, the Church of the Nativity, Shepherds’ Field, Yad Vashem, Israel’s Holocaust Memorial, the Mount of Olives, the Palm Sunday Road, the Garden of Gethsemane, Mount Zion, the House of the High Priest Caiaphas, the Upper Room, Hezekiah’s Tunnel, the Pool of Siloam, and much more!
OPTIONAL EXPERIENCES Special experiences available during touring
SOUND & LIGHT SHOW
Travel to the Old City at night as the breathtaking story of Jerusalem unfolds on the walls of the Old City in an open-air theatre. Spanning creation to today, you’ll experience an innovative show featuring an original soundtrack, lights, animation, and video to leave you with a fantastic memory under the stars.
MASADA & DEAD SEA TOUR
Discover the mysteries of Masada, Herod’s mountaintop fortress and the last stronghold of the Jewish Rebellion against the Romans. Depart your hotel in the morning and journey with your Holy Land Guide to experience the history and beautiful views from this UNESCO World Heritage site. Then, visit the Dead Sea after enjoying an included lunch as you end your day floating in the salty, mineral-laden waters.
DINNER WITH A PALESTINIAN, CHRISTIAN FAMILY
Take part in a special evening and enjoy a dinner prepared by a Palestinian, Christian family. You’ll travel to Bethlehem, where a local family will host you at their table and invite you into their lives. Discover the joy, trials, and everyday life over scrumptious food and riveting conversation with 5 – 10 of your fellow travelers.
- 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
- Study Guide
- Domestic Airfare
- Taxes and Hotel Gratuities
Day 1 February 20 - USA to the Holy Land
Your pilgrimage begins as you depart the USA on an overnight flight.
Day 2 February 21 - 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 February 22 - The Galilee
Worship as you sail across the Sea of Galilee. Visit Capernaum, center of Jesus’ ministry in the Galilee, and visit the synagogue built on the site where Jesus taught (Matthew 4:13, 23). On the Mount of Beatitudes, contemplate the “Sermon on the Mount” (Matthew 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). See the Chapel of the Primacy, where Peter professed his devotion three times to the risen Christ (John 21). 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 4 February 23 - Cana, Nazareth, Tel Megiddo & Caesarea
Visit the Franciscan Wedding Chapel in Cana, site of Jesus’ first miracle, before continuing on to Nazareth, Jesus’ boyhood home (Matthew 2:23). Look out over Tel Megiddo (Armageddon) to view one of the most important archaeological sites in Israel. Today’s last stop is Caesarea, a center of the early Christians where an angel visited Cornelius, the first Gentile believer (Acts 10), and where Paul was imprisoned for two years before appealing to Caesar.
Day 5 February 24 - Bet Shean, Jericho, & Qumran
Start the day in Bet Shean, a city continuously inhabited for over 5,000 years. The uncovered ruins date back to the Greek / Roman city that was part of the Decapolis of Jesus' day. See colonnaded streets with marble sidewalks, Roman public baths, and a theater. As you stop in Jericho to view the ruins of the city conquered by Joshua (Joshua 6:1, 2, 20), in the distance you can also see the traditional site of the Temptation of Jesus (Matthew 4:1-11). Continue to Qumran, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered in 1947.
Day 6 February 25 - Bethlehem & Jerusalem
In Bethlehem, visit the cave revered as Jesus’ birthplace and see the Church of the Nativity constructed over the site (Matthew 1:18-25). Gaze out over Shepherds’ Field before returning to Jerusalem. Explore the poignant exhibits of Yad Vashem, Israel’s Holocaust Memorial.
Day 7 February 26 - Jerusalem & the City of David
Begin your day with a group picture taken from the Mount of Olives, where Jesus ascended into heaven (Acts 1:9-12). Walk the Palm Sunday Road and pray in the Garden of Gethsemane and envision the scenes of the night before Jesus’ crucifixion (Matthew 26:36 - 44). Continue to Mount Zion to visit the House of the High Priest Caiaphas, where Jesus was questioned the night of His betrayal (Matthew 26:57). Meditate on the events of the Last Supper as you visit the traditional location of the Upper Room (Mark 14:12-26). After lunch, wander through the excavations of the City of David. Explore Hezekiah's Tunnel, an amazing engineering feat that was dug from either end and met in the middle! (Note: Those who are claustrophobic may want to meet the group at the other end of the tunnel!). Visit the Pool of Siloam, recently uncovered at the foot of the City.
Day 8 February 27 - 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 9 February 28 - Jerusalem & the Old City
Explore ancient Jerusalem at the Teaching Steps and the Western Wall. View the Pool of Bethesda where Jesus performed the Sabbath miracle (John 5:1-18). 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”). At the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, take time to reflect on His sacrificial love. Visit the Garden Tomb for a time of reflection and communion.
Day 10 February 29 - Return to the USA
Return to the USA.
Enhance Your Journey
Wonders of Petra & the Dead Sea
FEBRUARY 29 - MARCH 4, 2024 Starting at $1,098*
FEBRUARY 29 – 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
MARCH 1 – 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 cliffsides of rose-colored rock. Travel
to your hotel at the Dead Sea for dinner and overnight.
MARCH 2 – MADABA & MOUNT 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.
MARCH 3 – 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.
MARCH 4 – RETURN TO THE USA
Tuesday, February 20, 2024From $3946