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Day 1 March 11 - USA TO THE HOLY LAND
Your pilgrimage begins as you depart the USA on an overnight flight.
Day 2 March 12- 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 MARCH 13 - THE GALILEE
Worship as you sail across the Sea of Galilee. Visit Capernaum, the 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 Loaves and Fish at Tabgha, the 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 MARCH 14 - CANA, NAZARETH, TEL MEGIDDO & CAESAREA
Visit the Franciscan Wedding Chapel in Cana, the 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 MARCH 15 - BEIT SHEAN, JERICHO, & QUMRAN
Start the day in Beit 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 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 MARCH 16 - 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 MARCH 17 - 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 both ends and met in the middle (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 MARCH 18 - 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 9 MARCH 19 - 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 MARCH 20 - RETURN TO THE USA OR ENJOY AN EXTENSION.
RETURN TO THE USA OR ENJOY AN EXTENSION.
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MARCH 20 – JERASH
This morning, you will journey across the Allenby Bridge on
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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
MARCH 21 – 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 22 – 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
MARCH 23 – 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 24 – RETURN TO THE USA
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