- 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
- Overseas Airport Transfers
- Domestic Airfare
- Overseas Transfers
Day 1 TEL AVIV AND MEDITERRANEAN COAST
After meeting our guide and driver, we will visit Jaffa (Old Port City of Joppa) and the old Harbor Area, viewing Simon the Tanner’s house. Our hotel will be on the Mediterranean Coast. The next morning, we will drive to Caesarea by the Sea and view the Roman aqueduct and theater. The area was a center of the early Christians. It was here that Cornelius became the first Gentile convert to Christianity (Acts 10), and the Apostle Paul was imprisoned before being taken to Rome to stand trial.
Day 2 THE GALILEE, AREAS AROUND THE GALILEE & JORDAN VALLEY
It is a beautiful drive from the coast to the inland areas. We will travel the ancient caravan route to the well-preserved archaeological site of Tel Megiddo, (Biblical Armageddon) a fortified urban center where excavations have revealed remnants of twenty-two layers of occupation. Mount Carmel is the traditional site where the prophet Elijah defeated the prophets of Baal (I Kings 18:25). We will travel through Jesus’ boyhood town of Nazareth (Luke 1:26-56). Our group will travel to Mount Arbel and walk along its peak for a stunning view of the Sea of Galilee and the area in which Jesus ministered, with extended views of Mount Hermon in the north and Mount Tabor in the south. It is a magnificent photo opportunity. We will also visit Tel Hazor and Tel Dan Nature Preserve & River Walk. Here, King Jeroboam built an altar ( 1Kings 12). Gates dating to the time of Abraham and the Israelite Kings can be seen. We will cross the waters of the Sea of Galilee aboard a Kinneret Sailing Company boat. The boat docks at Kibbutz Nof Ginosar where we will see the “Jesus Boat”, a rare and excellent example of the kind of boat in which Jesus would have sailed. Capernaum is where Jesus chose to center his ministry. Visit the synagogue site where Jesus most certainly taught and worshiped (Matt. 4:13, Mark 3:1). At Tabgha, you will visit the site of the Multiplication of the Loaves and Fishes (Luke 9:10-17), and the Chapel of St. Peter, which recalls Jesus’ instruction to Peter, “Feed my sheep” (John 21:15-17). At the Jordan River, travelers will have the opportunity to be baptized in the same river where Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist. On the way to Jerusalem, we will visit Gideon’s Spring and Beit Shean, the Roman city where the Philistines hung the bodies of Saul and Jonathan. We will pass by Jericho, the ancient city which was conquered by Joshua (Josh. 6:20). It is the oldest known continually inhabited city in the world. While exploring the area, our hotel will be on the shores of the Sea of Galilee for 3 nights.
Day 3 JERUSALEM, BETHLEHEM & JUDEAN DESERT
As we enter the Old City of Jerusalem, where everyday life and customs are within narrow, crooked streets, we will find it has remained much the same over the centuries. We will enjoy the magnificent Western Wall, sing a hymn in the Church of St. Anne and view the Pool of Bethesda (John 5:1-25), where Jesus performed the Sabbath miracle. Our group will stand atop the Mount of Olives as Jesus did and enjoy a remarkable view of the “Golden City” of Jerusalem, the Temple Mount and Dome of the Rock. We will also stand in the Upper Room, revered as the site of the Last Supper (Mark 14:12-26). On the Mount of Olives, we visit the Garden of Gethsemane, where Jesus prayed for God’s will to be done (Matt. 26:36). We will also have a private service in the garden. We will retrace the events in the final hours of Jesus’ life walking the Via Dolorosa. There is a visit to the possible site of Jesus’ death and resurrection, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. We will visit the House of the High Priest Caiaphas (Matt. 26:57), where Jesus was imprisoned for a night and will also spend some time in worship at the Garden Tomb (Matt 27:60). There is a glimpse of the city Jesus knew when the group views the model of first century Jerusalem at the Israel Museum. We will visit the Shrine of the Book, to see the display of the Dead Sea Scrolls. The Southern Wall and Teaching Steps are some of the newest excavations to explore at Davidson Center in the Jerusalem Archeological Park. There will be great fun walking thru the ‘wet or dry’ (your choice) Hezekiah’s Tunnel at the City of David. In Bethlehem, we will remember Jesus’ birthplace (Matt.1:18-25, Luke 2:1-7). We will look out on the Shepherds’ Fields, where angels spread the “Good News.” A visit to the Herodium will reveal magnificent remains of one of Herod’s palaces. We will travel through the Judean Desert and descend below sea level for a visit to Masada, the spectacular mountaintop fortress built by Herod. There we will ride the cable car to the top to explore and we can peer down upon the remains of the Roman camps and siege ramp below. We will stop at the shores of the Dead Sea, the lowest place on earth and ‘float’ in the mineral laden waters. On the return to Jerusalem, we will travel to Qumran, the site of the Dead Sea Scroll discovery, to discuss the mysterious community of the Essenes who once lived on the shores of the Dead Sea. While exploring the area, our Jerusalem hotel for 5 nights is within walking distance of the Jaffa Gate.
Monday, May 6, 2024From $4798